Pace remains high at City Hall

The Kootenay Outdoor Skate Park Society received an early gift when council chose to support park with a recreation grant from the province.

Christmas is nearly here and KLOSPS, the Kootenay Outdoor Skate Park Society, received an early gift when council chose to support the construction of the outdoor skate park with a recreation grant from the province. Of the three projects presented, this was an easy choice and with the province funding up to 80 per cent, it will provide a huge boost to the society’s fundraising efforts. I have no doubt that KLOSPS will be up to the task of raising the remaining 20 per cent with the help of the community and we’ll be seeing skaters using this facility very soon.

The blur of activity surrounding the elections has passed and now it is back to work for council. One of our first orders of business was portfolios selections. I’m pleased to be continuing with the recreation and economic development portfolios. Both of these sectors will see a lot of activity in the coming year.

The Recreation Commission welcomed new manager Eric Bienjtes to the Community Complex last month. Eric comes to us from Kamloops with over 20 years of experience in recreation and a real desire to get to know the people of Nelson. Eric is very impressed with the array of activities people have to choose from and is looking forward to taking the lead in the recreation master planning process. The completion of this process will result in solid long term plans for the future leisure needs of our larger community. It will assist the commission in making good decisions around investments in our parks and facilities.

During the election there were concerns raised by the business community that recently came up in discussions at a meeting of the Nelson and Area Economic Development Partnership. These included the high cost of housing for people earning modest wages; increasing utility rates and ways to encourage business friendly practice in local governments. The work plan of the partnership has identified these issues and more. Plans are underway co-host a workshop with housing providers and the business community on housing solutions; to educate local governments on techniques used in the Biz Pal program and to explore methods to assist in reducing costs to business owners.

The Business after Business events have become an important way for owners to get to know each other and to become informed on issues and services. The last two events were well-attended and received good comments. The Seed hosted an event in November and showcased how social media can become a powerful business tool. With the increasing trend in online shopping, this information can be very valuable to business owners. This month, Shawn Goodeve, the new coordinator for Invest Kootenay, had an opportunity to meet people at The New Grand. Chamber manager Tom Thomson will be providing more details in the New Year for the next event scheduled for January 26th at Phoenix Computers. If you haven’t had an opportunity to attend yet, mark your calendar and do come.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, the citizens of Nelson, for electing me to another term in office. It is a privilege to serve this community and I enjoy the work immensely. My family wishes you and yours the very best this holiday season. Stay safe and look for news of budget deliberations in the New Year.

 

Just Posted

Woman stabbed in downtown Nelson

Victim is in hospital, suspect is in police custody

Liberals’ Kootenay-Columbia candidate stands by Trudeau despite scandal

Robin Goldsbury says the prime minister’s racist photo is a learning opportunity

Kootenay-Columbia incumbent MP responds to Trudeau brownface scandal

Stetski proud of NDP leader Singh’s reaction, which focused on people not power

Inclusive Employer Award goes to local landscaper

Chris Holt hires people with special needs to do garden maintenance

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

Horvat paces Canucks to 6-1 pre-season win over Oilers

Vancouver improves to 3-1 in NHL exhibition action

‘Really disturbing:’ Trudeau’s racist photos worry B.C. First Nation chief

Wet’suwet’en Chief concerned the photos will sow fear in Indigenous communities

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

‘He’s trying to kill me’: Victoria police commandeer boats to reach screaming woman

No charges laid and civilians to be awarded honours after incident on Gorge Waterway

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

John Horgan promises action after fatal mid-Island bus crash

Premier cites students, local Indigneous community as reason to repair the road

Teens charged in stabbing death of B.C. man in strip mall parking lot

Two youths, aged 15 and 16, charged in Aug. 16 killing of South Surrey’s Paul Prestbakmo

Forestry watchdog warned B.C. government about Bamfield Road in 2008

Ombusman’s specific concerns re-surface in wake of bus crash that killed two students

Most Read