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Posted: February 25, 2020

Winter Games Legacy Grants dispersed

Kimberley City Council Report

By Nowell Berg

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

Councillors Kent Goodwin, Nigel Kitto, Jason McBain, Darryl Oakley and Sandra Roberts were present along with Mayor Don McCormick. Coun. Kyle Dalum participated by telephone conference call.

Public Hearing Set March 9

The new owner of 350 Deer Park Avenue submitted a request to council for a property zoning amendment from R2 to DMU-2.

According to Troy Pollack, Manager Planning Services, “The amendment would allow for the property owner to continue the existing residential use at this location with the ability to permit short-term accommodation.” This would allow the new owner to use the site for “tourist accommodation.”

Pollack noted that two adjacent properties designated DMU-2 are being used for “tourist accommodation right now.”

Council voted to proceed to a public hearing that will be held March 9 at the regular council meeting. At that time, local residents have the opportunity to provide feedback and comments about the proposed zoning change.

Winter Games Legacy Grants

The Kimberley and District Community Foundation (KDCF) sent a letter to council containing a list of recipients for the 2020 Legacy grants.

Due to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) charitable regulations, the KDCF funds can only be sent to a “recognized charitable organization,” which the city is.

On a yearly basis, the Legacy funds are sent to the city for dispersal to the groups selected by the KDCF.

This year, funds are being sent to:

Kimberley Alpine Team                                  $1,500.00

Kimberley Freewheelers Cycling Club            $   500.00

Kimberley Gymnastics Club                            $   500.00

Kimberley Nordic Racers                                $1,241.63

Kimberley Skating Club                                   $1,500.00

Kimberley Sea Horse Swim Club                     $   500.00

Kootenay East Soccer Association                  $1,500.00

St. Mary’s Valley Rural Association                $   360.00

Wasa Lions Club                                              $1,650.00

Parcel Tax Review Panel Set

Council appointed Couns. Goodwin and Kitto to the parcel tax review panel. Troy Pollack, Manger Planning Services, will be the third member of the panel.

The parcel tax is used to raise money for the operation and maintenance of the Aquatic Centre.

The review panel looks at resident complaints about the parcel and flat tax.

Residents may complain about the tax if they have “one or more grounds.” These are very specific and cover errors or omissions respecting the “name or address on the parcel tax roll,” whether the parcel should be included in the tax,  if there is a mistake in the land area or frontage length, and a previous “exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.”

Residents must provide the city with notice of attendance, in writing, at least 48 hours prior to the review panel meeting.

Property owners who are paying the parcel tax for the first time will receive a written letter outlining what the parcel tax is for, the opportunity to make a complaint on the review panel date and review the tax rolls at City Hall.

The review panel will meet on Monday, April 14, (6:30 p.m.) in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Kimberley city council meets twice monthly starting at 7 p.m., open to the public.

The next scheduled council meeting:  March 9 at City Hall.


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