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Fort St. John moves closer to twinning project

first_imgThe IEEEP was developed, and the City will now clarify roles, timelines, objectives and other potential financial partners for this program.The program contains many projects that would be developed between Fort St. John and the Argentinean communities, and if approved, includes a solid waste recycling program and a solar hot water collector project. By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – Fort St. John is making some eco-allies in South America.On Monday’s City Council meeting, Council voiced its support for the International Energy and Environment Exchange Program (IEEEP).Basically, the program is a knowledge-sharing device that will allow the City to share green initiatives with the communities of Belen, Andalgala and Santa Maria, along with mining company Xstrata Copper.The program started last year when Director of Planning and Engineering, Horacio Galanti, attended the Amazon Summit in Manaus, Brazil. Galanti made contacts with a Canadian mining company, Xstrata, which has operations in the aforementioned Argentinean communities.Xstrata suggested that Fort St. John and the three municipalities partner up, and exchange information on green-initiatives.Advertisement Photo: Director of Planning and Engineering, Horacio Galanti (show top right on projector) speaks to Fort St. John City Councilors on Monday afternoon – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

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Mayor asks for travel privileges back

first_img– Advertisement – Get Microsoft Silverlight Video of the motion presented by Mayor Bruce Lantz at Tuesday’s Council meeting. Less than two months after Fort St. John City Council reprimanded Mayor Bruce Lantz and put travel restrictions on him for behaviour it considered ‘unacceptable’, Lantz asked Council to drop the restrictions saying the point had been made.The motion putting sanctions on the Mayor had been passed at a closed council meeting in February and came into effect March 15. The motion stipulates that Mayor Bruce Lantz is not allowed to meet or travel by himself with a City female employee. Furthermore, he is not allowed to travel outside the region as a City representative unless Council specifically consents to the travel and another Councillor can travel with him.At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Lantz brought forward a new motion, asking to be allowed to attend conferences for the North Central Local Government Association, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.Councillor Don Irwin seconded the motion, giving the Mayor a chance to explain why he would like to go to these conferences.Advertisement A few of the councillors appeared noticeably annoyed by the motion, with Councillor Bolin saying that Council had put a lot of time and thought into the reprimands, along with the ramifications. Councillor Bruce Christensen added to that comment, saying he would only be in favour of tabling the motion since all of Council had made the original decision on the reprimands and that all of Council should be present to vote on the Mayor’s motion.Lantz then announced he was withdrawing his motion, saying Councillors could attend the meetings on their own and “do whatever it is that they wish to do” and calling it “all too predictable.” Referring to a City policy stating that Council can attend all three conferences, Lantz said as many councillors need to attend these conferences as possible due to the amount of information being presented.[asset|aid=3544|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d6a3e2f11bcdad7e8426ea3447fb9e2-Lantz reprimands 1_1_Pub.mp3] Lantz said it would be especially important for him to attend the NCLGA conference since there will be a presentation on the transportation summit that was held in Prince George at the beginning of March. He said that because the summit had been his idea and he co-hosted it with Prince George Mayor Dan Rogers, he should be able to attend the conference to give the presentation.[asset|aid=3545|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d6a3e2f11bcdad7e8426ea3447fb9e2-Lantz reprimands 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Although Lantz pointed to the fact that he had been sober for 28 years, when asked how long he had been sober presently, he said he has not been counting but that “it’s been awhile.”Councillor Trevor Bolin said he strongly believes Fort St. John’s mayor should attend the events, but since the sanctions are in place, someone would have to be with him.Although it was indicated councillors would be at both the UBCM and NCLGA, none were currently scheduled to attend the FCM. Lantz stated that was why he should be able to attend the conference, so that the City is represented. [asset|aid=3546|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=3d6a3e2f11bcdad7e8426ea3447fb9e2-Lantz reprimands 3_1_Pub.mp3] Councillor Don Irwin brought up the fact that only five of seven of the councillors were at Tuesday’s Council Meeting and he felt the Mayor’s motion should be tabled until all councillors were available to discuss it. The Mayor countered that point by saying that Council had quorum and if they could make decisions for the City, did not see why they could not make decisions that affected him.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Collazo, Mosley set for battle

first_imgLuis Collazo has ideas floating around in his head regarding Sugar Shane Mosley, and it’s the kind of thinking that could land Collazo in trouble tonight when the two square off at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. On the line will be the World Boxing Council interim welterweight title. HBO will televise. According to Collazo, Mosley will not present any problems for him in the power department. He said Mosley is not to be feared that way at this weight, even though Mosley has won world titles in the lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight divisions. Nor does Collazo believe that he will need to distribute much power of his own to emerge victorious. Collazo said that’s why he got a good deal of his sparring in prepartion for tonight from a junior welterweight by the name of Kendall Holt. “Shane is not a natural 154-pounder or 147-pounder. He is a natural 130-, 135-pounder,” said Collazo, a native of Brooklyn. “So I’m not looking for any real power. I’m used to sparring with heavier guys, but for this fight I just want my speed and my quickness.” Collazo also is of the mind that Mosley is not the fighter he used to be. “He’s probably about 80 percent of his prime,” Collazo, 25, said of 35-year-old Mosley. “But a lot of people still consider him one of the best, and that’s going to be better for me after I beat him.” Well, during a conference call this week, Mosley came off as someone who has discovered the fountain of youth. It’s true that he is coming off consecutive technical knockouts of Fernando Vargas. But how much stock should be put into those victories is debatable considering Vargas’ days as a top fighter appear over. “I have never felt so good in my life,” said Mosley, of Pomona. “I feel great. I feel almost high. The way I feel now, I don’t think anybody can beat me. I think the peak is coming. I’m just getting better and better and better, like I’m going back in time.” center_img Say what? “I think it’s the training that I’m doing and the mental preparation for the fight,” Mosley said. “I’m getting older and wiser. And for some reason, I’m getting so quick, so fast, it’s scary to me.” Although Mosley (43-4, 37KOs) has always lived a clean life, he describes himself today as being faster, stronger and more disciplined than ever. He said fans tonight might be shocked to see how fast he is. It’s because of those fans, Mosley said, that his dedication has never wavered. “My goal is to keep fighting until I can’t fight no more,” Mosley said. “I want to fight all the top guys out there and give fans what they deserve. That’s what I’m there for. It’s a great feeling to be able to go out in front of millions of people all over the world, thousands of people in the arena, so they can see a spectacular show. “One of our greatest sports is boxing. I want to give back.” Mosley is looking for a “spectacular” performance against Collazo. But it’s not going to be easy. Even though it appears Collazo might be off in his assessment of Mosley, don’t expect him to come into the fight overconfident. He was a tough nut for Ricky Hatton to crack last May in Boston, and he figures to be equally tough tonight. Collazo lost his World Boxing Association welterweight belt to Hatton via narrow, yet unanimous decision. Most experts expected Hatton to walk through Collazo, but Collazo gave as good as he got and even had Hatton hurt late. There were cries from many ports of another incorrect decision. It was a very solid performance by Collazo (27-2, 13 KOs). According to his manager/trainer Nirmal Lorrick, Collazo slowed Hatton’s career. Hatton has had one fight since, and he took the International Boxing Federation junior welterweight belt from Juan Urango last month via wide decision. Hatton looked little like the terror who took apart Kostya Tszyu in an 11th-round technical knockout in June 2005, however. “Everybody saw what happened with Luis and Hatton and knows that Luis beat him,” Lorrick said. “Hatton’s whole camp knows that. That’s why Hatton’s back at (junior welterweight). I don’t think Ricky is the same fighter anymore.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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RCMP searching for stolen generator

first_imgFort St. John RCMP is looking for a stolen generator after one was taken from a construction area in Taylor. It’s believed the item was taken sometime between 8 p.m. last night, and 7 a.m. this morning.The 2012 multi-quip Whisper Watch was taken from a site located at East Pine Avenue and 100A Street. Cables that were connected to the generator were found to be cut and it was moved by a vehicle.The unit is bi-axle mounted and valued at $35,000. It’s white in colour with United Rentals decals on both sides, and has a large red number 45 on the rear panel.- Advertisement -Anyone with information is asked to call 250-787-8100. To remain anonymous you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.last_img read more

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Council receives an update on property tax collection

first_imgDuring the month of May 9,423 tax notices were printed and mailed out.The due date for 2019 taxes was July, 2nd with a collection of 83.67 percent at that time of $50,085,226.98 tax receivable issued on May 23, 2019.A rate of 2.77 percent has been the only rate increase over the past 10 year period although there has been a 26.1 percent increase in the number of properties withinthe City’s boundaries.Payment to the City of Fort St John for property taxes is done through online payments and pre-authorized monthly debits. It is shared in the report residents are also taking advantage of emailing their signed homeowner grants and City staff are working hard to bring electronic homeowner grant capability for City residents in the near future.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The staff of the Finance department for the City of Fort St. John provided Council with an update on the amount of tax revenue collected by the July 2 deadline for 2019.There are 9,220 properties within the City of Fort St John boundaries. The City’s tax base has grown over the past ten years by 1,906 properties or 26.1 percent with an additional 106 properties in 2019 from 2018.- Advertisement -Included in the total number of properties, includes those that are exempt properties that are not levied for taxes which brings the tax base for tax revenue to 8,944 propertiesin 2019.There was a decrease in total taxes levied from 2018 at $522,434.64 compared to 2019 numbers of $50,085,226.98City general taxes included in the overall receivable is down $37,694.30 compared to 2018 at $28,536,472.19.According to the report the remaining portion of taxes levied will be distributed at 100 percent to other jurisdictions including School, Hospital, Municipal Finance Authority, BC Assessment Authority and Peace River Regional District.Advertisementlast_img read more

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