October 15, 2019 counci Facts


  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm


Leisure Centre Concession Lease

Council reconsidered their decision to decline a request from Putters Grill to waive the concession lease payments for November 2019, December 2019, July 2020 and August 2020 and authorized that payments of $500 per month be waived for July and August of 2020 provided the concession is closed during those months.

For more information, see the staff report.

Cemeteries Master Plan

Council adopted a Cemeteries Master Plan that includes short, medium and long-term goals to help meet the needs of the community for both of the District’s cemeteries. The primary objectives of the Plan include:

  • Analyze the District’s interment requirements and identify how to meet future needs;
  • Develop strategies for sustainable management, operation and maintenance of the cemeteries;
  • Review and assess the operational management of the cemeteries;
  • Enhance the role of the cemeteries as a public open space and park; and
  • Recognize and maintain the culture and heritage of the sites.

For more information, see the staff report and Plan.


Launch of Vulnerable Persons Registry

The District of Sparwood has just launched a Vulnerable Persons Registry (VPR). This voluntary registry will ensure that first responders and emergency social services teams are better prepared to provide proper assistance to vulnerable persons in the event of an emergency.

The VPR is intended for individuals who due to their age, illness, trauma, disability or another reason are unable to take care of themselves or protect themselves against harm.

The data collected will be reviewed and updated on a bi-annual basis by staff. However, the data for anyone on the registry who is under 16 years of age will be reviewed annually.

Registration is 100% voluntary and free.

Individuals can register online at www.sparwood.ca/vpr or they can complete the form, which was delivered to every household through Canada Post and return it to the District Office (136 Spruce Avenue) in person or by mail to Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0.

Another tool at the hands of residents is the Evacuation Notification System (ENS) launched by the Regional District of East Kootenay earlier this summer and powered by Voyent Alert! The ENS will help keep residents and property owners informed of any evacuation orders or alerts issued during critical events such as wildfires, floods or hazardous materials incidents. The ENS allows users to pin multiple locations and will send out notifications to anyone with pins in defined order/alert areas via text, phone calls (both landline and cell) and for smartphone users, via a dedicated app on their phones.

For more information or to register:

  • Vulnerable Persons Registry, visit www.sparwood.ca/vpr
  • Emergency Notification System, visit www.rdek.bc.ca

Bears in and around our Community

The District would like to remind residents not to place their garbage out on the curb before 5:00 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.

2030 Recreation

Help pave the way for the future of recreation in Sparwood!

The District of Sparwood is excited to announce the beginning of a very important project – The Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Without you, we cannot make this project successful.

This plan will become the blueprint and guiding document for goals and priorities relating to facilities, programs, parks and trails that will best meet the needs of the community today and for generations to come.

We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on how to make Sparwood an even better place to live and play. Stay tuned for more information and fun ways to participate in this great conversation!

Sparwood Emergency Services

Can we find you?

Over the summer homeowners and businesses have been renovating their properties. We have noticed address numbers missing from many properties.

We need help to be able to find your address when responding to emergency calls. Please ensure your address is displayed on the front of your property in a location that can be seen from the street.

Use contrasting colors for the property numbers against the background. Numbers must be at least 4 inches high. If your property numbers are hidden by trees or shrubs, please move them to a more visible location.

The District of Sparwood has a bylaw for enforcement of property numbers. You could be fined if you do not display your numbers or have them in a location visible from the street.

Parking Regulations

October 1 – March 31

Reminder to residents that the District’s Off-Street Parking Regulations came into effect on October 1st.  The Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highway Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987 prohibits on-street parking between 6:00 am to 4:00 pm from October 1 to March 31 inclusive.  Residents should note that:

  • Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited;
  • That no advance warning is required under the bylaw and section 189 (1) (n) of the Motor Vehicle Act and offending vehicles will be towed; and
  • It is an offence under the Community Standards Bylaw to push, place or throw or allow to be pushed, placed or thrown any snow or ice upon a highway or lane.

Please make appropriate arrangements for parking your vehicles.