UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS
Special Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, May 28, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System
The Manager of Planning made a presentation to Council on the District’s solar PV systems. The solar panels that were installed on the Municipal Office and Leisure Centre buildings in 2017 are producing energy that is taken off District’s electricity bills.
The main purpose of this initiative, however, is education and awareness. Staff have connected with teachers at Frank J Mitchell Elementary School and are helping them to use these systems in instructing their students on alternative energy, conservation, and understanding the future of energy use.
To learn more see the presentation.
Sparwood Energy Step Code Policy
Council adopted the Sparwood Energy Step Code Policy and committed to adopting the BC Energy Step Code 1 by December 15, 2019. The Energy Step Code Policy encourages energy efficiency in new building construction with incentives through rebates on building permit fees.
The Province of BC adopted the BC Energy Step Code as regulation in April 2017. The Step Code includes five ‘Steps’ to help governments and industry reach a goal of “net-zero energy ready” building by 2032. The BC Building Code is expected to be updated over the coming years to require construction efficiency that matches higher Steps.
Animal Control Bylaw Amendment
Sparwood Animal Control Bylaw No. 821, 2000, Amendment Bylaw 1208, 2018 was adopted. This bylaw amends Schedule “B” to exclude 5 properties on Matevic Road that are zoned Agricultural and include the Whiskey Jack Resort area and all mobile home parks within the crosshatched areas (prohibited from keeping farm animals) and increases the maximum fine for a violation to $10,000.
To learn more see the bylaw.
Financial Plan Bylaw
Financial Plan (2018-2022) Bylaw 1223, 2018 was given three readings. The Financial Plan sets out the objectives and policies of the municipality for years 2018-2022 for each of the funding sources, the distribution of property value taxes and the use of permissive tax exemptions. The Plan also sets out the proposed expenditures by the municipality, funding sources and transfers between funds. The bylaw will be considered for adoption at a Special Meeting of Council on May 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
Tax Rates Bylaw
Tax Rates Bylaw 1224, 2018 was given three readings. The property tax rates for general municipal were set to provide an average 8% increase over the previous year for residential tax levies. This 8% increase in municipal tax revenue is offset by a reduction in user fees for garbage removal. Below is a table showing the effect on the changes in policy, resulting in an overall increase of 3.2% in utilities and taxes or $103.28 for the year.
The bylaw will be considered for adoption at a Special Meeting of Council on May 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm.
To learn more see Bylaw 1224 or contact the Finance Department at 250.425.6271.