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RDEK NotesPosted: May 9, 2012

RDEK grateful for provincial funds

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors May 4 agreed to send a letter to the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations recognizing the Province’s 2012 Invasive Plant Program Grant and encouraging the province to continue to provide these important grants in the future. The RDEK will receive a total of $23,300 from the province for compliance/enforcement, education and administrative activities related to our invasive plant program.

Columbia Valley Landfill operations contract

Southeast Contracting has been awarded a five-year contract for the operations of the Columbia Valley Landfill in the amount of $1,745,000.

Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena improvements move forward

Work on fire proofing the mechanical room at the Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena will soon be underway. The contract for the improvements has been awarded to CXL Construction Ltd for a fee of 12% of the cost of work. If there is room in the budget following the mechanical room upgrade, an enclosed emergency exit area may also be constructed.

Subdivision Servicing Bylaw amended

Bylaw No. 2370 amending the RDEK Subdivision Servicing Bylaw was adopted by the board. The bylaw streamlines RDEK subdivision approval requirements for proof of potable water requirements, permits qualified professionals to confirm on-site septic capability and provides provisions for the RDEK to ensure capacity for parcels serviced by community sewer systems.

Transit agreements signed

The Chair and CAO will sign the Annual Operating Agreement with BC Transit and Olympus Stagelines Ltd. for operation of the Columbia Valley Transit System, and the Annual Operating Agreement with BC Transit and Sun City Coachlines for operation of the Elk Valley Transit System. Both agreements are for a one-year term ending March 31, 2013.

Fernie Hotel Room Tax funds to be dispersed by Tourism Fernie

The Chair and CAO have been authorized to sign the Agreement with Tourism Fernie for the disbursal of hotel room tax funds to provide tourism marketing, programs and projects in the Fernie area for the term February 1 to June 30, 2017.

Deputy/ESS coordinator named

Anita Charest is the new Deputy/ESS Coordinator for the Central Subregion Emergency Program. Charest’s primary duties will be to ensure ESS volunteers are trained and available; supplier contracts are maintained; and the overall ESS system is ready to adequately assist disaster victims.

Planning & Development Services projects identified

There have been a number of areas identified by the board for new or updated land use plans. The list for the next projects that will be undertaken by the Planning & Development Services Department is as follows:

1. Dry Gulch-Wilmer; 2. Wasa Area; 3. Regional Growth Strategy/Integrated Community Sustainability Plan; 4. Wardner-Mayook; 5. Elk Valley; 6. Grizzly Ridge.

Discretionary Grants-In-Aid (DGIA)

The Fernie Whitewater Society will receive $2,000 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account to go towards a concept design for a whitewater park on the Elk River.

South Country Craft & Critters 4-H Club will receive $250 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account, $750 from the Electoral Area B DGIA account, and $1,000 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account to help offset costs for the Annual 4H Camp at Rock Lake in September.

The Elk Valley RCMP Detachment will receive $500 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account, $500 from the Electoral Area B DGIA account, and $500 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account to help cover the cost of compartmentalized vans for the May long weekend in the South Country. The vans will act as temporary holding facilities to transfer prisoners to permanent holding cells in Cranbrook during the May long weekend when there is a major influx of visitors to the South Country.

The Lakeview Manor Society will receive $1,000 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account and $500 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account to go towards the purchase of a people elevator to increase access to suites on the second floor.

The Fairmont Business Association is busy planning the Hoodstock Music Festival, which will be held July 14. The association will receive $1,000 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account and $500 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account to help offset costs associated with hosting the festival.

The Edgewater Recreation Society will receive $1,000 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account to be used by the Edgewater 100th Celebration Committee for advertising, banners, and mail outs regarding the 100th anniversary celebrations in the community the weekend of July 7 and 8.

Next board meetings

Thursday June 7, Committee Meetings TBA

Friday June 8, RDEK Board Meeting 9 a.m.

Public Hearings:

Tuesday, May 22,—4 p.m. – Fernie Family Centre – Bylaw 2372—Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990—Amendment Bylaw No. 59, 2012 (Fernie/Ridgemont Holdings)

Tuesday, May 22 —7 p.m. at the Windermere Community Hall – Bylaw 2367—Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No, 900, 1992— Amendment Bylaw No. 268, 2012 (Cross River / Calstar Building Corp. Ltd)

Public Meetings:

Agricultural Plan Steering Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Three Bars Guest Ranch, Wycliffe

Wasa Community Meeting – Recreational Vehicle Placement Wednesday, May 30, 7 p.m. Wasa Community Hall

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