July 6, 2017
What do you like about Dawson Creek? What changes would you like to see?
Here’s your chance to be heard and enter your name for a GRANDE PRIZE in August!
The City of Dawson Creek is updating its Official Community Plan. The Official Community Plan will help us to envision and achieve what we want our community to look like by 2030. To make sure the Official Community Plan is relevant and meets the current and future needs of our community, your involvement is essential.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete this initial survey. Your responses will be used to help us develop draft components of the Official Community Plan that will be taken back out to the community and stakeholders later in 2017.
2017 Official Community Plan Survey
July 21, 2017
The City of Dawson Creek recognizes that encroachments onto City property exist and will continue to be discovered. On July 17th, Council approved a draft Encroachment Policy to be presented to the public for a 30 day comment period. The full staff report and the draft policy can be found on the City’s website, but if you only have a couple of minutes to spare please review the following highlights.
It is the intention of the City to apply the new encroachment policy when a complaint is received, when encroachments are identified by the City through its normal work, or when an application for an encroachment is received.
The policy includes guidelines to make sure that encroachments do not:
- negatively affect City lands and easements or the City’s ability to maintain effective services,
- restrict public access and enjoyment of lands for public use,
- or contradict Federal/Provincial legislation, City bylaws, City policies, or City planning documents.
Encroachment applications will first be received by City Staff, who will apply the following criteria before providing a recommendation to Council to either approve or reject the application:
- encroachments within an emergency access;
- encroachments that create, or have the potential to create, a hazardous situation;
- encroachments that reduce off-street parking for more than 48 hours (except those related to development);
- encroachments that obstruct sightlines;
- encroachments that obstruct, or damage utilities;
- parkland designation, including levels of access and public use;
- the impact on neighbouring properties;
- the amount of land being utilized/requested;
- new development or long standing development;
- plans for future use by the City.
If approved by Council, the required documentation will be signed and filed on title. If the application is not approved, the encroachment will need to be removed.
Written comments will be received by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at P.O. Box 150, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4E8 or you can drop it off at City Hall – 10105 12A Street. If you have questions, please contact City Administration at 250-784-3614 or the Mayor at 250-784-3616.
The policy will be reconsidered by Council at the August 21st meeting. Written comments or requests to appear as a delegation must be received by noon on August 14th in order to be included on the agenda.
Encroachment Policy Report
July 19, 2017
To assist with the wildfires currently burning in our province, the Dawson Creek Fire Department has committed to send 5 firefighters, one Pumper truck and one support vehicle when requested by Emergency Management BC. An additional 10 firefighters have volunteered to go when relief is requested following the deployment of the first group. While we do not have a time frame for the deployment, our resources are available as soon as the City receives the call.
Further to the Fire Department resources being provided, Members of our local RCMP Detachment have been assisting in the policing responsibilities in the fire areas and more resources are being deployed in the next day or so. The City of Dawson Creek has had staff in Prince George over the past week to assist with the administrative work required for the registration of evacuees and to provide support in the emergency centres. Additional staff left today to Prince George to provide relief to the staff and volunteers that have been working tirelessly through the past week. Staff are also being provided to assist with the evacuees that have arrived in our community. While there are still several people to register, 24 families, consisting of 41 Adults and 15 children, have registered to date at our local centre. If you know of any evacuees in our community please have them check in at the Fire Hall or call 250-782-9898 if they have not already checked in.
For wildfire information including what to do if evacuated from your home, how to prepare for potential evacuation and safety tips for travelers in B.C. visit: bcwildfire.ca.
According to the Province of British Columbia website, the Canadian Red Cross is supporting the Government of B.C. in providing relief in areas affected by wildfire. A British Columbia Fires Appeal has been opened for Canadians who wish to help those in need.
Your donation will help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification and financial assistance for food, clothing and personal needs. Beyond meeting immediate needs, your donation may also help re-entry and go towards more long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness. For more information please visit www.gov.bc.ca.
For more information, please contact:
City of Dawson Creek
July 13, 2017
A Regular Council Meeting will be held Monday, July 17, 2017 and will include:
- Memo from Councillor Gevatkoff re: Status of Rotary Lake.
- Letter from Ted Clarke, Northern B.C. Helicopter Emergency Operations Society (HEROS) (June 28, 2017), re: Letter of support to Establish an Independent Royal Commission to Examine all Aspects of Prehospital Care in B.C.
- Ryan Maclvor, Brent Hodson, and Melanie Moore, Spectra Venue Management, in attendance re: 2016 Annual Report. (more…)
July 7, 2017
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2017
INTEGRA AIR BRINGS NEW SERVICE TO THE DAWSON CREEK REGIONAL AIRPORT
The City of Dawson Creek and Integra Air are pleased to announce a new flight service to the Dawson Creek Regional Airport.
The new flights are scheduled to begin on September 18, 2017 and will provide non-stop service from Dawson Creek to Calgary and return. This service will be provided 5 days a week on a 16 seater Jetstream 31 Aircraft.
“Integra’s new flight service is an integral component to accommodating the strong economic activity in the Dawson Creek area. This flight service will provide companies a quick and direct route from Calgary to Dawson Creek. The City is very excited to welcome Integra Air to the community.”
-Mayor Dale Bumstead
“Integra Air is very pleased to bring our scheduled service to the residents and businesses of Dawson Creek and surrounding areas, with both our industry leading customer service and excellent safety record. We look forward to seeing you on one of our flights!
-John Macek, CEO
For more information, please contact:
City of Dawson Creek
Dale Bumstead, Mayor
John Macek, CEO
Via Channing Bowron, Executive Assistant