By David F. Rooney
Mayor Mark McKee promised to keep local businesses updated regarding the roundabout being constructed at Wright Street and Victoria Avenue.
“There will be regular traffic updates on the City’s website and the City’s Facebook page every Friday morning to tell you what will be happening in the week’s to come,” he said during Council’s regular meeting last Tuesday, August 23.
McKee also addressed the bear situation and noted that Revelstoke has been at the forefront of the Bear Aware movement.
“We seem to have lost our way a little bit,” he noted, adding that the community as to return to basics.
Since the beginning of August, the City has begun cracking down on residents who put out their garbage the night before trash pick up and those residents who do not gather up wind-fallen fruit.
“It’s not the Conservation Officers that are killing the bears; it’s the community that is killing the bears,” McKee said.
He also said that he and City Councillors plan to lobby Environment Minister Mary Polak in an effort to convince her of the need to have a Conservation Officer in Revelstoke. (Please activate the YouTube player below to watch McKee’s speak about traffic situation on Victoria Road and the bear situation at the beginning of the video recording,)
Social Development Coordinator Jill Zacharias then delivered a report on her activities, which you can watch at the 6:49-minute mark. You can also click here to view her presentations to Council.
Council then chose to approve plans for City staff to continue monitoring the development of gravel pits off of Westside Road. (You can also click here to find information related to that situation.
Council has defused the Boxing Club’s deep-seated anxiety over its future by deciding to make the old Revelstoke Snowmobile Club property at 1495A Powerhouse Road available to it. The club has been without a home since School District 19 decided it would sell its property. The club had asked the City it would purchase the gymnasium, a move that Council decided against. (You can watch this segment of the meeting at the 34-minute mark on the YouTube player below.) The Boxing Club gets to use the property for $1 a year.
“The building requires some upgrades for use as a recreational facility and the Boxing Club agreed to be responsible for upgrades they require and for any septic upgrades or repairs while using the property in exchange for rental costs,” said a report written by Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Laurie Donato. “The building is not large enough to set up the boxing ring but is sufficient for continued practice and training.”
Please click here to read the report to Council or you can watch it at the 37:32-minute mark on the YouTube player below.
Council also dealt with request for a public hearing with regard to a vacation rental development at 2041 Mountain Gate Road. Please click here to read the report to Council by Dean Strachan, manager of Development Services. You can also watch Council address this issue on the video.