Queen Charlotte’s first year ends well

  • Jul. 11, 2007 8:00 p.m.

Residents of Queen Charlotte have a chance to assess how the village has fared on its 2006 goals and objectives and check out what is planned for 2007.The 2006 Annual Report was presented at the village’s Annual General Meeting July 3. Cementing relationships with First Nations neighbours, putting together an Advisory Planning Commission to get the Official Community Plan started, pursuing funding and training all-new administrative staff were some of the 2006 goals. Financially, the village ended up with $599,291 revenue in excess of expenses in 2006, including almost $400,000 more in grants than expected and $50,000 more in taxes than was in the 2006 budget. For 2007, council hopes to complete the Official Community Plan, formalize an economic development and tourism marketing strategy, complete the skateboard park, pursue stage 2 Spirit Square funding and complete the Stanley Lake, Honna River water project. There were no goals listed for public works in 2006, as the village’s road network remains the responsibility of the province until 2010. Staff were to begin planning for the village to take over the maintenance of the roads in 2007. The Observer asked what has been done to date and administrator Andrew Yeates said the village has been working with the Highways area manager to gather back information on the culverts and ditches in the town. As well, Highways has replaced several signs and plans to replace all street signs by 2010. Asphalt was put down in several places in 2006 and ongoing brushing and tree cutting work has been done. Mayor Carol Kulesha says the expectations of townspeople will influence how the roads are maintained when the village takes control. “We have estimated budget figures for how to maintain what we have now,” she says. The Public Works budget, which is $44,338 for 2007 is scheduled to more than double in 2009 and be at $109,000 by 2010. “The town is never going to have to pay for everything all over again when it comes to roads,” said Mayor Kulesha. She added that the village will apply for infrastructure grants when major work needs to be done. In other Queen Charlotte news:Queen Charlotte residents should watch for dates for two tipping days set for this fall, rather than one in spring and one in fall as some other communities do. Queen Charlotte intends to send a letter of support regarding a cell phone tower proposed for Mt. Poole to the Integrated Lands Management Bureau. Mayor Kulesha will attend a Northern Health roundtable in Rupert on July 12. She wants to raise topics like mental health and addictions, senior care, appropriate birthing needs and more. Expenses will be $500. Council agreed to send Marvin Boyd a letter of thanks for cleaning up the roadway near South Moresby Air prior to Hospital Day. Hospital Day committee members are looking for ideas on how to celebrate the 100th anniversary next year. Councillor Greg Martin attended a Nai Kun Wind Farm presentation (by telephone) and said he’d share what he learned with any interested people. Council agreed to send a letter to the BC Used Oil Management Association saying they need to find a way to provide a used oil depot. A copy will go to the MLA and the MP.