Yard and garden waste collection explored
The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is exploring the feasibility of seasonal yard waste collection in municipalities within the region. Currently over 6000 tonnes of yard and garden waste is being diverted from the landfill through public drop off depots in Prince George, Mackenzie and Valemount. A feasibility study has looked at cost and operational considerations for municipal curbside collection of seasonal yard and garden waste as well as increasing compost processing. The Board was presented with a number of options and rough estimates of costs involved. The information will be shared with the municipalities of Prince George, Mackenzie, McBride and Valemount for their consideration and input.
Operational hours pilot project ending for three transfer stations
A pilot project that saw extended hours for three area transfer stations is concluding on September 1. As a result of challenges with staffing, the Mackenzie and Valemount Regional Transfer Stations will revert back to pre-pilot project hours. The Mackenzie Regional Transfer Station will operate Sunday to Thursday, 9-5pm and closed on all holidays effective September 1. The Valemount Regional Transfer Station will be open from 10-4pm on weekends, and from 9-4 pm Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays effective September 1.
The Cummings Road Regional Transfer Station will continue to be open Thursday to Monday from 9-5pm and on select holidays from 9-5pm year-round.
Contract awarded for parking lot improvements
The Regional District has awarded a contract for construction of a secure parking area at the 155 George Street office building. Twin Rivers Development has been awarded the contract with a bid of $360,589.75. The project also has a 30% contingency established to allow for changes in costs related to goods and services as well as unknown costs of connecting to the municipal storm drain system.
Regional Hospital District contributing to UHNBC lab upgrades
The Fraser-Fort George Regional Hospital District approved $2.04 million in funding to go towards upgrades for lab services at UHNBC. The funding is in addition to $1.8 million contributed last year. The funds will be used for new upgraded analyzers to replace aging equipment and allow the lab the ability to cope with increased test volumes and additional testing platforms.
Board approved the following requests for Community and Recreation Grants:
- $5800 to the Nukko Lake Recreation Commission for a cooler and lake access
- $4400 to the Sinclair Mills Education and Recreation Club for operating expenses