Mayor critical of seasonal Power House closure

BC Hydro expects to be able to save $300,000 from the move

BC Hydro has closed the Power House at Stave Falls Visitor Centre for the season.

And while the move will save $300,000, it has garnered criticism from Mission’s mayor.

“It’s one of our premiere attractions,” said Mayor Ted Adlem. “BC Hydro has an obligation to keep it open.”

In the past, the Power House operated on reduced hours during fall and winter, and the move to close it completely for seven months, “better reflect(s) seasonal demand and allow BC Hydro to improve the quality of experience for visitors,” says BC Hydro spokesperson Simi Heer.

“The new schedule was adopted after we conducted an analysis of the number of visitors at the centre at different times of the year,” said Heer. “We see a significant drop in the number of visitors over the fall and winter.”

From April 2011 to March 2012, there were 15,120 visitors, compared to 6,147 during the off-season (October to April).

The facility will be used for BC Hydro staff meetings and training sessions when it’s closed to the public, and there will continue to be security and maintenance checks.

BC Hydro said it will accommodate school and group bookings with extended hours, as required, when the site is open from April to June.

The move also allows the company to include new interactive experiences, upgrade the theatre and add a virtual experience showing how energy is created.

Adlem and his council are writing a letter to local MLAs and BC Hydro to express their displeasure.

Mission residents are already being inconvenienced with limited access to recreational facilities because of the work the power company is doing in the area, noted Adlem.

“If they want to cut something, this isn’t it.”

The Stave Falls facility was closed after the Labour Day long weekend  and will re-open April 5, 2013. BC Hydro’s three other visitor centres around the province also close for the winter.

Just Posted

‘Compassion club’ operator loses bid to have pot-trafficking charges thrown out

Bob Woolsey of Mission argues that laws were not valid at the time of alleged offences

Location eyed for possible collector well

New estimate puts price tag of new water source at $81 million

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

E-cig likely the cause of townhouse fire

Smoke and fire damage but no one was hurt in Chilliwack

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Chilliwack board of education asks Neufeld to resign

Neufeld says he intends to stay on as trustee despite vote by peers

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Most Read