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Leq’a:mel First Nation

Cntd. Chief’s Update

membership loud and clear to “enforce policy” when it came to addressing tenants who refused to pay rent, who have not met with the Residential Property clerk to make arrangements for addressing their arrears situation. As Council we reconirmed this commitment to the membership at the April 29th meeting and again at our recent Council meeting that we will stand by policy. I have also encouraged fellow council members that if we have community members approach us about “getting a letter of eviction” we will then refer them to speak with the RPC to make arrangements or to sign a new agreement. This Council fully supports the enforcement of Policy by the RPC and will do what is necessary to be accountable to the 420 members it represents. Another key area that we will be working on to address the social housing deicit (which I will call a Deicit Recovery Plan) is to focus on only addressing repairs that are necessary to maintain the home to a liveable standard, to work with tenants who are in arrears on a repayment plan, and to support the RPC with policy enforcement. This is just a start to addressing what the housing program owes the band as a whole. The debt didn’t accumulate overnight, so I don’t expect that it would be recovered overnight. But with membership support for policy enforcement we will get there. Land Code implementation/BC Hydro and TELUS permit: As some of you may recall we hit a bit of a hurdle with Hydro and TELUS back in November of last year. As Hydro and TELUS look for more certainty over being able to service our reserves part of the process is to ensure we have up to date permits that allow them to enter our reserves to do the work. We were going along ine until our two sewer projects ran into a stumbling block AKA BC Hydro. They were not prepared to energize the two projects with out a new permit in place. As we met with BC Hydro and TELUS to discuss what our next steps would be; Council has been working with Legal Counsel, at Hydro’s expense, on the appropriate wording that would encompass the best interests of the band. A number of new issues emerged and as we work towards having these addressed this meant having the implementation of our Land Code set aside. We are rounding the corner of ironing out the last few details of the permit, once this is signed off the Minister of Indian Affairs will then sign off the Individual Agreement which will trigger not only the funding but a number of tasks which we will need to come together to conclude. So as we ramp up to do these tasks, one of the biggest one that needs to be dealt with from Council to the Administration level is to post for the Lands Manager position. This position will have very deined responsibilities, must have the necessary skills and qualiications for the position and will be a key person in the process for the development of our Land Use plan, for the coordination of our Lands committee and for working towards the matrimonial real property law. This posting should be out fairly quickly and the turn around and

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Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009  

Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009

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