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Regional District approves plan to reopen reuse sheds

The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako has approved the reopening of the Districts reuse sheds in principal.

Last week the Board of Directors received a risk control survey from the Municipal Insurance Association of BC which outlined several recommendations and measures that would need to be taken to reopen the sheds in a safe manner.

The report recommended staffing and limited hours at the sheds so an attendant could have “final say in determination of acceptability of items in the reuse shed”

Mattresses, couches and other upholstered furniture will not be allowed due to the possibility of bed bugs.

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Items with safety certifications like car seats, booster seats and helmets will not be accepted. Neither will children’s cribs, strollers, high chairs etc or other items with safety standards.

“So we are hoping to have, sooner than later, to have the resuse sheds reopened. So the plan is to get them back up and running and quickly as we can.” Board Chair Bill Miller says

However Miller says it will be up to the individual areas and municipalities to decide if they want to spend the extra money needed to open the sheds.

Vanderhoof council will be discussing reuse sheds at tonight’s council meeting, but Mayor Theissen says he is optimistic they will find the money there.

“My sense, is what I’m hearing in the community is they would like to see those re use sheds up and open and managed in as safe a manner as they can.”

Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach, Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen and Director Mark Fisher  have already committed the money to re open the shed in ‘Area A’

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