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2022 Annual Report of Regional District of Bulkley Nechako

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako officially released their 2022 Annual Report
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Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has released their 2022 Annual Report. (File photo)

The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) has released their 2022 Annual Report highlighting all their accomplished projects throughout last year.

The report also includes all their financial statements from 2022 Audited Financial Statements.

Mark Parker, RDBN Board Chair said, “We are very happy with our accomplishment in 2o22. The document will give the public a detailed look at the scope of services the RDBN provides to our residents, while also showcasing the natural beauty of our area to those outside the region.”

Within the report, several major projects have been highlighted including the Smithers-Laidlaw Commuter Trail construction, the Knockholt Landfill expansion, and the Cluculz Lake Fire Hall completion.

The construction of the Smithers-Laidlaw Commuter Trail will connect Smithers and Telkwa. The Cycle 16 Connector trail has been budgeted $1,000,000 and funded by the BC Growing Communities. The project’s first phase has recently paved 12 kilometers from Bulkley River Bridge to Laidlaw Frontage Road.

The new fire hall comes with a training facility and a better storage facility for fire fighting equipment. This training facility will help train all the time for emergencies and their new equipment will help them pump water directly from lakes. Having abundant water helps firefighters fight fires and save lives.

RDBN has funded a $200,000 Knockholt Landfill expansion project about 12 km east of Houston, which is also the last stop for all the trash collectors from all six towns within Smithers and Southside. The landfill will hold garbages within the next five years and is expected to last till 2063.

Additional information within the report also includes the completion of 2022 Hazard and Risk Vulnerability Assessment and detailed information on regional 911 call volumes.

The 2022 Hazard and Risk Vulnerability Assessment states there were a total number of 57 potential hazards assessed after determining the likelihood of consequence scores. Among them, Vanderhoof and Fraser Lake scored the highest, and Burns Lake and Smithers scored the least.

Copies of the report are available at the Regional District Office and also online at www.rdbn.bc.ca.