September 3, 2019 Council Facts

UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS

  • Youth Advisory Commission Meeting at Sparwood Secondary on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 12:05 pm
  • Special Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Special Socio-Community & Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

DELEGATION

Elk River Alliance

Beth Millions, representing Elk River Alliance (ERA), provided an update to Council on the Sparwood Beaver Wetland Project. The focus of the project is on wetland health assessment, invasive species removal, revegetation with native plant species, community engagement and education. Students from Frank J Mitchell and Sparwood Secondary have been removing noxious weeds and planting native vegetation; interpretative signs have been installed; wetland/riparian health assessment has been completed; and the Elk River Interpretive Trail was opened in November of 2017.

The ERA requested that the District of Sparwood maintain and eventually remove an exclusion fence that ERA will install to deter browsing on the young shrubs being planted to shade out the reed canary grass.

Staff was directed to bring recommendations for Council’s consideration at the September 17th regular meeting.

For more information, see the presentation.

BUSINESS

Pine Avenue & Engelmann Spruce Drive Intersection

A request from Colleen Morandini to have stop signs reinstalled at the south Pine Avenue / Engelmann Spruce Drive intersection (by Firehall #1) was referred to staff to provide recommendations for Council’s consideration at the September 17th regular meeting.

For more information, see Mrs. Morandini’s request.

OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Off Leash Dog Park

The District of Sparwood is excited to announce that construction is underway on the off-leash dog park. The park, located at 441 Pine Avenue, will provide a safe space for dogs and their owners to enjoy off leash exercise in open grass spaces and forested trails.

Friends of the Sparwood Dog Park volunteer group would like to thank the District of Sparwood, Teck, Columbia Basin Trust, the Elk Valley Thrift Shop, Husky, Sarah’s Dog Spaw, and community members that have supported them through this process. They couldn’t have done it without you!


Bears in and around our Community

The District would like to remind residents not to place their garbage out on the curb before 5 am on collection day. Garbage MUST be placed in the bear-resistant carts with the clips LOCKED or in a secure garage, shed or inside your house until collection day. Remember to unclip the bear-resistant locks after placing the cart at the curb on collection day. Excess garbage should be taken to the Transfer Station which is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Saturday (excluding statutory holidays).

It is important for residents to lock up their refuse and keep other bear attractants, such as fruit trees bearing over-ripe fruit, or easily accessible bird feeders, pet food, and BBQs (drip pans/grease cans), out of a bear’s reach.

Remember that a fed bear is a dead bear.


Pick Your Fruit Trees

It is time to pick the fruit off your fruit trees and clean-up all the windfalls as bears are starting to come into the community, as they are looking for easy food sources to bulk up before hibernation. 

Keeping garbage stored indoors until collection day, cleaning up fruit trees and securing wildlife attractants is the best way to keep people safe and avoid unnecessary killing of bears that come into conflict with people.


Parking Regulations

Have you brought your motorhome, 5th-wheel or travel trailer in from the lake? Please take note of the following regulations which apply to where and how long your RV, motorhome, or travel trailer can be parked on municipal roadways:

  • Cannot be parked on public roadways for the purposes of offering them for sale
  • Cannot be parked on the road for more than 24 hours in duration
  • Cannot be parked on a walkway or greenbelt area
  • Cannot be parked upon a portion of a highway or greenbelt so that they obstruct pedestrian traffic

If you have any questions, please call the Bylaw Enforcement Officer at 250.425.5367 or reference the Traffic, Parking & Highways Regulation Bylaw 472 at www.sparwood.ca/bylaws.


Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

 Seniors’ Drop In Centre | 101 Pine Avenue

Please join Mayor Wilks and Council on Thursday, October 10, 2019 for a Town Hall meeting at the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre.  You are invited to share your thoughts on issues that matter to you and the community. It’s about working together for a better and stronger Sparwood!

What should we keep doing? What should we stop doing? What could we change?

Doors will open at 5:30 pm to provide citizens with an opportunity to ask questions of individual members of Council and staff prior to the panel discussion and audience interaction which shall take place from 6:00-8:00 pm. Council will be providing citizens with an update on current District projects, discussing issues of common concern, and collecting feedback from the community. 

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. If you are not available, please share your ideas and suggestions in writing to Sparwood@sparwood.ca.

Join Council and Staff for coffee and snacks!

Enter to win a FitBit Ionic and other door prizes.