The Village of Radium Hot Springs wants to see signage warning of B.C.'s excessive speed laws on Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park. File photo

The Village of Radium Hot Springs wants to see signage warning of B.C.’s excessive speed laws on Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park. File photo

By Greg Amos

Pioneer Staff

The Village of Radium Hot Springs is hoping to see signage warning out-of-province visitors about B.C.s

excessive speed legislation in place in Kootenay National Park by Easter weekend.

My biggest complaint is that there is no warning to people coming into B.C. from Alberta, and Im not just talking Highway 93, Im talking Highway 3, Highway 16.. anything from Alberta into B.C., said Mayor Dee Conklin at the villages council meeting on Wednesday, November 27th.

The excessive speed laws, in effect since September 2011, can result in vehicles being impounded if they are driven more than 40 kilometres over the speed limit.

This was sprung on us two years ago; the next May long weekend, we had 45 vehicles impounded

insanity. Nobody understood it, nobody knew why, and weve been discussing it ever since.

In Alberta right now, anywhere you drive theres a sign saying distracted driving law in effect; theres nothing like this as you enter B.C., then you do something as dramatic as take someones vehicle away on their vacation.

Mrs. Conklin brought her councils concerns to a meeting with Transportation Minister Todd Stone at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in


Should they be speeding? Absolutely not, said Mrs. Conklin. My issue is we dont warn them.

Events co-ordinator

Radium is taking the events coordinator position back under their umbrella from Tourism Radium, in the hopes of creating more off-season events that can get heads in beds, said Mayor Conklin.

This way I think we have a little more control, we can set out some parameters but also have that person come to us with some ideas, she said. It wont be involved in running the visitor centre, which kind of just got a whole bunch more jumbled than we wanted it to be.

The contract position would start in January, and its description includes keeping in touch with community members involved in events, developing and supporting new events while keeping the existing ones going, and evaluating the effectiveness of certain events.

A workshop with the business community would be ideal once a new coordinator is hired, suggested chief administrative officer Mark Read.

Council remuneration

The village is putting together a committee to review council remuneration, a move last made in 2006. The committee will compare the pay for Radiums mayor and council compared to other similar-sized communities.

We wont necessarily benefit unless we all run again, but the next council will come in knowing where theyre at, said Mrs. Conklin. I think it is time to look, after six years.

Sewer and water fees

Village council voted to adopt new water and sewer fees that update rates last set in 2010. For

residences in the village, water fees will be charged as flat rates per four-month period. Costs range from $83.60 for single family homes and duplexes, $66 per apartment or condominium, or $35.20 for each rented bed and breakfast unit or serviced campground site. Each commercial swimming pool or hot tub will be charged $264 per unit. Commercial water user will pay a metered rate of $0.44 per cubic metre, while irrigation users will pay $0.25 per

cubic metre. Water meter rental fees are charged, and bulk water sales costs will range from $25 for up to 1,000 gallons to $150 for a fill of between 6,001 and 10,000 gallons.

Sewer fees will be $50.60 per billing period for most dwellings, while the fees range considerably depending on the kind of business. Hotels will pay $22.44 per rented unit, while restaurants and pubs must pay $70.40 per stall, including urinals.

All new rates will take effect in January, and slight discounts are available to those who pay on or before the due date.