Illegal camping overnight stays are increasing
During the summer there was an increase in illegal overnight camping in the community, the Golden Council heard at its Nov. 15 meeting.
A law enforcement report for July through September 2022 said the increase was due to the overnight closure of the Trans Canada Highway.
Most violations occurred along the levee at Kicking Horse Drive. Additional overnight parking was on private lots along Kicking Horse Drive and Fisher Road. Examination of the statute revealed that in most cases, overnight camping took place without the knowledge or consent of the landowners.
Illegal camping has also been seen outside of Golden, on Kicking Horse Drive just before the bridge, on crown land adjacent to Reflection Lake, and in Keith King Memorial Park.
Law enforcement also dealt with 56 violations of the city’s irrigation ordinance between July and September.
Officials issued 52 warnings and used informative door hangers and spoke to homeowners to ensure they understood the watering guidelines.
Sponsorship under budget
Golden Council approved more than $5,500 in sponsorships for multiple community groups in 2022.
The largest sponsorship ($875.29) went to the Golden Kicking Horse Alpine Team for their ski swap to help pay for the Rec Plex rental. Other sponsorships included the Golden Light Horse Club (Delbert Johnson Memorial Race – $500) and the Golden Rockets Golf Tournament (hole sponsorship – $500).
The council also provided a $500 scholarship to the Golden Secondary School. Total sponsorship contribution for 2022 was $5,565.29 on a budget of $7,500.
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