Grant Funding Announced for Airport Investment Master Plan
The City of Williams Lake has been awarded a $48,000 grant from the Rural Dividend Program for its Airport Investment Master Plan.
“We were pleased to hear that we were successful in our application to the Rural Dividend Program for this grant,” says Mayor Walt Cobb. “This project will enable the City to develop a strategy to guide future development of the airport lands.”...
The BC Rural Dividend Program provides funding to assist rural communities to reinvigorate and diversify their local economies, with a goal to increase their strength and sustainability, making them more attractive places to live and work. The program is focused on supporting worthy projects that help rural communities navigate changes impacting their economies, such as attracting and retaining youth, using innovation to drive economic growth, and developing new and effective partnerships to support shared prosperity.
Thanks to Dennis Chappell for producing this video for the City! https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=x2QbY1bNBRY
Fir Beetle and Fuel Hazard Reduction
The Williams Lake Fire Department would like to inform residents that Pioneer Logging will be conducting burning near and above the Wal Mart site from now through mid-April, depending on adequate snow pack levels.
The purpose of the burning is to remove fir beetle infested piles. This will reduce the fuel hazard and prevent the spread of fir beetle into the adjacent forested areas....
The Fire Department has ensured that safety measures have been put in place and will be working with Pioneer Logging.
For further information, please contact Rob Warnock, Deputy Fire Chief at 250-392-1778 or email@example.com.
Council Requests Reinstatement of Electronic Monitoring Program (SEE ATTACHED LETTER)
City of Williams Lake Council has submitted an open letter to all Provincial Court of British Columbia Judges; the Honourable David Eby, Attorney General; and the Honourable Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, expressing its concerns regarding sentencing for criminals conducting unlawful activities during the wildfire evacuations, as well as requesting reinstatem...ent of the Electronic Monitoring Program.
Mayor Walt Cobb says, “Williams Lake residents have worked hard to combat crime in our community, and have come together to strive toward becoming a crime-free community. We have increased resources, including installing additional security cameras, and have changed policies and bylaws to provide the RCMP with extra tools. We have increased policing to full capacity, with the Province providing an additional six RCMP officers. The Community Policing volunteers have become a model for other communities in this province. During the evacuation, residents were significantly stressed, and sensitive to what happened during this crisis. For thieves to take advantage of this situation should not be tolerated.”
Williams Lake RCMP arrested two individuals on July 11, 2017 during the evacuation order. A search warrant uncovered several other items that were believed to have been taken from evacuated homes. Several charges were stayed, and one of the criminals was sentenced to 12 months’ probation and house arrest.
During house arrest, the individual was arrested for domestic assault.
Councillor Scott Nelson states, “There is no question that the Electronic Monitoring Program must be reinstated, so that individuals on probation can be monitored 24/7. City Council was shocked to hear how many persons are not compliant with their bail release or probation conditions. It is of significant concern if these individuals are not where they have been directed to be by the courts, because we then have no idea where they are, or what they are doing, and the risk to re-offend is significantly increased.”
City of Williams Lake Council has questioned why the former Electronic Monitoring Program is not currently employed, and whether there are any overwhelming reasons why it cannot be restored. The concern lies not just with the expense of monitoring, but with real unease about the activities of persons unlawfully at large, and the threat they pose to the citizens of our community.
City council wants electronic monitoring of prolific and other offenders. What do you think?
Council accepting applications for Accessibility Advisory Committee
The City of Williams Lake is currently accepting applications for positions on the Accessibility Advisory Committee.
The Accessibility Advisory Committee’s mission is to remove physical and social barriers so that persons with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of community life. Members are appointed for a one year term....
Applications must include name, address, home and work telephone numbers, together with an outline of the reasons for your interest in serving on the committee. A Striking Committee of Council will consider all applications.
The application deadline is March 2, 2018. To submit your application, or for more information about advisory committees, contact Cindy Bouchard, Director of Legislative Services, at 250-392-1773 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessibility Award of Merit Nominations Open
The City of Williams Lake believes that public awareness about physical and attitudinal barriers will help improve the quality of life for all disabled persons, giving them the opportunity to participate in all aspects of community life.
The mission of the City of Williams Lake Accessibility Advisory Committee is to remove physical and social barriers that impede the full participation of persons with disabilities in all aspects ...
Snow Removal around Fire Hydrants
The Williams Lake Fire Department is asking all homeowners not to deposit excess snow around fire hydrants.
City crews are currently in the process of clearing around hydrants in the industrial and downtown areas....
If you have any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Deputy Fire Chief Rob Warnock at (250) 392-1778 or email@example.com.
GARBAGE/RECYCLING COLLECTION REMINDER - Please note that collection for the week of February 12th will be moved ahead one day due to the Family Day holiday. For example, if your collection day is usually Tuesday, pick up will be Wednesday. Thank you!
City crews are hard at work finishing the cleanup of the downtown core. Snow removal will be commencing tonight, and residential areas will be addressed once the downtown has been completed. Crews will be working through the weekend. The public can assist by parking off the street so plows can access the entire roadway. A reminder to please put recycling/garbage carts out at 7 am on the collection day, and remove the same day. Stay safe everyone!
Residential Snow Removal
The City of Williams Lake is asking for the public’s assistance during this time of heavy snow fall by not parking vehicles along the side of the roads during snow clearing operations, so that plows can access the entire roadway. Vehicles impeding snow removal may be subjected to towing.
As garbage and recycling carts also impede snow removal, do not put your cart out on the curb the night before. Please place your cart on the curb by 7:00 am on your... collection day and pull away from the curb after collection.
There will be snow removal crews working throughout the weekend. We thank residents for their patience and understanding as we continue to address the large volume of snow.
For more information, contact:
Matt Sutherland, Streets Foreman
GARBAGE/RECYCLING COLLECTION - Please note that collection for the week of February 12th will be moved ahead one day due to the Family Day holiday. For example, if your collection day is usually Tuesday, pick up will be Wednesday. Thank you!
City Snow Removal
With the large amount of recent snowfall, the City’s road crews have been working hard to address snow removal. All equipment is running full-time, and by Monday evening crews will address laneways, roads, parking lots, and sidewalks.
With 20-25 cm of snow expected to fall through Thursday, crews will continue to prioritize snow removal. Parking lanes in front of businesses will be addressed on Thursday, with ongoing snow blowing scheduled to begin on Thursd...ay night.
The City asks for the public’s patience as we continue to address the large volume of snow. Please expect some delays in residential snow removal.
For more information, contact:
Matt Sutherland, Streets Foreman
Fire Fighters Wanted
The City of Williams Lake Fire Department is currently accepting applications for paid on-call fire fighters. If you are motivated, physically fit and over the age of 19, you may have a future in fire fighting! Applicants must live within the Williams Lake Fire Protection District.
An information session will be held at the Williams Lake Fire Hall, located at 230 Hodgson Road on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7 pm, where selection criteria will be reviewe...d and application forms will be available.
For more information, contact the Fire Department at 250-392-4321 or visit the City of Williams Lake website at http://www.williamslake.ca/DocumentCenter/View/211 to view or download the information booklet, which may answer some questions prior to attending the information session.
Applications close on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 4:30 pm.
For more information, contact:
Des Webster, Fire Chief