UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETINGS
- Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers
- Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers
Council Procedure Bylaw
Council Procedure Bylaw 1274, 2020 was adopted. Primary changes to the bylaw include:
- Removal of standing Committee of the Whole (COTW) meetings and allow Council to resolve itself into COTW at anytime during a regular council meeting; and
- Removal of the special summer meeting schedule thus having all regular council meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month throughout the year.
Teck Land Use Permit
Council approved an amendment to a recreation land use permit between Teck Coal Ltd. and the District to relocate a portion of the Elk Valley Trail, located on Teck lands, from an existing forest service road and develop a new single-track trail which will parallel the old road. The project is being funded through the TransCanada Trail Foundation with the trail construction being overseen by the Sparwood Trails Alliance.
For more information, see the staff report.
Gifts, Awards, and Promotional Items Policy
Council approved a new Gifts, Awards, and Promotional Items Policy. The policy consolidates and updates several existing policies and sets out the guidelines and process for the provision of corporate gifts, awards, and promotional items to the public and those within the corporation.
Michel Creek Pathway
Council awarded the “Michel Creek Pathway – Phase 1” project to KulKon Construction Corp for the price tendered of $88,678.85 excluding contingency and GST. This project will develop a path from the columbarium in the Elk Valley (Michel) Cemetery to the west end of the upper bench near the post office boxes located at the intersection of Industrial Road 1 and Michel Creek Road.
Futures Society – Service Provider Agreement
Council approved a Service Provider Agreement between the District and the Sparwood Futures Society for four years ending January 20, 2024. The not-for-profit organization is provided with $5 million of liability insurance coverage under the District’s Liability Protection Agreement through the Municipal Insurance Association of BC.
For more information, see the staff report.
OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS
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 250.425.6820 or reference the Traffic, Parking & Highways Regulation Bylaw 472 at www.sparwood.ca/bylaws.
Back to School - Thursday, September 10, 2020
Children are heading back to school on Thursday, September 10, 2020. Drivers are reminded to slow down and watch for children and school busses. Motorists travelling in both directions must stop when approaching a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.
Bears in and around our Community
It is that time of year to start thinking about picking your fruit trees and clean up all the windfalls before bears start coming into the community looking for easy food sources to bulk up before hibernation.
The District would like to remind residents not to place their garbage out on the curb before 5:00 am on collection day. Garbage should 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.