City staff will now draft a bylaw for the creation of the Commission, which will outline what powers it will have.
Although council approved moving forward, there was some question of whether it was sufficiently shown that there is support in the community. The city has been canvassing the community since March, asking for feedback on Facebook, community websites, magazines and newspapers as well as direct letters to relevant parties.
It received responses from 11 residents, with 10 in favour of the commission and one against, as well as 52 responses to a Facebook poll, with 52 for and 17 against. Those 63 people represent less than 0.2 per cent of Fort St. John's population, something that at least one councillor has a problem with. Lori Ackerman argued that, "we're deeming that there's sufficient community support, and when I look at the report, I don't deem that at all."
Dawson Creek has a similar athletic commission, that makes the rules and maitains control over the appointments and permits. Council would decide what control its commission would have through its bylaw.
The next step is to confirm who will be on the commission and to prepare a draft bylaw to be reviewed by council.