Look to Kelowna for panhandling example, Nelson Chamber says | The Nelson Daily

Nelson’s Downtown Chamber of Commerce has asked City Council to take steps to address problems caused by street people in the city, saying they are hurting business and the city’s reputation.
In a letter to Council submitted during the May 12 at the Committee of the Whole meeting, Director Cal Renwick called on the city’s government to tackle the problems that are taking away from Nelson’s “clean, welcoming, interesting and unique downtown core”.
Those problems include “parking congestion, aggressive panhandling, loitering, open drug use, drug dealing, and graffiti”, Renwick writes.

Balfour residents go to polls to determine water system upgrades | The Nelson Daily

Balfour residents are going to the polls in June to vote in a referendum to determine the direction the community wants to take regarding the water system upgrades.
Monday, more than 65 residents attended a public meeting as Regional District of Central Kootenay staff presented information about the project goals, finances, and proposed water rates.

City moves to prop up paving program with parking meter rate rise | The Nelson Daily

With parking space already at a premium in the city’s downtown, the premium people pay to park is now going up.
City council approved third reading on a change to the per hour rates they charge for metered parking, increasing the cost by 25 per cent, from $1 per hour to $1.25.
There is certainly a range of other issues regarding parking and the condition of city roads that need to be discussed at the council table, said Coun. Michael Daily, but the rate rise for parking was not one of them.

Kootenay Columbia MP says softwood lumber dispute could have been avoided | The Nelson Daily

Like many of you, I was shocked and dismayed by the Trump government’s attacks on our softwood lumber industry.
If you haven’t been following this story, here’s a brief summary:
An American trade tribunal, pressured by American lumber companies, decided that because Canadian forests are on crown land the government is providing an “unfair” subsidy to our industry. As a result, President Trump – who only a few months ago pledged his support for trade with Canada – decided to punish us with duties of up to 24 p

Lemon Creek class action suit can proceed, court says – Nelson Star

Robert Kirk and 2,500 other people will get their day in court.
The BC Supreme Court on May 3 gave the go-ahead to a class action suit by the Slocan Valley farmer on behalf of all residents affected by the Lemon Creek fuel spill.

Fifty-two downtown businesses call for action from Nelson council – Nelson Star

Downtown businesses have had enough.
Fifty-two of them signed a full-page ad in the Star last week, asking city council to hold off with large-scale planning until some more basic issues are dealt with.

Ymir residents decry planned watershed logging – Nelson Star

It’s about a kilometre from his house.
These days few people have intimate knowledge of their watershed, but Ymir resident Jason Leus can drive to the collection pond that provides water for his entire 400-person community in about four minutes.
The pond — which is significantly smaller than an average 25-metre swimming pool — is located on a burbling stream called Quartz Creek on the other side of the Highway 6. It features a dam and a small intake system that feeds their nearby treatment facility, which was built in 2008.

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Be Flood Prepared | Regional District of Central Kootenay

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is asking residents to be aware of expected heavy rains and possible rising lake and river levels which could result in flooding.

Parking stalls added, fees increased – Nelson Star

New parking stalls are coming, as are increased meter fees after city council gave the never-ending issue its full attention Monday.
The city is hoping to add 27 new stalls around downtown by the end of the month by repainting parallel lines to angles.

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