RDCK board meeting highlights

Regional District of Central Kootenay
By Regional District of Central Kootenay
May 29th, 2020

Joint Resource Recovery Committee Approves RFP for Satellite Depots

The Board will move ahead with requests for proposal (RFP) for satellite depot hauling and industrial, commercial and institutional recycling services in the West Resource Recovery Sub Region, Central Resource Recovery Sub Region, and the East Resource Recovery Region. The ideal proponent(s) will offer the highest value to the RDCK and meet the required scope of work within budget.

Memorandum of Understanding: Cottonwood Lake

The Board authorizes a memorandum of understanding with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society for the purpose of conserving natural habitats and preserving threatened ecosystems.  The memorandum of understanding will assist all three organizations work towards conservation of valued land while minimizing the impacts to local taxation due to management and acquisition costs.

COVID-19 Update: Recreation and Parks Services

Despite many unknowns, our community services team has been working diligently to plan for the future with continuing measures in place to ensure physical distancing and the safety of both the staff and public. Due to COVID-19, recreations services has been forced to go through a major overhaul and the community services leadership team has been working together to design recreation programs that concentrate on using the outdoor spaces during the summer and abiding by the guidelines set out by the Province. The board received and reviewed proposed phased approaches and discussed the ability to provide supports through park ambassadors while staying within the 2020 budget for recreation services. The role of the park ambassador is to educate the public about the importance of physical distancing, while safely engaging with the public to provide information and answer questions. This is a fluid process and will be reviewed regularly as new information and protocols become available.

Harrop Fire Hall Upgrades

The Board awarded the contract for the Harrop Fire Hall energy efficiency upgrades to North Mountain Construction Ltd at the maximum value of $196,466.32.

Electoral Area E

The Board directed planning staff to expand the Electoral Area E Official Community Plan to include the south border of the City of Nelson to Ymir Road. 

As well, the Board directed staff to plan public open houses in Area E (Harrop/Procter and Balfour) in 2020 to allow residents to learn and ask questions about regulations applicable with zoning.

RDCK Supports Columbia Basin Food Security Plan

The Board will send a letter of support to the Central Kootenay Food Policy Council and its Columbia Basin Food Security Plan, as well as allocate funds to the first phase of the Central Kootenay Interim Food Security Action Plan in the amount of $22,145.00. The purpose of the food security plan is to address the immediate and longer-term destructive impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food security of our region. The goal is to ensure emergency food providers are able to operate safely, strengthen the capacity of Columbia Basin farmers and food businesses to adapt and survive the impacts of the pandemic, and to re-establish, expand and strengthen the Columbia Basin supply chain.

­­COVID-19 Impact

Due to the impact of COVID-19 the board continues to work and meet remotely and will continue to do so until physical distancing requirements can be achieved.


AREA I                                                                                                          

Stanley Humphries Secondary School                                 $3,250


AREA J                                                                                                          

Castlegar Citizens on Patrol                                                 $500

Castlegar Speed Watch                                                        $500



AREA D                                                                                                        

Kaslo Jazz Etc. Society                                                          $2,000


AREA E                                                                                                         

Balfour & District Business & Historic Association (storage – Anscomb Wheelhouse)  $2,000

Balfour & District Business & Historic Association (St. Michael & All Angels Church)    $10,000

Balfour Covenant Church                                                                                                     $500

Osprey Community Foundation                                                                                         $1,500

West Kootenay EcoSociety                                                                                               $5,500

West Kootenay Wildlife                                                                                                       $1,000


AREA F                                                                                                         

Cottonwood Lake Preservation Society                                                                             $1,500

Kootenay Co-op Radio                                                                                                          $750

Osprey Community Foundation                                                                                          $1,500

West Kootenay EcoSociety                                                                                                 $2,500


AREA H                                                                                                        

Hills Community Doukhobor Society                                                                                  $4,750


AREA K                                                                                                         

Fauquier and District Golf Club                                                                                          $5,000



Village of Kaslo                                                                                                                   $5,000



Village of Slocan (WEGCSS)                                                                                               $2,320



RECREATION COMMISSION NO. 9 GRANTS                                                                                                  

Boswell Memorial Hall Society (Insurance)                                                                          $4,357

East Shore Trail & Bike Association (Trail maintenance)                                                      $5,500

Riondel & District Curling Club (Affiliation fee & liquor license)                                              $794

Riondel Community Campground Society (Insurance)                                                          $1,710

Riondel Golf Club (Internet)                                                                                                      $880

RECREATION COMMISSION NO. 10 GRANTS                                                                                                

Balfour Recreation Commission – Barkfest                                                                               $500

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Senior Tech                                                               $1,500

Kootenay Lake Family Network – Childhood Mental Health & Senior Healthy Participation     $500

Redfish Parent Advisory Committee – After school programming                                          $1,500

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