April 3, 2018 Council Facts


  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
  • Special Council Meeting – CBT Communities Initiatives Program in Council Chambers on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
  • Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
  • Special Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm.
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm.


Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program (AMCEP)

Patricia Burley from the Conservation Officer Service provided an overview of the 2017 Access Management Compliance and Enforcement Program. The program includes the Conservation Officer Service outreach to schools and community organizations, violations, patrols, fire season, and the outdoor access guide. 

Paper copies of the Outdoor Access Guide for the RDEK Area A, Fernie, Sparwood, and Elkford are available at the Municipal Office, the Chamber of Commerce, and at Ministry offices, or you can download an electronic version here.

More information on Access Management in the Kootenay Region is available here.

A copy of Ms. Burley’s presentation is available here.

Audited Financial Statements

David Adams of Adams Wooley Chartered Professional Accountants provided Council with an overview of the District’s financial position prior to their acceptance of the Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2017. 

The financial statements will be included in the 2017 Annual Report when it is published in June.

For more information, please view the Auditor’s presentation and the draft financial statements presented to Council.

BC Energy Step Code

Meghan Lohmann from the Community Energy Association presented the East Kootenay Energy Step Code Policy – Building a Legacy to Council. 

Ms. Lohmann provided Council with an overview of the step codes and the training that has been provided to the building community.

To learn more read the Step Code Policy, Best Practices Guide and Ms. Lohmann’s presentation.


Public Relations Committee Meeting

Council endorsed a recommendation from the Public Relations Committee Meeting held March 26, 2018 establishing a working group to develop a policy for a banner program. Councillor Jensen, Pat Kozler, Rose Sharma, and Duane Lawrence were appointed to the working group.


Clean-Up Sparwood 2018 Event

It’s Spring!

Notice anything emerging from the snow???

That’s right. Garbage. Lots and lots of garbage.

It’s that time of year again! The District of Sparwood is challenging local clubs, workplaces and families to come out to the Chamber of Commerce / Visitor Information Centre on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, for our 5th Annual Sparwood Community Cleanup to help pick up the garbage that has accumulated throughout the winter. Volunteers will be supplied with garbage bags, gloves, and high-vis vests (if desired).

The first 20 volunteers to register in advance will receive a Sparwood water bottle!

For more information or to register, please contact Jeremy Johnston, Planning Assistant at 250.425.6829 or email sparwood@sparwood.ca.

All community groups, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate and show their civic pride.

 Street Sweeping

The District of Sparwood’s spring street sweeping program will begin on April 9th and last 2 to 3 weeks (weather permitting) from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm daily, excluding weekends. The purpose of the program is to remove sanding material and debris that has accumulated on roads and boulevards from winter road maintenance. 

Sweeping will begin on Douglas Fir Road and move northward through to Sparwood Heights. Once the streets are cleaned we will proceed with boulevard cleaning throughout the District until complete.

Conditions around the equipment performing these tasks are extremely dusty with limited visibility for the operators. Motorists should exercise extreme caution when approaching or passing the equipment.

Residents are asked to refrain from parking on the streets, boulevards and medians while the sweeper is in the area as we rely on the cooperation of vehicle owners to complete these activities.

Balmer North Miners Memorial Plaque 

The Balmer North Miners Memorial Committee unveiled the plaque installed on the miners’ memorial monument that was dedicated to all the miners who have lost their lives mining coal in the upper Elk Valley, at Titan Park on April 3rd. 

Pictured above are Alex Hanson, David Wilks, Troy Cook, Sharon Strom, John Kinnear, Bill Savilow, Terry Melcer, Tammy Ogden, and Councillor Margaret McKie.

Off-Road Vehicle Restrictions

The District of Sparwood would like to remind citizens that Off-Road Vehicle Bylaw 1182 prohibits the operation of any off-road vehicles including snowmobiles on all public property including parks, trails, walkways, highways roads, and greenbelts.

Please see the map available at www.sparwood.ca/maps.

Section 6 of Bylaw 1182 authorizes a Bylaw Enforcement Officer or Peace Officer to seize or impound an off-road vehicle that operates contrary to this bylaw. In addition to impoundment fees of $50.00 per day and towing costs, violators could be charged up to $500 in fines.

If YOU witness a contravention, please notify the Bylaw Enforcement Officer at bleo@sparwood.ca or 250.425.5367.

You will be asked to provide a description and any evidence (photo or video if possible or witness statement) you may have when you call.