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Posted: June 30, 2016

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the June 20 District of Sparwood council meeting.


Development Variance Permit – 2514 Kestrel Court

Council approved a Development Variance Permit for 2514 Kestrel Court, in the Whiskey Jack development, to vary sections of the Zoning Bylaw to reduce minimum front yard to 5.5m and rear yard to 3.05m. The property owner has applied to subdivide the property, on which exists a two-family dwelling, into 2 separate lots.

Sparwood Minor Soccer

Council directed staff to work with Sparwood Minor Soccer Club to find a suitable location on public lands for the placement of a shed for Club use to store their equipment.  The club is also requesting use of a municipal shed stored at the Public Works Yard.  The club plans to do some fundraising to fix up the shed and place in on a concrete pad once a suitable location has been determined.

Grave Lake Campsite and Recreation Area

Council approved a donation of the costs for trucking of rock supplied by Teck Coal, for the use and benefit of the Sparwood & District Fish and Wildlife Association at the Grave Lake Recreation Area (pictured above), cost not to exceed $1,500.

Teck had received a request from the Sparwood & District Fish and Wildlife Association, who manages the campground at Grave Lake for them, for boulders to be used for campground improvements. In recognition that Teck is currently supplying the District with boulders to restrict motorized vehicle access to public lands behind Fire Hall #2 in Sparwood Heights, at no cost other than hauling, Teck requested the District to donate the cost of hauling rock from Elkview to the Grave Lake Campground.

sparwoodtownhallMTI Bylaw Amendment

Municipal Ticket Information Amendment Bylaw 1188 was adopted. This amendment enables the Bylaw Enforcement Officer to enforce violations, by ticket, to  the new Off-Road Vehicle Bylaw which was adopted by Council on April 18.

In Other News

Annual Reporting of Municipal Finances

Presentation of the 2015 Annual Municipal Report and reporting of the Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) which includes council’s remuneration, expenses, and contracts for 2015 took place at the Special Meeting of Council on Monday, June 27, in council chambers. The Annual Report includes the audited financial statements and other information required under Section 98 of the Community Charter.

BadgerBadger sighting

There has been a report of a badger living around the disc golf course in Sparwood Heights. Residents should ensure their dogs are on a lease at all times and to keep well away from the badger if you see it. Generally, badgers will run away unless they are cornered or challenged so give it lots of space.

Canada Day Celebrations in Sparwood

canadian flagLooking for something fun for the whole family to do on Canada Day?

Come join the celebrations at the Leisure Centre Complex, Friday, July 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Face painting, balloon animals, fish pond, bouncy houses, train rides, Sparwood Skating Club BBQ fundraiser, and Canada Day cupcakes.

Tax Deadline Reminder

Reminder that the deadline for paying your 2016 property taxes without penalty is Monday, July 4. If you live in your home as your principal residence, but cannot pay your tax bill, you should still claim your Homeowners Grant. The penalty applies to all taxes, including the grant portion outstanding after the due day of July 4.

Upcoming Meetings

Regular Meeting: Monday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

District of Sparwood

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