City Council has approved almost $300,000 in Resort Municipality Initiative spending that could have major impacts on tourism. The seven projects include:
- $50,000 for two Revelstoke Arts Council music festivals — one in June and one in September;
- $70,000 for a plan by the Nordic Ski Club to install lighting on trails at Mount Macpherson;
- $20,000 for trail construction at the Revy Riders dirt biking facility on Westside Road;
- $15,000 for construction of a viewing platform at the Forestry Museum;
- $20,000 for a trail maintenance project by the Revelstoke Cycling Association;
- $12,800 for a Riparian Area Assessment for RMR’s proposal to build a trail around Williamsons Lake; and
- $80,000 for improvements along Nichol Road.
The Arts Council music festivals are to be organized by Hugo Rampen, executive director of the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Music Festival for six years.
“Hugo is leaving his position in Salmon Arm this year and is looking for a new challenge,” Community Economic Development Director Alan Mason said in a report to Council. “He is impressed with Revelstoke, and is enthusiastic about organizing music festivals which will bring people to Revelstoke.”
Council also agreed to ask the Enhancement Committee for its comments on a proposal to improve the appearance of Second Street East from its intersection with Mackenzie Avenue to the lane behind City Hall.
The municipal Utilities Department will be testing water valves and flushing hydrants throughout the city starting on Monday, March 31, and extending through the summer.
“During this time you may experience water outages for up to one hour and dirty water,” said a statement posted on the city government’s website.
“Water services will be restored by the end of each day and to clear your lines of dirty water please let your water run.”
If you have any questions about this please call the City of Revelstoke Public Works Department at 250-837-2001.
City Council has approved liquor license applications from the Rotary Club, the Men’s Soccer Club and the Women’s Roller Derby team.
Rotarians are planning to hold a Casino night on Saturday, May 3 at the Community Centre.
The Men’s Soccer Club is planning a beer garden to be held at Queen Elizabeth Park Friday, June 13, from 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday, June 14 from 11 am until 11 pm and Sunday, June 15, 11 am to 6 pm.
The Women’s Roller Derby Team is holding events at the Forum on Saturday, April 26, Saturday, May 10, Saturday, June 21, and Saturday, July 26, from 5 pm to 9:30 pm.
All three approvals are subject to the following conditions:
- Provision of $ 3,000.000 liability insurance with the City of Revelstoke named as additional insured;
- Security plans approved by the RCMP;
- Designated Driver Program in place;
- Proof of ‘Serving it Right Certification’ by the event organizer; and
- All other forms and approval as required by the Liquor Commission of BC must be in place.
Council has agreed to rezone eight strata lots at 1500 and 2000 Westside Road from Light Industrial to Comprehensive Development to facilitate the construction of light industrial developments for storage, manufacturing, sales and repair facilities along with a residential unit on each strata lot.
Forestry companies belonging to the Columbia River Wet Belt Group, including Downie Timber, Stella-Jones and Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation are asking Environment Minister Leona Aglukkag to revise a proposed federal caribou-recovery strategy.
In a March 17 letter to Aglukkag, the group’s chairman, Ashley Ladyman wrote:
- “We recommend that the proposed recovery strategy be revised so that it accommodates and aligns with the provincial plan for the Southern Group. “We encourage the Province and Environment Canada to work together to ensure that all components of the plan are fully co- ordinated and implemented (i.e. predator control) by committing the resources required so that caribou recovery can be achieved.
- “For lands under Provincial jurisdiction, future critical habitat designation needs to align with the habitat protected under the provincial plan with no increase. Further discussion is provided in item #1 in the attachment.
- “The predator management section in the recovery strategy is very vague and would provide insufficient direction to subsequent action plans. Intensive and extensive predator control programs/strategies are necessary and fundamental to achieving caribou recovery. Further discussion is provided in item #5 in the attachment.
- “The proposed recovery strategy will likely have catastrophic economic impacts upon the Columbia River Wet Belt Group companies and the communities they operate in. Significant Federal, Municipal and Provincial tax revenues would be lost. Our group recommends that the government complete an initial socio-economic analysis to be finalized upon the completion of any ‘action plans’.”