City Hall Briefs
Re-zoning allows for heavy industrial use
City of Cranbrook council March 23 unanimously passed Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 3819 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3820, allowing for a change of land use designation for a portion of a property on the corner of Theatre Road and Godderis Road. The designation change in Bylaw No. 3819 is from ‘light industrial’ to ‘heavy industrial’ and the re-zoning considered in Bylaw No. 3820 is from RT – Residential Transition Zone to M-3 – Heavy Industrial and Transportation Zone.
A public hearing was held prior to council’s decision with no one from the public speaking to the bylaws.
Library Board appointments
Council unanimously agreed to appoint Cranbrook residents Sandy Zeznik and Riki Unrau (pictured above left to right) to the Cranbrook Public Library Board. The appointments are both two-year terms.
NorthStar R2T agreement extension
The NorthStar Rails to Trail Society has verbally agreed to move forward with a one-year extension to the NorthStar Rails to Trails Management Agreement, reported city chief administrative officer (CAO) Wayne Staudt.
“The existing agreement ends March 31. The society will be presenting council a proposed 2015/16 agreement along with their operating plan and previous year’s completed budget. The society and the city will be exploring alternative models for 2016 that may change the scope of how the two cities maintain the trail, and what role the society will play,” Staudt told council.
“The NorthStar R2T Society has been involved with the ongoing maintenance of the trail since 2010. The society oversees a variety of roles including maintenance, trail promotion, securing grants, and monitoring/advising cities of any trail concerns.
Recently, the society was able to secure $23,000 from the Regional District of East Kootenay, for a variety of trail enhancements, including interpretive signage and accessibility improvements,” he added.
Emergency repairs to fibre optic cable
On Monday March 9, while attempting the emergency repair of a leaking water main, a Public Works crew damaged multiple buried fibre optic cable ducts.
Two of the cable ducts were repaired in-situ, reported CAO Staudt. A third duct was fully destroyed and the fibre optic cable contained within the duct was damaged beyond repair and required replacement.
“Costs associated with the emergency fibre optic cable replacement, and repair of the damaged ducts are not provided for in the 2015 Operating Budget and may approximate $25,000,” Staudt reported to council.
Support for Fisher Peak Performing Arts Society
Council unanimously agreed to donate $670.45 from the Council Contingency Fund to cover rental fees of the Rotary Park Band Shell for Fisher Peak Performing Arts Society’s SummerSounds 2015/Dancing in the Park event.
“I applaud Louie Cupello (Fisher Peak Performing Arts Society treasurer and event co-organizer),” said Coun. Isaac Hockley. “This is a great event for Cranbrook.”
City covering building permit fee
Council unanimously agreed to donate $325 from Council Contingency to cover the building permit fee for the Sam Steele Slow-Pitch Tournament Committee, for the roof cover over the batting cage at Confederation Park.
National Volunteer Week
Council proclaimed April 12-18 as National Volunteer Week in Cranbrook, on the request of Lori Stolson, administrator of Youth, Children’s & Volunteer Services, Volunteer Kootenay.
Council also proclaimed April as Canadian Cancer Society’s Daffodil Month.