Fort St. James Council held a regular meeting on Nov. 12. The following are some highlights and conclusions from the evening:
Members of the Dog Sled Association attended the meeting. Last year’s Caledonia Classic was a huge success and plans are in the works for another successful event this year.
The District of Fort St. James owns lands adjacent to Nahounli Creek. A new committee is putting together a restoration project to help maintain these lands.
The location of the Pioneer Log Homes bench, won by the district during the 2015 Canada Winter Games, was discussed. Murray Ridge Ski Area has asked the bench be placed in their day lodge. Council agrees that perhaps the bench should be moved seasonally to different locations for everyone to see as it is a legacy for the community.
Members from council will be attending the 2016 BC Natural Resource Forum in January. Mayor MacDougall says that this event is an excellent opportunity to discuss and maintain connections as forestry is the main driver in Fort St. James.
Council would like to follow up and meet with students from Fort St. James Secondary High School who are interested in environmental issues and rights.
A Healthy Communities Declaration of the Right to a Healthy Environment will be adopted by Council. This outlines that all people in the community have a right to live in a healthy environment, including: the right to breathe clean air, the right to drink clean water, the right to consume safe food, the right to access nature, the right to know about pollutants and contaminants released into the local environment and the right to participate in decision-making that will affect the environment.
Winter road safety was discussed. People should pass snow service vehicles with care. Seniors may contact the district office regarding any change in address so that Public Works can keep record of all seniors who require snow removal service. Public Works has also changed their schedule from a 7am start to a 5:30am start to improve road conditions for the community.
District has met with Animal Control and the RCMP in helping find solutions regarding animal control issues in the community.
The Seniors Bus has been a great success so far. Seniors are very grateful for this service which relieves them from any worry about driving to medical appointments. “That’s what it’s all about,” Mayor MacDougall said.
The next regular council meeting will be held on Nov. 25.