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Christina Lake Fire Department can now respond outside service area

Local CL Fire Department will now provide service on the Paulson Summit to the bridge.

A recent decision by the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary board has enabled the Christina Lake fire department to respond to calls outside its jurisdiction.

The bylaw — Bylaw 1788, opening the door for Christina Lake to service a wider area, was adopted at the recent RDKB meeting.

“The Board adopted Bylaw 1788, which will enable the Christina Lake fire department to respond to wildfires and motor vehicles outside of its service area (up to the Paulson Bridge),” the RDKB statement said.

The RDKB said the department can then be reimbursed for such callouts from BC Health Services, BC Wildfire Service or Emergency Management BC.

In other RDKB Board news:

Board Hears Request to Rename King George VI Provincial Park

Alynn Smith of the Rossland Society for Environmental Education requested the Board support renaming King George VI Provincial Park by giving it an Indigenous name.

The park, located in Area B near Paterson, is currently being restored to a wetland. Ms. Smith consulted with First Nations groups and is subsequently proposing the park be named p̓aʔáx Provincial Park, which is a Sinixt word meaing “healing.”

The Board will write a letter of support for the initiative, which will go to BC Parks for consideration.

For more information on the park, visit https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/king_george_vi/

Board appoints members to Committees/Councils

The Board made its annual appointments to the South Kootenay Agriculture Strategy Project Steering Committee and the Kettle River Watershed Advisory Council.

The RDKB is grateful to those residents for volunteering their time, energy and expertise to serve their communities. Board Supports Telus’ Application to Extend Services in West Boundary

The Board is supporting Telus’ application to the Northern Development Initiative

Trust for a grant under the Connecting British Columbia Program to increase 4G LTE & 5G network high-speed wireless voice, text and data coverage along Hwy 33 north of Westbridge towards Rhone and the Christian Valley.

Staff Present 2022 Work Plans and 5-year Financial Plans

Staff presented their 2022 departmental work plans. The plans describe each service and its boundaries, requisition figures, human resources associated with the service, the previous year’s accomplishments, significant issues and trends, and a summary of 2022 projects.

The public is invited to take part in the RDKB’s virtual electoral area Town Hall meetings.

These events provide residents with an opportunity to review our proposed 2022 Budget and 2022–2026 Five-Year Financial Plan.

Area directors and district staff will be in attendance to talk about programs, services and projects; explain how tax dollars are spent; answer questions; and gather your input.

We want to hear from you!

The schedule of meetings is as follows:

  • Area A: 6 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022
  • Area B/Lower Columbia-Old Glory: 6 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2022
  • Area C/Christina Lake: 6 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022
  • Area D/Rural Grand Forks: 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • Area E/West Boundary: 6 pm on Monday, February 28, 2022
  • Area E/Big White 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Want to participate? For more information on how to attend these meetings, please visit https://rdkb.com/town-halls