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District of Vanderhoof - Message

November 2013

What’s up and what’s been done!
There is a lot of activity happening around Vanderhoof this summer with construction on a new home for the Co-op, Omineca Sports, AMS Construction’s new location, St. John’s Hospital expansion, and the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre.

The aquatic centre has been getting a lot of attention from Council, and the design is well under way. Hopefully the preliminary design will be completed by Christmas, and we will be able to have a public meeting to discuss it. Topics such as the number of swimming lanes, and the depth of the pool have already seen a lot of interest.

Recently I did a walkthrough of the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre with Minister John Rustad and Cory Williamson, manager of the Centre. The building should be closed in by the end of November, and in operation by the end of February. This project will be a great addition to all the other educational and environmental programs currently happening in Vanderhoof. The facility will be using water out of the Nechako River to ensure the sturgeon identify with our river. Because the river intake valve is only a few feet from the boat launch, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has urged us to move the boat launch. They worry that if the launch is not moved, it could have a negative impact upon the young sturgeon. Input from the community will be vital as we go through this process.

Last February Minister Thomson (Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations) wrote a letter to the District of Vanderhoof which gives us the opportunity to obtain a community forest. We have chosen to partner with L&M on this exciting project, and hope to have the project completed by summer 2015.

Many of you may have noticed the new washrooms in Ferland Park. In the last 6 years we have seen more families using this park, and have recognized that the quality of washrooms needed to be brought up to a higher standard.

To increase the District’s capacity to fight fires on our boundaries, we have installed water tanks on Loop Road, and in the Derksen-McDonald Area. Last year we installed new tanks at the airport. This along with our new tanker truck should help in any firefighting challenges we face in the future.
These are just some of the things we have worked on the last couple of months, we encourage everyone to come to our meetings which are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

~ Mayor Gerry Thiessen