Village of Valemount News and Highlights - Oct 19, 2017 Issue

Dianne St. Jean

The Village of Valemount regular meeting of Council resumed on Oct. 10. There were no delegations or unfinished business. Highlights included:

Air quality and climate leadership:
Under the Reading File was correspondence to Mayor and Council on Air Quality Forum Information and the 2017 State of the Air report. A major topic of concern is smoke from wood stoves, which is the greatest source of air pollution in rural BC and one of the dominant factors affecting respiratory and cardio health. The reports suggest there are ways in which burning wood for heat can be made cleaner in order to decrease its effect on human health.
Mayor and Council also received a letter from the Green Communities Committee (GCC) congratulating them on their achievement of reaching Level 3 recognition – “Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments” through the multi-level Climate Action Recognition Program.

BC Passenger Transportation Board – Greyhound bus routes:
A letter from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George under the Reading File to the BC Passenger Transportation Board re the proposed elimination of bus routes in BC by Greyhound stated their opposition to the changes. Nine routes are slated for removal, four of which are within our regional district area. There are also planned reductions to the Prince George routes.
There was also an Administration Report concerning this topic to Mayor and Council from CAO Adam Davey outlining the impact the elimination of these routes would have on various levels. A number of residents have added their voice of concern re the proposed route changes.
Included in the Administration Report was a letter by Mayor Townsend to the Director of the BC Passenger Transportation Board stating concerns and the Village’s opposition to the elimination of the nine routes and reduction in frequency to ten additional routes which includes service via Valemount to Prince George, a major regional services hub. The letter requests that the BC PTB considers denying Greyhound’s application.

Curling Club to retain Tax Exemption:
Council approved 3rd reading of the Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 774, 2017. Included in the discussion was the status of the exemption for the Curling Club at 50% in consideration of the outcome of the assent vote. Since it was a RDFFG assent vote, there is no change to the Village decision re the club’s tax exemption.

Concrete barriers at Loseth Road turnout:

Concrete barriers at Loseth Rd. turnout have been set down by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in response to concerns about visual obstruction caused by large transport vehicles parking alongside.
Concrete barriers at Loseth Rd. turnout have been set down by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in response to concerns about visual obstruction caused by large transport vehicles parking alongside.
Dianne St. Jean photo
Mayor and Council passed a motion to send a letter of thanks to the office of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Claire Trevena, in their swift response to concerns surrounding the Loseth Rd. turnout north of Valemount. The MOTI has placed concrete barriers on the east-side turnout, preventing large vehicles such as semi-trucks from parking there. The habit of truck drivers doing this previously created visual impairment of oncoming traffic, creating a safety hazard.

 

 

 

 

Village of Valemount News and Highlights - Oct 19, 2017 Issue
Dianne St. Jean photo

Mayor Jeannette Townsend holds up a plaque given to the Village of Valemount by the Municipal Insurance Association (MIA) during this year’s UBCM conference in celebration of its 30th Anniversary. The wooden plaques, signed by Claudia Chan who designed them, were given to all member communities. Councillor Peter Reimer, as appointed Council representative by Mayor Townsend, accepted the plaque on behalf of the Village.

Next regular Council meeting is October 24.