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Port Edward council in brief: Oct. 25

The District of Port Edward held their regular council meeting on Oct. 25. Here are just a few highlights

The District of Port Edward held their regular council meeting on Oct. 25. Here are just a few highlights:

More communication from the RCMP

Prince Rupert RCMP’s new inspector Blake Ward paid a visit to council on Oct. 25 to introduce himself and to provide an update on police activity in the area. He delivered a quarterly report to council, which he will continue doing in the future.

“One of the biggest areas that I’m going to be focusing on is communication,” Blake said.

Every year they have to conduct consultation with their stakeholders and come up with priorities for the annual performance plan. From January to March they will be consulting with council and determining what their priorities are for 2017.

Currently, the Prince Rupert detachment is only funding 29 positions out of 36, and there are also members who are off-duty due to health and family reasons. There has been a lot of overtime in September and October, but by December the detachment is getting more recruits to fill some of those spots.

Another priority for Blake is for the RCMP to be more proactive. Residents can expect more visibility and presence from the RCMP.

“There are going to be a lot more check stops. Hopefully you’ve seen them in the community and out of those check stops we’re getting other instances, impaired driving, drug related charges,” he said and adds that crime itself is quite low in Port Edward.

Bus fare increase

Over the past couple of years the Port Edward bus service has seen a dip in users. Bob Payette, the Chief Administrative Officer, provided the third quarter of the district’s financial report for 2016 to council and revenue and expenses are in line with their budget. However, he recommended a fee increase of 10 per cent, effective January, to raise bus revenues.

Trailer court update

The district sent a letter advising Stonecliff Properties that they’d like the trailer court area cleaned up. The company is tied up in litigation in Provincial Supreme Court after it evicted its tenants and it has told the district that it can’t do anything with the trailers until the legal process is finished.

“I still maintain the ones that aren’t under some of these court actions she should be able to get rid of them now,” Mayor Dave MacDonald said.

“It looks awful up there.”

 

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