KImberley City Council wrap up

The following is a wrap up of the regular meeting of Kimberley City Council last week, September 29, 2014.

Fuel treatment funding

Council has been notified by the UBCM that three different fuel treatments in the Kimberley Nature Park will be funded.

The applicant to the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative — that being the City of Kimberley — is required to pay 10 per cent of the total cost of each project. Therefore, the City will receive $75,244.95 for a piling and burning operation in the Nature Park; $76,500 for operational fuel treatment on Myrtle Mountain; and  $35,212 for another operational fuel treatment in the KNP.

Flu clinic sponsorship

Council agreed that the City of Kimberley will once again sponsor the Fall Flu Clinics provided by Interior Health by waiving rental fees at Centennial Hall.

The flu clinics are scheduled for Tuesday, November 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, November 13 from 1 to 6 p.m.

Appointment to Board

Council approved the appointment of Elma Stewart to the Kimberley Health Centre Society.

Power project

The City will be sending an expression of interest to Columbia Power for a potential power project on Mark Creek. Mayor Ron McRae said that this is a preliminary expression of interest only and will explore possible power projects on Mark Creek. Possibilities include harnessing power from water spilling over the Mark Creek dam, especially during freshet.

Coun. Albert Hoglund noted that Columbia Power could say that the project wasn’t feasible.

“If we can do it and make money, great,” said Coun. Kent Goodwin. “If not, don’t do it.”

Clean up ordered

Council has ordered a property on 304 St. in Marysville to clean up unsightly premises. The motion read that “council require the owner/occupier of the property at 760-304 St to remove and clear the accumulation of filth, discarded materials and rubbish, including but not limited to stoves, fridges, washers, dryers, snow blowers, snow mobiles, air compressors, cylinders, golf cart, tires and wheels, bicycles, portable air conditioners, and mowing of long grass.”

Council did offer the owner an opportunity to be heard and received a letter asking for additional time. The City will give the owner until October 31 to clean up. If the work has not been done by that time, the city will send staff and/or others to do the removal at the owner’s expense. If the amount is unpaid it will be added to taxes in arrears on December 31, 2014.

A staff report indicated that the City had been in contact with the property owner since 2007. At times in the ensuing years, a clean up was done but then the mess built up again.