NACFOR to continue with toad research

Highlights from the village council meeting of March 14

Toad research will be continued with studies done by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for 2016 and 2017.NACFOR is very interested in Western Toad movements and terrestrial use. They will use the data they accumulate to formulateplanning for further development, and ongoing development planning.

NACFOR’s president Kathy Smith said it was a great pleasure to work with professional research people to help build anddevelop learning experiences for them and other companies in the area. Right now, there is no solid plan, and NACFOR wantsto assist in developing work site plans that will be followed


Fire chief’s report

In the last month, there have been 10 fire-related incidents. These include two chimney fires, one cooking fire, and two falsealarms.

Backyard burning is now allowed as per Fire Bylaw 588. These permits are available from the fire chief or at the village office.Fires under 1 meter in size and larger piles must be authorized by fire chief only.

Wildfire Management Branch IA Crews will be doing more fuel mitigation work on the Rifle Range.


Director of Operations report

There are several works in progress for operations staff, including the wastewater treatment plan monitoring. Sampling for themonitoring is to continue monthly through the spring. The results will be evaluated to identify issues with the biologicalprocess and determine how best to run the lagoon system to provide better quality effluent. In April, the sampling will occurevery two weeks.

A mapping of village infrastructure is also in the works. The village has begun a mapping project that will realize the digitalmapping of water and sewer infrastructure. The project is being facilitated by a company called LandInfo Technologies Inc.With their assistance, the village will obtain maps comprised of many layers, including water mains, sewer mains, stormdrains, and much more. This mapping will be maintained in-house. Data is currently being entered into the mapping system.


Recreations and Parks update

Terry Welsh, director of Recreations and Parks highlighted some successful events that took place between the councilmeeting of Feb. 18 and March 14. One event was the Mitch Zorn concert that took place at the Nakusp Arena on Feb. 20. Over300 people attended the event.

Parkour continued to be active in the auditorium on a weekly basis throughout the period. Day walkers have access on a dailybasis to the auditorium with no charge.

General work activities have also taken place. Staff painted dressing rooms three and four, and have completed renovationsand painting of the public dressing room. A bike rack has also been installed at the complex entrance.

Some current works in progress for Recreations and Parks include the Trails Master Plan, work in support of the Nakusp RailCommittee, and chalet roof replacements at the Nakusp Hot Springs.


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