The nurse’s station at the Arrow Lakes Hospital has been upgraded, and the former nursery is being renovated into a multi-use room. The hospital was also chosen as a pilot site for state of emergency drug treatment overdoses, and has received Naxolone emergency kits. The kits help to reverse an opioid overdose. They include gloves, an intranasal mucosal atomization device (MAD needle) and a prefilled syringe of Naxolone. Naxolone is a a synthetic drug, similar to morphine, that blocks opiate receptors in the nervous system. A drug overdose can occur not just from drug abuse, but from prescribed medication usage. The project is up and running.
A new physician will be coming to Nakusp. He is an international medical grad, originally from South Africa, and will be bringing his family with him for a three year contract.
Fire Chief’s report
Since May 19, there have been 32 incidents to date, including three chimney fires, eight false alarms, seven motor vehicle instruments, two trees on a power line, and one hazmat incident for a fuel spill at Anderson’s Gas.
Backyard burning permits will continue to be issued while weather and conditions make it safe to do so. Volunteer firefighters’ weekly practices are continuing, with on-going training, and scheduling of courses and safety training. Safety inspections will be starting next week.
Temporary use permit issued for Waterbridge Steel
Local company Waterbridge Steel has been awarded the contract to build the four new cable ferries for the province’s inland fleet. As a result, they need a temporary use permit for a term of five years. The area in which the ferries will be built is not zoned for industrial use, it is zoned as resort/residential. As a result, Nakusp has been designated a temporary use area. A temporary use permit is not an alternative to a zoning amendment. It’s for a limited time only, and doesn’t allow an activity to take place indefinitely on the site. The reason the whole town was designated in the temporary use permit is because village council doesn’t know if a business would want to do something similar. Instead of just designating one area, and potentially having to repeat the process in another area of town, it’s easier to designate the village as a whole.