Spall buying into carbon offsets

Master sewer plan opportunities, noise prevention bylaw finally adopted

The Township of Spallumcheen has entered into a memorandum of understanding with a local company to purchase carbon offsets.

A one-year deal has been reached with Passive Remediation Systems Inc.

Carbon offsets includes things like planting trees to replace ones chopped down. The chopped trees are taken to a plant and converted into wood chips.

“We will purchase offsets from Passive Remediation Systems as long as the offsets offered are accepted by the Green Communities committee and an agreement to finalize and purchase and sale agreement for the offsets is reached,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh.

The Green Communities committee reviews and determines if the offsets offered in the market meet the province’s requirements.

The committee won’t do such work unless a provider has an MOU with local government to purchase offsets.

The final Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program report, which looks at municipalities’ carbon neutrality in 2013, had to be submitted by Friday to be eligible for a carbon tax rebate.

In 2013, Spallumcheen emitted 315.8 tonnes of carbon, down from the previous year.

Freeman-Marsh anticipated the township will receive about $12,000 for its rebate.

Master plan

The township hopes to get together with the City of Armstrong to discuss master sewer plan opportunities, similar to the deal the neighbours reached over water.

Council is currently reviewing the city’s master sewer plan.

“The potential is there for the township to do as much as we did with water initiatives by discussing this matter,” said Spallumcheen administrator Greg Betts. “The ponds and many of the works are already in Spallumcheen. There is a need for more effluent and there’s probably a demand in the township.”

Council voted unanimously to direct staff to start discussions with Armstrong staff.

Bylaw complete

The first two readings of a proposed noise prevention bylaw in Spallumcheen were read on June 2, 2008.

Nearly six years later, the bylaw has now been adopted.

It took a lot of time, research and tweaking before council was able to give final reading of the bylaw which, except for construction emergencies and some exemptions like emergency services, prohibits residents from making loud noises or causes any noise that disturbs the peace before 7 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

No construction shall start before 7 a.m. or after 8 p.m. unless there’s an absolute emergency threatening life or safety.