Greenwood water talks dry up

The new Greenwood council has declared the proposed water bottling plant a dead issue after receiving no response from the proponent.

  • Mar. 4, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Greenwood Mayor Ed Smith broke the news at Monday’s council meeting. Negotiations toward establishing a water bottling plant in Greenwood have ended. “Some bad news I guess,” the mayor said as he began his report to council on Monday night (Feb. 23, 2015), “but at this point I can tell you that the water deal for the City of Greenwood is finished. In December we sent a letter that if we did not receive a reply by Jan. 16th as to their intentions we would consider the deal was over. We have not heard anything. ­That does not mean that we will not pursue other sources. ­The people worked hard at trying to get a deal and all is not lost. We have a framework to pursue other possible deals and I will have a full report at the next meeting on this issue.”

City asked to endorse watershed plan

Graham Watt, coordinator for the Kettle River Management Plan, came to council asking their support by resolution for the plan. He told council the plan contains four broad strategies, 18 directions for management and 59 actions to be undertaken by stakeholders. ­  e city is being asked to commit to consideration of the plan in relevant discussions and decision making; support implementation of priority strategies and actions where the City of Greenwood is involved, as appropriate and at council’s discretion; promote the plan for use by others; direct staff to provide advice, information and data to the plan implementation team and/or working groups; and to participate in the annual review and update of the plan as a member of the Kettle River Round Table.

Rec commission gains members

The recreation commission has new members as council has appointed Diane Lapalme, Shilo Freer, Mike Goddard, Christopher Yates, Kevin ­ Thorlakson, Ray Harrison and Les Goddard to be on the commission.

Founder’s Day activity expands

Donna Guenther received permission from council to use the city parking lot for a craft and antique sale on July 12. She is working with the Greenwood Board of Trade. ­The BOT is in favour of the event and it is part of expanding activities surrounding Founder’s Day.

Council also approved the use of Barbara Diane Colin Memorial Ball Park on Sept. 26 by the Phoenix Alpine Ski Society for use as a staging area for the inaugural Great Phoenix Mountain Hill Climb – a road race from Greenwood to the Phoenix cenotaph.

Type of furnace at city hall back on agenda

When Councillor Lee Cudworth urged council to move forward on the replacement of the city hall furnace Mayor Ed Smith suggested a meeting on the issue. “We should probably just have a meeting and decide what kind of a system we should get. We were looking at a boiler system or a hot water system and I think we should look into that too.” But he also suggested looking at a forced air furnace. “Boiler systems end up being somewhat troublesome,” he said. ­The issue was referred to a later meeting.

Rink upgrades continue

Christopher Yates sought permission to go ahead with electrical work at the rink. He said they have a certified electrician ready to do the work. Jim Nathorst cautioned the city to make sure they have copies of work permits and licenses for work done on city property.

Greenwood council will hold a budget meeting on Friday, March 6 at 9 a.m. ­ e next regular meeting of council will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9.