Category : Community Notices & Public Service Announcements

Information Bulletin: Road Closure for White River Complex wildfire

Effective immediately (Aug. 18, 2017) this closure applies to the White River Forest Service Road starting at the 32-kilometre mark and the White-East Fork Forest Service Road starting at the 60-kilometre mark. This means that no vehicles are permitted on these sections of road apart from industrial traffic.

BC Wildfire Service is reminding boaters to stay clear of firefighting aircraft

BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that they must stay clear of firefighting aircraft that are collecting water from lakes in the region, including Moyie Lake, Lake Koocanusa and Premier Lake.

Off-road vehicles restricted in back-country

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. In addition, all on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces.

What to do if you are evacuated from your home?

Whether you need to leave your home quickly due to an approaching fire, or because of rising flood waters, you should be aware of Evacuation Alerts and Orders, what they mean, and how to prepare yourself and your family.

Garbage Collection Enforcement Activities

The District of Sparwood has stepped up its enforcement regarding non-compliant residential garbage to mitigate the human-wildlife conflict and eliminate wind strewn garbage within the community. Please read the rest of this post to learn more about why the District has increased its enforcement of residential waste violations.

Notice to Bidders: Middletown Crossing DB2 Conduit Crossings

The District of Sparwood is accepting bids for Two (2) 75mm (3inch) DB2 Conduits Crossing Highway 3 by Trenchless Excavation. This is for the Middletown Crossing project.

Off-road vehicles restricted in backcountry!

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the operation of any offroad vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. This includes Sparwood and the Elk Valley. In addition, all on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces. View the official news release here.

2017 BC Day Stat

The Pool and Leisure Centre are closed Monday August 7th, 2017 for the BC Day Stat Holiday.

Development Variance Permit 2017-007: 182 Hemlock Road

Council for the District of Sparwood will at the Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on August 21, 2017 consider Development Variance Permit 2017-007 for 182 Hemlock Road (Lot 4 BK 3 DL 4589 Kootenay District Plan 3099 PID 014-981-572).

Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results

Council received a compiled report of the feedback received from the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey identifying the key findings, emerging trends from the previous survey conducted in 2015, and recommendations to address the comments received from the 216 households which completed the survey.

Media Release: Smoky Skies Bulletin Expanded to include Kootenays

The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has expanded the Smoky Skies Bulletin issued on Saturday 8th July due to forest fire smoke that is covering the area. The areas now covered are: Kinbasket, North Columbia, West Columbia, East Columbia Yoho Park- Kootenay Park, East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Elk Valley, Kootenay Lake, Arrow Lakes – Slocan Lake, Boundary, Okanagan, Similkameen, Nicola, Fraser Canyon, South Thompson, North Thompson, 100 Mile, Cariboo (North and South), and Chilcotin.

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BC Day Garbage Pick Up Schedule

BC Day Garbage Pickup Schedule

There will be no garbage pickup on Monday, August 7th, 2017.

Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017.

Campfires banned within the District of Sparwood

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017, SPARWOOD, BC – Effective 6:00 pm Mountain time on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, including the District of Sparwood, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION: MIDDLETOWN CROSSING – HIGHWAY 3/43 INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS – BC HYDRO ACCESS TRAIL

Construction activities for the access road for relocation of the overhead powerlines will commence on July 5, 2017.

Summer Swim Schedule (July 3 - August 20, 2017)

Cool off this summer at the Leisure Centre! Come out for an early morning swim, aquafit, lane swim, family swim, public swim, or free swims late afternoon on Fridays (4:00 - 5:30 pm) between July 3 and August 20, 2017.

Sparwood receives in excess of $100,000 from the Celebrate Canada Fund!

The District of Sparwood was one of many communities to receive funding from the 2017 Celebrate Canada Fund.  The $224,400 project includes $100,620 from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Community Infrastructure Program.  Four projects at the Leisure Centre will take place in the summer and fall of 2017.  Residents will see a new pickleball and tennis court surface and a new indoor play centre at the pool.  The aquatic centre will also receive a new salt water chlorination system and hot tub filter. All four projects are made possible with funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant.

NOTICE: Alternative Approval Process for Lease Agreement with School District No. 5

The District of Sparwood has initiated an Alternate Approval Process, otherwise known as a counter-petition, to obtain elector approval to enter into a 10-Year Lease Agreement with School District #5 for 1351 Ponderosa Drive for the installation of a multi-use outdoor facility to replace the tennis and basketball courts located in the Cherrywood subdivision.

NOTICE: Road Line Painting Work

UPDATE: Note that line painting will continue until the evening of July 3. Thanks to all residents for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience this has created.

The District of Sparwood is advising residents that road line painting work will be starting the night of June 26 and will continue each night until July 3. The District is requesting that residents please move vehicles off public roads in the evenings to avoid interfering with the line painting work. For more information please contact Public Works at 250.425.7760 or publicworks@sparwood.ca.

District Office Canada Day Weekend Closure

The District office will be recognizing Friday June 30th as our Canada Day Statutory Holiday and the office will be closed. We will be open as usual on Monday July 3rd – Don’t forget! Taxes are Due Tuesday July 4th, 2017. Penalties apply for any outstanding balances after July 4th.

Development Variance Permit 2017-005: 1236 Pinyon Road

Council for the District of Sparwood will at the Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m. on July 17, 2017 consider Development Variance Permit 2017-005 for 1236 Pinyon Road (Lot B DL 6251 Kootenay District Plan 14454 PID 008-930-295)