Further to the recent Village newsletter outlining changes to the Village’s garbage and yard waste services that were to come into effect January 1, 2020, please be advised that Council has decided to rescind those changes, pending a public consultation process.
The Village will be engaging local residents to obtain their feedback and thoughts on any potential changes to garbage and yard waste services. To that ends, Council will be reaching out to the public later in the summer to better obtain residents’ feedback in regards to this and other important issues facing our community. Please keep a look out for an information newsletter and the Village’s website and facebook site for meeting dates and survey information.
For further information please contact the Village office at 250-367-7234.
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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.
If you have any questions, please contact the Village of Montrose office at 250-367-7234Internet Performance Test
The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and Beaver Valley Recreation Service is undertaking a service review on recreation in the Beaver Valley.
The Scope of the service review will include:
You may recall that we completed a survey on recreation in 2014. The information in that survey was used to create a 5 year financial and capital plan on recreation where several initiatives were completed such as the building of new trails, upgrades to the Beaver Valley Arena, Skatepark and our parks.
This needs assessment on recreation will rely heavily on feedback from the commmunity and stakeholders throughout the process. Please have an adult in your household answer the questionaire by considering the needs of all members in your household or organization. The questionaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Of course we appreciate the time it takes to complete a survey, so for your consideration we are going to have a draw for a Nitehawks Seasons Pass and Team Jersey. Simply provide your name, address and phone number at the end of the survey if you wish to enter the draw.
All questionaire responses will remain confidential. Please drop off your completed survey at the following locations by June 30,1019 or go online at RDKB.com and complete the survey on our "Join The Conversation". portal.
Drop off locations:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org 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.