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Posted: March 17, 2014

RDEK Board Highlights

Library grants approved

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Board of Directors March 7 approved 2014 Library Grants for the Invermere and Radium Public Libraries. The Invermere Public Library will receive a grant in the amount of $80,000, while the Radium Hot Springs Public Library will receive $14,400.

Elko Septage Ponds to be closed

The Elko septage receiving facility will be closed as of April 1. All contractors currently using the Elko site will be directed to the facility in Wasa.

Elk Valley waste disposal location to be part of Solid Waste Management Plan review

RDEKSparwoodTSThe directors for the Central Subregion March 7 agreed in principle to staff exploring the possibility of allowing the Elk Valley’s solid waste to be brought to the Central Subregion Landfill for disposal as part of the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) review process. The Elk Valley directors will review the Central Services Committee proposal next month. The SWMP review will be held in summer/fall 2014 and, if the Elk Valley directors support the proposal, this item would be one aspect of the review process. The process will include the establishment of a Technical Review Committee, use of our Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee and public consultation. The decision by the Central Directors only gives staff the direction to include it as an option to explore further. Currently, the Elk Valley sends its waste to Alberta for disposal.

Committee and Board of Variance appointments

The board made the annual appointments for the Advisory Planning Commissions (APC) / Electoral Area Advisory Commissions (EAAC). Each electoral area has a citizen-based APC/EAAC that considers and makes recommendations of applications such as Discretionary Grant-In-Aid and development applications for variances and rezoning. Members were also appointed to the Agricultural Advisory Committee (AAC) for a one-year term.

Diana Cavers (Central Subregion) and Cheryl Otting (Elk Valley Subregion) were appointed for a three year term on the Board of Variance.

Board chair Rob Gay
Board chair Rob Gay

Gay Appointed to Regional Broadband Committee

RDEK Board Chair and Electoral Area C Director Rob Gay has been appointed as the RDEK representative on the Regional Broadband Committee.

Discretionary Grant-in-Aid (DGIA) Funding

The Sand Creek Senior Citizens Drop In Centre will receive $1,684.55 for the South Country Bus Service.

The Kootenay Children’s Festival will receive $1,000 from the Area C DGIA account. The 29th annual festival will be held May 10 in Cranbrook.

Habitat for Humanity will receive $500 from the Area C DGIA to help with the construction of its first home in Cranbrook.

Steeples Elementary School will receive $1,000 from the Area C DGIA account to assist with costs of the annual Spring Camping Trip at Blue Lake.

Windermere Health Care Auxillary will receive $350 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account for Windermere Hall rental fees.

The Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network will receive $750 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account and $750 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account for its Wild Voices for Kids program.

Public meetings

Area A Director Mike Sosnowski
Area A Director Mike Sosnowski

Proposed Area A Flood Control Service Area – Monday, March 31 at the
 Hosmer Community Hall
 from 5:30—7 p.m. Open House 7—8:30 p.m.; Presentation and Q&A. Join Area A Director Mike Sosnowski and RDEK staff to learn more about a proposal to create a new Flood Control Service Area in Electoral Area A.

Central East Kootenay Community Directed Funds Committee May 8 —3 p.m. 
RDEK Conference Room.

Columbia Valley Community Directed Funds Committee April 14 —10:30 a.m.
Windermere Fire Hall.

Public Hearings

Wednesday, March 26 —7 p.m. Centennial Centre – 100 4th Avenue, Kimberley
Bylaw No. 2511 Kimberley Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1924, 2006—Kimberley Rural Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1924, 2006 – Amendment Bylaw No. 9, 2014 (Medical Marihuana / RDEK).

Next board meetings

Thursday, April 3 – Committee Meetings TBA

Friday April 4 – RDEK Board Meeting 9 a.m.

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