• Sicamous residents will have an opportunity in the fall to review and provide input on design options for the Bruhn Bridge replacement. Ralph English, an engineering consultant with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, offered this information last week during a brief presentation to Sicamous council. He said the ministry is currently in the middle of “preliminary design,” looking at different costs of different options.
“Nothing has been decided and we’re just confirming that we’re down to several options, and the intention would be to refine those over the next couple of months in terms of costs and alternatives so that we can come back to the community sometime in the fall for public input on the options,” said English.
• Interior Health removed the water use advisory on the Shuswap Lake shoreline near Canoe Forest Products. Residents were advised to avoid both drinking water and recreational use of a 300-metre area, established immediately following a spill of run-off water at the mill on March 14. It was reduced to 100 metres the following day, with the advisory remaining in place until now.
• Work is underway to expand senior’s housing and care options in Sicamous.
The Eagle Valley Senior Citizens Housing Society has its sights on expanding its site that is currently home to The Lodge, the Eagle Valley Haven and the Eagle Valley Manor. That expansion, to be done in three phases, would include the building of eight new supportive housing units (for seniors who need help with meals, housekeeping and laundry), a repurposing of The Lodge to serve tenants requiring dementia care and, as a third phase, the construction of a 50-unit apartment-style building.
• A Sicamous developer is seeking municipal approval to allow mobile homes in a stagnant affordable housing development.
District of Sicamous council gave first reading to a zoning amendment bylaw related to a 7.5 hectare lot at 711-727 Parksville Street, where applicant and developer Darrell Trouton resides.
• A suggestion to re-name Old Town Road didn’t gain traction among Sicamous council.
At its May 25 regular meeting, Sicamous councillors received a staff memo recommending they direct staff to prepare a bylaw to re-name Old Town Road to Abbott Way.
The road re-naming was to be part of a ceremony on June 20, to recognize the Abbott’s donation of a parcel of land along Old Town Road to the district.
• The District of Sicamous is going with a new-to-you option for a portable washroom facility. Council agreed to the purchase of a used, two-year-old, 10-by-40-foot wash car for $112,500, to be supplied by Twin Anchors.
• Sicamous council is playing ball with a request for $3,500 from Sicamous Minor Softball. Council unanimously approved a special events grant of $3,500 to the Sicamous Minor Softball Association to help cover costs associated with three tournaments: the recent Sicamous Ladies Fastball Tournament on May 28-29, the Ladies C Tournament on June 24-25 and the U18B Girls Provincial Softball Championship on July 8-10.
• The fate of schools in Sicamous remains in limbo after the dismissal of the entire North Okanagan-Shuswap school board by the Education Minister on June 15.
• After significant community consultation, the board was scheduled to vote on a motion to approve the creation of a single K-12 school in Sicamous at Eagle River Secondary and close Parkview Elementary. The target date for the conversion was September 2017.
• An employee at the Twin Anchors Houseboat property in Sicamous was taken to hospital with burns following a welding accident on June 8.
According to the WorkSafe BC report on the incident, a grey/waste water tank containing fuel exploded while the employee, a welder, was working on the houseboat’s port-side pontoon.
• The B.C. government announced $38 million in funding to replace the North Fork Bridge and twin 3.8 kilometres of highway east of Sicamous. The project will see the two-lane bridge, located near the site of the former Skyline Truck Stop, replaced by a modern four-lane structure, and the highway twinned both east and west of the span.