Terrace City Staff received plaques and accolades last Council meeting, April 14, from the South Side Flood Protection Committee. Diana Penner, speaking on behalf of the entire Committee, drew references to the current Red River Valley flood in Manitoba while speaking about the flood Terrace experienced in 2007.
“We’re here to celebrate,” she began as she pointed to other members that joined her in the City Council Chambers; Gene O’Brian, Tina Brower and Doug & Rita Ames. “Tonight we would like to give thanks to the City of Terrace for approving the 2.5 million dollars that we ended up being able to apply to erosion and flood protection for the South Side of Terrace.”
Calling it a small token, she presented the Mayor of Terrace, Dave Pernarowski, with an engraved plaque, ‘bearing in mind’ she stated that it was the last Council that approved this and expressed that she hoped this new Council would carry on the tradition of ‘protecting and safeguarding’.
Her highest praise however was for the City’s Director of Public Works, Herb Dusdal. Using terms such as ‘ecstatic’ and ‘exemplary’, Penner heaped praise upon the efforts of the City’s Public Works staff, those they contracted for assistance and in particular Dusdal.
“[We are] very very pleased by the conduct of Herb Dusdal’s team and,” turning to face Dusdal, “we want to especially acknowledge your team Herb,” she continued by presenting him with a plaque and read the engraving out loud.
“The South Side Flood Protection Committee acknowledges the Exemplary work,” and she paused to reiterate ‘and we do believe that this was exemplary’ continued, “facilitated by the Terrace Public Works for the erosion dyke project 2008 – 2009, which reinforced portions of the Skeena River North bank to protect South side residents from potential erosion and flood risk.”
The audience in attendance, (the Council chambers was standing room only as all the chairs were taken), broke out in spontaneous applause
Video of entire presentation can be seen HERE
The Council chambers was packed and the walls adorned with pictures of the flood regions in 2007
Councillor Brian Downie looks at the plaque presented to the City for the efforts of the previous Council, that which Downie was part of.
Terrace Mayor David Pernarowski accepts a plaque from Diana Penner of the South Side Flood Protection Committee, on behalf of the City.