For Sale: Highway Commercial Property

This is a PUBLIC NOTICE, pursuant to Section 26 of the Community Charter, of the intention of the City of Grand Forks to sell a Highway Commercial zoned property at the corner of Central Avenue and 25th St.

The property is legally described as:

Lot A, Plan KAP83258, District Lot 520, S.D.Y.D.

Lot A Plan KAP3258 DL 520 SDYD

Council has deemed this property as excess to the needs of the City and wishes to dispose of the property.

The lowest price that will be accepted for the property is $275,000 plus any applicable taxes.  Property Purchase Tax will be payable at the time of conveyance.  The Purchaser will be responsible for all costs of transferring the title of the property.  The lowest or any offer may not necessarily be accepted.

Sealed offers, identifying the prospective purchaser’s name, address, offer price and a development proposal, together with a certified cheque, or other form of payment acceptable to the City, in the amount of 10% of the offer price, representing payment of a deposit, will be accepted at City Hall, 7217 – 4th Street, P.O. Box 220, Grand Forks, B.C., until the close of business at 4:00 p.m., on November 3, 2017.

Inquiries regarding the property should be directed to Dolores Sheets, Manager of Development & Engineering at 250-442-8266, extension 60116.

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Public Notice Electrical Outages

Power Outage September 24

Areas 1 and 2 on the map below will experience a power outage 5am – 11am Sunday September 24th while FortisBC is performing maintenance on their substation. Thank you for your patience.

Watering restrictions Sept 2017 blue

Stage 3 Water Restrictions

The City will be implementing Stage 3 Watering Restrictions effective Monday September 11 because of the provincial drought levels. We’re asking for the cooperation of all residents as we try to reduce our water demand by fifty percent. During the month of August, the City distribution system (all residents and businesses) used 321,360 m3 of water – equal in volume to 129 Olympic swimming pools. It’s estimated that only about 100,000 m3 or 1/3 of peak summer demand is used indoors with the remainder used mainly for irrigation.

Stage 3 – once a week watering

For those consumers connected to the City of Grand Forks water system, outdoor sprinkling is limited to the following days and times. Even numbered civic addresses: Watering is only permitted on Saturdays. Odd numbered civic addresses: Watering is only permitted on Sundays.

Manual Sprinklers – From 7:00 am until 9:00am and From 7:00pm until 9:00pm

Automatic Timed Underground Sprinklers – Either From 12:00 am (Midnight) until 4:00am or From 7:00am until 9:00 am & from 7:00pm until 9:00pm but not both.

No person shall fill a swimming pool, hot tub, garden pond or decorative fountain at any time; or, wash a vehicle or boat with water.

Flower gardens, vegetable gardens and newly planted lawns and landscapes may be hand watered at any time using a hand held nozzle.

Any sprinklers running Monday to Friday will be out of compliance with the restrictions and subject to bylaw enforcement.

The Kettle River Watershed is now at Drought Level 4 which means that the watershed is experiencing extremely dry conditions where the water supply is insufficient to meet socio-economic and ecosystem needs.

The City will be doing its part in contributing to conserving water by:

  • Not watering parks (except the Cemetery, James Donaldson and the Central Ave boulevards will be reduced by 50% of the current watering schedule)
  • All other major park sprinkler systems have been shut off except for tree zones and landscapes
  • Not engaging in any water distribution and sanitary system flushing unless there is an emergency

The Bylaw Enforcement Officer will continue to enforce watering restrictions by:

  1. Leaving a red warning flag on the lawn
  2. Issuing fines for non-compliance

Despite using groundwater to supply the water system, the aquifer we draw from interacts with and affects the Kettle River. Our water supply is not at risk of failing at this time but the Kettle River is approaching critical low flows and fish habitat is at risk of drying up or becoming too hot. We all bear responsibility for the impact we have on the environment and the City is being proactive in reducing water demand.

Council Meeting Chambers


The Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for Monday, August 21st, 2017 has been cancelled. The August 21st Regular Meeting is still scheduled for 7:00pm.

The next COTW & Regular Meetings are both scheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.

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Public Notice Electrical Outages

Power Outages

Starting on the afternoon of July 19th, 2017 the power system that feeds some of the downtown core, Riverside Drive, customers on the Granby and at Valley Heights experienced a breakdown causing the power to turn off momentarily. The suspected cause was quickly located and fixed. City crews then realized that there was another breakdown that was not easily identified, causing more momentary power outages. Through the next few days, efforts were focused on identifying the cause of these additional outages. On Sunday July 23rd, 2017 the problem was found and fixed.

The City has put steps in place to help prevent this type of failure in the future.

Any questions or comments?

 (250) 442-4148 or