The housing project takes a new step – Nelson Star



The Kaslo Housing Society’s plan to build a complex of 10 affordable housing units adjacent to the Kemball building has taken a further step towards reality.

The changes to the official community plan and zoning bylaws that will move the project forward were the subject of an introductory reading, and a public hearing was scheduled for November 29 at 6 p.m. Legion.

KDCFS report

The village appointee to the Kaslo & District Community Forest Society board of directors, Steve Anderson, provided an update to the board.

Sabrina Mutterer, who co-managed the community forest with Jeff Reyden for several years, terminated her contract with the company for personal reasons. The board is currently negotiating a new contract with Reyden and another partner.

Anderson thanked CAO Ian Dunlop for attending the last KDCFS board meeting, where collaboration between village and society was discussed. He warned the board that a motion to eliminate the nominated seats will likely come back to the AGM.

“In this regard, I invite the village council to use me as its representative to pursue a common objective with the community forest. Put me to work on your behalf, ”he says.

Color me history

A popular restaurant in downtown Kaslo is getting a facelift.

The request from the owners of the Treehouse restaurant to repaint their buildings in shades of green and red has been found to be in line with heritage design guidelines. The Board approved the work as presented.

Garbage labels

Kaslo retailers will now be able to buy garbage labels at a 20% discount and then resell them.

The tags are currently available at town hall and the local Husky gas station, but Husky owners have said they want to get out because they currently have to buy the tags at full price to resell them. To preserve the agreement with Husky, the board accepted the wholesale rate for retailers.

Other businesses will qualify for the wholesale rate, provided they can demonstrate that they will provide residents with the same convenience as a resale location.

The Husky sells for around $ 2,000 in tags, so the rebate will cost the village around $ 400, “but will prevent a significant increase in staff time requests and improve convenience for the public,” the staff said.

Light Up is coming

Council approved plans to help install lights in Vimy and Front Street parks as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s “Light Up 2021” event. The Village will provide staff and equipment time to install lights on municipal property.

“The addition of lights to the Front Street park will announce the new facilities to the public during the winter,” a staff report said. “Public Works and the Front Street Park Design Committee will provide feedback regarding light selection and installation details. “

Assistant to the Fire Marshal

Fire Chief Douglas Yee has been appointed Local Assistant to the Fire Marshal (LAFC).

The LAFC is appointed by the municipality to assist the provincial commissioner in the administration of fire legislation. Reporting to the Fire Marshal, not the local government, the LAFC reports fires, creates preliminary reports on fires, investigates fires generally, and enforces provincial fire safety legislation through inspections.

The council wanted Yee to fill the position so he could conduct commercial fire inspections in the village. The village had previously contracted out this work to a private contractor, but advisers questioned whether there was adequate follow-up with business owners if safety issues were discovered during inspections. They thought they could be resolved with a local representative.

New leases for the Kemball building

The Village will draft new leases for its tenants in the Kemball building. Councilors voted to repeal the building’s six-month rental policy limit and replace it with one-year leases.

“Tenants will benefit from the certainty offered by annual leases and the Village will benefit from it since leases of a term of one year or more are recognized by BC Assessment, making the folios in question taxable”, indicates a staff report.

That means more property tax dollars for the village, staff explains.

Once the recommendation is approved, staff will prepare draft rental agreements for each tenant for board review.


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