Monthly Archives: April 2014

City Council Meeting April 28, 2014

This City Council meeting was relatively uneventful compared to some recent ones. Even with that said the gallery audience numbered near a dozen and not all of them were from the anti-water-meter contingent.

Before I go on I want to apologize to the live viewers for the loss of broadcast in the question period. Thanks to a helpful member of the audience I now know another button not to push during broadcasting. BUT we have redundant systems and make a recording so you will be able to view the whole meeting in its entirety below. (or on Shaw Cable if you can catch it)

The meeting began with the Auditor’s Report. Then the Council Reports. The Mayor’s Report. And the Report from the representative to the Regional District (also the Mayor). If you watch these it might help to cast yourself in the role of someone who normally gets reports given to them. Pick a figure you like, any figure. Make believe you’re a teacher and they’re the students. Or you’re the Boss and they’re the Managers. After all … you are the boss. It’s election year so try it on for size. And be a good boss and listen to what they’re saying. Sure you weren’t there and that makes questions hard to ask. But unlike other things you see on TV or the Web this is Local Politics and all of these people are locals who live here. Ok, the Auditor’s representative doesn’t. But the rest do … you can always just ask them when you meet them in public. Or come to the meetings and ask them there. But I’m digressing …

Money is going to be late coming from the Province and the Feds.
This means that some of the road improvements will be tough to get done.
In the Mayor’s report (27:44) he talks about this and so does the CAO.

And anyone who’s dealt with insurance companies before might have seen this coming: Some challenges with the Insurance company’s valuation versus the City’s. (see the CAO’s talk on the City Hall restoration at 38:54)
Expected date to be back in City Hall: by End of November 2014. That means the new council will be meeting in the new / old digs but this one is spending the rest of its time out at Roxul.

And there were a number of people in question period (1:13:36) still asking council to reconsider the residential water metering program. And a few of those questions had to do with where will the meter go, and who pays what, if the resident has an underground sprinkler system? Like many in town do. Oh yes, and Beverly Tripp invited council down to Kokomos Wed 10AM for a meeting of the local members of Canadian for Safe Technology C4ST.

Other things happened and were talked about. Taxes for one. Did that get your attention? Taxes? at 54:03 they begin talking about tax rates …

Solar Workshop at the Boundary Museum

The Boundary Museum is thinking ahead: they decided to make their new facility’s electrical needs powered ‘off the grid’ from the sunshine.

On April 26 they took delivery of all the components from the Alberta company Sunfind.
Along with the delivery the company held a small informational workshop for those curious about Solar Photo Voltaic technology. Nearly 50 people showed up – the basement room was packed. And lots of questions were asked, maybe one or two you might have.

Watch and listen …. and maybe learn.

Pushy Parkers Pushing Planters?

It’s spring and the city has set up the bike racks on Market and Second. Along with the racks they install some concrete & aggregate planters.

One problem: Nothing in the planters means they’re short objects. Heavy short objects. And if someone is driving a big truck with the hood high off the ground they might not see these planters as they leave their parking spot.

planters_overThe one in front of Jogas was down from sometime last night until mid afternoon when, typical guy that I can be, I decided to see if I could right it. Yeah. Sure. Luckily for me a much more muscular guy was just getting out of his truck and together we got it back up and away from the traffic lane. By myself I’d have not been able to do it.

The one in front of Kokomos went down in front of my eyes. A pick-up was leaving the parking space and it just tapped the planter and … over it went. You could tell the driver figured he’d hit something but he couldn’t quite see what it was: his truck hood was quite a bit higher than the planter. And, let’s give him some benefit of the doubt, I think once he saw it he understood that between him and the old guy (me) it wouldn’t be getting back upright. So he just made that typical ‘Doh!’ guy look / smile and left.

Now would this have happened at all if there had been something in the planters that stands tall enough to be visible over the hood to guy-eyes? At least that’s one way of seeing it …

I cannot say for sure if the one in front of Jogas was the result of mischance or vandalism but from their weight the vandal would have had to work at it …

Castlegar Man Facing Child Pornography Charges

A 68 year old Castlegar man has been charged with possession of child pornography and making available child pornography after the Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit and Castlegar RCMP Detachment executed a search warrant at the man’s home on Thursday, April 16, 2014.

The man was arrested and later released on several conditions which include not being allowed to possess any electronics that have the capability of accessing the internet, not to have communication with anyone under the age of 16 years old, not to possess any pornographic material by electronic means, and not to have a functioning internet connection inside his home or access the internet anywhere.

The BC-Integrated Child Exploitation Unit (BC-ICE) is responsible for identifying and assisting child victims of sexual abuse, monitoring and prosecuting child pornography distributors and viewers.  The BC-ICE unit uses online undercover officers to identify and apprehend those who target children on the internet for a sexual purpose.  Local police became aware of the illegal activity of this Castlegar man from information provided from the BC-ICE unit.
This file serves as a reminder that your activities on the Internet are monitored and that you cannot erase your mark.

First appearance is scheduled for May 23, 2014 in Castlegar.