Good fences make good neighbours. That seems to be the thinking of Greenwood council as they approved a development variance permit allowing Nicole and Darryl Drinkwater to construct a 2.75-metre (nine-foot) high fence between their house and their neighbour’s property.
The approval was given on Monday nights’ regular Greenwood council meeting.
Currently fences are limited to 1.8 metres (six feet) in height. Council was told the request was being made for privacy reasons in the area of the Drinkwater’s gazebo and barbeque.
Council granted approval for the museum to access city hall for a work bee on June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to clean and prep the upper floors for museum tours.
Council directed staff to contact Interior Health to arrange a meeting with staff and council to look at options if Dr. Ajaero leaves the area.
According to Councillor Colleen Lang, an online petition protesting his move collected over 500 signatures, plus there were petitions at Overwaitea and the post office in Grand Forks. Lang said the Grand Forks woman who started the petition had spoken to Dr. Ajaero and he had made clear his intention to leave.
Administrator Robin Dalziel reported the city had received a letter signed by four residents in support of the City of Greenwood continuing to work with the Dombroskys and their lawyers to clean up the property.
Dalziel reported that the city is working with a trucking company that is willing to haul tires away from the demolition derby site. He said the trucks would pick up what they could carry when on backhaul from the Kootenays. He said it would not be cost efficient to move the tires to a storage area until picked up.
Council was embarrassed by the smell coming from the sewer plant as they met for their meeting Monday night. Mayor Nipper Kettle said there are mechanical problems at the sewer plant and he didn’t sound optimistic that a solution will be found until the city finds a grant to cover the costs.
He said he had sent a text asking MLA Linda Larson to plead the city’s case in Victoria.
Dalziel said that staff are updating the waste management plan and once that is in place then the municipality will be resubmitting the grant applications for the sewer treatment plan, lift stations, etc.