Village Council Highlights: Nov. 23

Highlights from the Nov. 23 meeting of the Nakusp Village Council

Possibility of a Nakusp and area trails master plan

The Village of Nakusp will be applying for a grant from the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to create a trails masterplan for the area. The funding application must be submitted by the village. There is funding available for the plan in the amount of $50,000. It was noted that Terry Welsh, Director of Parks and Recreation for the village, has extensive experience in preparing recreation and trails masterplans. He will be helping out with the project. The outcome of the plain is to identify current and future trail sites, and develop recommendations for future trail development activities.

RDCK Recycling Bin Relocation

Since installing the glass recycling bin near the village office, there has been a marked increase in use and volume since the other bins were relocated. Because of this, the recycling program might have to be modified slightly. Currently, the village is capable of picking up all the recycling and handling it in one day.

Low water levels

In a Nov. 17 teleconference with BC Hydro, it was revealed there is a possibility water levels could get as low as 1,388 feet by the end of this month. BC Hydro needs to meet treaty requirements. Currently, there are issues with spillways, which need to be inspected and maintained. Mayor Karen Hamling has been in contact with BC Hydro and Interfor to ensure the ferries can remain in operation. If water levels drop to a certain point, the ferries will have issues and transportation across the water will be difficult.

Vandalism repairs

The village has been having some issues with vandals. A couple of times a week, the village will find three or four road signs which have been driven over. Also, the stand pipe at the marina sani-dump required repairs. It is unclear if the person or persons involved were also involved in the damage done to the soccer field at the Nakusp & District Sports Complex on Oct. 1.

Staff report on arena roof

Over the last several years, the arena has experienced leaking in the roof over the arena lobby. Multiple attempts have been made to resolve the issue, but so far, none have been successful. An assessment report was conducted by Macleod Nine Consultants to provide recommendations on what the village should do. It was recommended that the village include the cost of repairs to the 2016 capital budget.