UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS
- Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, January 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Michel Creek Road Residents
A delegation from Michel Creek Road brought their concerns to Council regarding speed limit enforcement along Michel Creek Road. The delegation was advised that Council would speak to Teck and the RCMP to address the issue.
Joyce Kutzner requested funding support from Council to establish an animal shelter in Sparwood. Ms. Kutzner was advised that Council would consider her request during the budget process.
To learn more see a copy of her proposal available here.
Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework (CEMF)
Scott Beeching, representing CEMF, presented the Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management report, which Council endorsed following his presentation.
A copy of the final report is available here.
Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society
Council approved a grant-in-aid to the Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society for $6,000 to off-set utility and snow removal costs in 2019. The Society has agreed as a condition of the grant-in-aid to fundraise and apply for grants that could be used to cover future operational costs.
To learn more see the staff report.
Land Use Permit
Council authorized a Land Use Permit between the District and CanWel Timber Ltd. for the use of lands for the placement and maintenance of the municipality’s sign located on Hwy 3 southwest of Sparwood. The permit will be for 5 years commencing April 1, 2017 for the total cost of $1,600.
To learn more see the staff report.
Off-Leash Dog Park
Council resolved to set aside $30,000 and land located at 477 Pine Avenue for the development of an off-leash dog park, contingent upon the Dog Park Working Group developing a plan on how the balance of the capital costs could be raised to cover the balance of capital and future operations.
RDEK Planning Function
Council authorized the execution of a Cost Sharing Service Agreement with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) to enable participation in the planning function of the RDEK. The agreement will be for four years with a fixed annual amount of $24,512.
Sports Group Storage Facilities
Council directed Staff to develop a policy and design guidelines, in consultation with user groups, for storage facilities on District lands.
Commercial Lot for Sale
Council authorized advertisement of the sale of Lot 3 at Middletown Place under the following terms and conditions:
- Sale price of $800,000
- Registration of an Option to Purchase in favour of the District, requiring a building permit within three years of the date of transfer and completion of construction of a hotel within thirty months of permit issuance; and
- Registration of a covenant restricting use of the parcel to a hotel and accessory/ancillary uses.
Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw
Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw 1244, 2018 was given three readings. This bylaw is to provide for an operating line of credit in 2019 if required. The District has not had an overdraft for many years, however there is always the possibility that one could be created if transfers from investments get delayed.
This bylaw will be considered for adoption at the January 7, 2019 regular meeting.
IN OTHER NEWS
The District of Sparwood is pleased to announce that Jeremy Johnston has been appointed as the Manager of Planning effective December 27, 2018. Mr. Johnston has been the Planning Assistant for the District since April of 2017.
Looking for Fun and Healthy Stocking Stuffers and Gifts?
Give the gift of health and enjoyment! Gift certificates for a multitude of activities, programs, and passes are available in any denomination, through the Leisure Centre.
For more information call 250-425-0552 or visit the Leisure Centre at 367 Pine Avenue.
Snow Removal and Ice Control: Winter Parking Regulations
October 1 – March 31
REMINDER that the District’s Traffic, Parking and Highway Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987 prohibits on-street parking from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm October 1 to March 31 inclusive. Please park your vehicles in your driveway so that the operators can do a neat and thorough job of clearing the streets.
Residents should note that:
- Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited;
- It is an offence to push, place or throw or allow to be pushed, placed or thrown any snow or ice upon a highway or lane;
- That no advance warning is required under the bylaw and section 189 (1) (n) of the Motor Vehicle Act and offending vehicles will be towed.
Visit www.sparwood.ca/snow-removal for more information on the Snow Removal & Ice Control Program
Anyone carrying on a business within the municipality requires a business licence. This includes all home occupations, catalogue sales, commercial, and out of town businesses.
Invoices for the 2019 business licences have been mailed out. If you have not received your invoice or are no longer operating in Sparwood, please call 250.425.6271.
Are you thinking of starting a new business in Sparwood, but not sure where to start? Come into the District Office at 136 Spruce Avenue to talk to staff or you can go online at www.sparwood.ca/business-licences to find for more information on what you need to consider before you make that decision.
Is Your Dog Licensed? Did you know that all dogs within the District of Sparwood must have a licence once they are 9 months or older? This is to help us return your dog to you should he or she decide to go for a stroll without you!
The Animal Control Bylaw requires every dog to have a current year licence by January 15. A neutered or spayed dog tag, with vet certificate, is $10.00 or $30.00 for an unaltered dog.
For more information on licensing your dog, visit www.sparwood.ca/dog-licences.
Holiday Hours and Information
Happy Holidays from the District of Sparwood!
Click here for information on office hours, garbage schedule, pool/arena schedules, Christmas Tree disposal, and more.