Monthly Archives: May 2016

City Council Meeting May 30 2016

160530_proposed_developmentOver the past decade I’ve heard a rumour of a coming attraction at various times, a rumour that so far has not materialized . . . until now. The city council meeting of May 30th held a verification of that rumour – someone IS planning on opening a Tim Horton’s here in Grand Forks.

You can hear all about that in the Recommendations from staff part of the meeting. Or you can click on the puce coloured pie slice in the graphic left of the text ‘Dev Permit Commercial Development (Tim Hortons)’

In the Information Items section there’s an invite to participate in a ‘Xeriscaping Contest’. That’s a the brainchild of Pete Matheson and will be part of the Learning Garden’s efforts to promote water-wise gardening. He says “Four prizes will be offered and I’m hoping that the council’s creativity may contribute to that list with, perhaps, a photo-op presentation of winner acknowledgement from the mayor or…?” Well Peter I know at least one person on council has professional experience in landscaping . . . maybe they could award a couple of hours of Councilor Butler’s efforts as a prize?

There was much more to see and hear (like the Mayor trying to Shuck and Cluck) and you can do that below.

If you want to jump to to a particular item use the pie slices in the graphic below the video. If you wish to see the meeting agenda it is at the end of this article.


UPDATE: The agenda for the meeting is below

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REPORTS, QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES FROM MEMBERS OF COUNCIL RDKB REPORT Contracted Bylaw Enforcement Officer Development Permit Proposed Highway Commercial Development (Tim Hortons) dissolve Transition Housing Project Steering Committee INFO ITEMS Requesting Special Occasion Liquor Licence for 2nd Annual Shuck and Cluck Gala Walker Development Centre opportunity to participate in establishment of a scholarship program Request for support regarding the Xeriscape Landscaping Contest developed through the Learning Garden Canada Day invite BYLAWS 2016 Water rates amendment 2016 Waste Water Rates Amendment Late items - Financial plan Update QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC AND THE MEDIA

Bi-Election Results

160528_bi_election_resultsThe results (alphabeticall)

70 Eburne Stoodley

15 Johnston

179 Korolek

58 O’Doherty

76 Piper

211 Taylor

280 Tripp

Apparently there were about 200 the first day and about 680 on May 28th – actual 889 – just over 30%.

In percentages it looks like this:



160528_bi_election_results_total_pieIt is important to keep in mind that approximately 30% of the total possible voters came out to vote. Meaning that 70% did not vote. Look at the percentages cast in that light in the blue and white graph and you can see that the winner only had 9% of the possible votes. That is not to say that if everyone had come out to vote she would have only had 9% – she likely would have had more votes. But so would the other candidates. The only sure thing that can be said is that 70% did Not Vote – for whatever reason they effectively cast a ‘do not care’ vote.

Morning and mid-afternoon (2 to 3) were the busiest times at the poll.

Congratulations to Bev Tripp on winning the seat.
To all those who ran and helped: Thank You for caring about our community enough to put in all that effort and concern. We owe you that at a minimum.
To those of you whose efforts did not bring success we hope that your enthusiasm is not too dimmed by the experience. Democracy needs participation, without people like you it just doesn’t work. Be pleased with yourselves for partaking of your rights and meeting your implied obligations as citizens in a democracy – you deserve that.




Real Estate was Real Cheap in Grand Forks 106 years ago

In the May 26th Gazette of 1910 you will find the following advertisement:

House and Lot For Sale

A storey and a half house, with a 42×108 foot lot, situated on Riverside avenue, for sale. House contains eight rooms, besides pantry and clothes; city water and light; stone foundation and good cellar. Woodshed and chicken house. Price $1000; $600 cash, balance terms. Apply to Geo. Frankovitch, Grand Forks. 46

I believe the ’46’ at the end is the phone number . . .

And back in 1910 we were experiencing a Measles outbreak which resulted in the schools being closed until June 6th. The newspaper has 2 items regarding this:

The city schools were closed on Wednesday by the board of trustees, on the recommendation of Dr. Truax, medical inspector of schools, owing to the large number of pupils who were down with measles. It is expected that the schools will be reopened on the 6th of June, by which time it is anticipated the disease will have been got under control, if not entirely stamped out. A notice from Dr. Kingston, city medical health officer, appears in another column of this weeks Gazette, to which we respectfully direct the attention of our readers.

And that notice:


That the prevalence of measles in the city to such an extent as to require the closing of the central school is much to be regretted. It has been recently discovered that the disease has existed in many parts of the city, but the cases were not always reported. The health regulations require that all cases of infectious of contagious disease be immediately reported to the health officer. To prevent the spread of infection it is requisite that the health regulations be observed to the fullest extent. Notice is hereby given that all cases of measles or other contagious disease must be reported to the health officer without delay.

C.M. Kingston
Medical Health Officer

And some people wanted BC to be dry – as in no alcohol allowed.

In response to the request of Dr. Spencer on behalf of the B. C. local option league, the Federal Government has passed an amendment which makes the “Canadian Temperance Act” apply to British Columbia. The league will shortly decide in which cities, towns and districts to make the first test.

Did we go ‘dry’? Find out more at the Wikipedia page regarding prohibition in Canada.

You can read all this and more in the May 26th Gazette of 1910. You can see those and ‘recent editions’ on our Old Newspapers page.


May Long Weekend Relatively Tame on West Kootenay Highways


The West Kootenay Traffic Services/Nelson IRSU are pleased to announce that the Kootenay Boundary did not have any serious or fatal crashes this weekend. The roads were very busy but with a large presence of enforcement and the rainy weather, the motoring public stayed safe.

Not all the public adhered to the traffic laws of British Columbia. The WKTS and Nelson IRSU stopped and charged 19 drivers with excessive speed and their vehicles were impounded for 7 days due to traveling in excess of 40 km/hr over the posted speed limit. The highest speed was 167 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone which was a truck pulling a large cargo trailer passing cars. Three impaired driver’s were apprehended with two of them leading to other criminal charges. One was charged with possession for the Purpose of Trafficking for 10 lbs of marijuana and the other with Breach of Probation.

The WKTS/Nelson IRSU will continue to be on the road and through enforcement and education we are hoping to make this the safest year ever for traveling in the Kootenay Boundary.