Resort development strategy
Deanne Steven, executive director of Tourism Rossland, presented the Resort Development Strategy 2015-2017 to council. The strategy describes how Tourism Rossland plans to spend the resort municipality funding, which Rossland has been receiving since 2007, over the next three years.
The funding will be used to continue projects that were started under the original funding, like the Spokane shuttle bus, the internal shuttle bus and improvements to the visitor centre.
Tourism Rossland will also continue installing more tourism-oriented signage, including a sign at the corner of Columbia and St. Paul to alert visitors and residents to upcoming community events, and new signs for Pioneer Park.
Steven presented the Pioneer Park signs to council for approval, but councilors were concerned that the Heritage Commission hadn’t had the opportunity to give their input on the signs; especially since a name change has been proposed for the park. They voted to refer the signs to the Heritage Commission for its input, and to put off approving the signs until a decision is made regarding the name change.
The plan also had money put aside for a bandstand in Harry Lafevre Square, but Steven suggested that there may be a better use for that money and asked council for input. Council made a formal recommendation that the money be moved to the budget for signage.
Funding for the Miner’s Hall
Council unanimously approved an application to be submitted to the Canada Cultural Space Fund for $300,000 to renovate and rehabilitate the Miners Hall.
Mayor Kathy Moore also mentioned that there was still a possibility of receiving a Canada 150 grant in February.
Washington Street renewal project
Staff received permission from council to inform the provincial government that the total cost of the Washington street renewal project includes the replacement of the sewer and drainage structure as well as the replacement of the water main.
The grant the City received from the province for the project was only for the water main portion of the project, and council wanted to make it clear to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development that the project was bigger than just replacing the water main.
Council also approved up to $50,000 to pay for the project’s final design work and tender documents. In the best-case scenario, the designs will be ready by early fall.
Public hearing on September 14
Council approved a public hearing for September 14 to discuss the rezoning of 2025 and 2035 First Avenue to allow for the construction of a multi-family residential building. The owner has been trying to sell the commercial properties for the past four years, and hasn’t had any luck.
Coins for change
Mayor Moore will camp under the Victoria Street Bridge in downtown Trail on September 18 in support of the Getting to Home: Addressing Homelessness in Greater Trail program. She invited councilors to join her.