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Posted: February 4, 2022

Sparwood Council Facts

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


Fernie Pride Society

Courtney Baker representing Fernie Pride Society addressed council on the 2SLGBTQ+ Elk Valley Community Capacity Project. Fernie Pride Society was incorporated in 2016 and is a hub for 2SLGBTQ+ people and their allies in the Elk Valley. They offer programs and special events as well as provide resource referrals. The 2SLGBTQ+ Elk Valley Community Capacity Project will include engagement, network development, ally toolkit, employer inclusion guide, free workshops and more.


Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw

Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw No. 1293, 2022 was adopted. This bylaw provides or an operating line of credit in 2022, if operations cannot be funded from existing cash surplus between January and July (when property taxes are collected). Although the district has not accessed the overdraft for many years, it is good practice to have one in place should transfers from investments be delayed.

Bylaw 1291

Mobile Homes Definition Amendment Bylaw No. 1291, 2021 was given third reading. This bylaw contains amendments to the Zoning and Mobile Home Parks Bylaws which will allow for homes built to the CSA A277 Standard to be located in Mobile Home Parks within the district where currently only homes built to the CSA Z240 Standard are permitted. The bylaw will now be sent to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval. Upon approval it will be brought forward to a regular meeting for council’s consideration.


Signing Authority Update

Council appointed Melissa Wiklund, Manager of Corporate Services, as signing authority.

Sparwood Secondary School

Council approved the allocation of $3,000 from the Community Funding & Support Program to Sparwood Secondary School in support of developing an outdoor Ninja Fitness Playground for high school students.

Twin Meadows Animal Rescue

Council approved the allocation of $3,000 from the Community Funding & Support Program to Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society. The rescue society is a non-profit organization who rescue and rehome displaced animals in the Elk Valley.

Loader-Mounted Snow Blower

Council approved the purchase of a Loader-Mounted Snow Blower from Falcon Equipment Ltd. The new equipment will allow for higher volume of snow per truck load as well as providing another option for emergency road clearing in areas of severe snow drifting.

Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program

Council approved District of Sparwood support for the City of Cranbrook as the primary applicant, for the UBCM Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Grant application. This funding application is intended to address needs for increased regional collaboration through a collective network, for increased awareness of poverty reduction resources available and to better leverage limited resources across the region in combatting poverty.

Fitness Centre Equipment

Council authorized execution of a lease agreement with Fitness Town for the supply and maintenance of fitness centre equipment for $23,1113.64, plus GST, per year for a five-year term.

The district’s Fitness Centre is located in the Leisure Centre and primarily consists of six pieces of cardio equipment, a six-station multi-gym, benches and free weights. This lease will allow for replacement of all the cardio and multi-gym equipment at once. The new equipment will have touchscreen entertainment monitors with on demand fitness programs and streaming capabilities.


The following meetings will take place in Council Chambers (136 Spruce Avenue)

  • Youth Advisory Commission Meeting on Tuesday, February 8 at 11:35 a.m. – via Zoom
  • Multi-Purpose Facility Advisory Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 15 at 6 p.m.
  • Socio-Community & Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m.

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