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Posted: February 20, 2020

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Feb. 18 District of Sparwood council meeting.

BYLAWS

Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Council gave third reading and referred two zoning bylaw amendments to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for its approval. The first amendment (Bylaw No. 1266) proposes to include “Home Based Child Care Facility” as a permitted use within the entire RMH (Modular Home Subdivision/ Manufactured Home Subdivision) zone and the second amendment (Bylaw No. 1267) proposes to include “Health Services” as a permitted use within the entire C-3 (Neighbourhood Commercial) zone.

BUSINESS

Skate Park Lighting

At the January 21 regular meeting the Skatepark Society made a request to council to use the remaining funds (approximately $25,000) in their account towards installation of lights at the Skatepark to increase usership and user safety. Based on a preliminary assessment the estimated costs for the installation of lighting at the skate park is approximately $64,120. Council directed staff to advise the society that the district is unable to undertake the project at this time and that the society consider applying for additional grants to fully fund the project.

Sparwood Golf Club Society

Council approved a capital grant-in-aid to the Sparwood Golf Club Society in the amount of $30,000 for 2020 upon receipt of a five-year capital replacement plan, financial statements including a profit and loss statement and balance sheet. Funding for this grant-in-aid will be through a 1.2% increase in the 2020 property tax requisition.

AKBLG Resolution

Council endorsed a resolution to be submitted to the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) Annual General Meeting requesting that the Province of British Columbia increase funding to the Interior Health Authority (IHA) for the Health Connections Patient Transport Program. The program began in 2004/2005 and was created to address the need to connect patients to enhanced services offered at regional hospitals. Initially IHA received $1 million in funding from the province and since that time no additional funding has been received, however inflationary costs of IHA are now at $1.3 million and will increase to $1.4 million in this fiscal year.

UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS

  • Tuesday, February 25 – Committee of the Whole Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 3 – Regular Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Regular Meeting

The meetings will take place at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue.

District of Sparwood


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