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REPORTING · 28th May 2010
Merv Ritchie
The Nisga'a, the Ksan Association, the Golf and Country Club, Health Advisory, Economic Commission, Planning Committee and much more will consume the Regional District Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) all day today.

Beginning with the Health Advisory Board starting now, at 11:00 am; elected, appointed, and employed representatives will discuss the concerns of all aspects of life in this Northwest corner of British Columbia.

Although most of the Northwest mainstream media organizations are entrusted to communicate and inform the general public of all the activities of the Northwest, much more happens and transpires behind the scenes without the general public being aware.

After the RDKS board room disperses with the Health Commission, the RDKS Planning Committee is scheduled to begin sitting at 2:00 pm. On the main agenda of the Planning Committee are numerous applications for development variances in Thornhill and North Terrace. There is an interesting report from the RDKS administration on a proposed requirement to make new home construction ready for solar hot water system installations. There is also a report from the RDKS administration on wild fire protection plans for the outlying areas of Hazelton, Kitwanga, Telegraph Creek and Dease Lake.
The Planning Committee will also be discussing a Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) notice regarding changes to liquor licensing policies.

At 3:30 pm the Economic Development Commission will begin debating proposals on economic issues concerning this North West region of British Columbia.

At 7:00 pm the regular RDKS Board Meeting convenes and the Nisga’a Lisims Government has planned to have representatives attend to observe the proceedings. There are 6 elected board members from the unincorporated areas of the Regional District and 6 appointed board members from Municipal Governments within the RDKS. One member is appointed to represent Stewart by the Stewart elected Council and the same applies to one from the Village of Hazelton, one from New Hazelton, one from Kitimat, and 2 members from Terrace. The elected RDKS board area directors include one from each of; Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake, rural Hazelton, rural Terrace, Thornhill and the current Chairmen of the Board, Harry Nyce who represents the Nass Valley.

These 12 elected and appointed representatives attend most of the days meetings and will begin debating the specific concerns and voting to approve or deny various applications put forward during the main Board meeting. On the main agenda for this months meeting will be an application for funding by the Ksan Association for their museum project. As is requested every year, the Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club will be requesting a tax exemption on their property in upper Thornhill.

Contained in the agenda package are numerous letters, reports and documents which provide great insight into the affairs of not just the Regional District but the Province of British Columbia as a whole.

Of special note to those who moor boats in Kitimat, an in camera meeting that as reporters we will not be able to attend, the board will be discussing the controversial management issues of the MK Bay Marina.

The Terrace Daily will be live streaming the entire board meeting beginning at 7:00 pm tonight Friday, May 28, and it can be watched by clicking [HERE].

All the meetings are open to the public and one can attend by going through the 3rd floor of the government building at 4545 Lazelle Ave.