PENTICTON, B.C. – Representatives from Quesnel City Council met with the Hon. Blair Lekstrom, Minster of Community Development Wednesday. Topics for discussion included West Quesnel Land Stability, the Working Roundtable on Forestry, regional governance and the North Cariboo Multi-Centre.
“As the Minister is relatively new to this very important portfolio, we felt it would be good to speak with him about some of the major issues our community faces,” said Mayor Nate Bello. “As a former northern mayor and councillor, Minister Lekstrom truly understands the pressures municipalities face. I know he will work hard to address our concerns.”
Council provided an update on West Quesnel Land Stability and asked for an expedited review by the Ministry of the findings of the trial dewatering program and to determine when work can begin on a long-lasting solution. Council also asked that the City’s previous suggestions to the Working Roundtable on Forestry, namely support for community consultation and the work of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition, be considered as means to support mountain pine beetle-affected communities.
Council also updated the Minister on the North-Cariboo Multi-Centre and the funding requirements should the Nov. 15 referendum provide a mandate for the project to proceed.
Finally, Council indicated they are happy to see the Ministry showing its support for the UBCM’s Regional District Task Force.
“We know there are challenges facing regional districts and we often face inequities in our relationships,” added Mayor Bello. “We’re eager to be a part of this process as we find ways to work even more effectively as local governments.”
At the end of the meeting, Minister Lekstrom notified Council of the City’s successful application for an infrastructure planning grant. The City will receive $10,000 to examine some issues around water pressure and “hammering” problems in the Two Mile Flat area.