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Posted: January 17, 2020

Notes from City Hall

Council Schedule

The next Regular Meeting of City of Kimberley council will be held Monday, January 27 at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers upstairs at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.

Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funding

Each year, the Regional District of East Kootenay, under the direction of the Columbia Basin Trust, supports projects identified as priorities within individual communities, including Kimberley!

Programs are designed to help address the needs of Basin communities and incorporate community-based funding decisions to better meet local priorities. Applications are due to the RDEK by 2 p.m. on January 20. Late applications will not be accepted. Selected applicants will be invited to present their projects to City Council on April 8 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall. Please visit http://www.rdek.bc.ca/departments/community/cbtprograms/ for more information.

Frozen Water Line Prevention

If the water service line to your home has ever frozen or you have noticed a reduced water flow in your home during the winter, leave one tap running cold water day and night (stream should be the size of a pencil or more). This will help to prevent your lines from freezing.  Since frost sinks deeper into the ground when air temperatures rise after a period of extreme cold, you will need to keep the water running continually until mid-April to avoid having the
line freeze.

The city encourages residents who have experienced frozen water service lines in the past to be proactive by ensuring indoor lines are properly insulated, keeping a good snow cover over the ground above the service lines and installing a bleeder line system. For more information please visit http://bit.ly/2RM6cLI

Frozen Sewer Lines

To aid in preventing frozen sewer lines, it is important to run hot water through your sewage system once per day when experiencing cold temperatures. If you suspect your sewer line to be freezing, fill your bathtub one quarter full of hot water then release the water to thaw the sewer line (while monitoring for possible backup in the line). Control the release of the water with the drain plug. This may need to be repeated one or two times, and possibly every
day or two to ensure the line does not freeze. Performing a load or two of laundry each day using hot water will also help to reduce freezing issues. Please contact a plumber if you have attempted this and the sewer line functionality is not improving or draining appropriately.

Snow Piles Around the City

We would like to remind residents of the dangers of children sliding on snow piles that accumulate from plowing and scraping the roads, especially the ones around Mark Creek. The water moves quickly in the creek and the ice is always changing, creating a dangerous area. The snow is often heavy and full of ice chunks, which can also cause injury. Please remind your children that these snow piles are not a safe place to be playing.

Public Skating

Public skating is in full swing at both the Civic Centre and the Marysville Arena. To view the new Public Skating Schedule and to keep up to date on any changes and/or cancellations to the Public Skating schedule please visit our website at http://bit.ly/2QldndB. If you have any questions, please call the Operations Desk at 250-427-9660.

Free Family Swim at the Aquatic Centre

Come to the Kimberley Aquatic Centre on Wednesday, January 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. for a free family swim sponsored by FortisBC. Remember that during family swim time, all individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

City of Kimberley

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