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Notice: Special Budget Meeting on February 22, 2023

Notice is given that the Board of the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) will consider the first draft of 2023 Budgets for all of the many functions and services operated by the PRRD at its Special Budget Meeting on Wednesday, February 22, 2023 starting at 10 am at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The public is welcome to attend, or is invited to watch the meeting via livestream on the Regional District’s Facebook page @OfficialPRRD.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the PRRD’s website at prrd.bc.ca on Friday, February 17 – check it out!

If you have any questions, please call the PRRD office in Dawson Creek at 250-784-3200.

Notice: 2023 Parcel Tax Roll Review on February 23, 2023

Public Notice is hereby given that the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) will be holding a Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel meeting at 9:30 am on February 23, 2023 at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC to review any proposed changes to the parcel tax rolls, for the following services:

Charlie Lake Sewer Friesen Sewer
Chilton Sewer Harper Imperial Sewer
Fort St. John Airport Subdivision Water Kelly Lake Sewer
Fort St. John Airport Subdivision Sewer Rolla Sewer
12 Mile Road Electrification Rolla Dyke

Parcel tax rolls are available for inspection at the Regional District offices in Dawson Creek and Fort St John during regular office hours, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and located at:

1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC and
9505 – 100th Street, Fort St. John, BC (closed for lunch 12 noon – 1 pm)

The purpose of the parcel tax roll review is to ensure information is correct for billing of property taxes for 2023.

Property owners may request a correction to the parcel tax roll for their own property and only for the following reasons:

a) there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the tax roll;
b) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel;
c) there is an error or omission respecting the taxable area of a parcel;
d) an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

Requests for corrections as noted above must be submitted in writing and must be received by February 21, 2023 to be considered by the panel.  Requests may be submitted to the Chief Financial Officer via email at prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca or mail to Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC.  V1G 4H8

Telephone inquiries should be directed to Roxanne Shepherd, Chief Financial Officer at 250-784-3219 or Toll Free at 800-670-7773

UPDATE: Regular service has resumed – Prespatou water station

UPDATE, 01/31/23 @ 11:22: The Prespatou water station has resumed regular service.

The Prespatou water station at 21869 Triad Road is currently offline due to an issue with the communications software. Please use the Buick facility at 14853 Buick Creek Road as an alternate until regular service resumes. The PRRD will provide an update once the facility is back online. Thank you for your patience while our crews work to repair the issue.

Board Meeting Agendas – February 2, 2023

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District and Peace River Regional District Boards will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD looking for a public appointee for the BC Hydro GO Fund committee

The Peace River Regional District is accepting expressions of interest for a public appointee to represent the PRRD on the BC Hydro GO Fund Committee. The purpose of the fund is to reduce inequities through financial grants to local non-profit organizations that provide services to children, families and seniors. The program is targeted to support non-profit organizations serving the communities of Fort. St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Taylor, Chetwynd and residents of the Peace River Regional District (Electoral Areas B, C and E).

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Statement from the Chair on International Holocaust Memorial Day

Friday, January 27 is International Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland on the same day in 1945. On this 78th annual day of commemoration, the Peace River Regional District joins a global initiative to honour the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism.

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Area C By-Election, Declaration of Candidates

The Chief Election Officer for the Peace River Regional District has declared the following persons as candidates in the 2023 Area C By-Election:

  • Brad Sperling
  • Suzanne Haab

The by-election will take place on February 25, with advance voting opportunities on February 15 and 22. To view more information, including candidate information and voting stations, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

 

 

Regional District Highlights, January 2023

Highlights from this issue include:

  • Nomination period for Area C by-election open
  • PRRD launches Aquatic Vegetation and Management study for Charlie Lake, Swan Lake and One Island Lake

 

Interactive web map temporarily offline, January 17-18

The PRRD GIS system will undergo planned upgrades from Tuesday, January 17 to Wednesday, January 18.

The GIS department will be offline and the interactive web map will be unavailable during this period. If you have an urgent GIS request, please get in touch with Dawson Creek reception at 250-784-3200 or prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca.

Thank you for your patience while we upgrade our system.

Intake open for Rural Recreational and Cultural Grant-in-Aid

The intake period is now open for the Rural Recreational and Cultural Grant-in-Aid, a grant that benefits rural communities within the electoral areas of the PRRD.

Funding is available to support not-for-profit organizations operating within Electoral Area B, C, E and sub-regional who provide recreation, arts, sports, social and cultural activities that benefit the communities they serve. Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit society and may apply for funding to assist with general operational costs, capital costs and/or special events.

Grants can provide a much needed financial boost to non-profits that are working to make an impact in their community. They can also provide access to resources that may not be available through other sources of funding. Grant funding allows non-profits to plan for the future, expand their services and provide the financial stability required for long-term growth and success.

*Applications must be submitted via email to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca on or before January 31.

For more information or to download a grant application, visit the Electoral Area Grants webpage on the PRRD website.

Bright photo of a woman signing an application form

Candidate announcement: Suzanne Haab, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Suzanne Haab, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’ in the by-election on February 25, 2023. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the the Area C By-Election is open until January 20, 2023 at 4pm. Nomination packages can be downloaded, picked up at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John during regular business hours, or requested via email to the Chief Election Officer.

Candidates have the option of returning nomination documents to the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John; however, an appointment with the Chief Election Officer is required for Fort St. John submissions.

For more information about the upcoming by-election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Brad Sperling, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Brad Sperling, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’ in the by-election on February 25, 2023. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the the Area C By-Election is open until January 20, 2023 at 4pm. Nomination packages can be downloaded, picked up at the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John during regular business hours, or requested via email to the Chief Election Officer.

Candidates have the option of returning nomination documents to the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek or Fort St. John; however, an appointment with the Chief Election Officer is required for Fort St. John submissions.

For more information about the upcoming by-election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Nomination period opens for Electoral Area C Director

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is accepting nominations for Electoral Area C Director ahead of the by-election on Saturday, February 25, 2023. All prospective candidates must submit the required nomination documents to the Chief Election Officer, Janet Prestley, by 4pm on January 20, 2023.

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:

  • a Canadian citizen;
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day (Saturday, February 25, 2023);
  • a resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

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Notice of Board Meeting – January 12, 2023

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District and Peace River Regional District Boards will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, 2023 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

UPDATE: Regular service resumes 01-17-23 (Kelly Lake transfer station temporarily closed)

UPDATE, 01/16/23: The Kelly Lake transfer station will return to regular operating hours on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. 

The Kelly Lake transfer station at 280 Kelly Lake Road, Tomslake BC is temporarily closed due to issues with the generator. As an alternative, a bin will be placed at the transfer station this afternoon for household garbage and the Tomslake transfer station at 15093 Old Edmonton can be used for recycling and bulky items.

The PRRD thanks residents for their patience and will provide an update once regular service has resumed.

Holiday Hours

The Peace River Regional District will be observing the following holiday hours:

Dawson Creek and Fort St. John offices will be CLOSED:

  • Friday, December 23, 2022 (closed 1 – 4:30pm)
  • Monday, December 26, 2022
  • Tuesday, December 27, 2022
  • Monday, January 2, 2023

Regional landfills and transfer stations will be CLOSED:

  • Sunday, December 25, 2022
  • Sunday, January 1, 2023

 

Happy holidays!

Two red decorative Christmas bulbs

 

UPDATED (NOW OPEN) Cecil Lake and Goodlow transfer stations temporarily closed

UPDATE (09:27, 12/23/22); The Cecil Lake and Goodlow transfer stations have resumed regular service

The Cecil Lake transfer station at 4484 248 Road and Goodlow transfer station at 13197 Clayhurst Road are temporarily closed today, due to weather-related vehicle challenges. Residents are encouraged to use the Rose Prairie transfer station as an alternative.

The Regional District apologizes for any inconvenience and will provide an update once regular service has resumed.

Holiday greetings from the PRRD!

The Board of Directors and staff at the Peace River Regional District are extending their warmest wishes to you, the residents of this beautiful region, this holiday season.

As we look forward to gathering with family and friends to enjoy the magic of the season, the Board looks back on 2022 with pride. The Regional District and Hospital District has advanced many strategic priorities this year, and we look forward to continuing this important work into 2023.

We encourage residents to reach out to the Regional District, their Electoral Area Directors and Municipal Directors with their priorities, as we are here to serve you.

PRRD launches Aquatic Vegetation and Management Study for Charlie Lake, Swan Lake and One Island Lake

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has launched an aquatic vegetation and management study that will investigate the possibility of conducting mechanical removal of aquatic vegetation at Charlie Lake, Swan Lake and One Island Lake. The study follows feedback from residents that excessive aquatic vegetation is detracting from recreational use, reducing aesthetics and creating a safety issue for lake users.

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Permanent closures of select unmanned transfer stations

The Board of Directors for the Peace River Regional District has approved the permanent closures of the following unattended transfer stations:

Milligan PeeJay
Alternate site: Milligan Highway site on Milligan Creek Road

Doig River
Alternate site: Milligan Highway site on Milligan Creek Road

Mount Lemoray
Alternate site: Hasler Flat site on Westcoast Road

Since 2009 work has been done to consolidate PRRD sites and upgrade existing unmanned facilities with manned sites to provide a better level of service. The latest closures are part of this effort, and outlined in the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan.

The Regional District has a vast network of solid waste management facilities and sites that currently includes three landfills and 27 rural transfer stations (16 attended and 11 unattended). A full listing of locations is available on the PRRD’s website.

Notice of Nomination: 2023 Area C By-Election

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the electors of the Peace River Regional District that nominations for one (1) Director representing Electoral Area C for a four year term will be received by the Chief Election Officer, or designate, between 9:00 am, January 10, 2023 and 4:00 pm, January 20, 2023.

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Hot tub repairs continue

The Hot Tub at the North Peace Leisure Pool has not been operational for several years due to mechanical issues requiring significant repairs.

During the annual maintenance shutdown, staff and specialized contractors began these complex repairs, starting with sonar scanning to identify leaks and broken pipes. Repairs were made to several pipes buried in the concrete pool deck and to two main drains and two jets inside the hot tub basin. The hot tub finishing was removed, cracks were sealed, and it was refinished. This allowed further testing of the various systems required to operate the hot tub; however, additional leaks were identified.

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Statement on National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Today at 11am, the Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District will observe a moment of silence to acknowledge the tragic loss of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal on December 6, 1989, in an act of violent misogyny. This event shook our Country and its people, and led Parliament to designate December 6 as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

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Notice of Board Meetings – December 9th

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District and Peace River Regional District Boards will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 9, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Repairs to North Peace Leisure Pool deck require closure

Courts Declare Area C Election Invalid

The Peace River Regional District petition to the BC Supreme Court regarding the validity of the Electoral Area C Election was heard on November 22, 2022. The Court declared the election invalid due to issuance of ballots to electors from outside of Electoral Area C who were ineligible to vote, and has directed that the Area C Director position is vacant.

The PRRD will hold a by-election, as soon as possible, to fill the Area C Director position.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is committed to upholding public trust in the democratic process and ensuring that elections are conducted in accordance with legislated procedures. We apologize to the candidates and voters who participated in the Electoral Area C election.

Area C Election Invalidated

Notice of Board Meeting – November 24, 2022

Meetings of the Peace River Regional Hospital District and Peace River Regional District Boards will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Regional District Highlights, November 2022

The latest PRRD Regional News:

  • New Regional Board elect Chair and Vice-Chair
  • $30 million tourism grant now accepting grant applications

2023 Board and Committee Meeting schedule

The Regional Board has approved the 2023 Peace River Regional District Board and Committee Meeting schedule. The PRRD generally holds one to two Board meetings each month, typically held on Thursdays beginning at 10am, unless otherwise noted, with agendas posted on the website the Friday before the meeting date.

Board meetings are streamed live on the PRRD’s Facebook page.

View schedule

Mount Lemoray unattended bin site closure

Note: a previous version of this post incorrectly noted December 7 as the closure date for Mount Lemoray, the post has been corrected.

The unattended bin site at Mount Lemoray will be closed until further notice, effective December 14, 2022. As an alternative, residents are encouraged to use the unattended bin site at Hasler Flat, 39km east of the Mount Lemoray site. The PRRD is planning to construct manned transfer stations, in this case, one in Hasler Flat, to replace the unmanned sites that are currently offered.

For questions or concerns, please call the PRRD office at 250-784-3200 or email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca.

PRRD Regional Board selects Chair and Vice Chair

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to confirm the results of the election of Chair and Vice Chair of the Regional Board of Directors. Electoral Area D Director Leonard Hiebert will serve as Chair and Electoral Area E Director Dan Rose as Vice Chair, for a one-year term.

The appointments followed the procedural call for nominations at the Inaugural Meeting today in Dawson Creek, with voting conducted by secret ballot.

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Statement on Remembrance Day

On the Day of Remembrance (Armistice Day), we reflect on the tremendous sacrifices that members of Canada’s armed forces have made in the line of duty. On November 11 at 11am, we pause to commemorate the end of hostilities during the First World War, and hold in memoriam the Fallen who gave their lives to protect our freedoms.

The Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District extend their gratitude to those who have served, and continue to serve our country.

The PRRD offices will be closed on Friday, November 11 to observe the statutory holiday, with regular hours resuming on Monday, November 14.
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Statement on National Indigenous Veterans Day

Today we honour the contributions made by First Nations, Inuit and Métis Veterans in service to Canada for National Indigenous Veterans Day. As we continue to walk the path of meaningful reconciliation, it is important that we hold up the significant sacrifices that Indigenous Veterans made fighting alongside our Allies in the First and Second World Wars. Indigenous Peoples continue to serve in Armed Forces efforts and United Nations peace operations around the world.

The Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) wish to thank the Veterans and their families for their continued service, and to recognize the impact that they have made to Canada’s history.

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North Peace Leisure Pool shutdown extended

Notice of Board Meetings – November 10, 2022

The Inaugural meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  The Election of the Chair and Vice-Chair will be held. The regular meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will immediately follow. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Change in ownership at Minaker River Park

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) will relinquish its License of Occupation of Minaker River Park, located 0.4km west of Milepost 200 on the Alaska Highway, back to the Provincial government. The resolution was carried at the October 17, 2022 Regional Board meeting.

The PRRD provided notice to the Province in January 2022 that renewal of tenure for the recreational area known as Minaker River Regional Park was not required. The maintenance costs of the park are proportionately higher than other regional parks maintained by the Regional District, due to its remote location and challenging road access.
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Charlie Lake Fire Department brings back Halloween drive-thru event with added focus on fire safety

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) is inviting residents to check out the Halloween drive-thru event at the Charlie Lake Fire Hall. The drive-thru concept was born in 2020 out of necessity with COVID-19 restrictions. Since then, it has become a local favourite in the community of Charlie Lake and has grown in popularity with residents in Fort St. John.

This year, in addition to the standard spooky fare, the crew at the CLFD will be passing out tips on fire safety.

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Notice of Regional Board Meeting – October 27, 2022

NOTICE OF MEETING

 The Peace River Regional District Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre located at 11308 Alaska Road in Fort St. John, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people are unable to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to be ‘in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are live streamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Notice of Board Meeting October 27, 2022

NOTICE OF MEETING

 

The Peace River Regional District Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre located at 11308 Alaska Road in Fort St. John, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

 

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are live streamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

 

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

 

 

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

 

 

Doig River transfer station – waste collection bin closure

The unattended PRRD waste collection bins located at the Doig River transfer station will be closed and removed indefinitely, effective October 20, 2022. As an alternative, PRRD residents are encouraged to use the Milligan Highway transfer station, 27km northwest, or the Osborn transfer station, 14.6km east. The closure is due to a change in ownership direction for the property.

For questions or concerns, please call the PRRD office at 250-784-3200 or email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca

 

Assent vote results

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has completed counting the ballots for all five assent voting opportunities included in the 2022 General Election. The final results are as follows:

Service Function Yes No Passed
Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid 2776 1752 Yes
Fort St. John Public Library Financial Contribution 180 177 Yes
Global Geopark Grant in Aid 2728 1752 Yes
Regional Connectivity 3088 1389 Yes

Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid

3210 1284 Yes

The PRRD thanks all voters, candidates, and Election Officials across the Peace region who participated in the 2022 election. For more information about the assent votes, visit prrd.bc.ca or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Electoral Area B election results

Following a review of the preliminary election results declared on October 15, 2022, the election results for Electoral Area B are:

Candidate Votes
Jeff Kitt 156
Jordan Kealy 243

The final vote count has changed slightly from the preliminary count after the reconciliation of ballots and careful review of voting books. The final result remains the same, with Jordan Kealy as the elected candidate for Electoral Area B. The Peace River Regional District thanks all residents who voted and participated in the Electoral Area B 2022 election, and for your patience as our staff worked to review ballots and voting materials.

Electoral Area C election results

Following a recount of the preliminary election results declared on October 15, 2022, the election results for Electoral Area C are:

Candidate

Votes
Suzanne Haab 234
Brad Sperling 231

After careful review of election records, the Chief Elections Officer has determined that it is necessary to submit an application to challenge the validity of the election due to evidence of persons voting when not entitled to vote in Electoral Area C. Elections documentation indicates that a small number of electors from outside of Area C voted in the election by mistake. There is no evidence to indicate this was done purposefully to undermine the validity of the election. However, due to the closeness of the election results, the small number of ineligible ballots may have determined the overall election result and the validity of the election must be challenged.

Upon review of this application, the Supreme Court will decide whether a new election must be held in Area C only. This application will not challenge the validity of the election in Area B or any of the five assent votes. Suzanne Haab will take office as Electoral Area Director for Area C until such time as the Supreme Court issues a decision.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is committed to upholding public trust in the democratic process and ensuring that proper elections protocols are followed. We apologize to the candidates and voters who participated in this election and look forward to implementing a fair resolution as decided by the Supreme Court. As this matter is before the Court, the PRRD will not be commenting further until after the Court has made its ruling.

Preliminary Voting Results – October 15, 2022

The polls closed at 8:00 pm today – thank you to everyone who came out to vote in the General Local Election for the Peace River Regional District.

Preliminary Results are as follows:

Electoral Area B Director – Candidates: Jordan Kealy and Jeff Kitt

Candidate Votes
Jordan Kealy 243
Jeff Kitt 153

Electoral Area C Director – Candidates: Suzanne Haab and Brad Sperling

Candidate Votes
Suzanne Haab 232
Brad Sperling 233

Electoral Area D Director Leonard Hiebert was acclaimed. (Leonard Hiebert was the only candidate nominated in Electoral Area D)

Electoral Area E Director Dan Rose was acclaimed. (Dan Rose was the only candidate in Electoral Area E)

Assent Voting Results for the four region-wide assent voting opportunities; Global Geopark Grant in Aid, Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid, Sport and Cultural Events Grant in Aid, and Regional Connectivity Service, plus the assent voting opportunity in Electoral Area B only, for the Fort St. John Library Financial Contribution Service, will be reported not later than Wednesday.

General Voting Day

October 15, 2022 is general voting day and the last opportunity for eligible electors across the Peace region to vote on 5 different assent votes and Electoral Area candidates for Areas B and C. Voting locations and hours of operation are available on the PRRD website in both a written and interactive map format. Candidate elections are being held only in Area B and Area C, and a list of the candidates and their submitted biographies is also available on the PRRD website. Electors in Areas E and D may still vote on the proposed assent bylaws.

All electors across the region will be eligible to participate in four assent vote opportunities, including if they live inside the municipalities of Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Taylor, Pouce Coupe, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope, and Fort. St. John. Electors residing in Area B will also be asked to vote on the establishment of a financial contribution service for the Fort St. John Public Library. More information about all five of these assent voting opportunities is available on the Peace River Regional District (PRRD)’s website.

For more information regarding regional assent voting opportunities, candidate elections, and general voting day locations, visit our website at www.prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Notice of October 13, 2022 Board Meeting

A meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Regional District Highlights, October 2022

The Regional District Highlights for October is a special Local Government Election issue:

Advance voting opens

Electors across the Peace Region can cast their votes in advance of general voting day during advance voting opportunities held on both October 5 and 12th, 2022 at select locations across the region. The last opportunity to vote will be in-person on October 15, 2022, but voters who are unable to attend a voting place in-person can also still request a mail in ballot from the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) before October 14, 2022 at 4:30pm.

Voters across the region, including those within member municipalities, will be able to vote on four different proposed assent voting opportunities. These opportunities include grant-in-aid service functions for sport and cultural events, the global geopark, and a dinosaur museum, in addition to a regional connectivity service fund. Electors residing in Area B will also be asked to vote on the establishment of a financial contribution service for the Fort St. John Public Library.

Candidate elections are being held only in Area B and Area C. Incumbent candidates Dan Rose and Leonard Hiebert were elected via acclamation in Electoral Areas E and D, respectively. However, electors in Areas E and D can still vote on proposed assent bylaws.

For more information regarding assent voting opportunities, candidate elections, and advance voting opportunities, visit our website at www.prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote or call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

Change to hours of operation: Cecil Lake transfer station

The Cecil Lake transfer station at 4484 248 Road will be observing the following change to operating hours, effective November 1, 2022:

Old hours
Wednesday: 2:00pm – 8:00pm

New hours
Wednesday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

The PRRD is planning to install a 24 hour access pilot bin at the Cecil Lake transfer station in Spring 2023.

For questions or concerns please contact 250-784-3200 or email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca.

Written statement on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) offices will be closed on September 30, 2022 in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The closure is a period for reflection on the lasting impacts of the Canadian Indian residential school system, and as a time to listen and learn from Indigenous Peoples. The PRRD acknowledges the painful generational trauma that this system has caused, and reminds its residents that we are situated on the traditional territory of the Dane-Zaa (Beaver), signatories of Treaty 8 and the Metis BC Region 7.

“As a Regional District, the importance of this day cannot be understated. As the Board reaffirms our commitment to building meaningful relationships with our Indigenous neighbours, we are also reflecting on the steps we have taken throughout the past four years to lay the groundwork for increased cooperation and understanding. We recognize that although there is still much more work to do, we are proud of the progress we have made during this term, and are confident that the incoming Board will continue to provide the leadership necessary to keep us moving in a positive direction” – Chair Brad Sperling.

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Electoral Area B candidate withdraws from election

As authorized by Ministerial Order M285, Michael Fitzgerald’s candidacy for Electoral Area B Director has been withdrawn effective September 26, 2022. The candidates name will still appear in current printed public notices, but will no longer appear as an option on the voting ballots.

See more here.

New seniors aging in place program

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is launching a new program called Seniors Aging in Place (SAIP) that will soon be available to residents aged 65 or older residing in Electoral Area D and eligible portions of Electoral Area E. Services offered through the SAIP program include fresh meal delivery, housekeeping, and snow removal between the months of November to March. These services will be delivered through the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living (DCSCL).

Eligible residents are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about the SAIP program, which will be hosted throughout the region on the following dates:

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Notice of Construction: Blackfoot Regional Park

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION: Blackfoot Regional Park
  • Crews and heavy equipment will be working on the south side of the park starting September 21, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday
  • There may be noise from machinery during this time
  • Please do not enter the construction zone
  • Construction is to establish six (6) new sites
  • The park will remain open during construction, until season closure on October 2 – but parts of the park may be closed
  • The park caretaker will notify visitors accordingly
  • Visitors are to check in with the park caretaker with any concerns or questions
View a full listing of regional parks.

Charlie Lake WWTF closed for the Day of Mourning

The Charlie Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility will be closed on Monday, September 19 to honour the Day of Mourning proclaimed for Queen Elizabeth II.

Regular hours will resume the following day (Tuesday, September 20).

PRRD offices closed for Day of Mourning

The Peace River Regional District offices will be closed on Monday, September 19 to honour the Day of Mourning proclaimed for Queen Elizabeth II. This day coincides with the late Queen’s state funeral in London, and will mark the end of the official period of mourning in Canada.

Regular hours will resume the following day (Tuesday, September 20).

*The PRRD Emergency Operations Centre will remain active to continue providing support for the Battleship Mountain and Bearhole Lake wildfires

Evacuation Alert #1 – Bearhole Lake Wildfire (G72178)

2022 General Election Declaration of Candidates

Candidate announcement: Jeff Kitt, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Jeff Kitt, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Michael Fitzgerald, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Michael Fitzgerald, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Suzanne Haab, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Suzanne Haab, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Free collection events in the Peace region for pesticides and livestock/equine medications

Cleanfarms Inc. will be hosting two free collection events in the Peace region to dispose of unwanted or obsolete agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications. The events will be held from 9am to 4pm at the following locations and dates:

  • October 12: Nutrien Ag Solutions 9704 78 St, Fort St John, BC V1J 4J9
  • October 13: Rolla Agricultural Services 5082 Rolla Rd, Rolla, BC V0C 2G0

For more information, including what will be accepted and other protocol, please visit: http://ow.ly/k3rk50KCAIG

 

Kelly Lake Transfer Station – Back to regular operating hours

The Kelly Lake Transfer Station will be back to regular operating hours – Tomorrow, September 9th at 8:00am

Candidate announcement: Jordan Kealy, Electoral Area B

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Jordan Kealy, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘B’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Dan Rose, Electoral Area E

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Dan Rose, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘E’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Candidate announcement: Brad Sperling, Electoral Area C

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Brad Sperling, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘C’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

Notice of Board Meetings – September 8, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District Board and the Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD offices closed for Labour Day

The Peace River Regional District offices & the Charlie Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, September 6.

NOTICE OF SPECIAL RBAC MEETING

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Regional District Office

1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek BC

9:30 am

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Rural Budgets Administration Committee, on Thursday, September 8, 2022 in the PRRD Office, at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of this meeting is to consider allocating funding for:

  • storage of items from the Closed Golata Creek Hall; and
  • conducting a hazardous materials assessment of the Golata Creek Hall.
  • sponsorship for Northern Lights College Intercollegiate Rodeo.

The agenda will be available online at www.prrd.bc.ca.

 

Tyra Henderson

Corporate Officer

 

Click here for the full Meeting Notice

Steering Committee looking to identify sites for the new North Peace Leisure Facility

The Peace River Regional District, City of Fort St. John and District of Taylor are working together on a feasibility study to explore options for a new recreation facility to serve the North Peace region. As part of the study, identification of possible sites for a new facility will be evaluated and considered by the North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement Steering Committee, and ultimately the Board of the Peace River Regional District.

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Regional District Highlights, September 2022

The Regional District Highlights for September, with highlights including:

  • Assent voting opportunities
  • Site identification for the North Peace Leisure Facility
  • PRRD FireSmart update

Assent voting opportunities

Eligible electors throughout the Peace region have the opportunity to vote on five new proposed service bylaws on October 5, 12 and 15, 2022 during the general local elections. Four of the assent votes are for regional services, which will impact both rural and municipal residents across the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), including Electoral Areas B, C, D, & E, and residents in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St John, Tumbler Ridge, Taylor, Pouce Coupe and Hudson’s Hope. Region-wide, electors will automatically be asked to vote on the following proposed services by the PRRD, as part of the election process in their area:

  • Dinosaur Museum Grant in Aid
  • Global Geopark Grant in Aid
  • Regional Connectivity
  • Sports and Cultural Events Grant in Aid

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(UPDATE: RESTORED) Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line temporarily down

UPDATE: August 31, 2022, 4:08PM **The Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line has been restored**

The Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line is currently down due to technical difficulties. The line has been forwarded to the PRRD Head Office in Dawson Creek and residents can still make reservations by calling 250-759-4008; staff will take messages and forward them to the park caretaker for follow-up.

A repair is scheduled for Friday, September 2 and service is anticipated to resume shortly afterward. The PRRD will update residents through its website and social media platforms as updates become available.

Candidate announcement: Leonard Hiebert, Electoral Area D

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has received nomination documents and a candidate bio for Leonard Hiebert, who is running for the position of Electoral Area Director for Area ‘D’. To review a list of current candidates and their nomination documents, please click here.

The nomination period for the 2022 General Election is open until September 9, 2022 at 4pm. Nomination packages are available at either the Dawson Creek or Fort St John PRRD office location, but documents must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer at the Dawson Creek office. For more information about the upcoming election, visit prrd.bc.ca/getoutandvote.

North Peace Leisure Facility Site Identification

In collaboration with the City of Fort St John and the District of Taylor, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) in order to identify lands that could be acquired as a site for a potential future recreation facility. This is the latest step taken by the North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement Steering Committee towards the completion of a feasibility study for a new facility. The intention of this step is to identify land available for sale or donation for the future home of the North Peace Leisure Facility.

The submission deadline for proposals is September 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM. Submissions will then be evaluated by the Committee and the Board of the PRRD. Further information about this opportunity can be viewed online here.

This step has come after the Committee completed extensive community engagement throughout the North Peace Region earlier this year and we are pleased to announce that the 2022 Engagement Summary Report is now available on the PRRD website.  For more information about this project or to view the latest engagement report, please visit the North Peace Leisure Facility Replacement Project page at haveyoursay.prrd.bc.ca/nplf or contact the PRRD office for more information.

Disposal of assets

The Peace River Regional District will be disposing of surplus and unused assets, and posting the items for sale on the Government Surplus Auction website, www.govdeals.ca.

For more information, review the below bulletin:

Nomination Packages Available for 2022 Local Government Election

In preparation for the August 30, 2022 Nomination Period start date, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) reminds potential candidates that 2022 Local Government Election Nomination information packages are available. The documents are a comprehensive source of resources and information for potential candidates, and include the required documents that must be completed to run in the election. Prospective candidates seeking to run in the 2022 election can submit the required nomination documents to Chief Election Officer, Tyra Henderson starting next week on August 30 until the nomination closing date at 4:00PM on September 9, 2022.

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PRRD adopts cultural safety mission statement

The Peace River Regional District is proud to have finalized a cultural safety mission statement to help establish the principles of cultural safety at all levels within the Regional District and to guide future decision-making.

The statement and accompanying graphic representation are a result of over a year-long collaboration between the Regional Board and Maugwa Clan Energy, and demonstrate a way forward to universal relationships, a way of being and setting the table for indigenous and non-indigenous peoples to work in good relationships for a prosperous future.

The statement and graphic representation were completed and finalized at the May 12, 2022 Committee of the Whole Meeting.

Canoe Procurement

The Peace River Regional District has partnered with Canoe Procurement Group of Canada.

Who is Canoe Procurement? 

One of the largest public sector buying groups in the country.  By combining the purchasing power of over 5,000 public and not-for-profit organizations throughout Canada, Canoe is uniquely positioned to get members access to a wide range of trade-compliant products and services at preferred rates.

How do I access discounts from the program?

Refer to the attached Capital Purchasing spreadsheet, pick your commodity and reach out to the suppliers that are part of the program.  Let them know the PRRD is a Canoe/Sourcewell member and provide your member number. You can work directly with your preferred supplier(s) to put together exactly what you are looking for and they will provide a quote under the discount structure.

Canoe Capital Purchasing (Sourcewell) Suppliers 7.19.22

What is our Member number?

The PRRD’s member number is BC1023.

Note – There are suppliers that require an account set-up (i.e. Grainger, AMI RockChain, NAPA, and CDW), should you require assistance please reach out to procurement@prrd.bc.ca / 250-784-4840 for assistance.

(UPDATE: RESTORED) Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line temporarily down

UPDATE: August 17, 2022, 9:40am **The Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line has been restored**

The Blackfoot Park caretaker phone line is currently down due to technical difficulties. The line has been forwarded to the PRRD Head Office in Dawson Creek and residents can still make reservations by calling 250-759-4008; staff will take messages and forward them to the park caretaker for follow-up.

A repair is scheduled for August 16 and and service is anticipated to resume shortly afterward. The PRRD will update residents through its website and social media platforms as updates become available.

North Peace Leisure Pool Annual Maintenance Shutdown

The North Peace Leisure Pool annual maintenance shutdown will take place over an 8-week period starting from September 11 to November 7, 2022. The purpose of this extended closure is to complete necessary repairs that the facility requires, which exceed the usual time needed for annual routine maintenance tasks.

The intent of the extended shutdown is to repair all of the identified issues within the natatorium at once to improve the swimming experience of our community members. The work that is scheduled for completion is from the top down, and includes the slide tower, sauna, pool deck, and the highly anticipated repair of the hot tub. Prior to the work being completed, ground penetrating radar will be used to confirm the structural integrity of the basins that support the extensive repairs to be completed.

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Regional District Highlights, August 2022

The Regional District Highlights for August, with highlights including:

  • Election season kicks off in the Peace region
  • PRRD FireSmart team conducts training with local Fire Departments

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Notice of Board Meetings – August 11, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre located at 11308 Alaska Road in Fort St. John, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD website

Notice:

Notice: Service Disruption, Boundary Lake Water Station

The Boundary Lake Water Station will be out of service from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on August 9, 2022 due to a power outage.

Residents can access the following alternate locations during the outage:

📍 Buick: 14853 Buick Creek Road

📍 Feye Spring: 1863 Imperial Avenue

📍 Prespatou: 21869 Triad Road

We apologize for any inconvenience.

PRRD Grant Writer Services program secures 1.6M in funding for not-for-profit community groups

The Grant Writer Services program, administered by the PRRD with partial funding support from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, passed a milestone in July with over 1.6M in funding secured for 12 community groups in the Peace region. While the program has been available in some form since 2017, the PRRD established a new service contract in spring 2021. Clear Course Consulting Ltd., a collective of for-purpose strategic communications specialists and grant writer professionals, has so far connected with over 35 community groups through the program.

As of July 2022, Clear Course has supported 22 groups with grant applications and hosted ten (10) information sessions and workshops to bolster regional grant writing capacity. In addition to a host of new online grant writing resources, subscribers receive an e-newsletter each month that outlines upcoming grant opportunities in the region with application deadlines and writing tips.

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Tetra Tech Geohazard Assessment report available

Environmental Assessment Office grants approval for BC Hydro’s contingency truck hauling plan

On March 16, 2021, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) requested an amendment under Section 32(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act to allow for the implementation of a contingency truck hauling plan. The contingency plan, if approved, would allow for BC Hydro to haul material from the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site C dam site area as a backup, if BC Hydro experienced a downtime of more than three consecutive days.

On July 7, 2022, the PRRD was notified by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) that the EAO’s Deputy Chief Assessment Officer had issued their decision to grant BC Hydro’s amendment request.

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PRRD to close Golata Creek Community Hall indefinitely following engineering assessment

In 2021, the Peace River Regional District embarked on the development of a corporate asset management plan.  As an important first step in that process, the PRRD conducted facility condition assessments on all Regional District-owned facilities, including the Golata Creek Community Hall. Due to concerns identified in that initial assessment, a professional engineering firm conducted a structural assessment on the Golata Creek Community Hall.

Unfortunately, the engineers identified that the 64-year-old building is structurally unsafe and has reached the end of its life. Further, the engineering firm recommended to the Regional District that the building no longer be used due to structural issues with the roof and foundation, and the prohibitive cost to remediate these issues. Following the assessment, the PRRD is making the decision to close the Golata Creek Community Hall immediately and indefinitely.

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Regional District Highlights, July 2022

The Regional District Highlights for July, with highlights including:

  • FireSmart program is in full swing in the Peace region
  • Grant Writer Services program marks 1.6M funding milestone and looks forward to future opportunities

NOTICE: Water Pressure Reduction, North Peace Airport Subdivision

Knappett Industries Ltd. has been contracted by the PRRD to perform underground utility maintenance within the North Peace Airport Subdivision starting July 15 to July 29, Monday – Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Due to the proximity of the water main to sanitary sewer main, and to ensure the safety of workers, the water main pressure will be reduced to properties near the easement behind Lily Street starting Monday, July 18 until July 27 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The following properties will be affected by reduced pressure:

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Doig River First Nation and PRRD working toward MoU

Doig River First Nation (DRFN) and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) convened an all-day workshop in May between elected officials and senior administrative staff to learn more about each other’s governance structures, service delivery models and bylaws relating to land use. DRFN has acquired several fee simple properties within the regional district that are in the process of transitioning to reserve status through the Addition to Reserve mechanism. The process adds lands to the existing reserve land of a First Nation or creates a new reserve for First Nations. Future activities on these lands within the PRRD will encompass a range of developments that will strengthen the socio-economic status of DRFN and the greater BC Peace region.

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Notice of Board Meetings – July 14, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Notice of Board Meetings – July 14, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Development applications for lands within the Old Fort Study Area

Until further notice, and at the resolution of the Regional Board, the Peace River Regional District will consider, but is likely to reject or defer any application for Development Variance Permits, Temporary Use Permits, Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw Amendments and Zoning Bylaw Amendments for lands within the Geohazard Study Area (outlined in red in the below map). The study area is located approximately 5 kilometers south of Fort St. John near the community of Old Fort, BC.

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Canada Day

The Regional Board and staff at the Peace River Regional District would like to wish you and your families a happy Canada Day.

As we celebrate our country and the beauty of the Peace region, we would also like to acknowledge that we are gathered on the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa, signatories of Treaty 8 and the Metis Nation BC Region 7. We value the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples who have lived and worked on the land for time immemorial and are committed to reflecting and learning the truths. We hope you have a wonderful day connecting with your communities and enjoying all that our vast region has to offer.

The PRRD offices and Charlie Lake wastewater treatment facility are closed on Friday, July 1 and will resume regular hours on Monday, July 4th.

Nursing Students – Last Day to Apply!

Today is the last day to apply for one of the RN/RPN Return of Service Scholarships offered by the PRRD.  Funding supports nursing students in their final year of a degree program who, upon successful graduation, are willing to sign a two year return of service agreement to work with Northern Health in the PRRD.

Hurry and submit your application today!

Free sandbags available for residents of Moberly Lake

The BC River Forecast Centre has advised that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected within the Moberly Lake area. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Free sandbags are available at:

  • Moberly Lake Fire Hall, 6494 Lakeshore Drive
  • Yips Subdivision, South Side of Moberly Lake

Learn more about building a sandbag dike below:

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a time to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.

The PRRD is an organization that appreciates cultures in all its forms. We value respect, trust, care and transparency and will act in accordance with these values. We seek to understand each other’s cultures and worldviews in order to enhance inclusion, trust and relationships.

We also acknowledge that the Peace region is situated on the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa (Beaver), signatories of Treaty 8 and the Métis Nation BC Region 7, and value the significant contributions of Indigenous Peoples who have lived and worked on the land for time immemorial.

Our organization will use the concepts of cultural safety to create a mutual path forward with all of our neighbours, and we recognize the accomplishments of our First Nation partners in the Peace region including Blueberry River First Nations, Doig River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation, Kwadacha Nation, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Saulteau First Nations, Tsay Keh Dene Band and West Moberly First Nations.

Working towards a degree in Nursing?

The PRRD offers scholarships that supports nursing students in their final year of a degree program who, upon successful graduation, are willing to sign a two year return of service agreement to work with Northern Health in the PRRD.  Find out more on the RN/RPN Return of Service Scholarships

Don’t delay! Applications are due by June 30th!

SERVICE DISRUPTION: Boundary Lake water station

Please be advised that the Boundary Lake water station at 1105 Cecil Lake Road will be out of service from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM on June 16, 2022 due to a power outage. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Service Disruption: Prespatou water station

The bottle fill at the Prespatou water station will be temporarily closed for preventative maintenance this afternoon until further notice. Residents can use the bottle fill at the nearest facility, at the Buick Creek water station (14853 Buick Creek Road), as an alternative. The PRRD apologizes for any inconvenience during the closure and we will provide updates as they become available.

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Environmental Services department at environmental.services@prrd.bc.ca or call 250-784-3200.

Attention Nursing Students!

The PRRD is welcoming applications for the RN/RPN Return of Service Scholarships.  Funding supports nursing students in their final year of a degree program who, upon successful graduation, are willing to sign a two year return of service agreement to work with Northern Health in the PRRD.

Don’t delay! Applications are due by June 30th!

Groundbreaking ceremony set for the new Chetwynd Public Library, honouring Yvonne Elden

The Chetwynd Public Library project will mark a milestone on June 3, when shovels hit the site of the new library grounds for the first time. The event will also commemorate the life of Yvonne Elden, a tireless community leader in Chetwynd who was instrumental in establishing the first library as a member of the Little Prairie Ladies Club.

The existing library is a revered community fixture in Chetwynd and the surrounding area, providing services and programs to locals since 1959. In 2016, at the request of the District of Chetwynd and the Chetwynd Library Board, the Peace River Regional District went to work examining options for repair or replacement. The results of that effort included the formation of the current Library Advisory Committee and a feasibility study recommending a new build. After an extensive analysis and public engagement process that spanned three years, Faction Projects Inc. (formerly Field Lievers Architecture) will take the community-approved designs to the build stage with the help of Celtic Construction of Dawson Creek BC.
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Notice of Board Meetings – June 9, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to the Corporate Officer. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

North Peace residents to help plan new aquatics and recreation facility

North Peace residents are encouraged to provide their opinions on a proposed new regional aquatics and recreation facility, which would replace the existing North Peace Leisure Pool.

Residents can voice their opinions by:

  • attending an in-person open house on Tuesday, June 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Peace Leisure Pool;
  • participating in a virtual open house on Thursday, June 9 at 7 p.m.; and
  • completing an online survey from June 7 to July 7.

For more details on how to participate, visit haveyoursay.prrd.bc.ca/nplf

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Search and Rescue Grants – Intake Open

Financial assistance available to eligible not-for-profit organizations that support and provide Search and Rescue services within the boundaries of the Peace River Regional District.  Eligible organizations may apply for grant funding to assist with operational and minor capital requirements only.  Visit the PRRD Grants to find out how to apply!

Deadline to apply is May 31, 2022. 

PRRD launches 2022 FireSmart campaign

May 31, 2022 – As another wildfire season approaches, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has partnered with local wildfire experts to deliver the message: Get FireSmart! Protect your home, protect your community.

The Peace region is one of the most diverse and abundant ecosystems on earth. Yet, the area is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, with the wildfire season often happening earlier and lasting longer. To reduce the risk of loss of life and property, the PRRD has partnered with Mammoth Forestry Ltd. – a local consulting firm with expertise in wildfire management – to launch the FireSmart BC campaign.

Since 2021, the campaign has had significant results in reducing the impact of wildfire on the residents of the regional district. 122 FireSmart Assessments were completed, 101 homes in rural areas were assessed, and the One Island Lake Cottage Association became the Peace Region’s first recognized FireSmart neighborhood!

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Groundbreaking ceremony set for the new Chetwynd Public Library, honouring Yvonne Elden

The Chetwynd Public Library project will mark a milestone on June 3, when shovels hit the site of the new library grounds for the first time. The event will also commemorate the life of Yvonne Elden, a tireless community leader in Chetwynd who was instrumental in establishing the first library as a member of the Little Prairie Ladies Club.

The existing library is a revered community fixture in Chetwynd and the surrounding area, providing services and programs to locals since 1959. In 2016, at the request of the District of Chetwynd and the Chetwynd Library Board, the Peace River Regional District went to work examining options for repair or replacement. The results of that effort included the formation of the current Library Advisory Committee and a feasibility study recommending a new build. After an extensive analysis and public engagement process that spanned three years, Faction Projects Inc. (formerly Field Lievers Architecture) will take the community-approved designs to the build stage with the help of Celtic Construction of Dawson Creek BC.

With the final design clocking in at approximately 8,600 square feet versus the current 7,100, the new facility provides a much-needed storage and accessibility upgrade, with room to meet the current and future needs of the community. In addition to the services and spaces that the community has grown to love, the new library will boast a suite of exciting new features. Among them, include a storytelling space, children’s program room, teen seating area, makerspace and virtual reality room, multi-purpose room and an outdoor patio with views of the skate park. The patrons of the new Chetwynd Public Library can also look forward to enjoying the café in a 20-person open seating area and food preparation space.

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Flood Warning Watch #2 –

Service Disruption – TELUS Communications May 26, 2022

Please be advised, that TELUS Communications will be upgrading telecom equipment in Chetwynd, BC, and the surrounding areas. It will be necessary to temporarily interrupt service to all residential and business telephones beginning with an area code of (250) and local exchange # 788 (such as 250-788-XXXX) which will allow TELUS to complete the required work. Every effort will be taken to minimize this service interruption and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The service disruption will be May 26, 2022, 12:01 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. PT.

 IMPACT DETAILS:

  • Local calling within the area of the isolation will be unavailable.
  • Inbound and outbound local calling to and from the area of the isolation will be unavailable.
  • Inbound and outbound long distance calling to and from the area of the isolation will be unavailable.
  • Dialing “911” (Emergency service) from a landline within the area of the isolation will be unavailable
  • Dialing the local exchange 10 digit # for Emergency services from a landline will be unavailable
  • Dialing from a landline to a cellular and dialing from a cellular to landline will be available.
  • TELUS Mobility cellular-to-cellular calling within the area of the isolation will be available.
  • TELUS Mobility cellular-to-cellular calling to and from the area of the isolation will be available.
  • Dialing “911” from a TELUS Mobility cellular within the area of the isolation will be available.
  • Dialing the local exchange 10 digit # for emergency services from a TELUS Mobility cellular will be available.
  • There may be some local exchange numbers, including emergency numbers that are call forwarded to another exchange and those numbers may not be available.

Customers requiring further details on this advisory are asked to please email TELUS National Change Management at Releases@TELUS.com. Every effort will be made to respond to your request in a timely manner. TELUS National Change Management – 1-800-516-3777 / 07:00-16:00 MT / Monday – Friday.

 

 

Notice of Board Meetings – May 26, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at The Pearkes Arts & Events Centre located at 10801 Dudley Drive in Hudson’s Hope, BC.  Agendas may be viewed on the Agendas/Minutes section of the PRRD’s web page.

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

SERVICE DISRUPTION: Interactive Webmap

The Interactive Webmap feature on the PRRD website is temporarily down due to technical issues. The Interactive Webmap is used to look for 911 civic addresses, determine the zoning of a property and fire protection boundaries, search for property information and create small maps.

Residents are asked to please contact the PRRD if they need assistance with these items while the webmap is down, at 250-784-3200, or via email at prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca.

Moose Hide Campaign Day

The Peace River Regional District would like to acknowledge Moose Hide Campaign Day, a day of ceremony and collective action to end violence towards women and children. Over 400,000 Canadians have registered to join the ceremony today and take the pledge to End Violence.

One of the strategic focus areas for the PRRD, is to enhance the effectiveness of our service delivery and advocacy through the pursuit of local, regional and inter-provincial partnerships; collaboration with our First Nations partners is critical to the success of this goal. It is vital that we have a collective voice on important issues like the ones that are being highlighted by Moose Hide Campaign Day.

The PRRD encourages everyone to take some time to participate in the virtual events today at: https://events.moosehidecampaign.ca/.

UPDATE 05-13-22: Hydrocarbon spill in Rolla

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOE) has provided an update on the hydrocarbon spill that occurred in the area of 405 Street in the community of Rolla, on May 6.

As of May 12, 1730hrs:

  • An Environmental Emergency Response Officer (EERO) and Oakridge Environmental staff were on site May 12
  • A vacuum truck and excavator were retained and remediation work was undertaken in critical ditches and culverts
  • Work in the area disturbed some contaminated water, soil, and vegetation, causing a slight increase in hydrocarbon odour and sheen; however, the vacuum truck removed any impacted water and the odour dissipated after work was complete
  • Water levels remain low and the hydrocarbon sheen and odour in the area of 405 St continues to decrease
  • The source remains unknown

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Statement on spill incident in Rolla

On Friday, May 6, 2022, a sheen in a ditch and a strong odor were reported in the community of Rolla, approximately 22km northeast of Dawson Creek.

The BC Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy (MOE) contacted the Peace River Regional District on Saturday, May 7, asking to help inform residents in Rolla to avoid the area until response and mitigation work have concluded, and for residents living nearest to the spill site to shelter in place if odors intensify. The PRRD posted this information to its social media platforms and issued an advisory to residents using the North East BC Emergency Alerts system that afternoon.

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Notice of Board Meetings – May 12, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional Hospital District Board and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Statement on Red Dress Day

Today is Red Dress Day. A National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2S (Two-Spirit) peoples, first established by Indigenous artist Jamie Black.

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Miscellaneous Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 2483, 2022

Board Meetings – April 21st

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

If you cannot attend, please watch the Board meeting livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Blackfoot Regional Park overnight reservation system returning for a second year

Blackfoot Regional Park will open for overnight reservations starting this Friday, April 15. While the PRRD has been making substantial upgrades in the past few years, the laid-back atmosphere that Peace region residents have come to love remains the same. The park now features 16 sites with 30 amp power, upgraded walkways and roads, outhouses and a full-time park caretaker.

The park caretaker will start accepting reservations on Friday, April 15, with Blackfoot opening for the season on May 15. This is the second year of offering overnight reservations and the response from the public has been well received; last year there were approximately 270 reservations and 969 people who reported staying at the park.

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PRRD submitting response to the Province as part of an $830 million plan to improve connectivity

A historic plan has been announced between the Provincial and Federal governments of Canada to invest up to $830 million to support projects that will improve access to high-speed Internet in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities throughout British Columbia.

Under this plan, both levels of government will contribute up to $415 million for total combined funding of $830 million to connect the entire province of British Columbia, accelerating British Columbia’s connectivity plan with a new provincial target of 100% B.C. communities connected by 2027. This agreement will provide coverage to approximately 115,000 households in British Columbia still underserved, which breaks down to 347 rural communities and 115 Indigenous communities.

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May 26th PRRD Board Meeting – Location Change

Please be advised that the May 26th PRRD Board meeting, previously scheduled to be held at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Center in Fort St. John, is now scheduled to be held at The Pearkes Arts & Events Centre located at 10801 Dudley Drive in Hudson’s Hope, BC.

PRRD shelves report on the Adeline Kelly building to facilitate full review of options

The Regional Board has deferred its decision on recommended changes to the North Peace Fall Fair Use and Occupancy License Agreement for the Adeline Kelly building, as outlined in a recent staff report to the Board. The North Peace Fall Fair (NPFF) Society submitted a building permit application to the PRRD in 2021 for a proposed addition to the building, with plans to incorporate a kitchen, washrooms and other community hall space. The addition would be a departure from its existing permitted use as an
F-2 Medium Industrial Hazard building under the BC Building Code.

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NorthwesTel service disruption alert for Blueberry and Wonowon


NorthwesTel is performing a network upgrade on Sunday, April 3 from 12:01 am – 6:00 am PT that will disrupt Internet, TV, cellular and phone services, including long distance & 911 calling. Local calling will be available.

The disruption will impact the communities of Blueberry, Wonowon and travelers on Highway 97.

It is expected that services will be affected between 2.5 to 4 hours.
Emergency services have been notified.

Get updates at: nwtel.ca/service-outages

 

Board Meetings – March 31, 2022

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  The Board will consider adoption of the PRRD 2022-2026 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to sanitize their hands and maintain physical distancing. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

 

Statement regarding racist remarks towards Chief Desjarlais

Chair Brad Sperling, on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), has released the following statement regarding the hateful remarks made towards Chief Judy Desjarlais.

“We are aware of the anonymous voicemail sent to Blueberry River First Nation’s Chief Desjarlais, in which repulsive racist comments and threats were made. I want to be very clear that the Peace River Regional District fully condemns racism and the expression of hatred, and we are incredibly disappointed that this event has occurred.”

“There is no instance or scenario that justifies a member of our community being treated this way.”

“The PRRD has been actively engaged in conversations with our First Nations partners about how we can set the table for inclusivity, and progress towards a relationship that is based on a foundation of honesty, integrity and trust. It is imperative that residents of the Peace region feel safe within their communities. The remarks made this week reinforce why this work is critical, and why we will fervently continue our efforts in this capacity.”

Service lake disruption at Boundary Lake water station

There will be a temporary service disruption at the Boundary Lake water station on Tuesday, March 8 from 9 am – 11 am MST due to a power outage.

A notice will be posted to the PRRD website and social media channels once the water station is back online. The PRRD thanks residents for their patience.

Service disruption notice for Boundary Lake water station

There will be a temporary service disruption at the Boundary Lake water station on Tuesday, March 8 from 9 am – 11 am MST due to a power outage. A notice will be posted to the PRRD website and social media channels once the water station is back online.

Notice of Board Meetings – March 10th

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole, Peace River Regional District Board and Peace River Regional Hospital District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  The Board will consider first three readings of the PRRD 2022-2026 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to sanitize their hands, and maintain physical distancing. To assist us in our safety planning please email to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to the Corporate Officer. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda (except planning applications with public hearings), and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Charlie Lake Fire Department launches recruitment drive for the 2022 season

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) has an urgent need for more volunteer firefighters and is asking residents who live within 15 minutes of the fire hall to answer the call and consider signing up for the recruit program.

While many volunteer firefighters are women and men in their 20s and 30s, individuals outside of that age range are welcome and encouraged to apply. If applicants can complete the application and new recruit training, they too can be firefighters.

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Notice of Board Meetings – February 24th

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

 

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD creates fund for public donations to Chetwynd library replacement project

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is working with the Northeast BC Community Foundation to raise funds from the community to help with the construction of the new library in Chetwynd.

With shovels due in the ground this spring for the Chetwynd Public Library replacement project, the PRRD Board of Directors has authorized the creation of a fund for donations from the community. Funding for the project is coming from a combination of other sources, including the PRRD’s Electoral Area E, the District of Chetwynd, the Chetwynd Public Library Board, grants and short-term borrowing.

“The new library will be a cornerstone of our community. It’s our hope that generous members of the community will find a way to support this vitally important project, which provides so many educational and social benefits to people of all ages in Chetwynd and surrounding areas,” says Dan Rose, Director of Electoral Area E. “We’re grateful to the Northeast BC Community Foundation for allowing us to use their online fundraising platform, which makes it very simple for people who wish to donate.”

To donate, go to nebccf.ca.

Final designs are now approved after input from the public, stakeholders and library staff gathered over several years. The current library is approximately 50 years old, too old to renovate and too small to offer the programming and services that the people of Chetwynd want.

Health care scholarships help address ongoing staff shortages in the Peace

With more vacancies than qualified staff to fill them in the Peace region, the Peace River Regional District’s (PRRD) health care scholarships are lending a financial hand to people who want to become health care workers.

The PRRD’s health care scholarships make it easier for people to pursue studies in health care studies. Health care positions are secure, well paid and rewarding, but most positions require successful completion of a college or university program.

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Payments at the PRRD Fort St. John office

The Fort St. John office will be open for walk-ins on Monday, February 14, and Friday, February 18; however all financial payments need to be made at the Dawson Creek office or via telephone at 250-784-3200 on these days.

The Peace River Regional District thanks residents for their cooperation.

Special Board Meeting – Wednesday, February 16th

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

PRRD Office Boardroom

1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC

10:00 am

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Board, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 in the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC

The purpose of the meeting is to review the 2022 PRRD Draft Budget. The public is welcome to attend.

 

The agenda is available under the Agendas / Minutes section of our website and the meeting will be livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Keeping culverts clear

This is a reminder that property owners are responsible for keeping culverts clear on their own properties.

If you see a blocked culvert that is causing flooding on a maintained public road, call the local road maintenance contractor for that area:

Argo Road Maintenance (South Peace) – 250-795-2919

Dawson Road Maintenance (North Peace) – 250-262-2600

Service alert for PRRD sites and facilities

The PRRD is advising residents to use extra caution when accessing PRRD sites and facilities such as bulk fill water stations, waste disposal sites and wastewater disposal sites. Due to the recent melt/freeze and extreme wind, there is potential for hazardous conditions.

Please contact the Regional District at 250-784-3200 or prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca if you observe a hazard.

2022 Parcel Tax and Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls

2022 Parcel Tax and Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls

2022 Parcel Tax and Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls

Board Meetings – February 10th

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

 

2022 Rural Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

This grant intake is now closed.

Changes to 2022 Board Meeting Schedule

Please be advised that the following changes have been made to the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule:

  • March 10th – The meeting will be held in Dawson Creek, not Fort St John as previously advertised
  • March 24th – Meeting cancelled
  • March 31st – New meeting
  • April 7th – Meeting cancelled

Click here to view the revised 2022 Board Meeting Schedule.

2022 Rural Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

Last Day to Apply – Funding is available to support not-for-profit organizations operating within Electoral Area B, C, E and Sub-Regional  who provide recreation, arts, sports, social and cultural activities that benefit the communities they serve. Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit society and may apply for funding to assist with general operational costs, capital costs and/or special events.  For more information or to download a grant application visit PRRD Grants.

Applications must be submitted to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca on or before January 31st.

Notice of Special Rural Budgets Administration Committee Meeting

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Rural Budgets Administration Committee, on Thursday, February 3, 2022 in the PRRD Office Boardroom, at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of this meeting is to receive reports pertaining to Electoral Area Services and Budgets prior to review by the Regional Board.

The agenda will be available online at www.prrd.bc.ca

Click here to view the Notice.

Board Meetings – January 27th

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

2022 Rural Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

Grant Intake Open – Funding is intended to support not-for-profit organizations operating within Electoral Area B, C, E and Sub-Regional that provide recreation, arts, sports, social and cultural activities that benefit the communities they serve. Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit society and may apply for funding to assist with general operational costs, capital costs and/or special events. For more information or to download a grant application visit PRRD Grants.

Applications must be submitted to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca on or before January 31st.

Moberly Lake Volunteer Fire Department transition to PRRD-operated service continues

It’s a trend happening across rural BC: the skilled and dedicated volunteers running rural fire departments are turning to local governments for help as firefighting becomes more complex, training costs rise, and volunteer recruitment is more challenging.

The Moberly Lake Volunteer Fire Department (MLVFD) is no exception and in 2021 the society running the department proposed a transition to a service operated by the PRRD. The PRRD Board of Directors supported the change, and amended the service delivery model from providing funding to the volunteer society to a direct service delivery model. Effective January 1, 2022, the PRRD operates and manages the MLVFD.

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Board Meeting Agendas – January 13

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

 

Pink Mountain Transfer Station is Back Open

As of 8am Friday January 7, 2022 the Pink Mountain Transfer Station is back open. Thank you for your patience and understanding while the site was closed.

For more information on Garbage and Recycling in the PRRD please visit, https://prrd.bc.ca/services/garbage-and-recycling/

Pink Mountain Transfer Station – Closed Wednesday January 5, 2022

The Pink Mountain Transfer Station is closed until further notice due to a generator issue.  The issue is being addressed and we hope to have the site back open as soon as possible.

We will provide updates as to when the site will reopen.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  We thank you for your understanding.

2022 Rural Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

Grant Intake Open –  Funding is available to support not-for-profit organizations operating within Electoral Area B, C, E and Sub-Regional  who provide recreation, arts, sports, social and cultural activities that benefit the communities they serve. Applicants must be a registered not-for-profit society and funding may be used to assist with general operational costs, capital costs and/or special events.  For more information or to download a grant application visit PRRD Grants.

Applications must be submitted to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca on or before January 31st.

 

UPDATE: Collection of glass bottles and jars, foam packaging resumes

Recycle BC has confirmed that the collection of glass bottles and jars and foam packaging has returned to regular service.  The PRRD thanks its residents for their cooperation and patience during the past several weeks as services and operations affected by flooding in southern BC were restored.

If you have any questions, please contact the environmental services department via email or by calling 250-784-3200.

Holiday greetings from the PRRD



A message from the PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling and Vice Chair Dan Rose: 

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Board Meeting Agendas – December 17th

Meetings of the Peace River Regional District Board and Peace River Regional Hospital District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 17, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, not in Fort St. John as previously advertised.  Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page under Agendas/Minutes.

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and have put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

 

 

  To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

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Prespatou water issue

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UPDATE: Prespatou water station back online

The pump repairs to the Prespatou water station are complete and the station is back online. We thank everyone for their patience this weekend as our crews worked to resolve the issue.

Prespatou Water Station Pump Issues

The Prespatou Water Station is experiencing issues with the pump. The pump repairs will be done on Saturday, December 3rd.

Users may experience a short term interruption before the repairs are complete. We will notify when the pump work is complete.  Please check Facebook and the website on Saturday for updates.

PRRD appoints new Chief Financial Officer

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is pleased to welcome Roxanne Shepherd as its Chief Financial Officer. Shepherd brings fifteen years of local government experience to the PRRD and will join the organization in early January 2022.

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Board Meeting Location Change – December 17th

Please be advised that the December 17th Regional Board meeting will be held at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, not in Fort St. John as previously advertised.

Board Meetings – December 2nd

Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and the Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page under Agendas/Minutes.

Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and have put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.

  To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

PRRD auctioning off dimensional lumber until Dec. 2

The PRRD is auctioning off four lots of dimensional lumber from the Bessborough landfill until Thursday, December 2.
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Collection of glass bottles, jars and foam suspended as floods affect Recycle BC

With many southern BC highways washed out and Recycle BC’s main glass recycling facility flooded, material collection of glass bottles, jars and foam packaging has been temporarily suspended. The PRRD is asking residents to hold onto these materials for now rather than taking them to waste transfer stations.
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Rolla community members invited to virtual open house on sewer budget, Tuesday November 16

The Peace River Regional District is inviting Rolla community members to a virtual open house to discuss the Rolla Sewer budget, including the costs to residents, expenses, repairs and maintenance.

The meeting takes place Tuesday, November 16, 2021, from  to 

https://prrd-bc-ca.zoom.us/j/83838903121?pwd=bmYvQ1hsZDkyK2ZsL2xMNkFBWEJoUT09


Dial: 778-907-2071
Enter Meeting ID: 838 3890 3121
Enter Passcode: 209779

Peace River Regional District Board reaffirms commitment to reconciliation with First Nations

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board of Directors reaffirmed its commitment to reconciliation with First Nations at its Regional Board meeting yesterday.

“We are committed to the process of reconciliation with First Nations, and our focus on collaboration with First Nations is outlined in the PRRD’s strategic plan,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “We will continue to work with our First Nations neighbours and friends on a better future for them and for all who live in the Peace River Regional District. I believe, and my colleagues on the Regional Board believe, that we must all do better.”

The issue of reconciliation came up at the Regional Board meeting when members unanimously resolved to send letters of support to Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake Indian Band of the Secwepemc Nation and to the Cariboo Regional District, both of whom made strong public statements in light of events earlier this week involving the mayor of Williams Lake. The PRRD’s letters of support will express disagreement with the viewpoint shared regarding the impact of residential schools.

“We stand with the Cariboo Regional District in rejecting the viewpoint that there is some good in the history of residential schools,” says Sperling.

The letters will also advise that the PRRD is committed to the principles and practices of reconciliation as critical to the path to healing amongst all people.

Board Meeting Agendas – November 4, 2021

A regular meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. The Peace River Regional Hospital District Board meeting will follow immediately thereafter.

The Peace River Regional District will adhere to all Public Health Orders. Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. To assist us in our safety planning please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and have put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

We also accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration

The meeting agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at

www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes

Please continue to watch the meetings livestreamed over Facebook.

Chetwynd and area residents asked to comment on proposed new library design at virtual open house Wednesday November 3

Chetwynd and area residents are being asked to comment on close-to-final designs for a new library at a virtual open house on Wednesday, November 3. The current library is approximately 50 years old, too old to renovate and too small to offer the programming and services that the people of Chetwynd and surrounding rural areas want.

“A new, larger facility with modern amenities will address the current library’s challenges of lack of space and functionality,” says Dan Rose, Director of Electoral Area E and a member of the Chetwynd Public Library Advisory Committee. “We are asking for public feedback on the design, including function and anticipated use of various spaces. We will use that feedback to confirm a final design.”

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Notice of Public Open Houses for the North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan

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Board Meetings – October 21, 2021

A Committee of the Whole meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. The Regular Meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will follow immediately.

The Peace River Regional District will adhere to all Public Health Orders. Members of the public attending Board meetings will be required to complete COVID screening upon arrival, sanitize their hands, maintain physical distancing, and wear a mask. The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and have put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.

We also accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to tyra.henderson@prrd.bc.ca. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration

The meeting agendas may be viewed under the Agendas/Minutes section on the PRRD’s web page.

CANCELLED – 2 Public Hearings in Baldonnel October 19th

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING – Committee of the Whole

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notices of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Committee of the Whole, on October 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm in the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Electoral Area Boundaries Commission Act with MLA Mike Bernier and MLA Dan Davies.

 

The agenda will be made available online as soon as possible at www.prrd.bc.ca and the meeting will be livestreamed over Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/ 

Please click here to view the full notice.

Goodlow Transfer Station reopens this weekend

The Goodlow Transfer Station will reopen for service on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:00.

Goodlow Transfer Station closed, Boundary Water Station up and running

The Goodlow Transfer Station is closed until further notice due to a break-in. Please use the Cecil Lake Transfer Station until further notice.

Due to last night’s power outage, the Boundary Water Station was out of service. The station is in back service as of this morning but will require time to recharge the tanks to full capacity.

Thank you for your patience as we deal with these issues.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation recognized at the PRRD

In June, the federal government passed legislation formally recognizing September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In recognition, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) offices will be closed that day. As a Regional District government, the PRRD recognizes the importance of officially honouring September 30, in alignment with our ongoing commitment to advance reconciliation in partnership with First Nations in this area.

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Buick water station back in service

The pump issue at the Buick water station has been resolved and the station is now open for service. The PRRD again thanks residents for their patience.

Notice of Special Board Meeting – September 27, 2021

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notices of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Board, on September 27, 2021 at 9:30 am in the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to deal with the following items:

  1. Sub Regional Recreation and Cultural Services Conversion Bylaw No. 2453, 2021
    • Consideration of Adoption
  2. Recreation and Cultural Facilities and Services Grant in Aid Amendment Bylaw No. 2424, 2020
    • Consideration of Adoption

The agenda will be made available online as soon as possible at www.prrd.bc.ca and the meeting will be livestreamed over Facebook :  https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/ 

Please click here to view the full notice.

Fall Clean-up doesn’t save you work, it saves you money

Clipping, raking, bundling and hauling a summer’s worth of yard waste is worthwhile chore.

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Fall Clean-up makes it easy for you to dispose of your unwanted waste at no charge for a two-week period.

Tipping fees are waived at PRRD landfills and waste transfer stations from October 4 to 17 for residents who want to dispose of self-hauled yard and sorted waste from residential properties. (more…)

Buick water station closed until further notice

The Buick water station is temporarily out of order due to a pump issue and will remain closed until further notice. The Prespatou system at 21869 Triad Road can be accessed in the meantime. The PRRD is actively working to resolve the issue and will provide updates as they become available.

Notice of Special Board Meeting – September 17, 2021

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Board, on September 17, 2021 in the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to deal with the following items:

  1. Sub Regional Recreation and Cultural Services Conversion Bylaw No. 2453, 2021
    • Consideration of Third Reading as Amended
  2. Charlie Lake Fire Protection Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 2458, 2021
    • Consideration of Adoption
  3. Dawson Creek – Pouce Coupe Rural Fire Protection Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 2439, 2021
    • Consideration of Adoption

The Agenda will be made available online as soon as possible at www.prrd.bc.ca and the meeting will be livestreamed over Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Click here to view the full Notice of Special Meeting

Board Meeting Agendas – September 9, 2021

A Committee of the Whole meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek. The regular meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will follow immediately.

As of August 25, 2021, masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces; Board meeting attendees will be required to wear a mask.

As space is limited and to assist us in our safety planning, please email to let us know that you will be attending, or call the office at 250-784-3200.

 The Board’s full agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page under the Agendas/Minutes tab.

 Please continue to watch the meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Open fire prohibitions to be lifted across Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres

Effective at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 7, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires will be permitted throughout the Northwest and Prince George Fire Centres. Fireworks, including firecrackers; and sky lanterns will also be permitted.

A map of the Prince George Fire Centre (PGFC) is available online here. (more…)

Charlie Lake Fire Department open house welcomes all this Saturday

You don’t have to be a kid to want to climb aboard a modern fire engine and take a look around, and this Saturday’s Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) open house is your chance.

The CLFD took possession of a new tender, engine and support vehicle in 2020, and Saturday’s open house is a chance to show people the firefighting equipment that helps to protect lives and property in the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area, says CLFD Fire Chief Ed Albury.

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PHO order on masks in public indoor settings

The Provincial Health Officer has issued an order effective today, August 25, that requires masks in all public indoor settings for all people born in 2009 or earlier (12+). To comply with this order, masks are required to be worn to enter all Peace River Regional District facilities, as they are public spaces.
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Phone lines back up at the PRRD Dawson Creek office (UPDATED)

Phone service has been restored at the Dawson Creek office.
12:17pm (local time)

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Due to a technical issue with the service provider, the phone lines to the Peace River Regional District office in Dawson Creek are currently down. The public can call the Fort St. John office at 250-785-8084 for assistance, or direct their inquiries via email. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working to have the issue resolved as soon as possible.

Charlie Lake Fire Department sends second crew south, welcomes first crew home

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) is sending a second crew to southern BC to help fight forest fires.

Volunteer firefighters Jason Mukjiha and Kyle Winters were deployed to the BC Wildfire Service’s Kamloops office and began working yesterday on an eight-day rotation to help fight a fire near Falkland, a town midway between Kamloops and Vernon.

The first CLFD crew, deployed in early August, arrived back in Fort St. John today after fighting fires in the Osoyoos and Falkland area. “The crew performed exceptionally well in challenging circumstances,” says CLFD Chief Edward Albury. “They are pleased that they could help out communities that are in dire need of assistance.”

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Gotta Go service to provide restroom facilities on Alaska Highway receives electoral approval

The proposed Gotta Go service will go ahead after receiving elector consent through an Alternative Approval Process that finished on Friday, July 30.

The Gotta Go service will allow the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) to partner with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Public Services & Procurement Canada, Northern BC Tourism Association and other agencies to build, operate and maintain wheelchair-accessible washroom amenities, picnic benches, tourist information kiosks, signage for safety and emergency management, and cell phone services in two Alaska Highway pullouts – Sikanni Brake Check at km 250, and Steamboat at km 536. (more…)

Update on August 10 meeting with Old Fort residents

Most residents of the Old Fort community are aware that the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) published the Tetra Tech geohazard report last week, and announced plans for a Zoom information session with Old Fort residents scheduled for August 10 at 7 p.m.

The PRRD has received questions from residents asking why the information session won’t be held in person. The Provincial Health Officer order on indoor organized gatherings currently limits capacity to 50 people or 50% capacity. We made the decision to host the meeting virtually to ensure that as many residents as possible can safely attend the meeting, in addition to the necessary outside agencies included in the panel.

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Campfire ban to be lifted in Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service has issued a rescind on the campfire ban for the Prince George and Northwest Fire Centres, effective Wednesday, July 28 2021 at 12:00 noon PDT. 

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Tetra Tech geohazard report available, information session with Old Fort residents scheduled for August 10

The PRRD made a commitment to keep Old Fort residents informed about the report we commissioned to gain a better understanding of the geohazards in the Old Fort area, and we are doing so by sharing Tetra Tech’s report titled Geohazard Assessment of the Old Fort Area, which was provided to the PRRD Regional Board in its agenda package for review at today’s Regional Board meeting. A link to the report is here .

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Boundary water station open — Thursday, July 22, 1:20 p.m.

The Boundary water station issue has been resolved and the station is open again. Thank you for your patience.

North Peace residents asked to provide more information on June 30 storm event

The PRRD is looking for more information and feedback from residents in the North Peace regarding the storm event on June 30.

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PRRD releases preliminary results for 2021 Referendums

Get Out And Vote

The Peace River Regional District has concluded the 2021 Assent Voting (Referendum) on two new proposed services, and is pleased to present the preliminary results of the Assent Voting opportunities that took place through mail ballot, advance and general voting events.
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July 17 is general voting day for two PRRD referendums

Residents of the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) are being asked to cast their vote in referendums on Saturday, July 17, 2021, to determine if the PRRD will go ahead with two proposed new services.Get Out And Vote

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West Moberly First Nations, Peace River Regional District MOU outlines cooperation, good faith approach to common issues

A newly signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between West Moberly First Nations and the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Board lays out how they will work together on common issues and communication processes in a spirit of cooperation, trust and respect.

“We are excited about entering into an MOU with the PRRD. We have been neighbours with each other for a long time,” says Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nations. “We share many concerns, ideas and have similar wants and needs, so a MOU seems the next logical step moving forward.” (more…)

Windstorm information update for Wednesday, July 7

The Peace River Regional District continues to monitor the damage and assist in the recovery for those affected by the June 30 windstorm.

  • Drone observation flights are complete and the information gathered will supplement photos and information collected by PRRD staff on the ground immediately after the event. Residents please note: drones could not be deployed immediately because of wildfires in the area due to the danger drones present to aircraft deployed in firefighting efforts.

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Disaster debris and waste being accepted at Prespatou and Rose Prairie transfer stations

In addition to the bins provided to the Red Creek Road, Evergreen Subdivision, Coffee Creek Subdivision and Lyndon Subdivision. The PRRD we will also be accepting debris and waste at the Prespatou and Rose Prairie transfer stations. Let the attendants know that it is debris and waste from the storm and have proof of residency available.

If you are severely affected by debris from the storm and are not located in these identified areas please contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 to request assistance.

Debris bins being provided for residents affected by severe storm

The Peace River Regional District will be providing bins to the Red Creek Road, Evergreen Subdivision, Coffee Creek Subdivision and Lyndon Subdivision.

These are for residents affected by the storm on June 30 2021, to dispose of excess debris and waste. Please limit the use of these bins to disaster recovery. If you are severely affected by debris from the storm and are not located in these identified areas please contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 to request assistance.

*UPDATE* In addition to the bins provided to the Red Creek Road, Evergreen Subdivision, Coffee Creek Subdivision and Lyndon Subdivision. The PRRD is providing additional appliance disposal bins to these sites, they will be clearly marked “Appliances Only”. Please be sure to empty your damaged fridges and freezers and place them in the appliance bins provided.

View debris bin locations here.

Drone flights being conducted in storm affected areas

Please be advised that the Peace River Regional District has hired a drone company to conduct flights over the affected areas from the severe storm on June 30th to survey the damage of the area.

The company that will be conducting these flights is compliant with all provincial and federal regulations. If you have any concerns about this please contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 this work will be done July 6 and 7, 2021.

These affected areas include:

  • Red Creek Road
  • Coffee Creek Subdivision
  • Evergreen Subdivision
  • Prespatou School

 

View drone flight area map

Assistance for residents of the North Peace after June 30 high winds

Residents of the North Peace who were affected by the June 30 weather event: if you require food or cannot remain in your home due to wind damage or prolonged loss of power, please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773.

Updates for BC hydro at www.bchydro.com/outages

 

PRRD activates Emergency Operations Centre in support of Buckinghorse River fire response

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has activated its Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) at Level One in support of the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS), which is responding to a wildfire at Buckinghorse River, north of Wonowon.

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Evacuation Alert #1 – North Peace Fires

An evacuation alert has been issued for <geographic area>.

This is the time to get prepared to leave your home on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bags ready (which should include several days of clothing, toiletries, and medications), your emergency plan, copies of important documents, and important mementos.

For more information on this alert, go to www.prrd.bc.ca.

Minaker River Regional Park is CLOSED

Due to the wildfire activity in the area, Minaker River Regional Park, at Mile 200 of the Alaska Highway, is closed.

Please, stay out of this area until further notice.

Campfires prohibited in B.C. starting June 30

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service has issued a prohibition on campfires, Category 2 and Category 3 open fires for the entire province of British Columbia, effective Wednesday, June 30 2021. The prohibition will remain in effect until noon on October 15, 2021, or until the order is rescinded.

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Feye Spring and Boundary Lake water transfer station closures

The Feye Spring and Boundary Lake water transfer stations will be affected by routine planned power outages starting Monday, July 5.

Feye Spring
1863 Imperial Avenue
Boundary Lake
1105 Cecil Lake Road
Closed: July 5-6 Closed: July 6-July 9 (late afternoon)
Reopens: July 7 Reopens: July 9 (late afternoon)

Please contact environmental services staff at 250-784-3200 with any inquiries.

Peace River Regional District farmers can now recycle used grain bags and baler twine at no cost in Cleanfarms pilot

With the prevalence of canola, grain and forage seed crops as well as beef cattle farming in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD), it is no surprise that plastic grain bags and baler twine are important agricultural tools for farmers/producers who call this part of northern British Columbia home.

Important as grain bags and baler twine are in many farm operations, managing the used materials when farmers are finished with them can be a challenge. Until now, the used material has been either landfilled or stored on farms. But that’s about to change.

Beginning this week, Cleanfarms, with the support of the PRRD, is launching a pilot to enable local farmers to recycle the baler twine and grain bags at no charge by taking them to one of eight collection sites located throughout the district.

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Notice of Special Chetwynd Public Library Advisory Committee Meeting

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Chetwynd Public Library Advisory Committee, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 held via ZOOM.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a Chetwynd Library project.

The agenda will be available online at prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Notice of Special CLIB Meeting

Statement from Brad Sperling, Board Chair, on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today we pay special recognition to the vital contributions that Indigenous peoples make to the Peace region. We invite all people of this region to learn about the rich cultures, traditions and languages of the Indigenous peoples of this area, whose traditional lands we live on.

It’s also important to acknowledge that we continue to have tragic reminders of the systemic racism and terrible injustices which Indigenous people have suffered over the years in this country. Today is an opportunity to recognize that we have a long way to go on the journey to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. We need to work together to take all concrete actions that we can to move along that path.

The Peace River Regional District is committed to working with Indigenous peoples of this area in a spirit of respect, cooperation and partnership, and to do all we can to make this region a better place for them and for all people, today and every day.

Peace River Regional District virtual town hall meeting disrupted with racist language

A June 15 virtual town hall meeting hosted by Peace River Regional District (PRRD) was briefly disrupted by a participant who posted racist and profane language on the screen during a staff presentation. PRRD staff immediately stopped the meeting, reset the presentation and readmitted some participants. The meeting continued without incident.

Racist language and behavior is not tolerated by the PRRD in any setting, says Board Chair Brad Sperling. “We reject racist or hateful language or behavior of any sort, and our Board created a specific policy to that effect. We apologize to any of the meeting participants that saw this offensive language or have been affected by this unfortunate incident.”

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Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents in Electoral Areas B and C

Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney included in proposal

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents in parts of Electoral Areas B and C on the proposed expansion of the Charlie Lake Fire Protection Area to include some 175 properties in Sawyer’s Subdivision, Red Creek South, Bear Flats and South Montney. The new service would be provided by the Charlie Lake Fire Department.

Residents are invited to one of two virtual town halls on June 15 to get information and ask questions about the proposed expansion. The meeting for Electoral Area C residents takes place at 5pm, and for Electoral Area B residents at 7pm.

“The Peace region has seen some serious wildfires in the area in recent years, especially in 2016, and some residents have asked the PRRD to consider expanding Charlie Lake’s fire service to include these new areas,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “These engagement meetings and our online engagement process are intended to help us understand the level of support for the proposed service and what questions people have. The Regional Board needs this information to make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.” (more…)

PRRD Board to consider draft 2020 financial statements June 24

The Peace River Regional District Board will be considering its draft 2020 Financial Statements at its meeting scheduled on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The meeting begins at 10am.

Board meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but members of the public are invited to watch the meeting on Facebook at this link.

The statements are available for inspection, during regular business hours, at the Peace River Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, or the Fort St. John office at 9505 100th Street.

For more information, contact Teri Vetter, Chief Financial Officer, at 250-784-3219 or toll-free at 1-800-670-7773.

 

Peace River Regional District launches FireSmart program to help residents in rural areas protect properties from wildfire

Many people in the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) live in the wildland/urban interface – the areas where forest and grassland are interspersed with homes and buildings. The risk of loss of life and property from wildfire in those areas can be very high, especially with the threat of wildfire in BC increasing each year.

The PRRD is rolling out a regional FireSmart program that will help identify high-risk properties and neighbourhoods and help the people in them understand and reduce the risk of damage or loss from wildfire.

“The Peace region is particularly vulnerable to wildfires, which often happen earlier and last longer here,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “Taking a proactive approach is shown to reduce the risk of losses in the most extreme wildfire conditions.” (more…)

Peace River Regional District brings fire services expansion proposal to residents adjacent to Dawson Creek

Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing included in proposal

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is consulting with residents of Dawson Creek South, Briar Ridge and Riley’s Crossing on a proposal to expand the Dawson Creek Fire Protection Area to include some 337 properties in those three areas.

Residents are invited to a virtual town hall on June 9 to get information and ask questions. The proposal would expand the Dawson Creek Fire Department’s fire protection services to include the three new areas.

“Residents of those areas have been asking the PRRD and City of Dawson Creek to consider a service expansion for several years,” says PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling. “This is only a proposal at this point. We know some residents support the idea, but we really need to hear from as many people as possible in this engagement process before the Regional Board can make a decision on the bylaw amendment that this proposal would require.”

If the Regional Board provides consent, the new service would be paid for by a tax on property owners in the three areas. (more…)

Flags lowered at PRRD in solidarity with First Nations

The flags at the Peace River Regional District office in Dawson Creek will be lowered for 215 hours to honour the 215 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation victims.

“We are profoundly saddened at the discovery of the remains of children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. The mistreatment of Indigenous children is a terrible part of the history of this country and we share in the grief at this horrific discovery. Our thoughts are with our First Nations partners and the Peace River Regional District is lowering its flags in solidarity with them.”

– Chair Brad Sperling, Peace River Regional District

Spring Clean-up offers residents free disposal of yard waste, sorted waste

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Spring Clean-up makes it easy for residents to dispose of self-hauled yard waste and sorted waste that comes from residential properties. From May 31 to June 13, tipping fees are waived at PRRD landfills and waste transfer stations.

“The Spring Clean-up event gives residents a financial incentive to clean up your property. You still have to cut it and rake it and shovel it and haul it to us, but once you do that, it’s free to leave it with us,” says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. (more…)

Possible service interruptions at Boundary Lake this weekend

The Boundary Lake water station may experience some service interruptions from May 21 – 24. Please access the Feye Spring water station at 1863 Imperial Avenue if the Boundary Lake water station is closed. Please contact environmental services staff by calling 250-784-3200 or email environmental.services@prrd.bc.ca with any inquiries. To view a full listing of water station locations please click here.

Boundary Lake Water station

Please visit https://prrd.bc.ca/water-station-locations/ for a full listing of water stations or contact environmental services staff at 250-784-3200 with any inquiries.

Reservation system, fees to camp introduced at upgraded Blackfoot Regional Park

The Peace River Regional District is introducing a reservation system and fees to camp at Blackfoot Regional Park beginning May 27.

In a 2018 study, the PRRD asked residents for their input on the future of the park and the possibility of paying to camp. The study found that park users wanted enhanced features like sites with electrical hook-ups and walking trails, and that most campers would be willing to pay a fee for access to those services.

“Blackfoot Regional Park is a beautiful area of the Peace region,” says Peace River Regional District board chair Brad Sperling. “The changes and improvements we’re making there are in response to residents’ and park users’ wishes to see improvements at the park, and to know that they can book some campsites in advance to be assured of having a spot.” (more…)

Boundary Lake water station open

The Boundary Lake water station at 1105 Cecil Lake Road is now open.

Please contact environmental services staff at 250-784-3200 with any inquiries.

Notice of Disposition of Land

Pursuant to Section 286 of the Local Government Act, notice is hereby given that the Peace River Regional District intends to sell property located at 9800 – 17th Street, Parcel Identifier 005-017-718.

Please see the Disposition of Property for more information.

PRRD wins award for financial reporting for second consecutive year

The Peace River Regional District, for the second year in a row, has been awarded the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2019 annual financial report. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. (more…)

Response to BC Hydro request for amendment to Environmental Assessment Certificate

The PRRD has responded to the BC Hydro request for an amendment to the Environmental Assessment Certificate regarding hauling materials by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.

Read the letter here.
Visit the BC Hydro virtual page here.

BC Hydro Public Advisory
BC Hydro Virtual Town Hall Invitation
Site C – 85th Ave Hauling Amendment TAC
TAC Presentation April 29, 2021

 

PRRD challenges residents, businesses to ‘talk trash’

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is asking residents to talk trash as it continues with public consultation on the update of its regional solid waste management plan.

Residents, businesses and industry representatives are invited to attend a virtual open house, fill out a survey, ask questions and offer opinions, says PRRD board chair Brad Sperling. “The PRRD wants all the input we can get as we finish updating the plan in 2021. Effective management of solid waste is a positive for people, businesses and industries in the PRRD. With residents’ help and input, we can create a strong solid waste management plan that addresses local issues and sets out waste reduction goals for the next 15 years.”

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Peace River Regional District board reduces 2021 budget by more than seven per cent

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) board has approved a 7.13 per cent budget reduction for 2021. The PRRD’s overall budget for all service functions is $88,898,920, a decrease of $6,820,243 from 2020.

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Virtual open house series speaks to landfilled waste and energy recovery

Monday April 26, will mark the second week of virtual open houses being held to share the ideas contained within the Regional Solid Waste Management plan update. A surprising amount of landfilled waste in the region doesn’t belong in the landfill; the plan highlights that about 70% could be reused or recycled into paper, plastics, compostable materials and building materials.

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BC Hydro to start work along Jackfish Lake Road in May

BC Hydro will soon start work to relocate a section of the overhead power line along the Jackfish Lake Road. The line runs through a gravel pit near the bend in the road at the south end of Jackfish Lake. Hydro is removing that section from the gravel pit and relocating it to the road.

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Round of virtual open houses starting April 19

The PRRD has been working on a Regional Solid Waste Management plan to help address emerging local issues and manage waste in the safest and most-cost effective way possible. The public and First Nation communities are invited to join one of 16 virtual open houses starting April 19 to learn what has been developed for the draft plan. A series of videos are now available to stream about the process at Have Your Say.
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Montney Centennial Regional Park transitioning to day-use only

Montney Centennial Regional Park will be part of a day-use pilot project starting in spring 2021. Over this three-year period the park will be available for day-use exclusive activities. The project was approved to accommodate much needed upgrades to the park including the development of trails, installing a picnic shelter, installing a fishing dock, updated signage and improvements to walkways and outhouses.

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Public urged to use caution with outdoor burning

Given the current and predicted weather conditions, BC Wildfire Service is encouraging members of the public and industry personnel to exercise caution when conducting any outdoor burning.

Anyone conducting an outdoor burn must adhere to the following precautions:

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Free grant writer information sessions being offered

The Peace River Regional District has partnered with Clear Course Consulting Ltd. to offer free virtual information sessions for community groups to learn more about the Grant Writer Services Program.

If you are interested in understanding how grants work, turning project ideas into grant applications, searching for grants and understanding types of funders and grants the PRRD encourages you to attend one of the two sessions being offered.

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TetraTech work on Old Fort report paused due to lawsuit

Following the landslides of 2018 and 2020 which affected access to the community of Old Fort, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) committed to providing residents with a comprehensive report to identify and characterize any hazards and risks from nearby steep slopes and guide future development approvals. The report was to be completed by Tetra Tech, a leading provider of engineering services worldwide.

On October 26, 2020, the PRRD announced that it would release the Tetra Tech report in the first quarter of 2021. On January 19, 2021, the PRRD, along with others, was sued by residents of the Old Fort community. On the advice of the PRRD’s legal counsel, Tetra Tech’s work on the report has been paused while legal counsel reviews and responds to the lawsuit. Given the nature of this ongoing litigation, the PRRD cannot commit to a date for the release of the Tetra Tech report. The PRRD will not be making any further statement or comment on this matter at this time.

PRRD planning best uses for provincial pandemic restart funding

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is planning how to use a combined $1,084,000 received in 2020 and earlier this week under the provincial government’s COVID-19 Safe Restart Grants for Local Governments program.
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PRRD hosting virtual town hall for Rose Prairie water station

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is inviting Rose Prairie and area residents to a virtual town hall on Tuesday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the future of water services in the Rose Prairie area and to answer residents’ questions.

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Filter installed at Boundary Water Station

In order to improve the taste of the water distributed by the bottle fill station an activated carbon filter was installed on the distribution line at the Boundary Water Station.

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Committee recommends closure of Rose Prairie Water Station

March 4, 2021 — The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) Electoral Area Directors Committee is recommending that the PRRD Regional Board authorize closure and ceasing of operations of the Rose Prairie potable water bulk fill station at its upcoming March 11 meeting.

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Northern Health issues COVID-19 immunization update

Northern Health has announced that it is completing Phase 1 immunizations this month, and moving into vaccinations for Phase 2.

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Notice of Special Rural Budgets Administration Committee Meeting

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Rural Budgets Administration Committee, on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss;

  • Funding for North Peace Rural Roads
  • Changes to the Cemetery Policy

The agenda will be available online at prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/.

Notice of Special Electoral Area Directors Committee Meeting

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Electoral Area Directors Committee, on Thursday, March 4, 2021 in the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Rose Prairie Water Station.

The agenda will be available online at prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

Rose Prairie water station opening delayed

The PRRD’s Rose Prairie water station will not open tomorrow (Monday, February 22) as planned because of unforeseen technical problems. We apologize for the inconvenience and delay; we will open the station as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Statement regarding Lorraine Michetti

We are aware of the social media post by Lorraine Michetti, who is a member of the Peace River Regional District Board of Directors. As Chair of the Board of Directors, I wish to clearly state that we find the sentiment in the post deeply troubling. This was posted to a personal Facebook account. The post does not in any way reflect the views of the Peace River Regional District and we wholeheartedly reject the message contained in it.

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Special Board Meeting Agenda – Wednesday, February 17th

A Special Budget meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the PRRD Office Boardroom at 1981 Alaska Avenue in Dawson Creek, beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Please visit www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/

 

The Board’s full agenda may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca

 

 

Board meetings are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but members of the public are invited to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Development applications portal has moved

The development applications portal, which is a tool for the public to view and comment on active applications, has moved on the PRRD website. It can be found in the following locations:

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PRRD Chair’s letter to BC Environmental Assessment Office asks for fair consideration of input concerning truck hauling plan

A letter asking for the highest level of consideration set out in the ‘Environmental Assessment Certificate and Exemption Order Amendment Policy’ has been sent to the BC Environmental Assessment Office from PRRD Chair Brad Sperling. The Chair advocates for a paced process to allow for meaningful input, research and analysis and fair consideration of all input concerning the plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue to the Site C Project dam site.

Read the letter here

Talk Trash to Us… Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Public Survey

As you may know, over the last year the PRRD has been working to update its Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP). The Ministry of Environment requires all regional districts in British Columbia to have a plan for how solid waste in their region will be managed and reduced. Dealing with solid waste effectively is extremely challenging in northern British Columbia due to transportation costs, lack of markets for recycled items and waste products, and incidences of illegal dumping. The RSWMP helps us manage solid waste in the safest and most cost-effective way possible.

We are at the point in the process where we are going out for public consultation on the draft plan that has been developed. The survey can be found here, on our new engagement platform Have Your Say!.

With your help and input, we can create a strong solid waste management plan that addresses emerging local issues and sets out waste reduction goals for the next 15 years.

Don’t waste your chance to have your say!

2021 Rural Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

Thank you for your interest. The grant intake is now closed.

2021 Rural Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

January 31, 2021 – Today is the last day to submit a grant application!

You must be a rural not-for-profit registered society with at least 75% rural membership and provide recreation, arts, sports and/or social activities to the community at large (Electoral B, C, E or Sub-Regional). Funding may assist with projects for improvements, events and/or general operating costs. Applications can be downloaded from the PRRD website Grant Services page under the Electoral Area Grants section.

PRRD Chair’s letter to BC Hydro – truck hauling application to Site C dam site area

PRRD Chair Brad Sperling has sent a letter to BC Hydro outlining the PRRD’s concerns regarding Hydro’s recently announced plan to haul material by truck from 85th Avenue industrial lands to the Site C Project dam site area.

Read the letter here

Goodlow Transfer Station will reopen Friday January 22

The Goodlow Transfer Station will remain closed Tuesday January 19 and Wednesday January 20.  The site will reopen for regular operations Friday January 22 at 8am.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For any questions or comments, please call Environmental Services at 250-784-3200

Notice of Proposed BC Hydro Project Amendment

As part of the construction for BC Hydro’s Site C project, BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) approvals were granted for the use of a conveyor system to move dam construction material from the 85th Ave. Industrial Lands to the dam construction site.

BC Hydro is now planning to apply to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an amendment to the project’s approval in order to haul this material in dump trucks by public road in the event the conveyor system is shut down.
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Goodlow Transfer Station Temporarily Closed

The Goodlow Transfer Station will be closed Friday January 15 and Saturday January 16, 2021.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For questions or comments please call Environmental Services at 250-784-3200

Proposed Charlie Lake Fire Services Expansion – Petition Results

The Proposed Charlie Lake Fire Services Expansion Petition results have now been posted. There is a +/-20% in favour response for the proposed expansion of the Charlie Lake Fire Department to include Road Rescue and First Medical Response Services. Section 337 (3) of the Local Government Act states that in order for a petition to be certified as sufficient, it must be signed by the owners of at least 50% of the parcels that in total represent 50% of the net taxable value of all land and improvements within the service area, and Section 212 (4-6) of the Community Charter states that the corporate officer must determine the validity and sufficiency of a petition to the Board, and certify this determination.

As there were less than 50% of the property owners in favour of expansion of the Charlie Lake Fire Department to include either first medical responder services or road rescue services, the petitions failed.

You can find more information about the petition that was held by reading the report on the January 14, 2021 Regional Board Meeting Agenda.

Notice of Water Disruption: Buick Creek

Buick Creek Water Station will be closed for maintenance from 12:00pm to 5:00pm Tuesday January 12th for regular maintenance.

Please be advised that the tank loader and bottle fill stations will not be operating during this closure. However the Prespatou Water Station located at 21869 Triad Road will remain open during this timeframe.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact Joe Mottishaw, Environmental Services Coordinator with the PRRD at 250-219-4080, or email joe.mottishaw@prrd.bc.ca

Area B: New Potable Water Rate Approved

At its December 11, 2020 meeting, the PRRD board of directors approved a bylaw amendment that aligns Area B water bottle fill hose rates with neighbouring municipalities. Effective January 15, 2021, the new water rate for the bottle fill hose is $3 per 18-litre bottle.

This new rate is to align current water rates with neighbouring businesses that offer potable bottle fill services within the region. When the Area B water stations were first established, the intention was to ensure water was offered to residents at rates comparable to the surrounding areas.  As such, the bulk fill rate will maintain its current rate of $3 per cubic meter to remain comparable to the municipality of Fort St John.

To view the interactive web map of the electoral areas or to read more about water services provided by the PRRD, please visit www.prrd.bc.ca

Private: Grant Writer Services

This service is temporarily suspended.  The PRRD is working to have a new contract in place by the spring of 2021.  Information on the service will be posted here as soon as it is available.

Share Shed Closure

Please be advised that until further notice the PRRD Share Sheds will be closed to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or toll free at 1-800-670-7773

PRRD Landfills and Transfer Station Holiday Closure

This is just a friendly reminder that the PRRD Landfills and Transfer Stations will be closed Friday, December 25, 2020 and Friday, January 1, 2021.

For regular hours of operation click here.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  Any questions please contact Environmental Services at 250-784-3200

Notice of Special RBAC Meeting – December 11, 2020

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Rural Budgets Administration Committee, on Friday, December 11, 2020 in the PRRD Office Boardroom, at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.

The purpose of this meeting is to receive the following reports regarding grant applications;

  • Grant Request – Buick Community Club – Fogger Application- FN-RBAC-042
  • Grant Request – Clearview Arena Society – Applicator Fogger Machine – FN-RBAC-041
  • Grant Request – District of Chetwynd, Economic Development- FN-RBAC-040

Fey Spring Water Station carbon filter in place

The PRRD would like residents to know that the bottle fill section of the Fey Spring Water Station now has a carbon filter attached. This means that the chlorine will be removed for the bottle fill, prior to dispensing the water into the bottle. The carbon filter is installed on the distribution line, and removes the residual chlorine after the water is filtered and disinfected. However, residents should note that if the dechlorinated water is stored for a longer period of time before consumption, bacterial growth could redevelop. For more information on PRRD water stations, check this page.

Notice of Water Disruption – North Peace Airport Subdivision

It has come the attention of the PRRD that a water hydrant within the North Peace Airport Subdivision is experiencing a leak and requires immediate repairs.

Beginning December 2, 2020, BLU (Big League Utilities) will be onsite to repair the infrastructure.

Please expect water outages as BLU works to isolate and repair/replace the valve(s).

The outages are planned to be only be during contractor working hours 7am to 5pm.  Please be prepared with drinking water available during potential outages to your residence.  To prevent further complications ensure that appliances which use water are not operated during the outages.

We apologize for the short notice, however, this is an emergency situation that requires attention to prevent increased water charges to the residents within the service area of North Peace Airport Subdivision water function.

If you have any concerns please feel to Contact Joe Mottishaw, Environmental Services Coordinator with the PRRD at 250-219-4080, or email joe.mottishaw@prrd.bc.ca

Masks required at PRRD offices and facilities

Due to the new province-wide restrictions put in place on November 19, 2020, masks are now required by everyone who enters Peace River Regional District offices and facilities. It is our responsibility to follow public health orders. Thank you for your compliance. View the full public health order at on the Province of BC website

PRRD Board Meeting Agendas – November 26, 2020

The agendas for the Committee of the Whole and PRRD Board meetings to be held on Thursday, November 26th at the PRRD Office Boardroom, located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, are now posted to the PRRD website.

Committee of the Whole meeting – 9 a.m.
PRRD Board meeting – immediately following

As of June 1st, Board Meetings are open to the public; however, only 4 additional people are permitted. If you wish to attend a Board Meeting for a specific agenda item, please email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca to request a spot.

 

To follow social distancing requirements, please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialPRRD/

Wonowon Public Meeting Postponed

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions and obstacles identified during the planning process, the PPRD is advising residents that the Wonowon Public Meeting scheduled for November 24, regarding proposed upgrades to the Wonowon subdivision, will be delayed until the New Year.

The PRRD wants to ensure that the project is successful, and will use this additional time to conduct additional research and develop more options. Staff are working on a new package to be delivered to all residents in the Wonowon area. Residents will have time to review that information and submit comments and questions before a new meeting date is set. We will advise you of the new meeting date as soon as possible (more…)

Pink Mountain Transfer Station Closed – November 18

Due to weather, the Pink Mountain Transfer Station will be closed today, November 18. It is anticipated that the site will reopen during for regular operations on Friday November 20. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information on landfills and transfer stations please visit, https://prrd.bc.ca/services/garbage-and-recycling/  

Moberly Lake Transfer Station is Closed November 17

The Moberly Lake Transfer Station will be closed today – November 17.  Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The site will reopen on Friday November 20th at 1pm.

For more information about Landfills and Transfer Stations please visit The Garbage and Recycling Page

Now Closed – 2021 Recreational Trails Grants-in-Aid

This grant intake has closed.

Deadline to Apply – 2021 Recreational Trails Grants-in-Aid!

Not-for-profit organizations who promote the usage of recreational trails in the Peace Region and are planning 2021 projects to develop, improve or maintain trails systems have until the end of today (November 15, 2020) to request grant funding from the PRRD. To learn more follow the links below.

0340_30_8-Trails-Grant-Policy.pdf
Application Form

Rolla Sewer Community Meeting

The Peace River Regional District invites property owners in Rolla to attend an online community meeting to learn about and discuss the Rolla sewer system.

Date: November 17

Time: 7-9 pm
 
The meeting will address technical details, costs for improvements, plans to ensure the future sustainability of the system, and implications for property taxes. The meeting will include a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period with Electoral Area Director Leonard Hiebert and PRRD staff.

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Petition lets property owners decide on proposed Charlie Lake road rescue, first medical response services

The Peace River Regional District has launched a petition that will let property owners in Charlie Lake decide if the local volunteer fire department should provide road rescue and first medical response services (FMR) to residents.

Property owners will begin to receive petition packages in the mail next week, with detailed information on the process, the proposed services and costs. If they approve one or both of the new services, owners will be levied for training and equipment start-up costs in 2021 and for operating costs in future years. Property owners in favour are asked to fill out and return the petitions by mail. Those not in favour of either or both services can simply not return the petitions.

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Update for Old Fort residents – October 26, 2020

Update for Old Fort residents – October 26, 2020

Following the landslides of 2018 and 2020 which affected access to the community of Old Fort, the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) committed to providing residents with a comprehensive report to help gain knowledge of geohazards and associated risks, as well as to help the  PRRD  with the consideration of potential risk mitigation strategies for the identified high-risk areas.

In December 2019, the PRRD contracted Tetra Tech, a leading provider of engineering services worldwide, to complete the report. Tetra Tech has made good progress, but the process requires very extensive research and technical analysis, and the PRRD and the consultants want to make sure that the report is as comprehensive and informative as possible so that the PRRD, Old Fort residents and other stakeholders have the best possible information to guide them going forward.

Originally promised by September 2020, the complexities of the research and analysis mean the report will not be available until the first quarter of 2021. We understand that residents are extremely anxious to receive this information and we apologize for this extended timeline.

Tetra Tech is moving as quickly as possible to provide the report without compromising the quality of the research and technical analysis required. We are committed to sharing the report with you as soon as we can. Thank you.

 

Chair Brad Sperling

Boundary Water Station Closed October 21

Update – October 21/2020 @ 4:30 pm: Service is expected to be restored to the Boundary Water Station as of 6:00 pm tonight. Thank you for your patience.
The Boundary Potable Water Station will be closed on October 21, 2020, due to unplanned work required by Whitecap Resources.  As soon as the station becomes available, communications will be sent out.
The Feye Spring Water Station will remain open during this time for residents to get water. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause for you.

PRRD presses for action on Site C impacts

The Peace River Regional District released a letter sent to the parties with candidates running in the upcoming BC election asking for assistance to negotiate a community measures agreement to mitigate the impacts of Site C on regional district residents and services.

Letters were sent to candidates and parties in the Peace River North and South ridings on October 16, 2020. The PRRD Board of Directors looks forward to hearing from candidates on their parties’ views ahead of the October 24 BC provincial election.

For more information:

Click here to read Letter to Candidates

Click here to read the Media Release

Click here to read PRRD Site C Community Measures Agreement Background Information

 

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Boundary Water Station Outage – Updated

UPDATE – 14/10 @ 3:45 pm – The Boundary Water Station is now open again. We apologize for the unexpected outage and we thank all residents and water station users for their patience.

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The Boundary Water Station is currently unavailable for water. We will provide an update on when water may be restored later this afternoon. The Feye Spring Water Station is still open for residents. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause for you.

Buick Water Station Outage: Sept 29 – Oct 1

The Buick Water Station will be closed to the public for regular scheduled maintenance starting at 8:00 am on Tuesday September 29th, reopening on Thursday October 1st.

PRRD Water Stations in Prespatou, Feye Spring, and Boundary will remain open to serve residents.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you.

October 1, 2020 Solid Waste Committee Meeting – Cancelled

SWS Meeting Cancelled

Peace River Regional Hospital District 2019 Financial Statements

Special Board Meetings – August 18th

Boundary Water Station Closed August 12th

The Boundary Water Station will be closed on Wednesday, August 12th.

The Boundary Water Station will be closed to the public on Wednesday, August 12th for scheduled valve upgrades that will allow the new doubled tank capacity (40,000L) to be fully accessible to the public.

The Feye Spring Water Station will remain open to serve residents, as well as PRRD water stations in Prespatou and Buick Creek.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. We look forward to the increased capacity at the Boundary station to better serve Area B residents!

Notice of Special Electoral Area Directors Committee Meeting

Friday, August 7, 2020

Regional District Office Boardroom

1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek BC

9:00 am

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Electoral Area Directors Committee, on Friday, August 7, 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/

Boundary Water Station Power Outage – July 30th

The Boundary Potable Water Station will be closed on July 30, 2020 from 8:30 am to 12 pm for a scheduled power outage due to planned work by Whitecap Resources. Power is expected to be restored by 12 pm.

The Feye Spring Water Station will remain open during this time for residents to get water. Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause for you.

PRRD Web Map Down for Maintenance

The PRRD Interactive Web Map will be experiencing a service interruption today from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm for upgrades to GIS Software. The upgrades are expected to be complete by 4:30 pm, with the Web Map back to fill service.

Evacuation Alert #10

An evacuation alert (#10) has been issued to maintain the pre-existing evacuation alert on 7711 Old Fort Road issued on June 20, 2020. Alert #10 is in addition to Alert #8 which remains in effect as well as Evacuation Order #10.

2020-07-23 Old Fort Alert #10 7711 Old Fort Road

Fort St John Office Closed – July 17th

The PRRD Fort St John Office will be closed on Friday, July 17th due to a BC Hydro scheduled power outage to complete a transformer upgrade in the area. The Fort St. John office phone line will be available for payments and assistance during this time. The office is expected to resume regular hours on Monday. Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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!

Take the Survey! – expired

 

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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Board Meeting Agenda – July 9

Notice of Special Rural Budgets Administration Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Regional District Office Boardroom

1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek BC

9:30 am

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Rural Budgets Administration Committee, on Thursday, July 2, 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/

Boundary Water Station Closure

The Boundary Water Station will be closed for final commissioning from July 6 – 7, 2020.

Starting on Monday, July 6th, the Boundary Water Station will be closed to the public to allow for final commissioning of the newly expanded system.  On  July 8th,  the station will re-open with double the water storage capacity in order to shorten waiting times when filling from the bulk fill hose.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to the increased capacity at the Boundary station to better serve Area B residents!

Old Fort Landslide Update – June 29, 2020

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

Boundary Water Station Closed June 19

The Boundary Water Station will be closed to the public on Friday, June 19th for final commissioning and programming by Flowpoint.

The Feye Spring Water Station will remain open to serve residents, as well as PRRD water stations in Prespatou and Buick Creek.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. We look forward to the increased capacity at the Boundary station to better serve Area B residents!

Change to Board Meeting Location – July 9th

The July 9, 2020 PRRD Board meeting will be held at the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, not at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John as previously scheduled.

Boundary Water Station Construction: June 9 – 11

The Boundary Water Station will be closed for final construction activities from June 9-11, 2020.

Starting on Tuesday, June 9th, the Boundary Water Station will be closed to the public to allow for final construction activities to be safely completed. This construction project will allow for double the water storage capacity at this station in order to shorten waiting times when filling from the bulk fill hose.

The Boundary Water Station will be out of service from June 9th until Thursday, June 11th. The Feye Spring Water Station will remain open to serve residents, as well as PRRD water stations in Prespatou and Buick Creek.

We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause you. We look forward to the increased capacity at the Boundary station to better serve Area B residents!

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. 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

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/

Spring Clean Up 2020 – June 1 to 14

The Peace River Regional District Spring Clean Up program will be happening this year from June 1 to the 14.  Tipping fees will be waived for sorted, self-hauled waste that comes from your property.  During Spring Cleanup, some PRRD Transfer Stations and Landfills will have extended hours!

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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

Board Meeting Agendas – May 28, 2020

The agendas for the Committee of the Whole,  PRRHD Board, and PRRD Board meetings to be held on Thursday, May 28th are now posted to the website.

 

Buick Creek Water Station Scheduled Maintenance May 13th

The Buick Creek Water Station will be closed from Wednesday, May 13th starting at 4:00 pm until approximately 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 14th for scheduled maintenance. Residents may get water during this time at other Electoral Area B Water Stations in Prespatou, Boundary, or Feye Spring.

Sorry for any inconvenience this might cause for you.

Development Services Public Notices

The PRRD Development Services Department has added new procedures for applications to continue moving forward while still maintaining transparency and dialogue during these times of social distancing.

As the public can no longer inspect public notices at the PRRD offices while offices remain closed due to COVID-19, the PRRD has come up with a number of solutions to ensure residents still have the opportunity to inspect and comment on proposed developments.

Options to Review Proposed Developments in Your Area:

  • Public Notices will be posted on the windows of both PRRD Offices.
  • Applications for development are posted on the PRRD Website Active Developments Engage Page (Make sure you check out the new and improved Active Development Page!) at prrd.bc.ca/engage.
  • Paper copies can also be requested by contacting 250-784-3200 or emailing prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca for curbside pickup between 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday at PRRD Offices.

The PRRD would like to thank residents for their patience as we look at new ways to continue offering important services while practicing social distancing and working together to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

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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Agendas & Minutes

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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Updated Burn Restrictions in BC

Effective at 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 16, 2020, most open burning activities will be prohibited throughout British Columbia to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, although campfires will still be allowed.

  • Category 2 open fires;
  • Category 3 open fires;
  • Resource Management open fires;
  • The use of fireworks;
  • The use of sky lanterns; and
  • The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description (except when used for a campfire).

Read the full Information Bulletin

Map of the Prince George Fire Centre

Information Update – 2020 Regional Grant-in-Aid

The PRRD would like to inform all 2020 Regional Grant-in-Aid applicants that at its Special Meeting held on March 19, 2020, the Regional District Board of Directors approved the 2020 budget for Regional Grant-in-Aid.  Subsequent to this, the PRRD Board determined that no grant funding will be released until the Committee of the Whole reviews each application as per the PRRD’s Regional Grant-in-Aid policy. 

Until this process is complete, the status of all 2020 Regional Grant-in-Aid requests remains “pending”.  The Committee of the Whole will review applications at its meeting scheduled for April 23, 2020, and all recommendations from the Committee will go forward to the May 7, 2020, Regional District Board meeting for final consideration.  All applicants will be notified by email by May 15, 2020, of the Regional District Board’s decision.

If you have any questions, please contact the office at 250-784-3200 or email prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca

Boundary Water Station Out-of-Service

UPDATE 1:04pm – The Boundary Water Station is now back in service. Thank you for your patience!

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The Boundary Potable Water Station is currently not in service. The PRRD is currently investigating this and will provide an update once we know more about the interruption and how long it will last. Residents can continue to use the Feye Spring Station in the meantime. Our apologies for any inconvenience this might cause for you.

Rose Prairie Water Station March Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meetings that were scheduled to discuss the next steps for the Rose Prairie Water Station were cancelled and have not yet been rescheduled at this time. PRRD Staff are eager and committed to looking for solutions to move forward on the Rose Prairie Water Station, however, health and safety must come first. These meetings will be rescheduled as soon as possible and we will update you on future plans and actions for the Rose Prairie Water Station as soon as we have new information available.

North East Emergency & Public Alerts – One Year Anniversary!

Today is the 1 Year Anniversary of North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts! Over 1000 Residents of the Peace Region have already signed up for receive alerts! Thank you for staying informed and spreading the word about North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts in your community.

Notice PRRD Landfills and Transfer Stations not accepting cash as of March 28, 2020

Please be advised that until further notice the PRRD will no longer be accepting cash at any PRRD Landfills or Transfer Stations as of March 28th due to COVID-19.

Other forms of payment such as credit, debit, clean up coupons, or charge accounts (if applicable for businesses) will still be accepted.

All PRRD Share Sheds will also be closed as of March 28th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  If you have any questions please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 or toll free at 1-800-670-7773.

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CANCELLED – 2020 Rural Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid Allocation Meetings

The PRRD has made the decision to CANCEL all Rural Recreational & Cultural GIA Allocation meetings in an effort to protect the health and safety of the public who attend these meetings.  (more…)

COVID-19: Resources for Residents

PRRD offices are now open to the public with new procedures to keep both the public and our staff safe!

Quick Reference Guides

Camping and Recreating in PRRD Parks

Operating a PRRD-owned Community Facility

Renting a PRRD-owned Community Facility

Using PRRD Water Stations

Taking Items to Landfills and Transfer Stations

Making a Development Application

Using the Charlie Lake Sewer Receiving Facility

Attending a Board or Committee Meeting

Frequently Asked Questions About PRRD Operations

How do I speak to or make an appointment with staff?
Peace River Regional District offices are now open for their regular office hours. To speak to one of our staff, the public is welcome to come to our offices during business hours or may also use our staff directory to reach any of our staff members.
What are the PRRD Office COVID procedures?
The PRRD has introduced safety procedures to ensure that everyone who visits our office are as safe as possible. These procedures include:

  • Everyone entering PRRD facilities must wear a mask, including staff
  • Everyone entering PRRD facilities must sanitize their hands when they come in.
  • Each room, including meeting rooms and reception areas, have a maximum occupancy to ensure we are able to follow social distancing. If the occupancy is exceeded, please wait outside until someone exits.
  • An information log will be kept of all people to enter PRRD offices to help with contact tracing should someone who has been in our offices discover they have COVID-19.
How many people are allowed in PRRD Offices?
The number of people allowed in a room/building has been determined by the size and ability to ensure physical distancing (staying a minimum of two metres or six feet apart).

  • The maximum number of public members permitted in the Fort St John Office Reception Area: 2
  • The maximum number of public public members permitted in the Dawson Creek Office Reception Area: 
When will PRRD facilities be opening?
As all of BC begins to implement the BC Restart Plan, the Peace River Regional District will be taking steps towards recovery with the new PRRD COVID Recovery Plan. We are currently in Phase Two of the PRRD Recovery Plan, which sees a number of facilities open.

Phase 1 (Mid – Late May 2020)
  • Staff resume work in Dawson Creek and Fort St John offices
    Montney Centennial Park and Iver Johnson Park opens for day-use only
Phase 2 ( June to September 2020)
  • PRRD offices open to the public
  • Charlie Lake Fire members resume in-person training with conditions
  • PRRD community halls may resume maintenance and cleaning activities with conditions.
  • Essential public hearings, on a case by case basis, may resume in-person if electronic options are not available and if ap propriate meeting venues and sanitization requirements can be met
  • Blackfoot Regional Park opens for camping.
  • Share Sheds Open (as of June 15)

 

  • Minaker River Regional Park opens for camping
  • PRRD will consider, on a case by case basis, community halls holding small events with less than 50 people (starting in July)

 

  • Chetwynd Recreation Centre and North Peace Leisure Pool will open under the direction of the municipalities.
  • Buick and Clearview Arenas will open at the direction of School District No 60
  • Essential in-region travel
Phase 3 (TBD)
Date to be determined dependent on public health, social and economic factors to be examined starting in August 2020

  • Non-essential meetings
  • Public engagement activities
  • In-person engagement with First Nations communities
  • Out-of-region travel

How Can I . . .

In-Person Phone Email Social Media
Pay a Bill X X
Contact a Staff Person or ask a question X X X X
Attend a Board Meeting or Committee X
(masks required)
X X (Livestream)
Get information about a building permit or land use application. X X X

 

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The PRRD is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We encourage residents to stay up to date and continue to follow the provincial and federal Government guidelines as the official sources for new information. Below are some resources that may be helpful for residents:

BC Centre for Disease Control    |  Website    Facebook

Northern Health    |  Website    Facebook

Northern BC Information Line: 1-844-645-7811

Government of Canada – Public Health    |   Website     Facebook

Health Link BC (BC Ministry of Health)    |   Website     Facebook

First Nations Health Authority    |   Website     Facebook

BC 211    |   Website     Facebook

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PRRD Offices Closed to the Public

During this difficult time, the Peace River Regional District will be taking steps to protect employees and the public by closing the PRRD Main office in DC, office in FSJ, Charlie Lake Fire Hall, and Warehouse to the public as of 4:30pm on March 20th.

Many of our employees will now be working remotely to combat the spread of COVID-19. We want to reassure our residents that PRRD employees will still be available to help.

For assistance, please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200 / Toll Free: 800-670-7773. To contact a PRRD staff member by email, visit the Staff Directory to find a list of our staff with their contact information.

Continue to check prrd.bc.ca for future updates.

CANCELLED – Electoral Area “E” Roundtable Meeting

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Scheduled Power Outage at Boundary and Feye Spring Water Stations

The Feye Spring and Boundary Potable Water Station will be closed on March 11, 2020 from 8am to 12pm for a scheduled power outage due to planned work by Whitecap Resources. Power is expected to be restored by 12 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Board Meeting – March 12th

The agendas for the PRRD Board Meeting to be held starting at 10 am on Thursday, March 12th at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, is now posted to the website and is available for viewing, downloading and printing.

March 12 Meeting Agenda 

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Rose Prairie Water Station February Update

Following the January Update, Directors and staff at the PRRD are continuing to evaluate alternative options to come up with the best solution for the Rose Prairie Water Station.

Thank you again to the residents still waiting for the Rose Prairie Water Station. We appreciate your frustration and thank you for your patience yet again. Another update on the Rose Prairie Water Station will be issued by the end of March.

Learn more about the Rose Prairie Water Station by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page at prrd.bc.ca.

PRRD Finance Department Receives Canadian Award for Financial Reporting

Congratulations to the PRRD Finance Department for receiving their 2018 Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Award.

The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting has been awarded to the Peace River Regional District, British Columbia by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA)  for its annual financial report. The Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Program was established to encourage municipal governments throughout Canada to publish high-quality financial reports and to provide peer recognition and technical guidance for officials preparing these reports. Its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

Click here to download the 2018 Annual Report

Click here to learn more about the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting

Southern Mountain Caribou Partnership Agreement Signed

The Partnership Agreement between the Province of BC, Government of Canada, Saulteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations for the recovery of southern mountain caribou was signed on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Read More: Southern Mtn. Caribou Partnership Agreement Signed

Electoral Area D Roundtable Meetings

Peace River Regional District Electoral Area D Director, Leonard Hiebert would like to invite all residents in Electoral Area D to talk and share ideas for their community at a Roundtable Meetings this spring.

Roundtable meetings and times:
March 3rd | 7–9pm | Pouce Coupe Community Hall
March 10th | 7–9pm | Rolla Community Hall
March 31st | 7–9pm | Farmington Community Hall
April 7th | 7–9pm | Tomslake Community Hall
April 20th | 7–9pm | Kelly Lake Community Hall

What is a Roundtable Meeting?
A roundtable meeting is an opportunity to meet your Electoral Area Director in your community. Get updates and ask questions about projects and activities of the Peace River Regional District and share your thoughts or ideas on community issues important to you!

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Regional Connectivity Needs Assessment Survey

The Peace River Regional District faces unique challenges with regard to connectivity in the electoral areas. The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has hired Valo Networks and Canadian Fiber Optics Corporation to complete a connectivity needs assessment for the electoral areas of the PRRD. This includes making an inventory of existing networks, mapping locations of existing fiber, and identifying areas where there is no service. The survey results will inform the Regional Connectivity Needs Assessment.

Tell us how you’re connected for your chance to win a $250 Visa giftcard.

For more information on the Regional Connectivity Needs Assessment,  please go to PRRD’s Engage page. The survey closes on March 15th.

Electoral Area B Roundtable Meetings

Peace River Regional District Electoral Area B Director, Karen Goodings would like to invite all residents in Electoral Area B to talk and share ideas for their community at a Roundtable Meetings this spring.

Roundtable meetings and times:
February 24th | 2–4pm | Goodlow Cafe
February 24th | 7–9pm | Cecil Lake Community Hall
March 9th | 2–4pm | Rose Prairie Curling Rink
April 6th | 2–4pm | Buick Creek Community Hall

What is a Roundtable Meeting?
A roundtable meeting is an opportunity to meet your Electoral Area Director in your community. Get updates and ask questions about projects and activities of the Peace River Regional District and share your thoughts or ideas on community issues important to you!

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Boundary Water Station Power Outage

Update – 3:45pm

Power has been restored to the Boundary Water Station and it is now open again. Thank you for your patience.

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The Boundary Water Station is experiencing a power outage due to unexpected work being performed by Whitecap Resources on a nearby transformer. The power is expected to be back on later this afternoon. Water station users will be able to get water by using the Feye Spring Water Station, which remains open. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will let residents know once the power is back on at the Boundary Station.

Board Meeting – February 13th

The agendas for the Committee of the Whole and PRRD Board Meetings to be held on Thursday, February 13th at the PRRD Office Boardroom located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, are now posted to the website and are available for viewing, downloading and printing.

Committee of the Whole Meeting – 10 am
PRRD Board Meeting – immediately following

Closed Landfill Closure Reports

Rose Prairie Water Station January Update

Following the last Rose Prairie Water Station Update on December 20, 2019, the Electoral Area Directors Committee made a resolution to authorize testing a second water well near the water station as a potential alternative water source while work continues on the existing sulphide/turbidity issues.

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2020 RURAL Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

January 31st – Today is the last day to submit an application!  All applicants must be a Rural not-for-profit registered society with at least 75% of the membership coming from the rural areas in which they serve – Electoral Area B, Area C, Area E or Sub-Regional.  Funding provided through the Electoral Areas to assist with general operations, capital funds and special events.  To learn more about this grant funding, please see the policy.  To apply, please download the application package.

Southern Mountain Caribou Correspondence

At the January 23rd Board Meeting, the PRRD Board received a response to their December 13th Letter from Premier John Horgan and resolved:

That the Regional Board support the District of Chetwynd by advising the Honourable John Horgan, Premier of BC, that it will not participate in the following scheduled caribou related working group meetings:

  • Snowmobile Advisory Committee (January 23, 2020 in Dawson Creek)
  • Land Use Objectives Stakeholder Committee & Socio-Economic Advisory Committee (January 24, 2020 in Chetwynd) unless local government is awarded a seat on the Caribou Recovery Committee specified in the Partnership Agreement to Recover the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou, or a meeting of the Leaders’ Table is called and local government is provided information that local government will be provided the opportunity to participate in the Partnership Agreement, other than through separate advisory committees.

This resolution was sent in a letter to Premier John Horgan on January 23rd, 2020.

2020 RURAL Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

January 31st – Deadline to Apply

Applicants must be rural not-for-profit registered societies with at least 75% of the membership coming from the rural areas in which they serve – Electoral Area B, Area C, Area E or Sub-Regional.  Funding provided through the Electoral Areas to assist with general operations, capital funds and special events.  To learn more about this grant funding, please see the policy.  To apply, please download the application package.

 

2020 RURAL Recreational & Cultural Grants-in-Aid

January 31st – Deadline to Apply

Applicants must be rural not-for-profit registered societies with at least 75% of the membership coming from the rural areas in which they serve – Electoral Area B, Area C, Area E or Sub-Regional.  Funding provided through the Electoral Areas to assist with general operations, capital funds and special events.  To learn more about this grant funding, please see the policy.  To apply, please download the application package.

 

Pink Mountain Transfer Station Closed

The Pink Mountain Transfer Station will be closed today Wednesday January 8th, 2020. The site should resume regular hours of operation Friday January 10th, 2020 opening at 8am.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. For any questions or comments please call 250-784-3200 or click here for information on regular hours of operation.  

Web Map Interruption

Our web map will experience interruptions in service over the next couple days. If you receive an error during use over the next couple days please reload the map or try back at a later time.

2020 Regional Grant-in-Aid

December 31st – Today is the last day to submit Regional Grant-in-Aid applications for projects or initiatives that are regional in scope and serve or benefit residents throughout the regional district or in multiple electoral areas and municipalities. Grant categories include:  Arts/Culture, Economic Development, Environmental, Heritage, Social and Recreation.  Late applications will not be considered.

Please see PRRD Grant Services page for more information.

**NOTE – This deadline does not apply to Rural Grant-in-Aid

2020 Regional Grant-in-Aid

The Peace River Regional District is currently accepting grant applications for Regional Grant-in-Aid for the 2020 budget cycle.  Applications may be submitted for projects or initiatives that are regional in scope and serve or benefit residents throughout the regional district or in multiple electoral areas and municipalities.  Grant categories include:  Arts/Culture, Economic Development, Environmental, Heritage, Social and Recreation.  Deadline to apply – December 31st. Late applications will not be considered.

Please see PRRD Grant Services page for more information.

**NOTE – This deadline does not apply to Rural Grant-in-Aid

Rose Prairie Water Station Update

The Peace River Regional District would like to apologize for the delays in opening the Rose Prairie Water Station. Residents have been extremely patient in what we know has been a frustrating process.  During the commissioning of the Rose Prairie Water Station earlier this year, Sulphides were found in the water supply. Additional treatments have been installed to reduce the Sulphides, however, these treatments have not yet been able to decrease the measurable turbidity (cloudiness) in the water to acceptable levels. The PRRD’s goal is to open the Rose Prairie Water Station as soon as possible, however, the health and safety of residents is our top concern. Before opening, the Rose Prairie Water Station must meet the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality and the BC Ministry of Health treatment objectives for groundwater.  The PRRD is carefully weighing different options to move forward with the Rose Prairie Water Station.  So far, options include locating an alternative water source within the vicinity of the existing water station and/or additional treatment upgrades. It is our intention to have an update for residents by the end of January 2020.

The Peace River Regional District would like to once again thank residents for their patience and look forward to the opening of the Rose Prairie Water Station in 2020!

Read the Rose Prairie Water Station Frequently Asked Questions here!

Agriculture Survey Extended

The Agricultural Challenges 2019 Survey has been extended. Peace Region producers now have until December 31st to complete the survey.

The PRRD is asking Peace Region Farmers to complete a short survey to find out more about how the poor weather has affected producers in 2019. Producers are also able to submit pictures of their crops and other hardships on their farm through the Engage Page, as well as in person at PRRD Offices or by email to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca.

Click here to take the survey!

2020 Regional Grant-in-Aid

The Peace River Regional District is currently accepting grant applications for Regional Grant-in-Aid for the 2020 budget cycle.  Applications may be submitted for projects or initiatives that are regional in scope and serve or benefit residents throughout the regional district or in multiple electoral areas and municipalities.  Grant categories include:  Arts/Culture, Economic Development, Environmental, Heritage, Social and Recreation.  Deadline to apply – December 31st. Late applications will not be considered.

Please see PRRD Grant Services page for more information.

**NOTE – This deadline does not apply to Rural Grant-in-Aid

Holiday Closure of PRRD Solid Waste Sites

2020 Regional Grants

The Peace River Regional District is currently accepting grant applications for Regional Grant-in-Aid for the 2020 budget cycle.  Applications may be submitted for projects or initiatives that are regional in scope and serve or benefit residents throughout the regional district or in multiple electoral areas and municipalities.  Grant categories include:  Arts/Culture, Economic Development, Environmental, Heritage, Social and Recreation.  Deadline to apply – December 31st. Late applications will not be considered.

Please see PRRD Grant Services page for more information.

**NOTE – This deadline does not apply to Rural Grant-in-Aid

Reminder – Please Stay Off Fields

  • Due to the unfavorable weather conditions, many farmers were not able to harvest their crops and they will remain in the fields until they can be harvested in the spring.
  • Driving snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles on the crops will damage them, resulting in less crops being viable in the spring.
  • If you need to get around a field, choose to drive around the edges than through the middle of the field.

Industry Notice – Unharvested Grain and Canola Crops

Notice on Production Insurance – Unharvested Grain and Canola Crops from the Ministry of Agriculture

Agriculture in the Peace River Regional District

The PRRD is taking the situation facing the Agriculture Industry extremely seriously and is taking action to advocate for agriculture.

At the November 14th Board Meeting, the Peace River Regional District Board resolved to take action in support the local agriculture industry by sending a letter to provincial and federal representatives, including Premier John Horgan, Minister of Agriculture, Lana Popham, MLA Dan Davies, MLA Mike Bernier, and MP Bob Zimmer.  The Peace River Regional District would like to clarify that while the PRRD Board is in full support of the Agriculture industry and local farmers, there has not been a declaration of an Agricultural Emergency at this time. Video of the full discussion regarding the report can be found on the PRRD’s website at https://prrd.bc.ca/agendasminutes/peace-river-regional-district-prrd/.

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2020 Regional Grants

The Peace River Regional District is currently accepting grant applications for Regional Grant-in-Aid for the 2020 budget cycle.  Applications may be submitted for projects or initiatives that are regional in scope and serve or benefit residents throughout the regional district or in multiple electoral areas and municipalities.  Grant categories include:  Arts/Culture, Economic Development, Environmental, Heritage, Social and Recreation.  Deadline to apply – December 31st. Late applications will not be considered.

Please see PRRD Grant Services page for more information.

NOTE –  This deadline does not apply to Rural Grant-in-Aid

 

BC Hydro Work in Old Fort Area

BC Hydro will be cleaning up materials in the Old Fort area between November 18th and 22nd. Flaggers will be on-site to help with traffic, however, no lane closures or power outages are expected due to the work.

Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Looking for Northern Commissioner

The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) is looking for one Commissioner from the North region of the province, specifically from the Peace River Regional District, Northern Rockies, or Kitimat Stikine.

The application deadline is December 11, 2019.

Click here to read the full job description.

Prespatou Water Station Alert

UPDATE (9:57am) – The Prespatou Water Station is now working again and ready to serve your potable water needs. Thank you for your patience!

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The Prespatou Water Station is out of service due to a mechanical issue. We are unsure at this time when the station will be back in operation and we will update residents when more information is available. Water Stations in Buick, Boundary, or Feye Springs are still working. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

The West Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2312 was adopted by the Regional Board on October 24, 2019

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Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Review Survey!

Today is the last day fill out the Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Review Survey. If you have not had a chance to do so, click here!

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Letter to Premier Horgan – Leaders’ Table on Caribou

October 24th, 2019

Dear Premier Horgan:

Re: Leaders’ Table re: Caribou

On October 10th, the Peace River Regional District wrote to you to express extreme disappointment that the Board did not receive an invitation to participate in the proposed Leaders’ Table regarding the Draft Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou. . . .

Click Here to Read the Full Letter

Garbage and Recycling Alert

This is a North East BC Emergency & Public Alert from the Peace River Regional District. If you are receiving this message, you signed up for Garbage and Recycling alerts.
The Tomslake Transfer Station will be closed Friday October 25, 2019 due to a power outage. It is expected that the site will resume regular operations tomorrow Saturday October 26, 2019 at 10am. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Structural Fire

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) was called out early in the morning of October 14th to attend to a structural fire on Kaps Road.

CLFD was paged to the fire within two minutes of the 911 call. Fort St John was paged shortly after for their Tender and Crew to assist. (more…)

Fall Clean Up

Fall Clean Up is almost here!  Tipping fees for PRRD Landfills, Tier 1, and Tier 2 Transfer Stations are waived for two weeks from October 14 to 27 for waste originating from your property.  Waste should be sorted and diverted where applicable, metal, wood, tires, concrete, etc.

Also for Sunday October 20 and Sunday October 27 the Bessborough Landfill will be open!  That site will be open from 8am to 4:45pm.  All other sites, regular hours apply.

 

2019 Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest

Enter the 2019 PRRD Fire Prevention Poster contest for your chance to win a tablet and other great prizes. Submit your poster to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca by October 13th to enter! Read the full poster for details. 

Sign Up for North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts!

The North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts system has hit 1,000 subscribers! Have you and your family signed up?

North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts is a community-wide notification system. Residents who subscribe will be alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up. Residents can sign up to receive time-sensitive messages on their home, mobile or business phone, email address, or by text message.

Walkthrough the signup process quickly and easily with this tutorial video!

BC Hydro and MOTI are working in the Old Fort area

BC Hydro

BC Hydro & Arctic Arrow Group will be working in the Old Fort area between September 25, 2019, and September 30, 2019, between the hours of 8:00, am and 8:00 pm, to remove abandoned BC Hydro/Telus poles and wire. For questions please contact Bob Gammer, with BC Hydro, at 250 561-4858.

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 

Between September 16 and October 16, 2019, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) will be finishing some of the activities that did not get completed last fall due to weather. This includes installation of some cross culverts to prevent ponding and saturation of the road base, cleaning out some of the ditching along the road, as well as recontouring the existing drainage channel that was scoured out this past spring. Minor traffic interruption for the culvert installs can be expected. For any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Stacey Weightman, with MOTI, at  250 261-4705.

Travel Trailer Fire

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) was paged out on September 24, 2019 at 3:34 pm, to attend to a travel trailer fire at Teak Creek Estates. The front half of trailer was fully engulfed upon arrival, the fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished. 14 firefighters were on scene, resources included Engine 1, Engine 2, Tender 1, and Tender 2.  No injuries were reported.

Boundary Water Station Notice – September 18 *Updated

UPDATE – The Boundary Lake Tankloader will be out of water on Wednesday Sept 18 after approximately 8:00am.

Due to planned maintenance, please be advised that the Boundary Lake Tankloader will be out of water on Wednesday Sept 18, after approximately 2:00pm.  Normal operations will resume on Sept 19.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

“Talking Trash” with the PRRD!

The PRRD is reviewing the Solid Waste Management Plan to better reflect and address emerging local issues, and we want you to ‘Talk Trash’ with us!

Have your say on Regional Solid Waste, take the survey!

Click here to take the Regional Solid Waste Management Survey! 

Feye Spring Water Station Scheduled Power Outage – September 16

The Feye Springs Water Station will be experiencing a scheduled power outage on Monday, September 16th from 12:30 – 3:00pm. The Boundary Water Station will remain open and can be used while the Feye Spring station is not in service or residents can access the Feye Springs station over the weekend if they need water. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The PRRD is adopting a new West Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan

The West Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan sets out objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management within the Chetwynd fringe area.

A Public Hearing will be held at 7:00 pm on October 2, 2019 at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre. The purpose of the Public Hearing is for the Regional District to hear from residents and answer any questions regarding the proposed plan.

For more information click on this link to the Engage! page

Kelly Lake Transfer Station Closed

The Kelly Lake Transfer Station is closed as of 1:45pm on Wednesday, August 21st. The Transfer Station will reopen on Friday, August 23rd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Cecil Lake Transfer Station Closed – Friday August 16, 2019

Due to a power outage the Cecil Lake Transfer Station will be closed today – Friday August 16, 2019.

It is anticipated that that the site will resume regular operation, Saturday August 17, 2019 at 10am.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have any question please call 250-784-3200

Road Construction on Old Fort Road

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) has announced that road construction is planned to commence approximately August 23 and will run into early October for construction of Chain Up Areas/Pull Outs. The road will be Single Lane, Alternating Traffic intermittently between the hours of 7am – 6pm, Monday through Saturday.

For general questions about the project, contact Tracker Contracting by calling 250-785-8953.

Reminder – Scheduled Power Outage at Feye Spring Water Station

A scheduled power outage will be taking place at the Feye Spring Potable Water Station on August 16th from 9:30am until 1:00pm. During these hours, the water station will not be operational. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Weekend Fire Call – August 11th

The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out over the weekend at 04:39 on August 11th, 2019, to respond to a reported fire on Lake Shore Road. A caller reported the fire when they noticed the fire as they drove by. Crews arrived on scene and found the fire was a brush/wood pile burning that was being maintained. 8 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1, Squad 1, and Squad 3.

General Manager of Development Services

Kevan Sumner will be joining the PRRD team on September 3, 2019 as the new General Manager of Development Services. Kevan has 18 years of professional experience that include six years as a policy analyst and more than twelve years of planning experience with municipalities, planning districts, and developers. Kevan comes to the PRRD with a breadth of knowledge and experience and we look forward to him joining our team.

Letter to Ministry of Public Safety – Data Request

The Peace River Regional District Board has requested the information referred to by the Ministry of Public Safety in their July 26, 2019 email.

Click here to read the full letter

PRRD Requests Data Gathered by Ministry Regarding Old Fort Area

The Peace River Regional District Board reviewed the letter sent by Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General on July 26, 2019 in response to a previous letter sent by MLA Dan Davies, on June 25, 2019, expressing his concerns regarding the Old Fort Landslide area.

The Minister’s letter suggests the area is unlikely to experience “a dramatic slippage of the remaining hillside that might further impact homes to occur. The data suggests that if movement was to recommence, it would be a slow-moving slide as had been experienced in the previous slide that initiated on September 30, 2018.”  The Regional Board is requesting from the Ministry the data that substantiates this statement.

Once the data is received, the Peace River Regional District plans to have the data verified by applicable experts to consider whether evacuation alerts and orders may be removed from the Old Fort area.

Press Release

Scheduled Power Outage at Feye Spring Water Station

A scheduled power outage will be taking place at the Feye Spring Potable Water Station on August 16th from 9:30am until 1:00pm. During these hours, the water station will not be operational.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Fire Call – July 29th, 2019

The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 09:43 on July 29th, 2019, to respond to a structure fire on Wright Road. Crews determined there was no fire and inspected the equipment to monitor. 17 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1 and Squad 1.

2019 Parks Day at Sundance Lake Regional Park

Please join us for the 4th Annual ‘Parks Day’ which will take place at Sundance Lake Regional Park on July 27, 2019 from 11am-3pm. Wander out for a fun filled day of outdoor activities. Family friendly activities planned for the day include wildlife awareness, outdoor survival skills, native plant identification activities, a recycling event, and wildfire prevention. Watch for signs on Highway 97 S between Dawson Creek and the District of Chetwynd. For directions or information about this event, please call 250-784-3200 or visit our website at prrd.bc.ca

Click here to see the Poster!

Boundary Water Station

Great news!  The Boundary bottle fill hose at the potable water station is back on-line.  We thank everyone for their patience.

Charlie Lake Fire Department Call

The Charlie Lake Fire Department was called out at 12:57 on June 25th, 2019, to respond to a Transport B-Train leaking Propane at the scales by Highway 97 and Highway 29. Leak found coming from piping on the bottom side of the trailer, liquid fill/drain pipe.  CLFD contained the area and blocked access to the scales and roadway that ran parallel to the scale office. Once the unit was removed to a new area and flagged, CLFD turned the unit back over to the company owner to await for the Specialist to arrive. 7 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1,  Tender 1, and Squad 1.

New Washrooms at Mile 202

‘Gotta Go’ pilot project establishes the first new restroom facility along the Alaska Highway.

Read the full news release – Gotta Go News Release – June 25th

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Boundary Water Station Bottle Fill Hose

Please be advised that the bottle fill hose at the Boundary Lake water station is currently unavailable.  It is estimated that the bottle fill hose will be fully functional by Thursday, June 27, 2019.  In the meantime, the Boundary Lake truck fill hose will remain fully functional.  Should residents wish to fill their bottles, the Feye Springs site is fully operational. 

Caribou Recovery

Premier John Horgan has announced his response and next steps toward caribou recovery in the region, which include continued public engagement.

See the full PRRD  press release here: Caribou Press Release

Board Meeting Agenda – June 27th

The agenda for the PRRD Board meeting to be held at 10 am on Thursday, June 27th at the North Peace Cultural Centre Carpet Room, 10015 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC, is now posted to the website and is available for viewing, downloading and printing.

Weekend Fire Calls

The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to two calls over the weekend:

  • The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 09:04 on June 1st, 2019, to respond to downed powerlines on Golf Course Road. A truck hauling equipment attempted to turn around, damaging two poles. 7 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 2, Squad 1, and Squad 3. The scene was turned over to BC Hydro. 
  • The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 11:36 on June 1st, 2019, to respond to a Grass Brush Fire on 279 Road. Crews put out the field fire with 15 firefighters on scene along with Squad 1, Squad 3, Brush 1, Engine 2, and Tender 1. 

2018 CARIP Report

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to release the 2018 Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) report.

Click here to read the report

Feye Spring Water Station Completely Back in Service

Both the truck fill and bottle fill at the Feye Spring Potable Water Station are now back in service. We appreciate your patience and understanding this week as contractors worked to rectify the situation. 

Feye Spring Truck Fill Now Working

The Feye Spring Potable Water Station Truck fill is now online and ready for use. The bottle fill remains out of service at this time.  Another update will be posted when the bottle fill is working again. Continue to watch prrd.bc.ca for updates. 

Feye Spring Water Station May 30 Update

The Feye Spring Potable Water Station continues to experience temporary difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances. The station is currently out of service for the morning of May 30, 2019; however, a contractor will be on site from 3-6pm today to help residents to load their tanks. Continue to watch prrd.bc.ca for updates.

Boundary Potable Water Station Now Open!

The Boundary Potable Water Station is now open! The station will be open 24 hours a day, with a tank and bottle fill.

Currently, residents do not need an account to use the station, however, water credits will be charged starting on June 15th at a rate of $3.00/m3. Residents can complete the signup process online at www.prrdwater.com or by visiting one of the PRRD offices in Fort St John or Dawson Creek during regular office hours for assistance.

Continue to watch prrd.bc.ca for more updates on Potable Water Stations.  

Feye Spring Water Station May 29th Update

The Feye Spring Potable Water Station continues to experience temporary difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances. The station is currently out of service for the morning of May 29, 2019; however, a contractor will be on site from 3-6pm today to help residents to load their tanks. Continue to watch prrd.bc.ca for updates.

Charlie Lake Fire Department

The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 17:53 on May 27 2019, to respond to a carbon monoxide alarm. Firefighters used monitors to located the cause of the alarm, shut down the gas to the structure, and continued to vent. Firefighters cleared the scene once the monitor met a zero reading. 

10 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1, Tender 2, and Squad 1, and Rescue. 

Letter to Federal and Provincial Governments Regarding Southern Mountain Caribou Engagement

Click here to read the letter from Chair Brad Sperling on behalf of the PRRD Board to Hon. Minister McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and Hon. Minister Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, regarding the community division caused by the Southern Mountain Caribou engagement process. 

Assistance at Feye Spring Water Station Continues on May 28th

The Feye Spring Potable Water Station continues to experience temporary difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances. The station is currently out of service for the morning of May 28, 2019; however, a contractor will be on site from 2-5pm today to help residents to load their tanks. Continue to watch prrd.bc.ca for updates.

Charlie Lake Fire Department

The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 14:58 on May 27 2019, to respond to a gas leak. Firefighters swept the structure with a gas monitor and gas was detected inside the bathroom. The Charlie Lake Fire Department shut off the gas to the structure opened the window to air out the structure. 

8 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1,  Tender 1, and Squad 1. 

Assistance Available at Feye Spring Water Station After 2pm

The Feye Spring Potable Water Station is experiencing temporary difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances. The station is currently out of service for the morning of May 27, 2019; however, a contractor will be on site from 2-8pm today to help residents to load their tanks. Continue to watch prrd.bc.ca for updates.

Tomslake Transfer Station Closed Early

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Tomslake Transfer Station will be closed early, at 3pm today, Saturday May 25, 2019. It will resume regular operation at 8am Tuesday May 28, 2019. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

PRRD Welcomes Procurement Officer

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to welcome Leanne Filipovic to the team as our Procurement Officer starting on June 17, 2019.

Leanne will be a member of the Finance department but will be working closely with all departments to support them in the procurement process, as well as help the PRRD develop policy and procedure as it relates to procurement.  She has previously worked in the private sector as a procurement specialist and brings considerable experience and expertise to the role.

Burn Prohibition Expanded to Prince George Fire Centre

Effective at 12:00pm noon on Thursday, May 23rd, Category 2 open burns will be prohibited throughout the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction to reduce wildfire risks and protect public safety.  

Read the full Information Bulletin here. 

Click here to view the map of areas affected by the expanded burn prohibition.

Click on the picture to find out more about open fire regulation categories. 

Letter to the Saulteau First Nations and West Moberly First Nations

Click here to read the letter from Chair Brad Sperling on behalf of the PRRD Board to Chief Ken Cameron of the Saulteau First Nations and Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations. 

Power Restored to Feye Spring Potable Water Station

Power has been restored at the Feye Spring Water Station and it is now available for use. 

We apologize for any inconvenience that was caused while the station was out of service. 

Goodlow Transfer Station Open

The Goodlow Transfer Station is open!  Power has been restored to the area and the site has resumed regular operation.

Regular operating hours are:

Tuesday and Friday: 8am to 2pm

Wednesday: 12pm to 6pm

Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Water Stations are Opening!

Water credits will be charged starting on June 15th at a rate of $3.00/m3.

Complete the signup process online at prrdwater.com or visit one of the PRRD offices in Fort St John or Dawson Creek during regular office hours for assistance.

Once registered, residents will be able to purchase water credits online any time of the day or night from their computer or other device and have access to potable water stations using their individual access code and pin.

Read the Water Station How-To Guide for more information on setting up your account online!

Continue to watch prrd.bc.ca for water station updates.

Feye Spring Potable Water Station Out of Service

Due to a power outage in the Goodlow area, the Feye Spring Potable Water Station is currently out of service.  The potable water stations at Buick and Prespatou remain operational. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and we will notify residents once the water station is operational.

For more information on the areas affected, visit https://www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-map.html.

Board Meeting Agenda – May 16th

The agenda for the PRRD Board meeting to be held at 10 am on Thursday, May 16th at the PRRD Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC, is now posted to the website and is available for viewing, downloading and printing.

PRRD Welcomes Solid Waste Services Manager

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to welcome Gerritt Lacey to the team.

Gerritt has an engineering and utility background, and will be starting as the Solid Waste Services Manager on June 3, 2019. 

Feye Spring Water Station will be open Saturday, April 27th!

The station will be open 24 hours a day. Currently, residents do not need a key card to get their water. Please see the instructions below for more details on how to fill your tanks or instructions are also posted at the buildings.

Instructions for Obtaining Water
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Regional District Board Meeting Agenda for April 25, 2019

The agenda for the Regional Board meeting to be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the Regional District Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek is now posted to the website and available for viewing, downloading and printing. 

Notice of Special Meeting – April 23, 2019

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Board, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Peace River Regional District Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC. 

Notice of Special Meeting – April 23, 2019

Premier extends caribou engagement

Premier John Horgan has announced that the Province has appointed Blair Lekstrom as community liaison tasked with engaging residents of the Peace region on draft partnership agreements on caribou recovery. 
Premier Horgan also extended the engagement period to May 31, 2019, in order to give Lekstrom time to work with local leaders.
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019PREM0037-000678  

Notice of Special Meeting April 15, 2019

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice of its intention to hold a Special Meeting of the Board, on Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Peace River Regional District Office Boardroom, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC. 

Notice of Special Mtg April 15, 2019

Sign Up for North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts

 

How Will You Stay Informed About Emergencies?

Your safety is our top concern – that’s why communities in North East BC want to make sure you know about emergencies and public alerts as they happen. The Peace River Regional District will use the North East BC Emergency & Public Alerts system powered by Everbridge to make sure you know about issues that may affect your safety. This system allows the Peace River Regional District to contact thousands of residents in seconds so you can find out about an emergency right away. Receive important messages from the Peace River Regional District via email, phone, and text!

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Evacuation Order Issued

March 25, 2019- The Peace River Regional District has issued an evacuation order for the house and surrounding property at 8657 Highway 29 South. This property is located in Electoral Area E, between Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge.

The evacuation order was issued due to a landslide impacting the property and it is believed that there is an imminent threat to life and property.

The occupants self-evacuated on March 23, 2019.

The Peace River Regional District is working with EMBC and other agencies to determine the next steps.

 

Evacuation Order – Highway 29 South

The Peace River Regional District is issuing an evacuation order for the house and surrounding area at 8657 Highway 29 South. 

Evacuation Order 8657 Highway 29 South

Board Meeting Agendas – March 28th

The agendas for the Committee of the Whole and Regional Board meetings to be held on Thursday, March 28th at the North Peace Cultural Centre Carpet Room, 10015 – 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC are posted to the PRRD website and are available for viewing, downloading and printing.

Committee of the Whole – 10 am
Regular Board meeting – to immediately follow

Committee of the Whole meeting agenda – March 28th

NEW Intake Date – RN/RPN Return of Service Scholarship

Click here for information 

Charlie Lake Fire Department

The Charlie Lake Fire Department was paged out at 18:34 on March 17, 2019, to respond to a structure fire on Poplar Road.

Once CLFD arrived, the fire was found to be burning in a bedroom. With quick action of the CLFD firefighters, the fire was knocked down, stopping the fire from spreading.

I8 firefighters were on scene, along with Engine 1, Engine 2, Tender 1, Rescue, and Squad 1 & 2. BC Ambulance Service and BC Hydro attended the scene as well.

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Public Notification

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Public Notification

The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources authorized Deasan Holdings Ltd. to begin removing gravel stockpiles at the gravel pit located near Old Fort and Fort St. John, B.C. on March 4, 2019.

See public notification here. 

Moberly Lake Transfer Station Closed

The Moberly Lake Transfer Station will be closed today, Monday March 11, 2019, due to the power being out in the area.

The site will resume operation tomorrow, Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 1pm.

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

Electoral Area E Roundtable Meetings

Come talk to Director Dan Rose, ask questions, share ideas for projects in the community and chat about community issues important to you.

Roundtable meetings and times:
March 5th | 7–9pm | McLeod Hall
March 6th | 7–9pm | Chetwynd Rec Centre
March 12th | 7–9pm | Moberly Lake Hall
March 13th | 7–9pm | Jackfish Hall

Groundwater Licensing Update from the Province

On February 19, 2019, the following Blog Post was posted 

https://engage.gov.bc.ca/watersustainabilityact/2019/02/19/blog-post-27-groundwater-licensing-update/

The Government has extended the water license application transition period for those who were using groundwater on or before February 29, 2016 for any non-domestic use, including agricultural, industrial, commercial and institutional groundwater uses. Applicants now have until March 1, 2022 to apply for a licence. (more…)

UPDATE – Old Fort Refrigerator Freezer Replace

Updated February 25th, 2019 – Please bring valid government-issued photo identification with your home address, proof of home ownership, and any receipts or invoices for your purchase costs if you have already replaced your fridge/freezer.

If your fridge or freezer was damaged during the Old Fort landslide evacuation in 2018, you may be eligible for support with replacement costs from the Canadian Red Cross and the B.C. Government. Financial assistance for spoiled food replacement is also available. Go to https://prrd.bc.ca/resources-for-old-fort-slide-residents/ page on the PRRD web site for more information.

Feye Water Tank Loader Station Closed for Commissioning February 25 to March 1 – Reminder

The Feye Water Tank loader station will be closed on February 25 until March 1 to commission the new tank water loader system. Users of the Feye site may utilize the Boundary Lake Tank Loader (1105 Cecil Lake Rd.) during this time.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Program Announced Today for Fridge/Freezer Replacement for Old Fort Landslide residents

If your fridge or freezer was damaged during the Old Fort landslide evacuation in 2018, you may be eligible for support with replacement costs from the Canadian Red Cross and the B.C. Government. Financial assistance for spoiled food replacement is also available. Go to https://prrd.bc.ca/resources-for-old-fort-slide-residents/ page on the PRRD web site for more information.

Feye Water Tank Loader Station Closed for Commissioning February 25 to March 1

The Feye Water Tank loader station will be closed on February 25 until March 1 to commission the new tank water loader system. Users of the Feye site may utilize the Boundary Lake Tank Loader (1105 Cecil Lake Rd.) during this time.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Feye Water Tank Loader Station Closed February 19th – Reminder

The Feye Water Tank loader station will be closed on February 19, 2019, as BC Hydro will be performing maintenance on the system that day. 
The site will re-open on February 20, 2019.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The PRRD Continues to Advocate for Caribou Recovery Plan Community Consultations

The Peace River Regional District continues to advocate for an open conversation between the public and the Province regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery.

In a letter to Chair Brad Sperling, Minister George Heyman confirmed that the government is committed to advancing caribou recovery, while seeking to provide for the best interests of British Columbians. He noted that to help this iconic species recover, there needs to be a collaborative approach that works for everyone, and that as the Provincial Government moves forward with caribou recovery, BC will be looking at the impacts of all land uses.

Since the meeting in Prince George with the Province, Chair Sperling has continued to be in contact with the province as they work with the Federal government to roll out the consultation to the region. Chair Sperling has requested that a minimum of three public consultations be held in the region. He would like to see meetings held in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

Full Media release here: 2019-15-2019 Caribou Press release

Feye Water Tank Loader Station Closed February 19th

The Feye Water Tank loader station will be closed on February 19, 2019, as BC Hydro will be performing maintenance on the system that day. 
The site will re-open on February 20, 2019.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Waste-Free Valentine’s Gifts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  Are you needing a last minute gift idea?  Well, we got you covered with some last minute ideas that are also waste conscious!

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Feye Water Tank Loader Station Closed February 12th

The Feye Water Tank loader station will be closed on February 12, 2019, as BC Hydro will be performing maintenance on the system that day.

The site will re-open on February 13, 2019.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Pink Mountain Transfer Station Closed

The Pink Mountain Transfer Station will be closed today, Wednesday February 6, 2019.  It is anticipated that it will resume regular operation on Friday February 8,2019.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

For any questions please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

 

Rolla Roundtable Meeting Rescheduled

Please be advised that the Electoral Area D Rolla Roundtable Meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, March 4th, 2019. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Review of 9-1-1 Call Connection Delay January 8, 2019, Concluded

February 1, 2019- At the request of the Peace River Regional District and North Island 9-1-1, E-Comm (9-1-1 answer point for the Peace River Regional District) has provided the following information after a report of a 9-1-1 call connection delay on January 8, 2019.

Media Release

General Manager of Development Services

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the General Manager provides vision and leadership, guides and shapes Regional planning matters, integrates planning operations, and builds teamwork.

Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer Station will be open Friday January 25

The Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer Station will open on Friday, January 25 at 8am.

At this time the site will only be accepting debitcredit, and clean up coupons.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions please call the PRRD at 250-784-3200.

The Peace River Regional District met with Provincial Government Representatives

Representatives from the PRRD and Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery met with the Provincial Ministers of Environment and Forests and Lands on January 23 at the BC Natural Resources Forum

The meeting concluded with a commitment from the Province to initiate public and stakeholder engagement in early February on the draft Partnership Agreement to recover caribou in the Peace region. As part of the engagement the Province committed to sharing data and analyses on potential impacts of the Agreement and made a commitment to work with the PRRD on the evaluating impacts of the Agreement on Peace communities. The Agreement will not be finalized until engagement is complete and potential impacts on communities and workers are understood.

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2019 Parcel Tax and Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls

Click Here to Download

The Peace River Regional District will have the 2019 Parcel Tax Assessment Rolls and the Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls available for inspection for the following services:

  • Fort St. John Airport 
  • Fort St. John Airport Sewer 
  • Charlie Lake Sewer 
  • Kelly Lake Sewer 
  • 12 Mile Road Electrification 
  • Water Rolla Sewer
  • Rolla Dyke
  • Chilton Subdivision Sewer
  • Friesen Subdivision Sewer
  • Harper Subdivision Sewer

This gives owners of property in the service areas listed above an opportunity to correct information on the Assessment Rolls. The Financial Services Manager may only receive discrepancies on the following:

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NEW BLOG POST – Waste Reduction Resolutions for 2019

Click here to read the new pRRRdy Talks Trash Blog – Waste Reduction Resolutions for 2019. 

Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer Station Temporary Closure

The Cecil Lake and Goodlow Transfer Stations will be closed Tuesday January 22, and Wednesday January 23, 2019.  

It is anticipated that the sites will resume regular operations Friday January 25, 2019.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any question please call 250-784-3200. 

Special Meeting Cancelled

January 16, 2019-The Special Meeting that was to be held on Thursday, January 17, at 10 am has been cancelled. The PRRD apologizes for any inconvenience. (more…)

Electoral Area D Round Table Meetings

Garbage and Recycling – Graphics Draft

 

 

 

 

Flood Risk Assessment – Public Information Sessions

The Public Information Sessions will be held:

Chetwynd Rural and Moberly Lake Area
Wednesday, January 16th
7pm
Chetwynd Rec Centre
Tamarack Room

Pouce Coupe Rural and Tomslake Area
Thursday, January 17th
7pm
Tomslake CCA Hall

The Public Information Sessions for the Flood Risk Assessments will include a presentation, maps, discussion, and a survey. 

Pink Mountain Transfer Station Closed – Tuesday, January 8th

The Pink Mountain Transfer Station has been closed for Tuesday, January 8th due to extreme cold at the site. The Transfer Station is expected to reopen tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Prespatou Water Station

The Prespatou water station is closed this week for system upgrades. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Letter of Appreciation to the Saulteau First Nations

The Peace River Regional District would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Chief and Council of the Saulteau First Nations for their thoughtful and engaging letter regarding the Southern Mountain Caribou . . . . click here to continue reading the Letter of Appreciation

Click here to learn more about the PRRD’s efforts regarding Southern Mountain Caribou consultation and engagement. 

Peace River Regional District Holiday Hours

December 24 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
December 25 & 26 Closed
December 27 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
December 28 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
December 31 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
January 1 Closed

Old Fort Community Meeting – December 17th

Old Fort Community Meeting

Monday, December 17

North Peace Cultural Centre

7:00 p.m.

The Peace River Regional District, Westrek Geotechnical Services and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will provide a:

  • Presentation of the completed geotechnical report
  • Presentation of the slope monitoring system
  • Discussion of the DRAFT evacuation plan
  • Question and answer period

For more information, please contact the PRRD Emergency Operations Centre at:  250-784-3200

Eoc.info1@prrd.bc.ca

Dec 17 Community Meeting Notice

Electoral Area B Potable Water Service – Update

(December 12, 2018) Residents of Electoral Area B are a step closer to additional potable water services.  
Click here to view the full press release

Electoral Area E Press Release

Electoral Area E Director Disappointed in Cancelled Meeting – Full Press Release: Press Release Area E

Notice of Solid Waste Site Closures over the Holidays

 The CLFD received 3 calls from dispatch this weekend.

On Saturday, December 8th, 2018 the department was called out at 6:41 to assist the RCMP with Ventilation after Tear Gas deployment. 8 firefighters responded, and two were on standby. 

On Sunday, December 9th, 2018 at 12:40 am, the CLFD responded to a Motor Vehicle Fire on Lake Shore Drive. The fire was confined to the truck box. 9 firefighters were on scene.

Later that day at 6:10 the CLFD department received a dispatch about alarms ringing on Juniper Ave in Fort St John. The call was cancelled dispatch, 4 firefighters reported to the station, and no firefighters went to the scene. 

December 14, 2018 Regional Board Agenda

The combined agenda for the Peace River Regional District and Regional Hospital District is available for viewing and downloading on our website.  NOTE: the meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on FRIDAY, December 14, 2018 in the Boardroom of the Dawson Creek office at 1981 Alaska Avenue.

CANCELLED PRRD Special Meeting re. Southern Mountain Caribou

Dec_5_2018 Caribou Press Release

CANCELLED December 7th PRRD Special Meeting re. Southern Mountain Caribou

The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) special meeting that was to be held on Friday, December 7th has been CANCELLED.

Dec_5_2018 Caribou Press Release

Farmers’ Advocate Office Service Review

The Farmers’ Advocacy Office works to ensure rural landowners throughout northeast BC are provided access to relevant information to manage their land and agricultural assets in order to mitigate business risk and maximize future economic opportunity as it relates to interaction with the oil and gas industry. 

MNP LLP, on behalf of the Peace River Regional District, is conducting an evaluation of the Farmers’ Advocate Office as an independent 3rd party.  This evaluation is to determine if the FAO is performing as expected and assess if changes and improvements to services are needed.   This evaluation requires input from all the stakeholders and landowners in the region who have interactions with the oil and gas industry are encouraged to participate in this survey.

The survey should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes to complete, depending on the amount of detail you provide. We would like to receive all responses by Wednesday, December 12th, 2018.  

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://form.simplesurvey.com/f/l/northeast-landowner

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kathleen Van Ekris, Senior Consultant with MNP LLP at Kathleen.vanekris@mnp.ca or 250-824-2816. 

Southern Mountain Caribou Engagement Demanded Immediately

It has come to the attention of the Peace River Regional District that the Province and area First Nations are very close to signing an AIP (Agreement In Principal) on the creation of a large area dedicated to the protection of the Caribou. The purpose of the area is said to be in response to the Federal Government concerns about Southern Mountain Caribou Recovery in the Burnt Pine Herd. Sources tell us that this may include loss of access by industry and the general public to a large area of approximately 420,000 acres or 650 sq. miles located from Chetwynd to Mt Lemoray North and South. This could result in significant loss of annual cut in the forestry industry. (more…)

Peace River Regional District CAO Announced

 

Shawn Dahlen has been appointed as the CAO of the Peace River Regional District.

“I look forward to working with Mr Dahlen,” Chair Brad Sperling said “Shawn comes to the position with municipal experience, he knows the communities and understands the challenges that the Regional District is facing”

Mr Dahlen joined the PRRD 1.5 years ago as the Deputy CAO, he took on the acting CAO position in May of 2018. Shawn has 19 years local Government experience, including a background in civil engineering.

“I am excited about this appointment. The Peace River Regional District Team looks forward to supporting the Board in their initiatives,” said Shawn.

Structure Fire in Charlie Lake

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) was paged out to a structure fire at 6:41 am on Wednesday, November 21 at the Charlie Lake R.V. and Leisure Trailer Park.

14 firefighters attended the scene, 10 from the CLFD and three from the Fort St John Fire Department in addition to the RCMP and BC Ambulance Service.

The fire was so intense from the first RV that the radiant heat caused a second unit to catch fire due to its proximity. A third RV sustained minor damage to the skirting and discoloration to the siding due to radiant heat. CLFD extinguished the fire to both units.

Need some help?

If you are needing help with cleaning, moving appliances, or any other services, there is a volunteer board at the Resiliency Centre of people who want to lend a hand.

The EOC is closed

The EOC will reopen November 5th, 2018 at 8:30 am

Please call the 24 hour line 250 784 3200

The EOC is closed

The EOC is now closed and will open on November 3, 2018, at 8:30 am

Call the PRRD 24/7 250 784 3200 

Notice of Special Board Meeting – Sunday November 4, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018 – North Peace Cultural Centre, 10015 – 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC at 11:00 a.m.

The Peace River Regional District hereby gives notice, pursuant to the Local Government Act and Board Procedure Bylaw No. 2200, 2015 of its intention to hold an Emergency Special Meeting of the Board, on Sunday, November 4, 2018 in the Carpet Room, North Peace Cultural Centre, 10015 – 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC. 

The purpose of the meeting is to receive geotechnical information regarding the Old Fort Landslide in Electoral Area C.

The meeting agenda will be made available on online at www.prrd.bc.ca as soon as possible.

Tyra Henderson
Corporate Officer

The EOC is Closed

The EOC is closed as of 6 pm, it will reopen Friday, November 2, 2018, at 8:30.

The 24-hour number is 250 784 3200. 

 

MORTGAGES

Homeowners may wish to contact their mortgage companies as they may be able to defer their payments or make “interest only” payments while on evacuation order.

Mortgages

Homeowners may wish to contact their mortgage companies as they may be able to defer their payments or make “interest only” payments while on evacuation order.

The EOC is Closed

The EOC is closed as of 17:35 on Tuesday, October 30th. 

The EOC will reopen at 08:30 on Wednesday, October 31st. 

EOC is Closed

The EOC is now closed as of 16:00 on Saturday, October 27th.
The EOC will reopen at 08:30 on Sunday, October 28th.

Electoral Reform Voters Guide

2018-Referendum-on-Electoral-Reform-Voters-Guide

The EOC is closed

The EOC is now closed, it will open at 8:30 on October 26, 2018

Please call the 24-hour line 250 784 3200 

Weather Alert for B.C. Peace River

12:28 PM PDT Thursday 25 October 2018
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • B.C. North Peace River
  • B.C. South Peace River

Gusty southwesterly winds are expected on Friday.

A Pacific low-pressure system will land on the BC coast near Prince Rupert Friday morning and track across the northern interior, reaching the Fort Nelson area that evening.

Following the track of the low, strong southwesterly winds gusting upwards of 80 km/h are possible Friday afternoon over parts of the central and northern interior including the northern Chilcotin, Prince George, Bulkley Valley, and the Lakes, Williston and McGregor area. The strong winds will spread to the BC Peace River region Friday night.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

October 24, 2018 Regional Board Meeting

The October 24, 2018 Board Meeting is being held in the Calvin Kruk Center, upstairs in Room 1.

The EOC is Closed

The EOC is now closed, it will open at 8:30 on October 24, 2018

Please call the 24-hour line 250 784 3200 

The EOC is closed

The EOC is closing for the evening, it will reopen at 8:30 am on October 24, 2018 

Please call the 24/4 line 250 784 3200

The EOC is Closed

The EOC is closing for the evening, it will reopen at 8:30 am on October 23, 2018 

Please call the 24/4 line 250 784 3200

The EOC is Closed

The EOC is now closed, it will reopen October 22, 2018, at 8:30 am

Call 250-784-3200 24/7 

 

The EOC is Closed

The EOC has closed for October 20th as of 16:00 hours. 

The EOC will reopen for October 21th at 08:30. You can reach the PRRD 24 hours a day by calling 250-784-3200

DOWNGRADE – Evacuation Order Old Fort Landslide

Effective today, October 18, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

The Evacuation Order for the following properties only,  has been downgraded to an Evacuation Alert.

  • 7711 Old Fort Road
  • 7583 Old Fort Road
  • 7587 Old Fort Road

Please see the full details and instructions here.

 

The EOC is closed

The EOC is closed now and will reopen on Thursday, October 18, 2018.

You can reach the PRRD EOC 24 hours a day at 250-784-3200.

The EOC is Closed

The EOC will reopen at 8:30 am.

For urgent needs call the 24/7 line 250-784-3200

The EOC is now closed

The EOC is now closed, and will reopen October 16, 2018, at 8:30 am

For urgent needs please call the  24 /7 number 250-784-3200 

Zones and Addresses that Correspond to Temporary Re-entry Maps

Below is a list of each address at the Old Fort broken down by zone.  The zones and addresses correspond to the temporary re-entry maps.

 ZONE 1

  • 9001 River Dr
  • 9187 River Dr
  • 9041 River Dr
  • 9145 River Dr

ZONE 2

  • 9499 Old Fort Loop
  • 6702 Old Fort Rd
  • 9408 Old Fort Loop
  • 9538 Old Fort Loop

ZONE 3

  • 9742 Old Fort Loop
  • 9708 Old Fort Loop
  • 9676 Old Fort Loop
  • 9677 Old Fort Loop
  • 9625 Old Fort Loop
  • 9747 Old Fort Loop

ZONE 4

  • 8799 Old Fort Loop
  • 6662 Trapper Rd
  • 9007 Old Fort Loop
  • 8955 Old Fort Loop
  • 8931 Old Fort Loop

ZONE 5

  • 8600 River Dr
  • 8711 Old Fort Loop
  • 8720 Old Fort Loop
  • 8719 River Dr
  • 8683 Old Fort Loop

ZONE 6

  • 9341 Old Fort Loop
  • 9215 Old Fort Loop
  • 9063 Old Fort Loop
  • 9129 Old Fort Loop
  • 9033 Old Fort Loop

 ZONE 7

  • 9486 River Dr
  • 9416 River Dr
  • 9405 River Dr
  • 9420 River Dr
  • 9325 River Dr
  • 9299 River Dr
  • 9473 River Dr

ZONE 8

  • 6719 Old Fort Rd
  • 6726 Old Fort Rd
  • 6737 Old Fort Rd
  • 6748 Old Fort Rd
  • 6736 Old Fort Rd

ZONE 9

  • 9596 River Dr
  • 9754 River Dr
  • 9641 River Dr
  • 9813 River Dr
  • 9681 River Dr
  • 9820 River Dr

ZONE 10

  • 6751 Old Fort Rd
  • 6975 Old Fort Rd

ZONE 11

  • 6867 Old Fort Rd
  • 7583 Old Fort Rd
  • 7587 Old Fort Rd

ZONE 12

  • 6786 265 Rd

 

The Emergency Operations Centre is now closed

The Emergency Operations Centre is now closed and will open again Sunday, October 14, 2018, at 8:30 am.

For urgent needs please call 250-784-3200 our 24/7 number.

Fort St. John Office Front Door is Open

We are happy to announce that the front door to the PRRD Fort St. John office is now open.

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Visit from Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Farnsworth

Temporary Entry Permits

Temporary entry permits are currently being issued to gather essential items (pets, medications, legal paper work, etc.)

The form is accessed here: Evacuation Entry Permit Template

The process for re-entry currently is:

Complete form with the following information:

  • Name, Date of Birth, Address, Drivers Licence Information, Cell Phone Number
  • Provide the Reason for Entry (retrieval of medication, pets, documents, clothing, etc.)
  • Sign

Email the completed form to eoc.plan1@prrd.bc.ca  

Once the EOC has received the form, staff will be contacting the resident to complete to process and schedule a time for re-entry. 

If you have any question, call the PRRD EOC at 250-784-3200

 

Loryn PRRD Information Officer

Evacuation Order for All of Old Fort Community

An Evacuation Order has been put in place for the entire Old Fort Area
The evacuation order is put in place when there is an immediate danger to life.
Leave the area immediately. Follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) that have been identified. 

October 7, 2018 Evacuation order pdf 

Evacuation Alert Area Expanded for Old Fort

The Evacuation Alert area has been expanded to include 6786 256 Road

Evacuation ALERT Old Fort landslide Oct 6 2018 with map 

Evacuation Order Area Expanded in Old Fort

The Peace River Regional District is issuing an evacuation order for the following properties

9911 265 Road

7711 Old Fort Road

7587 Old Fort Road

7583 Old Fort Road

6975 Old Fort Road

9820 River Road

9813 River Road

An Evacuation Order is put in place when there is an immediate danger to life safety.

When an Evacuation Order is issued, people must leave the area immediately, follow the directions of local emergency officials and evacuate using the route(s) they’ve identified. Do not return home until you’ve been advised that the Evacuation Order has been rescinded or canceled.

Continue to watch for updates on prrd.bc.ca

Or call the PRRD at 250 784-3200 – 24 hours seven days a week.

Evacuation ORDER Old Fort Landslide October 6 2018 with map

Old Fort Landslide – Additional Properties on Evacuation Order

Evacuation Alert Area Expanded in Old Fort

The Evacuation Alert area has been expanded to include 7711 Old Fort Road. 

Evacuation ALERT Old Fort landslide Oct 5 2018 with map

Board Meeting and Public Hearing – Oct 11

School Board Trustee Elections

Though there will be no Electoral Area Director elections in the PRRD, residents are still encouraged to vote in the School Board Trustee elections in School Districts #59 and #60. The below Trustee Electoral Areas will see elections:

School District #60:

Trustee Electoral Area 2 

Trustee Electoral Area 1 

Trustee Electoral Area 5 

School District #59:

Trustee Electoral Area I 

Trustee Electoral Area IV 

Please see the attached notices for more information about the School Board Elections and Trustee Electoral Areas.

Notice of Elections – School District 59

Notice of Elections – School District 60

On October 20th, remember to Get Out and Vote!

Evacuation Alert Area Expanded for Old Fort

The Evacuation Alert Area has been expanded to include the following properties:

7605 Old Fort Road, 7583 Old Fort Road, and 7587 Old Fort Road

Evacuation ALERT Old Fort landslide Oct 3 2018 with map

 

Public Hearing on Cannabis-Related Business Bylaw

The Public Hearing for the proposed Cannabis-Related Business Bylaw (Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2316, 2018) will continue on Thursday, October 11th at 10:00 am in the Dawson Creek Boardroom.

The Public Meeting held in Fort St John on September 27th was put on hold until October 11th to provide residents with an additional opportunity to comment on the bylaw.

To get a copy of the bylaw, or ask questions, please contact Tyra Henderson, Corporate Officer, at 250-784-3200.

Special Board Meeting – October 4th

A Special Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, October 4th at 1:00 pm in Dawson Creek, BC to discuss the Southern Mountain Caribou, Central Group. The meeting will include a presentation from Russ Laroche, interim Director of Strategic Initiatives. The meeting may not be held in the PRRD Office as it is currently in use as an Emergency Operations Centre.

Keep watching the Peace River Regional District website for the meeting agenda, which will be posted by 1:00 pm on Wednesday.  The location will also be included in that official notice.

This meeting is in addition to the regular Board Meeting, which will still be held on Thursday, October 11th.

Evacuation Alert for Old Fort

An Evacuation Alert has been issued at 10 am October 1, 2018, due to a landslide that occurred in the Old Fort area of Electoral Area C. 

Residents can evacuate their premises if they feel it necessary to do so. Residents who evacuate will be provided assistance with food and lodging.

Residents who choose to stay in their homes need to be self-sufficient. Residents who choose to stay will not be provided with additional support (supplies, medication, etc.) at this time. 

Those wishing to evacuate must contact the Peace River Regional District immediately at 250 784-3200 to make arrangements for safe transportation out of the area.

Please stay tuned to PRRD.bc.ca for more information. Residents who have any concerns for their safety or the safety of their neighbours should call the Regional District 24 hours a day at 250-784-3200.

Evacuation ALERT Old Fort landslide Oct 1 2018 with map 

Charlie Lake Fire Department

The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a truck fire on Hwy 29 early September 22 at 1:45 am. 8 firefighters responded, with no injuries reported. RCMP are investigating.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Board Meeting / Public Hearing – September 27

The Peace River Regional District will be holding a Public Hearing at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Northern Grand Hotel Grand 1 Room, 9830 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC, to discuss the Cannabis Related Business Zoning Amendment Bylaw. The regular Peace River Regional District Board meeting will follow immediately. 

Board Meeting Agenda (597 pgs)

The Fort St. John PRRD Office is open for business during construction

The front entrance to the Fort St. John PRRD office remains under construction. Entry to the office will continue to be via the North Peace Arena on 96 Ave. There will be signage posted that will direct people to the PRRD office.

Fire Prevention Week Video Contest

The Peace River Regional District is urging everyone in the region to LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week-October 7-13, 2018.

Send in your “LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” Video to be entered into a prize draw. The videos will be showcased on the PRRD official Facebook page during fire prevention week October 7-13.

Contest Rules:

  • Create a 1-2 minute video that contains: LOOK. LISTEN. LEARN. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere message.
  • The contest is open to anyone residing in the Peace River Regional District.
  • Once the video is submitted it belongs to the Peace River Regional District.
  • All videos will be posted on the PRRD Facebook page and PRRD YouTube page.
  • All entries will be entered in a prize draw to win one of the four PRRD Gift Bags.
  • Send your videos to reception.dc@prrd.bc.ca by October 5th.

(more…)

2018 General Election Update

The nomination period has now closed. Please see the General Local Government Election Engage Page for a list of declared candidates.

RN/RPN Scholarship Program

The Peace River Regional District Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse Scholarship Program is currently accepting applications. (more…)

Economic Development Grants

The Peace River Regional District Economic Development grant program is currently accepting grant applications from registered BC non-profit societies in the region for economic development projects for the 2019 budget cycle.  (more…)

Trails Grants

The Peace River Regional District Trails Grant Program is currently accepting applications.

The grant is to provide support and supplemental funding to non-profit organizations for the development, maintenance and improvement of recreational trails within the region for public use. (more…)

Buick Road Closure

The Buick Creek road (154) will be having a closure from 9am-3pm on Thursday, September 13th. There will be intermittent closures at the Buick Creek multi-plate pipe, between the Mile 73 road and the Prespatou road.

For any concerns you can call MOTI at 250-787-3237

The PRRD office in Fort St. John is open during walkway construction

The  Peace River Regional District Fort St. John office entry for the public is likely to be impacted for a couple days this week. The City will be removing the existing brick, flower beds and will be putting in proper drainage. They will be also repaving and concreting the walkways. The project is scheduled to begin on September 11th, and it is anticipated that most of the work will completed by the end of September.  People will be able to access the PRRD office through the entrance at the North Peace Arena (NPA) on the north side of the building and then come along to the office via the hall that links the two buildings.  The entrance and parking at the NPA is fully accessible. For more information call 250-785-8084.

Recycling Area at Walmart, Dawson Creek

The recycling area at the Dawson Creek Walmart parking lot will be temporarily closed, as the parking lot is being repaved.  The bins will be removed as of Monday September 10, 2018.  We do not know how long this recycling area will remain closed.  

Other recycling options in Dawson Creek include:

  • DC Campbell Recycling (they now have outside drop-off bins for after hours)
  • Dawson Creek Transfer Station
  • Bessborough Landfill
  • No Frills parking lot in Dawson Creek

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions or concerns please call the Solid Waste Department at 250-784-3200.

Deputy Fire Chief – Charlie Lake Fire Department

Ron Schildroth will be joining the Peace River Regional District as Deputy Fire Chief for the Charlie Lake Fire Department on September 10, 2018.  Ron is coming from North Perth, Ontario where he has served in the fire service for twenty years. 

2018 General Local Government Elections

Nominations will be received for the up-coming 2018 General Local Government Elections as of 9 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, and until 4 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2018.  Candidate Nomination Packages will be posted to the Engage page as they are received. 

Web Map – Temporarily Offline

Please be aware that our Web Map will be temporarily offline while we finalize an upgrade to our system. We will get it back up and running as soon a possible.

Fire Chief – Charlie Lake Fire Department

We are pleased to announce that Edward Albury will be joining the Peace River Regional District as Fire Chief for the Charlie Lake Fire Department on September 24, 2018.  Edward is coming from the District of Taylor where he served as Fire Chief /Protective Services Manager since 2016.  Edward has been in the fire service for 25 years, he started his career with the Mill Bay Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Firefighter volunteer while in high school.

Campfires to be allowed again in part of northeast B.C.

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Campfires to be allowed again in part of northeast B.C.

PRINCE GEORGE – Effective at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, campfires will again be allowed in the Fort Nelson Forest District and Peace Forest District.

The combination of a return to more seasonal weather conditions, with rainfall and cooler temperatures, and decreased fire danger ratings have reduced the risk of wildfires in northeastern B.C.

However, the current prohibition against any open fire larger than a campfire (i.e., larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high) remains in effect throughout the Prince George Fire Centre. A map of the affected areas and their associated prohibitions is available online: http://ow.ly/LfCJ30lyV1w  (more…)

Charlie Lake Fire Department receives Pembina Fire Safety Grant!

The Peace River Regional District and the Charlie Lake Fire Department would like to thank Pembina for their grant donation of $3,000 for the purchase of fire hose.  

Pembina Pipeline Corporation proudly supports local fire departments by helping to ensure fire departments have the resources they need to respond effectively.  

 

Special Rural Budgets Administration Committee Meeting

The agenda for the Rural Budgets Administration Committee Meeting to be held on August 23, 2018 in the Carpet Room of the North Peace Cultural Centre , 10015 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC is now posted to the website and available for viewing, downloading and printing.

Charlie Lake Fire Department called out to assist

 

The CLFD responded to a call at 1:15 pm on August 21st  to assist the FSJ fire department at a motor vehicle accident on Hwy 97.

One apparatus and four responders assisted in fire control at the site. No one from the Charlie Lake Fire Department was injured.

District Of Chetwynd Water Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting

The Peace River Regional District Electoral Area E contributed $300,000 towards the Chetwynd water treatment plant project. Media Release – Water Treatment Centre ribbon cutting August 13, 2018                                                                   

ALL OPEN BURNING PROHIBITED – Effective Noon Sat. August 18, 2018

BC Wildfire Service has expanded the fire ban on all open burning for the Prince George Centre to now INCLUDE the Peace Region and Fort Nelson Forest Districts. No Campfires, Category 2 or 3 Open Burns are permitted. See the bulletin and open fire regulations for more info.

Charlie Lake Fire Department Deploys to Burns Lake in support of the Wildfire Response

The CLFD deployed Tender 3 and two volunteers to Burns Lake in support of the wildfire response.  They will be providing water tender service to wildfire and structure protection crews.  The CLFD will deploy two additional volunteers to replace the current team in 8 days.   The CLFD has retained two engines, two tenders, and 22 volunteers to fully support local fire responses. 

Provincial State of Emergency Declared

The B.C. government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.

See News Release here:2018PSSG0061-001584 

Thinking of Running for Local Office?

People considering running in local elections now have access to resources that provide information about the roles and responsibilities of elected officials.

Educational videos and brochures are available online, at local government candidate information sessions and at orientations for newly elected officials. These new resources will help people make informed decisions about running for a local government office. General information about expectations of locally elected officials, their roles and responsibilities and about how local governments make decisions is available through these new resources.                                                                                                                          Learn More: Visit: www.gov.bc.ca/localgov-thinking-running-local-office

POSTPONED – Chetwynd Library – Design Presentation

The Chetwynd Library Replacement Project Design Open House and Presentation has been postponed.

If you’d like to stay current on the project, please visit our engage! page at prrd.bc.ca/chetlibrary.

 

Open Fire Restriction in parts of Northeastern BC

EFFECTIVE  Thursday, Aug 9, 2018 at 12:00 Noon

In order to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety, all Category 2 and Category 3 Open Burns, including campfires, will be prohibited throughout a portion of the Prince George Fire Centre, known as the Omineca Region.  Please refer to the attached Bulletin.  for a full description of the ban and the attached map  to see the affected Fire Zones. 

Dawson Creek Transfer Station Update

The Dawson Creek Transfer Station is still cash only. It will be cash or charge account only until the end of next week (August 10th). The lightning storm from Sunday night (July 29) caused some serious damage to the computer system. 

If you need to use debit or credit card to dispose of your waste, the Bessborough Landfill, located at 6688 237 Road is fully functional.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we work to fix the issue. Sorry for inconvenience this may cause!

Solid Waste Manager Hired

Fred Thompson-Brown will join the PRRD on August 7th as the Solid Waste Manager. Fred has extensive experience working in the solid waste sector, as well as local government experience.  

Interim Fire Chief at Charlie Lake Fire Department

Patrick McPhillips has joined the Charlie Lake Fire Department as Interim Fire Chief.  McPhillips had a 35-year career with Coquitlam Fire/Rescue where he served as a professional firefighter, Chief Training Officer and Assistant Chief of Operations.  Patrick will support the Charlie Lake Fire Department with the daily operations until a new Fire Chief and Deputy Chief are in place.  

Charlie Lake Fire Department Response

At 19:27 on July 30, 2018, the Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) was paged out to a structure fire at the Canfor lumber mill. Upon arrival, the Duty Officer found that employees had extinguished the majority of the fire.

The CLFD responded with 3 apparatus and 12 firefighters. 3 firefighters entered the building and found and extinguished several hot spots. Crews were on scene for about 2 hours and there were no injuries.

Dawson Creek Transfer Station

The Dawson Creek Transfer Station is experiencing some issue with power that was caused from the storm last night. At this time the debit machine is not working and the site is cash only. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will provided updates as we work through this issue.

2018 GENERAL LOCAL ELECTIONS NOTICE OF NOMINATION

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the electors of the Peace River Regional District that nominations for the offices of:

  • One (1) Director representing Electoral Area B
  • One (1) Director representing Electoral Area C
  • One (1) Director representing Electoral Area D
  • One (1) Director representing Electoral Area E

for a four-year term, will be received by the Chief Election Officer or designate from 9 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2018, until 4 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2018 (excluding weekends) by hand, mail or other delivery to the following locations: (more…)

The Charlie Lake Fire Department (CLFD) Has Been Busy!

July 18, 2018 –The CLFD was paged out to attend a structure fire at the Shady Acres trailer park at 4:44 am. The fire had extended into the roof of a modular house when the CLFD arrived, and it took firefighters approximately 2 hours to extinguish the stubborn blaze.

16 firefighters and 7 apparatus from the CLFD responded. 5 firefighters and 1 apparatus from the Fort St John Fire Department responded.

There were no injuries.

The CLFD would like to thank the Fort St John Fire Department for assisting with the incident.

July 24, 2018 –The CLFD was paged out to attend a structure fire in Grande Haven at 4:55 am. The CLFD arrived to find a fully involved 3 bay shop with fire exiting the roof. Mutual aid was requested from Fort St John and Taylor for water and manpower.

7 apparatus and 13 firefighters from the CLFD responded. 1 apparatus and 4 firefighters each from the Fort St John and Taylor fire Departments responded.

The crews battled the blaze for several hours before extinguishing all of the hot spots.

There were no injuries, and the cause is under investigation.

The CLFD would like to thank the Fort St John Fire Department and the Taylor Fire Department for assisting with the incident.

Regional Board Meeting Agendas

The following Regional District agendas are now available for viewing and downloading on our website:

  • July 26, 2018 – Committee of the Whole Meeting at 10 a.m.; and
  • Juy 26, 2018 – Regular Board Meeting, immediately following the Committee of the Whole Meeting.

The meetings will be held in the Tupper Community Hall, 16010 Gundy Road, Tomslake, BC.

Procurement Officer Hired

The PRRD is pleased to announce that the new Procurement Officer position is filled. Reza Garfamy will be joining the PRRD team on July 23, 2018.                                   

Phones at the Dawson Creek PRRD Office

Due to the storm last night, the phone lines at the Dawson Creek PRRD office are expected to be down for most of the day. Please contact the office via email: reception.dc@prrd.bc.ca

 

Area B Potable Water Station Construction   

The Peace River Regional District will be constructing the Potable Water Tank Loader Stations over the next five months.  At some point during the construction, the water will be shut off at the stations for a period of no longer than 5 days. The PRRD will provide advance notice when the shutdowns will occur so that people can top up their tanks and /or make arrangements to go to an alternate site to get water when it is shut down. It is intended to have no more than one station down at a time during these construction windows.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULES

WATER STATIONS                                              CONSTRUCTION WINDOW

Buick, Rose Prairie and Feye Spring                 Mid- July to Mid-September

Prespatou and Goodlow                                   Mid-September to Mid-October

Dawson Creek Hospital Redevelopment Approved

For Immediate ReleaseJuly 4, 2018

DAWSON CREEK – People in the South Peace region will benefit from a redeveloped and expanded Dawson Creek and District Hospital, announced Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
“I am proud to announce that the government has approved the concept plan to redevelop and expand the Dawson Creek and District Hospital.                                          That means the project is a go and we are moving full steam ahead,” Dix said

News Release- 2018HLTH0068-001331 

New Fire Chief for Charlie Lake

The Peace River Regional District is pleased to announce that Dale Widsten is moving into the position of Fire Chief for the Charlie Lake Fire Department.

Dale had been the Deputy Chief with the Charlie Lake Fire Department for 5 years. (more…)

Connecting Communities Trails Project

The Peace River Regional District is exploring two potential trail conections between communities in the region: Fort St. John to Charlie Lake & Dawson Creek to Pouce Coupe. We’d like your help to figure out where these trails might connect, what they should look like, and the types of activities they should accommodate. (more…)

RN/RPN Return of Service Scholarship  Recipients

 The 2018 RN/RPN Scholarship recipients are Alexa Eklund, Amanda Gardner, Cassandra Baker, Emily McKeeman, Jordan Sloane, Sarah Yeske and Nicole Spendiff.                 

The RN/RPN Return of Service scholarship provides scholarship of up to $5,000 per person.  Students enrolled in their final year of their RN/RPN program can apply to receive $2,500 to assist with their education.  After graduation and upon signing a 2 year return of service agreement for employment with Northern Health in the Peace River Regional District, they can apply to receive another $2,500.  (more…)

The Buick Transfer Station is Closed Today

The Buick Transfer Station is closed today – June 15, 2017. 

 

Rural Property Tax Notices

The Surveyor of Taxes has notified the Peace River Regional District that some people may get their tax notice late due to a printer issue in Victoria. 

An extension to pay and claim the current year home owner grant has been approved for owners who have not yet received their tax notice.

For more information contact the Surveyor of Taxes:

By phone 250 387-0555 or toll free at 1-888-355-2700 or 

By email ruraltax@gov.bc.ca

June 1, 2018 Update – Tommy Lakes Fire

Evacuation Alert remains in effect. No new fire information to report. 

 

RESCINDED – Category 2 Fire Ban

Effective noon on Saturday, June 2, 2018 Category 2 Open Burning is now PERMITTED throughout the Prince George Fire Ctr jurisdiction; however, the public is strongly encouraged to exercise caution with any outdoor burning or campfire use.  BC Wildfire Info Bulletin  

For info on whether you require a permit or burn reference number click here. 

EVACUATION ALERT ISSUED – Tommy Lakes Fire

Effective 0900 hour May 31, 2018 – the PRRD has issued an Evacuation Alert for the Tommy Lakes Fire, see details

EVACUATION ALERT ISSUED – Tommy Lakes Fire

Effective 0900 hours May 31, 2018 – An Evacuation Alert has been issued by the PRRD for the Tommy Lakes Fire.  See ALERT details.

RESCINDED – Evacuation Order Tommy Lakes Fire

Effective 0900 hours May 31, 2018 – The Evacuation Order for the Tommy Lakes Fire has been rescinded.  See Order Rescind details. 

Media Release – Evacuation Order – Tommy Lakes Fire – RESCINDED

For immediate release – The PRRD has rescinded the Evacuation Order on the Tommy Lakes Fire and residents evacuated are now able to return home.  Media Release

May 30, 2018 Update – Tommy Lakes Fire

Evacuation Order –  Remains in place.  No changes or new information to report. 

Reception Centre for Evacuees – Emergency Support Services (ESS) has been established.  If you require assistance please contact 1-800-670-7773.

Tommy Lakes Fire – Update

Evacuation Order –  Remains in place, no change at this time.  

Reception Centre for Evacuees – Emergency Support Services has been extended for another 48 hours.  If you require assistance please contact 1-800-670-7773.

Tommy Lakes Fire – Update

Evacuation Order – remains in place, current information can be found here

Reception Centre for Evacuees – For Emergency Support Services please contact 1-800-670-7773.  

 

Tommy Lakes Fire: Update

(13:00) There is no change to the current evacuation order or information listed here.

Tommy Lakes Wildfire Reception Centre

 
An evacuation order has been issued by the Peace River Regional District due to immediate wildfire danger. The evacuation order is for a section of Electoral Area B. View the Evacuation Order.
 
Emergency Support Services (ESS) are available to provide assistance with food, lodging, clothing and emotional support, but only for those who are registered. To register call 1-800-670-7773.
 
By registering with ESS we are able to provide up to date information and let you know when it is safe to return home.
 
For more information visit the PRRD’s website and sign up for Emergency alerts or call 1-800-670-7773.
 
Watch BC Wildfire for updates.
 
 

Grant Writing Workshops

Adlard Environmental Ltd is offering free grant writing workshops on June 11 in the North Peace and June 12 in the South Peace. (more…)

Destroy Daisies Commercial

The official commercial for the PRRD’s Destroy Daisies campaign is here! Feel free to watch, share and let us know what you think! (more…)

Charlie Lake Fire Department Car Wash

The Charlie Lake Fire Department invites you to visit the Fire Hall, see the Firetrucks, get your car washed, and enjoy a BBQ lunch! Come out to the Charlie Lake Fire Hall on June 2 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and enjoy!

Car Wash and BBQ by donation, partial proceeds will go to the CLFD Firefighters for Families fund. For questions or more information contact Emergency Services at 250-784-3200.

CAO Released Without Cause

May 18, 2018 – Dawson Creek. The CAO of the Peace River Regional District was released without cause on May 18, 2018.

Save the date for Parks Day 2018!

Save the date for the third annual Parks Day! Join us at Spencer Tuck Park (located on the north side of Moberly Lake on Lakeshore Drive) for an adventure filled afternoon of outdoor activities and learning. Stay tuned to the Regional District webpage and the Peace River Regional District “Official Page” on Facebook for more information as the event draws nearer!

PRRD Agriculture Advisory Committee looking for VOLUNTEERS

The Peace River Regional District is seeking three (3) members at large from the region to serve as members on the Agriculture Advisory Committee (AAC). Members at large join other committee members from the agricultural sector to review and provide advice on matters regarding the agricultural sector in the Regional District.

Members are reimbursed for all travel expenses to attend meetings; typically meetings are 4 to 5 hours long and take place 4 to 6 times per year.  Appointment of members will be for a two year term.

As a major agricultural region, the Regional Board believes that input from the sector is important to assist with major decisions affecting agriculture. The Committee was established to provide advice to the Regional District Board regarding agriculture in the region. (more…)

Public reminded to be cautious with fire

Hot and dry weather is in the forecast for the entire Prince George Fire Centre , this includes the Peace River Regional District. 

Members of the public are urged to be extra cautious with any fire, and report any smoke or wildfires that they see.

Since April 1, 2018, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to 48 fires within the Prince George Fire Centre, all which are believed to have been human-caused. These kinds of wildfires are entirely preventable and divert valuable resources from naturally occurring fires, including those sparked by lightning. With northeast B.C. experiencing unseasonably dry and windy conditions, forests and grasslands in the region are very susceptible to wildfires. (more…)

Burn prohibition expanded in Prince George Fire Centre

For Immediate Release

2018FLNR0124-000930

May 15, 2018

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Burn prohibition expanded in Prince George Fire Centre

PRINCE GEORGE – Effective at noon on Thursday, May 17, 2018, an existing Category 2 open burning prohibition in parts of the Prince George Fire Centre will be expanded to include the entire fire centre, to reduce wildfire risks and protect public safety.

A Category 2 open burning prohibition came into effect in the Fort Nelson and Peace Natural Resource Districts on May 3, 2018. The additional prohibition will include the Mackenzie, Fort St. James, Vanderhoof and Prince George districts.

A map of the area affected by the Category 2 open burning prohibition is available online at: http://ow.ly/ZtIq30k19Pu

(more…)

Under 8Ton Boom and Picker Operator Certification Course

The Peace River Regional District is hosting an On Site Under 8Ton Boom & Picker Operator Certification Course on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 8 a.m. in Dawson Creek at 1636 99 Avenue.

The cost per person for this course is a maximum of $475 plus GST, but the price will drop as the number of participants increases. (more…)

Category 2 open fires and the use of fireworks restricted in the Peace River Regional District

Effective at noon on Saturday, May 5, 2018, Category 2 open fires and the use of fireworks were prohibited within the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson fire zones.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing these prohibitions to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 burns, due to dry and windy conditions in the forecast. These prohibitions will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Specifically, these prohibitions apply to Category 2 fires:

* the open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide

* burning barrels

* fireworks

* stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres  (more…)

Hot dry weather in the forecast with no rain in sight!

The PRRD wants to remind everyone to be vigilant and extremely careful with any activity that could potentially spark a wildfire.

Folks that live in a rural fire protection area should check with the community that provides fire protection to ensure that there are no additional restrictions for that area.

 https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention/for-your-home-community

Report Wildfires

 

If you see smoke, flames or an open fire violation,

call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 immediately

Category 2 open fires and the use of fireworks restricted in the Peace River Regional District

 

Effective at noon on Saturday, May 5, 2018, Category 2 open fires and the use of fireworks will be prohibited within the Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson fire zones.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing these prohibitions to help prevent wildfires sparked by Category 2 burns, due to dry and windy conditions in the forecast. These prohibitions will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Specifically, these prohibitions apply to Category 2 fires:

* the open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide

* burning barrels

* fireworks

* stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres  (more…)

Where did you hear the Oh Daisy Commercial Contest!!

The commercial is being played over the next three weeks on local radio stations.
Tell the PRRD on what radio station and when you heard this commercial.
Names will be entered in a draw for a weed warrior kit!. 
Three names will be picked each week! 
Send your “I heard the commercial” entries to prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca 

 

 

Before you Burn – Know the Risks and Plan

The PRRD would like to remind resident to use caution if burning – “The ground may be wet but dead grass ignites easily and can spread quickly with high winds.”

To know whether or not you require a burn permit or burn reference number check out the PRRD Fire Protection – Before You Burn info.  Look into the Open Fire Regulations set by Wildfire Management BC and if you are a Farmer or Rancher in the Peace, check out these Best Practices for Open Burning

 

 

Peace River Regional District and Dawson Creek Fire Protection Partnership

The Board had a chance to look over the new Peace River Regional District Freightliner fire truck that Dawson Creek Chief, Shorty Smith, brought over to the PRRD office April 26.

The Tender (firetruck) carries 2000 imperial gallons of water!  The Dawson Creek Fire Department will use the fire truck in the PRRD rural areas.

The Peace River Regional District has a five-year agreement with the Dawson Creek fire department to provide fire protection in the rural areas.

Have you heard the Destroy Daisies Jingle?

Turn up your sound you will want to hear this great little ditty by Dirty Little Kitchen.

Power Saw Training course

The Peace River Regional District is hosting a Power Saw Training course.

May 14-May 17, 2018 

There are still 3 seats available!

Certification and tickets will be issued after the written and practical exams have been successfully completed.

Registration Deadline: May 2, 2018                                                                    For more information or to register, please contact Kari Bondaroff at         250-784-3200 or by email at kari.bondaroff@prrd.bc.ca

Reduce Risk of Flooding – Check Culverts

 Spring is in the air… or so it appears to be!       

 CRS and YRB are asking folks to check their culverts as the snow begins to melt in the region.

The public is responsible to maintain their own access culvert(s), even though those culverts may have been originally installed by MoTI. 
It is recommended that once the melting starts, residents should dig out the ends of their culverts to assist in run-off and reduce risk of flooding. Road crews are required to maintain culvert crossings which run across MoTI roads, but not private access culverts into driveways.

The crews main focus during spring freshet is to protect the road infrastructure in order of priority and road class.

YRB: 250-262-2600 
CRS: 250-786-5440 Toll free: 1800-667-2322

MOTI website for driveway responsibilities including drainage is: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/Development_approvals/driveways.htm

 

EADC and RBAC Meeting Change

Take note that the April meetings of the Electoral Area Directors’ Committee (EADC) and the Rural Budget Administration Committee (RBAC) will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018 beginning at 10:30 a.m.  This is a change from the regular schedule.

Watch the PRRD Board meeting!

The Board meeting is now being videotaped and available online a few days after the meeting. 
prrd.bc.ca/agendasminut…/peace-river-regional-district-prrd/

Video Recording Sign

Solid Waste Meeting

SOLID WASTE MEETING
April 24th | Cutbank Hall | 7 p.m.

Come out to learn more about Tier 2 Transfer Stations. Discuss ideas and concerns with Electoral Area Director Hiebert and Peace River Regional District staff about the location of a Tier 2 Transfer Station in the area.

Electoral Area D Roundtable Meetings

 

 

 

 

Come talk to Director Leonard Hiebert, ask questions,
share ideas for projects in the community and chat about community issues important to you. 

Roundtable Meetings and Times

April 4 | 7–9pm | Tower Lake Community Hall
April 9 | 7–9pm | Pouce Coupe Community Hall
April 16 | 7–9pm | Bessbourgh Community Hall
April 23 | 7–9pm | Tupper Community Hall
April 30 | 7–9pm | Kelly Lake Community Hall
May 2 | 7–9pm | Rolla Community Hal

Transfer Station Closure – Friday March 23, 2018

Pink Mountain and Goodlow Transfer Stations will be closed today, Friday March 23, 2018, due to weather.

Buick Creek Transfer Station will be open late and we will advise when it is open.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions please call 1-800-670-7773.

 

Residential Flooding Insurance Information

“B.C.’s Disaster Financial Assistance Program (DFA) helps those impacted by a disaster cope with the cost of repairs and recovery from uninsurable disaster-related property damage. To be eligible for assistance, the damage must result from an event for which insurance is not readily available.” (more…)

Load Restrictions – Advance Public Notice

Pursuant to Section 66 of the Transportation Act, and to the provisions of the Commercial Transport Act, notice is hereby given that load restrictions may be placed on short notice in the near future on all highways within the Peace Highways District. Restrictions will be imposed in the South Peace, North Peace and Fort Nelson areas, as conditions warrant. (more…)

A message from CRS and YRB

Spring is in the air.

CRS and YRB are asking folks to check their culverts as the snow begins to melt in the region. (more…)

Web Map Temporarily Offline

Our Web Map is temporarily offline while we do a little work . We are working to get it up and running as soon as possible.

Bridge Closure

The Bluegrave Bridge at km73 on the Upper Halfway Rd 117 will also be closed this week Monday, March 12th until Wednesday, March 14th.

The bridge will be closed due to routine maintenance from 10:00am until 4:00pm daily.

Again we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you require further information feel free to contact Rodney Hafner by phone at 250-262-2600 or by email at rodney@yrb.ca.

Thinking of Running for Local Office?

People considering running in local elections now have access to resources that provide information about the roles and responsibilities of elected officials.

Educational videos and brochures are available online, at local government candidate information sessions and at orientations for newly elected officials. These new resources will help people make informed decisions about running for a local government office. (more…)

Transfer Station Closures

Due to weather the following transfer stations will be closed today, Friday March 2,  2018:

  • Rose Prairie Transfer Station located at 12452 260 Road
  • Goodlow Transfer Station located at 13197 Clayhurst Rd
  • Wonowon Transfer Station located at 18868 Highway 97 North
  • Cecil Lake Transfer Station located at 4484 248 Rd
  • Buick Creek Transfer Station located at 19468 Aitken Creek Rd
  • Kelly Lake Transfer Station located at 280 Kelly Lake Road
  • Mile 62.5 Transfer Site located at 14106 Dump Road

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.  If you have any questions please call 1-800-670-7773.

Weather Alerts

11:30 AM PST Wednesday 28 February 2018
Winter storm warning in effect for:

  • B.C. North Peace River
  • B.C. South Peace River

(more…)

Taylor Bridge Deck Welding Repairs

2018-03-02

UPDATE-Because of weather condition the Taylor Bridge welding has been delayed until further notice. 

YRB will be performing deck welding repairs on the Taylor Bridge from Monday, February 26th to Saturday, March 3rd, 2018. Repairs will take place from 7:00pm – 3:30am, daily. (more…)

PRRD Board Meeting Agendas

The following Regional District agendas are now available for viewing and downloading on our website:

  • February 21, 2018 Special Board Meeting at 10 a.m.;
  • February 22, 2018 Committee of the Whole Meeting at 10 a.m.; 
  • February 22, 2018 Hospital Board Meeting immediately following the Committee of the Whole Meeting; and
  • Februrary 22, 2018 Regular Board Meeting immediately following the Hospital Board Meeting.

Transfer Station Closures – Upper Halfway Transfer Station and the Kelly Lake Transfer Station

The Upper Halfway Transfer Station and the Kelly Lake Transfer Station are closed today, Wednesday February 14, 2018, due to weather. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Goodlow Transfer Station Closed Early

The Goodlow Transfer Station was closed early today at Noon due to weather.

It is anticipated that regular operating hours will resume tomorrow Saturday February 3 at 10am.

For any questions, please call the PRRD at 1-800-670-7773.

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

Upper Halfway Transfer Station Closure

Upper Halfway Transfer Station will be closed today due to weather.

It is anticipated that regular operating hours will resume tomorrow Saturday February 3 at 10am.

For any questions, please call the PRRD at 1-800-670-7773.

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

Update to 2018 Peace River Regional District Waste Reduction Calendar

Update to the  2018 Peace River Regional District Calendar: There is a small error with the hours of the Mile 62.5 Transfer Station. The correct hours are: Sunday, Monday, and Friday 12pm (noon) to 8pm (the calendar says 6pm) and Wednesday and Saturday 8am to 4pm. Thanks!

UPDATE: Transfer Station Closure – Goodlow and Upper Halfway

UPDATE: Goodlow Transfer Station is now open.

Due to weather conditions the Goodlow and Upper Halfway Transfer Station will be closed today.  They will resume regular operating hours tomorrow, Saturday January 26, 2018 at 10 am.

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.  If you have any questions please call the PRRD 1-800-670-7773

2018 Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program

The BC Wildlife Health Program is looking for help from wildlife professionals, wildlife enthusiasts and the general public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province.  The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.  (more…)

pRRRdy Talks Trash Blog

Check out our latest post on our pRRRdy Talks Trash blog! In this blog pRRRdy will be posting all sorts of tips and tricks on recycling and more!

Click on pRRRdy in the menu bar or folllow this link!

North Peace Regional Landfill – Front Entrance Redesign

To those who use the North Peace Regional Landfill, located just outside of Fort St. John, you might have noticed construction on the south side of the site over the last two years.  During this time, construction of a new front entrance was happening.  Construction included a double scale system for in bound and out bound traffic.  The aim of this was to reduce wait times for customers.  Second, construction included a transfer station area for wood, metal, tires, and residential garbage.  The aim was to reduce residential traffic from going to the active face.  This would make the site safer.  Third, construction included an area for a share shed and recycling area.  This area will be operation in the next coming weeks.  Stay tuned for more information on what will be accepted.  Forth, construction included a compost pad for composting yard and garden waste and wood chips.  Composting will commence later this year.    

Today the new front entrance becomes operational!  Below is a picture of the new layout.

 

 

2018 Board Meeting Schedule – Revisions

Please be advised that the following revisions have been made to the 2018 Board Meeting Schedule:

  • NEW MEETING:  A Board Special Budget meeting will be held Wednesday, February 21st at 10 am at the Regional District Office Boardroom, Dawson Creek
  • LOCATION CHANGE:  The February 22nd Board meeting has been moved from Fort St. John to the Regional District Office Boardroom, Dawson Creek
  • LOCATION CHANGE: The March 22nd Board meeting has been moved from Dawson Creek to the North Peace Cultural Centre Carpet Room, 10015 100 Avenue, Fort St. John

North Peace Fringe Area OCP Draft Now Available

Public Meetings to review the Draft and provide input will be held January 11-13, 2018. Find out more on Engage!

Draft North Peace Fringe Area OCP!

A draft North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan (OCP) has been created based on your input! Let the Peace River Regional District know if we got it right! Here are some of the ways you can get involved in the process:

Open Houses

(more…)

Holiday Closures – Landfills

Holiday Site Closures – Moberly Lake Transfer Station

Holiday Tree Recycling!

Don’t know what to to with your real tree after the holidays?

Come out to Charlie Lake on January 6th or Moberly Lake on January 7th from 11-3. Bring your trees to be chipped and reused at the North Peace Landfil or the Chetwynd Landfill.

There will also be bins for recycling Christmas lights, smoke alarms and small batteries. Please no early tree drop-offs, ornaments, wrapping paper or artificial trees.

For more info about the Events click the links below!

Charlie Lake

Moberly Lake

Taylor Bridge Deck Welding

This to notify you that YRB will be performing deck welding procedures on the Taylor Bridge for the week of Monday, Dec. 18 – Saturday Dec. 23, 2017

The repairs will be carried out Monday – Saturday during the hours of 7:00 PM – 3:30 AM

The bridge will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with delays of up to 20 minutes. A pilot vehicle, along with traffic control personnel, will be in place to control traffic. Drive with caution while on the bridge as there will be a large number of personnel and equipment working.

If you are aware of any wide loads (3.6m or wider) scheduled to cross the bridge during the welding, please contact our office. We will work to accommodate the passage of any wide loads as quickly as possible.

YRB apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Remember to check DriveBC for updates.

For questions or concerns, please contact our office toll free at 1-888-883-6688. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates!

MRI services reach a milestone at Fort St. John Hospital

December 01, 2017

Northern Health leaders and staff in Fort St. John joined with the Peace River Regional Hospital District, the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and the Hospital Auxiliary today to mark a milestone in diagnostic imaging services in northeast B.C. The new MRI unit at Fort St. John Hospital has now performed its first 300 exams.

Read the full release here.

 

Electoral Area “D” Roundtable Meeting – Rescheduled

Reminder that the Electoral Area “D” Rountable meeting in Farmington is rescheduled to December 5th.

Fire Dispatch Services Successfully Transitioned – Press Release

View full Press Release here.

Chetwynd Library Feasibility Study Public Presentation

Please join us for the public presentation of the findings from the Chetwynd Public Library Feasibility Study on November 28, 2017 in the Cottonwood Room at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre! This is a public presentation that will give a overview of the process, public input, and recommended next steps in the project. We hope to see you there! For more information on the project, please visit our engage page

Electoral Area “D” Roundtable Meeting – Postponed

The first Electoral Area “D” Roundtable meeting is postponed today due to weather conditions.

Closed Transfer Stations

The Goodlow, Rose Prairie, and Upper Halfway Transfer Stations are closed today due to unsafe roads.

 

UPDATE:

Moberly Lake Transfer Station is closed today due to unsafe roads.

Goodlow Transfer Station Closed – Friday November 10, 2017

The Goodlow Transfer Station will be closed Friday November 10th.  It will resume regular operating hours tomorrow Saturday November 11th, 2017.

For any questions or comments please call the PRRD at 1-800-670-7773

Chetwynd Public Library Study – Your Input Needed!

Library Planning Consultants, on behalf of the Peace River Regional District, is conducting a facility feasibility study for the Chetwynd Public Library. The purpose of this study is to analyze the public’s current use of the Chetwynd Public Library and to determine its future space requirements and programming.

Now, after the preliminary public and stakeholder discussion has been completed, a preferred concept has been selected and public and stakeholder input is required again! Your input is very important and will help to shape the final outcome of the study. Please visit the “Current Engagement” tab on engage! to evaluate the potential concept and provide your feedback. (more…)

Regional Parks Study Phase 2: Draft Options Development:

This summer, we heard your ideas for Blackfoot and Montney Centennial Regional Parks – thank you to everyone who participated! We have taken your ideas, along with a background analysis, and developed a preliminary vision, goals, and two preliminary options for each park and would like to know what you think! (more…)

Electoral Area “E” Roundtable Meetings

Come talk to Director Dan Rose, ask questions, share ideas for projects in the community and chat about community issues important to you.

Roundtable meetings and times:
November 20th | 7–9pm | Moberly Lake Hall
November 27th | 7–9pm | Jackfish Hall
December 4th | 7–9pm | Chetwynd Recreation Centre
December 11th | 7–9pm | McLeod Hall

Electoral Area “D” Roundtable Meetings

Come talk to Director Leonard Hiebert, ask questions, share ideas for projects in the community and chat about community issues important to you.

Roundtable meetings and times:
November 15th | 7–9pm | Doe River Hall
November 22th | 7–9pm | Tomslake Hall
November 24th | 7–9pm | Farmington Hall
December 6th | 7–9pm | Cutbank Hall

Wonowon Transfer Station Closed Today

The Wonowon Transfer Station will be closed today – October 27, 2017. It will resume regular operating hours tomorrow, Saturday October 28, 2017. Sorry for any inconveniences.

For question please call 250-784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773

POSTPONED – Electoral Area “C” Roundtable meeting – Oct. 25, 2017

Due to weather conditions tonight’s Electoral Area “C” roundtable meeting in Charlie Lake, with Director Sperling, will be postponed.

Mile 62.5 Site Closed Today – Wednesday October 25, 2017

Due to snow and weather conditions the Peace River Regional District Mile 62.5 site will be closed today – Wednesday October 25, 2017. The site will reopen during regular hours on Friday October 27, 2017 at 12pm – Noon.
 
Sorry for any inconvenience.
 
For question contact the Regional Offices at 250-784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773

Electoral Area “C” Roundtable Meetings

Residents in Electoral Area “C”, are invited to meet with Director Brad Sperling. Residents are encouraged to attend to talk about local issues and ideas for community initiatives.

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Charlie Lake Fire Department Open House

Everyone is welcome to come out to the Charlie Lake Fire Hall from 11—2 on October 14th for an open house and barbeque!

Come hang out with the firefighters, check out the equipment and ask questions! There will also be two special announcements from the Fire Department!

Event details

You can also drop off your submission for the CLFD Poster Contest!

National Fire Prevention Week

October 8-14th is National Fire Prevention Week. Here are some Fire Prevention tips to remember:

  • Every second counts, plan two ways out! – Keep your family safe by having an escape plan for all household members and know two ways out of every room, if possible.
  • Hear the beep where you sleep – Half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep. Having a working smoke alarm in each bedroom can prevent this.
  • Stop, Drop and Roll – It’s something you hear all the time but, important information to remember if your clothing catches fire.
  • 911 Civic Addressing – Does your home have a 911 civic address? Check our 911 Services page under Emergency Services for more info.
  • Wildfire Preparedness – Please help keep your family and home safe by preparing in advance, and learning how to reduce the fire danger around your home. (http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/wildfires)

Check out our contest!

The PRRD wants to see your fire escape plan. Download our 2 Ways Out Contest from the link below and show us your homes escape plan! Send your plan to a Regional District office for a chance to win one of three tablets or one of three gift bags!

PRRD 2 Ways Out Contest

Information Bulletin

Public urged to use caution with outdoor burning

PRINCE GEORGE – The BC Wildfire Service is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning. The current weather forecast is calling for increased winds starting today, through the long weekend, throughout the entire Prince George Fire Centre. Winds up to 50km/h, gusting to 80km/h in some areas, can be expected with abrupt wind-direction changes.

Read full information bulletin here.

Fire Prevention Week Contest

Hey Kids! National Fire Prevention Week starts on October 8th and the Regional District has a contest for you!

The PRRD wants to see your fire escape plan. Download our 2 Ways Out Contest from the link below and show us your homes escape plan! Send your plan to a Regional District office for a chance to win one of three tablets or one of three gift bags! 

For questions call 250-784-3200

PRRD 2 Ways Out Contest

YRB – Taylor Bridge Welding

This to notify you that YRB will be continuing deck welding on the Taylor Bridge for this week October 2 – October 7, 2017.

The repairs will be carried out Monday – Saturday during the hours of 7:00 PM – 3:30 AM

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Power Outage – Cecil Lake Road

Whitecap Resources will be having a power outage to the south feeder circuit TXB 25F52 in Goodlow Oct. 4th, 2017 from 8am to 8pm. All lines downstream of IDS30399 (see drawings) will be de-energized and grounded.

Whitecap will be widening/ mulching the current Powerline right of way down the Cecil Lake Road 103 (Hines Creek Highway) leading to Highway 64 into Alberta for increased reliability from vegetation clearing.

Weather forecast for Oct. 4th looks good currently at 12C high, 3C low with a mix of sun and cloud.

Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Whitecap Resources at 250-781-3315.

View the Powerline map and BC Hydro Map.

 

Submit your West Peace Survey

Submit your West Peace Survey

Find out more here 

Deadline is Friday, October 6th, 2017 – We want to hear from you

Road Construction

There will be  construction 31 km east of Cecil Lake 7:00 am to 7:30 pm daily through to Oct 12. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic with up to 20 minutes delays.

YRB apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Check Drive BC for updates or follow us on twitter @YRBNORTHPEACE

pRRRdy Dayz

Join us tomorrow, Saturday September 16, 2017 at DC Campbell Recycling from 11am to 2pm – Free BBQ, learn more about recycling, and win some prizes! 

YRB – Taylor Bridge Welding

This to notify you that, starting next week, YRB will be commencing deck welding on the Taylor Bridge.

The welding will take place Tuesday, Sept. 5th – Saturday, Sept. 30th. The repairs will be carried out Monday – Saturday during the hours of 7:00 PM – 3:30 AM.  The first week of welding will be from Tuesday – Saturday as Monday is a holiday. 

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Highway 29 – Road Work

YRB be starting work August 28, 2017 on Highway 29 7.5Km South of the Halfway River bridge. 
The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic from 7:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday with up to 20min delays. Construction is scheduled to continue until the end of September, YRB apologizes for any inconvenience this way cause.

For updates please check DriveBC and follow them on twitter @YRBNORTHPEACE or please contact them toll free at 1-888-883-6688.

Hasler Flats Community Meeting

Community members from Hasler Flats area are invited to a roundtable meeting with Electoral Area ‘E’ Director Dan Rose on Wednesday September 6, 2017 at 5:30pm at Iver Jonson Park (6939 Middlemiss Sub., Hasler Flats). (more…)

PRRRDY Dayz in the Region

Come join the Regional District, NEAT, Recycle It, and DC Recycling for a free BBQ, to learn about recycling and prizes!

September 16 at DC Campbell Recycling from 11 am to 2 pm.

September 23 at Recycle It in Fort St. John from 11 am to 2 pm.

There will be a grand prize draw both days and lots of fun prizes to win for both kids and adults!

View the poster here.

DC Campbell Recycling – 925 100 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC

Recycle It – 10095 85 Ave, Fort St. John, BC

Road Work Advisory

Associated Engineering will be doing work along Highway 97 between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd. The highway will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic. The work will be ongoing between now and the end of November.

For questions or concerns visit their website at https://www.ae.ca or email inquiries@ae.ca

Local Business Directory – Media Release

Local Business Directory Launched

July 14, 2017-Dawson Creek BC- The South Peace Economic Development Commission has initiated a local content program to identify and promote certified local businesses. The program allows resource projects to easily find and engage with local businesses through an online platform. This is an essential tool for local contracting programs in the South Peace region. Read full media release here.

Blue-Green Algae Bulletin

Public Bulletin from Northern Health-  Blue-Green Algae Bulletin

Recycling Survey

Please Complete our Recycling Survey! We are wanting your feedback on recycling in the PRRD.  The survey will be active from July 5 – September 29, 2017 with a prize draw happening in October.  It will only take a couple minute so click here, to access the survey!

Questionnaire – Regional Park Design Project

IDEAS  QUESTIONNAIRE: July 29, 2017 – August 14, 2017

Do you have ideas for Blackfoot Regional Park or Montney Centennial Regional Park?

Share them by participating in our Ideas Questionnaire! The PRRD is undertaking a Regional Park Design Study for the parks. We would love to hear from as many folks as possible about potential improvements that could make these two important outdoor parks more enjoyable for visitors now and in the future.

Share your Ideas for a Chance to Win! (more…)

Regional Park Design Study Happening Now

COMING UP: Regional Park Design Study Community Events!

How can we improve Montney Centennial and Blackfoot Regional Parks? Visit us at upcoming community events and complete an Input Questionnaire to tell us your ideas!

The Regional Park Design Study is just getting underway and our first two Community Events will be held: (more…)

Board On the Road

The next regular meeting of the Peace River Regional District Board will take place:

10 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017

Charlie Lake Community Hall, 12717 Charlie Lake Hall Avenue, Charlie Lake, BC

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The Board invites area residents to attend the meeting to meet the Directors and become more familiar with the functions of the Peace River Regional District.

For more information view our poster here.

Regional Park Design Study

Blackfoot and Montney Centennial Regional Parks are important outdoor recreation destinations in the region. The Regional Park Design Study is an opportunity to study both parks to understand what’s working well, where improvements are needed, and what additions could make the parks better.

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IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation

The Peace River Regional District is hosting IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation.

The five day course is divided into two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public participation, planning and techniques. Upon completion of both modules, you will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2.

WHY TAKE THE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM?

  • Participate in a learner-focused, updated and practitioner-reviewed training program that sets the standard for planning effective public participation.
  • Learn how and why to use state-of-the art public participation processes, tools and techniques.
  • Receive an internationally recognized certificate that can lead to professional certification in public participation.

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Parks Day in Montney Centennial Regional Park – July 29

Wander out to Montney Centennial Regional Park for a fun filled day of outdoor activities!

For kids of all ages! The first 50 people will receive a prize.Come out and meet Engage Sport North, North Peace Search and Rescue, BC Conservation Officers, Various Regional District departments, Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) and more!

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Declaration of Final Results – Electoral Area ‘B’ Potable Water Assent Voting

There were more votes cast in favour of the question than were against, therefore, the Electoral Area B Potable Water Service Establishment and Loan Authorization Question was APPROVED, as stated in the Declaration of the final voting results.

Potable Water Assent Voting Results

June 27 2017 Press Release

Electoral Area ‘B’ Water Service Vote Preliminary Results

For Immediate Release

June 24, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

PRELIMINARY RESULTS – AREA B WATER SERVICE

On June 24, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (local time) the Peace River Regional District held a referendum in Electoral Area B on the following question:

              “Are you in favour of the Peace River Regional District Board adopting Electoral Area ‘B’ Potable Water Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2283, 2017, which will permit the Regional District to establish capital and operating reserve accounts to construct or upgrade potable water tank loader sites in various locations throughout Electoral Area B, at a maximum annual tax requisition limit that is the greater of $1,025,000 (One Million and 25 Thousand Dollars) or $0.3339 per $1,000 calculated on the net taxable value of land and improvements  and  assessed  on  improvements  only,  AND  adopting  Electoral Area ‘B’ Potable  Water Facilities Construction Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 2284, 2017 which authorizes the borrowing of up to $4,000,000 to be repaid over a term of ten (10) years, for the purpose of upgrading and constructing potable water facilities in Electoral Area B? 

PRELIMINARY RESULTS:

YES

NO

Spoiled or Rejected Ballots

Total

920

88

2

1010

 Tyra Henderson
Chief Election Officer

North Peace Economic Development Commission Invites Public to Explore Horticulture Sector Potential

Media Release – North Peace Horticulture Public Event – June 23 2017

Highway 97 Culvert Install: June 14-15 extension

Please be advised that the construction taking place on Highway 97 about 0.5km North of the Becker Hill Road 256B will be extended from the  15th to the 16th. The road will be reduced to single lane alternating traffic during the hours of 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Remember to drive with caution through the Cone Zone as there will be a large number of personnel and equipment along the roadway.

YRB apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Remember to check DriveBC for updates. For questions or concerns, please contact our office toll free at 1-888-883-6688. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates.

Upper Halfway Transfer Station Closed Today

The Upper Halfway Transfer Station will be closed today – Wednesday June 14, 2017. It will reopen for regular hours Friday June 16, 2017 (7am to 1pm)

Advanced Voting-Electoral Area ‘B’ Potable Water Assent Voting (Referendum)

Advanced voting hours – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

June 14 and June 21, 2017 PRRD Office 1981 Alaska Avenue Dawson Creek

June 14 and June 21, 2017 PRRD Office 9505 100 Street Fort St. John

High Streamflow Advisory – South Peace Region, Bulkley-Skeena

ISSUED: June 8, 2017 12:00 PM

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • South Peace Region and surrounding areas including Pine Pass and tributaries around Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, and Mackenzie
  • Skeena River and tributaries, including the Bulkley River

A Pacific frontal system is expected to sweep across British Columbia on Thursday, reaching the northern BC interior tonight. Heavy rain is expected across the region overnight Thursday and into Friday. Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the region, and rainfall in excess of 50 mm is possible over the next 48 hours. There is still some uncertainty over how the system will pass and which locations will receive the highest amount of precipitation.

Rivers throughout the region are expected to respond to this rainfall on Friday, with peak flows expected over the Friday to Saturday period. There is the potential for flooding with this system, and this advisory may be upgraded to a Flood Watch as more confidence is gained in observed rainfall rates and amounts.
The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.

 A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
 A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
 A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result. 

River Forecast Centre

Environment Canada – Special Weather Statement

11:30 AM PDT Thursday 08 June 2017
Special weather statement in effect for:

  • B.C. South Peace River

A Pacific frontal system will sweep across southern BC this afternoon and reach the northern BC interior tonight.
This system is forecast to stall on an east-west line through the southern Peace region, Williston, and the northern Bulkley Valley.

A rainfall warning has already been issued for the Williston region and northwest sections of the Bulkley Valley.
Heavy rain will begin this evening and continue through Friday with total rainfall amounts possibly exceeding 50 mm. At this time there remains some uncertainty as to where the front will actually stall. Rainfall warnings may be issued for southern Peace region this afternoon.

Environment Canada Public Alerts

Dust Advisory Ended for Fort St. John

SURREY, British Columbia, June 2, 2017 – The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Northern Health has ended the Dust Advisory for Fort St. John due to improved air quality that resulted from changing weather conditions.

For more information, read the full Media Release.

LOAD RESTRICTIONS within the Peace District, Service Area 21, South Peace

PEACE DISTRICT
SERVICE AREA 21 – SOUTH PEACE
PUBLIC NOTICE # 8 (FULL RESTRICTIONS)

Pursuant to Section 66 of the Transportation Act the following load restrictions will be imposed, on the following Provincial Highways and Roads until further notice:

LOAD RESTRICTIONS within the Peace District, Service Area 21, South Peace

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Effective 10:00 pm PST on Friday, May 26th, 2017
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North Peace Looks to Horticulture Sector for Economic Growth and Diversity

FORT ST. JOHN, British Columbia, May 25, 2017 – The North Peace region has long been recognized for its ranching and agricultural production in grain and seed crops. This spring, the North Peace Economic Development Commission (NPEDC) is leading a business case and marketing strategy to support this tradition and expand on opportunities for horticulture businesses in the region. For more information, read the full Media Release.

Charlie Lake Spring Clean-up

The Charlie Lake Clean-up will take place on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  For more details, refer to the poster.

BC Wildfire Service Asks Public to use Caution with Outdoor Burning

Due to the current weather forecast calling for increased winds today and through tomorrow, the BC Wildfire Service is asking the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning.  Please watch for changing weather conditions when having outdoor fires and follow all burning regulations.  This will help to reduce the number of preventable fires. 

Please note:   If an open burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for the damages and fire suppression costs.  It is the responsibility of that individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe manner and in accordance with the regulations and any current restrictions.  See the Information Bulletin for details.

Flood Warnings and Advisories – ENDED

Flood Warnings and Advisories

ENDED – Flood Watch– Beatton River
ENDED – High Streamflow Advisory – Moberly River, Peace River
ISSUED: May 16, 2017 10:30 AM

The River Forecast Centre is ending the Flood Watch and High Streamflow Advisories for:

  • Beatton River
  • Moberly River
  • Peace River

River levels through the region have been declining. Weather conditions are favourable for continued improvement of river levels throughout the region through this week.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

This is the final PRRD Update for this event.

Peace River’s 9-1-1 call-answer service successfully transferred to E-Comm

For immediate release – May 17, 2017

Vancouver, B.C.—Today at 7:21 a.m. E-Comm officially became the first point of contact for 9-1-1 callers in the Peace River Regional District. Canada’s largest 9-1-1 centre is now responsible for answering the frontend portion of 9-1-1 calls for Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupe, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge along with many of the region’s First Nations communities. E-Comm call-takers will then immediately transfer 9-1-1 calls to the appropriate police, fire or ambulance agency.

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Flood Warnings and Advisories for May 16, 2017 @

ENDED – Flood Watch– Beatton River
ENDED – High Streamflow Advisory – Moberly River, Peace River
ISSUED: May 16, 2017 10:30 AM

The River Forecast Centre is ending the Flood Watch and High Streamflow Advisories for:

  • Beatton River
  • Moberly River
  • Peace River

River levels through the region have been declining. Weather conditions are favourable for continued improvement of river levels throughout the region through this week.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.

 A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.
 A Flood Watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull.  Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur.
 A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result. 

No Change – Flood Warnings and Advisories 4:30 p.m. May 16, 2017

Flood Warnings and Advisories for May 16th at 4:30 p.m.

Boaters – Moberly Lake

Due to the recent rain and spring run-off, the water level at Moberly Lake has increased and remain high. It is expected to remain this way for some time yet due to the slow outflow from the lake.

The PRRD is asking all boaters to please respect shoreline speed limits and no-wake zones that may be in place on the lake. Higher water levels may increase the negative impacts to the shoreline and may increase the risk of hazards due to wave action on the lake. The PRRD appreciates your cooperation with this request.

Flood Warnings and Advisories for May 16th at 9:30 a.m.

No Change from May 15th at 2:30 p.m.- Flood Warnings and Advisories remain the same as described in link.

 

Flood Watch – Beatton River (DOWNGRADED), High Streamflow Advisory – Moberly River (DOWNGRADED), High Streamflow Advisory – Peace River (DOWNGRADED), ENDED – High Streamflow Advisory – Peace Region, Northeast BC

ISSUED: May 15, 2017 2:30 PM

An update to the advisories, flood watches and flood warnings in the region is as follows:

    • Beatton River – Flood Watch (DOWNGRADED)
    • Moberly River – High Streamflow Advisory (DOWNGRADED)
    • Peace River – High Streamflow Advisory (DOWNGRADED)
    • Peace Region (excepting above) – High Streamflow Advisory (ENDED)
    • North-East BC including tributaries to the Sikanni Chief, Prophet and Muskwa Rivers and surrounding areas south-west of Fort Nelson – High Streamflow Advisory (ENDED)

As of 1:30PM on Monday, conditions include:

 

  • Conditions through the region have improved with easing rainfall and cooling temperatures.
  • Moberly River near Fort St. John (07FB008) is flowing at 113 m3/s (5-10 year flow) and slowly receding. Continued slow declines in river levels are expected through the week.
  • Peace River above Alces River (07FD010) is flowing at 5000 m3/s (between a 5-year and 10-year flow) and appears to be at peak level for this event. Flows are expected to slowly recede through today, but remain high.
  • Beatton River near Fort St. John (07FC001) is flowing at 1800 m3/s (50-year flow) and slowly receding. Flows are expected to continue to recede through this week.

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.

Weather conditions are favourable for continued improvement of river levels throughout the region through this week.

Flood Watch – Moberly River, Peace River (MAINTAINED) High Streamflow Advisory – Peace Region (DOWNGRADED) Halfway River (DOWNGRADED), North-east BC (MAINTAINED)

Flood Watch – Moberly River, Peace River (MAINTAINED)

High Streamflow Advisory – Peace Region (DOWNGRADED) Halfway River (DOWNGRADED), North-east BC (MAINTAINED)

ISSUED: May 14, 2017 9:00 AM

An update to the advisories, flood watches and flood warnings in the region is as follows:

  • Moberly River – Flood Watch (DOWNGRADED)
  • Peace River – Flood Watch (MAINTAINED)
  • Halfway River – High Streamflow Advisory (DOWNGRADED)
  • Peace Region (excepting above) – High Streamflow Advisory (DOWNGRADED)
  • North-East BC including tributaries to the Sikanni Chief, Prophet and Muskwa Rivers and surrounding areas south-west of Fort Nelson – High Streamflow Advisory (MAINTAINED)

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Flood Warning – Beatton River (UPGRADED)

Beatton River – Flood Warning (UPGRADED)

A prolonged rain event has impacted the area over the past three days, with total rainfall amounts in the 30-100 mm range being observed at fire weather stations and automated snow weather stations in the area. Rainfall has eased through the area. In the Peace region, rivers have generally reached peak levels and are declining. In the Beatton River and Peace River flows are still rising, but the rate of rise has been slowing. Peak levels on the river is expected through the day on Sunday.

  • Beatton River near Fort St. John (07FC001) is flowing at 1920 m3/s (50-year flow) and rising at 20 m3/s per hour. The rate of rise has started to ease slightly, and peak levels are expected later on Sunday

The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and will update the advisory as conditions warrant.

A Flood Warning means that river levels have exceeded bankfull or will exceed bankfull imminently, and that flooding of areas adjacent to the rivers affected will result.

Flood Warning – Moberly River, Halfway River (UPGRADED) Flood Watch – Peace Region (MAINTAINED) High Streamflow Advisory – North-east BC (MAINTAINED)

Flood Warning – Moberly River, Halfway River (UPGRADED)
Flood Watch – Peace Region (MAINTAINED)
High Streamflow Advisory – North-east BC (MAINTAINED)
ISSUED: May 13, 2017 9:00 AM

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Warning for:

  • Moberly River including upstream areas
  • Halfway River

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a Flood Watch for:

  • Peace Region including small streams and rivers around Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope and surrounding areas

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • North-east BC including tributaries to the Sikanni Chief, Prophet and Muskwa Rivers and surrounding areas south-west of Fort Nelson

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Flood Watch – Peace Region

Flood Watch – Peace Region (UPGRADED)
High Streamflow Advisory – North-east BC (MAINTAINED)
ISSUED: May 11, 2017 4:30 PM

The River Forecast Centre is upgrading to a Flood Watch for:

  • Peace Region including small streams and rivers around Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope and surrounding areas

The River Forecast Centre is maintaining a High Streamflow Advisory for:

  • North-east BC including tributaries to the Sikanni Chief, Prophet and Muskwa Rivers and surrounding areas south-west of Fort Nelson

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Are you prepared? Severe weather can happen anytime!

The PRRD encourages people to take the time to prepare now.  Ensure that you have enough supplies (food and medicine) to last at least 72 hours, move equipment and livestock to high ground and consider sandbagging your structures if you were impacted in 2016.

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Are you Prepared? Severe weather can happen anytime!!

Preparing for a flood

To reduce the likelihood of flood damage:

  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your residence to ensure that water moves away from the building.

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Are you Prepared? Severe weather can happen anytime!

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. 

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Rainfall Warning

Rainfall warning in effect for: B.C. North Peace River and B.C. South Peace River – Rain heavy at times will begin late this afternoon over the BC Peace River district. Rain will continue through Saturday.

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Electoral Area ‘B’Potable Water Service Assent Voting (Referendum)

Applications for Scrutineers and a Mail Ballot Opportunity – Applications to act as a scrutineer, on a volunteer basis, will be received by the Chief Election Officer at the offices of the Peace River Regional District Box 810, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8 (Fax: 250-784-3201); or 9505 100 Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 4N4 (Fax: 250-785-1125) during the period 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to and including 4 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2017.

To request a mail ballot package – Before 4 p.m. on May 24, 2017 you must submit a request for a mail ballot to the Peace River Regional District (1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (office closed between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.) by mail (Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8); by fax (250-784-3201); or email (prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca)  and include your full name, residential address, physical address of property in realtion to which you are voting and the method of delivery of your mail ballot package.

For more informaion, refer to the Notice of Application.

PRRD 9-1-1 call-answer service transitioning to E-Comm

Dawson Creek BC- Commencing May 17, 2017, emergency 9-1-1 calls from the Peace River Regional District will be answered by E-Comm, the Emergency Communications Centre located in Vancouver. Read the full Press Release for more details.

PEACE REGION COMMUNITY SPORT, RECREATION AND PERFORMANCE CONFERENCE

PEACE REGION COMMUNITY SPORT, RECREATION AND PERFORMANCE CONFERENCE

Media Release

April 25, 2017 – Join us for 2 ½ days full of coach and athlete development workshops, guest speakers and more from May 5-7 at the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts in Dawson Creek! Engage Sport North, along with the Peace River Regional District and other organizations, have come together to provide a great opportunity to athletes, parents, officials, and sports leaders in all sports disciplines to develop your skills and support athletes in our region. (more…)

Notice of a Special Rural Budgets Administration Committee (RBAC) Meeting

The Rural Budgets Administration Committee (RBAC) will meet on April 27, 2017 from 9:45- 10 am to discuss one item. This meeting is being held before the scheduled Board meeting. The meeting will take place at the Northern Grand Hotel, Grand 2 Room, 9830 – 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC.

Chetwynd Public Library Feasibility

The facility feasibility study for the Chetwynd Public Library is complete! The purpose of the study was to analyze the library’s current use and to determine its future space requirements and programming.

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Don’t Miss OUT! Register Now for the Peace Region Community, Sport, Recreation & Performance Conference!

From May 5 to May 7 join Engage Sport North, the Peace River Regional District, and other community organizations for a weekend filled with education and training opportunities for coaches, parents, athletes and community leaders including:
• Keynote Speakers: Paul Carson from Hockey Canada and Erica Wiebe, 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist
• NCCP Multi-sport Coaching Modules – Planning a Practice, Making Ethical Decisions, Managing Conflict, Psychology of Performance, Nutrition & more!
• Athlete Services Physical Testing, Nutrition, Mental Performance and Strength & Conditioning
• Sports Medicine Taping
• Canuck’s Autism Network Workshop

For more information and to register check www.engagesportnorth.com

Coaching Conference Poster

Coaching Conference Brochure

 

Regional Board Meeting Agenda – April 27

The agendas for the Committee of the Whole and Regional Board meetings to be held on Thursday, April 27th at the Northern Grand Hotel, Grand 2 Room, 9830 – 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC are now posted to the website and are available for viewing, downloading and printing.

Committee of the Whole Agenda (1 pg)
Regular Regional Board Agenda (136 pgs)

The Committee of the Whole meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m.  The regular Board meeting will immediately follow.

Building Inspector III

The Regional District is seeking a qualified individual, to perform the responsibilities of Building Inspector III to provide services for six member municipalities of the Peace River Regional District. Working from the Dawson Creek office and reporting to the General Manager of Development Services, the Building Inspector III will provide code review, inspection services and support for the municipalities of Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope and Taylor.

Qualified applicants are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and at least three references.  This position will be posted until filled.  For more detailed information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description.

Dry and Windy Conditions – Increase Threat of Wildfire

Given the current and predicted weather conditions in parts of the Prince George Fire Centre, BC Wildfire service is encouraging all industrial personnel to remain vigilant while doing any outdoor burning.  Please see the details outlined in this Industry Bulletin

Discover the PRRD Activity Book

Links to the Peace River Regional District Activity Book are listed below:

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Pages 26 to 48

Don’t Wait for the Water – Get Flood Ready Now!

There are things you can do to reduce potentially expensive damage from overland flooding.  Follow the 10 simple tips below and check Canada’s Flood Ready website for more ways on how to prepare.

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Communications Coordinator

The Regional District is seeking a qualified individual, to perform the duties to support the communications department strategic plan at the Peace River Regional District.  Working from the Fort St. John office and reporting to the Manager of Communications, the Communications Coordinator will assist in the implementation of the communication needs of the Board, staff and PRRD departments, including supporting the graphics component for outreach materials, posters, and online communications.

Qualified applicants are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and at least three references, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017.  For more detailed information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description.

Electoral Area Manager

The Regional District is seeking an energetic and qualified individual for the new position of Electoral Area Manager to work out of our Dawson Creek or Fort St John office.  Reporting to the Regional District’s General Manager of Community Services the Electoral Area Manager is responsible for providing senior level administrative support and advice to the Peace River Regional District’s four electoral area directors. 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume, cover letter and at least three references no later than 4:30 p.m. local time, Monday, April 24, 2017.  For more detailed information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description.

Student Planner

The Regional District is seeking an energetic individual to join our Development Services Department in our Dawson Creek office as Student Planner for an 8-month term, starting approximately May 1, 2017.  Reporting to the Assistant Manager of Development Services, the Student Planner will assist in a number of ongoing, long range planning projects, such as official community plans, zoning bylaw and comprehensive development plans.  

Qualified applicants are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and at least three references, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017. For more detailed information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description

Building Inspector III

In response to the recent activation of provincial certification requirements, the Regional District is seeking a qualified individual, to perform the responsibilities of Building Inspector III to provide services for six member municipalities of the Peace River Regional District.  Working from the Dawson Creek office and reporting to the General Manager of Development Services, the Building Inspector III will provide code review, inspection services and support for the municipalities of Dawson Creek, Pouce Coupe, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope and Taylor. The Building Inspector III will also work with the current building inspectors of Dawson Creek and the Peace River Regional District. This work is being done under a five year contract for service between the Regional District and the participating municipalities with the potential for renewal.

Qualified applicants are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and at least three references, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017.  For more detailed information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description

2017 Parcel Tax and Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls Charlie Lake Sewer

The Peace River Regional District will have the 2017 Parcel Tax Assessment Rolls and the Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls available for inspection for the Charlie Lake Sewer service. This gives owners of property in the service area an opportunity to correct information on the Assessment Rolls. For more details, refer to the Notice and the Bylaw No. 2194, 2015.

Outdoor Burning – Public Urged to Use Caution

BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public to be extra cautious with any open burning.  The Peace Region area is experiencing below-normal snowpack levels and some areas of the Prince George Fire Centre are already snow-free. As the snow melts, it won’t take long for the grass to dry out and become flammable, especially in windy conditions.  Please see the attached bulletin for more info.  

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available here:  Open Fire Regulations

 

Electoral Area “E” Roundtable Meetings

Director Rose will be out in the communities in Electoral Area “E” to have conversations with community members and to share some highlights and recent decisions that have been made at the PRRD Board. For locations and dates, please refer to the Poster.

2017 Financial Plan Open Houses

The 2017 Regional Annual Financial Plan and Hospital Budget were presented to the Regional Board on March 9, 2017 for first and second readings.  Three Public Open Houses have been scheduled to provide residents an opportunity to view the 2017 Financial Plans. For dates and locations, refer to the Notice.

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

Due to an upcoming retirement, the Regional District is seeking an energetic, seasoned and qualified individual to take on the responsibilities of the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (DCAO) for the Peace River Regional District out of our Dawson Creek office. Reporting to the Regional District’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the DCAO is responsible for providing senior level advice, expertise and support to the CAO in the efficient delivery of Regional District and Hospital District services as determined by Regional District Board of Directors strategic direction and plan. The successful incumbent will manage the Human Resources function leading the collective bargaining process and oversee the coordination, development and budgeting for special projects as directed by the CAO.

Qualified applicants are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and at least three references, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017.  For more detailed information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description

2017 Parcel Tax and Frontage Tax Assessment Rolls

The Peace River Regional District will hold its Parcel Tax Review meeting on March 16, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Regional District offices located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC.  For more information, refer to the Notice.

Pouce Coupe Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Pouce Coupe Hall on March 7th (beginning at 7 p.m.) to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Tower Lake Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Tower Lake Hall on March 2nd to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Tomslake Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Tomslake Hall on February 28th to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Invasive Plant Program Assistant

The Peace River Regional District requires two (2) Temporary Positions for Invasive Plant Program Assistants for a 35 hour work week from approximately May 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017, situated in the Dawson Creek office. Applicants are invited to submit their resumes, complete with cover letter and references “in confidence” to: Peace River Regional District, Attention: Ronda Wilkins, Executive Assistant, Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8. E-mail: hrprrd@prrd.bc.ca. For more information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description

Closing date for this opportunity is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Kelly Lake Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Kelly Lake Hall on February 22nd to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice. Please note that the meeting is now scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Tupper Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Tupper Hall on February 21st to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Travel Advisory: North Peace Area Side Roads

Please be advised of a Travel Advisory for side roads throughout the North Peace service area. The rain and melting snow, along with rising temperatures are producing slippery conditions. Side roads which have compact snow and low traffic volumes are particularly slippery. The rainfall and warm temperatures is drawing frost out of the ground and creating a crust of ice on side roads, along with ponding water. (more…)

Travel Advisory

Please be advised of a Travel Advisory for side roads throughout the North Peace. The roads were all wet last night, so with the temperatures dropping overnight it has created icy conditions. Side roads which have compact snow and low traffic volumes are particularly slippery. The rainfall and warm temperatures is drawing frost out of the ground and creating a crust of ice on side roads, along with ponding water. Please slow down where there is ponding on roads.

Travellers are advised to avoid these roads if at all possible. If travelling these roads, please use extreme caution and allow extra space for travel/stopping distances.

Tonight we are expecting temperatures to drop as low as -11 with chance for flurries. Accumulations are expected to be minimal, however, please continue to travel with caution overnight. Our crews are out plowing, sanding/salting and ice blading and will continue to work throughout the night.

If you have questions, concerns or want to report a road hazard, please contact YRB toll free 24/7 at 1-888-883-6688.

Remember to check DriveBC.ca for current highway conditions.

Rolla Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Rolla Hall on February 16th to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Cutbank Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Cutbank Hall on February 15th to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Secretary-Receptionist Fort St. John Office

The Peace River Regional District invites applications from qualified admin professionals to apply for one of two available temporary, part-time positions of Secretary/Receptionist at our Fort St. John office to cover a medical leave for a term of up to nine months.  We are in need of an organized individual(s) with excellent typing and computer skills and the ability to effectively interact with the public. 

Closing date for this opportunity is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2017. For more information, refer to the Job Posting and Job Description.

Farmington Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Farmington Hall on February 9th to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Doe River Roundtable Meeting

Director Leonard Hiebert will be hosting a meeting in the Roe River Hall on February 7th to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more details, please refer to the Notice.

February 9, 2017 Regional Board Meetings

The agendas for the Committee of the Whole and the Regional Board meetings to be held on Thursday, Februay 9, 2017 in the Regional District Office Boardroom, Dawson Creek are now posted to the website and are available for viewing, downloading and printing.

  • Committee of the Whole Agenda [40 pages] meeting to begin at 10 a.m.; and
  • Regular and Hospital Board Agenda [574 pages] meeting to begin at 1 p.m.

Regional Board Meeting Agendas for February 9, 2017

The agendas for the Committee of the Whole and the Regional Board meetings to be hled on Thursday, February 9, 2017 in the Regioal District Office Boardroom, Dawson Creek are now posted to the website and are available for viewing, downloading and printing.

  • Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda [40 pages] – meeting to start at 10 a.m. and
  • Regular Board Meeting Agenda [574 pages] – meetng to start at 1 p.m.

Area E GIA Allocation Meeting

Electoral Area “D” Community Roundtable Meetings

Director Leonard Hiebert will be visiting communities in Electoral Area” D” to have a conversation with community members. He will be sharing some highlights of what happened in Electoral Area “D” and the region in 2016.  For more information regarding where and when, refer to the attached notice. The notices has been updated to change the time for the Kelly Lake meeting to begin at 6:30 p.m. and the addition of a meeting in Pouce Coupe.

Revised Mandatory Building Permit Area

In 2016 the electoral area directors consulted with their residents by various means (roundtable meetings in the community, telephone calls, and face-to-face discussions) regarding opinions about the mandatory building permit area of Building Bylaw No. 2131, 2014. Municipalities were also consulted regarding their interests, particularly those municipalities who provide rural fire protection service.

The Regional Board adopted Building Bylaw No. 2131, 2014 Amendment Bylaw No. 2279, 2017 on February 23rd , 2017.

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Do you need more information about the Charlie Lake Development Cost Charge?

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Secretary / Receptionist Casual, Fort St. John

The Peace River Regional District invites applications from administrative professionals with prior similar experience for a casual secretary/receptionist position at our Fort St. John office. Work will become available on an as needed basis to assist with workload and to cover staff leave. We need an organized individual with excellent typing and computer skills and the ability to effectively interact with the public. Closing date for this opportunity is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2017.

For more information, refer to the job posting and job description.

Dec 19 – Upper Halfway River Area – Planned Power Outage

BC Hydro has scheduled a 4-hour planned power outage for Monday, December 19 from 9 am to 1 pm that will affect customers in the Upper Halfway River area. A total of 166 customers located on Upper Halfway River Road and Halfway-Graham Forest Service Road will be without power in order to complete a new installation providing 3-phase power to an Alta Gas site.

The outage is necessary to safely transfer existing overhead lines approximately 7 metres to a new pole and re-configure the overhead line.

For info on planned power outages in your area, visit https://www.bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-list.html#planned

Tomslake Transfer Station Closed

The Tomslake Transfer Station will be closed today. It will resume regular operating hours Friday December 9th re-opening at 8:00am. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Stream Rehabilitation Community Meeting

The Peace River Regional District is hosting a meeting to update property owners on the flood mitigation works to be conducted on the streams in the rural area near Chetwynd on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room, Chetwynd Recreation Center . For more details, please refer to the Notice.

Fort St. John Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The City of Fort St. John is excited to announce that the draft Parks and Recreation Master Plan has been completed! They would like to know what you think about the plan. Check out www.placespeak.com/FSJRecPlan where you will find the full draft and other documents posted under the ‘Resources’ tab.

They will be accepting feedback until November 25, 2016.

LOAD RESTRICTIONS

Province of British Columbia
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
PEACE DISTRICT

Pursuant to Section 66 of the Transportation Act, and to the provisions of the Commercial Transport Act, notice is hereby given that due to wet and muddy road conditions, load restrictions may be placed on short notice in the near future on all side roads within the Peace Highways District. Restrictions will be imposed in the South Peace, North Peace and Fort Nelson areas, as conditions warrant.

The restrictions will limit vehicles to 100 percent, 75 percent, 70 percent, or 50 percent of legal axle loading, as allowed under the Regulations pursuant to the Commercial Transport Act.

Overweight permits will not be granted for side roads, however they may be granted for the main numbered routes. All term overweight permits will be invalid for the duration of the restriction.

The public, and trucking and transportation companies should govern themselves accordingly.

Your cooperation in adhering to the above restrictions will be appreciated.

You may also view updates on the web: www.drivebc.ca

Dated at Fort St. John, BC this 28th day of October, 2016.

Sign up for email notifications at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/…/loadrestrict…/loadrestrictions.htm

Secretary/Receptionist – Casual, Fort St. John Office

The Peace River Regional District invites applications from administrative professionals with prior similar experience for a casual secretary/receptionist position at our Fort St. John office. Work will become available on an as needed basis to assist with workload and to cover staff leave.  We need an organized individual with excellent typing and computer skills and the ability to effectively interact with the public. The closing date for this opportunity is 4:30 p.m. on Friday November 8th, 2017.

For more information, refer to the Posting and Job Description.

 

Corporate Officer

The Regional District is seeking an energetic, seasoned and qualified individual to take on the responsibilities of the corporate administration for both the Peace River Regional District and the Peace River Regional Hospital District, out of our Dawson Creek office. Reporting to the Regional District’s Chief Administrative Officer, the Corporate Officer will manage the Administration Department and provide corporate services and advice to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Board of Directors and the rest of the Management Team. 

Qualified applicants are requested to forward their resume, cover letter and at least three references no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016. For more information, refer to the Posting and Job Description.

Supreme Court of British Columbia Order prohibiting dumping on property neighbouring the Chetwynd Landfill

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Development Services Notice of Public Hearing Template

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And the WINNERS are …. Pennie Johnston and Lauren Schroeder!!

Congratulations Pennie and Lauren you are the lucky winners of the “Tip of the Day” Fire Prevention Contest!

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Oct. 15 – Last Day for Fire Prevention Week 2016

The PRRD wishes to encourage everyone to continue to practice fire prevention, both indoors and outdoors, to ensure your safety. Remember “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years!”  Take this quiz from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) to see how much you know!

Oct. 14 – Fire Prevention “Tip of the Day” – Winter Freeze

Baby its cold outside!  Are you ready?  It’s never too early to prepare for cooler temperature.  Follow these tips and get ahead of the Winter Freeze!  Remember to enter the contest by emailing prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca include “I heard the tip of the day about…” and you could win a prize. Contest ends Oct. 14th and winners will be contacted October 17th.

CANCELLED – Charlie Lake Fire Dept. – Coming to a Neighborhood near you!

Due to the weather conditions, this event will be rescheduled to another evening. Watch our page for the announcement of the new date.

Charlie Lake Fire Department – Coming to a Neighborhood near you!

Tonight between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. residents in Charlie Lake may be visited by local firefighters who will be out promoting fire prevention awareness and handing out invites to their Open House this Saturday, Oct 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Keep an ear out for the “knock” on your door!!

Oct. 13 – Fire Prevention “Tip of the Day” – Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can come in handy when there is a fire.  Download how to one here  and to see how its done watch this video. Remember to enter the contest by emailing prrd.dc@prrd.bc.ca include “I heard the tip of the day about…” and you could win a prize. Contest ends Oct. 14th and winners will be contacted October 17th.

Update – Boil Water Notices for the Feye Spring, Blackfoot Water System and Boundary Water System are still in effect.

All boil water notices are still in effect.

The boil water order posted at the Feye Spring Water System, the Blackfoot Water System and the Boundary Lake Water System sites remains in effect.  Northern Health has issued these advisories as the systems are at risk of containing pathogens. All notices will be in effect to August 31, 2017.

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Green Communities Climate Action Recognition Program

As a signatory to the Climate Action Charter (Charter), the PRRD has demonstrated its commitment to work with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in your corporate operations and the broader community.carbon-neutral