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Posted: December 4, 2020

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Dec. 1 District of Sparwood council meeting.

DELEGATIONS

WildSafeBC

Kathy Murray, WildSafeBC Community Coordinator, provided an overview of the 2020 WildSafeBC Program. Ms. Murray thanked council for their ongoing support of the program and commitment to preventing human/wildlife conflicts. Sparwood has taken very positive steps forward and is setting a precedent for other East Kootenay communities. The residential bear resistant carts and commercial dumpsters have resulted in less garbage accessible to bears. The number of bear reports was well below average this year with 15 calls; seven black bears and eight grizzly bears, compared to 60 last year.

Sunset Ridge Ski Society

Shelly Hume, representing the Sunset Ridge Ski Society, relayed concerns the society has with how planned logging may affect the club’s access and use of crosscountry trails in Sparwood Heights. Canfor intends to do Wildland Urban Fire Interface Treatment to the west of Sparwood.

BYLAWS

Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw

Amendment Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1255, 2019, Amendment Bylaw No. 1278, 2020 was adopted. This amendment allows the district to collect an annual fee of $100 from local non-profit organizations that purchase third party liability and directors insurance coverage through the Municipal Insurance Association.

Sewer and Water Reserve Replenishment Parcel Tax Bylaw Amendment

Sewer and Water Reserve Replenishment Parcel Tax Bylaw No. 1092, 2012, Amendment Bylaw No. 1280, 2020 was adopted. This amendment establishes the parcel tax rates for 2021 through 2024.

BUSINESS

2021 Council Meeting Schedule

Council approved the 2021 council meeting schedule, including cancellation of the Regular Meeting of January 5, 2021. Regular meetings are held in Council Chambers at 136 Spruce Avenue on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.

Leisure Centre Concession Lease

Council approved a lease renewal agreement with Michele Dwyer for the Leisure Centre Concession from November 1 to June 30, 2021 in the amount of $2,400 plus tax.

Pedestrian Crossing at Hemlock Road

Council approved a new location for a crosswalk at Hemlock Road and Pine Spur Drive on the east side of the intersection. Signage will be installed and painting of the crossing will be completed in the spring of 2021.

Community Garden

During the Committee-of-the-Whole portion of the meeting, council provided direction to staff to work with the Sparwood Community Garden group to develop a community garden at 440 Engelmann Spruce Drive through a land use agreement.

UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETINGS

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

  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, December 15
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, January 5 – CANCELLED
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

District of Sparwood


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