Meet the Mayor
October 31, 2013
What’s to be said when it’s all done and there are no big current issues flailing around in our busy brains and life and stuff is moving on at a regular pace. Your District staff are winding up for the onslaught of winter (it’s coming) and winding down the last strands of summer. What an ordinary day in District office!
That’s not the whole story, not by a truck driver’s boot. Behind the scenes thoughts are stewing, ideas are fermenting that will burst out in months to come.
Having just completed a joint effort with Tumbler Ridge to host a Coal Forum, the wheels are already turning to spin out the next Forum, this time in Chetwynd on October 8 and 9, 2014. Letters of invitation will be posted over the next weeks to Ministers, Moguls, and minions (who actually do the heavy lifting). As the tenth anniversary celebration of the art of mining coal in the North East, we intend this Forum to be remembered as the most informative, most inspiring, and best attended of them all – which still leaves room to grow beyond 2014.
Coal mining as an art? Most of us have walked over the hills for generations seeing only the rock, the water, the trees, and the huckleberries. The coal miner sees the beauty of the coal waiting only to be released by the skill of the miner. Coal miners as artists? A new thought.
And speaking of anniversaries, next June will see the tenth anniversary of the Invitational, International Chain Saw Carving Contest. (You folks live in a busy, visionary, celebratory community.) I cringe at the thought of the amount of brain and body energy (thankfully not from my limited store) that will be drained off into this celebration. Something special is coming to town and I can hardly wait to experience it. This I know: your Chamber of Commerce and your Economic Development Officer and their staffs are applying their fertile minds to make it the best while still leaving space for future growth.
This is true art, sculpture at its most expressive. The artist must have the eye of a Michelangelo to visualize within the barky block a thing of beauty waiting only to be released in full view of the astonished and delighted spectators. And the barky block is a thing of beauty itself, created to be admired.
You’ve already heard that District Council voted to go ahead with the new District Office – and while I was away on other District business. That’s OK. I support the action. Now I am impatiently waiting for the real action to start when the frost is out of the ground in May. This office, too, will be a work of art. We want it to set a new standard for public construction in Chetwynd which will spin off to private construction.
And as we wait, we hustle. Work on the details of Sculpture, Forum and Office goes quietly on.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor