July 21, 2020 Council Facts

July 21, 2020 EDITION

A copy of the complete agenda package is available online or can be viewed at the District Office.

UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETINGS

  • Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 4:00 pm in Council Chambers
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers

DELEGATIONS

TC Energy

Preston Seier and Muyami Murabayashi, representing TC Energy, formerly TransCanada, provided an overview and updates on the proposed West Path 2022 and West Path 2023 projects.

The Proposed WASML2 Alberta British Columbia Section will consist of approximately 5.8km of 48-inch diameter pipeline, located approximately 6km west of Coleman, A.B.

Foothills and NGTL conducted socio-economic assessments (SEA) to consider potential effects of the projects on nearby communities. The projects will not create significant adverse socio-economic effects given the low scale construction and operations activities.

For more information, see their presentation.

BYLAWS

Business Licence Amendment Bylaw

Business Licence Amendment Bylaw 1272, 2020 was adopted. This amendment established guidelines for the approval of temporary retail and patio/food service spaces on municipal land.

For more information, see the staff report.


Traffic, Parking, and Highways Regulations Bylaw

Traffic, Parking, and Highways Regulations Bylaw Amendment 1273, 2020 was adopted. This amendment was in support of the provision allowing businesses to use public sidewalks, land, and roads for the development of a temporary patio or retail.

For more information, see the staff report.

BUSINESS

Rural and Northern Community Program

Council approved recommendations from a Report of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, these include:

  • Staff to apply for $1.5 million to the program for wastewater treatment plant upgrades, subject to a maximum project cost of $3 million;
  • Budget amendment to allocate $50,000 from sewer reserves for the development of project design and planning documents;
  • Staff to prepare a Borrowing Bylaw in the amount of $600,000 in support of grant application.

For more information, see the staff report


Community, Culture, and Recreation Program

Council discussed the potential of applying for this program with Infrastructure Canada for the development of a multi-purpose facility. Council decided not to apply and wait until further planning and community consultation work is completed.

For more information, see the staff report

OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Outdoor Fire Pits

It is that time of year when people want to enjoy a fire in their back yard. Please note that it is a requirement within the District of Sparwood that you must first obtain a fire pit permit. These are available FREE of charge from the District Office and must be renewed every year. Failure to obtain a permit may result in a fine up to $200.00

For more information call 250.425.6271.

Are You a Good Neighbour?

A good neighbour is one who maintains the exterior of their home and yard to the same level as the rest of the neighbourhood. Allowing your property to become unsightly can devalue your own home and pose a health risk. Here are some steps you can take to deal with a neighbour’s unsightly property.

  1. Approach your neighbours. Give them the benefit of the doubt by addressing the matter face to face.
  2. Contact Bylaw Enforcement. Anyone seeking to report a possible unsightly property can call Bylaw Enforcement at 250.425.5367, by email at bleo@sparwood.ca or you can go online at www.sparwood.ca to submit a Service Request.

The District of Sparwood will continue to focus on unsightly properties throughout the summer as part of its bylaw education and enforcement program. Properties that have derelict vehicles, accumulations of garbage, old furniture and machinery, uncut grass and (noxious) weeds, vegetation which interferes with the visibility of street signs, sidewalks and public utilities will be investigated upon receipt of a complaint or through proactive enforcement.

For more information on applicable fines and property maintenance, please review the District of Sparwood’s Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw at www.sparwood.ca/fines.


Unsightly Properties

The District of Sparwood will be focusing on unsightly properties throughout the summer as part of its bylaw education and enforcement program. Properties that have derelict vehicles, accumulations of garbage, old furniture and machinery, uncut grass and (noxious) weeds, vegetation which interferes with the visibility of street signs, sidewalks and public utilities will be investigated upon receipt of a complaint or through proactive enforcement.

Anyone seeking to report a possible unsightly property can call Bylaw Enforcement at 250.425.5367, by email at bleo@sparwood.ca or fill out a Service Request form available on our website at www.sparwood.ca/service-request.

For more information on applicable fines and property maintenance, please review the District of Sparwood’s Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw at www.sparwood.ca/fines


Bears in the Community

Securing Garbage Containers Requirements

 The District of Sparwood would like to remind all residents on the importance of properly securing their garbage containers. Bears are actively on the prowl for food and unsecured garbage poses a severe risk for human-wildlife conflict. As always, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure there are no wildlife attractants accessible on their property.

Garbage bins should be secured by clipping both snaphooks to the handles on the top of the carts. On collection day, after 5:00 a.m., clips can be unhooked and carts placed on the curb so lids open toward the street at least one meter away from any obstacles. After collection, the bin should be re-locked and stored in a secure location, either indoors or chained to a secure anchor point.

Under the Community Standards Bylaw 1194, non-compliance can result in a fine of $250.00 under section 7.26 for failing to store or dispose of wildlife attractants.

Remember, a fed bear is a dead bear and locking up garbage is everyone’s responsibility.


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.\