North Jubilee Wetland Project
Council moved a staff recommendation to support the rehabilitation of the North Jubilee Park Wetland into a healthy and functioning wetland as proposed in the feasibility study dated last month.
The elected officials also budgeted for the removal of the basketball court during the construction of the wetland. Councillor Lloyd McLellan raised the question of whether a new basketball court should be constructed at another location.
While council felt it was a good idea, no commitment was made for a new one.
Redstone golf course request to amend permit
Council received a request from Redstone golf course to amend the development permit that was issued in January this year for removal of trees on the property. Redstone golf course had a condition that 15 metre vegetation buffers would be designated on both sides of the fairways, greens and paths.
Discussion included the contractor engaged to monitor the removal works and their specific ecological training or lack thereof. Council amended the motion so that Redstone must engage a qualified professional to monitor the works.
The motion to adopt the recommendation with the amendment was carried 4-3, with councillors Andy Morel, Andrew Zwicker and McLellan voting against the motion.
Morel voted against the motion because he said the area is ecologically sensitive habitat for rare salamanders and snakes, and contains fish streams. He believed there was a substantial amount of logging in this area.
Star Gulch feasibility study
Last year the City of Rossland commissioned a feasibility study to assess the possible development of the Centre Star Gulch reservoir into a recreational lake for public use.
The study was funded with a budget of $8,000 to be provided by the city and a grant of $4,000 from the Columbia Basin Trust. The study ended up costing $10,739.
The study found the project is cost prohibitive with an estimated $157,250 needed for capital expenses and $45,394 for the annual operation and maintenance of the public facility.
However, the study indicated the project is feasible from the perspective of provincial legislation and requirements in terms of constructability and site development.
McLellan asked staff to investigate the cost of conducting a feasibility study at another popular swimming hole, which currently does not allow for public access.
The next regular council meeting is scheduled for March 23 at 6 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. Agendas are available from the city website rossland.ca/agendas-and-minutes prior to the meeting.