RDEK to Investigate Purchase Option for Windermere Water

The RDEK Board of Directors has directed staff to investigate the purchase of Parr Utilities as an option to provide treated water for the Windermere Community Water System Service Area.

“We went out to the community in August to provide an update on where we are at in the process, review the options and get feedback. In general, there was support at those Open Houses and from our Utility Advisory Commission to explore the purchase option in more detail,” says RDEK Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth. “There are still many unknowns in terms of what the purchase would look like and staff will now begin the work of researching and getting those answers.”

The price, terms of a purchase agreement, impact to the Service Area and Parr’s existing customers are among the items that will have to be determined. “What the Board has done is approve staff doing a more detailed business case. Once that business case has been completed and we have the answers we need to fully understand what this option would entail, we will review it as a Board and with the community.” This will include consultation with Parr’s existing customers.

For any option to proceed, an elector assent process will have to take place. “The community will make the final decision on moving ahead with the project. This step of the process will make sure we have done our due diligence and have all of the information the community needs to make an informed decision.”

The Windermere Water System has been under a Water Quality Advisory since 2006. In order for the Advisory to be lifted, the water must meet Interior Health standards.

More information is available on the RDEK’s website: http://www.rdek.bc.ca.

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RDEK Director Acclaimed to UBCM Board

The East Kootenay will continue to have representation on a provincial level after RDEK Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth was acclaimed as the First Vice President of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Executive.

“On behalf of the RDEK, I want to congratulate Electoral Area F Director Wendy Booth,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “It is exciting to have her representing us at the UBCM level and know she will continue to be a strong advocate for policies and programming that will benefit all British Columbians.”

This will be Booth’s fourth year on the UBCM Executive. She was previously the Second Vice President and spent two years as a Director at Large. “It is an honour to be acclaimed by my peers,” says Booth. “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the UBCM Executive and am eager to continue to learn and grow within my new role.”

The elections took place last week at the annual UBCM Convention in Vancouver.

For more information:
Rob Gay
RDEK Board Chair
250-489-4242

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RDEK – Board Highlights – October 2016

Read about what is happening (pdf) in our RDEK meetings;

  • Windermere Water
  • Regional Agricultural Liaison Services
  • Floodplain Mapping and Hydrology Study
  • Fibre-Optic Backbone
  • Landfill Road Realignment
  • Greenways Trail Alliance
  • Community Energy Manager Program
  • Grant Approved for Veterans Memorial
  • Lake Windermere Ambassadors Funding
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid

RDEK Board Highlights – August 2016

Read about what is happening (pdf) in our RDEK meetings;

  • 10-Year Service Award
  • Wasa Commercial Rezoning
  • Containing Invasive Plants
  • Regional Broadband Committee
  • Plan for a Sharing Economy
  • Tie Lake Wireless Project
  • Fairmont Bike and Walking Path
  • Columbia Valley Recreation Service
  • Canal Flats Bike Park Project
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid
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Fairmont & Columbia Lake OCP Workshop

A community planning workshop has been scheduled for residents of the Fairmont Hot Springs & Columbia Lake OCP plan area.

The details are here

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RDEK – Board Highlights – July 2016

Read about what is happening (pdf) in our RDEK meetings;

  • 10-Year Service Award
  • Wasa Commercial Rezoning
  • Containing Invasive Plants
  • Regional Broadband Committee
  • Plan for a Sharing Economy
  • Tie Lake Wireless Project
  • Fairmont Bike and Walking Path
  • Columbia Valley Recreation Service
  • Canal Flats Bike Park Project
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid
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RDEK – Board Highlights – June 2016

Read about what is happening (pdf) in our RDEK meetings;

  • Hosmer Firefighter Recognition
  • CBT Community Initiatives Funding
  • Special Event Licence
  • Jim Smith Campground
  • Elk River Flood Reports
  • Hosmer Flood Mapping
  • Fireworks Permitting
  • Climate Change Adaptation Project
  • Municipal and Regional District Tax
  • Columbia Valley Backyard Agriculture
  • Baynes Lake Rescue Truck
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
  • Speed Limit Change
  • New Washroom Facility Funding
  • Edgewater Ball Field Improvements
  • RDEK Rural Fire Service Levels
  • Wycliffe Disc Golf Course
  • Fairmont Hot Springs Special Events
  • Library Board Appointment
  • Discretionary Grants In Aid