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Sparwood Council FactsPosted: August 20, 2012


District of Sparwood council August 6 directed staff to draft an amendment to Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981 to remove show homes as a permitted use.

Michel Creek Road Water Extension Temporary Borrowing Bylaw 1103, 2012 was introduced and given first, second, and third reading.

Bylaw 1100 cited as  “Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981, Amendment Bylaw 1100, 2012” was given first and second reading and a public hearing was scheduled for 7 p.m. on September 4.

Bylaw 1102 cited as “Subdivision Servicing Bylaw 591, 1994, Amendment Bylaw 1102, 2012” was given first, second, and third reading.

Following a public hearing to receive input from residents: Bylaw 1098 cited  as “Official Community plan Bylaw No. 869, 2002 Amendment Bylaw 1098, 2012” was given third reading and referred to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval.

Bylaw 1099 cited as  “Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981, Amendment Bylaw 1099, 2012” was given third reading and referred to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval.

Municipal Finance Authority

Council authorized District of Sparwood’s signing authorities for Municipal Finance Authority be one of the CAO, Director of Finance, or the Director of Corporate Services; and one of the Mayor or a Councillor.

2012 Paving Tender

Council approved the award of the contract for the 2012 Paving Program to Metro Paving and Roadbuilding Ltd. for approximately $912,000 plus applicable taxes, including all mandatory and optional work, excluding Douglas Fir Road and Aspen Drive and authorized the Director of Corporate Services to sign the contract, subject to a review of the contract document by the district’s solicitor, and further that the Director of Planning and Engineering be authorized to perform the function of contract administrator on behalf of the District of Sparwood.  By allowing the use of the district’s gravel pit – across Highway 3 (firewood site) substantial savings were realized on this year’s paving program.

Michel Natal Sparwood Heritage Society

Council received a letter from the Michel Natal Sparwood Heritage Society requesting help in finding a new location for the museum.  Council requested the society bring options back for further discussion.

Whiskey Jack Resort

Council authorized a reduction in the required maintenance bond from twenty-five percent (25%) to fifteen percent (15%) of the cost of engineering, construction and installation of the works and services, plus supervision, legal survey and other costs in connection therewith, as estimated by the Approving Officer, for the remainder of the Whiskey Jack Resort Development.

Rink attendants

Sparwood’s Recreation Department is now hiring students for the 2012/2013 arena season.  Interested applicants can drop off a cover letter and resume outlining their skills at the Sparwood Leisure Centre.   For more information please call 250-425-0552.

Last chance for lawn assessments

The week of August 20 – 24 will be the last week available for the residents of Sparwood to book lawn assessments!  Use this opportunity to educate yourself in preparation for water conservation indoors this winter as well as water conservation outdoors next summer.

Small changes in lifestyle can lead to huge benefits in reducing environmental impact! Do your part and book an appointment today! To book, call our Water Smart Ambassador for a free 30 minute landscape/irrigation audit at 250-910-0854, and receive a FREE hose timer or rain sensor at the end of your appointment!

Railway crossing on Michel Creek Road

CPR plans to replace the railway crossing on Michel Creek Road.  The plan is to close the Michel Creek Road Railroad Crossing for two days (to be determined and advertised) with traffic being detoured to Highway 43.  This will improve the crossing rideability and longevity of the crossing.

Parking regulations

The District of Sparwood Bylaw Enforcement Officer reminds citizens that vehicles (including recreational vehicles) cannot be parked on public roadways for the purposes of offering them for sale or storage.  Vehicles cannot be parked on the road in the same location for more than 24 hours.  For more information on these regulations, please contact Dean Juneau, Bylaw Enforcement Officer at 250-425-6271.

Community Information Night

Come out on September 6, between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to find out what’s happening in your community.  See programs of interest for people of all ages and stages.  Community groups and organizations are invited to participate in this opportunity to promote what they have to offer.  For more information please contact Sparwood Community and Facility Services at 250-425-0552, or by email at

Know your street address

It is important to take the time to ensure you and everyone living in your home knows your physical street address.  Take the time to teach your children the correct spelling of your street name and make sure they can clearly relay your full address to others in the event of an emergency.  911 dispatch relies on the proper spelling of street names in order to direct emergency personnel.  If they are not given as much correct information as possible it could delay the response time for help to arrive.  If you have any questions about the correct spelling of your street please contact the District Office at 250-425-6271.

Lost pets

Contact or advertise at:

E-KNOW (East Kootenay News Online Weekly at

Sparwood Animal Pound 250-425-7718

The Drive (radio station) 250-426-2224 (on line) (on line)

Cranbrook SPCA (dog pound) 250.426.6751

Put up posters and pictures of your lost pet

Sparwood pets are a healthy and important part of our community.  We would like to encourage all pet owners to update your pet tags and information with Sparwood Animal Control so we can better serve the needs of your four legged family members.

Upcoming meetings (In council chambers)

–          Monday, August 20, 2012 Regular Council Meeting at 7 p.m.

–           Monday, August 27, 2012 Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7 p.m.

District of Sparwood


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