District of Vanderhoof - Council Message

December 2010

View back on 2010 and forward to 2011

Here it is, December already. 2010 has gone by so quickly. Council worked on or completed many projects in the past twelve months. Our major project was the improvements to Fourth Street, which will be paved and completed next summer. Other projects that we are particularly proud of include: the creation of Heritage Park and trails, which are a great addition to the Museum; the installation of new spray park equipment at Ferland Park, and; the purchase of portable bleachers that have been extremely well used by the community.

Council worked hard in 2010 for improvements to our community. Council lobbied for the clean-up of the CNR site along with improvements to the VIA Rail train stop. Council worked diligently to convince the Minister of Forests to reinstate District Office status for our Ministry of Forests office, which is vital to our community. We lobbied for renovations to St. John Hospital and we stressed the need for input from administration and medical personnel (renovations will be completed in the spring of 2011).

Looking forward to 2011, we will continue to work with CNC to make sure our residents have full access to training that prepares them for employment in our community especially in the fields of medicine, mining and forestry. We will continue to work on improvements to court services that will free the time of our RCMP officers so that they can focus on security for the residents of Vanderhoof. We will continue our quest of an aquatic centre by seeking your input through public consultation and eventually a referendum. Council sees great potential in our airport, and we will continue to seek new development there including the establishment of a commercial pilot training facility.

In 2011, Council will focus on working with the appropriate provincial ministries on wildfire mitigation, flood mitigation and river watershed rehabilitation for downstream enhancement, which if we are successful includes a White Sturgeon hatchery. I am proud of the ongoing relationship that has been developed with the Chief and Council of our neighbours from the Saik'uz First Nation. Working together we can achieve so much more.

A community is only as good as the people in it. I would like to thank so many of you who have gone above and beyond to make your community such a great place to live. There are many volunteers who give their time to a myriad of activities, too many to list here. Those who volunteer are truly the foundation of our community. I would like to point out one individual who epitomizes what I believe volunteering is all about. This man had an idea, built partnerships, worked to get donations of materials and then did most of the work himself. The result is two very nice picnic benches for the community on the north side of the bridge. One of the great things is that he doesn't want any publicity; like many his reward was doing something for his community.
In closing I would like to thank the District of Vanderhoof Council and staff for their desire to make forward thinking decisions, the ability to work together, and a commitment to find consensus. This has certainly made 2010 a great year for Vanderhoof.

I would like to wish each and every one of you and your family a Merry Christmas and I look forward to a great 2011.

Mayor Gerry Thiessen