Council Briefs: Canfor proposing to harvest in Forster Creek area

Canfor’s proposed plans to work in the Forster Creek area at the Village of Radium Hot Springs council meeting

There was an update on Canfor’s proposed plans to work in the Forster Creek area at the Village of Radium Hot Springs council meeting on Wednesday, September 30th.

Canfor First Nations and planning co-ordinator Grant Neville provided an overview of the scope of the project for August 2015.

“Council had requested some additional information about the harvesting we are planning to do,” explained Neville after the presentation.

Village of Radium Hot Springs mayor Clara Reinhardt asked Mr. Neville which tree species are coming out of the area and where they are being sent. He replied there were pine and spruce trees being removed from the area, which would be sent to the Radium mill.

However, red fir trees could be moved to Elko, Radium or Golden in light of the recent Canal Flats closure.


Leaders unite to focus on respectful practices

There was a request from the Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) for councillors to attend this year’s Leadership Forum in Vancouver this winter.

The theme for the keynote speeches, practical sessions to address current issues, panel discussions and networking at the 2016 Leadership Forum held at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport between February 3rd to 5th will be focused on Respectful Leadership techniques.

It remains unclear which councillors from the Village of Radium Hot Springs will attend the LGLA. Chief administrative officer Mark Read expects to follow up with councillors before the end of October to see who is interested in attending the forum.


Rotary Gardens in Radium Hot Springs

There’s been a subtle shift in care for the community garden in Radium.

At the regular Village of Radium Hot Springs council meeting on September 30th, the Rotary Gardens were transferred to their last and final partner after the serene, green atmosphere was created on land that is owned by Rocky Mountain School District #6 and utilized by the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

“The garden was handed over from the Radium Rotary to the Village of Radium,” Maria Kliavkoff, Radium Rotary Gardens committee co-chair, told The Echo by email on October 1st. “Last night (September 30th) was the final official step in the transference.”

However, the garden will be run by a volunteer committee of gardeners and Rotarians.

In addition, council approved the Radium Rotary Garden Handbook to ensure everybody’s plot remains safe and well-maintained.

“The Radium Rotary Garden Handbook is a policy and procedure manual for the garden,” explained Kliavkoff. “Included in it is the agreement that gardeners sign up with the Village of Radium. It is a rights, privileges and responsibility document.

“Each gardener is required to tend and upkeep their own garden. In addition, they are required to contribute an hour a month to one of the garden sub-committees, be it communication, the tending of public gardens, the social committee, the maintenance committee.