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Posted: February 8, 2018

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Feb. 5 District of Sparwood council meeting.


Byron Buck

Mr. Byron Buck, a resident of Spardell Mobile Home Park (MHP), shared his concerns with council regarding the MHP’s current road conditions, water quality, and deficient permit conditions with regards to the MHP’s expansion.


Asset Management Policy

Council adopted an Asset Management Policy that sets the guidelines for developing asset management plans across the organization that is coordinated, cost effective and sustainable. The goal is to provide infrastructure assets, which are well managed and maintained.

These assets include but are not limited to: transportation networks; water distribution networks; sewage collection and treatments systems; technology systems; productive fleets; and accessible parks, recreation and civic facilities.

A copy of the staff report and policy are available.

SCADA Upgrades & Service Agreement

Council approved the award of the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) Upgrades and Service Agreement contract to MPE Engineering Ltd. for a five-year maintenance contract and a $123,000 five-year capital upgrade program, subject to annual budget approval.

The upgrade to the SCADA infrastructure is needed to better monitor and control the District’s water and wastewater facilities such as the wastewater treatment plant, lift stations and pump houses. A copy of the staff report is available.

Mine Rescue Competition

Council approved a request from the East Kootenay Mines Industrial Safety Association for use of district facilities and equipment at Fire Hall #1 and the Public Works Yard to host the 97th Annual Mine Rescue and First Aid Competition in Sparwood on May 12. A copy of their request is available.


Zoning Bylaw Amendment

Council rescinded third reading of Zoning Bylaw 264, 1981, Amendment Bylaw 1213, 2017 and referred the bylaw amendment back to staff for further clarification on the removal of office use as a principal use in the M-1 Light Industrial zones.

Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw Amendment

Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw 995, 2008, Amendment Bylaw 1218, 2018 was given three readings. This amendment introduces a new application fee of $500 to purchase “unadvertised” municipal land.

A copy of the staff report and draft budget are available.

Draft Operating Budget

Council discussed the draft 2018 Operating Budget at a special COTW meeting and provided staff with direction on funding adjustments for the golf course and replacements of garbage bins in the parks.

A copy of the staff report and draft budget are available.


BC Family Day – February 12

Due to the statutory holiday, Family Day, on Monday, February 12, garbage pickup scheduled for that day will be picked up on the following day, Tuesday, February 13.

The District of Sparwood Municipal and Public Works Offices will be closed on Family Day.

The Leisure Centre will be open for a Family Day swim from 1 – 4 p.m. with family activities including music, games, pictures and picture frame making. However, the arena will be closed on Family Day.

Snow Removal Safety

All residents of Sparwood are asked to be conscientious when the Public Works crews are removing snow from the municipal streets. Please be aware that any vehicles that are parked on the street while snow removal activities are taking place will be ticketed.

Parents please keep your children away from snow banks. Although they look tempting to play on, or tunnel into they are dangerous for children to play on. Snow plow operators and other motorists may not be able to see children playing around snow banks. Help ensure our children play safe!

Dog Licences

Did you know that all dogs within the District of Sparwood must have a license once they are nine months or older? This is to help us return your dog to you should he or she decide to go for a stroll without you!

The Animal Control Bylaw requires every dog to have a current year licence by January 15. A neutered or spayed dog tag, with vet certificate, is $10 or $30 for an unaltered dog.

Why licensing your dog should be Your No.1 priority:

  • If your dog gets lost, even in a neighbouring community, a licence is the fastest way to reunite you with your dog. Even if your dog is microchipped, a licence tag is immediately visible and doesn’t require a scanning device. Dogs are often returned by contacting the dog’s owner at their address on file with the District;
  • Your dog’s licence shows that you are a responsible dog owner. When you walk your dog, people will notice the licence on your dog’s collar and know that you really care about your dog’s welfare;
  • Licensing lets others know that your dog is not a stray. Often found dogs are kept by the people who find them, who assume an unlicensed dog is a stray; and
  • It’s the law! Failure to licence your dog by January 15 may result in tickets and impound fees.

Business Licences

Business owners operating in the District of Sparwood are reminded that 2018 Business Licence renewals are now due. Renewal notices have been mailed to all registered operating businesses with the district. If you haven’t received your invoice please call 250-425-6271.

Anyone carrying on a business within the municipality requires a business licence. This includes all home occupations, catalogue sales, commercial, and out of town businesses.

Sparwood Winterfest is Feb. 16 and 17


  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, February 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting (COTW) in Council Chambers on Monday, February 29 at 7 p.m.

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