Notes from Nakusp council meeting Sept. 9

Water project presentation, Hot Springs roofing contract and more at the Sept. 9 meeting.

Water treatment project presentation

Steven Thomson, engineer from 9 Dot Engineering Ltd. and Aquadiversities’ Nathan Ward gave an update on the Water Treatment Plant, Micro-hydro project and Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Nathan Ward said the water treatment project was challenging in that they were working with equipment that was already supplied, but he told council that they had designed the project so multiple things could be done at the same time to speed the project along. Local contractors from Nakusp and Nelson, including Madden Timberframing, worked on the project.

“We had to re-prove and redesign everything,” said Ward, and the next phase is plumbing. Estimated commissioning date is end of Nov. 2013, pending final Interior Health permit.

Steven Thomson gave an update on the MIcro-hydro project.

“We’re really pushing to get turbine on line because it’s a revenue producer,” said Thomson. Controls are being picked up and installed. A 50 kW capacity Delta micro hydro turbine generator is now installed and will likely run around 30 kW depending on licensing.

The Village now has an approved grid tied net-metering agreement for power production with BC Hydro. The only thing outstanding is the water usage licence Nathan Ward told council.

At the Waste Water Treatment Plant, the electricals, had to be replaced and upgraded, and slightly more complex controls installed. This will give flexibility in operations, said Ward.

“This is cutting edge, really it’s pretty exciting,” Ward said.

Overflow issues have been addressed by the implementation of a gooseneck pipe which empties into an emergency lagoon, rather than having to be monitored manually.

The ventilation issue is being dealt with a new design to circulate air and an upgraded heating system worked on with the original mechanical engineer.

“We’ve done everything possible to mitigate humidity and moisture in that build,” said Ward.

NACFOR

NACFOR funds distribution report was postponed by request by NACFOR who need to have a meeting.

Boat launch blues

CAO Linda Tynan and Mayor Karen Hamling have had calls and meetings with Columbia Power Corporation about the boat launch, and have tried to meet with Hydro as well.

CPC has had wheels installed on walkway to help it move up and down with the water, gangway has been extended, and a grate added to tuck in the walkway wires to reduce to trip hazard, the mayor told council.

“What you have to understand is that Columbia Power Corporation is working with BC Hydro’s design,” stated Hamling, “and working within their mandate.”

Painting the cables and other solutions to reduce the trip hazard are being considered, and CPC has said they are looking to see what they can do.

The Village requested a meeting with CPC and the fishermen, but CPC said they would like to address as many issues as they can before they meet. The Village has also requested a meeting with Hydro.

“I think we’ll still going to have issues with it and I don’t know how they’re going to be resolved,” said Hamling.

Hot Springs Roof

Mid-City Roofing & Sheet Metal from Kamloops will be re-roofing the hot springs building roof for a cost of $54,414 plus GST. They were the only company to respond to the request for proposals which was advertised and posted on BC Bid.

The report from staff stated that “the preferred roofing shingle style was proposed at $54,414. This is over budget by $4,414 but given the aesthetic appeal compared to the other less expense shingles (which are within budget) it’s recommended that the more expensive option be used.”

A comment from the public gallery encouraged the Village to send out another request for proposals to try to get someone local to do the roof.

Other news:

-Dr. Lea has signed a new doctor to a three year contract here in Nakusp.

-Cell phone coverage at the ferries is a priority for the Ferry Advisory Committee, who met with Bruce Lintott and the District Manager Hugh Eberle. Design is underway for Shelter Bay, the mayor’s report stated.

-Councillor Ulli Mueller reported that electronics for recycling can collected by municipalities and will be picked up by Electronic Products Recycling Association if a depot is set up.

-Coun. Mueller attended the Strategic Marketing Planning session of the West Kootenay Tourism Alliance on August 28. The meeting reviewed market trends, roles and responsibilities, existing tourism, and defined tourism objectives.

-Councillor Tom Zeleznik reported on NACFOR’s operations. Waste assessments are being done and burning will start once they are completed.

“This is a big burning program so hopefully we will have good venting weather this fall to get it all done,” reported Zeleznik. NACFOR is also selling loads of firewood locally and down the valley.

-The UBC co-op students completed their work term Aug. 16, and loved working here, said Zeleznik.

-The NADB website is up and running!

-The 2014 Permissive Tax Exemption were granted to Halcyon Assisted Living, Arrow And Slocan Lakes Community Services Association, Nakusp Launch Club, Arrow Lakes Hospital Auxiliary, Nakusp Childcare Society, and Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 20).

 

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