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District of Taylor council news in brief

Highlights from the District of Taylor council and committee meetings on March 5, 2018: Firefighters plan for hoselay competition The Taylor fire department celebrates its 60th year in 2018, and firefighters are gearing up to host the annual Peace Re
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District of Taylor municipal office.

Highlights from the District of Taylor council and committee meetings on March 5, 2018:

Firefighters plan for hoselay competition

The Taylor fire department celebrates its 60th year in 2018, and firefighters are gearing up to host the annual Peace Region Hoselay Competition in May.

The competition will bring out firefighters from across the Peace, and as far away as Mackenzie and Fort Nelson, to compete in events that simulate firefighting activities.

“We have a lot of history with the hoselay competition, we like to win, and we like to show off our community,” said Lieutenant Matt Edgar, planning committee chairman and who is nearing his 10th year of service with the department.

“Truly, it is a once-a-year opportunity where we all come together, we have an opportunity to show off our skills, build rivalries, but also build companionship with other departments.”

The competition runs from May 25 to 27, and is funded through the firefighters’ association, as well as community sponsorships. It will cost around $12,500 to organize the competition.

Council voted at the meeting to waive rental fees for the use of the arena, community hall, curling rink, and swimming pool for the event, as well as approving the use of the ball diamonds, parking lots, and hydrants for the event. Council also approved a $1,000 sponsorship for the event, as well as a number of prize bag goodies including swim passes and golf tokens for participants.

“I don’t think this should cost the association a nickel,” Mayor Rob Fraser said.

Grant writer hired

Council voted to direct award a grant writing contract with Andy Ackerman of Myriad Consulting up to $10,500, pending negotiations with the firm and evaluation of the district’s grant writing needs.

Council voted to hire its own grant writer instead of collaborate with the Peace River Regional District on those services due to Ackerman’s strong connection to and experience with local user groups. The regional district is looking to Adlard Environmental of Charlie Lake for its services.

“This year is really important,” Mayor Rob Fraser said.

“It’s not just writing the physical grants, it’s preparing the non-profit organizations, especially this year, because it’s the year the province will implement the new Societies Act. We will need somebody working with our groups. That’s the unseen work that Myriad Consulting has been providing.”

Other business

• Council approved a $500 sponsorship for the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre’s Walk in Balance Five Wellness Conference, to be held April 17 to 19, 2018 in Fort St. John. “It’s good for us to be seen supporting First Nations folks who are on a journey of wellness,” Mayor Rob Fraser said. “It’s important this region has these kind of things and that we have some sort of participation.”

• The district is gearing up for a communications blitz around its Parcel Z subdivision development this spring and summer. The district is looking to borrow $4.2 million to service the development, with more information on the proposed borrowing expected at a 2018 budget meeting March 19. The district is also looking to host another Coffee with Council meeting in late April to update the community on the development, as well as provide updates on its traffic plan, snow removal policies, medical clinic, and composting facility.

• Council repealed Screening Bylaw 376, 1988. Eliminating the screening bylaw was a housekeeping item missed in 2014, when the district’s latest zoning bylaw was adopted and dealt with landscape and screening issues such as fences, hedges, and trees between properties.

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