Touchstones Nelson and many other heritage buildings help give Nelson it's heritage reputation.

Nelson council commissions in for reboot

Two Nelson city council commissions responsible for heritage could be seeing an overhaul after a recommendation was passed Monday night.

Two Nelson city council commissions responsible for heritage could be seeing an overhaul after a recommendation was passed Monday night.

The recommendation was in response to a request from councillor Paula Kiss who had concerns about the efficiency of the Community Heritage Commission and Advisory Planning Committee.

“Having sat on both, I just didn’t think heritage interests were being efficiently and properly represented,” said Kiss. “I thought there were better ways to do things and asked staff to look at that.”

Part of the staff recommendation is that bylaws be prepared to rescind the two commissions and an amendment be prepared for the Cultural Development Commission’s terms of reference outlining the responsibility of the Commission to incorporate heritage as a strategic priority of the commission including the recommendation to council of heritage initiatives.

“There is overlap [between the two commissions] and I just don’t think it is as effective,” said Kiss.

“We have both our planners sitting in on two meetings. The Community Heritage Commission is kind of its own entity when really all the planning we’ve been doing over the last two years has grouped culture and heritage together.”

Even though Kiss feels the new model recommended by staff will better represent heritage interests in the community, councillor Robin Cherbo said he feels the city is “throwing the baby out with the bath water.”

“I just am concerned that removing the heritage commission will water down the look at heritage in the city and it won’t have the emphasis or due diligence it has now,” said Cherbo. “I think it will be part of a new committee, but how it pans out concerns me.”

With the focus of the Community Heritage Commission being solely on Nelson heritage matters, Cherbo fears heritage interests will now be watered down.

“The heritage commission deals directly with heritage issues,” he said. “They don’t look at other issues. They are more focused and have more expertise to rely on. I think it’s more attentive to heritage concerns. I don’t think the current system will last, so hopefully the new committee will make sure heritage is properly addressed.”

 

Just Posted

BREAKING: Ammonia leak shuts down Nelson Curling Club

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Four points for Fawcett as Leafs win 7th straight

Nelson edged the Fernie Ghostriders 4-3

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

Sanchez leads Leafs to 6th straight win

Nelson held off Spokane 3-2 on Friday

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read