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Mayor’s Report – March 30, 2016

March 30, 2016


All of us are interested in the prospects for satisfying and long-term employment. Teen agers approaching that wonderful thing called adulthood and anticipating marvelous freedom from parental control are hoping for the right job or career to set them at full liberty. Some of us already experiencing that wonderful thing may be wondering where and when the next job will be found. Maybe even too many of us. Which makes it important for those still in the dependent stage of life to take every opportunity to add to the number of your skills that can be sold.

With that off my chest I can move on to the details.

As we must all know, BC Hydro has commenced work on the multi-billion hydro-electric project just a few miles to the north of Chetwynd. Well, actually, it’s about 60 miles north over a road that will get you there in about 90 minutes. Add travel time to a 10- or 12-hour day and you get the picture. It’s a long day.

Of course there is a camp on the north side of the river that can accommodate you and, given the circumstances in town right now, I would not be surprised to learn that there will be a strong representation of Chetwynd in the work camp.

We tried. There was talk of upgrading the access from Chetwynd but today it looks like a dream that probably will not come to fruition.

So let’s face reality with courage and go for the jobs available and get home to see the spouse and kids on the days off. It might be the best available for the time.

In looking over the list of work to be undertaken during the next three months I see many opportunities for the skill sets resident in Chetwynd.

There will be more bridge construction so if you are a heavy equipment operator or skilled on a pile driver I see opportunities. There will be an abundance of excavation and material relocation, a fancy term for moving dirt and rock. There must be scores of folk in Chetwynd whose skills in this area will enhance the bottom line of Peace River Hydro Partners, the main contractor at the dam site.

Work is expected to commence on south bank distribution lines and a temporary substation. Hands up for applications for this function.

While we’re on the topic of transmission lines, be aware that survey work, including some clearing and vegetation work and geotechnical and surface surveying, will be undertaken. Some of this could actually be done from Chetwynd.

Dam site security preparations, including some fencing, signs, and guard building will be installed during this period.

The main civil works that lead up to the actual construction of the dam include the coffer dam and completion of excavations on the north and south banks. These projects require driving and heavy equipment operating skills.

I am confident that Chetwynd can fill many of these high-paying jobs. Go get ’em!


Merlin Nichols, Mayor