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Posted: April 26, 2017

Kimberley City Council Report

By Nowell Berg

On April 24, City of Kimberley council held its bi-monthly meeting.

Councillors Sandra Roberts, Kent Goodwin, Nigel Kitto and Daryl Oakley were present along with Mayor Don McCormick. Coun. Bev Middlebrook attended via teleconference. Coun. Albert Hoglund was absent.

SunMine power production lower than forecast

City of Kimberley council received the first quarter weather adjusted report on the performance of SunMine for January to March, 2017.

Due to cloudy weather, electricity generation was lower than forecast. Power production at SunMine averaged 88% of forecast for Q1. January and February are, historically, the lowest months for generation due to fewer hours of sunlight.

Revenue for Q1, based on BC Hydro invoicing, was just over $39,000.

April looks like electricity generation will be lower than forecast primarily due to overcast and cloudy weather.

Smoking on the Platzl continues despite No-smoking Bylaw

Some businesses on the Platzl are concerned about the lack of enforcement of the non-smoking Bylaw. Even with signage and communication from businesses, people continue smoking and throwing cigarette butts on the ground.

Coun. Oakley suggested the need to “ramp up” no smoking signs around the Platzl. He also suggested an education campaign for business owners so they try to control smoking outside their business.

Mayor McCormick said discussion on the bylaw, at the time of adoption, questioned “how it would be enforced.” As bylaw enforcement is complaint based and only available weekdays, not evenings or weekends, it becomes problematic in catching violators.

With the Platzl looking good after a spring cleanup, Coun. Roberts lamented there ends up being more cigarette butts strewn around.

The Mayor said that for the most part people obey the no smoking bylaw, but as usual there are a few miscreants who flagrantly disregard it.

PVR Construction Contract Awarded

Council approved the awarding of the Pressure Reduction Value construction project to The Industra Group of Coquitlam. The contract is valued at almost $790,000 plus applicable taxes.

This project will install two water pressure valves to the water distribution system that will “reduce the pressure on water pipes, extending the life of the existing infrastructure.” The project was recommended in the KWL Water Loss Management Report.

Council also approved a 15% contingency in case unforeseen costs arise after construction begins.

Eighty-three percent of the construction cost is coming from an infrastructure grant and the remaining funds from the city’s Infrastructure Renewal Reserve Fund.

Several councillors extended congratulations to Scott Sommerville (CAO) and his team for excellent grant writing that secured funding for the project.

Co-chairs still needed for 2018 55+ BC Games

The Kimberley / Cranbrook 2018 55+ BC Games Nomination Committee is still trying to recruit co-chairs for the Games. One from each city.

Mayor McCormick urged people with strong “organizational and leadership skills” to apply. He added “there would be 15 Directors and hundreds of volunteers doing the heavy lifting.”

If you are interested in leading the Games, contact the City of Kimberley or the City of Cranbrook.

Kimberley city council meets twice monthly. All meetings start at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Check the city’s website here for the meeting agenda. Click on the 2017 folder and follow the link.

The next council meeting is Monday, May 7.

It’s your city; get involved.

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