Summing it up - Grand Forks City Council

Betty Brussel accepts her certificate of commendation from Grand Forks Mayor Taylor. Councillor Christine Thompson is in the background; Photo, Mona Mattei

Grand Forks City Council had some interesting discussions at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 16. In the primary committee meeting they dealt with a report on wood stoves within the city limits, but first they presented Betty Brussel with a certificate of commendation for her successful participation in the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia. Brussel, an 85-year-old swimmer brought home medals from six different categories after competing in the games.

Aquilini given five months to produce plan

Richard White addresses the RDKB for the Protect Christina Lake group

After waiting over a year for a decision on a request for a zoning bylaw change to allow a waste to energy plant in Christina Lake, local residents called for a quick closure to the process.

At the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) board meeting on Oct. 29, a delegation from the Protect Christina Lake group argued for a short time line for the application cut-off date. The original request for a deadline was made by the area C planning committee to the board because of their concern about the impact that this controversial application has had in the community.

High tech garbage removal coming to Grand Forks

Alpine Disposal trucks will be leaving Grand Forks

Grand Forks City Council gave the final nod this week to their new plan for garbage removal, compost collection and recycling at an initial capital cost of over $700,000. The decision on Monday, Nov. 2 was made after reviewing recommended options from staff.

"I would say I think this is a very progressive move for the city. Although there are a lot of small details we're going to have to work through, I think it is progressive and forward thinking to move this way,"  said Mayor Brian Taylor who supported the motion.

New administrator appointed for Grand Forks

The City of Grand Forks has a new chief administrative officer, but Lynne Burch is no stranger to city hall. City Council announced their new CAO at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 2 along with promotions for Dianne Heinrich to corporate clerk and Cecile Arnott to assistant CAO as well as continuing as chief financial officer.

Burch has worked with the city in various positions for over 22 years, most recently as city clerk. Burch has been a resident of Grand Forks for 29 years, so she feels connected to the community and aware of the issues facing the council.

Citizens challenge HST across the Boundary Similkameen riding

Paul McCavour talks to the Senior's hall members

The fight against harmonized sales tax (HST) has some unusual bedfellows including ex-premier Bill Vander Zalm, but the fight, they say, isn't political. Paul McCavour, of Osoyoos, wants people to know that they are being lied to by the politicians. The way to fight a lie, says McCavour, is to petition for a referendum.

Olympic Challenge challenges council

Olympic Challenge challenges council

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.

UBCM recognizes Carbon Neutral Kootenays project

UBCM recognizes Carbon Neutral Kootenays project

 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 2012. 

Interior Health Authority Cutting Medically Necessary Joint and Knee Replacements

Interior Health Authority Cutting Medically Necessary Joint and Knee Replacements

After promising during the election to protect health care services, the B.C. Liberals and the Interior Health Authority are cutting 14 per cent of medically-necessary hip and knee replacements. Adrian Dix, NDP Health Critic said, ”During a board meeting yesterday, IHA CEO Murray Ramsden reported that the number of hip and knee replacements would be 328 less than the number of procedures performed last year, amounting to a 14 per cent reduction.

Conroy Wins, STV Loses in BC Election

Katrine Conroy

Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy won a resounding victory yesterday, garnering a whopping 67% of the vote in the BC Provincial Election. Controy's percentage was the fourth highest in the province. At the same time, the referendum on the Single Transferable Vote (STV) went down to defeat, winning only 39% of the vote; the measure needed 60% in order to pass.

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