Creston, BC – May 8, 2020: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Council meetings will be held virtually and follow a modified meeting schedule (indicated below). Please note, that the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General passed a Ministerial Order regarding Local Government Meetings and Bylaw Process (Ministerial Order No. M139). This Order suspends the requirement to allow members of the public to attend an open meeting of Council or body while the provincial state of emergency is in effect. The Town of Creston recognizes that public participation in local governance is an integral part of providing good government. While public participation is currently limited by technological capacity and circumstance, all Council agenda packages will continue to be posted on the Town of Creston website prior to the scheduled Council Meetings and the minutes will be available upon adoption. To ensure transparency, local media representatives are invited to virtually attend Council Meetings and report out on proceedings. Any required public consultation on agenda items (e.g., development variance permits, amendments to the Official Community Plan or zoning bylaws) will be carried out in accordance with Ministerial Order No. M139.
New Life Church Drive in Church Service - The Town of Creston has been advised that New Life Church will be holding a drive in Church Service on Sunday May 10, 2020 starting at 11 am in the PCSS parking lot. New Life Church developed their plan in consultation with the Interior Health Authority and the Service will be held with attendees in their vehicles, adhering to Provincial and Federal guidelines.
REMINDER Online engagement tool for Columbia Basin Trust CIP/AAP grants (closes May 11, 2020): Public engagement is an integral part of the Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Program Funding (CIP/AAP) process. Normally, public input into the grant awards would be received at community meetings held throughout the region every April. Due to the current restrictions on public gatherings, staff from the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) have worked closely with Columbia Basin Trust to develop an online engagement tool to ensure the grant process moves forward. This tool will allow the public to give their feedback on proposed projects for the area in which they live.
Please note that the online engagement tool is not a voting system, but a way for the public to provide their feedback on projects they feel are most important to the area they live in. Once collected, all feedback will be shared with each area’s adjudication committee for their review and consideration. To participate in the public engagement process, please visit the RDCK website at http://rdck.ca/cip-aap by Monday May 11, 2020.