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Mayor’s Column – August 30, 2017

August 30, 2017


I am discovering a fine line between keeping Chetwynd citizens suitably informed about the progress of the various projects happening in our home town and my ability to craft a column that contains enough new detail to hold your interest. But I’ll do my best.

Actually, there are some details that I think you should know. It is the rare project that does not spring a few surprises. The runway paving is not one of them. The boreholes done in planning the project indicated six inches of asphalt. Now that work is actually in progress, the Hot-in-Place crew is finding that the asphalt thickness is not consistent. Added to the inconsistency of asphalt thickness, a small sink hole has been discovered. The sink hole will have to be excavated, filled, and compacted before paving. All this naturally adds to the cost of the project. (What else is new in this world where we are subject from cradle to grave to the second law of thermodynamics?)

We can be thankful that the estimates and approved budget exceeded the bid price sufficiently to cover the increased costs.

Peters Brothers, the paving people for this season’s work will be in town now to lay down new asphalt on the streets that have been milled. Look for a little inconvenience as you anticipate the pleasure of cruising up new pavement.

The Active Communities Grant for which Chetwynd applied (thinking of your fitness and pleasure) did not materialize. But fear not. Funds have been found and your tennis court will be resurfaced nonetheless.

Work on repairing the trails has been undertaken and you should soon be able to experience full enjoyment as you follow your dream. Keep walking. Your lives will be longer and more satisfying.             You may have noticed that the gazebo at Carvers, Row has been completed – and a fine addition to Chetwynd’s landscape it is – and is ready for paving. Watch for a ribbon cutting on September 18 at three. See you there.

Chetwynd’s relations with the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) are flowing smoothly. The 300 thousand dollar contribution to the Water Fill Station project from the PRRD has been received and Chetwynd has sent a letter of appreciation. Indeed, we are thankful for the good relationship we have with the PRRD.

In other news, people continue to make waste. That’s waste, not haste. You read it correctly the first time. Those who live in the Crown Sub and have been participating in the recycle pilot project will be thrilled to learn that the residential tipping fee for July is down by 25%. Is the reduction due to your recycling? Let’s see if the trend continues. In the meantime, waste not any more than you must.

And a final word: the PRRD Board approved the Rural Fire Protection Agreement with Chetwynd. This means that you close neighbours to Chetwynd can sleep soundly on windy nights knowing that the valiant Chetwynd Fire Fighters are there for you as before.

Oh, by the way, to avoid or reduce the risk of stomach cramps, choose your words with care so that you don’t have to eat them.


Merlin Nichols, Mayor