Council Notes: Decorations for Dutch Lake

There should be a lighted Christmas display at the Dutch Lake beachhouse

There should be a lighted Christmas display at the Dutch Lake beachhouse, according to councillor Jon Kreke.

That was a recommendation he reported from the municipality’s parks and recreation committee to town council on Dec. 5.

District of Clearwater is looking for donations of ornaments and decorations from the community for the display, he said.

Winter Festival in January

Town council approved spending up to $2,000 to sponsor Clearwater’s annual Winter Festival, on the recommendation of councillor Ken Kjenstad.

The event will be held Jan. 24 – 26.

“The Winter Festival is destined to become another signature event for Clearwater,” said Mayor John Harwood.

He noted that a recent report from Tourism Wells Gray documented how sporting events of this type are good investments for the community.

Forest consultant coming to Clearwater

Chris Ortner, the consultant putting together the Bridges II project, will be in Clearwater on Jan. 10, councillor Barry Banford reported.

Bio-energy will be one of the topics for discussion. Possibly it could be used for buildings such as the Sportsplex, Banford said.

The project seeks to increase the roles played by small tenure holders such as woodlots and community forests, plus the value-added sector, in two sub-regions of the province: the McBride-to-Barriere corridor, and the west Kootenay Lake corridor centred around Kaslo.

The project began in November, 2012.

Seniors project gets funding

District of Clearwater is to receive about $17,000 for a project titled “Community Circles for Seniors.”

A coordinator will be hired for 15 hours per month to put the program on, chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx told town council during its Dec. 3 meeting.

The project must be completed within 12 months and no later than Jan. 1, 2015.


The money is coming from the Ministry of Health’s Age Friendly Community Planning and Projects grant program through Union of BC Municipalities.