November 19, 2019 Council Facts

UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS

  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 3, 2019
  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

BUSINESS

Recreation Land Use Permits

Sunset Ridge Ski Society

Council authorized issuance of a 5-year recreation land use permit to the Sunset Ridge Ski Society for development of additional cross-country ski trails south of the Sparwood Golf Course. The permit will allow the Society to remove fallen trees and brush and make improvements to the road surfaces.

For more information, see the staff report.

Sparwood Trails Alliance

Council authorized issuance of a 5-year recreation land use permit to the Sparwood Trails Alliance (STA) for development of trails around the Disc Golf Course, Westwood, Cypress Trail and powerline areas in Sparwood Heights. The STA will be developing permanent trails, which will include the creation of trail beds, limbing and brushing.

For more information, see the staff report.


Donations in Lieu of Christmas Cards Policy

Council amended the Public Relations – Donations in Lieu of Christmas Cards Policy by increasing the donation to the Sparwood Food Bank and Sparwood Toys for Tots from $250 to $500 to be effective in 2020. In 2003, Council adopted a policy that in lieu of the $500 expended on purchasing and mailing Christmas cards to various provincial ministries and municipalities in the Kootenay region that a donation be made to a local charitable group, organization, family or individual. The policy was amended in 2011 to split this donation between the Sparwood Food Bank and Sparwood Toys for Tots. The amount of the donation has remained unchanged since 2003.

For more information, see the staff report.


Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History

Council authorized Mayor Wilks to provide a letter of support to the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History for submission with their application for funding to support the digitization and preservation of Sparwood, Fernie and Elkford school yearbooks.

For more information, see the request.


Deputy Emergency Support Services Director

Council appointed Traci Allen as the Deputy Emergency Support Services Director and authorized the Mayor and Corporate Officer to execute the agreement for Ms. Allen’s volunteer services. Emergency Support Services (ESS) is a municipal emergency response program which provides for the various short-term needs of evacuees and response workers in a disaster or emergency situation.

To learn more about ESS see www.sparwood.ca/emergency-support-services.

OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS

2030 Sparwood Recreation

The District of Sparwood is undertaking a very important project: The Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Input from the community is the foundation of the Plan. Without you we cannot make this project successful. Please take a few minutes and complete an on-line survey.

Resident’s Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RCGBKXF.

Youth Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKXQG97.


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.


Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

December 11, 2019

3:10 p.m. Behind the Leisure Centre

The 2019 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to Sparwood!

More Canadians than ever are turning to food banks for support. Help make a difference in our community by bringing a cash or food donation to this year’s Holiday train. This year the train features Terri Clark and Dallas Smith.


Sparwood Food Drive 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 5:30 pm

It’s that time of year again!  Sparwood’s emergency responders will be going door-to-door collecting donations of food, new unwrapped toys, and cash to make sure our Food Bank and Toys for Tots programs are very well stocked for the holiday season.  If you are not at home donations can be dropped off at Fire Hall #1, 479 Pine Avenue or just leave them on your front doorstep in a bag or box for pickup.