Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook Society provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Post Notes for the Council Meeting of October 20th

Two candidates for Council in the upcoming election were present in the gallery, Norma Blissett and Ron Popoff.

The full agenda can be found at:
https://cranbrook.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=4271

Bylaws

6.1  3811 Annual Tax Exemption
The value of municipal property taxes exempted in 2014 was $219,419. If Council's decision is to continue with the exemptions in place, including the additions, eliminations and amendments referenced in the background information below, the value of the municipal property taxes exempted in 2015 is estimated to be $205,297.
One of the parties refused for this exemption was advised to apply to the City for a Grant.
Adopted

6.2 3813 Sewer Rates
To increase monthly Sewer User Rates for 2014 from $18.00 to $21.00 per month.
Adopted

6.3 3815 Revenue Anticipation Borrowing

The revenue anticipation borrowing bylaw will authorize borrowing up to $6,000,000 to cover Corporate cash flow requirements, including any cash flow issues that could arise due to major capital or special projects, pending receipt of the 2015 tax revenues.
This procedure is normal practice and ensures that in the case of an emergency the City would be prepared.
Three readings carried.

New Business

8.1 PURPOSE:

To consider approval of a Development Variance Permit for the relaxation of "City of Cranbrook Zoning Bylaw No. 3737, 2012" and the "Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw 3633, 2008" to permit the replacement of a septic system rather than the requirement for properties under 2 ha to
connect to the City sewer system.
RECOMMENDATION BY: Staff
That Council not approve the application for a Development Variance Permit for a property located at 1404 - 12th Avenue S., legally described as Lot 33, District Lot 3912, Kootenay District, Plan 869 Except Plan NEP 88112 (PIO 016-021-941), by:
1. Varying Section 5.01.4 of the City of Cranbrook Zoning Bylaw No. 3737, 2012", to permit the replacement of an on-site sewage disposal system for a property less than 2 ha; and,
2. Varying Section 8.1 of the "Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw 3633, 2008", to permit installation of an on-site sewage disposal system and not connect to the Municipal sewage system.
Furthermore, that Council permit a private sanitary sewer service connection to 15th Street South for the existing dwelling, to the satisfaction of the City Engineer, until further development and/or subdivision occurs on the property.
The property owner has agreed to hook up to the municipal sewer service as in this instance, the cost will be similar to installing a new septic system.  However this item resulted in considerable discussion around what constitutes new development.  If the owner of this property were not to be so conveniently located to the City system the problem would be more complicated.  If a home previously serviced by a septic system, were to request hook up to the City system it would normally qualify as new development which must be paid for by the home owner.  In this case the cost is no more than a new septic system but in another case the costs might be considerably more.  There are apparently approximately 23 (an unconfirmed number) homes on septic systems within city limits.  The question of how septic tank replacement might be dealt with in these circumstances was then discussed.  CAO Staudt pointed out that this would really be no different than replacing a roof and discretion might be used with bylaw interpretation.

10.1 Administration Update

The full document can be read at:
https://cranbrook.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=4277

Urban Deer
On October 7, 2014 staff received a general wildlife permit from the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations, which permits the City of Cranbrook to move forward with an additional population reduction of 50 animals from the urban deer herd.
The permit is valid from December 1, 2014 to March 15, 2015.
Staff made the permit application to the Province following the unanimous approval of
Council to make the application at their regular meeting of Monday July 14, 2014.
Part of this process includes the Urban Deer Management Advisory Committee conducting another deer population count this fall. Staff is working with the Committee to coordinate the count. No date has been set yet.

Fluoride Open House
When: Thursday October 23, 2014-7:00pm to 9:00pm MT 
Where: Manual Training School, 1212 2nd Street North, next to the Cranbrook 
Public Library 

Also included are items on scooters on sidewalks and economic development

Correspondence
12.1 Correspondence begins:
https://cranbrook.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=4278

Louis Riel day was proclaimed for November 16th with the week from November 16th to 23rd to be proclaimed "Metis Week"

12 6.  A request to use Firehall No 1 for assembling Christmas hampers was denied as the building has just undergone asbestos removal.  The building is also undergoing a structural analysis paid for by the Cranbrook and District Arts Council as part of their Memorandum of Understanding with the City.





Councillor Warner puts his name forward for re-election

Warner runs again on an independent path

Local journalist and first-term City Council member Gerry Warner says he’d like to serve another term as an independent on Cranbrook City Council.
“My constituency on Council is the people of Cranbrook, who I believe deserve an independent representative who puts their needs first and is not afraid to be contrary representing their concerns.”

Warner says he demonstrated his independence the past term by publicly criticizing Council, including himself, for making an in-camera decision to cull deer prior to it being revealed to the public. “I don’t think people on either side of the urban deer debate liked that decision being in-camera and it’s a mistake I’m not going to repeat.”

The one-term Council member also opposed Council’s initial decision to demolish the former Water and Electrical Building behind City Hall on the basis it had heritage value. “I realize some disagree with me on this, but when a citizens’ group came forward with a plan to save the building, I supported them because if they succeed this could be part of a move towards downtown revitalization.”

As a member of the City’s Cranbrook in Motion Committee, Warner moved a motion which resulted in Council lowering the posted speed limit to 30 kph in all school zones in the City. He also moved motions in opposition to Canada Post ending door-to-door mail delivery, privatization of provincial liquor stores, cancellation of the Meals on Wheels program and in favour of stronger legal measures to protect workers on the job.
Near the end of his term, Warner introduced a notice of motion calling for a City bylaw to regulate the dumping of harmful substances in the City’s storm sewer system with penalties for polluters. “It only makes sense to protect it from harmful substances being dumped into the storm sewers which may be responsible for recent fish kills in Joseph Creek.”

Warner promises the same kind of representation if he’s elected again. “I believe we’ve got to do more to upgrade our basic infrastructure and provide the services our residents need, especially seniors, while marketing Cranbrook to the rest of the world to boost business. It won’t be easy but we must try.”

To do this, Warner says he’d like to see a boost in the roads maintenance budget with the funds coming from other City spending and not by raising taxes. “It will be a tough decision but that’s what we’re elected to do.”

The City should also take a tougher stand with Victoria on funding to deal with urban deer. Warner says. “The deer are owned by the Province and it’s time Victoria stepped up to the plate and provided the funding we need to make our streets safe again.”


Warner was a reporter with the Cranbrook Townsman for 15 years before retiring and being elected to Council. He served on the board of the Railway Museum for three years, was President of the East Kootenay Outdoor Club for five years, is a member of the Joseph Creek Streamkeepers and an active Rotarian. He has been married to wife Sandra for 29 years and the couple have two grown children.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Advance Notes for the Council Meeting of October 20th 2014

The full agenda can be found at:
https://cranbrook.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=4271

Bylaws

6.1  3811 Annual Tax Exemption
The value of municipal property taxes exempted in 2014 was $219,419. If Council's decision is to continue with the exemptions in place, including the additions, eliminations and amendments referenced in the background information below, the value of the municipal property taxes exempted in 2015 is estimated to be $205,297.

6.2 3813 Sewer Rates
To increase monthly Sewer User Rates for 2014 from $18.00 to $21.00 per month.

6.3 3815 Revenue Anticipation Borrowing

The revenue anticipation borrowing bylaw will authorize borrowing up to $6,000,000 to cover Corporate cash flow requirements, including any cash flow issues that could arise due to major capital or special projects, pending receipt of the 2015 tax revenues.

New Business

8.1 PURPOSE:

To consider approval of a Development Variance Permit for the relaxation of "City of Cranbrook Zoning Bylaw No. 3737, 2012" and the "Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw 3633, 2008" to permit the replacement of a septic system rather than the requirement for properties under 2 ha to
connect to the City sewer system.
RECOMMENDATION BY: Staff
That Council not approve the application for a Development Variance Permit for a property located at 1404 - 12th Avenue S., legally described as Lot 33, District Lot 3912, Kootenay District, Plan 869 Except Plan NEP 88112 (PIO 016-021-941), by:
1. Varying Section 5.01.4 of the City of Cranbrook Zoning Bylaw No. 3737, 2012", to permit the replacement of an on-site sewage disposal system for a property less than 2 ha; and,
2. Varying Section 8.1 of the "Subdivision and Development Servicing Bylaw 3633, 2008", to permit installation of an on-site sewage disposal system and not connect to the Municipal sewage system.
Furthermore, that Council permit a private sanitary sewer service connection to 15th Street South for the existing dwelling, to the satisfaction of the City Engineer, until further development and/or subdivision occurs on the property.

10.1 Administration Update

The full document can be read at:
https://cranbrook.civicweb.net/Documents/DocumentList.aspx?ID=4277

Urban Deer
On October 7, 2014 staff received a general wildlife permit from the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations, which permits the City of Cranbrook to move forward with an additional population reduction of 50 animals from the urban deer herd.
The permit is valid from December 1, 2014 to March 15, 2015.
Staff made the permit application to the Province following the unanimous approval of
Council to make the application at their regular meeting of Monday July 14, 2014.
Part of this process includes the Urban Deer Management Advisory Committee conducting another deer population count this fall. Staff is working with the Committee to coordinate the count. No date has been set yet.

Fluoride Open House
When: Thursday October 23, 2014-7:00pm to 9:00pm MT 
Where: Manual Training School, 1212 2nd Street North, next to the Cranbrook 
Public Library 

Also included are items on scooters on sidewalks and economic development

Correspondence
10.1 Correspondence begins

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Outdoor Education in Cranbrook this last week

It used to be that 'the outdoors' was a child's playground for a good part of their day.   That is not the norm for many children any more and so, where once children went indoors to get educated, it is now important for them to get outdoors to learn about the world we are dependent upon.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat will only be sustained if we have a good understanding of how to look after those life sustaining elements and that means using all our senses to do it.

Elizabeth Lake and Kinsmen Park have been humming with school children recently exploring their local environment. Dave Quinn and Patty Kolesnichenko worked with two classes from TM Roberts on Creek Science in and around Joseph Creek, while Leigh Cormier's Grade 12s from Mount Baker High School worked with Grade 3s from Gordon Terrace on a variety of activities - Canoe Race, Explore the Riparian Zone, Water Cycle Game (Project WET), Macroinvertebrate Hunt and Water In Africa.

Thank you to Stewart Wilson for the photos
Life in water is healthy water

Water is delivered to our homes: many have to get the water for themselves

Tiny creatures are important in the web of life

Dave Quinn engages great conversation about the creek

Looking at the real world close up

Touch it, smell it ,admire its beauty

We are reflections of what we breathe, drink and eat

Friday, October 17, 2014

What's Happening.......

Saturday October 18th

John Reischman and the Jaybirds
Key City Theatre
7:30pm $30 and $35
250-426-7006

Intermediate Inverted Zentangle
 with Cindy Hagen
Cranbrook and District Arts Council
135, tenth Avenue South
250-426-4223

Fall Tea and Bake Sale
1:00pm - 3;00pm
Cranbrook Senior's Hall

Community Social Dance
Cranbrook Seniors Hall
7:00pm

Saturday and Sunday October 17th and 18th

Magic of Autumn
Bootleg Gap

Sunday October 19th

Golden Larch Hike in Kimberley Nature Park
with Struan Robertson
Meet Nordic Trail head 9:00am or junction St Mary Lake Rd and Matthew Creek Road 9:30am
250-427-5048



Councillor Cross responds to Mr Matheson

This is a response to a letter appearing in the Townsman.

Thanks to Mr. Matheson for his October 6th letter  regarding my article, which clearly stated that I was addressing one of the Four Pillars (Social Wellbeing) of the community’s Cranbrook Connected document, as experienced through my volunteerism.  

Here’s a brief comment on my work on another Pillar - the Economy:  

  • Active recruitment of physicians creating an environment for people to relocate here 
  • Attend Downtown Business Association, and Chamber meetings to stay informed on issues and ideas; attended webinar on economic recovery after a storm event
  • Actively pursuing a greenhouse industry for a secure, local food source, and employment opportunities
  • Supported the downtown business revitalization tax exemption bylaw
  • Support local Arts & Cultural events, which contributed $50B to the Canadian GDP in 2009 
  • Support Rails to Trails/Gran Fondo/Orienteering events, and Trans Canada Trails, which boost our local economy.  Sports contributed $4.8B to the Canadian GDP in 2009. 

This Council has created an ‘open for business’ climate demonstrated through:
  •   Business licenses issued in 2013 = 69; 2014 = 98 
  •   Building permits.  Total new construction in 2013 = $8,569,207; in 2014 = $27,941,888
  •   Single family dwellings real estate sales in 2013 = 132; in 2014 = 177 (increase of 34%).

I was a past member of Citizens for a Livable Cranbrook. “CLC provides grassroots leadership and an inclusive process, with a voice for all community members, to ensure that our community grows and develops in a way that incorporates an environmental ethic, offers a range of housing and transportation choices, encourages a vibrant and cultural life and supports sustainable, meaningful employment and business opportunities.” 

It’s important to deal with facts.  People are welcome to phone me at 250-489-4412 for clarification on any matter.

Regards,

Sharon Cross, Councillor
City of Cranbrook

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Message from Shannon - Public Produce Garden

The last of the Local Food in the Kitchen workshop series, Meat Preservation, is coming up next week. I thought I'd send out a reminder, in case you're interested in coming out to learn more about pressure canning meat, homemade jerky, and other tantalizing aspects involved in the art of meat preservation. It's a fitting time, right in the middle of hunting season! The details:
Tuesday Oct. 21 in Kimberley & Wednesday Oct. 22 in Cranbrook
6-8pm
$20
Registration is easy online at:
or feel free to give me a call:
(250)427-7981

On another note, we'll be planting some perennials in the Garden soon, climbing up the pergola and filling in the herb spiral, as the focus of the last of this season's organized work bees. Stay tuned for date and time, and if you have any perennials in need of division from your own garden, please keep the Garden in mind :) Also, leaves are much appreciated there! If you're cleaning up the falling leaves in your own yard and not in need of them yourself, drop them off at the Garden instead of the landfill :)

Hope to see you soon,
Shannon
Cranbrook Food Action

(250)427-7981

Blue Lake News


Blue Lake Centre is hosting the first Annual Goblin Gallop Walk/Run for Camp on October 26! This FUN, family friendly 4km or 8km walk/run event is for all ages and abilities! Start/finish line at the College of the Rockies Cranbrook and through the Cranbrook Community Forest. Can't make it to the event? Join our virtual run to participate in your community! Dress up in your wildest, funniest, or scariest costume for your chance to win prizes.100% of the proceeds will go to Blue Lake Centre to help support youth camp programs. Pledge forms are available. Raise 100+ dollars to win incredible prizes such as a Blue Lake tee shirt, 2 nights stay at Blue Lake Lodge, or 1 regular week at Summer Camp. Check out our website for registration forms and join ourFacebook eventDon't miss this fun event - register today!

Also
With fresh new facilities and affordable rate packages, Blue Lake Centre is the perfect location for school groups, youth groups, family reunions, corporate retreats, weddings, and vacation getaways! We are open year-round for private rentals from 1 - 117 people and can offer cozy accommodation, delicious meals, certified first aid staff, experienced program staff, and incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. Plus when you rent Blue Lake, you are helping to support camp programs for youth!

Check out our new rental packages:
School/Youth Groups
Family Groups
Adult Groups
Weddings

Jeff Faragher to perform with Amy Zanrosso

Faragher and Zanrosso played this same program to a very engaged and appreciative audience back in July in Nelson.  Zanrosso has just moved from Montreal to San Francisco where she is furthering her musical career but is currently visiting family in the Kootenay area.  Faragher is a well-known musician and member of the performance artist community from the Nelson area. This is a rare opportunity to see two performance artists’ at the top of their game performing a lively and unforgettable program.  A not to be missed event!  Both musicians will be conducting masters’ workshops in the afternoon on Saturday for anyone interested.

The Ruckus Duo is performing in Cranbrook for one night only!

Cellist Jeff Faragher and pianist Amy Zanrosso join musical forces for their showing of

Small Worlds – a mixed bag of classical and contemporary music written for cello and

piano by Dvorák, Debussy, Pärt, Foss, and Shostakovich.

When: Saturday, October 18th

Where: Knox Presbyterian Church, 2100 3rd

Tickets at the door are $15.00.

At 1pm in the same venue, same day, there will be public masterclasses led by the

musicians. Cost is $10 to audit the class, $30 to participate.

For more information about the musicians please see the attached PDF.

For further inquiries please contact either:

Jeff Faragher

250.505.2508

jefffaragher@gmail.com

Amy Zanrosso

250.365.5150

amyzanrosso@icloud.com

 at 7:30pm

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Proposal to Overhaul the Societies Act

From the Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/sandy-garossino/bc-societies-act-christy-clark_b_5973568.html

Christy Clark's Proposed Policy Overhaul Is Breathtakingly Stupid

Business Owner, Community Advocate, former Crown prosecutor 

B.C.'s Christy Clark government is proposing to overhaul the Societies Act, and they've distributed a snoozer of a White Paper to let you know all about it.
If you've dozed off already, WAKE UP, because there's a massive zinger quietly planted deep inside. You can do something about it -- more on that at the end of this post. But unmentioned in any preamble or executive summary, Section 99 allows any person (including corporations) to take any registered society to court that they believe is acting contrary to the public interest -- whatever that is.
Here it is:
Complaints by public
99 (1) A person whom the court considers to be an appropriate person to make an 
application under this section may apply to the court for an order under this 
section on the grounds that a society
(b) is carrying on activities that are detrimental to the public interest.
This proposal is one of the most ill-conceived and draconian initiatives to see the light of day in a modern democracy, and reveals the extent of Clark's captivity by the oil and gas lobby. (And one more reason B.C. political leaders should be prevented from funding their election campaigns at the Petroleum Club in Calgary).
This White Paper is open to comments by the public until the end of day Wednesday, Oct. 15. Email yours to the Financial and Corporate Sector Policy Branch here:fcsp@gov.bc.ca.