Kim Deane accepted his Senate 150th Commemorative Medal from Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

Rossland trail builder receives Senate 150 medal

Kim Deane received a Senate 150th Commemorative Medal at Thursday’s council meeting.

A local trail builder was awarded a Senate 150th Commemorative Medal last Thursday.

Kim Deane, chair of Friends of the Rossland Range Society, was presented with his medal by Rossland Mayor Kathy Moore at a special meeting of council.

“It [the medal] is being given on behalf of Senator Nancy Greene Raine, who was so sorry that she could not be here tonight, but she only had 13 of them to give out, so this is really, really very special,” explained Moore.

The medal is made from Muntz metal, an alloy of bronze, copper and zinc, and was cast by the Canadian Mint. It features the Canadian Senate’s emblem on the front and the Senate chamber on the reverse. There’s also space where Deane’s name was inscribed.

Deane received the medal in recognition of his “work and leadership in the building and promotion of hiking and multi-purpose trails in the Rossland area.”

Upon accepting the medal, Deane acknowledged all the other volunteers who have contributed to Rossland’s trail network.

“It’s a regional effort, not just this effort, and a good example here are the Chimo crew,” he said, recognizing two members of Trail’s 44th Field Engineer Squadron who attended the presentation. The 44th Field Engineer Squadron built the Chimo cabin in the Rossland Range.

Deane also recognized landowners who have given land access agreements, partners such as ATCO, Selkirk Forest, Red Mountain, Big Red Cats and Teck, Rossland business owners, regional funding for the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society, the trails crew and the Province of B.C. for dedicating land and providing funding for the development of the Rossland Recreation Site.

Council to consider Lower Columbia Healthy Communities Plan

Kerri Wall from the Interior Health Authority, Christy Anderson from the Family Action Network and Andrea Winckers from BC Cancer and School District 20 presented the Lower Columbia Healthy Communities Plan to Rossland City Council.

The plan was developed with input from key stakeholders in the region.

“We tried to get a perspective of what’s happening now, how healthy are we now? And then what we started to do is frame action that we wanted to talk about collectively…,” explained Anderson.

They then asked what could be done collectively over the next two years to work toward measurable differences in improving health in the region’s communities and built the plan.

The delegation asked Rossland council to endorse the Lowe Columbia Healthy Communities Plan as a municipal decision-making tool.

Council will consider the request at its next regular meeting.

The Lower Columbia Healthy Communities Plan is available online at trail.ca/en/inside-city-hall/resources/LCHCP_2017.pdf.

Council awards Midtown Transition Project Study

Council awarded the 2018 Midtown Transition Project Study to City Spaces Consultants Ltd. in the amount of $32,940 plus applicable taxes and expenses.

City Hall Christmas holiday closure

City Hall will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Wednesday, Dec. 27. It will re-open on Thursday, Dec. 28.

City looking for ways to offset capital investment

Having now completed an Asset Management Investment Plan (AMIP), the City of Rossland is revising its five-year capital plan, which will be included in the 2018-2022 Budget and Financial Plan.

But the increased capital costs called for by the AMIP are significant, even with council taking the approach that they want to maximize the service life of the city’s assets.

The difference between the capital expenditure called for in the AMIP for 2018 and what has been budgeted for capital in 2018 is nearly $1 million.

Even to meet the $1.8 million target set for 2018 will require drawing on $522,074 from reserves. Reserves would also need to be drawn on significantly in 2019, and in the five-year capital plan she presented to council last Thursday, Elma Hamming, manager of finance, projects that the reserves would be down to just over $2 million by 2022.

Hamming asked council to give direction on how to proceed, giving four options: rely on reserve funding, increase taxes, decrease investment or “realign strategic facility services.”

“So for example, City Hall, moving it off of the main street, which is prime commercial property, relocating it on land that’s already owned by the city and use this to increase the land reserves, more taxation income and realize cost efficiencies,” explained Hamming.

As for decreasing investment, the city has large amounts budgeted for City Hall, the arena and the Rossland Public Library over the next five years. Hamming told council they may wish to differ those projects.

Council instructed the manager of finance to look at all four options, giving her permission to raise taxes up to three per cent for 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, which currently have tax increases set at 1.25, 2.00, 2.00 and 1.00 per cent.

The tax increase for 2018 is set at 4.80 per cent.

The development of the 2018-2022 Budget and Financial Plan will include public consultation activities in late February/early March, and a public hearing or hearings in late April/early May. The final budget won’t be adopted until May 7.

 

Kathy Moore presented the medal to Kim Deane in council chambers. (Chelsea Novak/Rossland News)

Just Posted

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Rossland’s Seven Summits school gets grant to grow global presence

Centre for Learning hopes to triple the number of international students it has

Rural dividend grants awarded in Kootenay West

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy made the grant announcements in Trail on Thursday

Rossland skiier places third at U19 Canadian Ski Cross

Rossland’s Sage Stefani finished out a successful season.

Warfield elementary school celebrating 70 years

Webster Elementary School officially opened April 23, 1949; open house and events planned next week

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

Most Read