Bike shop debate draws big crowd at village council meeting

Highlights from the village council meeting of April 11, 2016

Many villagers came out to show their support for Shon’s Bike and Ski Shop in regard to its development variance permit application for their new location on Broadway Street.

Council office was so crowded, many had to sit or stand in the hallway because of fire code safety regulations.

In November 2015, they applied for and received a building permit to renovate the building to accommodate a retail space. On March 10, they applied for a change of use or occupancy, which would provide for the additional use of a kitchen and food service facility. It’s this change of use application that’s has thrown everything into a tizzy.

Because of the change in the application, the bike shop would require 20 available parking spaces. It currently has four.

In the past, council has helped other businesses, making an allowance over one or two parking spaces, but it cannot make an allowance over 16 parking spaces.

It was decided the building will remain as a bike shop for the time being until the time when the village can make changes to the bylaw. The crowd seemed satisfied with this decision.

 

FIRE HYDRANT MAINTENANCE

A motion was passed to establish proper guidelines for properly maintaining fire hydrants. Public Works department will do an annual inspection on all public fire hydrants, and all hydrants will have a maintenance call on a three year rotation. The village may enter into agreements with owners of private hydrants with respect to usage, inspection, and maintenance of the private hydrants.

 

RDCK ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER CONTRACT

Jackie Killburn, the animal control officer for the village has received a change in her contract. Base rate for charges to pick up any dogs found roaming the village have increased from $1,000 per month to $1,500 per month. Additional call outs in a month will be paid at $50 per call out, with emergency call outs to be paid at $75 per call.

Killburn stated the reason for the need for increased rates are related to an increase in insurance costs for her vehicle used for dog control.

 

TRASH TO TREASURE

RDCK is promoting the event in celebration of Earth Day. It provides residents with an opportunity of give away any unwanted but useful household items to those who may find value in then.

On Saturday, April 16, residents are encouraged to place any gently-used, unwanted household items, such as books, clothes, toys, etc., together at the front of their properties. A sign that clearly states “T2T” or “Free” should be displayed so treasure hunters know which items are available. By 4 p.m., any remaining items should be gathered up and taken off the street.

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