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.
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.
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.
February 13, 2018
Grand Forks, BC – The City of Grand Forks will demolish its building at 7212 Riverside Drive to avoid paying an estimated cost of over $300,000 to rehabilitate it. A March 2017 report outlines the defaults found in the building during a review of roofing leaks. The ongoing leaks damaged the wall insulation, exterior sheathing, cladding, windows, and doors. These would need to be replaced in the south portion of the building in addition to a complete roof replacement. Council voted to retire the building instead.
The building is located adjacent to Sugimoto Park and a community trail runs behind the building above the Granby River. The City owns much of the land on the downtown side of the confluence of the Granby and Kettle Rivers – the “grand forks”. Most of it is vacant with some benches and lights along the trail. Last fall, community members led a cleanup of the riparian area after becoming concerned the garbage being left by camps set up along the river. The future of the demolition site and the other parcels is undetermined at this time, but a report will be coming to Council this spring outlining some options for this area and other City owned parcels.
Please contact City Hall with any questions.
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