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Letters to the Editor

by Contributor on 8 September 2009 - 1:30pm

Dear Rosslanders,

This is an update on the Development Cost Charges issue, which I presume you are all interested in, since what happens will eventually impact your property taxes (and if you're a renter, I'm sure you know that when property taxes go up, so do rents.) I'm dividing this report into two parts: what City Council is doing about DCCs, and what other groups in town are doing...

by Ken Holmes on 3 September 2009 - 11:43am

Dear Editor,

I have been involved in the DCC issue for the past 5 years and do not recall ever being told that “…these costs (Development Cost Charges or DCCs) are needed to look after old infrastructure around town” as stated in the article by the Chamber of Commerce. DCCs are only intended to cover growth related infrastructure costs and “looking after old infrastructure”, which I...

by Contributor on 17 August 2009 - 10:49pm

British Columbia’s forest-dependent First Nations Communities today called on the province’s municipalities to join the fight to get long- promised funding to address the pine-beetle exacerbated fire threats.

 

“First Nations have been cheated out of tens of millions of dollars that were promised to make their pine-beetle devastated communities safer from fires, but other...

by Contributor on 3 August 2009 - 1:33pm

Dear Premier Campbell:

On 24 July 2009 I submitted a letter to the Environmental Assessment Office, expressing concerns with the proposed Glacier Howser Private Hydroelectric Project.  Attached please find a copy of this submission.

An overwhelming majority of people in our area are against this project as evidenced by over 1100 people who showed up to a Environmental Assessment...

by Contributor on 9 July 2009 - 10:15am

Dear Editor,
 
I have been in the midst of negotiating the purchase of the Jehovah Witness Hall in Rossland.  Everything is in place except the re-zoning from Church status to C-2 Commercial status.  At this point city staff is strongly recommending to Council that in order for the Church Hall to be re-zoned to C-2, I will be required to give them 16 feet of this property (SROW –...

by Contributor on 29 June 2009 - 2:50pm

To The Mayor and Council, City of Rossland

The challenge of setting DCC's is that of matching possibilities and probabilities in a realistic scenario, absent complete information. I regret that other commitments prevented me from attending the open meeting to discuss this with you directly.

From what I know, the principal issue with water-related DCCs stems from an unclear rate of...

by Graham Kenyon on 1 June 2009 - 11:24am

Far, far away, high in the rolling, jungle-clad hills of the Golden Triangle  north of Chiang Mai in the farthest reaches of Thailand is a small village.   This village appears to be of considerable inspiration to the rulers of our  Mountain Kingdom, so much so that there is talk of a sister city, yet another  to add to our sisters in Zimbabwe and Moab, Utah.  The name of this village  is Mee...

by Ken Holmes on 31 May 2009 - 6:55am

This letter will hopefully serve as a “wake-up call” to those citizens of Rossland who do not wish to see their taxes increased to pay for infrastructure for future development.

To refresh peoples memories, a Development Cost Charge (DCC) bylaw was introduced in Rossland in December 2004. It set the amount for a single family dwelling at $2,400.  When there...

by Ken Holmes on 19 May 2009 - 8:00am

Regarding your article “Speaking for Rosslanders – Council takes a stance on IPPs” and the discussion question you raise.

I agree with Mr. Kenyon that this is not an issue that Rossland Council should be getting into. The letter they are proposing to send to the Provincial Government certainly does not represent my views and seems to...

by Laurie Charlton on 22 April 2009 - 7:21pm

Dear Editor,

A leadership vacuum is developing at Rossland City Hall. As many people know by now, the City’s Administrator, Ron Campbell resigned  early last week.

I wish I could provide more details about his resignation but I can’t.  I  don’t know any details.  Mayor Greg Granstrom has refused to circulate Mr. Campbell’s letter of resignation to council and a meeting of...

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