Although that’s potentially 10 years away, Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman is already stressing the importance of the community’s input into how the funds should be used.
“This agreement really is the result of collaboration from the region and discussions with our residents,” she says. “Our residents informed us that, if this project were to go ahead, they would want it to generate a lasting legacy for the community. We listened and this agreement is the result of those discussions.”
The City will be looking to hear from the community, for the future consideration of council in 2023.
Ackerman, who sits as a director for the PRRD, adds another benefit of having penned this agreement is that Regional District can now turn its attention to negotiating agreements specific to the direct impacts the dam would have on the community. Community Relations Manager for the Site C Clean Energy Project David Conway said Thursday that there is still the potential for agreements for mitigation measures with individual communities like FortSt. John, Taylor and Hudson’s Hope.