There are some great economic numbers to report as the summer ends: As of the end of July, the city has issued building permits valued at over $10.5 million.
Not only had the city issued just $4 million in permits by the middle of last year, but we have surpassed the $8.4 million in total permit value for 2012.
We haven’t seen values this high in the middle of the year since 2008!
I presented on behalf of the city to the Review Panel for the proposed New Prosperity mine, and participated in a site visit to Fish Lake.
I highlighted that it was important for this to be a respectful and informative process.
The city’s position has always been that we support the project for economic reasons as long as it meets environmental assessment requirements and has respectful consultation with First Nations.
The city views the mine as an opportunity to provide new jobs, training, and enhanced economic activity for both municipalities and First Nations communities in our region.
The Panel now has a maximum of 70 days to submit a report to the federal Minister of Environment.
The federal government will then have a maximum of 120 days to decide if New Prosperity can proceed.
We are very fortunate to host a number of talented musicians throughout the summer at our weekly performances in the Park.
I would like to thank Angela Sommer and the Central Cariboo Arts Society, and all the generous sponsors for once again making this possible.
Thanks also to the BIA and FORTIS BC for hosting two old-fashioned outdoor movie nights this summer.
The free family entertainment was a welcome addition to our city, as demonstrated by the great turnout.
Mark Sept. 12 on your calendars, as Council hosts a public meeting about the upcoming budget.
Visit the city website for more.
Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.