October 10, 2019 Council Facts


  • Town Hall Meeting at Seniors’ Drop-In Centre, 101 Pine Avenue on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm


Development Variance Permit (DVP)

9555 Highway 43

Council approved issuance of DVP 2019-008 and granted the variance to the Mobile Home Parks Bylaw to decrease the minimum width of a mobile home space from 15 metres to 12.1 metres in Lodgepole Mobile Home Park to permit a new mobile home space at 37A.

For more information, see the staff report.

Winter Trail Maintenance

Council approved entering into a winter trail grooming service agreement with Sparwood Trails Alliance (STA) for gooming a winter trail network in Sparwood for the 2019-2020 winter season.

Council also directed staff to prepare a recreational land use permit between the District and STA for development of trails in Sparwood Heights. The permit will come back to a future meeting for Council’s consideration.

For more information, see the staff report.

Valley Riders

Council approved a land use permit between the District of Sparwood and Valley Riders – Sparwood Society for use of the rodeo grounds for horse training and events. The permit is for a term of 5 years commencing October 6, 2019 at a fee of $10.00 per year.

For more information, see the staff report.

Sidewalk Improvements

Council awarded the tender for 2019 sidewalk improvements project to Terus Construction Ltd., dba BA Blacktop (Cranbrook) for an amount of $417,176. Work on sidewalks along Aspen Drive, Red Cedar Drive and Ponderosa Drive will take place in 2020.

For more information, see the staff report.

Leisure Centre Concession Lease

Council declined a request from Putters Grill to waive concession lease payments of $500 per month during July and August when the concession was closed.

For more information, see the staff report.

Road Closure Signs

Council authorized the purchase of four signs to regulate traffic during special events and parades such as Remembrance Day, Day of Mourning, Sparwood Market, Coal Miner Days, etc.

For more information, see the staff report.

Grant Applications

Council authorized submission of grant applications for the following projects:

  • Community Emergency Preparedness Fund – Structural Flood Mitigation 2019 Program for the Elk River Pedestrian Bridge Bank Stabilization Project. If approved, the $510,000 project would be 100% funded through the grant.
  • Asset Management Planning Program to develop a District of Sparwood Asset Management Plan. If approved 50% of the $30,000 project cost would be funded through the grant.

For more information, see the staff reports on flood mitigation and asset management.


Bears in and around our Community

The District would like to remind residents not to place their garbage out on the curb before 5:00 am on collection day. Garbage MUST be placed in the bear-resistant carts with the clips LOCKED or in a secure garage, shed or inside your house until collection day. Remember to unclip the bear-resistant locks after placing the cart at the curb on collection day. Excess garbage should be taken to the Transfer Station which is open from 9 am to 5 pm Monday thru Saturday (excluding statutory holidays).

It is important for residents to lock up their refuse and keep other bear attractants, such as fruit trees bearing over-ripe fruit, or easily accessible bird feeders, pet food, and BBQs (drip pans/grease cans), out of a bear’s reach.

Remember that a fed bear is a dead bear.

Thanksgiving Day

 The District of Sparwood Main Office and Public Works Office will be closed Monday, October 14, 2019 to observe the Thanksgiving Day Stat Holiday.

Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm Seniors’ Drop In Centre | 101 Pine Avenue

Learn what has been accomplished this year and what is planned for the future!

 Please join Mayor Wilks and Council on Thursday, October 10, 2019 for a Town Hall meeting at the Seniors’ Drop-In Centre. You are invited to share your thoughts on issues that matter to you and the community.

At 6:00 pm Mayor and Council will be providing citizens with an update on what has been accomplished this year and what is being planned for the future, discussing upcoming projects and issues of common concern. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and time will be available before and after the panel discussion to ask questions of individual members of Council and Staff, leave comments on topic boards and provide feedback.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. It’s about working together for a better and stronger Sparwood!

If you are not available, please share your ideas and suggestions in writing to Sparwood@sparwood.ca

Join Council and Staff for coffee and snacks!

Enter to win a FitBit Ionic and other door prizes.