Greenwood city council approves budget committee recommendations

Greenwood council voted at their April 8th meeting to adopt three recommendations that had come out of the budget committee.

Graham Watt (right) came to council to ask for support for a Kettle River riparian area study.

Graham Watt (right) came to council to ask for support for a Kettle River riparian area study.

Greenwood council voted at their April 8th meeting to adopt three recommendations that had come out of the budget committee.

The three recommendations were: to demolish the boards at the skating rink and clean up the remaining surfaces; to remove the gazebo and improve the grounds where it was located; and  to determine an appropriate means of building a new facility to replace the operation of the removed facilities.

After debate, council amended the recommendations by requiring that a 30-day period of time pass before demolition to give the public a chance to understand that the structures are being removed for purposes of beautification of the community and safety.

Councillor Barry Noll reported he is trying to set up a presentation for the April 22 council meeting that would show council some options for replacing the bandshell.

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Graham Watt, Project Manager for the Kettle River Watershed Management Plan, came to ask council to support a study being proposed by Jenny Coleshill of the Granby Wilderness Society (GWS).

The group is seeking funding from $1,000 to $2,000 from each regional district Area C, D, E and Grand Forks, Greenwood and Midway to conduct a study entitled Threat Assessment of Riparian Areas in The Kettle Valley Watershed.

Council did not make a decision at the April 8 meeting.

Coleshill appeared before Midway Council on April 15 and told them that the GWS has been successful in gaining $50,000 from the Southern Interior Beetle Action Committee toward the cost of $89,700 needed for the project.

More details about the study will be available in The Times next week.

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Greenwood resident Corlyn Cierman came to council seeking a letter of support for the concept of an Arts Centre in the West Boundary. Council approved her request.Cierman has been busily promoting the idea of using the old schoolhouse in Midway as an Arts Centre.

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The City received five bids for the water main replacement contract and followed the recommendation of CTQ Consultants to award the contract to Cantex – Okanagan Construction Ltd.

CTQ had been hired by the city to provide oversight in the tendering process. The contract is worth $382,315 (excluding GST).

The next highest bid was nearly $434,000 and the highest quote came in at $585,757.