Media Release: Sparwood is Drilling for Water

The District of Sparwood has commenced work on locating a new community drinking water supply, near Cummings Creek. Work is proceeding, funded by Teck, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority and regulations of the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy.

View the media release here.

Surplus Goods Auction

The District of Sparwood is auctioning several surplus exercise machines. Please click on the ads below for more detail.

Employment Opportunity: Lifeguard (Casual on Call)

Reporting to the Director of Community & Facility Services, lifeguards are responsible for the safe supervision of the public in the aquatics centre. The incumbent supervises and ensures the safety of pool users in accordance with established safety guidelines, provides lifesaving skills including first aid, resuscitation and other emergency revival techniques as required; Plans, organizes leads special events within the pool area as assigned; Provides and ensures proper day to day maintenance and cleanliness of pool and surrounding areas such as deck and changing rooms.

Impacts of Tracked Coal into Sparwood

We are witnessing more and more trucks coming into Sparwood who are failing to properly clean their vehicles before leaving the mine site and as a result, the community is seeing deposits of coal left behind on our roads, private driveways and parking lots.

Please read the full blog post here.

City of Fernie Tragedy

A joint media release was issued this afternoon by the Districts of Sparwood and Elkford in response to yesterday's tragedy at the Fernie Memorial Arena.

Notice to Bidders: LiDAR and Aerial Imagery

The District of Sparwood is accepting proposals for LiDAR and Aerial Imagery. Proposals for this project will be received by email, in PDF file format to bids@sparwood.ca, clearly marked with the name and address of the proponent in the body of the email with the subject line: “REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR: LIDAR & AERIAL IMAGERY- SPARWOOD”, addressed to DANNY DWYER, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING no later than 13:59:59 (MDT), MONDAY October 23rd, 2017 (the “Closing Deadline”).

Public Feedback on Cemetery Management Bylaw 1017

The District of Sparwood is seeking the public's feedback on Cemetery Management Bylaw 1017. The new bylaw, if adopted, will replace Rivercrest Cemetery Bylaw 877 and Elk Valley (Michel) Cemetery Operation and Maintenance Bylaw 831. Changes include the prohibition against pets being permitted in either cemetery, larger floral receptacles in Rivercrest Cemetery, regulations surrounding adornments at Rivercrest Cemetery, and updates to the fees and charges for both cemeteries.

Notice of amendment to Council Procedure Bylaw 1022, 2009

NOTICE is hereby given that Council will be considering adoption of Council Procedure Bylaw 1022, 2009, Amendment Bylaw 1212, 2017 at the October 16, 2017 regular meeting. This amendment proposes to change the inaugural meeting date from the first week of December to the first week of November. 

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ 2017

This September the District of Sparwood, Mayor and Council will be hosting the 1st Annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ. This afternoon has been chosen to recognize and thank volunteers in our community. 

Sunday September 10th 
2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Mountain Shadows Campground Group Area
Please RSVP how many of your volunteers are planning on attending to recoffice@sparwood.ca or call 250-425-0552 by August 30, 2017.

Garbage Collection Enforcement Activities

The District of Sparwood has stepped up its enforcement regarding non-compliant residential garbage to mitigate the human-wildlife conflict and eliminate wind strewn garbage within the community. Please read the rest of this post to learn more about why the District has increased its enforcement of residential waste violations.

Middletown Crossing Project Page

We have created a dedicated web page for the Middletown Crossing Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements project. You can view the page at www.sparwood.ca/middletown and it will be updated as major stages of the project progress.

Changes to Commercial & Multi-Family Garbage Pick-Up

Council will be considering allowing commercial businesses and multi-family developments to contract their own garbage pick-up at the September 5, 2017 regular meeting.

BC Day Garbage Pick Up Schedule

BC Day Garbage Pickup Schedule

There will be no garbage pickup on Monday, August 7th, 2017.

Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017.

Campfires banned within the District of Sparwood

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017, SPARWOOD, BC – Effective 6:00 pm Mountain time on Friday, July 7, 2017, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, including the District of Sparwood, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Sparwood receives in excess of $100,000 from the Celebrate Canada Fund!

The District of Sparwood was one of many communities to receive funding from the 2017 Celebrate Canada Fund.  The $224,400 project includes $100,620 from Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Community Infrastructure Program.  Four projects at the Leisure Centre will take place in the summer and fall of 2017.  Residents will see a new pickleball and tennis court surface and a new indoor play centre at the pool.  The aquatic centre will also receive a new salt water chlorination system and hot tub filter. All four projects are made possible with funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant.

NOTICE: Alternative Approval Process for Lease Agreement with School District No. 5

The District of Sparwood has initiated an Alternate Approval Process, otherwise known as a counter-petition, to obtain elector approval to enter into a 10-Year Lease Agreement with School District #5 for 1351 Ponderosa Drive for the installation of a multi-use outdoor facility to replace the tennis and basketball courts located in the Cherrywood subdivision.

NOTICE: Road Line Painting Work

UPDATE: Note that line painting will continue until the evening of July 3. Thanks to all residents for your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience this has created.

The District of Sparwood is advising residents that road line painting work will be starting the night of June 26 and will continue each night until July 3. The District is requesting that residents please move vehicles off public roads in the evenings to avoid interfering with the line painting work. For more information please contact Public Works at 250.425.7760 or publicworks@sparwood.ca.

District Office Canada Day Weekend Closure

The District office will be recognizing Friday June 30th as our Canada Day Statutory Holiday and the office will be closed. We will be open as usual on Monday July 3rd – Don’t forget! Taxes are Due Tuesday July 4th, 2017. Penalties apply for any outstanding balances after July 4th.

FJM Kindergarten Class Pushes Sparwood's Buttons

The District of Sparwood has introduced three new LED illuminated crosswalks. The District opted to go with solar powered LED crosswalks. The lights have dual panels to ensure batteries are charged efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner.

Garbage Pickup Rescheduled - Canada Day 2017

Take Note!

There will be no garbage pickup on the Canada Day stat holiday on Friday, June 30th! Garbage that is normally picked up on Friday will be picked up on Thursday, June 29th instead!

See the official notice here.