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District of Vanderhoof - Council Message

May 2012 - Councillor Levy

Summertime

Now that the weather is warming up it is time to get out and enjoy the spring and summer recreational opportunities that Vanderhoof has to offer. Along with the many team sports for the
younger set we now have a great trail network in place for all ages to enjoy.

Also don’t forget the bike park and the District of Vanderhoof Recreation Department activities. Our recreation staff has been busy planning many new and returning programs for the summer. Check this issue for details of what is available this summer and watch for posters and updates on our Facebook site. Also you will see some changes to Riverside Park with the installation of outdoor exercise equipment that will be available for year round use. The park is also going to go through some rehabilitation to flatten out and improve the grassy fields to make them more usable. It is council’s hope that this will encourage all of us to include some of these things in a healthy lifestyle.

Council and the pool committee are still working hard to make a swimming pool for Vanderhoof and the surrounding area a reality. A referendum is being worked on for this fall so please watch for details.

It saddened me to see the recent fire of the Fort St James recycling depot. Providing recycling opportunities is a challenge in smaller centres and Greening Up the Fort had worked hard to establish their new facility.

Here in Vanderhoof our own Nechako Waste Reduction Initiative continues to work hard to promote and provide recycling opportunities for our community. Despite setbacks last year they are still working hard on your behalf. Due to last year’s fires the mixed paper bin is now located at the Transfer Station on Dump Road. Cardboard can still be dropped off in the bin behind the Co-op during store hours. Bottles and Milk containers as well as paint can be recycled at the NVSS Bottle Depot. Please do your part to keep our community sustainable by making the effort to recycle. Check out their website www.nechakowri.ca and they can also be found on Facebook.

Finally in early May many of the council members attended the North Central Local Government Association meeting in 100 Mile House. While we were there we had a number of productive meetings. Some of these included meetings with Northern Health and Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Council meetings are now held on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 pm. They are open to the public and the agendas are available online or at the District Office. Hope to see you there.

~ Councillor Louise Levy