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Posted: December 30, 2016

Notes from City Hall

Plow Trucks

Winter has arrived so please drive safe, especially when approaching a highway or City of Kimberley maintenance vehicle. When drivers attempt to pass a plow truck, they put themselves, their passengers, the truck operator, and the driving public at risk. Even though you see the plow truck, the operator might not see you.

Please remember:

CityofKim Logo– Snowplows move at much slower speeds than other vehicles. On the highway, snowplows normally don’t travel faster than 60 km/hour when plowing or spreading winter abrasives.

– Drivers may not be aware that plows are wide and can extend across the center line of the highway.

– On some highways and bridge structures, two or more snow plows may be staggered across multiple lanes with the plow in front pushing snow towards the plows behind. This is an effective way to quickly clear wide areas, so we want to remind drivers to stay behind these plowing operations and to not try to pass.

– Snow plows, salt or sand trucks throw up snow and spray making it difficult to see. Snow plows have limited visibility and plow truck operators cannot see directly behind their trucks.

– If a snowplow is approaching in oncoming traffic, pull to the right as much as possible and slow down to avoid being hit by winter abrasives. Operators don’t always have a chance to turn down their spinners when vehicles are passing.

– Please give road maintenance crews room to safely do their work.

– Remember the road surface ahead of the plow hasn’t been plowed yet therefore please slow down and be patient.  The operator will eventually pull over and let you pass safely.

FREE Downtown Shuttle

The Peak to Platzl downtown shuttle is a FREE scheduled service between the ski resort base area, the upper-mountain accommodations, and the downtown shops, pubs and restaurants. The shuttle service operates every day (except statutory holidays) from December 27 until April 2, 2017. The shuttle will run on the Friday schedule for extended hours on New Year’s Eve! To view the shuttle schedule please visit www.kimberley.ca.

2017 Dog Licenses

dog-licenceA common phrase heard at City Hall is “Why should I license my dog? My dog never gets out of the yard!” You would be surprised at the different ways a dog can end up running at large, and this can cost you a pocket full of cash.  When dealing with dogs at large, the goal of the Animal Control Officer is to reduce the amount of stress experienced when a dog is impounded. If your dog is licensed you will receive a phone call, your dog will not need to be transferred to the BC SPCA East Kootenay Branch, and your faithful pal can be returned home. The welfare of your dog is of utmost importance to us, and avoiding a trip to the pound is the best thing for your pet.

Dog licenses for 2017 are now on sale at City Hall and the cost for a spayed or neutered dog license is only $22. The fines for an unlicensed dog are as follows: $100 for the first offence, and $200 for each subsequent offence thereafter. Please help our Animal Control Officer make sure your pet gets home without a trip to the SPCA, and license your dog today!

Business Licences are due for 2017

The city kindly requests that Business Licences be renewed and paid for before January 31. Application forms for new businesses are available at City Hall or on the City’s web site. Beginning in January 2017, mobile businesses can operate in Kimberley and Cranbrook without having to apply for businesses licences from both municipalities. Supported by the Kimberley and Cranbrook Chambers of Commerce, this is a clear win for the busy mobile entrepreneur! For more information on fees and who can apply, please view the full bylaw on our website.

If you no longer require your Dog Licence or Business Licence, or need to update your contact information for these, please contact City Hall at 250-427-5311.

Free Public Swim

Come to the Aquatic Centre and enjoy a Free Public Swim on Wednesday, January 4 from 5 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the Kimberley Elks Club.

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