Wednesday April 23, 2014

Council Briefs: FireFit crew shows off its hardware

Shawn Davidson speaks to City council Tuesday about awards for the FireFit team.

The Kamloops Fire Rescue/New Gold FireFit team suited up and gathered in council chambers Tuesday to be rewarded for their strength and endurance.

Dale McRoberts, president of the Scott FireFit Championships, handed a large wooden trophy to the Kamloops/New Gold crew for winning the overall championship, and a glistening cup to Graham MacKenzie for the relay event.

FireFit has been held for 20 years, and a Kamloops team was in the top-five in the debut year, McRoberts said.

Firefighter Shawn Davidson said the crew is all local; those who aren’t from Kamloops are from the area nearby.

They train by working out an hour a day on their shift among their regular duties, as well as hitting the gym on their days off and doing two full practices a week.

Funeral arrangement service goes to public hearing

There won’t be services, cremations or embalming, but a company wants to set up a funeral arrangement service at 905 Seymour St.

City council voted Tuesday to put the application to a public hearing. City community development manager Randy Lambright said staff feel it’s a suitable use given it provides a unique specialty service but won’t be as busy as a typical funeral home. There are other personal service businesses in the area.

Bodies will be kept there before being sent elsewhere for embalming or cremation.

The application comes from the owners of North Thompson Funeral Services, which operates in Barriere and Clearwater.

An addition is planned for the single-storey house on the lot that will increase the height to two storeys.

New treatment system means new staff

City council gave the go-ahead Tuesday for five new utilities staff to help operate the new sewage treatment plant.

The vote was more an exercise than necessity, as council had already supported the hirings in the budget.

City utility services manager Mike Firlotte said the new plant, which will be up and running in spring, will run seven days a week, 12 hours a day instead of the current five days a week, from nine to five.

The five positions will cost $460,000, but the City has included it in the $1.327 million estimated for additional operational expenses with the new system.

Firlotte said the hiring request went to council as a formality.

The new plant has potential to be used for training with Thompson Rivers University students, similar to the City’s water treatment plant, he said.

Residents have already had a rise in their utility rates, spread over a few years, to cover the cost of borrowing for the plant and the increase in operational costs.

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