Briefs from the Oct. 11 Creston town council meeting:
•Council voted to support a request from AB-BC Recreation and Resources to open Ricky’s All Day Grill an additional hour on Friday and Saturday nights, until 1 a.m. The restaurant is being constructed as part of the Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre currently being built at the intersection of Highways 3 and 3A.
•Council voted to support the Lower Kootenay Band’s (LKB) application for an Aboriginal agriculture initiative proposal that would expand agriculture on the LKB reserve.
•Town staff will help co-ordinate a community proposal to get a Columbia Basin Trust grant for youth activities. The grants are for $100,000 per community spread over a four-year period.
•A grant application will be made to Tire Stewardship BC to cover half the cost of installing a coloured rubber surface on the Rotary Splash Park in Centennial Park. The surface, with an anticipated eight-year life, would eliminate the need for the twice-yearly non-slip coating application the concrete surface now gets at a cost of $5,000 a year. The town’s cost of the overlay would be $17,500.
•Council gave Coun. Wes Graham approval to attend a meeting he has arranged with the Minister of Transportation later this month. Mayor Ron Toyota will also attend, along with town manager Lou Varela, who will be in Vancouver on a course at the time. The meeting is to discuss Highway 3 realignment to Cook Street.
•Coun. Judy Gadicke reported that the abandoned mineshaft in the Bayonne Creek area that her husband, Ken, fell into with his snowmobile last winter has now been filled in. The Ministry of Energy and Mines contracted with Hedlund Construction to seal the exposed shaft and the work was recently completed, she said.