Cariboo Regional District Chair Al Richmond presented his annual year-end address during the regular CRD meeting, Dec. 14.
“…today, I have the distinct pleasure of reviewing the Cariboo Regional District’s key accomplishments and successes for 2012,” Richmond said in his report provided by CRD staff.
“Looking back over the past year, our region can be proud of its achievements.” The year started with town hall meetings in January and February throughout the 12 electoral areas and the four member municipalities during which the proposed 2012 budget was presented to residents for feedback before being adopted at the end of March.
In May of 2012, the CRD and the District of 100 Mile House hosted representatives of the North Central Local Government Association who congregated in 100 Mile House for the association’s annual meeting and convention.
Under the theme of the Log Home Capital, delegates and their partners were hosted to some great workshops, business sessions and of course some spectacular entertainment and social events.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to again thank the many volunteers from South Cariboo who dedicated their time and efforts to make this event successful,” Richmond said.
Richmond said one of the highlights of the North Central Local Government Association convention was when CRD director/100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall was elected as the new NCLGA president.
“Overall, the NCLGA was an extremely successful event for the CRD and the District of 100 Mile House, and most importantly the region,” Richmond said.
In June, the CRD board and staff travelled to Barkerville.
During the two-days of meetings, the CRD held the first joint meeting with the Regional District of Fraser Fort George and signed the Barkerville Accord – a document which commits both local governments to work in collaboration to address issues of mutual concern, and to promote the sustainability and economic vibrancy of the north central interior of BC.
The traditional Board on the Road Barbeue was put on in support of the Barkerville’s 2012, 150th anniversary celebration.
Over the summer months the Cariboo Regional District lobbied for our region on two critical issues including a presentation in Prince George to the provincial committee regarding the Timber Supply on July 5, Richmond said.
Many of the recommendations coming out of the final report published by the commission included CRD recommendations such as using a science based approach, promoting utilization of marginally economic forest lands, better fibre utilization and more.
The second issue was focused on the proposed federal electoral boundaries redistribution. Again, the CRD lobbied with a strong voice at the public consultation meeting held in Prince George on Sept. 17.
“On Sept. 13 and 14, we were on the road again with our second of two Board on the Road meetings for 2012 – this time Kersley was our destination,” Richmond said. “On Thursday, during the community barbecue, we also took the opportunity to celebrate director Ted Armstrong’s 35th anniversary as the CRD representative for Electoral Area A and Kersley.
In September 2012, CRD directors attended the Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference in Vancouver.
During the convention, nine of 10 CRD resolutions saw success on the resolution floor, Richmond says.
“The CRD, along with the District of 100 Mile House, the City of Quesnel, the District of Wells and the City of Williams Lake and our neighbours from the Regional District of Fraser Fort George and the City of Prince George, lobbied provincial ministries,” Richmond said.
“One such meeting was with Premier Christy Clark and the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the Minister Responsible for Labour, the Honourable Pat Bell.
“During this session, the CRD discussed its Strong Regions report and the need for increased alternative revenue streams for local governments. The province has committed to working with the CRD to potentially act upon some of the recommendations laid out in the report.”
The CRD also met with the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Honourable Steve Thomson to discuss the Cedar Dam on Nina Lake.
Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD) Chair, John Massier and staff also had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Health, the Honourable Dr. Margaret MacDiarmid to ensure the Cariboo Memorial Hospital Master Plan be given priority, reported Richmond.
“Our success was not limited to the resolutions or minister meetings either, as three members of the CRD board of directors were elected to the UBCM executive board including Quesnel Director, Mayor Mary Sjostrom as president; myself, Chair Al Richmond as third vice-president.
100 Mile House Director, Mayor Mitch Campsall was also appointed to the UBCM Executive as the NCLGA representative,” Richmond said.
“We will continue to follow up with the issues discussed at UBCM, and will collaborate with our regions’ provincial MLAs and federal MPs to ensure the people of the CRD have a voice in Victoria and Ottawa.”
In 2012, the CRD successfully applied to a number of different provincial and federal funding programs such as the Building Canada Fund, the Towns for Tomorrow program, Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Community Tourism Opportunities program and UBCM’s Fuel mitigation fund.