June 18, 2018 Council Facts


  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, June 25, 2018 has been postponed to Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm


Greenbelt Encroachments

Council heard from three delegations in relation to encroachments onto municipal greenbelts by adjacent property owners.

1. Whitewood Crescent Residents

Amber Jardine and Jennifer Lyall recounted the steps which led up to their encroachment and expressed their desire to purchase the portion of the municipal greenbelt (adjacent to their properties) which they have encroached upon. They requested that Council waive any administrative fees related to the purchase.

2. Margaret Whittaker

Margaret Whittaker expressed her concerns regarding a neighbour’s encroachment onto her property and the greenbelt adjacent to his property at 1276 Ponderosa Drive and read out the letters she had submitted to Council. Mrs. Whittaker requested that Council require the property owner (Mr. Marcinowski) to return the encroached upon lands back to their original state.

3. Nathan and Heidi Love

Nathan and Heidi Love expressed their concerns in relation to their neighbour’s encroachment (at 1276 Ponderosa Drive) onto the greenbelt. They stated that they were opposed to the sale of the public lands and read out the letter they had submitted to Council. The Loves requested that Council extend to them the same opportunity to purchase a portion of the greenbelt if the sale to Mr. Marcinowski were authorized.


2017 Annual Municipal Report

Council approved the 2017 Annual Municipal Report. The report includes messages from the Mayor and CAO; an overview of the 2017 operations and services provided; progress on objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan; what the District has targeted for 2018 and 2019; measurables; and the audited financial statements. 

To learn more see the staff report, Annual Report and Report Highlights.


Arena Chiller

Council awarded the contract for the Arena Chiller replacement to Startec Construction Ltd. for $139,750. Installation of the chiller is scheduled to be completed by September 1st and the arena should be open for use by September 10, 2018.

To learn more see the staff report.


Development Variance Permit – 1251 Pinyon Road

Council authorized that notices be sent to the owners and occupants residing within 60m of 1251 Pinyon Road to advise them that Council will be considering varying a section of the Zoning Bylaw at the July 16, 2018 regular meeting. If approved, the variance will reduce the rear yard setback from 7.62m to 3.96m to allow them to construct a deck and gazebo.

If you live within the 60m radius and believe you will be affected by this variance, please share comments with Council. You will be provided an opportunity to be heard at the July 16, 2018 Council meeting, or you may submit your comments in writing to the District of Sparwood, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 or by email to sparwood@sparwood.ca before 4:00 pm on Monday, July 16, 2018.

To learn more please see the staff report and draft Development Variance Permit.


Salt/Sand Shed Storage Structure

Council approved the purchase of a salt/sand storage structure from Spanmaster Structures Ltd for $162,900. It will be used to store the winter sanding material in the Public Works Yard to minimize the material from freezing in the winter and mitigate against employee injuries and vehicle breakdowns.

To learn more see the staff report.


Drainage Improvements Tender

Council approved the award of the Sparwood Drainage Improvements Tender to Projex Infrastructure Ltd. for $233,822. This project includes the installation of a new storm main within the Public Works Yard (to protect the environment against run-off and provide drainage for the salt/sand shed) and to replace a section of storm main within the Cherrywood Subdivision (to ensure proper drainage from the subdivision and prevent the system from freezing in the winter). 

To learn more see the staff report.



Reminder that the deadline for paying your 2018 property taxes without penalty is Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

If you live in your home as your principal residence, but cannot pay your tax bill, you should still claim your Homeowners Grant as the penalty applies to all taxes, including the grant portion outstanding after the due day of July 4th.

For your convenience, payment can be made through your bank (online or telephone banking) or at the District office (after hours drop box available for cheques).  Home Owner Grant applications must still be mailed, dropped off at the office or claimed through our on-line services before the due date.  If you are out of town and believe that there is not enough time to send your cheque by mail, please contact the office before the due date to make alternate arrangements to ensure your payment is received on time.  Couriers are not always the best option for timely delivery, but if you must use one, consider postdating your cheque and sending it early before the due date.  The District Office must receive the funds by the due date, post-marks dated July 5th or later are not considered late payments.


Canada Day Garbage Pickup

There will be NO garbage pick-up on Monday, July 2, 2018. Garbage that is normally picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. 

Reminder to residents that garbage must be kept in a secure location (garage, shed or inside the house) and placed out for pick-up after 5:00 am on collection day.

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