CSRD residents are getting a break on fees to dispose of sand bags and flood-related debris. -File photo

Flood victims get break on tipping fees

Columbia Shuswap Regional District directors voted to give some landfill and transfer station users a break on tipping fees for disposal of sand bags and flood-related debris.

Residents can take these items to the landfill and dispose of them without charge.

Due to the unusually large quantity of sand bags distributed during the 2017 freshet and the significant amount of debris deposited in lakes that are now piled up on beaches below the high water mark in the Shuswap and elsewhere, the province agreed to reimburse some landfills for the cost of the disposal of these items, said Darcy Mooney, manager, Operations Management, in a report to the CSRD board.

“Although the province is reimbursing costs associated with the flooding events, it will not cover tipping fees unless the local facility is owned by a third party,” he told directors at the July 20 board meeting in Salmon Arm.

Tipping fees for debris collected through programs in the City of Salmon Arm and the District of Sicamous will be a recoverable expense at qualify for reimbursement, even though they are deposited at CSRD landfills.

But because the regional district owns and operates all local landfill facilities, it cannot take advantage of the provincial program in Electoral Areas C, E and F.

The province is unwilling to consider the regional district’s request to have its tipping fees reimbursed, despite the fact staff have explained that CSRD landfills are operated on a cost-recovery, user-pay model rather than by taxation.

“The only option available to electoral area residents to take advantage of this program is to have the tipping fees covered through grant-in-aid funds,” he said.

Directors agreed unanimously and approved a maximum of $7,500 from the Electoral Area C South Shuswap grant-in-aid fund, $5,000 from the Electoral Area E Rural Sicamous grant-in-aid fund and $5,000 from Area F North Shuswap.

Just Posted

Update: Police expand search in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Examination continues in Silver Creek, while another search happens between Salmon Arm and Enderby

Who is Curtis Sagmoen?

The Observer reveals what we know about the man attached to the Silver Creek property where human remains were found

Human remains found at Silver Creek property

RCMP have been searching the property in the 2200 block of Salmon River Road for the past three days

Search at Silver Creek property enters third day

A portion of the property has been cordoned off with black landscaping fabric

Man in custody linked to Silver Creek property search

Police are not saying how this search is related to Curtis Wayne Sagmoen’s current criminal charges

VIDEO: Sears liquidation sales continue across B.C.

Sales are expected to continue into the New Year

WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues

A golden opportunity

Orthodontist offers sweet deal for the pocketbook

VIDEO: Oprah Winfrey and a celebrities attend ‘B.C. Miracle Concert’

Fundraiser featured Foster, Steven Tyler, The Tenors, Matteo Bocelli, Laura Bretan, Carly Rae Jepsen

New B.C. acute care centre opens for young patients, expectant mothers

Facility aims to make B.C. Children’s Hospital visits more comfortable

Search ramps up for B.C. woman after dog, car found near Ashcroft

Jenny Lynn Larocque’s vehicle and dog were found in Venables Valley, but there is no sign of her

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

UBC medical students learn to care for Indigenous people

Students in health-related studies to take course, workshop to help better serve Aboriginal people

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Most Read