City Council… briefly

The annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will roll into Revelstoke on Dec. 15 on its way to the West Coast raising awareness, food and money for Food Banks along its way.

“In its 11th year, the Holiday Train is set to stop in more than 140 communities across six provinces and seven states, covering nearly 6,200 miles,” said a letter to Council from CPR CEO Fred Green and Katharine Schmidt, executive director of Food Banks Canada. “One of these stops is in your community.”

The annual program has raised more than $4 million and two million pounds of food for communities across North America.


The City has agreed to close Westside Road from 1 am until 5:30 am sometime during the week of Nov. 23-30 to allow the transport of yet another piece of equipment for BC Hydro’s Unit 5 expansion at the Revelstoke Generating Station.

Jennifer Walker-Larson of BC Hydro could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. However, additional information about this project will be published as it is made available.


City Council is asking the Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation to advertise its responsibility for the recent and highly inconvenient construction that took place on Second Street West and Campbell Avenue.

The construction was not a City project but involved installation of piping from the RCEC cogeneration plant on Downie Street to Powder Springs Motel and the federal government building.


Council has approved, the allocation of $75,000 from the Tourism Infrastructure Program to the Revelstoke Snowmobile Society for the purchase of a groomer to be used at the Boulder Mountain snowmobiling area.


In a 4-1 vote with Councillor Tony Scarcella voting against, Council agreed to push amendments to a proposed bylaw that could force people using outdated wood-burnign stoves and furnaces to upgrade their equipment.

“”What are we going to do?” Scarcella asked his colleagues. “Take their wood stoves away? I can’t support this bylaw.”

Wood Burning Appliance Bylaw No. 1927 will, among other things, give bylaw enforcement officers the right — when they have received a complaint from a member of the public — to enter a private residence and inspect their wood-brning furnace or stove.

The bylaw is intended to “protect, promote and preserve the health and well-being of the citizens of Revelstoke” by regulating the air contaminants due to the use of “prohibited burning materials” and  “non-certified wood stove appliances.” All such appliances will have “to be rendered permanently inoperable or to be removed or replaced by December 31, 2012,” the draft bylaw says.

The bylaw has yet to be passed and it is worth noting that for the last few years the City, acting in concert with the province, has been offering people cash rebates if they turn in their old stoves and furnaces and purchase new ones.


The City issued 16 residential and commercial building permits worth $1.13 million in October.

That raises the total value of building permits issued so far this year to $11.5 million, about one-third the value of permits that had been issued a year ago.