Former town hall suggested for ESS base

Clearwater Emergency Support Services might have found a new home

Clearwater Emergency Support Services might have found a new home.

During a meeting held Oct. 21, town council voted in favor of directing staff to enter into discussions with Clearwater ESS about the possibility of the group locating in the former District office at 132 Station Road.

Staff also was instructed to assist Clearwater ESS with obtaining funding to cover all or a portion of anticipated increases in costs.

During council’s Oct. 7 meeting, Clearwater ESS co-director Grant Gale had asked for the municipality’s assistance in finding a new home for the group.

ESS is a provincewide volunteer organization that provides assistance to people who have been displaced because of fire, flood or other disaster.

Legion patio gets endorsement

Council voted to recommend to BC Liquor Control and Licensing Branch that it approve amending Legion Branch 259’s liquor license to allow the addition of an outdoor patio.

The branch already has a patio area. However, it cannot be used to serve liquor under the present license.

The present license allows 150 people to be served inside the Legion hall. The proposed amendment would allow 130 to be served inside and 20 outside on the patio.

Letters were sent to all property owners located within 100 m of the Legion.

Only one reply was received – from Aspen Auto.

The owner there complained that the Legion does not have enough parking area, with the result that their customers end up parking in Aspen Auto’s parking lot.

Mayor John Harwood commented that the problem likely mostly is with visitors to the Legion, rather with Legion members.

Councillor Shelley Sim said that the objections from Aspen should be included in the recommendation to LCB.

Money sought for third well

Council approved awarding a $2,500 contract to TRUE Consulting to draft and submit a grant application for a third well to the Small Communities Fund program.

The application will include the cost of upsizing certain water mains and creating loops in the town’s water system, as recommended by a recent study, said CAO Leslie Groulx.


Construction of a new well has been identified as the District’s Strategic Priority No. 1, Goal No. 1.