By Dean Midyette
Special to the Pioneer
The Official Community Plan for the Village of Canal Flats was passed into law at the regular Council meeting Monday, June 10th. In addition to the ratification of the OCP, Canal Flats council also adopted the associated Zoning and Delegation bylaws.
A grant of $150,000 has been approved to fund the Kootenay River Flood Risk Assessment and Flood Mapping project. Work on the project will take place in the coming months.
Council voted to amend an outdoor pavilion project that could be funded up to 75 per cent by the Columbia Basin Trust as long as the grant status will not be affected. At issue is whether the pavilion should have indoor or outdoor public washroom facilities.
A contract for $124,200 was awarded to Max Helmer Construction to replace a water main on Burns Avenue. Work on the water main replacement will take place this summer.
The contract for Economic Development Officer Chris Fields was extended by 18 months with this announcement being made during the May 27th regular council meeting. Mr. Fields was in attendance and gave a presentation that reviewed the work that has been done since the mill closure in 2015 and the results of that work. He said the economic rebound enjoyed by the village has been the focus of presentations and discussions both regionally and provincially and emphasized that the two primary objectives continue to be generating employment opportunities and building a distinctive community. Mr. Fields pledged to provide a detailed road map of initiatives that should be undertaken over the next 18 months to continue the economic recovery of the community and will present these to council in the very near future.