During Monday’s council meeting, the City of Fort St. John was presented with their Communities in Bloom certificate and evaluation, from co-chairs of the Communities in Bloom committee Karen Mason-Bennett, and Candace Peever.
The city earned a grade of 3 out of 5 blooms, or 0.67%. 64% – 72% is considered 3 blooms.
Cities are graded on 6 different categories: Tidiness, Environmental Action, Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscape, and Floral Displays.
Candace Peever said when they came to look at the City in July, the judges saw it as very tidy, adding that they were impressed the City was so clean despite the long winters and there was very few amounts of litter.
Peever added that they were very receptive of the City’s environmental efforts as well — a special mention on the report went to the City’s Passive House.
The City’s highest score was in Heritage Conservation, with 109 out of 150 points — or 73%.
The judges reference Councillor Larry Evans’ knowledge of the area, having grown up in Fort St. John, and praise Heather Sjoblom of the North Peace Museum for the Night at the Museum event.
The judges also sent a registration pack for 2016. The date that the judges would attend for 2016’s evaluation is in July, but not confirmed yet.