Archeological studies permits hold back project

Key items were discussed at Canal Flats council meeting.

At the recent Village of Canal Flats Regular Council Meeting, held at the Columbia Discovery Centre on Tuesday, October 14th, several notable key items were discussed.

The reservoir project, part of the Eagle’s Nest water system, upgrade, has been set back as the project manager did not apply for archeological studies permits. All of September was spent on the clarification of the two sets of permits required for further action. As such, council requested an update of the status of the permits.

Public works

From the public works report, money was allocated to Grainger Road — issues concerning Painted Ridge were addressed and drainage to the east side of Cottage Lane were raised with attention focused on initiatives to move the water along successfully.

Re-branding strategy

Debate over the impending decision to go forth with a marketing plan for the village was varied. Its necessity, use of monetary funds, and the ability to carry out the marketing plan were hot topics of discussion. The motion was carried to pursue the re-branding strategy of the village.

Secondary suites

All were in favour of a public hearing for the recommendation of a bylaw amendment regarding basement suites — the amendment would call for complicity with legal codes regarding the development and renting of secondary suites which could potentially offer a nice solution to renters looking for a home in the Canal Flats area.

LED signs

Discussion over the Columbia Discovery Centre sign LED lighting text amendment saw conflicting sides, as opposing views on the necessity and lack of taste an LED sign would bring to the community arose. It was further noted that all businesses complying with the correct bylaw stipulations could conceivably all use LED signs. The prevalent issue of the LED sign was the necessity of a having a central message board for people to view.