Notice: Potential Water Shut Off October 23

*UPDATE* The water service repairs are now complete.

Residents please note that water may be shut off for a short period of time between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on October 23, 2017. This is for repairs to the water services in the affected areas. This affects areas in Cherrywood, parts of Cypress Drive, and all of Whiskey Jack.

View the notice here.

2016 Statement of Financial Information

The Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) contains a statement of assets and liabilities, operational statement, schedule of debts, schedule of guarantee and indemnity agreements, schedule showing remuneration and expenses paid to or on behalf of employees and schedule showing payments for suppliers of goods or services. It includes employee remuneration and expenses paid over $75,000,Council remuneration and expenses, grants, and accounts paid over $25,000.

District Office Closed Monday October 9

The District Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday, October 9th and will be open with regular hours again on Tuesday, October 10th.

Thanksgiving Day Garbage Schedule

There will be no garbage pickup on Thanksgiving Day, Monday October 9th, 2017. Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

Notice of Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw

Take Notice, that Council of the District of Sparwood will be considering Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw 1156, 2014, Amendment Bylaw 1209, 2017 to exempt additional properties from taxation in accordance with sections 224 of the Community Charter.

Fire Ban Rescinded

Take note! The municipal fire ban will be rescinded as of 4 PM today (September 22). Note that backyard fire pits do require a permit that can be obtained from the Main Office at 136 Spruce Avenue. More information available here: http://sparwood.ca/burning-permits

Information Bulletin: Off-road vehicle prohibitions rescinded throughout B.C.

The operation of off-road vehicles will once again be permitted on Crown land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. The campfire prohibitions remain in effect throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. View the information bulletin here.

Note that some area restrictions are still in effect on Crown land in the vicinity of large wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. Please visit the BC Wildfire Service website to see where these restrictions still apply. 

Elk River Shoreline Clean-Up

Sunday, October 1st, 1-4 pm

Join the Elk River Alliance at the 7th Annual Elk River Shoreline Clean-up! Meet at the Sparwood Leisure Centre, adopt a site, clean it up and participate in a volunteer appreciation event!

Sparwood Trails Re-opened!

As of 6:00 p.m. on September 15, 2017, all Sparwood trails are open for public use.

Information Bulletin: Rocky Mountain Forest District restrictions amended.

Due to recent changes in weather and fire behaviour, the closure of the Rocky Mountain Forest District will be rescinded effective at noon Pacific time on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017.

However, the campfire ban and off-road vehicle (ORV) prohibition remain in effect for the entire region. For more information about the ORV prohibition, please visit: http://ow.ly/LVRt30eCGlM

Please review the full release to see where restrictions still apply.

Notice of Tax Sale

Take notice that the following properties, together with improvements situated thereon, will be offered for sale by public auction at the Council Chambers, Sparwood Municipal Hall, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, British Columbia at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 25, 2017 unless delinquent taxes with accrued interest are paid before that time.

Elections BC Electoral Officers Positions

Put your leadership and management skills to work serving democracy in British Columbia.

Elections BC is looking for local leaders to serve as District Electoral Officers and Deputy District Electoral Officers throughout B.C. These roles plan for and manage the administration of provincial elections, byelections and related projects.

Information Bulletin: Update on fires in the east Kootenay

The current hot, dry and windy conditions have caused an increase in fire behaviour for some modified response fires burning in the east Kootenay. This information bulletin is an update on the status of the fires in the east Kootenay as of September 5, 2017.

Notice to Bidders: Outdoor Multipurpose Recreation Facility

Contractors with proven experience and expertise with earthworks and utilities installation are invited to submit proposals setting out one or more means by which the goals, objectives, and other requirements of this request may be best met. The outdoor surface is designed as a multi-use surface allowing for basketball, tennis, pickle ball and will also be able to be converted into an ice surface in the winter months.

Information Bulletin: Back-country Closure

Effective at noon Pacific Time on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, all Crown land within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District is closed to public access due to the extreme fire danger rating, the number of unprecedented aggressive wildfires throughout the region and moderate winds forecasted over the next few days.

Labour Day Garbage Collection

The District is advising residents that there will be no garbage pick up on Labour Day, Monday September 4, 2017. Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns about garbage collection, please contact the Public Works Department at 250-425-7760 or at publicworks@sparwood.ca

BC Wildfire Service Newsletter

The newsletter, released by BC Wildfire Service on August 26, 2017, provides the public with an update on this year’s fire season, road closures, off-road travel and backroad restrictions, fire bans and permits, hunting, and tips on collecting firewood.

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.