Rossland City Council Briefs: Apr. 13

Rossland City Council Briefs

  • Apr. 20, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Chris Stedile

 

Rossland News

 

EnCompass Benefits delegation:

At Monday night’s council meeting, , Terri Eriksen and Carrie Omande, representatives of EnCompass Benefits — the second-largest BC insurance broker outside of Vancouver —  spoke in regards to several options that could save the city a substantial amount of money.

The city has been looking at switching their insurance scheme in an attempt to lower overall costs and if all goes according to plan, the city could see savings in the range of $45,000 to $50,000.

Two options presented by EnCompass were to implement a group benefits plan with Great West Life or appoint EnCompass to take their findings and negotiate with Sun Life Financial.

Council was pleased with what they heard and will be voting on which direction they would like to take at a later date.

 

Grant funding requests:

The decision to apply for $2 million in grant funding to assist in the Washington St. project carried unanimously.

If this amount is granted, the city would be paying $2.8 million out of its own coffers.

Council discussed whether asking for 75 per cent funding would be better, but ultimately decided that was too much.

Mayor and council chose to apply for $1 million in additional funding so the Spokane St. project could also be a reality. The vote was unanimous.

 

Additional approvals:

A motion to support Golden Bear Daycare Centre landscaping project by providing written consent  was carried unanimously.

Also carried with full support was a motion to approve a development permit application for 1492A Kootenay Ave., subject to conditions listed by the Planner to protect the riparian area along Trail Creek.

Furthermore, council will allocate some funds to assist Rossland girls wishing to play softball in Trail. The city’s policy on funding for the Trail residency program will be discussed at a later date.

In an attempt to further alleviate staff work load, Joanne Drystek is to be designated as the city’s contact person with the BC Heritage Registry. Planner Stacy Lightbourne will then be relieved of this burden.

To assist in the dissolution of Rossland’s Chamber of Commerce, council has chosen to release the remaining funds previously granted to them.

Councillor Marten Kruysse said Trail has a new chamber president and that merger discussions have been delayed until further notice.

Lastly, council agreed that the museum will be granted 25 per cent of their funding early, due to the museum currently running out of funds.

 

Bylaws:

A  motion that zoning amendment bylaw 2581 for 3975 Red Mountain Road be adopted carried unanimously.

A motion that  zoning amendment bylaw 2582 for 1678 Third Ave. be adopted  was carried unanimously.

 

 

Earth Day 2015:

 

This year’s Earth Day event will be held at Harry LeFevre Square on April 18, from 1 to 3 p.m., with music and kids’ events.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Midway mill shutdown expected to last 8 to 10 weeks

Vaagen Fibre Canada cites low inventory, road restrictions as reason for shut down

Castlegar march ensures missing, murdered aboriginal women not forgotten

About 60 people took part in the Valentine’s day memorial

First presumptive case of coronavirus identified in the Interior Health region

The woman, in her 30s, travelled from Shanghai and lives in the interior

Castlegar ski legend fêted in Switzerland

Felix Belczyk invited to 90th anniversary celebrations of international ski event

Timberwolves seek fresh lacrosse recruits

New season of the ‘fastest game on two feet’ begins this spring

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

B.C. VIEWS: Inaction on pipeline protests not a viable response

Columnist Frank Bucholtz on how the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute got so bad

PHOTOS: Top 10 memories of the 2010 Olympics

Black Press Media’s Jenna Hauck, shares some of her most memorable images of 2010 Winter Games

#FoxForFiver: Support grows in B.C. to put Terry Fox on new $5 bill

Terry Fox’ Marathon of Hope raised money for cancer research

Registration opens soon for BC 55+ Games in Richmond

2020 55+ Games have been officially scheduled for Sept. 15 to 19

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Canadian nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

President says safety protocols nationwide are inadequate compared to those in Ontario and other countries

Most Read