Castlegar’s Property Maintenance Bylaw

Castlegar City Council mis close to adopting a new property maintenance bylaw, which will require owners to keep theiir propoerty free from noxious weeds, insect infestations and rubbish. Additionally, sidewalks will become the property owner’s responsibility to keep clear of snow, dust and debris; and boulevards in general must be kept in a safe and tidy condition, including mowing grass and trimming trees and shrubs.

Major Industry Taxes and Rural BC Communities

Over at the Castlegar Current, there is some venting over the unpaid property taxes owed the City by Mercer for the Celgar Pulp Mill site. Briefly, Celgar decided not to pay it’s property taxes and requisitions for other levels of government to the City of Castlegar by the deadline in August 2009. Now the battle is going to […]

Municipalities on the Front Line of the Economy

While the Federal Governments in the US and Canada throw stimulus money to the wind, the Municipalities are on the front line of debt, foreclosures and real service cuts. Here’s a sample of my reading list from this week on this topic.

The Infrastructure Game

Last week the Province of British Columbia announced that the Coquilhalla, (previously the only toll road in BC), was to become toll free. As if this doesn’t sound like a pre-election ploy to build popularity… BCLocalNews.com – Community News Papers from across BC Online “Removing the tolls on the Coquihalla Highway puts money back in […]