Midway council briefs – June 17, 2013

Landfill restrictions need to be re-stated, foreman says. Bunkhouse fate deferred. Feasibility study for Rock Creek Tourism Welcome Centre.

Public Works Foreman John Boltz (left) answers questions from Councillors Dunsdon and Schierbeck at last weeks council meeting.

Public Works Foreman John Boltz provided council with his quarterly report at their June 17 meeting.

The Midway landfill, which has been closed to domestic garbage since the 1990’s, is still used to collect yard and garden waste but Boltz said people need to be reminded that only brush and branches are allowed at the dump, not construction material.

He also reported that someone has been putting his or her domestic garbage into the village dumpsters. Because the village pays by the bag for disposal, this results in extra costs.

“It is becoming quite a regular thing now – we figure about two bags a week,” he said.

Boltz reported that ten new tenting sites have been installed at Riverfront Campground. It is a work in progress and he is planning to make the sites bigger with the addition of more fill material.

He said the retaining wall at the museum has been repaired using old bridge timbers that were donated by Emcon.

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Discussion on the proposal by Kamloops resident Carl Driedger to develop the museum bunkhouse into retail space was deferred because current tenant Greenpeaks Resource Management has yet to meet with council. Greenpeaks has proposed a three-year lease arrangement for the space.

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Last year the province began requiring local governments to report how they spend grant dollars they get under the Strategic Community Investment Fund. The funds are given unconditionally, but the province is now requiring an accounting.

Administrator Penny Feist presented the SCIF Plan and Progress Report.

The village received just over $435,000 in 2012 and used the money to offset property taxes, replace lighting in the municipal office, fire hall, arena, library and medical clinic. Work was also done on the arena roof and a major overhaul was carried out on one of the compressors.

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Feist reported the village is in discussion with a physical therapist from Osoyoos who has expressed an interest in providing services out of the basement of the medical clinic for one day each week.

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Councillor Marguerite Rotvold reported that the Boundary Economic Development Committee (BEDC) has been discussing the development of a database of vacant agricultural land that may be available for lease or rent. She said that lower land prices in the Boundary are making it attractive to those outside the area.

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According to the minutes of the June 10, 2013 BEDC meeting, the committee has requested the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Board of Directors to approve the allocation of up to $10,000 from the Feasibility Budget to fund a study that will investigate and report on the development of a Tourism Welcome Centre with year-round washrooms at the corner of Highway 3 and 33 in Rock Creek.

 

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