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by Andrew Zwicker on Wednesday Dec 16 2009

Two weeks ago during a special City Council meeting, council voted 'no' to looking into a grant opportunity to replace our aging arena’s roof. The project, whose cost has been estimated at approximately $800,000, was on the table as council discussed taking advantage of a $400,000 federal grant in addition to $284,000 in monies left over...

by Mona Mattei on Thursday Dec 10 2009

With a near full gallery at the meeting of Grand Forks city council, people gathered to bring forward different concerns. One of the most pressing topics of the week was medical marijuana. Two motions by Councillor Gene Robert at the Dec.7 meeting forced council to a vote on the issue when it was introduced by an item of correspondence.

As soon as the item came up on the agenda, Robert...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Dec 03 2009

The Rossland arena has long been a Rossland institution. Constructed between 1953 and 1957 as a wholly volunteer effort, the building has been deteriorating for the past decade, during which time little to no funds have been put into the building by the city. The last city impovements to the arena came ten years ago when the change rooms were renovated. The structure’s roof has been leaking...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Nov 12 2009

Water meters, water rates and the ramifications thereof were once again the highlight of city council this week, coming up on two separate agenda items. In a letter from Andy Talbot of Allanco Development Corporation ( which owns both the building housing Drift and Feather Your Nest as well as the Velvet Hotel building at the east end of the downtown strip), Talbot expressed concern about how...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Nov 12 2009

Rossland got tossed some candy from the federal government’s spending parade this week with the announcement of a $5 million dollar grant for the Kootenay area to help execute various wildfire protection plans in the region. The grant itself is a combination of the federal Community Adjustment Fund and BC’s provincial Job Opportunities Program.

“The Program is a partnership of the...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Nov 12 2009

Amid budget discussions which had been initiated early this year by a council keen to reduce City operating costs (and resulting tax burden on residents), council recently purchased new laptops for councillors and city staff.

“We purchased eight laptops complete with software and accessories. It came to $6,738.35,” explained city Clerk Tracey Butler. “I thought it was a good deal...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Nov 05 2009

How do you create an economically sustainable city? More specifically, how can Rossland move towards becoming economically sustainable without raising taxes or cutting services? These questions among others were the general basis for an in depth and at times heated discussion at City Hall this past Monday night.

Presenting to a Committee of the Whole (COW), the Sustainability Commission...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Oct 29 2009

Stepping out due to a possible perceived conflict of interest, Kathy Moore didn’t get the chance to speak in support of her motion that council waive the Miners' Hall user fees for an Olympic Challenge fundraising event.

The Olympic Challenge campaign in support of Rossland’s two Olympians Kimberley Joines and George Grey has been endorsed by a number of businesses around town including...

by Andrew Zwicker on Thursday Oct 29 2009

Following recommendations at the most recent COW meeting that council answer questions put forth by Michael Geldrich, the discussion over water meters was re-opened on Monday night. Along with Mr. Geldrich’s delegation to council, there have been numerous questions to the city around this issue. It was noted that city staff are currently working on drafting a reply letter to Mr. Geldrich that...

by Contributor on Monday Oct 19 2009

 The Regional Districts of Central Kootenay, East Kootenay and Kootenay Boundary, received a Union of British Columbia Municipalities UBCM) Community Excellence Award for the Carbon Neutral Kootenays Project. This project, delivered in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), is helping regional districts and local governments reduce their corporate emissions and become carbon neutral by...

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