Village Council highlights from Oct. 26

Highlights of the Nakusp Village Council from the evening of Oct. 26.

Quarterly crime statistics

Corporal Jason Burndred and Constable Lee Bellamy presented the quarterly crime statistics for July, August, and September. There has been proactive work in street level drug enforcement. As a result, two people have been charged with the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. Break and enters were up from the same time in 2014. With the crime reduction initiative happening at the Nakusp detachment, RCMP hope to see a reduction in those numbers for the same time next year. The RCMP has been proactively targeting street level hard drugs, and prolific offenders. Now that school is back in session, the RCMP is doing more road safety and traffic enforcement in school zones.

Selkirk College Updates

Last year, about 11,000 students came through the doors of the various campuses of Selkirk College. Attendance of international students has gone up. The median student age is 27, which means many of the students are mature learners. This means adults who want to continue with, or get started with their schooling. The college wants to focus on international enrolment. A couple of years ago the school started to look beyond just English as a second language. They looked at markets where the potential students already spoke the language, but wanted additional training and education. The college will also be celebrating 50 years in operation in 2016.

Recycling container for glass

Mayor Karen Hamling spoke to the Regional District of the Central Kootenays retaining a glass container for disposables. They’re currently sitting with the garbage bins in front of the Nakusp & District Sports Arena. If they’re left alone, they can stay where they are, but if people start piling garbage up on them, they will be moved to the landfill.

Need for a reliable transportation system

Mayor Hamling met with Todd Stone, minister of transportation and infrastructure, to discuss a more reliable transportation system. There have been issues with the ferries this year. One had to be shut down for a period and the other one had very long waits to get onto the ferry.

Paramedic Medicine Initiative

Eighty full-time equipped paramedic professionals will be hired in rural and remote communities to help in hospital, home, and ambulatory care. It will be somewhere between six to 10 months before they start putting them in the area. Nakusp is expected to receive two new paramedics.

Office hours to change

Office hours for the Village of Nakusp will soon be changing. The new hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be closed on weekends and statutory holidays.

Marina Sani-dump

There have been on-going issues, especially in the summer, at the marina. With boats getting bigger, and trucks and trailers negotiating to get the boats into the water, it has become very difficult for RVs to get around and use the sani-dump. The area isn’t big enough to host that kind of traffic. Council has decided to decommission the dump at the marina. There are still two sani-dumps located in the village. One is at the RV park, the other is located at the Esso station.