The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo

The Regional District of Central Kootenay office in Nelson. File photo

RDCK roundup: Planning for 2021

The last board meeting of the year was preoccupied with the coming year

by John Boivin

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Valley Voice

The last Regional District of Central Kootenay board of directors’ meeting of 2020 saw the organization’s leadership spending most of its time setting up and planning for the coming year.

Much of the Dec. 10 meeting was taken up with selecting directors and citizens to sit on a dozen boards and commissions, as well as planning to attend conferences, both internal and external to the RDCK. From social development to transit, municipal insurance, water services and recreation, the district needs to have eyes on the ground on many organizations and groups to help manage the community’s needs. Each director sits on several boards, commissions, and community groups.

Other than appointments, directors decided to:

• Endorse the South Slocan’s Commission of Management’s call to have the old South Slocan School demolished in the new year.

• Approve the Commission’s plan to hike water rates in South Slocan 10 per cent in the new year.

• Approve a plan to increase fees at RDCK landfills across the region. In the West subregion, which includes the Arrow Lakes and Slocan Valleys, it will cost $3 to take a container of mixed waste to the dump. There’s a different schedule for the Ootishchenia and Nakusp landfills: it will cost a minimum $6.25 to get rid of your household waste at those central locations.

While the new fee schedule was approved, the changes have to be incorporated in the RDCK’s Resource Recovery Facility Regulatory Bylaw, which should happen early in the new year. It’s likely residents will see the higher fees by February.

• Write a letter in support of keeping the Flight Service Station open at the Castlegar Airport. The station works with the airport tower to help with flight planning, in-flight decision making and relaying traffic information to pilots. The station is critical at Castlegar, one of the most challenging airports in North America.

• Write to new Forestry, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Katrine Conroy inquiring about bioenergy opportunities in the region. The cutting-edge system (a plant in Fruitvale has just opened that uses the process to generate energy) “would assist the RDCK in further investigating bioenergy projects, which would align with provincial objectives of maximizing firer utilization and reducing forest fuel loading,” directors say.

• Award the contract for the Woodbury Village Water Treatment Plant upgrades to Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd. The company will get just under $400,000 to begin upgrades to the aging water system.

• Defer a motion to begin a $40,000 feasibility study cell service infrastructure and leasing for Pass Creek, Krestova and the lower Slocan Valley. They’ll tweak the motion and bring it back to the board in the new year.

• Approve Rural Affairs Committee decisions on ALR exclusion requests in the Blewett area.

• Make a $250 donation to each of eight regional food banks in Kaslo, Nakusp, Slocan, New Denver, Salmo, Nelson, Castlegar and Creston in lieu of their annual Christmas lunch.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Suspect arrested after armed robbery in downtown Castlegar

Victim was allegedly threatened with knife and bear spray

Columbia Avenue Redevelopment — Phase 2 will begin in February. Image: City of Castlegar
Construction on the Columbia Avenue Redevelopment Project beginning March 1

Crews will be clearing brush and trees and removing asphalt

A dose of COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at a vaccination clinic in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health region

The total number of cases in the region since the pandemic began is now at 7,334

(file photo)
Nomination packages available for Castlegar byelection

The mayor’s seat and one council seat will be on the ballot

The Skinny Genes Foundation is raising awareness and funds for a rare genetic disorder that claimed both his father and uncle.
NHL players, local businesses help Kootenay man raise funds and awareness for rare genetic disease

Signed NHL jerseys and local business donations up for auction in Skinny Genes Foundation fundraiser

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Jasmine and Gwen Donaldson are part of the CAT team working to reduce stigma for marginalized groups in Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Jasmine’s story: Stigma can be the hardest hurdle for those overcoming addiction

Recovering B.C. addict says welcome, connection and community key for rebuilding after drug habit

A Vancouver restaurant owner was found guilty of violating B.C.’s Human Rights Code by discriminating against customers on the basis of their race. (Pixabay)
Vancouver restaurant owner ordered to pay $4,000 to customers after racist remark

Referring to patrons as ‘you Arabs’ constitutes discrimination under B.C.’s Human Rights Code, ruling deems

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Kara Sorensen, diagnosed with lung cancer in July, says it’s important for people to view her as healthy and vibrant, rather than sick. (Photo courtesy of Karen Sorensen)
B.C. woman must seek treatment overseas for inoperable lung cancer

Fundraising page launched on Karen Sorensen’s behalf, with a goal of $250,000

Most Read