Procurement policy to define West Kootenay

The City of Nelson is clarifying what qualifies as a local business.

The City of Nelson proposes to append this map to its purchasing policy

The City of Nelson proposes to append this map to its purchasing policy

The City of Nelson is clarifying its definition of West Kootenay.

The city’s procurement policy gives preference to local businesses, but a staff report says it has “proven to be a challenge to implement” because the region is not clearly defined.

The solution? Include a map.

It shows West Kootenay as the area extending to Nakusp and Howser in the north, to the US border on the south, to the Monashees on the west, and not quite to the southern tip of Kootenay Lake on the east. It does not include Creston.

Other maps of West Kootenay extend further north to include places like Halcyon Hot Springs, Trout Lake, Gerrard, and Beaton, although the city probably wouldn’t find many suppliers there.