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Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) Information from Emergency Management BC

Landslides and major flooding in the Northeast Region from June 14 – July 13, 2020, have caused property and content damages. As a result of the damages sustained from this event, provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has been authorized for qualifying claimants, such as homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses in the Peace River Regional District.  This includes all first nation communities, electoral (rural) areas and municipalities within the geographic boundaries of the regional district.

Emergency Management BC strongly encourages people to submit their application as soon as possible so that they can have the damage assessment completed promptly, the deadline for EMBC to receive this form is October 16, 2020. As applications are received at the Emergency Management BC office, EMBC contracted evaluators will contact the applicants to explain the DFA program requirements and schedule an onsite visit.   SAVE ALL RECEIPTS even if you have already spent money to repair your home, property or business!

Information about DFA at http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance.  There you will find the DFA Application Form, ‘Disaster Financial Assistance Guidelines for Private Sector’, information bulletins about DFA and insurance and ‘One Step at a time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery’.  Paper copies of the application can be picked up at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek and Fort St John starting Monday afternoon.

Information from the full message, posted to the website at Emergency News, includes:

  • How to apply, and the application deadline
  • What is DFA?
  • When is DFA Available?
  • Who is eligible for DFA?
  • What is eligible for DFA?

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Housing Needs Assessment Survey

The Peace River Regional District, District of Chetwynd, City of Dawson Creek, District of Hudson’s Hope, and Village of Pouce Coupe have partnered to develop housing needs reports for each of the participating municipalities and Electoral Areas B, C, D, and E.

As part of this work, the PRRD will be engaging broadly with residents in the partner municipalities and electoral areas through a community survey that will be launched in July 2020.  The survey will be available online and residents will also be able to request a paper copy be mailed to their home.

We want to hear from you to make sure the housing needs reports reflect residents’ experiences and perspectives. The survey will be open from July 14 – August 5! Complete the survey for your chance to win 1 of 2 $100 Visa Giftcards!

Visit our Engage page to learn more!

Take the Survey!

 

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Rose Prairie Water Station July Update

After reviewing a number of options for the Rose Prairie Water Station, the Peace River Regional District will be moving forward with the installation of a pilot, Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Filter, at the Rose Prairie Water Station.  Once the modular unit is in place, it is estimated that the pilot will run for 4-6 weeks to ensure the water meets acceptable health standards for the residents of Electoral Area B.

The GAC Filters will be installed at the Rose Prairie Water Station over the summer, during which time the water will continue to be tested to ensure the new filters are working as expected and the water is meeting Northern Health standards. The pilot study for the GAC Filters will be installed on the Bottle Fill, with the commissioning and opening of the Bottle Fill planned to take place late August/early September at the earliest. If the pilot test on the Bottle Fill system is successful then full-scale design and construction will be the included next steps.

We want to thank residents once again for their patience throughout this project. The Staff and Directors at the PRRD are looking forward to seeing the Rose Prairie Water Station fully operational and serving the residents of Electoral Area B in 2020.

Why Will Only the Bottle Fill be Open?
The bottle fill will be open as a pilot project, to make sure the GAC Filter system is working as expected before implementing the solution for the whole system. The cost to install GAC Filters on the bottle fill is much less than installing the filters for the entire Water Station. By testing the GAC Filters on the bottle fill first, it allows us to have increased certainty in the solution before spending additional money.
When Can We Expect the Full Site (Tank Fill and Bottle Fill) to be Open?
The Bottle Fill is a pilot test to ensure that the GAC Filters will work as expected before installing them on the entire system. Staff and consultants will be evaluating how the GAC Filters are performing for the Bottle Fill and will make recommendations based on the data they receive to determine when the Full Site might be able to open. The recommendations are expected to be evaluated in October to determine the best course of action and timeline for the full opening of the Rose Prairie Water Station.
Will the Water in the Bottle Fill be Safe?
Water samples from the new GAC filtered water system will be thoroughly tested before the Bottle Fill station opens and will continue to be tested daily after the bottle fill opens to the public to make sure the water continues to meet Northern Health standards.

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City of Fort St. John and Peace River Regional District Announce Agreement for Festival Plaza Lands

The City of Fort St. John and the Peace River Regional District have been working in partnership towards an adjustment of property lines for the Festival Plaza Development.

The Festival Plaza, which will be located on the southeast corner of 100 Street and 96 Avenue, was identified in the Downtown Action Plan as one of 10 Big Moves to Energize the Downtown. The development will consist of a covered shelter, food truck stalls, performance space and washrooms. It will be a year-round home for the farmers market, community events, food vendors, buskers, social gatherings and public art.

The Peace River Regional District will be placing public notices as per the requirements of the Local Government Act regarding the disposition of this property.

Construction on this project is slated to begin in Summer 2020, stay up-to-date with all City of Fort St. John Capital Projects at www.fortstjohn.ca/capital-projects.

To see the full press release, please click the link below.

Media Release – City and PRRD Announce Agreement for Festival Plaza Lands

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Old Fort Updates

To read All Old Fort Emergency Updates on Behalf of MOTI, Click Here

To Read the Old Fort Emergency Plan, Click Here

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PRRD Facility and Meeting Status – June 1 Update

Board Meetings

All PRRD Board Meetings will be live-streamed on the PRRD Facebook page to allow the public to view Board Meetings.  Note that due to room occupancy limits, gallery seating for the public is limited to 4 people in order to ensure physical distancing.  Please check our “COVID-19 Resources for Residents” page for a quick reference guide on attending Board meetings.

Facility Status

See Quick Reference Guides for more info!

  • PRRD Main Office in Dawson Creek – open to the public
  • PRRD Office in Fort St John – open to the public
  • Charlie Lake Fire Hall – open by appointment (250 785-1424)
  • PRRD Warehouse – open by appointment (250 784-3200)
  • Landfills & transfer stations – open see schedule 
  • Water Stations – open
  • Charlie Lake Sewer Receiving – open
  • Share Sheds (open June 15th)

Regional Parks

See Quick Reference Guide for more info!

  • Blackfoot Regional Park  – open for camping (first come first served basis)
  • Spencer Tuck Regional Park – open for day use
  • Sundance Lake Regional Park – open for day use
  • Minaker Regional Park – closed
  • Montney Regional Park  – open for day use
  • Iver Johnson Community Park – open for day use
  • Note: All PRRD Parks Washroom / Outhouse Facilities are open but are not cleaned daily

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Notice of Special Electoral Area Directors Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Regional District Office Boardroom

1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek BC

1:00 pm

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Electoral Area Directors Committee, on Thursday, June 4, 2020 in the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

Click Notice for more information. The agenda package is available at: prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

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2019 CARIP Report

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to release the 2019 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report.

Click here to read the report

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Sandbags Available for PRRD Residents

Sandbags are available for PRRD Residents at several locations around the Peace Region to help prevent flooding on their properties.
  • Moberly Lake Fire Hall
  • Yips Subdivision
  • Compass Services
  • Iver Johnson Community Park
  • Tomslake Fire Hall
  • Tupper Hall
  • Halfway Graham Community Hall
 

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New PRRD Landfill Tipping Fees Model Means Changes for Commercial Users

The Peace River Regional District has adopted a new fee structure at Regional Landfills that gives the PRRD the ability to charge separate rates for residential and commercial landfill users. Under the new system, residents will not see any changes to their current bills while commercial users will see an increase of 3.3% beginning on May 1st, 2020.

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