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Galloway Lands Proposal Referred Back to Staff; Further Information Sought

January 17, 2022 - 11:36am

A proposal to rezone property for subdivision in Electoral Area A adjacent to Fernie Alpine Resort has been referred back to staff. Bylaws 3102 and 3103 would amend the Official Community Plan and zoning designation of multiple properties, known as the Galloway Lands, to permit future subdivision.  “While the applicant has presented a detailed plan and offered a number of covenants to provide further reassurance with regard to the development, the Board felt it was premature to move forward to a public hearing without having additional information in several key areas, including road...
RDEK Board Approves Human Resources Plan

January 17, 2022 - 9:00am

The Regional District of East Kootenay Board of Directors approved the RDEK Human Resources (HR) Plan Friday morning, which will increase the organization’s capacity to allow it to meet increasing service demands. “The last HR Plan was completed in 2013,” explains RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay.  “In the nine years since, we have seen increased legislative obligations, a growing number of services and amenities, a sharp increase in the frequency and magnitude of emergencies, increased service level expectations and much higher development.” To help identify the greatest needs within the...
Tie Lake Transfer Station Re-Opened Following Brief Closure Due to Fire

January 15, 2022 - 4:38pm

Tie Lake Transfer Station Re-Opened Following Brief Closure Due to Fire The Tie Lake Transfer Station was closed for a few hours today due to a series of fires on the site. “When we arrived, the tire pile was on fire and it was later discovered that both waste bins were burning as well,” says Elk Valley & South Country Rural Fire and Rescue Service Fire Chief Michael Hockley. “Our crews and the contractor did an excellent job of getting the fires extinguished and the tires spread out and cooled down.”  Ten firefighters from the Jaffray, Baynes Lake and Elko Fire Departments responded to the call with 6 pieces of apparatus, including 2 engines.  “We would...
In-Stream Works Begins Today to Alleviate Localized Flooding on Jane Creek

January 11, 2022 - 11:21am

The RDEK will be undertaking in-stream works in Jane Creek today to break up an ice jam that has caused localized overland flooding on some neighbouring properties in the Windermere Area. “We applied for and have now received an Order to undertake in-stream works,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek. “The work will be focused on removing enough ice and dealing with an area of choked vegetation to alleviate the problem.”  A small excavator will be working on the affected section of Jane Creek starting this morning.  A Qualified Environmental Professional will be on site to supervise...
Applications Now Being Accepted for 2022/2023 Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs

January 04, 2022 - 4:05pm

Interested non-profit organizations are now able to apply for the 2022/2023 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Programs. The programs funded by the Trust and administered by the RDEK. “We recognize the tremendous impact these programs make on so many local projects and programs and want to ensure potential applicants are aware of the guidelines and submission deadline,” says RDEK Corporate Officer Tina Hlushak. Applications must be submitted using the online application system located on https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/cbt. The application deadline is Monday,...
Recycle BC Resumes Collection of Styrofoam Packaging Recycling

December 24, 2021 - 12:32pm

The collection of Styrofoam recycling at all of the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Recycle BC Depots will resume starting December 27. “We are able to resume collection of both white and coloured foam packaging at the RDEK’s Recycle BC Depots starting December 27. With the increase in packaging that we see come through our depots after Christmas we are very happy to be able to be offering this service once again,” says Kevin Paterson, RDEK Manager of Environmental Services. The Recycle BC depots at the Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford transfer stations...
Recycle BC Resumes Collection of Glass Recycling

December 22, 2021 - 11:57am

The collection of glass recycling at all of the Regional District of East Kootenay’s Recycle BC Depots has resumed effective immediately. “With transportation challenges across the province starting to ease and our primary end market for glass back up and running, we are happy to announce that our Recycle BC Depots can resume collecting glass recyclables,” says Kevin Paterson, RDEK Manager of Environmental Services. The collection of foam packaging (white and coloured Styrofoam) remains suspended across the province including the East Kootenay. The RDEK is asking residents to not take...
RDEK Contributes Funding to Help Install Temporary Bridge and Restore Public Access to Recreational Area Following November Floods

December 15, 2021 - 3:20pm

The RDEK Board of Directors has approved $100,000 in funding through the Electoral Area A portion of the Elk Valley Mine Tax Sharing Funds to support the installation of a temporary bridge over Morrissey Creek and restore access to the Morrissey and Coal Creek Areas. Canfor is not able to complete permanent repairs to the bridge in time for the winter season. “The Fernie Snowmobile Association (FSA) has been working tirelessly to find a way to restore public access to this critical winter area for all recreationalists and back country users and should be applauded for their efforts,” says...
RDEK Electoral Area Housing Needs Assessment Focus of Upcoming Meeting

December 08, 2021 - 3:44pm

The RDEK Electoral Area Housing Needs Report will be presented to the community during an information session next week. “We are excited to be able to share the key findings from the Housing Needs Report, talk about some of the trends observed across the region and answer questions from attendees,” explains Planning Coordinator, Karen MacLeod.   The Information Session will run from 7:00pm-8:00pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021 via Zoom. The meeting link can be found on the project page: https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/housing. The Housing Needs Report and a summary of the engagement...
RDEK Urges Caution Around Waterways, Preparedness with Rain in Forecast

November 28, 2021 - 10:23am

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High-Streamflow Advisory for the East Kootenay and the RDEK is urging residents to use extreme caution around waterways and to be prepared. “With the forecast calling for a series of rain events over the next few days, it is critical that residents be aware and prepared,” says Information Officer, Loree Duczek. “From staying away from local creeks and waterways, to making sure you are registered for the Regional Evacuation Notification System, sandbagging if you live in flood-prone areas, and having a grab and go kit and emergency plan ready,...
Windermere Fire Responds to Overnight Fire at Local Hotel

November 26, 2021 - 10:11am

Members of the Windermere Fire Department responded to a fire at the Kanata Inn early this morning. “We received the call approximately 2:30am and upon arrival, the hotel staff and guests had already evacuated the building,” explains Columbia Valley Rural Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Drew Sinclair.  “The fire was contained to the unit of origin by the building’s sprinkler systems. Once we completed our assessment to confirm the fire was fully extinguished, we and ventilated the affected floor and guests were able to return to the unaffected units.”  In total 7 members attended with one...
RDEK Seeks Public Feedback on Three Area B Parks as Management Plans are Developed

November 23, 2021 - 3:45pm

RDEK Seeks Public Feedback on Three Area B Parks as Management Plans are Developed The Regional District of East Kootenay is currently working on Parks Management Plans for three of its parks in Electoral Area B and is looking for community input as part of the planning process. “Staff are currently working on management plans for the Tie Lake Regional Park, Rosen Lake Accesses and Dawson’s Path,” says RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle.  “Though all three sites are unique, one thing they have in common is their importance as community assets. We would like to hear from residents about what makes these spaces special and gather feedback on things they would like...
Recycle BC Temporarily Suspending Collection of Glass and Styrofoam Packaging

November 22, 2021 - 3:20pm

Due to the widespread flooding in BC, Recycle BC is temporarily suspending collection of glass and foam packaging effective immediately. “With highways compromised due to closures and rebuilding, and the primary glass end market currently recovering from damage caused by the flooding we are unable to move glass and foam packaging from our collection facilities to be recycled,” says Kevin Paterson, RDEK Manager of Environmental Services. “The situation is changing quickly and at this time we are unsure how long this change will be in place.” The materials that are affected by this...
Wasa Recreation Contribution Service Elector Assent Process Preliminary Results

November 18, 2021 - 2:40pm

The RDEK has announced the preliminary results of the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service Elector Assent Process. “Through the Alternative Approval Process, we would have had to receive a total of 71 forms in opposition of the proposed service in order for it not to proceed,” says RDEK Corporate Officer Tina Hlushak. “At the end of the submission period, we received a total of 22 forms, and as a result, the RDEK will be moving forward with establishing a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service.” The Alternative Approval Process results will officially be reported to the RDEK Board...
Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Now Available For Those Affected By Flooding

November 18, 2021 - 11:15am

Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has authorized disaster financial assistance (DFA) for those who experienced damage as a result of the flooding and debris flows triggered by the November 14-16 heavy rainfall event. Those who may qualify for this assistance include: home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses. Applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting...
Evacuation ALERT Lifted for Affected Properties in Hosmer

November 17, 2021 - 2:53pm

Effective 2:00pm local time, the Evacuation Alert for 11 properties in Hosmer has been lifted.  “Last night we received approval to undertake some in-stream work and immediately started working to remove debris at the confluence of Hosmer and Mine Creek to re-establish creek flow,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek.  The in-stream work has now been completed and the contractor will remain on site doing some final clean up. “By this morning Mine Creek had dropped by almost two feet.  While residents are still dealing with some standing water and pumping water from basements, the...
Flood Waters Slowly Receding, Situation Stabilizing Across the Elk Valley

November 16, 2021 - 6:24pm

Water levels are slowly receding from flooded properties in the Elk Valley today as calmer, drier conditions are forecasted over the next few days.  “The Evacuation Alert remains in effect for 11 properties in Hosmer and will be re-assessed tomorrow,” explains Information Officer Loree Duczek.  “Today we had engineers complete an assessment of Hosmer Creek and Mine Creek and we have applied for approval to complete in-stream works to help clear debris and expedite creek flow.” Highway 3 remains closed 4km north of Fernie due to flooding from Hartley Creek.  There is a detour on Dicken...
Evacuation ALERT issued for 11 properties in Hosmer

November 15, 2021 - 7:28pm

An Evacuation Alert has been issued for 11 properties in Hosmer after Mine Creek surged again this afternoon. “We have issued the Evacuation Alert out of an abundance of caution as Mine Creek has jumped its banks and is flowing into some of the lower lying properties in Hosmer along Elk Street and Victoria Avenue,” explains Information Officer Loree Duczek.  “Residents who are under Evacuation Alert should be ready to leave on a moments notice should conditions worsen. We are encouraging them to have a grab and go kit ready by the door, so that in the event an evacuation order is issued,...
RDEK Looking to Hear from Cokato Road Residents / Regional Damage Assessment Form Established

November 15, 2021 - 2:16pm

Cokato Road remains closed between the 4500 block and Morrissey due to flooding and muddy debris in more than one location.  “There is a four-kilometre section of Cokato Road from one kilometre west of Robinson Road to the cattleguard near Morrissey Road that is blocked on either end at this time, which affects egress for 36 properties,” explains Duczek.  “While we are waiting for more detailed information on how and when access can be restored, we want to hear from residents in that affected area.   We are asking them to call the Information Line so that we can get contact information...
Assessments Underway This Morning as Heavy Rains in Elk Valley Lead to Localized Flooding

November 15, 2021 - 9:30am

Assessments Underway This Morning as Heavy Rains in Elk Valley Lead to Localized Flooding Cokato Road just outside of the City of Fernie is closed this morning after heavy rain over the past 24 hours resulted in Cokato Creek overflowing its banks.  “Water and debris have gone across the roadway starting in the 4500 block of Cokato, leading to waist deep water on some properties this morning,” says Information Officer Loree Duczek.  “Water is still flowing over the road and the road remains closed at this time.” The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and Mainroads East Kootenay Contracting have mobilized equipment and will be conducting further assessments of...

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