Monthly Archives: April 2018

Preparing for the Melt Waters

In recent weeks locals have begun monitoring the water levels and organizing in preparation for high water once the snow pack melts away.

As part of these efforts the Regional District has provided sand and bags so community members can bag sand and try to protect their property. These materials have been left at 2 locations: behind the Grand Forks Arena, at the Grand Forks Airport and at the Firehall in the Nursery area on Starchuk.

I dropped in on one of these sites and interviewed Gabe Warriner who is one of the lead volunteers. I learned a bit talking to him:

Research on the web showed volunteers how to construct jigs to make filling easier and quicker and this has allowed 3,000 bags to be made and installed since the project began.

Many of the properties in the low lands of Johnson Flats have been fitted out with protection. Similarly the trailer park along the river. But there are many properties in Grand Forks along or near the river and Gabe says bagging will be going on all week.

They could use all the help you can provide. If you’re healthy enough to bag and have the time maybe think about spending a while helping out your community. Not up to that? Those bags have to be transported to where they are needed . . . if you have a pick-up or trailer.

And if you’re worried that your house or garage might be vulnerable and could use some sand bags well just pay one of these sites a visit. But don’t wait too long – the bags and sand won’t last forever.

As the situation evolves things could get urgent. Check the RDKB website for information on what is happening and what is being done. If you live in or near Grand Forks you might want to visit the City’s website

City Council Meeting April 23, 2018

Grand Forks City Council Meeting of April 23, 2018

Council had a relatively full gallery for the meeting (only  handful of seats were empty).
What did the visitor’s see?

The meeting


Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce - Quarterly Report Grand Forks Downtown Business Association - Fee for Service Council Reports Temporary Use Permit for Tourist Commercial / Special Event Camping Licence of Occupation and Zoning Compliance for Grand Forks Wildlife Association Rifle Range Boundary Musical Theatre Society - Request for establishment of permanent home Brian Noble - Correspondence regarding the Grand Forks Wildlife Association Gun Range location Bylaw 2039-A1 - Zoning Bylaw Cannabis Amendment QUESTION PERIOD

City Council Meetings of April 9, 2018

It was a full day for council with a Committee Of The Whole in the morning and a Regular Meeting in the evening.

In the Committee Of the Whole meeting there was a full gallery. It turned out almost all of them were with the Wildlife Association.
In the meeting council covered these items:

The meeting

The Regular Meeting had an agenda and an addendum to  the agenda. They covered these items:

The meeting

The meetings in their entirety from the beginnings


Annual report on RCMP activities in Grand Forks Grand Forks Wildlife Association - Request to grant a Licence to Occupy for a portion of City property located just west of the City landfill Temporary Use Permit for Tourist Commercial / Special Event Camping Tree Policy Monthly Highlight Reports Bylaw 2039-A1 - Zoning Bylaw Cannabis Amendment Bylaw 2046 - 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw 2047 - Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Update Bylaw 2048 - Records and Information Management Program Bylaw update QUESTION PERIOD ADOPT AGENDA RDKB Report Temporary Use Permit for Tourist Commercial / Special Event Camping Visa Credit Card Application Campground Fees and Charges Update Bylaw Downtown Business Community Request to Change Power Outage Time Motion 167 Standing Committee on Public Safety study Rural Crime Notice of motion DBA wants 4-way stops at downtown locations QUESTION PERIOD