March 3, 2020 Council Facts

UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS

The following meetings will take place at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue.

  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Public Hearing for Zoning Bylaw Amendment 1270 on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020

DELEGATIONS

Melissa Nunes

Melissa Nunes made a presentation to Council on her safety and aesthetic concerns with the Centennial Square Concept Plan that was presented at the February 6, 2020 community event. Ms. Nunes provided suggestions on how to make the Square more inviting and safer for children.

For more information, see Ms. Nunes’ presentation.


Sparwood Search and Rescue

Glenn Finlay, Andrea Murland and Jackie Carpenter, representing Sparwood Search and Rescue provided an overview of the organization’s 2019 activities, plans for 2020 and thanked Council for their on-going support. The volunteer members are trained in high-angle rope rescue, swift water rescue, organized avalanche response, community emergency response and public education / SAR prevention.

BYLAWS

Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1266 was adopted. This amendment permits “Home Based Child Care Facility” within R-MH (Modular Home Subdivison/Manufactured Home Subdivision) zones.

For more information, see Bylaw 1266.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1267 was adopted. This amendment permits “Health Services” within C-3 (Neighbourhood Commercial) zones.

For more information, see Bylaw 1267.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1270 was given first and second readings and a Public Hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:00 pm. This amendment proposes to rezone a portion of Lot A, DL 6250, KD, located in Whiskey Jack Subdivision, from Resort Residential to Low Density Residential.

If you believe you will be affected by this amendment and wish to share comments with Council prior to their decision you will be provided an opportunity to be heard at the Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Public Hearing or you may submit your comments in writing to the District of Sparwood, Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0 or by email to sparwood@sparwood.ca before noon on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

For more information, see the staff report and Bylaw 1270.

BUSINESS

Energy Step Code Policy

Council approved Sparwood Energy Code Policy 2020-2022. This policy is designed to encourage energy efficiency in new building construction through incentives offered to builders who meet various steps through the BC Energy Step Code.

For more information, see the staff report and policy.


Mobile Home Park Permit Application

Council approved issuance of a Mobile Home Park Permit to the Elk Valley Mobile Home Park authorizing the layout of mobile home pad spaces A5, A6, A7 and A8 to comply with DVP 2019-003 that was approved by Council in September 2019 and Mobile Home Parks Bylaw No. 288, 1982.

For more information, see the staff report and application.


Community Clean Up Event

Council approved Sparwood’s Community Cleanup and EcoFair to be held annually on the last Saturday of April or the first Saturday of May each year, to coincide with Global Earth Day. 

For more information, see the staff report.


Shaw Go WiFi Agreement

Council approved entering into a licensing agreement with Shaw Cablesystems Ltd. to place Shaw Go WiFi telecommunications equipment on District property located at 367 Pine Avenue (Leisure Centre) and 136 Spruce Avenue (Main Office).

For more information, see the staff report and agreement.


Staff Appointments

Mayor and Council are pleased to announce two new staff appointments. Schaun Goodeve has been appointed as the Director of Planning and Development effective March 11, 2020 and Lyle Hannan has been appointed as the Director of Corporate Services effective March 30, 2020.

OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Volunteer Organization Achievement Award

The District of Sparwood appreciates the dedication of its volunteer groups and wishes to recognize the volunteer organizations that provide so much to the community by donating their time, talents, actions and services to the residents of Sparwood.

We are looking for nominations of our local community volunteer organizations that

  • Demonstrates initiative, leadership and creativity in their service to the community
  • Inspire others to engage in volunteer service
  • Improve the overall quality of life for the residents and the community as a whole

To be selected, nominated organizations must:

  • Provide direct support or services in Sparwood
  • Be a volunteer organization based in the District of Sparwood or the Elk Valley.
  • Have provided support or services in Sparwood for greater than one year.

All nominated organizations will be recognized at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Sunday, May 3, 2020, with the selected organization receiving a $500 donation to their group.

Nomination deadline is March 15, 2020 to:

Main Office: 136 Spruce Avenue

Leisure Centre: 367 Pine Avenue

Mail: Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0

Email: sparwood@sparwood.ca

Nomination forms are available on our website at www.sparwood.ca/volunteering.


Student Employment Opportunities

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

  • Parks and Greenbelt Workers
  • Fire Services Assistant

Employment will commence May 4, 20209 through to August 28, 2020. You must currently be attending school in a full-time program and be returning in September 2020 to be considered for these positions.

The deadline to apply is 4:00pm on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. 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 on either of these opportunities.