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.

 

Just Posted

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Call a foul on cancer with the Pink Whistle Campaign

Local basketball referees are raising money for cancer research

UPDATE: Two-car accident closes Highway 3A at Thrums

Road expected to open for single-lane alternating traffic at 2 p.m.

Trail Curling Club set for BC senior championships

Volunteers step up for BC Senior Curling championships at Trail Curling Club

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read