By Dean Midyette
Special to the Pioneer
A regular meeting of the Canal Flats council convened on Monday, May 27th. The following items were discussed:
Councillor Douglas McCutcheon reported that grants are available for senior-focused projects across Canada. Councillor McCutcheon has reached out to local seniors in Canal Flats, reporting that the unanimous issue that concerns seniors is housing. While there are currently no projects proposed, he has asked that council prioritize project proposals that may arise in the future.
A proposal for a 30’ x 60’ pavilion has been brought to council by the Canal Flats Community Society. The pavilion would be located at the southwest corner of the baseball diamond, between the diamond and the arena. The council is supporting a grant application by the Village of Canal Flats to the Columbia Basin Trust Community Outdoor Revitalization Program for a 75 per cent matching grant, which means that the Village and stakeholders must provide 25 per cent of the funding for the project. Paul Marcil has been appointed by the society to work with Village staff to finalize the design and grant application. Mr. Marcil indicated that the Society has approximately $50,000 in funds to support the pavilion project. Mayor Karl Sturzer called the pavilion a “great legacy project for the village” and has already had preliminary conversations with stakeholders and supporters. Up to $500,000 in capital funding can be applied for through this CBT initiative.
A report on Climate Action in the Columbia Valley was received for information. The full report can be viewed on the Village of Canal Flats website.
It was announced that Pat Morrow would be making a presentation to Martin Morigeau Elementary School students on Tuesday, June 4th. Mr Morrow is a world-renowned mountaineer, environmentalist and photographer who has scaled the tallest peaks on all seven continents.
Two public hearings were also scheduled for Tuesday, June 4th, at 6 p.m. at the civic centre. The public hearings were scheduled to be held concurrently with the public being asked to provide comment on the proposed Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw No. 215. See next week’s Pioneer for followup from these hearings.