SAO Talks Election, Liquor Store and Infrastructure in Behchoko

Government Office in Behchoko


The official election in Behchoko is still before the courts. Leon Lafferty challenged the results after the election was completed. The court gave Mr. Lafferty an extension until July 28th because his application was incomplete. Subsequently, Lafferty was given an extension extension until August the 11th.

Community Government of Behchoko Senior Administrative Officer Larry Baran says it will be a couple of weeks before we know what will happen regarding the election.

The complainent, Mr. Lafferty is looking for a new general election to happen in Behchoko.

The election was held June the 12th. Baran adds Lafferty is calling for a full general re-election.
Anyone in the community has 60 days to appeal the election results. Behchoko also may be getting a liquor store in the future.
Senior Administrative Officer Larry Baran said he believes Behchoko could responsibly operate a liquor store in the community.

Baran says Behchoko is a large enough community to support and sustain a liquor store.

He believes that too much money is spent by residents who buy illegal alcohol or bootlegged into Behchoko.

Baran adds bootlegging is a problem in the Tlicho region and that a liquor store in Behchoko would go a long way to eliminate that issue.

The infrasture in Behchoko is also getting a boost. The Public Works six bay garage will be added to the existing four bay garage.

The Trudeau government has allocated $1.2 million dollars towards this project.

Baran says the garage project is essential to store large equipment that is used by the town. The agreement with the Federal Government in the garage project is the federal government kicks in 75% of the costs and the municipality of Behchoko contributes 25%.

Baran also says another infrastructure project the community is looking at seriously is a new swimming pool. The former swimming pool in Edzo burned down on October 12th of 2014 in the early morning hours. Baran says replacing that pool is another major infrastructure goal of the community.

About the Author

Daniel MacKenzie
Returning to the airwaves after a 9 year absence, Dan MacKenzie worked as a news director in Rocky Mountain House Alberta and Thompson Manitoba. As well as a lead morning news anchor in Prince George and lead afternoon news anchor in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. As well, Dan worked the evening sports desk from 1998 to 2000 in Winnipeg. Dan did his journalism education at Red River College, completing in 1997.

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