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.
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.
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.
District of Sparwood Staff are exploring the option of creating one or more off-leash dog parks in Sparwood to provide an area for dog owners to let their dogs off-leash. We have created a survey (download the survey .pdf here!) for residents to complete so we can gather input about off-leash park(s) in Sparwood.
Construction activities for the access road for relocation of the overhead powerlines will commence on July 5, 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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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)
BC Hydro requires a five-hour outage to complete maintenance work on the transformer at the Sparwood Substation. The outage is needed so they can switch the substation’s transformer.
The outage is scheduled for five hours on Sunday, June 25 from 2 to 7 am MDT. It will affect approximately 2,700 customers in the town of Sparwood, Sparwood Heights and the Lower Elk Valley Road; Highway 3 from Sparwood Transfer Staion, east to Michel Creek Road; and north on Highway 43 to Bursato Road.
The District of Sparwood’s 2016 Annual Municipal Report is now available for public view. The report will be presented and reviewed by Council at a special meeting on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm. Residents are encouraged to provide their feedback in person at the meeting or in writing to email@example.com or in person at the District Office.
BC Hydro will be providing an opportunity for their Operations Planners to share information with the general public on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11:00 am MT (10:00 am Pacific Daylight Time) about how they are preparing for high water levels this year and planning for flood operations, if needed.
Deadline to register is Noon on Monday, May 15, 2017.
Children First/Success by 6 is working in partnership with Interior Health East Kootenay Public Health Nursing to pilot a project designed to promote safe sleep for infants as well as an early and meaningful connection with Public Health Nursing and community resources for first time parents in the East Kootenay.
Baby beds will be available at no cost for all families having their first baby on or after June 1, 2017 (while supplies last).
The District of Sparwood provides overnight vehicle storage (including travel trailers, RV’s, etc.) at our impound lot for any vehicle that is parked on public park and greenbelts areas!
Costs include impoundment fees and fines ranging from $125 - $500.