Northwestern B.C. regional district to select chair tonight

The Kitimat-Stikine Regional District has six municipal directors and six from rural areas.

Terrace city councillor Stacey Tyers says she plans to seek reelection for a second term as chair of the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine at the vote happening this evening at the regional district’s December meeting.

The regional district is made up of two municipal councillors from Terrace, one councillor each from Kitimat, New Hazelton, Hazelton and Stewart and six directly-elected board directors Thornhill, the rural area surrounding Terrace and south to Kitimat, the Nass Valley, the Hazelton rural area, Dease Lake and the rural area taking in Iskut, Bob Quinn and Telegraph Creek.

The rural directors are elected for four years but municipal directors are chosen annually by their respective councils.

Tyers is running again for the regional district chair position based on her election at the City of Terrace’s Nov. 30 council meeting to be one of Terrace’s two councillors to sit on the regional district board.

Tyers likened the regional district chair position to that of a mayor of a municipality.

“It’s similar to being the mayor of a municipality,” she said of the duties of the chair. “You need to sign off on all the documents, you need to attend all the events, you need to run the meeting.”

Last year Tyers was up against Harry Nyce Sr. who represents the Nass Valley on the regional district board. He was then chosen to be vice chair.

Also returning to the regional district board as a Terrace representative is councillor James Cordeiro. Councillor Sean Bujtas was unsuccessful in a bid to be one of the two representatives.

A second vote to choose Terrace councillors to fill in for Tyers and Cordeiro in case of their absence saw Bujtas and Lynne Christiansen selected. Councillor Michael Prevost also ran.

It was decided that Bujtas would be the alternate for Cordeiro and Christiansen will fill in for Tyers in case of absence.

In addition to her Terrace and regional duties, Tyers is also chair of the Northwest B.C. Resource Benefits Alliance, the grouping of local governments from the coast to Vanderhoof which is seeking a share of the taxes from regional resource industries now going to the provincial government.