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District of Vanderhoof - Council Message

April 2012 - Mayor Thiessen

So Much Promise and Hurt

The town of Vanderhoof has experienced some of the most maturing investment we have had in
the town’s history. Our local industries continue to invest in our community. Canfor built a
thermal energy plant where they are burning sawmill residual waste to heat oil, which is piped
through their dry kilns. Nechako Mechanical purchased a machine that will use robotics which
is only the second one to operate in BC. L & M Lumber, a BC Hydro award winning company, announced a $7 million green energy project, which they will use to help power their pellet
plant. The project will produce enough energy to provide power to 1,320 homes, which equates to a town about the size of Vanderhoof. This year, a sawmill upgrade valued at $24 million is underway.

These upgrades may not necessarily bring many new jobs but they demonstrate a deep commitment by our major industries to our community and will help insure that the jobs we have now will be here for many years to come.

We all have heard about the investment being made at Mount Milligan and Endako Mine these past 2 years. With their significant investments, Thompson Creek, who owns both of these projects, has shown great confidence in our area and appears to be here for the long term.

In May, New Gold will be opening an office on Highway 16 and a Core Lab Facility at Northside. They are continuing to expand their exploration camp south of Vanderhoof and are currently recruiting for their Lab operation.

Council is continuing to focus on making Vanderhoof a great place for families and seniors. Our goal is for Vanderhoof to continue to be a great place to raise a family. Watch for upgrades to Riverside Park this summer.

Council encourages your input on what you feel makes Vanderhoof a great place to live, work, and play. I encourage you to take the time to come to one of our regular Council meetings, every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, or to a regular Committee of the Whole Meeting, every 3rd Monday. All regular scheduled meetings start at 5:30 pm. You can visit us at www.vanderhoof.ca for more information.

In closing, it is hard when there are so many positives, to go through the sadness we have this past week with the explosion and fire at Lakeland Sawmill. Our Councillor Steve Little suffered the tragic loss of his brother Alan, in the fire. Our thoughts and prayers are for Steve’s family and the entire Sinclair Group family.

Thanks ~ Mayor Gerry Thiessen