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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.