Cranbrook brick building not yet free from demolition order

At council on Monday, June 23, city staff put forward four options to council with regards to the brick building — A, B, C and D.

Despite all of the support and fundraising that’s come about for the brick building behind Cranbrook City Hall, there’s still a demolition order hanging over its head — set to again take effect Aug. 14, 2014.

At council on Monday, June 23, city staff put forward four options to council with regards to the brick building — A, B, C and D.

“Out of the options presented here, it seems to me the simplest one would be Option A,” Mayor Wayne Stetski said. That option would again postpone the earliest demolition date to Jan. 15, 2015, to give the association the opportunity to reach a certain fundraising threshold.

Option B would rescind the March 18, 2013, resolution approving the demolition of the brick building, but leaves the original resolution from March 21, 2011 in place.  Option B would have to be done with Option C, which suspends the portion of the original resolution that deals with the demolition. That would stop demolition until a Heritage Altercation Permit is approved by council.

Option D is to wait until Aug. 14, 2014, the date when council can once again authorize staff to carry out the demolition.

Coun. Gerry Warner said according to the city staff report, there’s been a misunderstanding in how much the Cranbrook Heritage Association has raised. He noted the report states the association has raised only $100 on top of the $9,000 grant from Columbia Basin Trust, but has likely raised much more.

CAO Wayne Staudt said the city is only speaking to the amount of money that has been raised through the city hall drop off point.

In the report, staff also uses the original estimate of $134,365 for restoration by KLB Engineering. City administration did not include a later report done by Nelson Engineering Inc for Ken Haberman. That report was much more barebones as to what the building would need to be structurally safe, rather than a functioning building, as it is in the prior report.

“I remember the report we had from the association suggested $40,000 to do what they intended to do, not the $134,000 that was in the original report,” Mayor Wayne Stetski said.

CAO Staudt said that the higher cost amount is what it would take to get the building ready for some public use.

“If you want to take it to a point where it can have some use of it, it’s in the $130,000 range,” he said. “Any public use is going to require a much larger dollar investment.”

Coun. Denise Pallesen said the association needs to have a threshold, or it could go on and on.

“I think that (a threshold of) $20,000 or $40,000 is too low.

“So $20,000 is raised. Now what? What if they are not able to raise any more money?” she said. “I’m thinking more $50,000 or $75,000 as a fundraising threshold.”

Coun. Bob Whetham said that adapting the building for some other purpose is not an immediate concern, rather it is making it structurally sound in order the keep it in its current location.

“I think if we can find out what the threshold would be to make the building structurally safe … that being the figure that we should be looking at, because I think that represents what the city’s primary concern is,” Whetham said.

The city will be meeting with the association to get the fundraising information and will bring another report to council on Aug. 12.

Just Posted

The latest EKASS survey confirms a steady decline in substance use among EK youth over the years. (image compilation via Pixabay)
Latest survey shows steady decline in adolescent substance use over the years

Starting in 2002, the survey has been conducted every two years to monitor changes in substance use patterns, attitudes and behaviors amongst East Kootenay youth.

The Aquatic Centre at Western Financial Place.
Cranbrook Aquatic Center to close temporarily

The annual shutdown of the Aquatic Center at Western Financial Place will begin earlier than scheduled this year and does not have a defined end date at this time.

Residents line up outside the Vernon Recreation Complex for their COVID-19 vaccine Saturday, June 5. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
No appointments necessary for first dose COVID-19 vaccine: Interior Health

People can just show up at clinics, register on the spot and get the shot

1914
It happened this week in 1914

June 6 -12: Compiled by Dave Humphrey from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook History Centre and Archives

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry on Thursday, June 10, mentioned Grand Forks among two other COVID “hot spots” in B.C. Photo: Screenshot - YouTube COVID-19 BC Update, June 10, 2021
PHO Henry says West Kootenay city is a COVID ‘hot spot’ in B.C.

There are 11 cases of COVID-19 in the Grand Forks local health area, according the BC CDC

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read