Conservation officer urges Creston council to reconsider bylaw

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  • Aug. 20, 2011 4:00 p.m.

Conservation officer Arnold Deboon implored council to reconsider a bylaw to mesh with the efforts of the Bear Aware program.

“It is another way of increasing awareness in the public about what needs to be done to reduce bear activity in town,” he said.

Later in the meeting, Mayor Ron Toyota had to break a tie vote, sending the bylaw issue back to staff for further recommendations. Couns. Wesly Graham, Len Folkman and Jerry Schmalz opposed the action, which was supported by Couns. Joanna Wilson, Tanya Ducharme and Judy Gadicke.

•Marc Miller, who is monitoring parking in metered spaces and town lots, reported that July was much the same as June. On average, about 50 per cent of the spaces are in use and there is a high rate of compliance with the two-hour parking maximums posted.

•An amendment to the development permit for AB-BC Recreation and Resources Ltd. was approved unanimously. It provides the town’s approval for the addition of a restaurant and strip mall to the site on which a Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre is being constructed at Highway 3 and 3A. Approvals must also be received from the Agricultural Land Commission and Ministry of Transportation.

•Edward Jones, the investment company with an office in Creston, was given approval to rent Millennium Park for a presentation of investment information to women. The park will be closed for the occasion on Sept. 13. Approval was required from town council because the use contravenes regulations that prohibit the use of parks for commercial use.

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