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Posted: September 14, 2021

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Sept. 7 District of Sparwood council meeting.

BYLAWS

Officers & Officials Bylaw

Officers and Officials Bylaw 1288, 2021 was adopted. This bylaw replaces outdated related bylaws and policies, addresses gaps in current administration practices, and gaps in short and long term disability coverages.

BUSINESS

District Awards Banquet / Christmas Party

Council approved an amendment to the format of the district’s annual awards banquet / Christmas party for 2021 to provide a turkey voucher to all employees and firefighters. Due to COVID-19, the uncertainty of Provincial Health Orders that may be in effect early in December, and difficulty in securing a caterer, it is not practical to proceed with planning a large event at this time.

Concession Lease Renewal

Council authorized a lease between the District of Sparwood and Michele Dwyer for operating the Leisure Centre concession for a maximum five-year term commencing September 1, in the amount of $5,000 per year.

Revitalization Tax Exemption Agreement

Council approved entering into a tax exemption agreement with Joy Global (Canada) Ltd. (Komatsu) which will allow a 10-year revitalization tax exemption for the improvements at 2800 Middletown Place owned by Komatsu. The exemption will become effective 2022.

Credit Card Policy

Council adopted a revised credit card policy which provides clear direction to staff on the use and management of the District credit cards for business expenses and purchases. The policy defines the usage of credit cards, the roles and responsibilities of cardholders and business functions involved in the program.

Public Transit

Councillor Cardozo led a discussion on concerns she has received from the public regarding public transit service in the Elk Valley. An invitation will be extended to BC Transit for a representative to make a presentation to Council and a letter will be sent to the Regional District of East Kootenay and BC Transit outlining council’s concerns.

COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination

Council debated the impacts of the Provincial Health Order requiring proof of vaccination to access municipal recreation facilities and directed Staff to draft a bylaw for Council’s consideration for the exemption of municipal recreation facilities from the vaccine passport requirement. The bylaw, in order to be adopted and implemented, will require approval from the Provincial Government.

UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETINGS

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

  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, September 21
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, October 5

District of Sparwood


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