Council Releases Letter-of-Intent with BC Housing

Grand Forks City Council Authorizes Release of Letter-of-Intent with BC Housing

Grand Forks, BC – May 30, 2019 – Grand Forks City Council has authorized the release of the Letter-of-Intent signed with BC Housing regarding the Supportive Housing project.
BC Housing purchased the lot at 7382 2nd Street last summer with the intention of constructing a building to offer Supportive Housing.
Following public feedback regarding the 2nd Street location, the previous Council endeavoured to determine alternate locations for BC Housing to consider for the Supportive Housing project. Several properties were proposed, but for a variety of reasons none were deemed suitable for the development.
In mid-March 2019, the current Council made a strategic purchase of four lots (“lots A-D”) on the south side of Dick Bartlett Park. At the time, the intent was to provide options for long-term planning to include possible public green space and road access to the 52-unit Affordable Housing development on 19th Street.
In further discussions with BC Housing, Council resolved to offer lots A-D on 70th Avenue as another possible location for the Supportive Housing project. BC Housing was receptive to considering this location, subject to suitable rezoning of the properties. A Letter-of-Intent was signed by Grand Forks City Council and BC Housing on May 10.
Key points in the letter include:
• the relocation of the project from 2nd Street to 70th Avenue is contingent on rezoning passing final reading and adoption by the end of June,
• the City purchasing from BC Housing the lot at 2nd Street for their purchase price, plus costs incurred in preparing that development, should the zoning change on 70th Avenue pass,
• provision of a long-term lease to BC Housing for the properties on 70th Avenue, and
• BC Housing paying Development Cost Charges for servicing lots A-D, with the City partnering 50/50 on servicing costs.
A public hearing on the proposed zoning amendment will be held at City Hall on Wednesday, June 5 beginning at 3:00pm.
The proposed zoning amendment (Bylaw 2039-A6) passed the first two readings at the Council meeting on May 21, 2019, triggering a public hearing process scheduled for June 5. Council’s consideration for 3rd Reading is on the agenda for the next Regular Meeting of Council on June 10.
The Letter-of-Intent dated May 1 (but executed May 10) is attached to this release.



Official Declaration of Election Results

The Chief Electoral Officer has released the official declaration of results for the 2018 municipal election.

Her declarations are filed with Elections BC and CivicInfoBC, and are copied here:

Congratulations to mayor-elect Brian Taylor, and councillors-elect Rod Zielinski, Neil Krog, Chris Moslin, Zak Eburne-Stoodley, Cathy Korolek, and Christine Thompson.  The inaugural meeting of the incoming council will take place on November 5, 2018.


Notice of Election by Voting

Public notice is hereby given to the electors of the City of Grand Forks that an election is necessary to elect a Mayor and six Councillors.

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Grand Forks asset management tool receives Honourable Mention at 2018 Community Excellence Awards

September 17, 2018

Grand Forks, BC – The City of Grand Forks received an Honourable Mention for its Sustainable Service Delivery tool in the Excellence in Asset Management category at the 2018 Community Excellence Awards. The annual awards showcase local governments that push the field of local government forward with better ways of achieving success in their communities. The Sustainable Service Delivery tool was developed over two years and first used by the City in 2017. It shows how well the City is delivering its services according to benchmarks in every part of its operations from finance to parks.

“The SSAT gives me the information I need to make budget and service level decisions” said Mayor Frank Konrad. “I can look at the department’s score and know when to dig a little deeper and ask the manager about why they are under performing or really doing a good job.”

The ratings are divided into two categories, Current Performance and Preparedness for the Future, and then summarized into a sustainability indicator. Overall, the City’s performance showed some room for improvement, with the highest scores coming in Fire Protection and the water utility. The lowest scores were in Drainage and Flood Protection, and Solid Waste. Although the scores can be compared with each other and across municipalities, the main benefit to the City is highlighting how to improve individual services.

Left to right: Scott Shepherd, Urban Systems; Councilor Christine Thompson; Councilor Chris Hammett; Councilor Julia Butler; Graham Watt, City of Grand Forks.

flood alert 2018

Evacuation alerts issued, water levels forecast to rise to highest since 1948

The RDKB Emergency Operations Centre issued evacuation alerts to virtually all properties in the Kettle and Granby River floodplain. People are asked to be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.

A floodplain-wide evacuation alert is in place because water levels in creeks, rivers and lakes are expected to peak at record high levels the next 24 to 36 hours.

As water levels peak, high water could cut off road access to many properties in the floodplain, even if individual homes may not be directly threatened by flooding. Without overland access, emergency responders will be unable to reach residents and residents will be unable to reach emergency services. Lack of access and egress is a threat to life and safety.

An evacuation order means residents must leave the area immediately and report to the closest reception centre, which for Grand Forks area residents is the Grand Forks Curling Rink. If residents refuse to evacuate, they elect to forego any response by emergency services, including police, fire, ambulance or search and rescue.

An evacuation alert means residents need to pack and be ready to leave immediately if flood conditions worsen and an evacuation order is required for public safety. During an evacuation alert, residents need to gather essential items, move important belongings to higher locations in their homes, arrange to move pets or livestock, arrange for alternate accommodation for themselves and designate a meeting place for family or others away from the evacuation area.

Waters continue to rise in the Kettle River, West Kettle River, the Granby River and Boundary Creek in the Boundary Region in southern British Columbia. Forecasts for precipitation and warm temperatures at high elevations will hasten snow melt in the coming days.

Read more on the RDKB website.

Cannabis survey 2018