Fort St. James Council held a regular council meeting on Sept.21. The following are some highlights and conclusions from that evening:
The Chamber of Commerce provided an update: the fishing derby was another huge success and next year will be exciting as it will be the 20th anniversary of the derby.
Plans are already in the works for Moonlight Madness and the Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 25.
Fort St. James has been chosen to plant 1000 tulips in celebration of Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary. Tulips will be planted in various locations in Fort St. James.
On behalf of the Metis Nation, June Heddon presented information regarding a grant application. The grant will go towards the purchase of a ventilator at Stuart Lake Hospital.
The current ventilator, as described by Dr. Peter VanZyl, is out of date and a new one is necessary in order to benefit patient care in Fort St. James.
Mayor and Council support this need and will further research the need with other parties.
“We need to come together on this. At the end of the day, it saves lives,” Mayor Rob MacDougall said.
Nahounli Kennels has seen a decrease in numbers of stray dogs.
Council believes this could be the result of the recent spade and neuter clinic that was offered in Fort St. James. Numbers will continue to be reviewed.
Two upcoming power outages from B.C Hydro have been approved and will take place on: Sunday Oct. 16 from 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. and on Sunday Oct. 23 from 1 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Mayor and council are gearing up for the annual UBCM Convention which will be held in Victoria, B.C. in September. Mayor MacDougall as well as four council members will be attending. They look forward to discussion with the rest of the province regarding issues in northern communities.