Fire department introduces new recruits, recognizes long service
At its Regular Meeting on Tuesday, May16, the Williams Lake Fire Department was excited to introduced its 2023 paid on-call firefighter recruitment class.
Fire Chief and Director of Protective Services Evan Dean told Council recruits are currently undertaking required training before becoming fully certified.
"The most common thing we hear from ourrecruits is they want to give back to thecommunity," Dean said. "It's a huge commitment and something we don't take lightly."
Dean also recognized several firefighters with long service awards for their excellence and dedication on behalf of the City and Council.
New recruits introduced to the community were: Quinton Boyce, Jessica Friesen, Kait Houley, Dino Lecomte, Eswar Mangala, Cody Nunn, Jordan Siemens and Jessica Sutherland.
Five-year service awards were presented to Braden Fournier, Cory Holm, Brad Tomelin, Jacob Weigensberg and Kristopher Wilk. Steven Doherty was recognized with 10 years of service, Lt. Trevor Stockdale received a 15-year service award and Dereck Sulentich was the recipient of a 30-year service award.
Prosperity Way investor submits proposed plans for housing, commercial development
Council received applications from Prosperity Way property owner 1343873BC Ltd. for several zoning change designations that would result in the construction of a multi-phase, multi-year housing and commercial development project over 60.9 acres of property in the area adjacent to the Prosperity Ridge Shopping Centre.
The proposed project, located at 1075Prosperity Way, would consist of two-family residential housing, low density multiple family residences and neighbourhood commercial zones.
During Tuesday's meeting Council gave first reading to several Official Community Plan and zoning amendment bylaws that would accommodate the proposed development.
Speaking to the developers, who were in attendance at Tuesday's meeting, Council acknowledged a critical housing shortage in the community and said this project would be of great assistance in helping to address the issue.
Next steps for the project include proceeding with Official Community Plan Consultation to obtain feedback from the public on the proposed development.
Travel expenses approved for NStQ Citizens Assembly in 100 Mile House
Council approved expenses, compensation and associated expenses for Coun. Angie Delainey and Coun. Joan Flaspohler to attend the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NsTQ) Citizens Assembly in 100 Mile House on May 24-25, 2023.
Council endorses partner application for Potato House Project grant
Council authorized the submission of a joint application to the Farm Credit Capital - AgriSpirit Fund for $20,000 to support the Potato House Project's 'Pay What You Can' produce growing project.
If successful, the food produced through this program is provided to the community on a pay what you can basis and helps to support low-income community members in obtaining fresh produce.
Council proclaims Stampede season in the City for 2023
Council proclaimed Stampede Season in the City of Williams Lake at its Regular Meeting Tuesday and encouraged residents, businesses and service organizations to promote the 2023 Stampede festivities. Stampede Season in the City of Williams Lake will take place from June 1 to July 2, 2023 and requests residents to: decorate their businesses in western decor, wear western clothing during the season, support the Stampede Association and extend a friendly Cariboo smile and a hearty welcome to all visitors to the City.