Smithers Age Friendly Assessment & Action Plan 2016
In early 2016 the Town of Smithers applied for and received funding through UBCM’s BC Healthy Communities’ Seniors Housing and Support Initiative Age Friendly Planning grant program to carry out an Age Friendly Assessment and Action Plan.
In the summer and fall of 2016 Access Smithers and four independent contractors carried out an assessment and drafted this action plan. The Town of Smithers requested the assessment and action plan, focus on outdoor spaces, sidewalks, trails, public buildings and municipal recreation infrastructure as well as current town policy and plans.
This age friendly assessment and action plan will be helpful in developing implementation strategies, prioritizing municipal projects, budgeting for improvements and allocating staff for the identified and recommended improvements. Engaging the local community through surveys, direct outreach and meetings helped to identify priority areas and tested our assumptions about accessibility in Smithers.
Smithers' Age Friendly Assessment & Action Plan 2016 is the result of community engagement, surveys, meetings and discussions with seniors and stakeholder groups in the community.
The plan is divided into the following sections:
The Background - introduces the age friendly community concept and the role of local government.
The Assessment - reviews the current status of Smithers based on public statistics, survey results, detailed assessments and public feedback on the municipality’s outdoor spaces, sidewalks, trails, public buildings, recreation infrastructure and policies/plans. This section includes top recommendations for each location and general recommendations for the Town.
The Action Plan - takes the recommendations from the above focused assessment, identifies priority areas and suggests action steps as well as indicators for success.
Bulkley Valley Airshed Management Society:
Bulkley Valley Airshed Management Society encourages you to sign up to their new service that provides air quality notices to be sent directly to your phone/ email by clicking on the link: http://aqadvisories.ca
Province of British Columbia:
The Province issues air quality advisories when pollutant concentrations approach or exceed predetermined limits, or when degraded-air-quality episodes are expected to continue or worsen.
Advisories are issued in order to:
inform about degraded air quality;
address smoke from wildfires, and associated heat and water quality issues;
help people make informed choices about reducing their exposure to elevated concentrations of air pollutants;
affect emission reduction actions (such as a limit on industrial emissions and/or wood stove use); and
provide vulnerable individuals and the general public with health advice developed by BC health agencies.
Please click on the following links for more information:
New Library & Art Gallery Concept Design & Business Case Project
The Town of Smithers is currently completing a “Library & Art Gallery Concept Design & Business Case”. The project includes stakeholder/community consultation, program refinement, concept design (both for a new building & Veteran’s Peace Park redesign) and a business case analysis. The facility is to meet Passive House Building Standards or BC Energy Step Code Level 5 and be a maximum of 12,000 ft2.
There are two public Open House events for the community to brainstorm, discuss & provide ideas for a new shared facility and park redesign.
Open House #1: Concept Development
July 25th, 2018
4 – 6:30 pm (5 pm presentation)
Smithers Municipal Office (1027 Aldous Street)
Open House #2: Concept Refinement
August 20th, 2018
4 – 7:30 pm
Smithers Municipal Office (1027 Aldous Street)
Smithers Council identified the development of a new Cultural Centre as one of its Strategic Priorities for 2015-2018. In 2017 the Town engaged the services of Public Architecture + Communication to complete a Bulkley Valley Arts & Culture Centre Pre-feasibility Study. The study identified potential tenants, uses and produced high level conceptual design options for a new multi-purpose facility. In consultation with the community, Smithers Council endorsed a phased approach to a preferred concept, which envisions a new shared Library/Art Gallery facility in Veteran’s Peace Park being the first phase.
Supportive Housing Project – 3896 Railway Ave. at Queen Street
BC Housing is preparing to construct a 24-unit Supportive Housing facility at 3896 Railway Ave, at the corner of Queen St. in 2018. The land is owned by the Town of Smithers; BC Housing will enter a 40-year lease with the Town. Smithers Community Services Associaiton will become the operators of the facility.
Bulkley Valley Arts and Culture Centre Pre-Feasibility Study
The Town of Smithers is completing a “Bulkley Valley Arts & Culture Centre Pre-Feasibility Study” to identify tenants, uses and programming for a new Bulkley Valley Arts & Culture Centre to be located in the historic Central Park of Smithers. The study will also be used to create a clear picture for the overall vision and concept for a new Bulkley Valley Arts and Culture Centre.
October 2017 Update: Join Smithers’ Mayor and Council in a Town Hall Forum on October 19, 2017 (6:30 pm at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge) to discuss the present and future of key arts and culture facilities.
September 19, 2017 Update: At this public meeting, Council met with potential future tenant groups and discussed the findings from the pre-feasibility study and next steps.
August 22, 2017 Update: A public meeting was held to discuss next steps in the planning process. Council directed Staff to schedule a meeting with potential future tenants (September 19, 2017) and a Town Hall Public Forum later this fall (October 19, 2017).
June 20, 2017 Update: A public presentation to Town Council was held at Council's Chambers on June 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Based on feedback to date, the consultants presented an analysis, which considered three sites in Smithers: 1) Central Park; 2) Bovill Square, and; 3) Veteran's Park and current Library site.
May 2017 Update: A public open house was held at the Farmer's Market on May 20th, 2017, that asked the community members to comment on the workshop deliberations (ideas and relationships of uses within the proposed facility) as well as, share their vision for the park itself. Please click here for more information.
The Bear Facts: This is the season when bears are well into their hyper-eating phase of the year. They’re all focused on a final push to gain weight for the winter, notably to store a thick layer of fat that they will need for energy and warmth, and for female bears to give birth to and nurse their cubs. Don’t let attractants around your home lure bears into conflicts with people. Here are a few tips for the season:
Remove and secure garbage and other attractants including pet food, birdseed and livestock feed. Store these in a secure area such as your basement or an enclosed garage.
Pick fruit as soon as it is ripe. If fruit falls on the ground, pick it up daily. Some fruit can be picked early and ripened indoors.
Remove bird feeders when bears are active.
You can help to create a safer community for people and bears.
For detailed information about preventing conflicts and staying safe around bears, cougars and other wildlife visit
Conservation Officer Service: To report a serious wildlife conflict, call toll free 1-877-952-7277.
The Bear Facts: It Takes a Community to Keep Bears Wild By Debbie Wellwood
A flurry of reports to the BC Conservation Office Service, and the actions taken, indicates that this year is shaping up to be a bad year for conflicts between people and bears in the Bulkley Valley. But the outcomes for the remainder of the season bears are active need not be undesirable, or even disastrous, for people or bears. Most conflicts with bears are preventable. But it takes an engaged and dedicated community to keep bears wild.
In a given year, various factors can contribute to an increase in the frequency and intensity of conflicts between people and bears, such as a decrease in well-used natural food sources like berry crops or salmon runs that they usually rely on, or an increase in the number of young bears that have recently left their mothers, and are learning to find food on their own.
With the unusual weather this year, the odds are that some berry crops will be poor. It’s a bad mix for people and bears when bruins are challenged to find natural foods, and people offer up easy alternatives. Late summer and fall are typically the most challenging time of year for human-bear conflicts in the Bulkley Valley. So if major actions are not taken now, the situation could get much worse. If everyone who reads this recruits their friends and neighbours, and asks them to pass these messages along too, maybe, just maybe, we can turn what’s looking like a rough year into one that’s worth celebrating.
Here are a few tips to get you started:
Garbage: Store garbage in garbage bags in a sealed garbage bin in a secure building. Put garbage out for pickup in the daylight hours on the morning of pickup. Don’t let it sit outside overnight. Wash garbage bins frequently.
Bird Feeders: When bears are active, take bird feeders down, and store bird food in a secure building.
Gardens & Fruit Trees: Harvest vegetables and fruits as soon as possible. Don’t let fruit fall and sit on the ground.
Pet Food: Store pet food in airtight containers in a secure building. Feed pets indoors. If you feed pets outdoors, remove leftover food as soon as they are finished.
Barbecues: Burn excess grease off the grill. Wash the grill after each use. Clean all areas where grease is trapped. Ideally, store your barbecue in a secure building like an enclosed garage. Otherwise, use a barbecue cover, and store it in a sheltered area that is out of the wind.
WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAM
WATERING RESTRICTIONS AS PER BYLAW NO. 1811
The Town of Smithers wishes to remind all residents that water restrictions are in force from April 15 until October 31 for residents on Town water supply only.
Water sprinkling is permitted on:
ODD numbered addresses – on ODD numbered days
EVEN numbered addresses – on EVEN numbered days
These restrictions are required to ensure that adequate water supply is available for fire fighting purposes, and to keep the costs of delivering water to a minimum. Further restrictions may be imposed if required.
Hand sprinkling of flowers and shrubs with a controlled nozzle is allowed at any time.
The Town of Smithers thanks you for your assistance in the sensible and moderate use of water.
The black bear is a long-time resident of Smithers and one of our most prevalent forms of wildlife. As Smithers continues to develop and encroach on wildlife habitat, the need for people and bears to coexist safely increases. Whether you're hiking the Perimeter Trail or strolling through the neighbourhood, you may encounter a black bear.
Black bears are most active from mid-March to November, but may remain active during the winter months if non-natural foods are available. Their constant search for new food sources may draw them into Smithers’ urban areas and into your backyard. The residents of Smithers have chosen to live in harmony with their bears. We strive for our community to be porous to bear activity, so that bears can pass through, but are not tempted to stop and get into trouble with people and their non-natural attractants.
Bears live to eat, consuming up to 25,000 calories a day (10 times more than the average person). While they prefer natural vegetation, they will eat almost anything and will do almost anything to obtain food. Smithers is located in the midst of prime bear country. Therefore, we all have to be extra careful with what we leave accessible to bears.
Bears have a keen sense of smell. They are attracted by scents as diverse as vinyl and citronella. Bears learn quickly and will repeat behaviours that lead to food rewards. Carelessly stored garbage, birdfeeders, or an unclean barbeque are open invitations to bears. Bears in pursuit of an easy meal may damage property or, in rare cases, cause injury to people. Paying attention to common household activities will reduce encounters and contribute to creating a more Bear Friendly community. Encourage your friends and neighbours to participate as well.
You can keep your neighbourhood safe and prevent the unnecessary destruction of bears by following these simple guidelines:
Bear safety at home
Respect bears! If you see a bear in a residential area, act responsibly!
Remain calm - Often the bear is just passing through, and if it finds no food, will simply move on.
Keep well away - Do not crowd the bear – give it plenty of space. Warn others to be respectful; bring small children and untrained pets inside.
Let the bear know it is not welcome - Do not allow the bear to feel comfortable in your backyard. After, ensuring the bear has a safe avenue of escape, make lots of noise to encourage the bear to leave. After it has left the area, remove any non-natural foods that attracted the bear.
When to call for help
Call the R.A.P.P. Line (1-877-952-7277 or text to #7277) to report:
(1) A bear sighting in any human-developed area; (2) A human-bear conflict; (3) Property damage caused by a bear; or (4) Wildlife attractants such as garbage.
You have an important role to play in preventing conflict. Be aware that your behaviour does have an impact.
What can you do to help reduce human/wildlife confrontations?
Keep garbage securely stored prior to disposal – minimizing odours.
Dispose of household garbage in Town of Smithers supplied garbage containers. Ensure garbage is fully contained within container and only placed on street the morning of scheduled garbage collection.
Do not store food of any kind outside, even if it is inside a locked refrigerator or freezer.
Don’t leave trash, groceries, pet food, coolers or any odorous items in your vehicle. Bears can easily pry open car/truck windows and doors to access the food inside.
Ensure birdfeeders are inaccessible to bears. Fallen seed should be removed daily before nightfall.
It’s best not to have any fruit-bearing trees/bushes or gardens on your property. If you do, harvest fruits and vegetables as they ripen. Remove fallen fruit from the ground below the tree. Keep your lawn mowed and free of weeds, especially dandelions and clover.
Burn your barbeque clean immediately after use, wash and store it covered out of the wind – preferably indoors (without the propane tank). At minimum, remove the grease can and store it securely indoors.
Feed your pets indoors and store their food inside. Don’t leave dog bones lying around your yard.
Keep your compost clean and odour free.
If you raise chickens on your property, ensure enclosure is secure and that chicken feed is not accessible to wildlife.
A few useful resources...
WARP is the Wildlife Activity Reporting Program. When a wildlife sighting/confrontation occurs, residents can report it using the R.A.P.P. number (1-877-952-7277 or text to #7277) Once a report has been filed, it will appear on the WARP Provincial map. You can log on to WARP using the link below and see what types of animals have been reported in your geographic area. By clicking on the individual animal, you can see additional information such as; Type of contact, sighting, injured, distressed, aggressive, as well as, what follow-up actions were taken by conservation.
Follow the link below marked “getting started with warp” and follow directions to register with WARP. Registered users can then subscribe to location alerts in their geographic area which can be sent to an electronic device.
Wildsafe BC is an excellent resource for information and education regarding all types of wildlife that live in our area. Check out the “brochures” tab for useful information on each individual species.
2017 Saw a marked increase in the number of wildlife sighting/confrontations in and around the Town of Smithers. In an effort to try and reduce any negative impact this may have on wildlife and our citizens, the Town of Smithers is taking an enhanced role in educating the public.
The Prevention and Community Safety Officer (PCSO) and volunteers of the Smithers Community Policing Office will be distributing notices outlining “best practices” to homes that openly exhibit wildlife attractants on the property.
Reasons for issuing a notice may include;
Garbage that is not completely contained within the Town supplied bins, garbage that is put out to the road prior to your specified garbage collection day, un-harvested fruit trees with ripened fruit, accumulation of fruit on the ground, easily accessible pet or animal food (including bird and chicken feed), accumulation of odorous compost or other vegetative material, any food stored outside.
The BC Wildlife Act specifically prohibits the feeding of bears and many other predatory animals. Residents can receive a fine issued by BC Conservation Officers for feeding or providing attractants to animals.
The Town of Smithers does not currently regulate providing animal attractants in it’s bylaws. There are a number of Bylaws that regulate activities that may result in wildlife conflicts. Repeat offenders may be penalized for failing to comply with these regulations. Please review the following bylaws for more specific information;
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Report 2017
The following Report meets the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) requirements to publicly report the work the local government is undertaking to reduce both corporate and community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the current year and intended actions for the following year.
Home > News & Notices > News Release - “New” Town of Smithers Emergency Notification System
News Release - “New” Town of Smithers Emergency Notification System
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2018
TOWN OF SMITHERS KEEPS CITIZENS SAFE AND INFORMED WITH THE NEW TOWN OF SMITHERS EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
Residents and Businesses Can Sign Up to Receive Emergency Alerts Critical Communications, Service Change Notifications and More!
SMITHERS, BC — The Town of Smithers is now working with Everbridge, a provider of unified critical communications, to keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public notifications. The Town of Smithers will launch the new Town of Smithers Emergency Notification System on Tuesday May 22nd.
Powered by Everbridge, and managed by the Town of Smithers, this system will provide a way to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts by clicking on the sign up for notifications button on the Town of Smithers website.
The Town of Smithers will use this new system to alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as service disruptions, water utility maintenance and civic events. Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact paths — cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, pager and more, to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information.
“We have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we need to reach our residents as quickly and reliably as possible,” said Keith Stecko, Fire Chief for Smithers Fire Rescue. “The Everbridge emergency notification system allows the Town of Smithers to disseminate this information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it the most.”
Register for the new Town of Smithers Emergency Notification System starting Tuesday, May 22nd at www.smithers.ca. If you do not have access to a computer and would like to register, call Smithers Fire Rescue at 250-847-2015 (extension 2).
The Resource Benefits Alliance was formed to seek a share of revenues that will flow to government from future development. This revenue would enable communitiies to address current impacts arising from major resource development, service and infrastructure deficits in communities and to leave a legacy in Northwest British Columbia.
Home > News & Notices > Public Service Announcement: Emergency Preparedness “How to Prepare in the Event of an Emergency”
Public Service Announcement: Emergency Preparedness “How to Prepare in the Event of an Emergency”
#2017-05 For Immediate Release
July 11, 2017
Preparing for an emergency is important and something everyone should do. Here are three simple steps to help prepare your family to face a range of emergencies:
1. Have an emergency kit – Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Your kit should include:
3 day supply of water & non-perishable food (for every person and pet)
flashlight & batteries
battery-powered or wind-up AM/FM radio
first aid kit
seasonal clothing & footwear
toiletries & medications
cell phone, charger & out of area contact card
local maps & cash in small bills
copies of important documents
2. Make a plan – Every household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do if disaster strikes. Make a plan, share it with your family and practice your plan.
3. Stay informed – In an event of an emergency, listen to local radio. Information on where to gather and safe routes of exit will be shared on the radio, online media and the Town website www.smithers.ca.
Information on how to make an emergency plan and suggestions for what goes into a basic kit, can be found on the Prepared BC website at www.gov.bc.ca/PreparedBC.
For more information, contact Smithers Fire Rescue at 250-847-2015.
Thank you for being prepared!
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Home > News & Notices > “Climate Change: Effects and Predictions for Smithers and Area” presentation by Dr. Mel Reasoner
“Climate Change: Effects and Predictions for Smithers and Area” presentation by Dr. Mel Reasoner
On October 7, 2016, Dr. Mel Reasoner delivered the presentation "Climate Change: Effects and Predictions for Smithers and Area" in Smithers.
Dr. Reasoner holds a PhD in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Reasoner's research focused on past climate change and vegetation history in western North America and he taught courses in weather and climate, climate change, paleoclimatology and geology.
He directed an international initiative (sponsored by the Swiss Academy of Science) that focuses on global change issues in mountain regions worldwide and became involved in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as a lead author of a chapter that examines atmospheric conditions and trends in mountain systems.
Over the last 7 years, Mel contributed to the Columbia Basin Trust’s 'Communities Adapting to Climate Change Initiative' as a member of the technical support team and delivered many climate science presentations for this initiative.
He is currently working as a climate consultant in the Nelson area for Climate Resilience Consultants (CRC) and has delivered workshops like this one in about 30 communities.
The first thing you need to do when water conservation is suggested is to assess your property and make decisions about lawns, plantings and water use.
Re-think your lawn. Perhaps your priorities have changed and you can do with less lawn. Irrigated lawns require five times more water than other landscape plants and although it is the least expensive planting initially, in the long run it takes far more in maintenance time and cost than other plantings and is the largest drain on outdoor water.
If reducing or eliminating your lawn is not an option, make sure your grass is growing where it will thrive. Many homeowners try to maintain grass where it simply does not grow well. Even in the best of watering conditions, grass is not the best choice under trees, on steep slopes, along paved or cemented areas or where there is heavy foot traffic. There are alternatives to grass: plants; ground covers like kinnikinick (dried leaves and bark of various plants); and hardscaping with bricks and pebbles.
You may need to prioritize which of your plants will receive the most water. If your garden is small enough, watering by hand or with a hose equipped with a shut-off device should not be difficult. However, if your gardens are extensive, you may not be able to adequately care for all vegetation with hand watering and may wish to consider a micro/drip irrigation system. If you already have an in-ground irrigation system, you can convert it to micro system. To make outdoor watering work, you should determine which plants are most susceptible to stress or are most valuable in terms of replacement cost, prominence in the landscape and enjoyment.
Examine all garden areas to make sure that plantings are grouped according to water requirements. You may need to move or adjust plantings to make their water needs match; placing water guzzlers next to water sippers is inefficient. Place plants with high water requirements in areas that receive water naturally, like drainage ways, depressions or at the bottom of hills.
Lawns normally go into a summer dormancy when regular rainfall decreases and temperatures increase. They stop growing and often turn brown. This is a normal process and does not mean the lawn will die. In dry weather, keep off the lawn as much as possible. Grass blades become brittle without water and are more easily damaged.
How much water?
Lawns need only 25 mm (1 inch) of water per week, including rain. Longer, infrequent watering will help to develop deeper, healthier roots. Keep your grass two to two and half inches high and you will help the soil retain moisture and reduce evaporation from sunlight and wind.
Aerate your lawn
Aerating promotes grass roots to absorb all the natural moisture that is available. Aerating also lets air flow into the soil and provides the grass roots with oxygen. You can aerate simply by stabbing the lawn with a gardening fork or by renting a powered aerator.
De-thatch you lawn.
Thatch is the layer of organic matter that forms between the blades of grass and the soil. A thin layer of thatch can be beneficial, preventing evaporation of water from the topsoil. Too much thatch can be harmful and can rob the roots of the oxygen and water needed for healthy growth. Remove the thatch from your lawn at least once a year, using a rake, a thatching attachment on your mower or a thatching machine.
A well-balanced soil that is properly watered should not need fertilizer. Don’t give your lawn too much fertilizer, as it might outgrow its soil limitations and watering regime. Avoid applying fertilizer, herbicides or pesticides during the dormant period.
Consider replacing some areas of the lawn with low-growing ground covers or herbs. Another alternative is to cover parts of your garden with hardscape made from natural or synthetic materials, such as flat rocks, flagstones, concrete, asphalt or compact gravel.
Keep mower blades sharp to avoid tearing the grass.
Don’t cut wet grass
Set mower height to leave 50 to 65 mm (two to two and half inches)
Leave grass clippings to decompose; they act as mini-mulch to reduce evaporation.
Flower and Vegetable Gardens
About 70 to 80 per cent of all plant problems are directly related to incorrect watering.
Water around the base of plants slowly and deeply — moistening the top 4 to 6 inches of soil — at least once a week. Light, frequent watering is harmful because it encourages shallow root growth and enhances germination of weed seeds. You can check the soil wetting depth with a screwdriver or stake.
Water plants early in the morning to avoid evaporation from the sun and wind.
Watering in the middle of the day increases the amount of water lost to evaporation by as much as 40 percent.
Consider installing drought-tolerant native plantings. A drought-tolerant plant can survive with very little, if any, artificial watering or irrigation once it is established. Natural rainfall is usually enough for these plants, if they’re growing in the right habitat (i.e. one similar to their natural habitat), and they can usually survive weeks of dry weather.
Plants with gray, fuzzy, waxy or finely divided leaves are also considered drought- tolerant. Perennials like daylilies, flax, pinks, bellflowers and peonies thrive under dry conditions. Annuals like cosmos, sage, mallow and California poppies are also drought-tolerant and provide season-long colour in your garden. Check with your garden centre for further suggestions.
Mulching around plants reduces the number of weeds (which compete for water) and conserves soil moisture and moderates soil temperatures. The recommended depth for mulches is 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm). Good mulches are straw, bark, gravel or wood chips.
Trees and Shrubs
When watering trees and large shrubs, water around the drip-line of the tree (area below the branches where water drips from the leaves) — not at the trunk. A great way to water trees is to use milk or water jugs. Fill with water and poke small holes about 8 in the bottom of each. Place these around the drip line of each tree. The water seeps out slowly into soil near the roots, where the tree needs water the most.
Avoid heavy direct watering by hose, which can wash away soil, exposing the roots to pests and disease, and making shrubs and small trees more susceptible to blow down.
Keep turf at least two feet from the trunks of young or newly planted trees as it will compete with the trees for water. Consider applying mulch in this area.
Weed regularly. Weeds will compete with your plantings for moisture.
Consider installing a micro/drip irrigation system. These systems can be tailored effectively to individual plant and garden needs. During even the most stringent water conservation measure, micro and drip irrigation systems can be used to water flowers, trees, shrubs and vegetables.
Make sure hoses are in perfect condition. A hose delivers about 27 litres of water per minute so a leaking hose or coupling can add up to significant water waste.
Use nonporous containers like glazed pots, as they are more efficient at retaining water. Also, use larger containers (pots 10 inches (25 cm) in diameter and larger) as the larger the volume of soil, the slower it dries. Nest smaller pots inside larger ones and insulate the space between the pots with potting soil. This will keep the roots cool and will slow down evaporation.
Consider collecting and recycling water by installing rain barrels outside of your home. Installing rain barrels at the downspouts of your eaves troughs is a great way to collect rainwater to use on your planters or in the garden during our dry summer months. Make sure each barrel has a secured lid to prevent children gaining access; this also will discourage breeding mosquitoes, prevent contamination and keep out wildlife. You will also need an overflow attachment and hose attachment for watering.
The Town of Smithers has been working with Alpine Village Estates to re-establish the closed section of the Town’s perimeter trail that was on Alpine Village Estates property adjacent to Chicken Creek.
In the spring of 2014, this portion of the trail was closed to the public due to creek bank erosion and land slippage undermining the trail. It was determined that the Alpine Village Estates storm sewer caused the bank erosion and slippage. As a result the Town of Smithers discharged the Right of Way that permitted the Town’s trail to cross the Alpine Village Estates property and closed this portion of the trail.
The Town has offered to pay the legal costs to re-establish the Right of Way and re-build the failed portion of the Town’s perimeter trail at an estimated cost of $40,000 for fencing, legal fees, engineering and construction. This would allow that section of the Perimeter Trail to be re-opened to the public and to be maintained by the Town.
Unfortunately the Town of Smithers has been unable to come to an agreement with Alpine Village Estates on the offer to re-instate the closed portion of the trail. The Town acknowledges that this section of the Perimeter Trail is very important public infrastructure and will seek to assess alternate options.
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SAGA Releases “Smithers 2014 Homelessness Council Findings Report”
The “Smithers 2014 Homelessness Council Findings Report” report represents the findings of a mixed-methods research project commissioned by the Smithers Action Group Association (SAGA) to identify the number of homeless individuals in Smithers, the issues facing them and their service housing needs. An additional component of this report is a small survey conducted with individuals potentially facing housing affordability issues or at risk of homelessness who were accessing meal programs in Smithers. The Smithers Homeless Count was conducted on November 28, 2014. The Count provides an estimate of the Smithers homeless population on one day – November 28, 2014. It also provides results of key informant interviews, and the results of a survey of two meal programs hosted on November 28 and 29th, 2014.
Notice to All Builders & Developers - Building Setbacks
The Town's Zoning Bylaw specifies the required building setbacks from the property lines. Due to recent building setback errors during construction, the Town of Smithers will be strictly enforcing the following sections from the Building Bylaw No. 1673:
9. Applications for Complex Buildings
22.214.171.124 Location and dimensions of all statutory rights of way, easements and setback requirements;
10. Applications for Standard Buildings
10.1.3.3 Location and dimensions of all statutory rights of way, easements and setback requirements;
17.4.2 Prior to placing any concrete for the footings or foundations, the owner or authorized agent shall notify the building official and request a site visit to document the various aspects of the foundation and where in the opinion of the building official, the siting regulations may be contravened, the owner shall provide a site plan per 9.1.3 or 10.1.3.
For clarification, the site plan noted above must be provided with all building permit applications. The Building Inspector will not require a second site plan be provided, but may require that a legal surveyor or qualified professional perform a site visit to confirm the foundation wall formwork is not encroaching into required yard setbacks from the property lines. In these cases, approval to proceed with pouring the concrete foundation wall will not be given until the setbacks are confirmed. In the case of preserved wood foundations, the setbacks must be confirmed similarly, before the Building Inspector approves further construction.
Mark Allen, P.Eng.
Director of Development Services
Now available, Smithers' Community Profile, for access to a wealth of information on the community's labour market, employers, land availability, taxation, and infrastructure. Click here to view the 2012 Smithers Community Profile.