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Elkford Council NewsPosted: June 6, 2012

Centermount Coal Ltd., Bingay Creek Project Report

Centermount Coal Ltd. provided a presentation to District of Elkford council May 28 on the progress of the Bingay Creek Coal Mine.  The company completed the pre-feasibility study and has moved to the feasibility study of the project.  The company is hoping to start the construction of the site in 2014 and go into production in 2016.   It is anticipated that the production will reach one million tonnes in 2016 and two million tonnes per year thereafter.

Kootenay Rockies Tourism (KRT)

Kootenay Rockies Tourism presented Council with an overview of the organization.  KRT develops, coordinates and delivers marketing programs in the Kootenays.  It also provides assistance to communities to plan for tourism development and marketing activities.  The organization is currently promoting the KOOTENAYapp.  It is the tool for flexible travel in the Kootenay Rockies and offers complete travel information services.  The app is free and is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, and Blackberry.

BC Winter Games

The district received an invitation to submit a joint bid to host the 2016 or 2018 BC Winter Games.  The City of Fernie is interested in hosting the event in partnership with the District of Elkford, the District of Sparwood and the RDEK Areas A and B.  The District of Elkford approved supporting a BC Winter Games Elk Valley bid.

Petition to Re-Install Play-Park

The district received a petition to re-install a play-park between Nashton and Needles Crescent.  Approximately 45 individuals have signed this petition.  The petition was deferred to be considered with the development of the 2013 Strategic Priority: Parks Plan – Water, Skate, Bike, Exercise, Playgrounds.  The district is hoping to engage community groups to provide input into the Plan.

Development Permit #12-02, 300 Bluebell Street

Crowsnest Properties Ltd. recently rezoned the property at 300 Bluebell Street to R-MP Mobile Home Park.  The amendment allowed the placement of modular homes in the Mobile Home Park zone.   The owner has completed the planning for the site with  consideration of the information requested by staff.  The district authorized the issuance of the Development  Permit for the development of the Wilderness Heights Modular Home Community Park.  The Permit provides conditions for the site layout, the appearance of the buildings, landscaping, outdoor lighting, signage, snow management, and energy and water efficiency.

Building and Facility Naming Policy

The District of Elkford approved a policy to establish criteria for naming of district buildings and facilities.  The names of the district buildings will include the name “Elkford” and their primary functions.   For example, the name of the new district community facility will be:  Elkford Community Conference Centre.   The naming rights for the rooms, halls, arenas, courts, or outdoor recreation facilities may be considered in light of significant volunteer contributions to the community or in recognition of significant funding sponsorship.

P.A.R.T.Y. Program

The  P.A.R.T.Y.  program has been provided to the Elk Valley high school students since 1999.  It offers a realistic re-enactment of a motor vehicle accident and the progression of its victims in order to leave a lasting impression on the youth.  The program was not offered in 2012 due to lack of accommodations at the Fernie hospital.  Councillor McLean attended a meeting in Fernie to discuss the future of the program.  The program will be offered again in 2013.  Additionally, the RCMP will be offering a new prevention program for Grade 10 students in the East Kootenay Region called “After P.A.R.T.Y.”

District of Elkford


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