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Posted: November 16, 2015

Notes from City Hall

Stay Bear Aware

Though the falling snow may have you believing denning is imminent, WildSafeBC is still receiving reports of bear sightings in and around Kimberley. Please stay diligent about encounter prevention and safety while you recreate, and manage attractants for wildlife in and around your home. First and foremost, ensure household waste is stored securely indoors, only placing cans out to the curb on the morning of collection. Thank you for doing your part to keep wildlife wild and communities safe!

Garbage reminder

CityofKim LogoGarbage pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. Garbage must not be set out before 5 a.m., as unattended garbage attracts bears and other wildlife. If you choose to put out your garbage later than 7:30 a.m. and the garbage truck passes earlier than usual, you run the risk of not having your garbage collected that day.

Each household may put out up to two cans out per week, containing two bags per garbage can. Garbage cans should be a maximum of 77 litres (20.3 gallons) similar to the Rubbermaid ‘Roughneck’ garbage cans. The maximum weight allowed is 13 kilograms per bag (28.6 lbs). Any garbage containing recyclables will not be collected.  Loose garbage or garbage not placed in a bin will not be collected.

Please familiarize yourself with the City of Kimberley’s new Solid Waste Rates and Regulations Bylaw. For more details on the garbage collection schedule or garbage can specifications, visit Kimberley.ca/Services/garbage-pickup-schedule or call Operations at 250-427-9660.

Clearing snow and ice

Icy sidewalks can be a hazard for everyone including seniors, children, mail carriers, meter readers, firefighters, and paramedics. As the weather warms up and then freezes again, water from melting snow can run onto cleared sidewalks.

Here are a few tips to help maintain your walkways:

shovelingsnow– Warm weather during the day can make ice soft, so it’s easier to chip or shovel away.

– Spread sand or gravel on icy patches to make your sidewalk safer for pedestrians. Spreading sand on a sidewalk before ice forms can also make future ice easier to remove.

– Microwaving sand in a microwave-safe container and spreading it while it is still warm will make the sand embed itself into the ice, creating a gritty top layer.

– Pile snow in a place where it will not run across your sidewalk when it melts and aim your downspouts away from areas where people walk.

Free family swim

Come out and enjoy the Kimberley Aquatic Centre for free on Wednesday, November 18 from 6-7 p.m., sponsored by Dr. C. Spowart Dental Associates. Please remember persons 18 years and under must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

Red Cross Babysitting Course

Are you ready to start babysitting? Take the course at the Aquatic Centre December 4 and 5. Cost is $82.30. Drop by the Aquatic Centre or call 250-427-2983 for registration and details.

City of Kimberley

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