February 19, 2019 Council Facts


  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Socio-Community & Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm.


Association of Kootenay & Boundary Local Government (AKBLG)

Council supported submitting a resolution to the AKBLG for their endorsement and potential submission to the Union of BC Municipalities regarding the reinstatement of stand-by pay for key emergency staff during peak freshet and wildfire hazard seasons as an eligible expense for reimbursement by the province.

To learn more see the staff report.

2019-2023 Financial Plan

Draft Operating Budget

The 2019 draft operational budgets for the Corporate Services, Finance, Fire Services, Engineering and Planning departments were presented to Council to provide them with an understanding of planned future operational revenues and expenses and afford them an opportunity to make any adjustments.

To learn more see the staff report and department reports.

Purchase of Hooklift Truck

Council approved the purchase of a Hooklift Truck in the amount of $256,751.16, excluding taxes, from Freightliner of Cranbrook Ltd. This truck will replace the existing unit with a more versatile one.

To learn more see the staff report.

Middletown – Highway 3/43 Intersection

Council approved a budget overrun in 2018 of $274,539 on the Middletown – Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements Project and $330,000 in the 2019 capital budget for completion of the project. The construction contract awarded was for $7,083,944.83 however the estimated year-end cost is expected to be $7,608,539. The budget overrun was caused by various project changes, unanticipated costs and increased engineering costs due to project changes and increased time spent on the project.

To learn more see the staff report.

Sale of Lot at Middletown Place

Council announced their decision to enter into a sales agreement with Aspen Development Corp for Lot 3 and Middletown Place for the construction of a hotel.

Off-Leash Dog Park

In preparation for the development of an off-leash dog park at 441 Pine Avenue, Council:

  • directed amendments to the Zoning, Official Community Plan and Animal Control Bylaws be prepared to permit the dog park as an allowable use at the proposed location and allow for dogs to be off-leash in designated areas; and 
  • approved $30,000 towards the development of a dog park, subject to the Dog Park Working Group securing the balance of the funding needed to complete the development.

To learn more see the staff report

Encroachments on Municipal Land

Council changed their approach on how they would like the District to proceed with addressing properties which encroach on municipal properities by directing staff to offer offending property owners the option to  enter into an  encroachment agreement or remove their encroachment before November 1, 2019. Agreements would permit encroachments to continue to exist on municipal lands until such time as the property is transferred to a new party. Property owners would be required to pay all costs associated with the agreements and an annual fee that would correspond to property tax proportionate to the size of the encroachment lands. 


Procedure Bylaw

Procedure Bylaw 1245, 2019 was adopted. The bylaw establishes the rules and regulations under which all proceedings of the Council and their committees, commissions and other bodies established by Council are to be governed, and how meetings are to be conducted.

To learn more see the staff report and bylaw.

Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw Amendment

Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw 1170, 1170, 2015, Amendment Bylaw 1248, 2019 was given first 3 readings.  This amendment proposes to add Lot 3 at Middletown Place to the tax exemption program and extend the sunset clause within the bylaw to the end of 2022.

To learn more see the staff report and bylaw.


Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Mayor and Council announced their appointment of Michele Schalekamp as the CAO for the District of Sparwood. Ms. Schalekamp who has been the Acting CAO since September 2018, has been employed with the District since July 2015 as the Director of Finance. Recruitment of a new Director of Finance is underway.

Deputy Emergency Social Services Director

Council appointed Shelby Bell as Deputy Emergency Social Services Director and authorized the Mayor and Corporate Officer to execute the agreement for Ms. Bell’s volunteer services. Emergency Social Services (ESS) is a municipal emergency response program which provides for the various short-term needs of evacuees and response workers in a disaster or emergency situation.

To learn more about ESS see www.sparwood.ca/emergency-support-services

Student Employment Opportunities

The District is currently recruiting for the following summer student positions:

  • Parks and Greenbelt Workers
  • Administrative Assistant – Corporate Services
  • Fire Services Assistant

Employment will commence May 6, 2019 through to August 23, 2019. You must currently be attending school in a full-time program and be returning in September 2019 to be considered for these positions. 

The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on Friday, March 29, 2019. Questions can be directed to Valerie Lento, Payroll Clerk, in person at the District Office or by phone 250.425.6816 or email vlento@sparwood.ca. 

Please visit www.sparwood.ca/jobs for further information and instructions on how to apply.


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! 

For more information on the snow removal and ice control program, visit www.sparwood.ca/snow-removal

Public Open House

2019 – 2023 Financial Plan

If you live in Sparwood, you are invited to a Public Budget Consultation Meeting that will be held to discuss the District’s Financial Plan for the next five years. Council invites and encourages the public to attend and provide feedback that will assist Council in setting priorities for our community.

Wednesday, March 20th from 4-6 pm

Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue

Can’t make it? Members of Council will be available to discuss the Financial Plan at: 

Budget Road Show

Thursday, March 21st from 2-6 pm

Greenwood Mall

Information will also be available on our website at www.sparwood.ca.


PO Box 520 Sparwood BC V0B 2G0 

T 250.425.6271 | F 250.425.7277 | E finance@sparwood.ca

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