Rossland City Council Brief: October 13

Partnership with Interior Health; Guest house zoning; Wood stove exchange program; McLellan to act as alternate council representative

Partnership with Interior Health

Council voted to approve a partnership with Interior Health following on a request from Kerri Wall, community health facilitator, who presented to council at the last regular meeting on Sept. 28.

Councillor Andrew Zwicker suggested that council should also reach out to other organizations in Rossland that could benefit from the partnership with Interior Health.

“We should probably reach out and sort of pass this contact on to the other people that are relevant like schools, the library,” he said.

Guest house zoning

Council did a first and second read through of a rezoning bylaw for 2075 Thompson Ave. to rezone the property so it can be used as a guest house.

The rezoning bylaw prompted council to ask staff to explore other ways to regulate guest houses.

Properties that are zoned for temporary accommodation risk standing empty for long periods of time, which can be bad for neighbourhoods. That’s part of the reason why the city currently considers the density of guest houses in an area before approving any more zoning. There are also concerns around parking.

So far there are 15 guest houses in Rossland: four in Lower Rossland, 10 in Upper Rossland, and one in Happy Valley.

Council wants to ensure that guest houses don’t become a problem for the city.

Wood stove exchange program

Staff reported back to council on the province’s wood stove exchange problem. Council had asked staff to apply for a grant for the program, but staff said that after looking over the application they determined they wouldn’t have enough time to apply by the Oct. 9 deadline.

However, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has applied for the exchange of 25 wood stoves, and staff recommended that pending acceptance of the RDKB’s application, the city should inform the public of the RDKB’s wood stove exchange program and inform the program coordinator that the City of Rossland will supply a top-up grant of $100 per wood stove.

Council directed staff to call the RDKB and discuss the matter.

McLellan to act as alternate council representative

Mayor Kathy Moore tabled a motion to have Councillor Lloyd McLellan act as her alternate as the council representative to the RDKB and to take on all nine of her committee appointments.

McLellan was absent from the meeting, but Moore confirmed that he’d agreed to take on the extra work and council approved the motion.