2017 Business Façade Improvement Program

The District of Fort St. James is pleased to provide the Business Façade Improvement Program to give monetary assistance as an incentive to buildings/ business owners, to improve the character and physical appearance of their buildings, while allowing them to assert their identity.  Businesses can be eligible for up to $5000 of matching funding to implement facade and signage work.  A total of $20,000 is earmarked to be granted for 2017.

Eligible properties include those on Stuart Drive East, Stuart Drive West, Birch St, Douglas Ave. and Hwy 27 South.

Program deadline is April 28th 2017.  

The guide to the application and program guide can be downloaded here.

Council’s Corner- Year In Review

The District of Fort St. James had a busy year in 2016 with lots of exciting projects and programs taking place.

Council was able to support the community with $15,000 in Grants in Aid. These grants went to diverse community groups and individuals pursuing exciting opportunities around the world. Grants ranged from $100 to $5,000. Council is always excited to sponsor community projects and individual achievements. If you would like to apply for a grant in aid, please visit the District website or contact the Office for more information.

There were over $31,000 worth of building permits sold in 2016, representing over 4 million in construction value. The amount of these permits is positive and shows that our community is growing and developing.

Grants totalling $19,000 were awarded to five successful applicants through the Business Façade program. This is up from 2015 when just over $12,000 was distributed. This is an annual program that local businesses can apply to for new signs, siding and more! More info can be found on our website.

The District of Fort St. James had a lot of fun supporting 10 wonderful events throughout the year. Each event was a success and showed what a great place Fort St. James is to be. Events included: Winter Fest, Community to Community Forum, Pitch in Week, Bike to Work Week, Day of Mourning, Canada Day celebration, 4th Annual Night Market, the Pumpkin Walk, Remembrance Day and the Hospital Auxiliary 50th anniversary celebration.

Public Works completed all of their planned projects as well as a few unexpected ones in 2016. Extensive work went into the Fort Forum Arena thanks to a Canada 150 grant. This included new dasher boards and a new roof. Paving and patching took place around the community this summer as well as landscaping in the downtown core. Public works also completed and installed a new sign at the Community Centre. A new generator was purchased and installed for the sewer lift station, allowing the station to operate automatically when the power goes out. Watch for the Toolcat with the new sander attachment when you are out for a walk. The new sander allows for better sanding of District trails and paths. As always, Public Works helped out at community events including Canada Day, the Night Market and Music on the Mountain.

The Fort St. James Fire Department and the Northern Interior Fire Training Centre had a busy year with nine Live Fire training weekends that saw 72 members from outside departments and 13 local members receive training. The Department gained 12 new members through 3 recruit classes. Members participated in auto extrication, air brakes, ice rescue refresher and a strategy and tactics course. The Fire Department also hosted an Emergency Services Breakfast, weekly training nights, driver training, hose testing and pump operator training.

Council got down to business in 2016 and was able to accomplish a great deal by working together for the good of the community.

  • January and February saw the renewal of the Old Courthouse lease to the Community Arts Council of Fort St. James. This allowed the Arts Council to continue work on renovating the building, which is now open and known as Pope Mountain Arts. The facility hosts musical and craft events monthly. The District of Fort St. James co-hosted a Community to Community Forum with Nak’azdli Whut’en. This was a great opportunity for Council from each community to learn from one another. There was also youth involvement from the high school. Council was also busy with budget deliberations for the five-year financial plan.
  • March, April and May saw Bylaw and Policy amendments. Fort St. James residents are now permitted to keep up to four hens in their backyards for personal use. Visit our website for the full brochure. Council also completed an application to the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako Gas Tax Fund. This grant went towards the purchase of a digital cinema projector and sound equipment for the Community Centre. On May 25th Council played host to “Project Local Government”, a School District 91 program that exposes high school students to the workings of local government. Students spent the morning learning about the public administration, participated in a real Council meeting over lunch and visited Public Works and the Fire Department in the afternoon.
  • June, July and August are considered slower month in Local Government. This did not stop Council from publishing the Annual Report for 2015, participating in a tour of Mt. Milligan and receiving a report on the Community Forest. The Community Forest is doing well and continues to provide significant revenue to the District ($ 347,825 in 2016). This revenue goes towards projects that enhance the community and help diversify the local economy. Summer also saw the completion of phase one of upgrades to the Arena, including new dasher boards and glass as well as a new roof, partly funded by the Canada 150 grant program.
  • In September, four Council members participated in the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention in Victoria. This was an opportunity for Council to participate in seminars and workshops related to diverse fields in Local Government, and to have meetings with key members of the Provincial Government. Council took this time to lobby the government for funding of a new Clinic and Hospital.
  • October, November and December brought changes to Council. Councillor Nielsen took over the Housing portfolio and was able to bring together stakeholders to work on the Housing Strategy for 2017. Fort St. James had its first by-election in recent memory with four candidates putting their names forward for one vacancy. Council is happy to welcome Judy Greenaway to the position of Councillor. Judy is a long-time resident and tireless volunteer and will bring a fresh voice to Council in 2017.

Want to know more about what is happening in Fort St. James? Council meetings take place twice a month, updates can be found on the District of Fort St. James website (fortstjames.ca) as well as the Facebook page (facebool.com/fortstjames). Twice a year look for the Fort Flyer included with your utility tax notice. Council wants to make sure all residents are aware of what is going on in their community so check the Caledonia Courier quarterly for “Council’s Corner”.

Sincerely,

Mayor and Council for the District of Fort St. James

Notice of Election

 

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DISTRICT OF FORT ST. JAMES

NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the District of Fort St. James that pursuant to Section 76 of the Local Government Act, an election by voting is necessary to elect one Councillor for a two-year term commencing December 2016, and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are:

Councillor – One (1) to be elected
Surname Usual Names Jurisdiction of Residence
GREENAWAY Judy 80 Cromarty Rd, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako “Area C”, BC
HOWELL Allan 2255 Stones Bay Road, Fort St. James, BC
MTATIRO Hallan 434 Dogwood St, Fort St. James, BC
PLAYFAIR Bev 2168 Resort Hill Road, Fort St. James, BC

GENERAL VOTING DAY will be open to qualified electors of the District of Fort St. James on Saturday, December 10, 2016 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the District of Fort St. James Municipal Office, 477 Stuart Drive West, Fort St. James, BC.

Elector Registration

There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Canadian citizen
  • resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding voting day
  • resident of OR registered owner of real property in the District of Fort St. James for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day, and
  • not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

Resident electors will be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

Non-resident property electors must produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, written consent from the other property owners.

Advance Voting Opportunities

Advance voting will be open at the District of Fort St. James Municipal Office, 477 Stuart Drive West, Fort St. James, BC on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and Wednesday, December 7, 2016 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. each day.

Mail Ballot Voting

If you are unable to vote due to physical disability, illness or injury, voting is permitted by mail ballot.

Please contact the Chief Election Officer for further information. 250-996-8233.

Candidates for 2016 By-election

List of candidates for the 2016 By-election has been posted. A member of the public may challenge a nomination at the District Office before November 10th at 4:00pm.  General voting will take place December 10th 8:00am to 8:00pm at the District of Fort St. James, 477 Stuart Drive West. Advance polls will take place November 30th and December 7th at the District Office between 8:00am and 8:00pm. For more information contact the Lina Gasser, Deputy Chief Election Officer or Kevin Crook, Chief Election Officer at the District Office 250-996-8233.

2016 By-Election

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District of Fort St. James 2016 By-Election                                        

The District of Fort St. James is seeking nominations for candidates for the 2016 By-Election for the position of Councillor. One (1) position is available. The By-Election is taking place due to the resignation of a member of Council. The term of this position is until December 2018. To be eligible for election, a nominee must:

  • be an individual who is, or who will be on general voting day for the election, 18 years of age or older;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia, as determined in accordance with section 67, of the Local Government Act, for at least 6 months immediately before the election;
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Eligible nominees may pick up nomination packages at the District Office Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Completed nomination packages can be dropped off between 8:30am- 4:30pm October 25th and 4:00 pm on November 4th at the District Office.

General voting will take place December 10th 8:00am to 8:00pm at the District of Fort St. James, 477 Stuart Drive West. Advance polls will take place November 30th and December 7th at the District Office between 8:00am and 8:00pm.

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Questions can be directed to:

Kevin Crook, Chief Election Officer

cao@fortstjames.ca

250-996-8233

Or

Lina Gasser, Deputy Election Officer

corporate@fortstjames.ca

250-996-8233

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Fort St. James now allows backyard hens!

Fort St. James residents living in R-1 (Residential- Single Family) are now allowed to keep up to four hens for personal use. On June 22nd 2016 Council adopted the amending Bylaw No. 962 which allows residents to keep hens in their backyards. Absolutely NO ROOSTERS permitted. For more information check out the Backyard Hen brochure.

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