Archive for ◊ November, 2014 ◊

• Friday, November 14th, 2014

With regard to the proposal for water and sewer in the four electoral areas.

As the Director for Area E, I hear you loud and clear and I promise you that I will take your concerns back for discussion and action before any decision on this subject is made.  You have given me the ammunition I need to make sure that your concerns are addressed. Following are some of the concerns that I have heard at ALL the Area E meetings.  I will be bringing these forward at the next PRRD board meeting. Thank you for your input in this consultation process and call me at 250-242-8047 if there are any points I have missed or with any questions or concerns.

  1. Area E residents have stated emphatically that they are in opposition to the proposal as they feel there is not going to benefit them
  2. They don’t need this because they have spent thousands of dollars on developing our own sewer lagoons and do not want to support providing sewer services for others. Nobody helped them pay for their lagoons.  Why should they be forced to help others pay for their sewage disposal or water as there is currently no consideration being given by Chetwynd or Dawson Creek to stop providing service to Area E residents.
  3. Residents should not have to go out and find 10% of the voters to oppose this proposal. They are content with the way things are now and are not looking for any change. The Alternate Approval Process forces the residents to do the leg work and spend their own time and money to force a referendum or stop this proposal.
  4. The AAP is like saying to us, you do the leg work and even if you find 10 % of the eligible voters to oppose there will probably be a referendum.  Might as well go to referendum and scrap the AAP.
  5. They don’t like to be lumped in with the rest of the electoral areas as it means the most heavily populated area, which is also the area that requires the service, will probably win the vote.
  6. Why is this proposed to occur on land and improvements:  Sounds like double taxation.  If residents are not asking for something, don’t push it on them and tax them for it.










• Friday, November 14th, 2014

Well…here we are, the day before the election! Here is another question I was asked by media and my answer.On a related note, the NEBC Resource Municipalities Coalition has faced accusations from a few rural directors of being at best, redundant, and at worst a rival to the PRRD. How do you feel about the new coalition? What opportunities, if any, do you see for co-operation between the new coalition and the PRRD? Finally, what steps, if any, do you think the PRRD should take in the next term to promote the federative concept of regional districts?
One thing I can say after being involved in politics for over 10 years is that elected officials will generally do what they feel is best for the area and the people they represent. Although I do see redundancies, if this Coalition is what the Mayors feel is best for their communities, then I wish them well. The issues we will work together on will be the issues which represent both rural and municipal interests. I know that as a Director I’m always willing to work with other levels of government or other organizations to ensure that Area E resident’s best interests are served. So, if that was the intent of a co-operative initiative, then I would be more than willing to be part of that. If I felt that in any way this would hinder the interests of the residents of Area E or the PRRD, I would be a strong voice in opposition. Probably the best way for the PRRD to promote the federative concept of Regional Districts is for us to continue operating within the mandate we have been given by the Provincial Government and when the newly elected workshops are held, ensuring all newly elected representatives are educated as to how Regional Districts came into being, what a Regional District’s mandate is and how a Regional District operates.

• Monday, November 10th, 2014

For those of you looking for daily updates visit my Facebook page at  Jerrilyn Schembri Area E Peace River Regional District.

I was asked to name three things I would like to be remembered for accomplishing over the next four years, if elected, and why.
1. I would like to be remembered as being someone who genuinely cares for the people of Area E. I have lived in the Peace for 25 years, this is my home. I want to be part of making this area the best it can be.

2. I want to be remembered as a person who found positive solutions to difficult problems. I want to be remembered as someone who listened to the people and worked with them to bring their vision to fruition, and not as someone who imposed my vision on them.

3. People moved to Area E for a specific reason and I think it is instrumental that we work as a regional board to maintain that quality of living. I want to be remembered as a person who worked well with staff, residents, and all levels of government to accomplish this.

Only 5 days until the general election! Does anyone have any other thoughts on what I could be doing to reach people? I am phoning, my cards are at the community centre restaurant, social media, signs, radio ads, coffee talk and REMEMBER my open house on November 10th. Let me know if you have any other ideas. I really appreciate all of you spreading the word as well.

Tuesday I will take a day off to pay regards to those who fought for us so that we would have the freedom to vote. These brave men, women and fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor – and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.

My Grandfather World War II.