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Volume 1, Issue 2 December 2012

INSIDE THIS ISSUE On Course

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Staying on Course Kettle of Electoral Area B was re-elected to the position of J ohn Chair of the RDCK by acclamation. This will be Kettle’s third

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consecutive term as chair.

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Hillary Elliott, director for the Village of Slocan, was returned to the role of Vice-Chair, also by acclamation.

Personalities 3-5 Pass Creek

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Movember

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“The Board is on a path of change with the hiring of a new Chief Administrative Officer, the completion of the corporate review and the implementation of a new financial software program,” said Kettle.

RDCK LTSA 7 CBT Funding 8 Slocan Lake

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Hot Spot

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Fun & Fitness 9 Burn Smarter 10 Tipping

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Bulletin Board 11 RDCK Grants 12-13 Directors

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Contact

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Kettle pointed out the challenges the district faced in 2012, particularly the unprecedented number of emergency events, but commended the Board and staff for having done “a stellar job” in handling those and other issues. Both Kettle and Elliott expressed appreciation for their fellow directors’ support and stated their enthusiasm for continuing to advance the Board’s initiatives and priorities.

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ave you ever wondered what happens to those bottles you drop off at the Nelson Transfer Station? The RDCK, in partnership with the Nelson Jr Leafs Recycling Centre, donates the profits that come from those returned bottles to the Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation. So far, your returned bottles have generated $7,076.78 this year. In total the program has contributed over $20,000.00 in three years to KLH foundation fundraising efforts. Thank you for continuing to support this program and contribute to your community!

Left to right: Chuck Brind’Amour, Nelson Leafs Board of Directors Vice President; Mayor John Dooley, RDCK/City of Nelson; Director Ramona Faust , Area E, RDCK; Pat Dooley, Chair of KLH Foundation Board of Directors; Lauretta Wilson, Nelson Leafs Board of Directors; Gordon Davis, Nelson Leafs Board Treasurer; Grant Wilson, Recycling Centre Manager; Nicole Ward, RDCK Environmental Coordinator


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he RDCK Board is pleased to welcome Jimmie Holland as the new director for the Village of Kaslo.

Holland will replace Greg Lay, who will now serve as Kaslo’s alternate director. Mr. Lay has represented his village at the RDCK since December 2008. Prior to that, Jim Holland was director for two years.

About Jimmie….. immigrated to Canada from TexJ immie as in 1974 as a journeyman carpenter, after spending four years at the University of Houston. While in BC, a love of the wild mountains called and Jimmie took up tree planting for 14 years, planting and supervising contracts. In 1979 he purchased a property just outside of Kaslo, built a home, raised three awesome children and became a wanna-be local of Kaslo. He also operated a design-build construction company for several years in Kaslo and is currently semi-retired. Jimmie has been involved in community service from a young age as a Boy Scout; the principles of scouting still guide his life today. As the founder and now Executive Director of the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Society, Jimmie’s horizons have expanded greatly to include a large appreciation of the importance of arts and culture as an essential element to build liveable and vibrant communities. He is very active in advocating for festivals and events as President of the Kootenay Festival and Events Association and enjoys sailing, gardening and his little homestead on the Back Road. Jimmie’s engagement in the community led to an interest in municipal politics. In 2003 Jimmie was acclaimed in a by-election as a Councillor for the Village of Kaslo and in 2005 he was elected as Mayor. Jimmie sat as the Regional District Director for Kaslo for three years. Since 2011 Jimmie has been back in municipal politics as a Councilor for the Village of Kaslo and is very pleased to be back as a Regional District Director for the Village of Kaslo.

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We’ve Got Personalities It’s good to be Randy!

“It looked okay to me,” laughs Randy. It wasn’t long before Randy was moved to the Administration department, where he’s been ever since. His first task was to write reports and provide cost-analyses for new services, a function he continues to perform and relish. His work was seminal to the establishment of a number of the RDCK’s fire departments.

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Randy Matheson - 1979

andy Matheson loves the RDCK and it’s easy to see why--the regional district has provided him with both his life’s work and the love of his life. Randy is the go-to guy in the head office --as the longest serving employee, he’s the keeper of an abundance of corporate knowledge and history. Randy was hired by the district when he was 17-years old and dreaming of a career in forestry. He’d worked in a logging camp, fought spot fires and even graduated from Selkirk’s forestry program, when local government came calling. “I started as a draftsperson at the RDCK --we didn’t have computers back then; all the maps were mylar,” recalls Randy.

Along the way, Randy picked up a host of other skills and roles at the RD, including supervising the district’s several landfills and contractors in the days before transfer stations. He had to ensure the sites complied with Ministry of Environment standards. He remembers dealing with the current Board Chair when John Kettle operated the Creston landfill. Randy also became acquainted with General Manager of Community Services Joe Chirico when Joe was just a kid building trails for the RDCK. “I supervised Joe,” says Randy with pride. In the 33 years that he’s worked for the RDCK, Randy has “been through a lot of Boards and encountered all sorts of personalities.”

Those maps needed to be hand-colored and that’s where Randy ran into trouble. “I tried to keep my colour blindness a secret but the boss figured it out when all the shading on the map was done in green.”

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It’s good to be Randy continued…. But one personality in particular has made Randy shine: payroll clerk Janet, whom Randy met on the job and later married. They have been together for 16 years.

There was a time when Randy worked in finance as well. “We had this big clunker of an accounting printer that you could hear through the whole building,” he says. “Computers were a big improvement in our lives.” Not so long ago, Randy would handwrite his reports and then hand them off to a typist. “Now I do my own typing; I just get my colleagues to proof-read and fix it,” he jokes. He’s witnessed other changes over the decades, which he recollects as he pours over old RDCK photos. “Look at the staff smoking at their desks,” he says, shaking his head at the memory. Then he comes across a photo of the current head office when it was just a shell---an interior of bare plywood and tangled wires. “Twelve years ago when we moved into this building we thought we’d have more than enough room for years; now we’ve outgrown it.” Randy Matheson - 2012

The demand for more services in the district has resulted in more staff in the office. “There was a time when we didn’t have an environmental services department; well, I was the department,” he says. “I’ve seen the biggest increase in that area.” Randy has bid farewell to many of his original colleagues, many of whom have since retired. Randy is the last of the old guard. He’s still full of enthusiasm and fresh ideas though, such as the regional transit system initiative. “Transit used to be handled off the side of the CFO’s desk, “said Randy. “The CAO at the time thought it deserved more attention so he gave it to me.”

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Transit is now Randy’s favourite part of his job. His work on the West Kootenay Transit Committee is bringing the concept of a regional bus service to fruition. Despite increasing ridership on many of the smaller systems, Randy knows they are not sustainable on their own. When he’s not reviewing transit issues, Randy takes care of the District’s other wheels. “Taking on the job of managing the main office fleet was my fault,” he says ruefully. “I suggested we have a central fleet of vehicles coordinated by one person. The CAO said ’great’--you’re it.” In addition to those duties, Randy can be found doing any number of things—from unplugging a clogged toilet in his role as building manager, to running elections and referendums in 11 electoral areas as Chief Election Officer, to acquiring land tenures for all RDCK departments. His uncanny knowledge of the RDCK (he knows the name of every road in the RDCK) is of great help with these latter duties. It’s this variety of tasks that keeps Randy at the RDCK. Oh, and then there are his colleagues. “One of the best things about being here is the staff.” He shows his appreciation for his co-workers by sharing his exceptional grilling skills during staff barbecues and by dressing up as Santa for the RDCK kids. His charitable spirit is also evident during fundraisers. “I was lucky,” he says. “I got a job in the place where I was born and raised.” He also got a wife and a lot of friends. Now, get back to work, Randy! Written by A. Winje

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Pass Creek Proud

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ive Pass Creek fire department members have been honoured with 30-year Exemplary Service Certificates. Fire Chief Brian Bebelman, Captain Sam Hadikin, and firefighters John Johnson, Dennis Robinson and Alex Pereverzoff have served with the Pass Creek fire department since its inception. “It’s really exceptional and rare to have five members of one organization celebrating 30 years of service to their community,” said Regional Fire Chief Terry Swan. Chief Swan has attended firefighting conferences with 3,500 delegates and can never recall having seen five firefighters honoured with 30-year awards at once. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event,” he said. “On behalf of the RDCK, I can’t express how grateful we are of these members’ incredible dedication.”

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DCK staff donned moustaches (natural and not) in November to boost public awareness of men’s health issues. At the RDCK head office, Development Services’ staff held a spaghetti lunch to raise money for prostate cancer research. “Initiatives like this raise awareness, money and Creston & District Community Complex staff left to right: Terri morale.” said Chris TalGoulder, Neil Ostafichuk, Brooke Cherfils & Christie Bullis bot, Administrative Assistant/Development Technician. “It’s also fun to see some of your usually cleanshaven colleagues with a new look!”

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RDCK Long Term Service Awards

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t the December meeting, Chair Kettle presented the following RDCK staff members with Long-service Awards:

- Grant Roeland, Chief Financial Officer - Ric Gerzey, Planner/Planning Technician - Linda Malakoff, Accounts Payable Clerk - Meeri Durand, Senior Planner - Jason Craig, NDCC Building Operations Supervisor - Jim Crockett, CDRC Manager of Recreation - Edward Gregorich, NDCC Facility Operator - Karol Glockner, NDCC Customer Service Representative - Shanna Eckman, Environmental Services Secretary - Joseph Feit, CDCC Facility Operator - Shari Thederahn, Area 3—Gate Attendant - Bronwen Wetter, NDCC Programmer—Aquatics - Andrea Peet, CDCC Programmer—Recreation - Christine Briggeman, CDRC Programmer—Rec & Aquatics

5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years 5 years 10 years 10 years 10 years 15 years 15 years 15 years 25 years

Congratulation to these fine employees for their service and dedication!

Left to Right: John Kettle, Ric Gerzey, Meeri Durand, Grant Roeland, Linda Malakoff and Shanna Eckman.

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Need Funding for your Organization’s Project?

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013 CBT Community Initiative and Affected Area Program – Call for Project Proposals The Regional District of Central Kootenay will be accepting 2013 project proposals for CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Area Program funding from January 14th to March 4th, 2013. RDCK electoral area residents and organizations are invited to make applications for funding through the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiative and Affected Areas Programs between January 14th and March 4th, 2013. Please visit the RDCK website at http://www.rdck.bc.ca/corporate/grants/ cbt.html for applications, forms and program information and more details on other CBT funding please visit http://www.cbt.org

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he Slocan Lake Stewardship Society will appear as a delegation at the January 17th Open Regular Board meeting. The Society will present the findings of the Slocan Lake Community Values Survey. The public is invited to attend.

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RDCK Fire Chiefs Association—Quarterly Meeting

he Regional District of Central Kootenay Fire Chiefs Association at one of its quarterly meetings. Members include RDCK Fire Departments, Municipal Fire Departments, the Office of the Fire Commissioner, regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team members and Ministry of Forests South-East Region Fire Centre. The group discusses common fire service issues. The current hot item is the adoption, in principle, of a proposed regional Firefighter accountability system, which provides standardized on-scene personnel monitoring. This system enables firefighters and First Responders to be tracked at an emergency scene, thereby potentially saving lives.

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almo & District Fitness Centre is pleased to be offering their first edition of their Leisure Guide highlighting all their planned programs for the Winter 2013 season! The hope is to bring awareness of the opportunities that exist within Salmo & Area G and this communication tool will be instrumental in making that possible. Salmo Recreation invites you to come out on Jan 10th from 6-7:00 pm to see the Nelson Rhythm Ropers and professional Hula Hooper Jen Cookson perform at the Salmo Secondary School Gymnasium. Admission is $2.50 per person or $5 for a family of 3 or more. Children 6 and under are FREE! Proceeds will go towards supporting our upcoming programs.

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Burn Smarter, Live Cleaner

Woodstove Exchange Program Heats Up for the Fourth Year in a Row!

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o you long to curl up in front of a warm and efficient woodstove this winter? If so, then the RDCK invites you to participate in the Woodstove Exchange Program. The program is open to residents of the RDCK and participating municipalities. Fifty rebates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Exchange your old, uncertified wood stove (pre-1994) for a new, EPA emission certified wood, pellet or gas heating appliance then dispose of your old stove at an RDCK waste facility to receive a rebate of $350. New stoves reduce smoke by 70% and use 1/3 less wood. Save money, burn cleaner and keep warm! For more information, please contact Vicky Issott at 1-800-268-7325 (ext. 8161) or email vissott@rdck.bc.ca Also, check out a more detailed description at: www.rdck.bc.ca

Q & A—Tipping & Trashing Is there a direct correlation between the tipping charges at RDCK sites and the prevalence of illegal dumping within the region?

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small minority of people dump illegally regardless of tipping fees. The RDCK takes this issue seriously, and within our mandate we have a number of ongoing initiatives related to mitigating the effects of illegal dumping. Others are planned as part of the implementation of the RDCK Resource Recovery Plan. Currently the RDCK Resource Recovery services comprising landfill, transfer station and recycling operations are funded through a combination of tipping fees and tax requisition. The “user pay” system of tipping fees means that those who generate more garbage carry more of the system costs for managing wastes. The application of tipping fees at waste facilities is a standard practice in most jurisdictions in North America and the RDCK has had tipping fees in place for at least the past 15 years. This user-pay approach also provides incentives for waste diversion and eliminates cross subsidization of activities within the waste management system.

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Disposal fees are reviewed on an ongoing basis by the RDCK Board and adjusted with consideration for budget requirements and/or policy objectives. Due to the fairness inherent in the user-pay system and the desire to maintain current taxation levels for Resource Recovery services, it is difficult to foresee a time when tipping fees would be eliminated at our facilities.

In 2010 the RDCK developed the Resource Recovery Plan, a comprehensive long-term strategy for managing the region’s waste. Development of this Plan included an extensive public consultation process and the public was directly invited to participate in plan development. In addition to identifying specific projects and development of our facilities, the Plan outlines a broader policy framework to assist in decision making and evaluation of programs and services. The Resource Recovery Plan includes the following statement: “The promotion of the user pay principle shall be incorporated into RDCK programming where feasible in order to reduce the portion of Resource Recovery system funding coming from tax requisition. “

Bulletin Board BOARD MEETINGS

HOLIDAY CLOSURES

January 17, 2013

9:00 a.m.

February 28, 2013

9:00 a.m.

The Nelson, Nakusp and Creston offices will be closed on the following dates:

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Nakusp Office: Dec 14—Dec 28

Rural Affairs Committee

Creston Office: Dec 24—Dec 28

January 16, 2013

10:30 a.m.

Nelson: Dec 24, 2012

February 27, 2013

10:30 a.m.

Nelson: Dec 25, 2012

East Resource Recovery Committee

Nelson: Dec 26, 2012

January 10, 2013 10:00 a.m. (Meeting held in Creston)

Nelson/Creston: Dec 31, 2012— closed at 2pm

West Resource Recovery Committee

Nakusp: Dec 31—closed all day

January 10, 2013

Nelson/Creston/Nakusp: January 1, 2013

2:00 p.m.

Central Resource Recovery Committee January 16, 2013

2:00 p.m.

Meetings are held at the RDCK Office 202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC

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RDCK Grants DISCRETIONARY

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Area A Crawford Bay Hall & Parks Board Creston Valley Bird Fest Committee

$1,000 $500

Area B K.C.C.S

$500

Area H WE Graham Community School

$1,000

$600

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Area A RDCK Sustainability Service $5,000 (Boswell Fuel Management Project)

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$750

Area E Balfour Senior’s Association $25 RDCK Sustainability Service $5,000 (Harrop Fuel Management Project) LVR Secondary School $1,300 Balfour Recreation Commission $3,000

Area F Nelson Curling Club LVR Secondary School

Area J Castlegar Novice Hockey

Lower Kootenay Bank Christmas Food Drive

$500 $1,500

Area H WE Graham Community Service $4,500 Society

Area J Apex Geoscience Consultants

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John Erickson (Deer Park) Ministry of Forests Tysig Ecological Research

$2,500 $1,500 $106

Area K Nakusp Secondary School Burton Seniors Branch Burton Community Hall Board Nakusp Public Library Summit Lake Ski Hill

$1,500 $1,000 $900 $1,800 $1,750

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Board of Directors Garry Jackman John Kettle, Larry Binks Andy Shadrack Ramona Faust Ron Mickel Hans Cunningham Walter Popoff Andy Davidoff Gordon Zaitsoff Paul Peterson Lawrence Chernoff Ron Toyota Greg Lay Karen Hamling John Dooley Ann Bunka Ann Henderson Leah Main Hillary Elliott

Area A Area B (Chair) Area C Area D Area E Area F Area G Area H Area I Area J Area K Castlegar Creston Kaslo Nakusp Nelson New Denver Salmo Silverton Slocan (Vice Chair)

Regional District of Central Kootenay Box 590, 202 Lakeside Drive Nelson, BC V1L 7B8 Phone: (250) 352-6665 Toll Free: 1-800-268-7325

HOW DO YOU SEE THE KOOTENAYS?

If you have taken a photograph that represents life in the Kootenays and would like to share it with the RDCK in this newsletter, please submit your pic to info@rdck.bc.ca It might appear in our new feature “The View from Here.” We’re on the web at www.rdck.bc.ca FRIEND us on

The Communicator is a monthly publication of the RDCK. Comments? Questions? Suggestions: Contact the editor at (250) 352-8166 or awinje@rdck.bc.ca

Editor/Writer: Anitra Winje

Designer: Angela Lund

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