1M a year during Site C construction A 50 unit affordable housing block, a potential new water supply, one new police officer, and $1 million a year for the city, with another $100,000 for area non profits.
Those are some of the bigger items in a multi million dollar draft agreement the City of Fort St. John is poised to sign with BC Hydro over the $8.8 billion Site C dam. Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman and council unveiled the details of the long awaited community measures agreement with the Crown utility Wednesday evening at the Kids Arena Fieldhouse before a crowd of around 30 people. Ackerman told the crowd in her opening remarks that city council's approach to negotiations with BC Hydro needed to be "pragmatic." "We understood right from the get go that our policies and our bylaws didn't supersede the project," she said. "We needed to ensure that we were being proactive and looking to promote and protect our community because this project is only seven kilometres from our downtown." An artist's rendering of the Site C dam. For the most part, much of the agreement is a reiteration of details first revealed in 2014 during public hearings on the dam. For example, BC Hydro's then "final offer" of $1 million a year to city coffers during construction remains in place. However, BC Hydro will pay an additional 3.5 per cent compounded each year of coach outlet 2009 construction, which is expected to take eight years. The city plans to funnel that money straight into reserves for future capital infrastructure. "We know that our RCMP building is going to need to be renovated, built anew, (or) added onto. There are sport facilities that people are asking for. When we started this conversation, a lot of these hadn't come up," Ackerman said. Putting the money into reserves to help build new facilities will decrease future debt loads on taxpayers, Ackerman added. The city will also see another $125 million over the next 70 years through BC Hydro's "legacy fund" for the Peace River Regional District, in which BC Hydro will pay the PRRD $2.4 million annually, indexed to inflation, for 70 years after the dam becomes operational. Ackerman stressed the current council has not made any decisions on how to spend the $125 million, noting that will be for future councils to decide. Meanwhile, BC Hydro will put $100,000 per year for eight years into a community fund for non profit agencies in communities impacted by the dam. Details of that fund are still developing. BC Hydro will also give $75,000 to one or more charities agreed to by the city. Hydro has already given $200,000 to the Salvation Army Northern Centre of Hope, and has committed $25,000 each to Sky's Place and the Meaope Transition House for women. "We know there's going to be a social impact," Ackerman said. The city has secured access to the dam's reservoir for future domestic coach outlet locations 53 water needs. As part of the deal, the city will be able to withdraw water from the reservoir at no charge, if it chooses to tap the reservoir as a new water supply source. The city already sources its water from the Peace River through groundwater wells downstream of the where the dam is being built. However, a 50 year growth study for the city released last coach outlet stores kenosha year warned of a water shortfall without facility upgrades or a new water source in place by 2018. The city is already at capacity with its current supply, and has been drawing on reserve reservoirs to meet peak daily demands, according to the study. While Charlie Lake has been tapped as an interim supply source, the study noted that the quantity and quality of the water only make the lake a short term solution. BC Hydro is currently paying to monitor the city's water for quality and quantity and will continue to do so. "Water is important and we needed to make sure we were looking after our water," Ackerman said. The city adds that it will hold BC Hydro to a commitment to develop a master plan for the reservoir. "There are several aspects of this project that are still waiting for plans," Ackerman said. BC Hydro is coach outlet canada locations currently using 237 acres of land on 85th Avenue as a quarry to mine up to 4.8 million cubic metres of core material that will be used to build the earthen dam. Hydro's takeover of the land, which the city had been eyeing for light industrial use in a boundary expansion, was estimated to cost the city $2.8 million in forgone tax revenue over the course of the dam's construction, public hearings were told in 2014.
Under the community measures agreement, the city says BC Hydro will support its application to bring the land into its borders post construction. BC Hydro will provide a $50,000 grant to the local government responsible for the land post construction to develop a site master plan. "Once they pull all the aggregate out for the dam, it's going to need to be redeveloped," Ackerman said.
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