City reneges on fire prote~tion agreement

the City and CRD reached an agreement Cariboo Advisor It would seem the in November which he City of Williams Lake said saw the City agree is trying to upstage the - to offer a five-year, Grinch this Christmas. approximately $130 After, supposedly per $100,000 accessed agreeing to a deal in value contract for fringe writing and a costly residents, as set out in a referendum run by formalletter, the CRD, the City of Fringe area residents Williams Lake is, appar- - even took to the polls in a referendum Nov. 24 to ently trying to back out of its fire protection deal overwhelmingly support _ with the CRD and its the deal. Last week _however, fringe residents, leaving regional staff stunned on Dec. 12, Richmond said he received a letand scrambling to find ter from the City which a solution. "It's fair to say every- stated it no longer one is shocked that the wanted to make that deal, but instead could City is not -honouring their commitment outoffer a one-year, $147 lined in the letter," said per $100,000 assessed CRD chairperson AI value contract for fringe Richmond. fire protection, bringing Richmond said -up the City's forecasted

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annual revenue from find the letter from the the fringe fire protection CRD "strong,'; and one agreement from approxthat raises the threat of imately $550,000 to legal action should they $620,000. renege on their initial "It's disappointing agreement. (to have this happen), "We will leave particularly just before no stone unturned Christmas," Richmond to provide that (fire said. protection) service," "It makes it very Richmond said. difficult to do business Richmond said the with them." CRD does not want to For its part, the City - _engage in a fight with issued a one-line statethe City, and for riow are rnent on the matter. waiting to hear council's "The City has response after its meetreceived further coring tonight - which respondence from takes place after The the Cariboo Regional Advisor's press deadline. District, which Council "We'll have to wait will consider tomorand see," he said. row evening in a closed The - CRD won't be 'meeting,' stated the waiting long however, as City. the current agreement _It's quite likely in for fire protection runs that councillors will out Dec. 31.-

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Bag of pot thrown at prisoner
Angie Mindus
Cariboo Advisor A woman has likely landed herself in some legal trouble under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act, after tossing her commonhusband a bag of weed during court proceedings. The bizarre event took place yesterday in Williams Lake Provincial Court while a hearing was being police officer I've seen, conducted for the incustody man for outand heard of a number standing warrants. The of odd criminal offencman's partner apparbut I .have to admit ently "tookthe oppor- - this is definitely one of - tunity to throw -a bag the- stranger ones," said of marijuana- into the Brown. "It's important for prisoner's box where he was seated." people to remember that drug trafficking Brown said the incident was witnessed by charges are ve~y serithose in the courtroom ous. Hopefully, this and she' awas arrested woman will leahl her at the scene for traflesson and not commit ficking. other criminal acts in ,"II}i: niY~ ~mrne ,.as the future."",~ . 'J<-.:ff" _,~ ::-,,··~·t ~~ ,. i

No strike at Gibraltar
At 4:58 p.m. last night, Gibraltar Mine management and the CAW Negotiating Committee reached a tentative deal averting a strike at Gibraltar Mine. Work will continue as usual by union members as the deal ipaEi/Jed,:,,»_ ,,_,:

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