Age friendly planning funded in Charlotte

  • May. 3, 2010 1:00 p.m.

Queen Charlotte has received an almost $17,000 grant to support age-friendly planning in the community. The funding is provided by the province and administered by the Union of BC Municipalities. It will be used to revise the Official Community Plan to address age-friendly policies, revise snow and ice policy and bylaws and develop a model bench program. Chief administrative officer Bill Beamish said the money will help the community develop policy around snow and ice removal services and when they will kick in, for example. He noted that the hoped for snow finally came in early April and the town’s maintenance crew got to “run the routes and put the blades down”, but village still needs to decide on policy about what snow depths to come out for. “It was probably lighter than we would be out for a normal event,” he said. The timing of the removal will also be looked at. Mr. Beamish said they would likely schedule one worker to get up at 4:00 am to check the accumulation of snow and ice and if its serious enough they would call out the others. The funding has be spent and a final report submitted no later than April 30, 2011 on this project.