Rossland council discusses RDKB’s liquid waste management plan

Rossland city council voted to support the RDKB's Liquid Waste Management Plan, but also to continue pursuing a plan B.

Council discussed the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s (RDKB) Liquid Waste Management Plan at its meeting on Monday night, and voted to continue to participate in and support the planning process and pursue the recommended option of upgrading the existing Columbia Pollution Control Centre.

They also approved a motion that stated “if favourable information about alternative treatment technologies become available, that these technologies be proposed and incorporated (where appropriate) into the planning and design activities of a Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant as per the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s Liquid Waste Management Plan recommendations.”

Councillor Andrew Zwicker then proposed a motion that the City of Rossland continue to pursue a plan B for both regional and standalone liquid waste treatment plants, which was approved by council.

Council waives equipment rental fees for benefit concert

Council revisited a request from Carol Enns and Marjorie Kidd that the city supply, free of charge, the stage, barricades, tables and chairs for Kootenay Carol’s Children’s Festival and Benefit Concert to be held on June 29, from 128 p.m. Council voted to waive the rental fee, but not to waive the cost of staff time.

Council also asked staff to draft a policy around waiving fees associated with municipal facilities, buildings, parks, equipment, materials and supplies for non‐profit groups or events.

Council amends Rossland Mountain Market agreement

Miche Warwick, chair of the Rossland Mountain Market Society, gave council an update on the society’s activities and requested that council amend the Queen Street Closure Agreement. Council approved the amendment, which altered the agreement to include an annual Earth Day market in April (Queen St. closed 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), an annual Garden Festival market in May (closed 1 to 7 p.m.), an annual Farm-to-Table fundraiser in September (starting next year, closed 1 to 10 p.m.), and a regular season running from the first Thursday of June to the first Thursday of October (closed 1 to 7 p.m.). The agreement was also increased from one to two years.

Heritage Commission disappointed with city funding

Jackie Drysdale, chair of the Heritage Commission, gave council an update on the commission and told them she was disappointed that the commission did not receive the full amount it requested through a community support grants application. The commission requested $5,550, but only received $3,654. Drysdale said that due to the funding cut, the commission will not be able to finish the new signage for Esling Park or put out maps of the old cemetery.

Mayor Kathy Moore suggested that the commission leverage the funding it did receive to seek out other funding.

Red Mountain Racers to build new timing office

Christine Andison informed council that the Red Mountain Racers will be raising money to build a new timing office, as the old ones are not rodent proof. She asked council to provide support for the racers’ funding applications going forward.

Andison also asked council to consider the Red Mountain Racers’ application under the BC Rural Dividend Program, but council chose to support a different application instead.

Council approves Lions’ BC Rural Dividend Fund application

Council voted to rescind a motion it passed on April 25 to submit an application under the BC Rural Dividend Program for the Rossland Museum Improvements Project, as staff were advised by representatives of the museum that they’re not prepared to submit an application.

Council also voted to support an application to the same funding program by the Lions Club for $100,000 to complete aspects of the Lions Campground Improvement Project. The total project budget is $125,000, and the city would supply the other $25,000.

 

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