The Board adopted Bylaws 2471 and 2472 amending the Fairmont Hot Springs Area OCP and the Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw to designate District Lot 48, located on the east side of Columbia Lake, as a conservation property. The bylaw amendments will help preserve the property’s cultural, ecological and recreational values and contribute to the overall vision for the east side of the Columbia Lake as a cultural and conservation landscape.
Letter sent to Ministry regarding invasive plant control funding
The RDEK has sent a letter to the Ministry of Transportation expressing the Board’s disappointment in the amount of funding dedicated towards invasive plant control within the Ministry’s rights of way. The letter also requests a revision to the scheduling of highway shoulder mowing in order to minimize invasive plant spread.
RDEK to participate
in EK Energy Diet
The RDEK will participate in the East Kootenay Energy Diet. The EK Energy Diet, a program aimed at encouraging home owners to complete home energy audits and achieve energy efficiency, will launch later this month. Through the Program, the first 50 home energy audits will be credited $50/home from the RDEK’s Energy Conservation Reserve Fund. More details will be announced in conjunction with the Program launch.
Elk Valley flooding—tipping fees waived for flood damaged loads
The RDEK Board has ratified its decision to waive tipping fees in the Elk Valley Subregion for all loads associated with the clean up efforts from the recent flooding. The decision was made late last month and the fees have been waived since then; however, the decision required formal ratification at this month’s Board Meeting.
Discretionary Grant in Aid (DGIA) funding
The City of Fernie will receive $3000 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account to help offset costs of the City of Fernie Canada Day celebration.
The East Kootenay P.A.R.T.Y. Program will receive $500 from the Electoral Area B DGIA account, $1500 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account, and $500 from the Electoral Area E DGIA. The $2500 will go towards program and operational funding.
The Kimberley Nordic Club will receive $1000 from the Electoral Area E DGIA account for Phase 3 of its Storage/Maintenance Building Project.
The City of Cranbrook will receive $1000 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account for its Mosquito Control Program.
The Rocky Mountain Rogues Rugby Football Club will receive $1500 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account and $250 from the Electoral Area E DGIA account for the purchase of equipment.
The Fairmont Business Association will receive $2500 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account for summer staffing at the Information Centre.
The Groundswell Network Society will receive $1500 from the Electoral Area F DGIA and $1000 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account for the Society’s composting trial.
The Windermere Community Association will receive $2460 in 2013 and $10,000 in 2014 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account for upgrades to the Windermere Community Hall.