Delayed permit holds back CM Finch from getting a portable

A portable is all ready to go for CM Finch Elementary, but a permit is holding the school back from actually installing it.

It was built to address the projected increase in enrollment Finch is expect to see this upcoming school year.

Now, the board is waiting for the go-ahead from the city to install the portable, and in the mean time, has asked the administration to make adjustments to accommodate students until then.

“New rules and regulations from the city’s perspective for any additions to facility have to be met, and at this point, after a couple of months, we’re still not there in getting all those things done.” said Secretary Treasurer Doug Boyd, who calls the process ‘onerous’.

The school board hired an architect to help expedite the process – Boyd hopes the board will get the permit shortly, and ensures the portable is being well-maintained so it is ready to move the second the school board gets the permit.

Edit: Julie Rogers with the City of Fort St. John provided more information about the regulations in place regarding this situation.

“According the Architectural Act all school buildings require an architect and that information was not provided to the City at the time of the building permit application.

As the plan for the portable is to be attached to the school building the school district must submit the proper requirements under the Act.

The original application was submitted several months ago however it was not in compliance with the requirements in the Act.

The City is working hard to ensure compliance with the Act as the safety of Fort St. John citizens is a top priority.

Appropriate documentation was received by the City on Wednesday August 12th and is now under review.”

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