Telkwa council briefs

Telkwa council discussed the Cenotaph, spring freshet, music in the part and water and sewer rates.


Concerns in



Former councillor Jim Hiltz asked council to help establish a new committee of community members tasked with enhancing and renovating the existing cenotaph.

Coun. Rick Fuerst agreed and said he would be pleased to help in an  way.

Chief administrative officer Kim Martinsen said an application for up to $25,000 in restoration funds must be completed through a non-profit society and not the Village of Telkwa.

The matter was tabled for further discussion.

Spring Freshet

Deputy Fire Chief Randy Cunningham and Frank Doyle, (a former Telkwa resident now living in Smithers) apprised council on the status of the Bulkley Valley snowpack.

At 159 per cent of normal, this year’s snowpack is the same as it was during the floods of 2007.

Whether flooding occurs depends largely on weather, Doyle advised council, adding, the worst case scenario would be a combination of hot and wet weather.


Increase for

Music in the Park


The Telkwa Community Initiatives Society received a funding increase from council for Music in the Park.

Coun. Brad Layton moved that $1,000 be provided for all years the event is held.

Coun. John McDivitt seconded.

Acting Mayor Rimas Zitkauskas excused himself from the room as he is the treasurer for the TCIS.

Water and Sewer Rates set to Increase

Amendments to bylaws for yearly water and sewer rates, as presented in the 2012 budget, received first and second reading.

Rates for single family residences increase by 84.2 per cent to $504 up from $273.60 or $19.20 per month.

Retail/wholesale business 250-500 sq. ft. (46 sq. m) jump 51.4 per cent to $741, up from 489.60.

Other rates for restaurants, garages, schools, churches and offices inside residences can be viewed on the Village of Telkwa website at