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RDCK Board Highlights – March 2024

Regional District of Central Kootenay
By Regional District of Central Kootenay
April 7th, 2024

The Board of Directors adopted the 2024-2028 Financial Plan Bylaw, an annual requirement which must be completed by end of March each year. This year’s budget will see a 5.8% average increase in property taxes for RDCK residents, although this is highly variable depending on the Electoral Area or Municipality the resident lives in.

The RDCK hosted nine hybrid public information sessions (in-person and online), plus two Special Budget Meetings over the last two months, which allowed the public in our various sub regions to comment and provide feedback on the five-year Financial Plan.

Residents are encouraged to review the financial plan and reach out to staff or Directors with questions.

West Creston Fire Protection Services

Assent voting will be held July 27, 2024 in Electoral Area C for the approval of the West Creston Fire Protection Area Service Establishment Bylaw and the West Creston Fire Protection Service Loan Authorization Bylaw. The loan authorization bylaw requests a 20-year financing term up to $2,129,000 for the construction of the West Creston Fire Hall, the replacement of the water tender, and the purchase of a frontline fire engine for the West Creston Fire Department.

Recording RDCK Board Meetings

Starting in April, the Board has approved the recording of RDCK Board meetings and making the recordings available to the public. This applies to all RDCK Board meetings or Special Board meetings and not to meetings held by RDCK Committees, Commissions, departments, or specific staff.  While meeting minutes serve as the official record, recordings will be offered to enhance access to Board meeting content, while allowing for increased transparency in how the Board of Directors makes decisions on RDCK program and services.

Directors Reports

RDCK Directors provide monthly reports outlining what they have been working on. Click here to read the March reports in the Board minutes.

RDCK Quarterly Report

For the latest RDCK Quarterly Report, which details the current projects and initiatives of the RDCK, please follow the link.

Discretionary Grants

AREA A

KRSS Parent Prom Committee – Kootenay River Secondary School Prom 2024                                                              $500

East Shore Kootenay Lake Community Health Society – Health Fair                                                                                     $1,550

AREA B

KRSS Parent Prom Committee – Kootenay River Secondary School Prom 2024                                                              $1,000

Creston Valley Beef Growers Association – Farm Equipment Caution Road Sign                                                           $450

AREA C

KRSS Parent Prom Committee – Kootenay River Secondary School Prom 2024                                                              $500

Creston Ladies Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden Golf Tournament                                                                                               $250

Creston Valley Beef Growers Association – Farm Equipment Caution Road Sign                                                           $450

AREA E

Bealby Point Lighting Commission – Street Light Funding                                                                                                      $400

Taghum Community Society – Community Contra Dances                                                                                                          $300

West Shores Leisure Advancement Society – Community Leisure Calendar and Website                                              $950

AREA F

A.P.E.S.A. – Sports equipment for the school                                                                                                                              $1,500

Taghum Community Society – Community Contra Dances                                                                                                   $500

AREA H

Taghum Community Society – Community Contra Dances                                                                                                  $200

AREA I

Glade Recreation Commission – Glade Easter                                                                                                                             $500

BC Senior Games Society, Zone 6 – 2024 55+ Games                                                                                                               $1,000

AREA J

BC Old Time Fiddlers, Kootenay #9 – Kootenay Fiddle, Guitar, Piano Camp                                                                   $600

Robson Community Memorial Church Society – RCMC Upgrade 2024                                                                               $5,000

U15 Rep Hockey Team (Nelson Minor Hockey Association) – Funding for provincial championships   $1,500

AREA K

Arrow Lakes ATV Club – Burton-Windy Lake Loop Project Part 2                                                                                         $4,999

The Edgewood Volunteer Fire Department Society – Old water well upgrades                                                             $3,700

Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services – Creative connections seniors application                                            $500

Burton Community Association – Burton Yard Waste Clean Up                                                                                           $2,500

SLOCAN

Village of Slocan – Egg Hunt                                                                                                                                                               $150

Community Development Grants

AREA A

Creston Valley Cycling Association – Wynndel Mountain Bike Trail Network                                                              $4,980

Riondel Curling Club Society – Replace Compressor & Oil Pump                                                                                         $13,900

AREA B

Erickson Community Association – Operational Expenses                                                                                               $2,400

AREA D

Ainsworth Recreation Association – Hall upgrade                                                                                                              $10,000

Lardeau Valley Opportunity LINKS Society – Emergency Preparedness and Communications                                   $3,000

AREA E

Okanagan Nation Alliance – Fish in Schools                                                                                                                            $500

AREA H

RDCK Environmental Services A100 – Valhalla Wilderness Program                                                                            $9,000

AREA I

Kootenay Region Brand of the United Nations – Fundraiser for Palestine Children’s Relief Fund                              $500

Castlegar & District Community Complex – Free Family Day Skate & Swim                                                                     $850

SHSS Safe Grade – Graduation Day                                                                                                                                         $1,000

AREA J

Kootenay Gallery of Art, History and Science Society – Soup for the Cultured Soul 2024                                           $2,200

Castlegar & District Community Complex – Free Family Day Skate & Swim                                                                     $850

Kootenay Region Branch of the United Nations – Fundraiser for Palestine Children’s Relief Fund                            $500

AREA K

Arrow and Slocan Lakes Community Services – Community Works                                                                                   $850

Fauquier Community Club – Hall Upgrades                                                                                                                       $20,000

The Village of New Denver – WildSafe BC Community Program Bear Smart                                                               $1,000

Arrow Lakes Caribou Society – Caribou Herd Video #2                                                                                                            $2,000

SLOCAN

Village of Slocan – Fish in Schools                                                                                                                                           $1,000

Village of Slocan – Generator Project                                                                                                                                             $3,000

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