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Posted: June 17, 2013

RDEK Board Highlights

Application to be submitted for fuel treatments

RDBaynesLakeB.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd. will submit an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for funding to complete operational fuel treatments in the Baynes Lake area. If funding is received, the project would include fuel reduction work on a total of 52.1 hectares of Crown Land around Baynes Lake that have been identified as having a moderate to high priority in the Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

Transit agreements signed

RDEK board chair Rob Gay and chief administrative officer Lee-Ann Crane June 7 signed the Annual Operating Agreement with BC Transit and Olympus Stage Lines for the operation of the Columbia Valley transit system for a one-year term ending March 31, 2014.

The Annual Operating Agreement between the RDEK, BC Transit and Sun City Coachlines for the operation of the Elk Valley transit system through March 31, 2014 was also signed.

Koocanusa OCP implementation

Squatting along Lake Koocanusa remains a concern. Two years ago a 'squatters' village' in the Grasmere/Tobacco Plains area was sacked, with numerous structures burned and destroyed by fallen trees. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW
Squatting along Lake Koocanusa remains a concern. Two years ago a ‘squatters’ village’ in the Grasmere/Tobacco Plains area was sacked, with numerous structures burned and destroyed by fallen trees. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW

The RDEK will be writing a letter to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to request that a multi-agency meeting be scheduled with the RDEK and Columbia Basin Trust to discuss Crown land management and planning in the Koocanusa area. One of the key issues emerging from the recent adoption of the RDEK’s Lake Koocanusa OCP is the public’s interest in additional planning around the reservoir, particularly with respect to off-road vehicle use and informal camping on Crown land. The board has decided to step up its advocacy for additional provincial resources to address these issues and Columbia Basin Trust has expressed an interest in supporting those efforts.

20-Year Service Award

Building Inspector Dick Barrett was presented with his 20-Year Service Award. Dick works out of the RDEK’s Columbia Valley Office.

2013/2014 CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas funding approved

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors June 7 approved a total of 1,014,490 in funding for 140 projects around the region over the coming year. The funding comes from Columbia Basin Trust’s Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs, which are administered by the RDEK. For a full list of the approved projects, visit www.rdek.bc.ca.

Lot 48 on the east side of Columbia Lake, between Fairmont Hot Springs and Canal Flats.
Lot 48 on the east side of Columbia Lake, between Fairmont Hot Springs and Canal Flats.

District Lot 48

The board gave Bylaws No. 2471 and 2472 first and second reading and authorized a public hearing. If adopted, the bylaws will recognize District Lot 48, located on the east side of Columbia Lake, as a conservation property and help preserve the area’s cultural, ecological and recreational values. A public hearing on Bylaws No.  2471 and 2472 will be held at 7 p.m. on June 27 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Columbia Valley abattoir

RDxrdsabsiteThe board adopted Bylaw No. 2448 to rezone a parcel of land owned by the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute near the Invermere crossroads to facilitate the construction of a small abattoir to process local livestock. In response to public concerns about the location of the abattoir, Bylaw No. 2448 contains a number of regulations to control the size and location of the proposed facility.

Discretionary Grant in Aid (DGIA) Funding

– The Hosmer Recreation Society (pictured above) will receive $25,000 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account to go towards renovations of the kitchen and washroom facilities at the Community Hall.

– The Family Resource Centre will receive $3,000 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account and $1,000 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account for the Need and Demand Assessment for Affordable Housing.

smmfback– The Steamboat Mountain Music Society will receive $1,000 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account for the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival on Saturday, July 6.

Next board meetings

Thursday July 4 – Committee Meetings TBA

Friday July 5 – RDEK Board Meeting 9 a.m.

Other RDEK happenings

Public Hearings

Tuesday, June 25 — 4 p.m.

Regional District of East Kootenay – 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook. Bylaw 2476—Regional District of East Kootenay—Moyie and Area Land Use Bylaw No. 2070, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw No. 6, 2013 (Twin Lakes/Jolie)

Thursday, June 27 —7 p.m.

Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (Birch Room) – 5225 Fairmont Resort Road Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Bylaw 2471—Regional District of East Kootenay—Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1734, 2004 – Amendment Bylaw No. 23, 2013 (Columbia Lake/RDEK) -and- Bylaw 2472—Regional District of East Kootenay—Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 287, 2013 (Columbia Lake/RDEK)

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