Council Briefs: Sandwich boards for real estate open houses approved for summer trial period

The Village of Radium Hot Springs has agreed to treat this summer as a trial period for staff to approve the use of sandwich boards

The Village of Radium Hot Springs has agreed to treat this summer as a trial period for staff to approve the use of sandwich boards in a pilot program — a slight deviation from the existing Schedule D of Sign Bylaw No. 284 that has prevented the use of sandwich boards since December 31st, 2004.

The decision was in response to Bighorn Meadows Resort director of sales and marketing Valerie Bracken, who submitted a written request to the Village of Radium Hot Springs to ask for an exception to use 24’’ x 36’’ black aluminum sandwich board to promote a March 26th open house event held.

Bracken urged council to approve the request because the location of the open house is secluded and she felt that directional signs would be an important element of the event.

“If we just passed a resolution to make a policy change to permit these kinds of real estate signs as a trial period for the summer, then it just gets left in staff’s hands,” said Mark Read, Village of Radium Hot Springs chief administrative officer.

“Then, in the fall, we’re ready to start working on the bylaw and we’ll have a sense of the direction we want to go in,” agreed mayor Clara Reinhardt.

As a result, the Village of Radium Hot Springs made a summer policy to allow off-site sandwich boards for real estate open houses. Coun. Karen Larsen made the motion and Coun. Tyler McCauley seconded the decision, which was unanimously approved by council.

Ms. Bracken thanked council for their time and consideration.


Clean finances

The Village of Radium Hot Springs received a positive financial report for 2015 from chartered professional accountants BDO Canada auditor Don Simpson.

The report detailed financial spending habits and earnings, assets and liabilities as well as previous trends seen by village councillors.

“We issued a clean audit report for the Village of Radium (Hot Springs) for 2015,” said Simpson.

Coun. Ron Verboom immediately congratulated Karen Sharp, the Village of Radium Hot Springs financial officer, on a job well done.

“I think we have a good relationship going here,” replied mayor Clara Reinhardt. “We have awesome staff and I think that they work well with your company so we’re very happy with the arrangement. We will continue with it for the foreseeable future.”


Rod and gun club active

Lake Windermere District Rod and Gun Club president Richard Hoar provided a brief update to the Village of Radium Hot Springs regarding the upcoming outdoors season in the Columbia Valley.

Hoar offered an overview of air rifles, the shooting range, fishing, archery, habitat improvement and special events. He was especially proud to inform council about the Western Canadian Challenge between June 30th and July 3rd, that’s being co-hosted by the local rod and gun club in partnership with the Golden District Rod and Gun Club. The club is expecting approximately 100 participants from across Canada to attend the event.

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