As a result of funding from the federal government, the District of Fort St. James has been able to further protect the safety and health of its citizens during emergencies and disasters. For more information visit https://fortstjames.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=15816
The District of Fort St. James Mayor & Council recently approved a tax exemption program for commercial and light industrial infrastructure improvements. This program follows close on the heels of the successful "Industrial Tax Exemption" program which saw $30 Million in upgrades completed at a local sawmill. Under the newly extended program, commercial and light industrial properties which implement property upgrades that result in increased property value assessments, will be exempt from paying increased municipal property taxes for a period of time following the upgrade. Details on the bylaw can be found here. An additional program offered by Northern Development Initiative Trust can help property owners to leverage the tax exemptions into up-front loans which can be used for the upgrade itself. Proponents interested in taking advantage of this additional opportunity are encouraged to contact Northern Development Initiative Trust at 250-561-2525 and the District's Economic Development Officer, Emily Colombo at [...]
MEDIA RELEASE AUGUST 1, 2012 At a Special Council Meeting held on July 31, 2012, Mayor and Council of the District of Fort St. James unanimously voted to adopt a resolution declaring their opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. The District of Fort St. James is one of the first municipalities located along the proposed pipeline route to take a formal stance on the project. The decision to oppose the project was based on the results of a public opinion poll, numerous presentations by Enbridge, concerns raised by a local Fort St. James Sustainability Group, conversations with members of the public and the personal opinions of Council members. At the special meeting, Mayor MacDougall articulated Council’s rationale for speaking against the project: “We feel we have listened objectively to the presentations made by Enbridge, the Fort St. James Sustainability Group and the public. We have taken the time to [...]
A targeted campaign which began in February to bring much-needed physicians to Fort St.James has garnered results, with the recent signing of 3 physicians to service the community and surrounding area of nearly 5000. The community would like to extend a huge thank you to Dr. Paul Stent, who has managed as the sole physician for the last five months, as well as the efforts of Northern Health, the Fort St. James Medical Clinic, Stuart Lake Hospital, Nak'azdli Health Centre, visiting locum physicians, and the ever-resilient members of the community who have worked hard to make this happen. A full copy of the Northern Health press release can be found at the link below. http://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/NewsAndUpdates/2012-07-24_20120724_NR_Fort%20St.%20James%20Physicians%20recruited.pdf
Regardless of the size of a jurisdiction there may be times when the jurisdiction might require additional resources. A large fire or other emergency can quickly exhaust the resources of any single jurisdiction. Large fires may require additional manpower, equipment and supplies. On June 6, 2012, the mayors from Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake and Fort St. James signed a mutual aid agreement for Fire and Rescue Services that will help to enable the three municipalities to legally and promptly access on another’s resources, provide each with a better understanding of the development and use of specialized resources that are difficult and costly to provide and will provide some cost recovery to responding departments. The agreement took effect on April 1, 2012 and will remain in effect for five years. Emergency response frequently requires a rapid deployment of resources. This agreement is intended to minimize delay in securing additional or specialized resources [...]
Mayor Rob MacDougall of the District of Fort St. James and Mayor Stephanie Killam of the District of Mackenzie met on June 8, 2012 in Prince George. Up for discussion were issues concerning Mount Milligan Mine's environmental assessment amendment, the condition of the Fort St. James-Mackenzie connector road and potential benefits and detriments to our communities with the growth in industrial activity in the region. Senior staff members also attended. The two mayors intend to meet quarterly to discuss these and other issues in common.