Director Watson update, July 14th

Area D Snapshot- Summer 2019

We have just completed two days of strategic planning at the RDCK. Highlights were watershed planning, recreation and cultural supports. The plan will be finalized and submitted to the board do final approval. Stay tuned for a link if you would like to read it.

Schroeder Creek Survey
Due to consistent congestion and access issues on Bickel Rd., I am working on a survey for residents of North Kootenay Lake. Bickel Rd is under Provincial jurisdiction as a public access point. The survey will glean information to assess needs and opportunities for access on the west side of Kootenay Lake.
Through discussions with community members and with the help of LINKS, I hope to have this survey out in the fall

Cooper Creek Flood Mapping assessment
Cooper Creek will see crews doing ground data collection to assess flooding risks. See media release here:
https://rdck.ca/…/flood-mapping-study-underway-across-the-r…

Howser
Wildfire mitigation fuel prescription plan completed. This plan is now out to the community with a vote on options for where they would like to see wildfire mitigation implemented, if at all.

Johnsons Landing/Argenta
CCC presented proposed logging operations to the community early June. I committed to source a professional who would be willing to peer review the terrain assessment for the area. Purpose of the peer review is to ascertain if the logging plans will mitigate, where indicated it is needed, all potential risks to community safety.
As a follow up question, I inquired with the Ministry of Transportation on speed limits for the Argenta-Johnsons Landing road. It is a declassified road and unless posted (40 Km area), the speed limit is 80Km. I have asked that they work with CCC to ensure there is a safe speed limit established. I suggested 40km for logging trucks.

Jewett School
As a follow up to the community meeting held in May regarding Jewett, I sent a letter to SD8 requesting they engage the community to ensure education services in the Lardeau Valley are sustained. My letter and SD8’s response, can be found on the LINKS website or contact me and I will send it.

Allen Subdivision
I have received several complaints about the household materials spilling onto the right of way on Victoria Ave. There is no unsightly bylaw in place for the is area (if you would like one, you can contact me to discuss) however, Ministry of Transportation can work with the RCMP when it is the right of way (crown property) that is impeded. I have contacted MoT and they will be investigating.

Kaslo Back Road
The Back Road Water Society was funded to conduct a feasibility study to establish a water system for the area. That report will be completed fall 2019. In the meantime, I will continue to advocate for them and all other community water systems to have the option to self-govern via improvement districts.
As well, I have had numerous discussions with both Ministry of Health and IHA regarding supports for small water systems including a proposal that would provide road maps for small systems. We have not heard back.

Woodbury
Wildfire mitigation prescription plan near completion. Community ready to see funding for implementation. A unique note about this prescription is the creation of a ‘Lady Slipper Orchid Reserve’.

Economic Development
This is a shared service with Kaslo. We were successfully awarded funds to carry out multiple projects to support North Kootenay Lake revitalization. Those projects are:
1. Farmer Innovations:
– Through Lardeau Valley Opportunity Society (LINKS), farmers have grants available for internships and capital infrastructure
– Through North Kootenay Lake Community Services, there will be an Organic Waste Diversion Feasibility (compost) plan completed for Kaslo and Area D.
2. Business and Economic Supports
– Currently out on request for proposals, this project will provide a variety of supports that were recommended from the 2014 Kaslo and Area D Business Retention and Expansion Survey.

Kaslo Info Net Society
I have been assisting KiN in funding discussions. I was pleased to see board support for a $75,000 grant to them for services at the North end of Area D. These funds support a larger application to Network BC and Northern Development Initiative Trust. I have had several follow up meetings with the funders to discuss the plans in relation to larger telecommunications in the area. KiN is a leader and sometimes more so than can be well understood. I am grateful for their continued dedication to serve us.

Director Watson update, July 14th

Area D Snapshot- Summer 2019

We have just completed two days of strategic planning at the RDCK. Highlights were watershed planning, recreation and cultural supports. The plan will be finalized and submitted to the board do final approval. Stay tuned for a link if you would like to read it.

Schroeder Creek Survey
Due to consistent congestion and access issues on Bickel Rd., I am working on a survey for residents of North Kootenay Lake. Bickel Rd is under Provincial jurisdiction as a public access point. The survey will glean information to assess needs and opportunities for access on the west side of Kootenay Lake.
Through discussions with community members and with the help of LINKS, I hope to have this survey out in the fall

Cooper Creek Flood Mapping assessment
Cooper Creek will see crews doing ground data collection to assess flooding risks. See media release here:
https://rdck.ca/…/flood-mapping-study-underway-across-the-r…

Howser
Wildfire mitigation fuel prescription plan completed. This plan is now out to the community with a vote on options for where they would like to see wildfire mitigation implemented, if at all.

Johnsons Landing/Argenta
CCC presented proposed logging operations to the community early June. I committed to source a professional who would be willing to peer review the terrain assessment for the area. Purpose of the peer review is to ascertain if the logging plans will mitigate, where indicated it is needed, all potential risks to community safety.
As a follow up question, I inquired with the Ministry of Transportation on speed limits for the Argenta-Johnsons Landing road. It is a declassified road and unless posted (40 Km area), the speed limit is 80Km. I have asked that they work with CCC to ensure there is a safe speed limit established. I suggested 40km for logging trucks.

Jewett School
As a follow up to the community meeting held in May regarding Jewett, I sent a letter to SD8 requesting they engage the community to ensure education services in the Lardeau Valley are sustained. My letter and SD8’s response, can be found on the LINKS website or contact me and I will send it.

Allen Subdivision
I have received several complaints about the household materials spilling onto the right of way on Victoria Ave. There is no unsightly bylaw in place for the is area (if you would like one, you can contact me to discuss) however, Ministry of Transportation can work with the RCMP when it is the right of way (crown property) that is impeded. I have contacted MoT and they will be investigating.

Kaslo Back Road
The Back Road Water Society was funded to conduct a feasibility study to establish a water system for the area. That report will be completed fall 2019. In the meantime, I will continue to advocate for them and all other community water systems to have the option to self-govern via improvement districts.
As well, I have had numerous discussions with both Ministry of Health and IHA regarding supports for small water systems including a proposal that would provide road maps for small systems. We have not heard back.

Woodbury
Wildfire mitigation prescription plan near completion. Community ready to see funding for implementation. A unique note about this prescription is the creation of a ‘Lady Slipper Orchid Reserve’.

Economic Development
This is a shared service with Kaslo. We were successfully awarded funds to carry out multiple projects to support North Kootenay Lake revitalization. Those projects are:
1. Farmer Innovations:
– Through Lardeau Valley Opportunity Society (LINKS), farmers have grants available for internships and capital infrastructure
– Through North Kootenay Lake Community Services, there will be an Organic Waste Diversion Feasibility (compost) plan completed for Kaslo and Area D.
2. Business and Economic Supports
– Currently out on request for proposals, this project will provide a variety of supports that were recommended from the 2014 Kaslo and Area D Business Retention and Expansion Survey.

Kaslo Info Net Society
I have been assisting KiN in funding discussions. I was pleased to see board support for a $75,000 grant to them for services at the North end of Area D. These funds support a larger application to Network BC and Northern Development Initiative Trust. I have had several follow up meetings with the funders to discuss the plans in relation to larger telecommunications in the area. KiN is a leader and sometimes more so than can be well understood. I am grateful for their continued dedication to serve us.

Area D Director update, May

My first post this morning contained all of this weeks meeting details, here is my RDCK Board Chair’s report:

Chair’s Report – May 2019

Columbia Basin Broadband Committee
Attended my first meeting of the CBBC. This is not a formal board that provides operational guidance but rather, we are an advisory role that discusses policy that defines how the Basin enables broadband access.
We started with an update form Network BC. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/…/about-the-bc-govern…/internet-in-bc

They described their approach to ‘radical collaboration’ with a focus on co-developing a digital road map. Community consultation starts with ‘what do residents want to see for their communities in the next 10-20 years?’ Whether from an economic lens, recreational, health, etc. They vision big then back track to how connectivity assists them to get there with a strong focus on entrepreneurial endeavors, especially in our rural and remote regions.
The committee then shifted to a great discussion about the value and amazing capacity of our region’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs). CBBC indicated their primary focus is to get what they call the back-haul infrastructure, so ISP’s can delivery on the front end. For example, CBBC will focus work on getting the fibre in the ground where as an ISP takes the lead on getting it to your house and providing the service.
They also walked through an online portal that residents can use to measure their internet speeds. While there are many tools that offer this service, the big bonus of this one is that it is collecting regional data in real time so while a large telecon may claim to offer certain speeds and service, we know on the ground, that is not always the case. CBBC is requesting as many basin residents as possible use this app (see memo in correspondence) to ensure we have the accurate data on internet access and speeds.

Wildfire Conference
The RDCK, Ministry of Forests, local Licensee’s, BC Parks, BC wildfire Service and a few other stakeholders have been involved in a collaboration process for the past two years. Purpose of this collaboration is to better define the roles, responsibilities, actions and mandate for an intergovernmental alliance on wildfire mitigation in our large, robust and beautiful forests. This work has been funded by the Province as a pilot project to inform how all stakeholders can collaborate to manage the fire risk we live within.
This cumulated into a one-day workshop that brought stakeholder’s together to hear from the experts, learn what they have found as ways to move forward and then, most importantly, engage participants on the ways forward.
I thoroughly enjoyed the cross pollinating of sectors and lively discussions that led to some strong messages. Act? yes. How? varies depend greatly on the land base, ecology and the stakeholders.
This working session generated strong solutions and I look forward to the report from staff on what those are and how we proceed. More importantly, this workshop and collaboration process has built relationships between all which is where change and possibility resonate.
Kudos to our staff, Nora Hannon and Joel Hamilton, Directors (Faust) who started this discussion years ago and all those that have pursued this file resulting in the RDCK continuing to be leaders in the province on the wildfire mitigation file.

Resource Recovery Plan Advisory Committee
As many of you are aware, the RDCK is in the midst of its Resource Recovery plan review, as mandated buy the Province. I am new to this committee, as your Chair, I am appointed to the committee. Director Jackman is the Chair with our two other resource recovery chairs as well, Director’s Newell and Popoff. The rest of the committee comprises of municipal staff, city managers from Creston, Castlegar and Nelson, and public stakeholders either in the sector providing services or with a background in waste stream management. For committee details, background information on the Resource Recovery Plan and links to the Organic Waste Diversion Strategy, previous community consultations and the TOR, please go to our website:
https://rdck.ca/…/waste-recycli…/resource_recovery_plan.html
Goals of the plan, currently, are:
i) Continue to strive for zero waste
ii) Reduce improper waste disposal and waste management practices, including illegal dumping and contamination of waste streams
iii) Increase collaboration with community partners
iv) Achieve financial stability
v) Support the development of local waste management solutions

Association Kootenay Boundary Local Government AGM- Castlegar
Thank you to the AKBLG Executive, Mayor Tassone and his team for a fantastic conference!
Of note, UBCM working group on responsible conduct. I have had a hard time with this discussion since I first encountered it. I was saddened to hear that as elected officials, we needed guidance on respect, communication and overall rules of conduct. But then Trump was elected, so it became a little more relevant. However, now that the discussion turns to a mandated code of conduct with enforcement, I see many red flags. First, other orders of government do not have such a code and frankly, as local government is on the ground, facing their constituents daily, I would think focusing on local government misses the opportunity to ignite respectful politics where it hurts the most. I am biased, of course. With my recent witnessing of question period, I sincerely believe these efforts should be focused elsewhere. Second, enforcement will be a service local taxation would likely be covering and with our immense list of areas where we need to ramp up service, I do not see this as a priority. Water systems, climate change mitigation, fire service supports….all higher priorities in my books. Please do take the time to review the report and provide your feedback.
https://form.surveypal.net/form…
Resolutions were lively, as usual. I thoroughly enjoy listening to our perspectives and seeing what, as a regional body, we collectively agree with. All but one of the RDCK resolutions was approved to move forward to UBCM.
Congratulations to our colleagues from the RDCK who will continue or are new to the executive, Adam Casemore, Garry Jackman and Rob Lang (Village of Kaslo)

Columbia River Treaty- Water Use Plan teleconference
Director Faust and I, as your representative on the Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee, participated on a webinar about Water Use Plans (WUP); history for the current ones and how the next stage of review and renewal of them will be carried out.
Please see attached WUP Backgrounder for details.

Director Watsons update, April 9th

Back at the desk, but only for a few minutes and back out the door for a week of meetings in Nelson. Here are our monthly board, rural affairs and sustainability meeting agenda’s.

Also, met with the Kaslo and Area D Economic Development Commission yesterday where we are excited about some major projects…stay tuned!!!

RDCK monthly Board:
Highlights:
This summer we will be switching recycling to the provincial body mandated to provide the service- Recycle BC. As they will not allow all of our depots, remote ones like Marblehead will stay open but operated by the RDCK.

Glacier Creek Commission has new appointments. THANK YOU to all those who volunteers for committees and commissions to keep the community involved in your services.

Chairs report- you will see a report from me
https://rdck.ca/…/Go…/Documents/2019-04-11-BRD_Agenda-lr.pdf

RDCK Rural Affairs Committee
Highlights:
Update on the Agriculture Land Commission
Update on the Regional Agriculture Adaptation Strategies

https://rdck.ca/…/Administration/2019-04-10-RAC-AGENDA_FINA…

Sustainability- which Area D is a participant
https://rdck.ca/…/sustainability-environmental-initiatives.…

Director Watsons update, April 9th

Back at the desk, but only for a few minutes and back out the door for a week of meetings in Nelson. Here are our monthly board, rural affairs and sustainability meeting agenda’s.

Also, met with the Kaslo and Area D Economic Development Commission yesterday where we are excited about some major projects…stay tuned!!!

RDCK monthly Board:
Highlights:
This summer we will be switching recycling to the provincial body mandated to provide the service- Recycle BC. As they will not allow all of our depots, remote ones like Marblehead will stay open but operated by the RDCK.

Glacier Creek Commission has new appointments. THANK YOU to all those who volunteers for committees and commissions to keep the community involved in your services.

Chairs report- you will see a report from me
https://rdck.ca/…/Go…/Documents/2019-04-11-BRD_Agenda-lr.pdf

RDCK Rural Affairs Committee
Highlights:
Update on the Agriculture Land Commission
Update on the Regional Agriculture Adaptation Strategies

https://rdck.ca/…/Administration/2019-04-10-RAC-AGENDA_FINA…

Sustainability- which Area D is a participant
https://rdck.ca/…/sustainability-environmental-initiatives.…