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Merry-ChristmasThe print version of the Winter 2012 edition of Steelhead Community Matters is available for pickup at the bulletin board at Cardinal & Ainsworth. An online version of the newsletter is downloadable here.

The newsletter includes:

  • Chair’s Report from the Chair & Co-Chair (also included below)
  • Steelhead High Speed Internet & Cellular Update
  • Christmas Baking Recipes

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”…..it’s that joyous time of year again and one of our favourite holiday seasons! We’re also “Dreaming of a White Christmas” so be prepared by having extra batteries, candles, water and gas on hand. Power outages can last anywhere from an hour to a few days in Steelhead. The number to call to report power outages or to receive an up-date is BC HYDRO TROUBLE 1-888-769-3766.

The issue of road safety has been raised many times this past year however it is even more of a concern now that winter is upon us.  Black ice is very common and much more prevalent in Steelhead because of our higher altitude and the days are shorter so darkness makes it very difficult to see. So please everyone slow down and be very careful and stay out of the walking strip along Cardinal Street.

During heavy snowfalls, if you have to park on the road, please ensure that you pull off  far enough to allow the snowplow to do its job. Also regularly dig out your vehicle so it doesn’t get blocked in by heavy drifts of snow as this can make the road single lane and almost impassable, which makes more difficult for emergency vehicles to get though when/if needed. Thank you for doing your part to help make Steelhead a safe and wonderful community to live in.

TEAL-JONES has wrapped up their logging for this year and will hold another community meeting in January to discuss their plans for 2013. Thanks to them we now have plywood for building the kitchen cabinets plus fencing material for the community hall which we will erect in the spring.

The District of Mission is actively logging at the end of Campbell Street so please slow down and watch out for the loaded logging trucks. Another load of logs has been donated for us to sell as FIREWOOD so anyone interested, please call Roger at 604 826-5367.

RURAL ACREAGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL: There will be a delegation and first reading sometime in January at the District of Mission council chambers by the developer for the amended proposal asking for re-zoning of an 80 acre parcel of land in Steelhead.  Check Council chamber dates on the District of Mission’s web-site and/or the local paper. The Developer has advised the Board that a website will be up soon so that any inquiries can be sent directly to him.  The link will be posted on our website when available.

BC HYDRO: Construction for BC Hydro’s new Interior to Lower Mainland (ILM) Transmission line began in August. The new 500 kilovolt transmission line will expand the capacity of the transmission system that brings power from generation sources in the North and Southern Interior so that BC Hydro can deliver energy to homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The planned in-service date is January 2015.

Current transmission line activities along the 247 kilometre route between Merritt and Coquitlam are focused on access road improvements; vegetation and tree clearing along the right-of-way; and installation of tower foundations.

For more overall information about the project or to view the Project Update, please visit www.bchydro.com/ilm_transmission. If you have any questions, please contact BC Hydro by email at stakeholderengagement@bchydro.com or phone 604-623-4472 or toll-free: 1-866-647-3334.

COMMUNITY HALL UPDATE: Progress continues to be made on the hall albeit on Steelhead time. Hopefully in the New Year there will be renewed energy and more people will be able to volunteer some time and energy in order to help complete this important project for the Steelhead community.

We have received inquiries from interested parties already wanting to rent the hall so we are very hopeful that soon we won’t have to turn them away due to the hall not being finished. Any day of the week if you have some spare time, be it weekdays or on the weekend, there are plenty of jobs still to be done. Please contact Mark 604-826-1558 or Roger 604-826-5367.

And now with the holidays just around the corner, we would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a New Year of great health and happiness.

Mark and Cindy Diamond
Chair & Co-Chair, Steelhead Community Association