A potential solution has been found to the RDCK's controversial sustainability service that would see municipalities drop out of the function.

RDCK sustainability service may become rural only

A controversial Regional District of Central Kootenay service may be retooled for rural areas only.

A controversial Regional District of Central Kootenay service may be retooled for rural areas only.

Seven areas, including New Denver, Nakusp, Salmo, and Castlegar, wanted out of the sustainability service, established four years ago to deal with things like energy conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

However, several areas suggest its scope has grow beyond what was originally intended and in some cases is duplicating municipal services and projects.

A committee was struck to look at the service’s future, which met at the end of last month and recommended that it continue without municipal participation.

More discussion is expected before a final decision, which require a two-thirds vote of the board and approval from the inspector of municipalities.

Although some rural areas wanted to withdraw too, including portions of rural Creston represented by chair John Kettle, he suggested the revamped service may be more palatable to them. “If we restructure, it may fit better for rural directors than it did for all of us,” he said.

Although the committee had until September to report back, Kettle is pleased they didn’t need that long to find a potential solution.

“It was excellent work and proves if directors sit down, they can hash out where they want to go,” he said. “I think the idea that it would be a rural [service] is excellent and will pass.”

Rural Castlegar director Andy Davidoff, who sat on the committee, said they had a “very respectful conversation about a very thorny issue. Even though it was one meeting, I think we did a deep analysis.”

Nelson was the only member of the regional district that didn’t join the service.

Just Posted

Pedestrian killed on Highway 22 Saturday evening

Police say 51-year-old man died after being hit by car

LETTER: Concern for fossil fuel subsidies

From reader Marylee Banyard

Nelson Leafs overcome injuries to beat Fernie 3-1

Hunter Young made 26 saves in net for the Leafs

Nelson Boxing Club sweeps fights in Idaho

Caeden Rennie, Marino Raffo, Stryder Sutton and Max Berkeley each won

1st Indigenous woman to start Canadian airline looks to B.C.’s remote regions

Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline, called Iskwew Air

UPDATE: Death of 38-year-old Fernie man at B.C. coal mine under investigation

Vehicle collision occurred at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning

Breathing polluted air during pregnancy may increase odds of baby having autism: SFU study

Study looked at nearly all births in Metro Vancouver between 2004 and 2009

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Bankruptcies in British Columbia on the rise

Consumer bankruptcies climbed by 6. 1 per cent in August 2018 from the same month last year.

22 public toilets in Victoria: 136 people currently peeing

World Toilet Day floats some serious health issues

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Most Read