Midway hears from Interior Heal

Interior Health Community Liaison Cindy Crane gave local municipal councils and overview of local health services.

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IHA liaises with the village

Cindy Crane, acute health service manager for Interior Health, also serves as community liaison for Rock Creek, Midway and Greenwood. She came to Midway council meeting on Monday night to give an overview of IHA services.

She detailed specific IHA contacts that council should be aware of and said the health authority is moving from a reactive to a proactive response to health.

“Which means staying as healthy as we can with activity and diet,” she said.

Councillor Gary Schierbeck asked about the long wait times for the blood lab clinic in Midway. He said the wait time for an appointment was now one month and those going to Grand Forks were reporting long wait times at the lab itself.

Councillor Marguerite Rotvold, who herself chairs the West Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital District, said she had raised the issue at meetings with IHA CAO and President Dr. Robert Halpenny last week and was to have further conversations about it with regional staff.

Water hook-up policy found wanting

Village works foreman John Boltz reported a homeowner damaged the shutoff valve to his property on the weekend and now the only way to cut water to the house is to shut off the whole street. This has prompted Boltz to suggest a review of the water hook-up policy.

Current practice is for the homeowner to make the connection which will then be inspected by the village. Council discussed the possibility of added requirements for specific parts and/or requiring that a licensed tradesman do the work.

The issue was referred to staff for more information.

Vintage truck to return to Riverwalk Trail

Council has instructed staff to return the maple leaf truck to the Riverwalk Trail. Administrator Penny Feist said the works crew had removed sharp metal edges and welded the doors and hood shut to mitigate the risk and liability that the vintage truck posed to the public.

In other trail related news, council gave permission to Ross Elliot to construct an outhouse at the western end of the Riverwalk Trail.

Insurance coverage available

Steve Stewart will be offered insurance coverage under the Municipal Insurance Association Associate Member Program that will cover him when he is working at Riverfront Park.