The District of Port Edward council held their regular meeting on Dec. 13. Here are just a few highlights:
Spirit of giving
In the last Port Edward council meeting before the New Year, the district agreed to give $700 toward the 7th Annual Sugar Shack Festival, organized by the Association des Francophones et Francophiles du Nord-Ouest (AFFNO).
Executive director of AFFNO, Patrick Witwicki, addressed council to petition for the support and he gave a rundown of what next year’s event will look like.
The festival is on Jan. 25-29 and the brunch will take place on Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Dick St. Louis Auditorium. The brunch sold out last year, with 350 guests and volunteers.
“All we had left was 11 pancakes,” Witwicki said.
Council also agreed to give the Salvation Army $1,000 and the Prince Rupert Wildlife Rehab Shelter $500.
Recycling centre needs a new roof
The Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional Recycling Facility is looking to replace its leaky metal roof, which would cost more than $300,000. Payette, who chairs the Regional Recycling Advisory Committee, toured the facility and reported what he learnt to council members.
“With rapid growth looming there’s some significant issues to consider and one is the roof of the building is in dire need of repairs,” he said adding the the need for equipment will also go up if volumes go up.
Payette told council he plans to lobby for roof funding in the New Year.
Bus fare increase no more
In late October, council decided it would have to raise bus fees by 10 per cent in the New Year to increase bus revenues, however the district missed the deadline to submit the new fares to BC Transit in time to make their fare brochure.
The district has decided to hold off for a few months and work with BC Transit so there is no confusion for residents about the fare increase.
They will look into increasing the bus fee at some point in 2017.