ROSSLAND COUNCIL CONNECTS February 2017 Issue #22
Message from Mayor Kathy
This year’s Winter Carnival was incredibly successful. I don’t think we’ve ever had so many visitors! Many thanks to the organizers and all the volunteers who put in countless hours to make this event the best winter carnival ever. What a fine tradition for our town!
It’s been fabulous to see all the new snow and the skiers that have come to town. Lots of people were here for the Under 16 races at Red Mountain early in the month, as the event filled town up with competitors, coaches and family and friends. Red Mountain continues to be an economic generator for our entire region.
I had a thoroughly enjoyable meeting with the CEO and President of the Columbia Basin Trust, Johnny Strilaeff The Trust is very interested in learning more about each of the communities in the basin and the 13 focus areas they have identified through public consultation will serve our community well.
I recently went to Vancouver to meet with Minister Peter Fassbender to provide an update on Rossland and to talk about our need for grant support. We have applied for two large projects in 2017 that are “shovel ready”. The underground infrastructure on Spokane continues to break; both the water and sewer lines are decrepit and have failed multiple times. Without grant support this project will have to be phased over several years which is neither cost effective nor efficient. The other project is a strategy to deal with inflow and infiltration into our sewer system. This is very important because with our partners, Trail and Warfield, we pay for wastewater treatment based on the flow contributed into the system by each partner. Right now, many of our old pipes allow massive seepage into the sanitary sewer. We don’t want to pay to have ground water and storm water treated!
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