City of Fernie

An Evacuation Alert has been issued for 11 properties in Hosmer after Mine Creek surged again this afternoon.

Fernie Search and Rescue on a flood-related rescue on Cokato Road, November 15, 2021.

Cokato Road remains closed between the 4500 block and Morrissey due to flooding and muddy debris in more than one location.

The RDEK is paying tribute to one of its long-time Fire Chiefs as he moves on to a new chapter in his fire services career.

It’s UBCM week, a week that I look forward to all year long. Just like so many organizations that were looking forward to being together in person, we had to move through the disappointment of one more virtual convention. Somehow though -despite online fatigue -we have 900 delegates online with us!

The City of Fernie has been awarded $127,000 in funding through the Columbia Basin Trust Economic Recovery Initiative. The project, developed by Fernie Fire and Emergency Services will employ eight people for the length of the project and create “shaded fuel brakes” in the community. One on 4.2 hectares near St. Margaret’s Cemetery, and one on 1.6 hectares near Mount Fernie Provincial Park.

The City of Fernie, in partnership with the Fernie Trails Alliance (FTA), has been awarded $1,619,000 for segment 1B of the Fernie Valley Pathway (FVP).

Last night I couldn’t have been more thrilled that we adopted a new Animal Responsibility Bylaw. It might not sound exciting, but I can assure you our bylaw officers have been looking forward to June 14 (yesterday) for quite some time!

The City of Fernie adopted a new Animal Responsibility Bylaw at the most recent Regular Meeting of Council. The new bylaw is modeled after the BC SPCA’s Animal Responsibility Model Bylaws that promote best practices for a tiered approach to aggressive, vicious, and dangerous dogs as well as provisions for animal welfare, control, licensing, duties of animal owners, penalties, and enforcement.

On August 14, 2017 Council received a report from the late Lloyd Smith, our Director of Leisure Services on the condition of our public works building. For those of us in the room, it was startling. 

“A number of buildings located at the public works yard have not been maintained adequately over the last thirty years. In 2016, the Quonset building was decommissioned after engineers identified structural issues. These issues had been previously outlined in a report completed and supplied to the City in 1997 but were never addressed.”