Sparwood City Council Update

Sparwood City Council met on Oct. 19 for a council meeting. Many matters were discussed during the meeting.

Sparwood City Council met on Oct. 19 for a council meeting. Many matters were discussed during the meeting.

First, Sparwood residents Marjorie Templin, Alex Millar and Douglas Smith, representing the Chamber of Commerce, addressed Council on the enforcement of bylaws with the industrial businesses along Douglas Fir Road and Sparwood Drive, ensuring that they are following District bylaws. Their letter to Council is available on Sparwood’s website.

Council authorized a Land Use Permit to Sunset Ridge Ski Society for a five-year term. The Society will pay $10 per year for the permit. The permit is for land in the vicinity of the old ski hill area, and allows the Society to develop new cross-country ski trails there.

The Council also addressed Radon Action Month, which takes place throughout November. Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced when uranium in soil and rocks breaks down. It is tasteless and odorless, making it hard to detect. The District of Sparwood has a select number of radon testing kits for home use, which are available at their main office. More information can be found there as well.

Lastly, Council wanted to remind the public to be vigilant with preventing bear conflict in the community. The number of bear-human interactions has increased this year, but Council reported that they have been actively working to prevent bear-human conflicts over the past few months.

The next City Council meeting is set for Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.