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Council looks to revisit re-establishing Sunday transit service

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
October 9th, 2011

The issue of Sunday transit service could be re-opened in City council this Tuesday night as a letter from Coun. Donna Macdonald is asking City staff to explore options to provide Sunday transit service.

Coun. Macdonald is asking for council support in their regular meeting Tuesday, 7 p.m. in council chambers, on either providing Sunday transit service by the City or provided through a partnership with a community organization.

Her letter also requests that an update be provided to council by Nov. 7.

Other items of note on the agenda

Placing an Nelson Regional Sports Council sign on the north side wall

The Nelson Regional Sports Council (NRSC) is proposing to place an NRSC sign on the north side of the Civic Centre between the two back entrances to the arena.

The sign would include that the building is City owned and NRSC operated. The sign may be painted directly onto the wall.

The sign has yet to be designed as the NRSC is requesting approval in principal prior to incurring further expense.

The NRSC has been operating the Civic Centre since 2005, a mutually beneficial relationship for the City of Nelson and the NRSC. Last year the Civic Centre celebrated its 75-year anniversary and the NRSC constructed a number of memorabilia displays within the Civic to celebrate the event.

Further upgrades continue through their efforts, including: the west wall being painted, concourse lighting upgraded to enhance Sports Museum areas, seat removal from north side concourse and installation of railings, exposed seven north wall windows, glass replacement/updated and re-installed.

The proposed sign on the exterior would be one more upgrade to the facility and would improve the aesthetics of what has become the most used entrance for the building.

Greenhouse House Gas (GHG) Reduction Plan

Fiona Galbraith, the City’s Corporate Climate Action coordinator, and Alex Love, general manager of Nelson Hydro, will be providing an update on the GHG Reduction Plan.

Energy savings from projects that have already been implemented by the Fire Hall and Nelson Hydro resulted in $2,200 and $3,000, respectively, of yearly savings. The total capital cost estimate for the 2011 phase of the GHG Reduction Plan is approximately $450,000 with an estimated yearly energy savings of $72,000.

St. Saviour’s Hall

On Sept. 6 council gave first and second reading of two bylaws to redesignate and rezone the former St. Saviour’s Hall to enable changes to the permitted uses of the existing building at 501 Carbonate Street.

The applicant held a neighbourhood meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10 and the application was reviewed by the Advisory Planning Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 16. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 11.

Staff is recommending that the application be given third reading after the public hearing and that the final approval of the rezone be held until the applicant has registered a covenant on title to limit the scope of the veterinary practice to prohibit the overnight boarding of healthy animals.

The applicant has made an application to rezone the property at 501 Carbonate Street in order to legitimize the existing office use, assembly use, and theatre use, retain the residential use currently permitted by the Apartment Residential, R-3 zone, and permit a veterinary clinic.

The applicant is proposing to relocate a veterinary clinic from the 700 block of Vernon Street to the main floor of the northern portion of the building and allow for the possibility to convert the existing hall to a residential use in the future.

The office space used by the francophone society would remain untouched at this time, as would the theatre and assembly hall space.

The OCP designates this property as Institutional and therefore an amendment to a Mixed-Use designation would also be required to support the proposed uses.

To address noise concerns raised, the applicant has provided correspondence indicating that she would voluntarily enter into a restrictive covenant which would prohibit the overnight boarding of healthy animals.

Lions Park Plan including Upgraded Baseball Diamond

Nelson Baseball Association is putting forward a proposal to upgrade the existing baseball diamond at Lions Park.

Nelson Baseball Association (NBA), Lions Club and City of Nelson Parks Department have worked together to ensure the proposed baseball diamond fits within the overall plan for the park.

Registration for Nelson baseball has increased in the past five years which is the opposite of the national trend. Nelson baseball had about 80 players in 2005, went as high as 120 in 2010 and dropped to 106 in 2011.

The Nelson Baseball Association is divided into three age groups:

  1. Nelson Eagles Youth Baseball – ages 5 to 8 year old players in the t-ball and rookie baseball divisions. 46 players on 4 teams
  2. Nelson Little League – ages 9 to 12 year old players in the Little League Major and Minor divisions. These teams play an interlocking schedule with the West Kootenay Baseball Association. In 2011 Nelson Baseball had 49 players on 5 teams. Grand Forks, Castlegar, Trail, Beaver Valley and Nelson make up the WK baseball Association
  3. West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball – Ages 13 to 17 year old players in the International Babe Ruth Baseball association play in a West Kootenay interlocking schedule. In 2011 Nelson had one team of 11 players.

The facility currently used is the Queen Elizabeth Park diamond. The facility is used by all 10 NBA teams. The field is shared with the LVR High school teams, Nelson Slow-pitch league teams and a Senior Men’s team in the Kootenay XBL league.

Due to the lack of scheduling times available to fit all users on the diamond, the Eagles baseball players have moved to the Lions Parks and Lakeside Park diamonds and some of the practice times for the Little League have moved to Lion’s park. Games are played at Queen Elizabeth Park for Little League, Babe Ruth, High School, Senior Baseball and Nelson Slow-pitch.

Queen Elizabeth Park is outfitted with lights enabling Slow-pitch games to be scheduled in the evenings thereby reducing conflict with the younger players. The two Lakeside diamonds are the home for the majority of slowpitch league games, however, it has become evident that the two baseball diamonds are not sufficient for the entire league schedule.

Slow-pitch and Nelson Baseball have both looked into locations for additional diamonds in the past.

In 1999 the Nelson and District Baseball Association set up a committee lead by Mr. Tim McGauley to raise money and look for a second baseball diamond location.

Over $25,000 was raised from local businesses and individual donators. That money has increased to approximately $40,000 over the past 11 years through grants and interest. It has been difficult to locate a suitable location close to the city so the project has been temporarily postponed.

A new board was elected in 2010 and revisited this project. It was proposed by coaches and parents that development of a new diamond at Lions Park would be the perfect location.

Public hearings

Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in council chambers, City Hall

501 Carbonate Street

The former St. Saviour’s Hall at 501 Carbonate Street is slated to accommodate a veterinary clinic, theatre, office, assembly use and residential use.

2102 Creek Street

The project would have 12 townhouse units in four separate buildings, three of them with secondary suites attached.

15-unit Creek Street development set for public hearing

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