Telkwa Village Office’s main sign. (File photo)

Telkwa Village Office’s main sign. (File photo)

Telkwa council briefs: Regular meeting, April 13, 2021

Village receives Consolidated Financial Statements; closes right of way between First and Second Sts

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

It may seem counterintuitive given the circumstances of the past year, but 2020 was a very good one for the Village of Telkwa financially.

That is the conclusion of the village’s auditor.

Al McCreary of Edmison Mehr Chartered Professional Accountants delivered Telkwa’s Consolidated Financial Statements to council at its regular meeting April 13.

The bottom line, McCreary reported is the village had an accumulated surplus of $22.8 million as of the end of 2020 and $2 million cash in the bank.

McCreary noted Telkwa was one of the many communities, mostly smaller ones that do not provide major services such as an airport or arena, that actually benefited from COVID-19 funding. Smithers, for example, was hit hard by losses of revenue including a $975,000 shortfall for the airport.

“The village has never been in better shape, financially,” he said.

The cash-on-hand is largely a result of the unspent portion of the Village’s Northern Capital and Planning grant received in 2019 from the Province, McCreary told council.

HIGHWAY CLOSURE

Council has adopted a bylaw to close a portion of a highway right of way between First and Second Streets.

Earlier in the regular meeting April 13 approved an amendment to change the wording in a bylaw to extend the area covered by the closure further to the north.

The reason for the original closure is the Village has a party interested in purchasing a portion of the land through which the right of way passes.

Following passage of first and second readings of the bylaw in March, staff recognized the additional section of the right of way not included in the subject parcel, also has potential uses hampered by the highway dedication.

“It will just give us some more options for that land in the future,” explained Lev Hartfeil, director of operations.

In a report to council, Hartfeil noted the owners of the land adjacent to the additional portion of right of way have expressed interest in purchasing the land.

Just Posted

Comox Valley medical clinics are all open, including the availability to book face-to-face care (i.e. for a physical examination) as per your clinic’s protocol (most clinics operate a “virtual care first” policy). ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Northern Health launches virtual primary care clinic

Northerners without a family physician or nurse practitioner will now have access to primary care

Demonstrators lined Hwy 16 May 5 to mark the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Deb Meissner photo)
VIDEO: Smithers gathering marks Red Dress Day honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls

Approximately 70 people lined Hwy 16, drumming, singing and holding up placards

“Skeena,” by John Hudson and Paul Hanslow is one of five fonts in the running to become the default for Microsoft systems and Office programs. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Font named after Skeena River could become the next Microsoft default

One of the five new fonts will replace Calibri, which has been Microsoft’s default since 2007

The road to Telegraph Creek (Hwy 51) was closed April 15 due to a washout. On May 4, the road was opened to light-duty passenger vehicles during specific times. (BC Transportation and Infrastructure/Facebook)
Telegraph Creek Road opens for light-duty vehicles

Road has been closed since April 15 due to a washout

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clot after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Signage for ICBC, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, is shown in Victoria, B.C., on February 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
$150 refunds issued to eligible customers following ICBC’s switch to ‘enhanced care’

Savings amassed from the insurance policy change will lead to one-time rebates for close to 4 million customers

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Police investigate a fatal 2011 shooting in a strip mall across from Central City Shopping Centre, which was deemed a gang hit. The Mayor’s Gang Task Force zeroed in on ways to reduce gang involvement and activity. (File photo)
COVID-19 could be a cause in public nature of B.C. gang violence: expert

Martin Bouchard says the pandemic has changed people’s routines and they aren’t getting out of their homes often, which could play a role in the brazen nature of shootings

Tinder, an online dating application that allows users to anonymously swipe to like or dislike other’s profiles. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. man granted paternity test to see if Tinder match-up led to a ‘beautiful baby’

The plaintiff is seeking contact with the married woman’s infant who he believes is his child

Nurse Tami Arnold prepares to administer a COVID-19 vaccine. (Kareem Elgazzar/AP)
B.C. adults 30+ now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19

Health officials made the announcement Wednesday afternoon

Ancient Forest Alliance campaigner Andrea Inness walks beside an enormous western red cedar stump in a BCTS-issued cutblock in the Nahmint Valley. (PHOTO COURTESY TJ WATT)
Watchdog: logging practices put Vancouver Island old growth, biodiversity at risk

Forest Practices Board has issues with BC Timber Sales practices in Nahmint Valley near Port Alberni

Erik Christian Oun, who worked for the Coquitlam school district, has had his teaching licence suspended for half a year. (Pixabay)
B.C. teacher suspended after calling students ‘cutie’ and ‘sweetheart’ in online messages

Erik Oun’s licence has been suspended for half a year, a decision made by the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation

Most Read