How to protect Kootenay-Boundary heritage?
The City of Rossland’s heritage commission could form the basis of a new service in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) that would focus on protecting the region’s heritage, reports Arne Petryshen for the Rossland News.
Rossland is the only community in the RDKB that has an established heritage commission. Other communities are feeling the need to protect some of their heritage buildings but they don’t have the resources to do so. A service across the regional district might be the solution, though it appears there’s little appetite for the costs that would accompany a new regional district service.
“The impetus for the study came from the Greenwood director, because of the significant heritage sites in that area were being altered and there were no means in place to protect such sites,” [Rossland Councillor Kathy Wallace] said, having sat on the steering committee for the project. “When the study came to the RDKB board for receipt, it was well recognized that there was little support around table for instituting a new service with additional costs to the taxpayers.”
Source: Rossland News
Read more about the volunteer nature of Rossland’s commission at the Rossland News.
What do you think? Should heritage be protected? Could heritage assets serve as an economic driver for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary?