Fort St. James Council Meeting: Oct. 26

Fort St. James Council held a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Oct. 26. The following are some highlights and conclusions.

  • Nov. 2, 2016 8:00 a.m.

Barbara Latkowski

Caledonia Courier

Fort St. James Council held a Committee of the Whole Meeting on Oct. 26. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:

Doctors at Stuart Lake Hospital in Fort St. James have requested the need for a Transport Ventilator. This piece of equipment is used in critical situations where breathing is managed in critically ill patients.

The hospital does not currently have an ICU and if a patient needs to be transferred to a larger facility, a transportable ventilator is required.

The cost of the machine recommended by health authorities and BC Ambulance is approximately $43,000.

The ice is in at the Fort St. James Forum and renovations are complete. The arena now has new boards, netting, glass, roof (lumber donated by Conifex) and a new clock.

Amendments to the Tobacco Products Control Act now include Vapour products. With the updated legislation, it is a perfect time to install new signage according to District.

Vapour products/e-cigarettes are defined as devices that contain an electronic or battery powered heating element that can vapourize an e-substance.

Business owners and managers are required to take reasonable steps including new signage to include no smoking/vaping within a six metre buffer zone on their property.

Council is currently negotiating a contract with the KEY Society to provide operation of the Integris Recycling Depot.

Council is deciding whether or not to: a) direct administration to amend the business licence bylaw to impose a recycling levy on businesses b) direct administration to amend the garbage bylaw to impose a recycling fee on some or all utility customers c) direct administration to include recycling costs as part of the general tax revenue for the District of Fort St. James.

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako stopped accepting corrugated cardboard at its transfer stations and landfills beginning July 1, 1016.

Residential cardboard can be picked up curbside or taken to the recycling depot on Nak’azdli. This leaves ICI customers with few options other than to contract with a waste management company to remove their cardboard or to drop off their cardboard at the Integris depot.

The Integris Depot was historically operated by Greening Up Fort Society and later by Nak’azdli Band. As of Aug. 1, 2016, the Band is no longer operating it as there is little revenue from it. The District of Fort St. James has been covering operating expenses since then.

The KEY Society has resolved to pursue negotiation of an agreement with the District to operate the depot as a social enterprise.

The District of Fort St. James is gearing up for a Local Government By-Election. The nomination period is from Oct. 25, 2016 at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2016.

For more information on the nomination process contact: (250) 996-8233.

B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, responded to a review regarding Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) purchase of a Forest Licence from Conifex Timber Inc.

On Feb. 12, 2016, the ministry was notified by Conifex that Canfor took ownership control of 1040804 B.C., an affiliate of Conifex Timber Inc. that holds FL A93557.

Findings indicate that this transaction is unlikely to unduly restrict competition in the markets for standing timber, logs or chips. According to Thomson, this was based on the lack of change in milling capacity and comparatively small size of the licence allowable annual cut relative to the timber supply area which results in little change to the market.

Thomson assures the District of Fort St. James that the government shares concerns regarding sustainability and economic health of the community especially after a falling timber supply due to the pine beetle epidemic.

“The ministry is well aware of the critical importance of maintaining competitive log and timber market conditions to support a vibrant forest sector in British Columbia as we transition through this period of declining timber supplies,” Thomson said.

 

 

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