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Posted: August 20, 2020

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the August 17 District of Sparwood council meeting.


Elk Valley RCMP Detachment

Sgt. Trevor Tribes, of the Elk Valley RCMP Detachment, presented the quarterly crime statistics on offences responded to by the detachment in the Sparwood area. The report reflected a decrease of 21 calls for service over the same period in 2019.


Council Procedure Bylaw

Council Procedure Bylaw 1274, 2020 was given first, second and third reading. Primary changes to the bylaw include: removal of standing Committee-of-the-Whole (COTW) meetings and allow Council to resolve itself into COTW at any time during a regular council meeting; and removal of the special summer meeting schedule thus having all regular council meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month throughout the year. The bylaw will be brought forward at the Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 1 for consideration of adoption.


Multi-Purpose Facility

Council directed district staff to initiate a consultation and engagement process for the development of a multi-purpose facility. The community engagement process will build upon the preliminary feedback from the community of either a stand-alone facility, repurposing of the curling rink, repurposing and expansion of the curling rink, or other options.

Teck Land Use Permit

Council intends to execute a Land Use Permit to Teck Coal Ltd. for the purpose of a groundwater monitoring well on the boulevard of Red Cedar Drive by the stairs going up to the schools. The well will be used to collect data to monitor groundwater movement and help predict the influence of surface water on drinking water wells. This will have no significant effects on residents and the ground will be restored upon completion.

Material Handler Articulating-Telescoping Aerial Basket Truck

Council approved the purchase of a Material Handler Articulating-Telescoping Aerial Basket Truck for $183,527.50, excluding applicable taxes, from Falcon Equipment Ltd.

Public Works and Cold Storage Roof Replacements

Council approved the award of the Public Works Shop and Cold Storage Roof projects to Western Roofing in the amount of $338,000 plus tax.

Courthouse Lease 2021-2023

Council intends to execute a lease agreement with the Province of British Columbia for the use of a portion of the District Office for court services. The lease is for a term of three years commencing January 1, 2021 and lease fees will be $1,716.80 per month throughout the term.

Elk Valley Seniors Housing

Councillor Ron Saad was appointed as one councilā€™s two representatives on the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Board of Directors replacing Councillor Bowen. Councillor Amy Cardozo is councilā€™s other representative on the board.


  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 1 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

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