RDEK Notes – December Meeting


Campground regulations bylaw

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK)  is moving forward with consultation on the preparation of new campground regulations for the RDEK. In its discussion on the options for managing campground developments, the board noted the need for a standard set of development regulations in the RDEK to address issues with respect to the size, form, design and servicing of campgrounds and RV parks.

Above photo cutline: Electoral Area B director Heath Slee cleans debris left at a squatters’ ‘village’ that was ransacked and, in a few cases, burned last summer along the southeast shores of Lake Koocanusa.

Province requested to continue with Hotel Room Tax

The RDEK board of directors Dec. 9 directed regional administrative staff to ask the province to continue to levy a two per cent tax under the Hotel Room Tax Act on accommodations purchased within the City of Fernie and a portion of Electoral Area A for another five year term. The RDEK has also confirmed its support for the implementation of a business plan prepared by Tourism Fernie.

Applications to be submitted for grant program

The RDEK will submit applications to the Community Recreation Grant Program for funding for the following projects:

– Wasa Outdoor Rink $86,587.64 + HST

– Crossroads Ball Park $662,701.60 + HST

– Area B Outdoor Rink $532,119.87 + HST

Emergency Program Coordinator Agreements signed

The chair and chief administrative officer have signed several coordinator and deputy coordinator agreements for 2012. Marianne Stone will continue on as cCoordinator, while Jennifer House will serve as the deputy/training coordinator for the Elk Valley & South Country Emergency Program.

Gary Burford will continue on as coordinator of the Columbia Valley Emergency Program, with Martin Caldwell continuing on as deputy/training coordinator and Sharon Pasowisty maintaining the deputy/ESS coordinator position. Dan Flegel will continue on as the coordinator for the Central Sub-region Emergency Program.

Agreement with St. Mary’s Band

The chair and chief administrative officer have been authorized to sign an agreement with the St. Mary’s Band to provide building and plumbing inspection services for a five year term ending December 31, 2016. The Band is embarking on a new home construction program and requires the services of accredited inspectors.

Letter of thanks

A letter of thanks will be sent to the Columbia River Greenways Alliance, Radium Resort and Decoy Landscaping for their generous contributions to the Old Coach Trail Project.

RDEK seeks funding for Crime Watch

An application has been submitted to the Age-Friendly Community Planning and Projects grant program for funding of Area C Rural Crime Watch. The Area C Crime Watch Committee will hold its first official meeting early in the New Year.

Holiday fireworks Planned

The RDEK has granted two special event licenses to the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort for a Christmas Eve fireworks display and a New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

Discretionary Grants in Aid (DGIA)

The Cranbrook and District Community Foundation will receive $5,000 from the Area C DGIA account for the East Kootenay Homeless Shelter.

The Canadian Mental Health Association will receive $1,500 from the Area C DGIA account to go toward the costs of the annual community Christmas dinner.

Summit Community Services Society will receive $2,000 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account and $1,000 from the Electoral Area E DGIA account for its Police-Based Victim Services Program.

The Windermere Valley Early Childhood Development Team will receive $50 from the Electoral Area F and $50 from the Electoral Area G DGIA accounts to go toward the Windermere Valley Community Services Guide.

Next board meetings

Thursday January 5, 2012

Friday January 6, 2012 – RDEK board meeting 9 a.m.

Courtesy Loree Duczek, RDEK

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