Two keen residents are dusting off a shelved report about trails throughout Warfield and will help make referrals to council in moving forward with a five-year plan.
With help from councillor John Crozier, Raymond Masleck and Livio Allegretto have been appointed to a new committee that is dedicated to developing trails in the village.
“It certainly amazes me that there is a lot of people in the community,” said Warfield Mayor Jim Nelson when asked about residents interested in hiking local trails.
A consultant previously mapped out community trails and other non-motorized routes for Warfield, but the work was pushed to the side because the village was too busy dealing with its water.
The report highlights village trails that connect with the Trans-Canada trail and ones in Rossland.
Though some councillors were initially hesitant about holding council meetings while some of their residents are still at work, Warfield council has decided to start its first meeting of the month earlier in the day.
“Why don’t we just give it a try, and if it doesn’t work out then we can go back to our regular time?” said councillor Donna Baggio at last week’s meeting.
Village council meetings are on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, with the first one at 4 p.m. in council chambers and the second sticking with a 7 p.m. start time.
Before moving ahead with a self-funded amalgamation study, Trail and Warfield were looking for approval and some direction from the provincial government.
They have recently learned that the province supports their plans so long as the project is undertaken within the same footprint as the combined existing municipalities, in other words, a true amalgamation rather than a restructuring to include additional territories.
“My understanding is that a parallel exists in local history with the amalgamation of Tadanac and Trail,” wrote Marijke Edmondson, director of the local government structure branch for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
“In fact, this is a good step forward, as a happy union between Trail and Warfield would simplify the situation that has been the subject of restructure study for so long.”