Meet the Mayor
August 13, 2014
I wrote about the proposed Health Clinic and Wellness Centre on June 11, June 25, and July 2. During that period we were following a process to ensure clear communication of as many details as we had with as many people as we could reach.
Beginning weeks earlier we had been in contact with Ministry officials regarding correct processes, timelines, and legal details and received Ministry support to move ahead along prescribed paths. We were in preliminary touch with Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) regarding potential funding and we made other contacts regarding funding that are still pending.
This has been one of the busiest periods for Administration as it pushed the project forward to take advantage of this building season and the resources at hand. Though the process has been challenging and sometimes frustrating for Administration, we believe the project is on track to see a completion date in early spring of 2015. Exciting, isn’t it!
It is public knowledge now that West Fraser Mills (WFM) came forward with an offer to supply all the dimension lumber and plywood for the facility. WFM is now waiting on a materials list and the order to deliver. This generous provision of materials with a value in excess of fifty thousand dollars is the kind of corporate involvement in community endeavours that identifies Chetwynd as a community that cares and does.
(Chetwynd has a long history of caring and doing. We are simply building on the strong traditions of those who went before us.)
Naturally the District of Chetwynd is open to offers from other potential corporate donors. The more funds raised as donations, the smaller the size of the building loan and the smaller the monthly payment to the creditor, the Municipal Finance Authority which is the District’s only source for long-term borrowing.
Chetwynd, of course, has to follow its own bylaws, zoning regulations, and development guidelines. There is a paper trail to show that this was done. On July 14 First and Second readings were given to the Zoning amendment bylaw and the required Public Hearing was announced for July 28.
The Public Hearing was held on July 28 and third reading was given to the zoning amendment bylaw. Reconsideration and Adoption happened on August 11. This process allowed the District of Chetwynd to change the subject property from High Density/Commercial Mix (RM3) to Town Centre Commercial (C1) to permit construction of the Medical Clinic and Community Wellness Centre.
Development Permit Guidelines require that all new construction adhere to an approved design style and conform to minimum standards for appearance. We believe that the new Clinic will surpass the minimum in all respects.
On a 1.6 million dollar structure, donations and grants to date total $400,000. Not only does the outside funding reduce the potential debt burden by 25%, the fact of the grants and donations tends to legitimize the effort.
Thank you to all who are helping to make this project a reality.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor