October 18th, 2017
Council enjoyed a warm sunny summer filled with meetings and prep work ahead of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Vancouver. The conference took place at the end of September.
Council held meetings with the different forestry companies operating in our area including Conifex, Sinclar, Dunkley, Canfor and Carrier Lumber. This afforded Council an opportunity to gather information about the Forest Industry. Council also encouraged all the companies to support the community and to be partners in safety.
The District of Fort St. James Economic Development Department held the 5th Annual Night Market on August 15th. This event was another great success with live music, food vendors, arts activities, information booths and local vendors. The Economic Development Department also organized the third annual Business Walk. This was an opportunity for Council, volunteers and municipal staff to get a pulse of business activities in Fort St. James. The District is planning its annual Pumpkin Walk which will take place October 31st at the National Historic site. Come out and enjoy a spooky evening filled with pumpkins, zombies, hot chocolate, hot dogs, a bonfire and of course trick or treating!
Public Works is busy getting ready for winter! With snow just around the corner please remember that snow plowing in Fort St. James is done by priority areas. Please assist the District in having streets cleaned efficiently by not parking on the side of municipal roads. If your vehicle impedes snow clearing efforts you may be issued a ticket or your vehicle may be towed. The District of Fort St. James is an idle free community! Please be aware that the District of Fort St. James has an anti-idling bylaw. This Bylaw aims to reduce harmful emissions from idling vehicles.
The Fort St. James Fire Department welcomed Chief Steven DeRousie to the Department in August. Chief DeRousie has over 20 years of experience with the fire service and is excited to share his knowledge with department members. There are 3 new recruits in this years fall class. If you missed the deadline to drop off your application there is always spring 2018. October is fire prevention month! Remember to check your smoke detectors monthly. If you are heating your home with wood or pellets, please clean your chimney to manufacturer’s specification to prevent chimney fires.
Council attended the annual UBCM conference in Vancouver at the end of September. Council had many different meetings with Provincial Ministers, public sector organizations, industry and the Premier. When Council wasn’t in meetings they participated in seminars, workshops and resolution sessions. Council met with Premier John Horgan and discussed the forest industry, the replacement of the Stuart Lake Hospital, the Resource Benefit Alliance and the Caledonia Classic. Council left UBCM with a sense of optimism.
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 (facebook.com/fortstjames). Twice a year look for the Fort Flyer included with your utility 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”.
Mayor and Council for the District of Fort St. James