A somber Creston Town Council conducted its first order of business at the October 11th regular meeting, observing a period of silence before approving replacements for committee positions held by the late Couns. Joe Snopek.
A by-election is in the planning stages.
“I suspect it will be in January or February,” Mayor Ron Toyota said on Monday. “There’s really no point in rushing things before Christmas.”
In other Town Council news:
•Council approved a request to change the scope of a Community Initiatives Program grant by the Therapeutic Riding Program. A plan to construct a covered riding arena has been abandoned and the money will be used for other improvements to the property.
•Toyota reported that a proposal from the District of 100 Mile House to create a KIJHL travel reserve fund has been withdrawn because many of the league’s hockey teams are privately owned.
•Council will not be applying for Union of BC Municipalities funding for a Community to Community Forum with the Lower Kootenay Band because it has unused funding in place.
•Public input will be invited on the Town’s web site, as the province has announced plans to upgrade existing Stop of Interest signs along BC highways and install new ones.
•Council approved a request for a donation of sand from the First Creston Scouts’ sandbag program. The cost is estimated at $275.
•A request for input on Canfor forest development activities was referred to the Creston Valley Forest Corporation for comment.
•An invitation for applications for positions on the Central Kootenay Food Police Council was forwarded to Fields Forward.
•Public process will begin for a development variance permit application by a 1st Avenue Northwest property owner.
•Couns. Joanna Wilson will serve as acting mayor in November to fill Snopek’s scheduled spot.
•Couns. Jim Elford commended Town works crew members for “a great job” done on the Railway Boulevard sidewalk project.
“The design, engineering and construction was all done by Town staff, which saved the taxpayers money,” he said. “They did a fantastic job.”
•The first three readings of the 2017-2019 permissive tax exemption bylaw were passed.
•Fire Chief Mike Moore gave council an overview of fire department activities in August and September. The department responded to 97 emergency incidents in that period. Five new trainees for the one-year work experience program have been hired. Several of the previous crew have interviews with the Vancouver fire department.