March 19, 2019 Council Facts


  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm 
  • SCEEAC Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, April 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Special (CBT Community Initiatives) Meeting in Council Chambers on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm


Officers & Officials Benefits Bylaw Amendment

Officers and Officials Benefits Bylaw 1038, 2012, Amendment Bylaw 1249, 2019 was adopted. The bylaw amended the exempt staff vacation entitlements as follows:

- 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.

To learn more see the bylaw.


CBT Community Outdoor Revitalization

Council supported the public engagement and design process presented under Approach A to support the application to the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Community Outdoor Revitalization Grants. The process included a Council walk around, a design scoping workshop with Council and the public, a landscape architect to be contracted to formalize the concept design to be included in the application to CBT following a final public comment opportunity.

To learn more see the report.

SCEEAC Amendment to ToR

Council supported an amendment to the Social-Community & Economics Effects Advisory Committee’s terms of reference which reduce the minimum number of days that the agenda must be circulated to members to at least 5 days prior to special meeting. For regular meetings, the agenda will still be published at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

2019-2022 Strategic Priorities Report

Council adopted the 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities Report prepared by Gordon McIntosh following a 2-day workshop held in February to set Council’s priorities for the next three and a half years.  The report contains a Strategic Priority Chart (on page 8) which identifies Council’s current 5 priorities (listed under NOW), the next 8 items (listed under NEXT), 8 priorities which Council and/or staff will advocate for or partner on, and departmental operational strategies.

To learn more see the report

Draft 2019-2023 Financial Plan

Council approved the 2019 expenditures and planning for 2020 capital expenditures from the 2019-2023 Draft Financial Plan, and updated the second objective for “Revenue Policy 3 – Permissive Tax Exemptions” to change the wording to “The 2019-2023 strategic planning priorities identify economic diversification as a critical element to encourage investment and employment. This diversification will be encouraged through revitalization tax exemption programs“.  The Financial Plan Bylaw will come forward for Council consideration at the end of April or early May.

To learn more see the report, Consolidated Plan, Capital Plan, Reserve Fund Plan, and Operating Budget (additional documents are available in the agenda package).


Council authorized a letter of support being provided the RCMP Day Committee Chair, Martin von Holst, for their efforts to move forward with a petition to the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada to acknowledge February 1st as “Royal Canadian Mounted Police Day”.

To learn more see the request letter.

Development Variance Permits

  • Draft DVP 2019-002 for Spardell Mobile Home Park
  • Draft DVP 2019-003 for Elk Valley Mobile Home Park

Council deferred consideration on authorizing the issuance of notices to be sent out for development variance permit applications for the Spardell Mobile Home Park located at 100 Industrial Road #1 and the Elk Valley Mobile Home Park located at 7555 Highway 43 until after they had an opportunity to meet with the applicants to discuss their short and long term plans for the parks. That discussion with Mr. Pater will take place during the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

To learn more about the variances requested for the Spardell Mobile Home Park see the report, draft DVP, map, and rationale submitted by the applicant.

To learn more about the variances requested for the Elk Valley Mobile Home Park see the report, draft DVP, map, and rationale submitted by the applicant.


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, ­ financial reporting, budgeting, ­ financial 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 five 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

Executive Assistant

The District of Sparwood has an excellent employment opportunity for an enthusiastic, highly motivated individual to assume the newly created position of Executive Assistant.

The Executive Assistant is responsible for a wide variety of administrative duties in support of the CAO and other senior management members. Duties include working closely with all levels of management and employees to coordinate and implement safety programs within the District of Sparwood; performing a wide range of duties to support senior management members with human resource programs and labour relations; and will be responsible for creating and disseminating internal and external communications materials.

The ideal candidate will have a University Degree or Post-Secondary Diploma in Public Administration, Human Resource Management, Communications, Public Relations, or relevant discipline; minimum of two years of work experience in human resources, health and safety, and/or communications; complete proficiency with MS Office and other common applications; superior written and verbal communication skills; well-developed organizational and time management skills; and a positive, energetic approach to work.

Applicants are invited to submit their resume, complete with cover letter, in confidence by April 12, 2019 at 16:00 (MDT), quoting competition #3-2019, to the attention of Michele Schalekamp, CAO at

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


Zoning Bylaw Update Survey

Complete the Zoning Bylaw Update Survey to help us clarify issues identified in stakeholder and public feedback from the draft zoning bylaw review. The survey will be open until April 5, 2019.

The purpose of this update is to modernize the bylaw, check-in with the community and business owners on any potential changes they may like to see, and to ensure consistency with the District’s Official Community Plan which was adopted in 2015.

For any questions or comments pertaining to the Zoning Bylaw or this project, please contact Jeremy Johnston, Manager of Planning, at or 250-425-6271.

Survey link:

Avalanche Warning

Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country issued a special public avalanche warning for recreational backcountry users today. The warning is widespread and applies to all the forecast regions in western Canada. For a map of the regions involved, click here.

At issue is the significant warming forecast to hit BC and Alberta last week. This dramatic temperature increase will increase the likelihood of avalanches throughout the mountains. At the same time, with the warm weather and BC’s spring break, we expect to see more people heading into the mountains.

To learn more see the media release or contact Mary Clayton, Communications Director, Avalanche Canada at:

PH: 250.837.2141 (109) | 250.837.1492


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