BC Hydro to pay Ft. St. John at least a Million a Year During Site C Construction
Ft. St. John, B.C. – It has been years in the making, but there is finally a deal between the City of Fort St. John and B.C. Hydro over the impacts of the construction of Site C.
With up to 1500 workers to be on the Site C job at peak construction, the City of Ft. St. John has expressed concerns on its ability to deal with the impacts of such a large work force in the community. The City has long expressed concerns about stresses on infrastructure.
The new Community Measures Agreement is an agreement in principle and will see BC Hydro paying the City $1 million a year during each year of construction, an amount that will be boosted by 3.5% per year.
Other cash components will see BCHydro contribute:
- $100,000 per year for eight years to a community fund to assist non-profit agencies in the Peace Region.
- $250,000 to local non-profits that provide emergency and transitional housing services, including the recent $200,000 donation to the Salvation Army’s Northern Centre of Hope.
- $75,000 this year to support local charities identified by the City.
- Approximately $430 thousand dollars of pre-purchase tickets for the use of Ft. ST. John recreation facilities over the course of construction.
- funding for one additional police officer to be based out of the Fort St. John RCMP detachment, and will also conduct regular traffic monitoring on local roads near the project.
The City of Fort St. John is presenting the deal to residents before it signs off on the agreement.