October 15, 2018 Council Facts

UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS

  • Special Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 6:55 pm
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm
  • Inaugural Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm

DELEGATION

Riversdale Resources/Benga Mining Ltd.

Keith Bott and Claire Rogers representing Riversdale Resources/Benga Mining Ltd. presented an update on the Grassy Mountain Metallurgical Coal Mining Project. The Project is located 7km north of Blairmore, AB and is projected to produce around 93 million tonnes of product coal over a proposed 25-year mine life.

To learn more see their presentation or visit their website at www.rivresources.com.

BUSINESS

Sparwood Curling Club Lease

Council directed that notice be posted that they will be considering a resolution to authorize entering into a lease agreement with the Sparwood Curling Club to use a portion of the property located at 367 Pine Avenue known as the Curling Rink and Lounge at a special Council meeting on October 29, 2018.

The lease will be for five years for the sum of $11,284 in the first year, increasing by 2% annually for the term of the agreement, totalling $58,724.

To learn more see the staff report and lease.


Winter Trail Maintenance

Council approved the development of a winter trail maintenance agreement with Sparwood Trails Alliance to maintain Cypress Trail, the Elk River Trail and Lions Trail throughout the winter. The agreement will authorize up to 80 hours of grooming time between December 1, 2018 and March 10, 2019 as a trial period for a maximum of $6,400 (at $80 per hour).

To learn more see the staff report and winter trail network.


Teck Service Agreement

Council authorized the execution of a Comprehensive Service Agreement between Teck and the District of Sparwood, acknowledging the municipal services that Teck receives for properties within the District’s service boundaries that were reclassified as Class 4 through a BC Assessment Appeal process in 2015. The total loss of municipal tax revenue for 2015 to 2017 was $285,630. The first year payment (for 2018) is $110,960.40 and will increase each year by the percentage increase to Class 1 properties.

To learn more see the staff report and agreement.

OTHER INFORMATION

2018 General Local Election

Vote for your Mayor and Councillors

Candidates for the Office of Mayor:

  • KUTZNER, Joyce
  • WILKS, David
  • WILTON, Joanne

Candidates for the Office of Councillor

  • ANGUS, Wendy
  • BAHER, John
  • BAYTALUKE, Hungry
  • BOWEN, Brad
  • CARDOZO, Amy
  • CHRISTENSEN, Jason
  • FRERE, Josh
  • JARINA, Joe
  • MORTIMER, Art
  • SAAD, Sonny
  • SENYCZ, Simon

If you are NOT on the list of electors, you may register at the time of voting. You will need to bring two (2) pieces of ID that together prove your identity and your residence.

General Voting Day

Saturday, October 20, 2018

8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Henry Volkmann Memorial Complex

(Leisure Centre), Curling Rink Concourse

367 Pine Avenue, Sparwood BC


Impacts of Tracked Coal into Sparwood

We have noticed that more and more trucks coming into Sparwood have not been properly cleaned before leaving the mine sites and as a result, the community is seeing deposits of coal left behind on roads, private driveways and parking lots. These deposits impact our Public Works maintenance operations and as they dry out, they are being tracked into our public spaces and become windborne dust that blows into homes and businesses. It is important that all coal and other materials that can potentially fall from a vehicle be removed from ALL vehicles before leaving the mine sites.

Is your vehicle carrying coal on the undercarriage when you leave the mine site?

It is your responsibility to comply with municipal bylaws, and that means that you must ensure that your vehicle does not track coal from the mine into the community. Please wash your vehicle(s) to remove all coal from the vehicle prior to leaving the mine site. Failing to do so may result in vehicle owners, operators or companies receiving a fine, ranging between $100 and $500 per infraction under the Community Standards Bylaw and Traffic, Parking, and Highways Regulation Bylaw.

Have you seen a problem vehicle?

If you observe a vehicle dropping coal debris or other materials, the District requests that you take a picture of the vehicle, including the licence plate, and forward it to the District of Sparwood along with your name and contact information and the date, time and location of offence. The complaint information you provide will be treated as confidential and used to help District staff to take appropriate action with the vehicle owner, operator and/or the mining or mining support company. Complaint information can be submitted electronically to bleo@sparwood.ca or online at www.sparwood.ca/service-request, or it can be dropped off at the District Office (or mailed) at 136 Spruce Avenue, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0.

For more information on your responsibilities or what to include in your complaint, please contact the Bylaw Enforcement Officer at 250.425.6820 or by email at bleo@sparwood.ca. 

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