December 3, 2019 Council Facts

UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS

  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  • Socio-Community & Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting in Council Chambers on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm

DELEGATIONS

RCMP – Elk Valley Detachment

Staff Sgt. Jeff Harrold, of the Elk Valley RCMP Detachment, presented the 3rd quarter crime statistics on offences responded to by the detachment. The report reflected a decrease of 52 calls for service over the same period in 2018.

For more information, see the report.


Livability Study

Cassandra Cagier, of Intelligent Futures, presented the Sparwood Livability Study (SLS) for Council’s endorsement. The SLS was developed to define, understand and measure elements of our community and mining, through Teck’s Baldy Ridge Extension (BRE) and other developments that can have positive or negative impacts on our quality of life. Priorities identified by the Socio-Community and Economic Effects Advisory Committee for implementation in 2020, and endorsed by Council, included air quality, dust/dirt, health care access – service hours, housing availability, and economic diversification.

For more information, see the study.

BUSINESS

CBT Community Wildfire Education Grant

Council authorized the submission of a Community Wildfire Education grant application to the Columbia Basin Trust for funding of up to $25,000 to raise awareness and deliver educational programs about actions property owners and the District of Sparwood can take to mitigate the impacts of community wildfires. Council also approved an operating budget allocation of up to $25,000 in matching funds for this initiative.

For more information, see the staff report.


Upper Elk Valley Fire Protection Services

Council authorized the District of Sparwood to enter into an agreement with the Regional District of East Kootenay to provide fire protection services to the Upper Elk Valley Fire Protection Service area for a term of five years commencing January 1, 2020.

For more information, see the staff report and agreement.


Community Promotion and Float Policy

Council adopted the Community Promotion and Float Policy to replace the Float – Attendance at Parades Policy which was repealed at that meeting. The new policy defines the area that the District of Sparwood’s float may go, who can use the float and reimbursement for travel expenses.

For more information, see the staff report and policy.

OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sparwood Food Drive 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2019 – 5:30 pm

It’s that time of year again!  Sparwood’s emergency responders will be going door-to-door collecting donations of food, new unwrapped toys, and cash to make sure our Food Bank and Toys for Tots programs are very well stocked for the holiday season.  If you are not at home donations can be dropped off at Fire Hall #1, 479 Pine Avenue or just leave them on your front doorstep in a bag or box for pickup.


Canadian Pacific Holiday Train

December 11, 2019

3:10 p.m. Behind the Leisure Centre

The 2019 Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is coming to Sparwood!

 More Canadians than ever are turning to food banks for support. Help make a difference in our community by bringing a cash or food donation to this year’s Holiday train. This year the train features Terri Clark and Dallas Smith.


Light Up a Child’s Life Campaign

The Chamber of Commerce has a tree set up in the Greenwood Mall for the “Light Up a Child’s Life” campaign. If you have a few hours to spare, please consider volunteering to sit at the tree. All proceeds go to the Sparwood Food Bank and Toys for Tots.

For more information, please contact the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce at 250-425-2423.


Parking Regulations

October 1 – March 31

Reminder to residents that the District’s Off-Street Parking Regulations came into effect on October 1st.  The Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highway Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987 prohibits on-street parking between 6:00 am to 4:00 pm from October 1 to March 31 inclusive.  Residents should note that:

  • Parking on the street during snow plowing, snow removal, snow hauling, or sanding operations is prohibited;
  • That no advance warning is required under the bylaw and section 189 (1) (n) of the Motor Vehicle Act and offending vehicles will be towed; and
  • It is an offence under the Community Standards Bylaw to push, place or throw or allow to be pushed, placed or thrown any snow or ice upon a highway or lane.

Please make appropriate arrangements for parking your vehicles.


Enjoy the Winter Trail Network

There are many groomed and maintained trails within the community to enjoy throughout the winter months.

The Sparwood Trails Alliance maintains the groomed fat bike and snowshoe trails. Sunset Ridge Ski Society maintains the cross-country ski trails, which are now extended south of the golf course, and the District plows the paved pathways in town and through Central Park.