October 7, 2015
Writing this column could be the hardest part of a very satisfying job. My job is satisfying in so many ways but to come up with a scintillating idea every seven days taxes my synapses to the limit. I can’t count the number of times I’ve come up almost to the deadline without the kernel of an idea.
Exactly two months ago on August 5 I asked you for ideas. I know summer is a busy time; so is fall; so is winter; and in spring we are positioning ourselves to extract the most out of the summer. I’m still waiting. See what I mean?
Over the past months I’ve managed to share with you information on many of the plans and projects Council works on. Big on the list and big in our minds has been the recruitment and retention of medical personnel including doctors and nurse practitioners. We seem to be winning on that struggle. But people retire and people move; there never will be a time when we can say we’ve won.
Funding our various activities is also big on the list. Property taxes, grants, various fees, and sales of surplus property and land are the only sources of District revenue. Council and Administration tax their minds to keep taxes as low as possible without risking running your community into the ground. At the same time we apply for as many grants as fit our capacity for using them. I have also written on this topic within recent months.
Our unique (yes, Chetwynd is unique) location in the valley in the midst of forests and mountains with their minerals, soil, water, and air needs to be celebrated and preserved. Check back in your files to refresh your memory.
We’ve remembered Albert and his special contribution to our home town; let’s not forget. We’ve taken a look at the issue of living with a disability. This is a family and social issue that, in years to come, could take more and more of a Council’s time.
I’ve recently written about receiving the grant for our sewer treatment plant. That was a real bonus that saved us from a major mess. True, we’ll have to pay one third of the 4.5 million but that’s better than paying the total.
Then there was the buy local and bring new business to town column. I think I will be nagging you on these in the future. I like to buy local but I’m 50 years too late to start a new business. That’s quite OK. There are a few coming up in that generation who can and should put down business roots in Chetwynd.
I’ve written of our magnificent Chainsaw carving event that is known around the province. That event should not be allowed to die.
Now that I’ve started remembering there seems to be so much going on in our town. Let’s keep up our spirits and soldier through the rough spots that are bound to come.
Merlin Nichols, Mayor