Creston residents will soon get a break when they switch to low flush toilets to reduce water consumption.
Water Smart ambassador Claire Schadeli reported at the July 10 regular town council meeting that a toilet replacement program will be instituted. The Water Smart program is a partnership that includes the Town of Creston, the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Columbia Basin Trust.
Details of the low flush toilet rebate plan will be announced later this summer.
•Mayor Ron Toyota thanked Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church pastor Carl Sawler for his contributions to the community. Sawler, who attended the meeting to deliver the ministerial invocation, is retiring from this position.
•Creston Fire Rescue Chief Bruce Mabin was presented with a fire investigator certificate in the National Qualifications System. His training now allows him to conduct formal investigations into fires in Canada.
•A $250 donation to the Cops for Kids charitable foundation was approved, with money to come from the mayor’s discretionary fund. Toyota has been a regular fundraiser for the foundation when RCMP cyclists tour southeast B.C. to raise money and awareness for the foundation each fall.
•A letter from resident Michael Bunn, who chastised the town for paying for the advertising costs of a $1 annual land lease, will get a positive response. Couns. Gerry Schmalz and Scott Veitch led the discussion in agreeing with Bunn that people leasing small portions of town land should have to pay the advertising costs.
•The town will donate four shirts to the Creston Valley Rotary Club for the club’s annual Drive Fore Rotary golf tournament.
•A private donor is providing a bench to be placed on Cavell Street near Crestview Village.
•A letter of support will be sent for the City of Fort St. John’s efforts to encourage the federal government to continue funding infrastructure projects.
•Council voted to have staff proceed with the investigation and implementation of a plan that will allow councilors to participate in council meetings via electronic means. It will be stipulated that a majority of councilors will be required to attend in person in order to constitute a quorum.