The RDKB Planning and Development Department is coordinating the Housing Needs Assessment for the 5 electoral areas and 8 municipalities. They are looking to put together a steering committee of 10-14 members and we would like 2 knowledgeable members from our community to join.
If you are interested in being a member of the steering committee, or for more information please contact the RDKB at 250-368-0252.
On August 27th, the Federal and Provincial Governments announced that the Village of Montrose has been successful in its application for funding under the Infrastructure Canada Grant Program for the much-needed upgrades to the Village’s waste water treatment plant.
The Village will receive $1.838 million dollars towards the cost of the estimated $2.507 million dollar project. With the grant funding, the Village’s share of the costs will be $669,000 or 27.3% of the project’s cost.
The project will modernize the 56 year-old plant and make it much more efficient, safe and environmentally effective. Major works on the plant will include replacing the electrical system, restoration of the existing two clarifiers and oxidation ditch, a new headworks and control building and improvements to the piping and valving system.
It is anticipated that the upgrades to the plant will be completed by fall of 2021.
On September 17th, the Columbia Basin trust announced that the Village has been awarded an outdoor community facilities grant of $136,241 towards the C-CERC Building/Montrose Park upgrade project. This project stems from the recent Age-Friendly Action Plan that was conducted in the Village last year and which Council later adopted.
The project includes improvements to the C-CERC Building to allow for an exercise and activity area, small kitchen/social area, an outdoor social area adjacent to Memorial Park, a covered stage for Park programs and events, high-quality solar powered lighting along the walking path, the replacement of the bark-wood playground material with a poured-in place recycled rubber tire product, and the resurfacing of the sport court and line painting to include pickleball.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be about $440,000. The Village had secured an earlier grant of $30,000 from Recycled Tire BC for the playground re-surfacing.
This project will allow all ages of people, to interact on a regular basis, and encourage them to participate in recreation, arts, cultural and social events, and help ensure that all members of a family group can participate in activities in one location. It will greatly enhance the amenities that the Village currently enjoys.
The Village plans to restart the paving and underground works program in 2020. The first area that will be addressed is the 800-block of 9th Ave. The planned works include replacement of water, sewer and storm drain lines and the repaving of the road. Gentle swales may be included to assist with proper drainage and preserve the roadway. While preliminary work had started earlier this spring, construction work is expected to be conducted in late spring/early summer next year.
Starting this winter, the Village will be undertaking a revision to the 2008 Official Community Plan (OCP). This process will include several opportunities for residents to bring forward their ideas and suggestions as to how they envision the Village to continue to operate, develop and grow, all the while taking into account what residents want in terms of their quality of life in their neighborhood and the Village. This is a great opportunity for residents to step forward and help to create the guiding document for the direction that they wish the Village to take over the next ten to fifteen years. We will keep you informed as to when this process begins to take shape.
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We are working with other levels of Government and the Columbia Basin Trust to improve local broadband speeds in our community. By taking this speed test, you are assisting us in our quest in working towards better internet/broadband speeds for all residents and businesses in Montrose.
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Please be advised that effective January 1, 2020, the Village will be moving to a universal rate pay system for garbage and yard waste pick-and disposal service. What this means is that all residents will be required to pay an annual user fee (just like the current water and sewer user rate system) to utilize the Villages garbage and yard waste services. Further details regarding the service changes will be provided to residents in the fall.
Why did Council make this decision?
Council made this decision in order to help spread the costs of providing waste disposal services over the entire Village, much like other utilities such as water, sewer and recreational services. Previously, the garbage service was mostly a user pay system that broke even cost-wise for the garbage portion, the yard and garden waste/branch pick-up was a free universal service for all residents. Costs were not recovered for that portion. By combining the two services, which utilizes the same equipment (garbage truck), the costing of the service could be better recovered.
How much will the new service cost me?
The cost will be $100.00 per household for 2020. The cost will be added as a new item to the annual water and sewer user fee bylaw that is billed annually and sent out to residents in early January.
What will I get for my $100?
All residents will receive twenty-six (26) Village garbage bags and twelve (12) yard and garden waste tags per year. When residents pay their water, sewer and garbage and yard waste user fees, they will receive the bags and tags.
Will the frequency of the pick-up service change?
No. the frequency of the pick-up service will continue to be 52 weeks per year for garbage services, and monthly from April to October for yard and garden waste pick-up services.
How was garbage pick-up and disposal services provided previously?
Previously from 1999 to 2019, garbage services were provided on a mostly user pay system whereby garbage bags were purchased from the Village office for $3.50 each. Prior to 1999, the Village had a universal garbage pick-up service whereby everyone paid through a user fee – similar to what is planned for 2020.
What is the cost if I want to purchase extra garbage bags or yard waste tags?
Residents can purchase extra Village garbage bags for $3.50 and extra Village yard waste tags for $1.00. Both are available at the Village office.
How many garbage bags can I put out at one time?
There are no restrictions on the number of bags that can be put out at one time. As long as the bags are Village purchased garbage bags, they will be picked up.
What about yard and garden waste bags? How many bags can I put out at one time?
As long as each bag has a prominently displayed yard waste tag, and they are within the guidelines of weight limit (40 lbs), clear and contain only yard waste, there is no limit to the number of bags that may be put out.
Do the bags or tags have an expiry date if I do not use them within the year?
Village purchased garbage bags and yard and garden waste tags do not have an expiry date on them. They can be used at any time.
Is the recycling program going to change?
No, the recycling program is not going to change. It will still pick-up residential recycling every second Wednesday. Recycling is operated under the auspices of the RDKB and Recycle Materials BC and is not a Village owned service.
Will I still be able to put out my branches for pick-up in the spring or fall?
Yes, branch pick-up will still be provided for the spring and fall seasons.
Do I need to utilize a garbage container when I put out my bags on garbage day?
Yes, garbage bags will need to be placed in garbage containers when placed at the point of pick-up to prevent birds and dissuade other animals from getting into and spilling the contents of the garbage bags.
Who do I contact if I have any concerns regarding the changes?
Residents can contact the Chief Administrative Officer at: email@example.com or 250-367-7234 or they can contact the Village of Montrose Council members.
Who do I contact for further information?
For further information please contact the Village of Montrose office at: firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com or 250-367-7234.
April 10, 2019: the Regional Emergency Program has officially launched our new Emergency Alerting System. This system will aid Emergency Operations Centre staff in the delivery of Evacuation Alerts and Evacuation Orders during life-safety events. As a member of the regional emergency program, this Emergency Alerting System covers the citizens in Montrose. This system will allow users to register to receive alerts in one of four ways, with a mobile app, email, SMS text message, or phone call. Registration is easy and takes less than five minutes!
Bear Season is here. Avoid creating attractants for wildlife by ensuring that fruit is picked off your trees and off the ground, as well as securing garbage and compost waste in bins and storing it in places that wildlife cannot reach. See Bears: Wildsafe BC for more info.
The Village would like to remind residents that under the Village’s Building Bylaws - Bylaw #633 and Amendment Bylaw #661, building permits are required for home and out-building structural related repairs, renovations, additions and roofing replacements. If you are not sure if your work project requires a permit, please contact the Village office at 250-367-7234 or the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), Building Department at: 250-368-0222.
The Village will be getting a new Electric Vehicle Charging station. The station will allow visitors to charge their vehicle and get a good look at the community and its amenities. The station will be located at the Village Office, and is being installed by the Accelerate Kootenays Program.