March 5, 2019 Council Facts


  • Socio-Community Economic Effects Committee Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm

  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm


Staff Sergeant Harrold, RCMP

Council accepted the Elk Valley Regional Detachment’s policing priorities put forth by RCMP S/Sgt Harrold. Priorities for the upcoming year (2019/20) included traffic, crime reduction and continued involvement/engagement with youth.

To learn more see the 2019/20 Policing Priorities

MP Kootenay – Columbia

The Member of Parliament for Kootenay-Columbia, Wayne Stetski, provided an overview of the riding; identified his priorities; discussed the lack of affordable housing and daycare; cannabis; pensions; proportional representation; and SNC Lavalin.

Project Heavy Duty (May 6-8, 2019)

Brian Conrad, on behalf of SD No.5 and WorkSafeBC provided an overview to Council of Project Heavy Duty, which included identifying program partners, local contributions, gifts, honorariums, insurance, etc.

To learn more see their handout.


Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw Amendments

Revitalization Tax Exemption Program Bylaw 1170, 1170, 2015, Amendment Bylaw 1248, 2019 was adopted.  This amendment added Lot 3 at Middletown Place to the tax exemption program and extended the sunset clause within the bylaw to the end of 2022.

To learn more see the bylaw.

Officers & Officials Benefits Bylaw Amendment

Following first reading of Officers and Officials Benefits Bylaw 1038, 2012, Amendment Bylaw 1249, 2019, Council amended the vacation schedule in the bylaw as follows, before giving 2nd and 3rd readings:

- Years 1 to 3 at 3 weeks
- Years 4 to 9 at 4 weeks
- Years 10 to 15 at 5 weeks
- Years 16 to 19 at 6 weeks
- Years 20 onward at 7 weeks.    

The bylaw will be brought forward to the March 19, 2019 regular meeting for consideration of adoption.

To learn more see the staff report and bylaw.


2019 Project Heavy Duty Event

Council approved continued support the Project Heavy Duty event and the provision of in-kind funding support up to $4,500 to cover manpower, equipment, location and food services for one day; and permit a banner to be hung from the fencing during the event.

To learn more see the staff report.

EMBC Flood Mitigation Funding

Council authorized the execution of a modification agreement with Emergency Management BC (EMBC) to extend the date for completion to July 31, 2019 and allow any unused funds to be used to produce tender-ready designs for the highest priority structural mitigation options.

To learn more see the staff report and modification agreement.

Executive Assistant Exempt Staff Position

Council authorized the Administration to fill the Executive Assistant position which would be responsible for human resources, safety and communications. This position is to be funded through current operating budgets.

To learn more see the staff report.

Additional Public Works Employee for 2020

Council endorsed the recommendation from the Committee of the Whole to include an additional employee in Public Works for the 2020 operational budget.

To learn more see the 2019-02-25 COTW draft minutes.

CBT Community Outdoor Revitalization

Council directed staff to complete applications to the Columbia Basin Trust's (CBT) Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants for a retrofit of the Centennial Square plaza through the capital funding and planning and design streams.

To learn more see the 2019-02-25 COTW draft minutes and report

Volunteer Day of Recognition

Council endorsed the recommendation from the Committee of the Whole to change the District’s Volunteer Day of Recognition from the second Sunday in September to the first Sunday in May. Staff will be completing a review of the Civic Recognition Policy and will be bringing a recommendation for amendments to a future Committee of the Whole (COTW) meeting for discussion.

To learn more see the 2019-02-25 COTW draft minutes and report.

Appointment to SCEEAC (Cal McDougall)

Council appointed Cal McDougall to the Socio-Community and Economic Effects Advisory Committee (SCEEAC) to replace John Ralph and complete his term which ends December 31, 2021.


Director of Finance

The District of Sparwood has initiated an Executive Search for its next talented and experienced Director of Finance to join their management team.

The Director of Finance position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for the overall direction and control of the accounting, ­ nancial reporting, budgeting, ­ nancial forecasting, investing, revenue collections, property taxation, payroll, expenditure control and information technology functions of the District. The ideal candidate will have a professional accounting designation and be a member in good standing with CPA Canada, thorough knowledge of Canadian Public Sector Accounting Standards, the Local Government Act and the Community Charter, a minimum fi ve years experience within municipal financial administration, and at least 5 years management experience in Local Government.

The deadline to apply is 4:30pm on Friday, March 29, 2019. Questions can be directed to Jim Craven, James R. Craven and Associates Ltd. At 250.744.9455 or

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

Please visit for further information and instructions on how to apply on either of these opportunities.


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

Calendar Event is on our website here

PO Box 520 Sparwood BC V0B 2G0 
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Vacancy Rate and Building Permit Reports

The District of Sparwood Planning Department has released our annual Vacancy Rate Study and Building Permit Report. These studies give a snapshot of the development activity and housing demand in the Sparwood.

To learn more, see Vacancy Report and Building Permit Report

Building or Renovating in 2019?

Beat the rush and apply for a building permit today!

Avoid unnecessary delays in construction by getting your permit ahead of time. Construction can start anytime within 6 months of the permit being issued.

Complete building permit applications can take up to 4 weeks to be approved and will take longer if a variance or development permit is required.

Contact the Planning Department for more information at 250.425.6271 or

Are Your House Numbers Visible from the Street?

Take a look at your house from the street at night to see if you can clearly identify your house numbers.  Perhaps shrubs or trees are blocking visibility, or the numbers are faded, or too small?  Your house numbers should be visible from 150’ at all angles.

In every emergency response time is critical; seconds lost can mean the difference of life and death.  If your home or business is set back from the street, post your address number at the entrance to your driveway.

Not only is this essential for fire, police or ambulance to find your home, it is also the law under our Community Standards Bylaw.

Council Facts is a publication by the District of Sparwood which summarizes the key decisions of Council.  Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise changed or cancelled by resolution.  The public is encouraged to attend regular Council, Committee of the Whole and Council Committee meetings.  Copies of agenda packages and minutes are available online.  Current agendas are available by the preceding Friday afternoon.

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