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Posted: December 21, 2017

Notes from City Hall

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all City of Kimberley staff. Have a safe and happy holiday season.

Holiday Schedule

Monday, December 25, Tuesday December 26, and Monday, January 1 are statutory holidays for City of Kimberley employees. The Aquatic Centre will be closed on December 25, remaining open through the holidays with special hours. To view the full schedule, please visit our website at www.kimberley.ca, and follow the link to Aquatic Centre info.

Garbage pick-up for December 25 will be picked up on Friday, December 22, pick-up for December 26 will be picked up on Wednesday, December 27, and pick-up on Monday, January 1 will be picked up on Tuesday, January 2.

Christmas Tree Disposal

The Regional District of East Kootenay Transfer Station located at 800 Jim Ogilvie Way is the designated area for disposal of Christmas trees. All residents are encouraged to have their discarded Christmas trees delivered to this area. City trucks will make one pass through each neighbourhood the week of January 15 – 19, 2018 to pick up any remaining trees. If you are unable to dispose of your own tree, please leave it at your garbage collection location in a manner that will not conflict with snow removal equipment.

2018 Utility Rate Adjustments

City council is committed to maintaining and upgrading Kimberley’s aging water and sewer systems as well as our garbage collection equipment. To fund planned infrastructure renewal and budgeted operating cost adjustments associated with the water and sewer systems and the garbage collection regime, effective January 1, 2018 Utility Rates for residential properties will increase by a total of $1.53 per month ($18.36 per year).

This adjustment is comprised of a Water Rate increase of $0.78 per month ($9.36 per year), a Sewer Rate increase of $1.29 per month ($15.48 per year) and a Garbage Collection Fee decrease of $0.54 per month ($6.48 per year).  The new aggregate rate for Water, Sewer, and Garbage Collection for residential properties in 2018 will be $71.73 per month ($860.76 per year).  This amount will be billed in equal quarterly instalments of $215.19. Water and Sewer flat rates for commercial and all other classifications of use will be adjusted by the same percentage as the residential rates.

Winter Parking Regulations Around Kimberley Alpine Resort and Nordic Club

Snow sport enthusiasts are reminded that parking is restricted on North Star Drive, Stemwinder Drive and in the vicinity of the bridge on Gerry Sorensen Way. Parking within five metres (15 feet) on either side of a fire hydrant is prohibited as well. These parking regulations were put in place for fire safety and to ensure access for emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked in contravention of the posted parking regulations will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense in the tow away zones. Vehicles blocking access to a fire hydrant will also be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Don’t Flush It Down!

When fat, oil and grease (FOG) goes down into the city’s sewer system it builds up, narrowing the flow. When non-flushable and flushable personal wipes are added to the system, they can get caught on edges or combine with the FOG, leading to full blockages.  Help keep our sewer system flowing – toss your FOG, non-flushable and flushable personal wipes into the garbage.

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 March 29, 2018. The shuttle will run on the Saturday schedule for extended hours on New Year’s Eve! To view the shuttle schedule please visit www.kimberley.ca.

Free Family Swim – Come to the Aquatic Centre and enjoy a Free Family Swim on Wednesday, December 27th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm sponsored by Hailey Farquhar – USW 1-405. Remember persons 18 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the water.

City of Kimberley

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