City of Revelstoke looking for interest in three industrial park lots

Briefs from the July 10, 2012, meeting of Revelstoke city council.

Three lots in the industrial park are being put up for sale by the City of Revelstoke.

Revelstoke council gave approval for staff to seek expressions of interest for the purchase of three city-owned lots along Powerhouse Road.

However, there was a debate over how the sales should go down, sparked when councillor Tony Scarcella said the words ‘firm price’ should be struck from the request for expressions of interest.

Scarcella said the city should be willing to negotiate on price if a prospective buyer had a plan for the lots that would create jobs.

Alan Mason, the city’s Director of Economic Development, said the reason a firm price was being asked was to make sure  any offers received were serious.

Steve Bender sided with Scarcella but the rest of council disagreed with his amendment and the request for expression of interest went out as is.

The lots are 0.32 hectares, 0.369 hectars and 0.678 hectares in size respectively.

CEEP and DEEP approved

Council approved the Community Energy and Emissions Plan and District Energy Expansion Plan at its meeting last week.

The plans set out a path for Revelstoke to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and expand the district energy system. The plans set a goal of an eight per cent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2020 and 15 per cent by 2030.

The plans will now go through a public process of being adopted into the city’s Official Community Plan.

Revelstoke Crossing land swap approved

A land swap between the city, province and a developer received the go-ahead from council last week.

The swap would see land change hands between the province, city and Big Bend Development Corporation, which is planning a hotel and restaurant development along the Trans-Canada Highway near where the Subway restaurant is.

The swap would lead to changes in the road layout in the area and moves the development one step closer to breaking ground. The swap still needs approval from the province.

No insurance in case of terrorism

The City of Revelstoke has decided to take its chances with terrorism to save a bit of money on its insurance premiums.

We’re not sure where Revelstoke ranks on a list of terrorism targets (though both Revelstoke and Mica Dam made a list of potential targets), but if someone did decide to make a political statement by blowing up city hall, the city would not be covered due to recent changes to the B.C. Insurance Act that exclude fires caused by acts of terrorism from coverage.

According to a staff report, it would cost the city about $4,600 to upgrade its insurance plan, but since staff deems the risk “low.”

So, would be terrorists, we’d appreciate it if you could not target Revelstoke, since we really can’t afford to pay for the repairs out of pocket.

Not to mention the death and destruction would be horrible.