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District of Vanderhoof - Council Message

October 2010

Autumn Review

With the return of the geese and the changing leaves, signs are everywhere that summer is over and fall has arrived. After a long, hot summer filled with many fun activities yet way too much smoke, I welcome the change in season. Council will be attending the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in late September.

This is where we have the opportunity to pass along the concerns and needs of our community to provincial representatives, and to discuss various issues with other elected officials at the municipal level. I am pleased to report that landscaping at the Vanderhoof Community Museum is finished. Be sure to go for a walk on the new trail behind the museum. Improvements to the Highway 16 Park have been made to better accommodate RV's. Free Wi-Fi is available in Riverside Campground. Check the information kiosk at Riverside Park for important messages. Council continues to work with local groups to improve our community. We have recently created a Community Profile for people and businesses interested in our town. We also work closely with the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is having its AGM on October 5 and is seeking local business people to put forward their names to run for Director positions. Research on ways to improve our recycling opportunities continue.

The mixed paper and cardboard bins behind the Co-op are being well utilized. Thank you to all those dedicated recyclers out there. Your efforts are making a difference in reducing the demand on our landfill. As a participating community of the Measuring up the North initiative, we have agreed to create a "liveable, age-friendly, disability-friendly, universally designed, inclusive community that benefits all citizens and visitors". Accordingly, Council supports a recommendation to apply to the Federal Government's "Enabling Accessibility Funding" program for the majority of the funds needed to increase physical accessibility to Municipal-owned public buildings (Municipal Office, Courthouse and Arena). If granted, the improvements would begin next year.

Regular Council meetings are held at 5:00 pm the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. You are welcome to attend; hope to see you there!

Councillor Louise Levy