Kimberley City Council held its only meeting of the month this past Monday evening, having decided earlier this year that once a month was more than sufficient during the slower summer months.
At that meeting Council authorized the transfer of Flood Protection Program funds from the province to the city for the completion of the Mark Creek Flume Rehab.
City CAO Scott Sommerville explained that there was still some negotiation going on.
“We are working with the province,” He said. “Despite the late announcement of provincial funding, it was expected work would begin this year.
“However, we have learned rushing into a project of this magnitude can lead to issues with planning. We are negotiating with the province to ensure funding is available in 20015 and 2016.”
The window for actual in-creek construction is very small as it must take place during the fisheries window when flows are low enough to divert the creek for several months yet still be in the construction season.