Dike study and economic growth in Canal Flats

Canal Flats Council report November 25th

By Dean Midyette

Special to the Pioneer

The Village of Canal Flats held a regular meeting of council on Monday, November 25th. Jan Korinek from Urban Systems gave a progress report to council on the Dike Analysis study currently being undertaken. The study has received 100 per cent funding from the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) ($150,000) and the Columbia Basin Trust ($18,000) at no cost to local taxpayers. Mr. Korinek reported that the majority of the data needed to prepare a risk assessment has been gathered, with an end goal of identifying high water levels for a one-in-200 year flood event and mitigation strategies for minimizing damage within the Village and surrounding areas. A spring meeting, coinciding with the publication of a final report, will be scheduled in April 2020. Should additional preventative measures be needed, such as increasing the height or length of the current dike, grant money for that capital project is available through the CEPF.

The second presentation to council was from Economic Development Officer (EDO) Chris Fields, who provided those in attendance with an economic development project update. Mr. Fields highlighted the success of a promotional video, “Mountain.Rise.,” posted to a variety of social media which is part of a broader marketing campaign running through 2020. Video production and the EDO contract are funded through the Rural Dividend grant. Mr. Fields concluded by sharing a timeline of the project through 2020. Mr. Fields also provided council with a Beautiful Placemaking Strategy and budget which was accepted by council and will be discussed at a future meeting.

The Revenue Anticipation Bylaw No. 229, 2020 received three readings.

Finally, a committee of the whole meeting will be held in early December.

The village office will be closed for the Christmas holidays from December 23rd through to January 1st, re-opening on January 2nd.

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