City council briefs: electric vehicle charging station; liquor license endorsements; wood to fuel presentation; Nels Nelsen Crescent

Highlights of the Oct. 10 city council meeting included unveiling the location of Revelstoke's first level 2 electric vehicle charging station, liquor endorsements for Monashee Spirits and Quartermaster Eatery, and approval for the first road at Mackenzie Village to be named Nels Nelsen Crescent.

Josh and Jenn McLafferty at the Monashee Spirits Distillery on Mackenzie Avenue. The new craft distillery opens in mid-March 2017. Photo: Eliisa Tennant

Electric vehicle charging station to be located at First Street parking lot

Revelstoke is one step closer to having its first ‘level 2’ electric vehicle charging station. Council gave approval for the First Street Parking lot to be the location of the new electric vehicle (EV) charging station. In addition $10,500 will be allocated in the 2018 budget which includes $1,000 in annual operating costs. A full copy of the report to council can be read here.

Nicole Fricot, director of community economic development said the First Street parking lot was chosen as it would be the least impacted by the loss of parking spots.

“This parking lot will be the least affected by this kind of thing,” said Friot.

The city plans to install two EV charging stations to start with the potential to expand for a total of four stalls.

The recommendation from staff came after a presentation by Patricia Dehnel of Accelerate Kootenays this past May (read our previous story here). Dehnel requested council consider installing level 2 EV charging stations to support the development of an EV charging station network throughout the Kootenay Region.

The historic McKinnon Block building at 111 First Street West in downtown Revelstoke’s heritage district has been extensively remodeled into The Explorers Society Hotel, and the Quartermaster Eatery, which opened in 2017. Photo: Eliisa Tennant/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Council supports issuing entertainment endorsement to Quartermaster Eatery

Revelstoke city council gave its approval to recommend the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch issue an entertainment endorsement to the Quartermaster Eatery’s food primary liquor license.

The patron participation entertainment endorsement will allow patrons to stand and mingle on the floor areas and includes more participatory types of events such as dancing, karaoke, and stage acts.

“It was news to me that a food primary license doesn’t allow those wonderful things. You can only do that in a liquor primary establishment or with this public participation endorsement,” said Nigel Whitehead, director of planning.

One nearby business did express concern over a lack of parking spaces.

“Parking is the main concern for me. Customers are already circling the block looking for parking during business hours,” Arvid Zakary of Revy Realty wrote in an email to council.

Whitehead said the endorsement should not have any impact on parking.

“Parking was addressed at the time of development permit and business licensing of the property,” he said.

At the tasting bar at Monashee Craft Distillery. Photo: Eliisa Tennant

Monashee Spirits could soon offer cocktails for patrons

Revelstoke city council is supporting Monashee Spirits application for a lounge endorsement through the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. The endorsement would allow the craft distillery to provide an onsite cocktail service. Currently Monashee Spirits is only able to serve small samples as part of its manufacturing license.

Mayor Mark McKee asked about the maximum occupancy. The report presented to council showed a total of 42 persons on the main floor, but with the fire department recommending a maximum occupancy of 30 people.

Co-owner Josh McLafferty was present at the council meeting and was able to provide insight for the recommended occupancy load.

“We have a 42 person occupancy for the main floor but that includes staff in the back manufacturing area as well. The front section is just the tasting room now, that’s where the 30 person occupancy falls,” he said.

Workers sort lumber at the Downie Street Sawmill in Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

City asks for RCFC, Downie Timber’s input on possible feasibility study explore wood to fuel plant

Revelstoke city council is asking the Revelstoke Community Forest Corporation to work in conjunction with Downie Timber to give insight on the possibility of conducting a feasibility study exploring a wood to fuel plant in Revelstoke.

The request came after a presentation by Cornelius Suchy of Canadian Biomass Energy Research. Suchy said wood waste has been a long-standing challenge for Revesltoke.

“In general they have agreed this is a problem as it is taking too much space,” Suchy said, referring to a conversation with Downie Timber. “They need to do something with it.”

A feasibility study would look at the technical, logistical and financial implications of a wood to fuel plant in Revelstoke. The estimated cost of conducting the study is $100,000.

Suchy recently contributed an article to The Revelstoke Mountaineer on converting wood waste to fuel, which can be read here.

Nels Nelsen is Revelstoke’s ski hero. He was a world champion ski-jumper in the 1920s, and inventer of vorlage, or the forward lean. Nelson put Revelstoke on the map as a ski-jumping destination. Photo: Revelstoke Museum & Archives

Nels Nelsen approved as road name for Mackenzie Village development

A new road being constructed as part of the Mackenzie Village development will be known as Nels Nelson Crescent. City council gave approval for the name during its October 10 meeting.

The road, currently referred to as “road A” connects to Nichol Road.

The name was chosen by developer David Evans from a list of approved names included in the city’s Street Naming and Addressing Policy.

“A list of recommended names was provided following policy and the applicant is requesting Nels Nelsen,” Nigel Whitehead, director of development services said during a presentation to council. “Staff are supportive of the proposal given the proximity to the resort, a variation from the policy is recommended and included in the resolution to include the historical individual’s first name to provide context and avoid possible confusion with the city of Nelson.”

Nels Nelsen was active ski jumper in Revelstoke who set two world records on the former ski jump at Mount Revelstoke National Park.

Melissa Jameson is the civic affairs reporter for the Revelstoke Mountaineer. She handles the newsy side of goings on about Revelstoke. Got a news tip? Feel free to contact Melissa at