Mayor’s Report

The Mayor’s weekly reports.

Mayor’s Column – November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016   Contrary to recent misunderstandings, Chetwynd is not thirty million dollars in debt, but has 10 years or so to find thirty million dollars, which in itself won’t be easy. Within the next ten to twelve years, the District of Chetwynd can expect to repair or replace thirty million dollars worth of…

Mayor’s Column – November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016   Did you ever wake up in the night to the acrid, nose-twisting, gut-cramping odor of something burning? Something that shouldn’t be burning – not now, not here, not ever? Did you ever with smarting eyes have to evacuate the comfort of your bed, wrap in a sheet, and drag your kids…

Mayor’s Column – November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016   Relationships between municipalities and the Peace River Regional District are more often than not amicable and productive in spite of the ambiguities created by the nature of the Provincial legislation that created the Regional Districts. In Chetwynd the most obvious points of contact involve the Chetwynd Recreation Complex and the Fire…

Mayor’s Column – October 26, 2016

October 26, 2016   Summer work usually gets done between time off with a cool glass of lemonade and the beginning of autumn – sometime before the first snow whitens the sod. Then comes the fall work: harvesting the gardens, cleaning the flower beds, raking leaves, all of which should be completed before real winter…

Mayor’s Column – October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 Buy local or bye, bye local. That was the message to which I tuned in at the Business2Business Expo sponsored by the South Peace EDC in Dawson Creek last Wednesday. Altogether a fascinating event in every respect that held my attention for the day. Too bad more of you couldn’t have attended.…

Mayor’s Column – October 12, 2016

October 12, 2016 Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much (Helen Keller)! She’s right, more right than we might think. If anyone has reason to feel alone, Helen Keller certainly did. Rendered deaf and blind by illness at the age of 19 months, with the help of a committed teacher…

Mayor’s Column – September 28, 2016

September 28, 2016   The Union of British Columbia Municipalities ­which includes the Regional Districts and, I believe, some of the First Nations, has once again convened for its annual assembly. It’s a busy five days of meetings with Government, engaging in study sessions, hearing and making reports, debating resolutions for change to legislation, and…

Mayor’s Column – September 14, 2016

September 14, 2016   Coal! That black carboniferous substance that has paid the rent of hundreds of workers in Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd over the last 35 or so years is back again. We didn’t expect it, not just now, which makes its resurgence even more exciting. Once again hundreds of workers who have been…

Mayor’s Column – September 7, 2016

September 7, 2016   Municipal taxpayers live very close to the machinery that exacts the local government’s portion their hard-won resources and they have a legitimate interest in how their contributions to the common good are used. I have attempted a number of times to share tax and spending information with you and here I…

Mayor’s Column – August 31, 2016

August 31, 2016   Did you ever wonder why public business seems to take so long? I suppose you have, if you’ve ever waited for the gears of government to churn out a zoning change or a traffic bylaw. And the bigger the government, the slower the gears do turn. It has to do with…