Upcoming District Meetings
Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 6:00 pm
- Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm
John Pumphrey and Bill Arling representing North Coal presented an update on the Michel Coal Project to Council. North Coal holds metallurgical coal deposits in Southeast BC, including the Loop Ridge, Tent Mountain, Michel Head and South Hazell, and has incorporated best practices and innovative technologies into their mine design to reduce waste generation, protect water resources and minimize landscape alteration. The Project has an estimated mine life of 20 to 30 years.
Infrastructure Grant Application
Council approved submitting an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities for the Douglas Fir – Highway 3 Water Looping Project, which includes a 15% municipal contribution of $871,000. This grant provides communities under 5,000 with funding up to 100%. Including a municipal contribution may increase the District’s success in obtaining funding.
To learn more see the staff report.
Development Variance Permit
Council authorized that notices be sent to the owners and occupants residing within 60m of 319 Pacific Yew Crescent to advise them that Council will be considering varying a section of the Zoning bylaw at the January 29, 2019 special meeting. If approved, the variance will increase the maximum site coverage for accessory buildings and structures from 10% (61.3m2) to 11.5% (70.5m2) for the purpose of constructing a garage.
If you live within the 60m radius of this property and believe you will be affected by this variance, please share your comments with Council. You will be provided an opportunity to be heard at the January 29, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.
Michel Creek Road Speed Limit Enforcement
Council directed staff to draft an amendment to the Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw to prohibit vehicles exceeding five (5) tons from residential areas including Michel Creek Road and to reduce the speed limit on Michel Creek Road from 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr.
Council also authorized the purchase of two (2) speed cams to be used as data collectors for analysis purposes.
To learn more see the staff report.
Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw
Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw 1244, 2018 was adopted. This bylaw provides 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.
To learn more see the bylaw.
Snow Removal Safety
All residents of Sparwood are asked to be conscientious when the Public Works crews are removing snow from the municipal streets. Please be aware that any vehicles that are parked on the street while snow removal activities are taking place will be ticketed.
Parents please keep your children away from snow banks. Although they look tempting to play on, or tunnel into they are dangerous for children to play on. Snow plow operators and other motorists may not be able to see children playing around snow banks. Help ensure our children play safe!
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 15th . 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.
RDEK Launches Solid Waste Management Plan Review
A review of the Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) solid waste management plan is underway. The RDEK is asking for the public’s input on how they use the current solid waste and recycling systems and what they would like to see in the future by completing the Waste Services Survey available here.