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March 2008 – Newsletter

March is shaping up to be a busy month, with plenty of action in Rossland at work, the snow melting rapidly, and a couple of big events.

One of the big themes at the moment in my life is Emergency Preparedness. As one of the managers in the City, I am responsible for part of the coordination during an emergency. On the 6th of March, I am observing a scenario being run by the Regional District of Central Kootenay, in Nelson. I hope this is a good opportunity to see how things are done differently in this part of the world.

Family Happenings

On the 8th of March, I have three big events on, and it’s lucky that they are all close to each other. Firstly, I am judging at the regional science fair. I judged at the School District level last year and really enjoyed interacting with the kids and teaching them something about science in the real world.

After this, as it is Engineering Week, the local APEGBC branch is holding a popsicle stick bridge competition. At this stage it looks like Robyn and I will submit a bridge, and we’re hoping that Eden can use her creative genius to compete in the junior category.

While the judging of the bridge competition is on, I’ll have to duck across to the airport to pick my mum up. She’s visiting us for almost a month from Australia, so we’re hoping for  some good weather to be able to show her around.

Development News

On the development front around the Kootenays, Red Resort has applied for Preliminary Design Review on an 18 lot subdivision (the first phase of approximately 70 lots), at the base of the ski hill. With some innovative trail and lift arrangements, this development should grow into a pleasant neighbourhood in the next couple of years.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.