Effective 4:00 pm September 14, 2018 campfires and fire pits with permits will once again be permitted within the District. Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited throughout the District.
Mayor McDougall and area representatives attended the mining breakfast at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) this morning. John Pumphrey, Chief Operating Officer for North Coal Ltd., spoke on their project for a new metallurgical (coking) coal mine and was a sponsor of the breakfast.
Clean Air Bylaw 1229, 2018 governs where tobacco and cannabis smoking and vaping will be allowed in Sparwood.
Council wants to hear from you as we consider if we need to amend the bylaw so that it reflects the current community views on smoking in public places. A short survey poll has been created to get input from the community on smoking and vaping in public places.
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If you are running for office or are considering running, you are encouraged to attend the Candidate Information Night to find out information first hand regarding election campaigning and advertising, compensation if elected, and what you could expect your role to include.
Starting September 4, the District will roll out changes to its curbside garbage collection services. All household garbage will now be collected from standard 242L bear-resistant carts which are scheduled to be delivered to residents the week of August 27.
District of Sparwood will continue to collect cash donations (cheque, debit, visa gift cards, etc.) up until September 15, 2018 for the residents of Ponderosa Manor who lost their home in the August 9 fire. Donations will then be disbursed based upon greatest need.
More information on donating and applying for funding is available here.
The evacuation ALERT for the Corbin area has been rescinded for 10 properties in the community of Corbin and Teck’s Coal Mountain Mine property.
The BC Wildfire Service is reporting the fire is 95% guarded and being held. It remains estimated at 30 hectares in size.
More information can be found here.
Nomination forms are available now at the District Office or online at Sparwood.ca until the close of the nomination period.
Emergency Management BC (EMBC) approved an extension of the 72-hour emergency social services assistance for the evacuees from Ponderosa Manor, building B, in Sparwood Heights. This extension will expire on August 15, 2018 at which time the Red Cross will step in and provide whatever assistance they are able to assist residents with their recovery.
The Pool will be closed Monday August 27, Tuesday August 28, and possibly Wednesday August 29, due to replacement of the primary electrical panel in the pool mechanical room.
The fitness room, courts, climbing wall and other areas of the facility will remain open.
Thank you for your patience while we make these necessary repairs.
4:27 PM: The Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society has generously offered to match donations towards the residents of Building B who were impacted by Thursday night's fire to a maximum of $10,000. Cash donations (cheque, debit, visa cards, etc.) will be received by the District of the Sparwood and turned over to a local non-profit for disbursement. Funds will be provided in priority of need.
The District is calling upon all property managers and owners in the Elk Valley to contact us if you have any rental properties available that could be rented out on a short or long-term basis.
Update 6:05 pm: Mayor McDougall extends the District's appreciation to firefighters and community volunteers from around the Elk Valley for their support and assistance during this tragedy.
Update 7:30pm: Residents of Ponderosa Manor Apartment Buildings A, C & D are now all able to go back into their units however the units in Building D will not have hot water for the next two days.
The District of Sparwood has implemented a Category 2 open burn prohibition until further notice.
There has been a significant increase in mosquito complaints this year. Our mosquito control contractor is monitoring all the regular sites every week and there has been little evidence of any significant quantities of larvae at all in almost all of them.