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Posted: May 27, 2013

Sparwood Council Facts

sparwoodlogoProvincial Bowling Champion

District of Sparwood council May 21 recognized and congratulated Ms. Portia Eldaun, Bantam Girls Singles Provincial Youth Bowling Champion. Ms. Eldaun and her coach Bob Stockey received a congratulatory mug and hat from the district.

Sparwood Farmer’s Market

sparwoodfmAmy Cardozo made a presentation to council regarding the Sparwood Farmer’s Market. The market tentatively is set to run on Friday evenings from 5 – 9 p.m. from June 28 to September 6, at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The board is looking for vendors and volunteers. If you are interested email [email protected] or follow their Facebook page ‘Sparwood Farmer’s Market.’

DVP – 108 Tamarack Avenue

Council approved a Development Variance Permit to reduce the minimum front yard requirement from 7.62 metres (25’) to 5.75 metres (18.83”) at 108 Tamarack Avenue for construction of a front deck.

Elk Valley Society for Community Living

Council approved payment of rent for the Arts Room at the Leisure Centre on behalf of the Elk Valley Society for Community Living for weekday mornings from the summer of 2013. One free public swim session per week for the society was also approved by council. The society runs programs for children with special needs.

Sparwood Curling Club

sparwoodccThe district will advertise their intention to enter into a lease with the Sparwood Curling Club for a five-year period. The lease provides the Curling Club access to the curling rink and adjoining lounge and concourse from October 1 until March 15 of each year.

Joy Global

The Mayor and Director of Corporate Services were authorized to execute the sales agreement between the District of Sparwood and Joy Global for the sale of a 15-acre parcel of land located on the south side of Highway 3 across from the intersection of Highway 3 and 43.

Lilac Terrace

Council received a letter from Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society asking for support for their proposal for an addition of 12 units to Lilac Terrace.

These units will be affordable supportive housing for seniors, which will include the meal program. The Society is also proposing an addition of three Flexible Community Rooms. These units will be available for palliative care, respite care or any other need that Lilac Terrace is able to fill for the community.

BC Hydro Operational Update

Councillors Fraser and McKie were authorized to attend the BC Hydro Operational Update meeting for elected officials in Cranbrook on May 29.

Congratulations Sparwood Secondary Class of 2013

Your graduation is certainly an achievement, but you know there’s a lot more to come — goals, dreams, challenges, and opportunities that bring you fulfillment and help you make a positive difference in the world.

Hope your future is filled with wonderful things because you’re a very special graduate who deserves the very best. Congratulations graduates. The District of Sparwood wishes you the best of luck in the future.

Senior’s Birthday Book

The District of Sparwood recognizes the contribution that seniors make to our community. Those Sparwood seniors who have, or will, reach the age of 75 years this year are invited to attend a council meeting to sign our ‘Senior’s Birthday Book’.

Please notify the District of Sparwood Municipal Office by June 7, if you, or someone you know, has turned 75 years of age or will be turning 75 this year. We will then send an invitation to the recipient to attend the June 17, regular meeting of council. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend.

Sprinkling regulations

To promote water conservation in Sparwood, the district has implemented sprinkling regulations that shall be in effect from June 1 through September 30 each year.

Even numbered addresses are allowed to water on even calendar days and odd numbered addresses are allowed to water on odd calendar days.

Exceptions to the water sprinkling restrictions include nurseries, golf courses; farms, turf and tree farms, and municipal parks, playing fields, and other municipal properties.

There will be special permission for those residents who have installed a new lawn (either seed or sod) for a period of 21 days after installation of the lawn.

Do you want to become water conscious? Do you just not know how long you should be watering for, or how to set your irrigation timer? A free, half hour appointment with Sparwood’s Water Smart Ambassador will provide you with the knowledge to be water wise this summer. At the end of your appointment, you will also receive a FREE hose timer or rain sensor. Make an appointment today!

Call Laura at 250-910-0854 or email [email protected].

Notice of Facility Closure

sparwoodlcThe Sparwood Leisure Centre will be closed from June 17 – July 8. Closure is to replace and upgrade the heating and HVAC system. The office will be open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. for program registration. During this closure the fitness centre will also be closed. All current monthly and yearly passes will be extended to cover the ‘shutdown’ period. Thank you for your patience while we upgrade our facility.

Annual Reporting of Municipal Finances

Presentation of the 2012 Annual Report and reporting of council’s remuneration, expenses, and contracts for 2012 will take place at the regular meeting of council to be held at 7 p.m. on June 17, in the Council Chambers. The Annual Report includes the audited financial statements and other information required under Section 98 of the Community Charter.

2013 Tax Notices

The 2013 tax notices will be sent out shortly. If you are a new owner and do not receive a tax notice by the end of May, please come into the district office to obtain a duplicate copy. Notices are mailed to the owners show on the Assessment role.

Depending upon the date of purchase, we may not have the new owner’s information and the tax notice will be mailed to the previous owner.


Please visit www.sparwood.ca to share your input on how we can improve communication and consultation in Sparwood.

Complete the survey by May 31, for your chance to win a $100 District of Sparwood Gift Certificate.


Contact or advertise at:

Sparwood Animal Pound 250-425-7718



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 so we can serve the needs of your four legged family members better

Upcoming meetings (In council chambers)

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

– Tuesday, June 4 – Special Meeting at 7 p.m.

– Monday, June 17 – Regular Meeting at 7 p.m.

District of Sparwood

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