All of the resolutions put forward by the Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake were endorsed at the North Central Local Government Association Convention this week.
Speaking from 100 Mile House, where the convention is taking place, CRD chair Al Richmond said the resolutions from the CRD board covered fencing on highways, fencing of highway interface, protection of potable water, control of noxious weeds on range lands, and the need for support when dangerous offenders are released into rural communities were all dealt with in the resolution working sessions.
“We also requested the Union of B.C. Municipalities to allot additional time for resolution debates at the convention in September. We’re very happy the way NCGLA operated. Given it’s a smaller convention we were able to get through more resolutions in a scheduled amount of time,” Richmond said.
Cook confirmed the city’s proposal to petition the provincial and federal governments to revise their grant formula so that they do not require matching funding, or come up with a new system that allows cash-strapped local governments to address their critical infrastructure needs without having to borrow money, also was endorsed.
She said that resolution was well-supported in the past.
“I think it was Prince Rupert who also had a very similar resolution,” Cook said, adding all local governments are in agreement that there needs to be better ways to fund infrastructure projects.
Cook said the CRD’s resolution about allowing more time for resolution debates at the UBCM was very important.
“I thought that was a very positive thing,” she added.
On Wednesday Cook met with the three beetle action coalitions.
“We met and strategized about the timber-supply issue as well as our next meeting with the premier, and the importance of collaboration and standing united on key issues,” Cook said.
This morning (May 4) Cook is meeting with Interior Health and said the main issues she’ll raise are retention and recruitment of medical staff for Williams Lake, along with the master plan for the Cariboo Memorial Hospital.