The Regular Meeting of the District of Chetwynd took place Tuesday, April 18th at the Municipal Hall with all Councilors in attendance. The meeting began with a presentation from Corinna Kennedy and Winston Ho from the Chetwynd Outdoors Society. They proposed building a network of trails in the community forest, which can be used for cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Their plan would utilize existing unused logging roads, creating several paths with a cost savings over building new trails from scratch. They have already received letters of support from West Moberly and Saulteau. They would like support from the District in several areas, including storage for grooming equipment, advertising through Chetwynd Tourism, as well as a letter of support and possible financial assistance to help with purchasing needed equipment. Council will consider the proposal at a future meeting.
At the last meeting of council, many members of the community attended in support of Steve Hallaert’s business at 5317 45a Street. This Tuesday’s meeting was even more crowded, with additional chairs brought in to accommodate citizens on both sides of the debate. The meeting saw two presentations made from neighbours. The first was from Colleen Simpson who gave a strongly worded presentation. She was followed by another concerned neighbor who asked not to be named in this story. The common theme of the presentations was that the business at the property, although starting off small, has grown to the point of being too large to operate in the area without excessive noise, as well as possible environmental hazards. The presenters asked council to revisit the issue and enforce community bylaws. Mayor Nichols told the crowd that District administration will prepare a report on the issue, to be reviewed by council at the meeting of May 15th.
Council then agreed to send Mayor Nichols and Councillor Weisgerber to Victoria at the end of the month, to present a carving to the Ministry of Community Services, in appreciation of all the contributions they have made to Chetwynd. On that note, Mayor Nichols said he was pleased to announce that since 2006, Chetwynd has received over 11 million dollars in grants, helping to fund everything from the skate park to the sewage plant.
In the public question period, two more residents voiced their concerns that bylaws be upheld. Steve Hallaert stood up in his own defence, saying that he’s already taken steps to reduce business activities at his property, adding it doesn’t matter how much he does, his neighbours won’t be happy.
Council then adjourned to a committee of the whole meeting. Full council agendas can be viewed online at gochetwynd.com