By John BurtonRED BANK – With plans to greatly expand the Count Basie Theatre, making way for bigger productions and larger drawing shows, there will be a need for more parking and officials are giving that consideration.Following Monday’s announcement at the Count Basie Theatre concerning its planned upward of $20 million proposed expansion, Mayor Pasquale Menna said, “We also have to have parking,” to accommodate those additional visitors in the coming years, but “We’re challenged in what we can do.”Menna explained borough officials are planning on conducting environmental testing of the White Street municipal lot. That would be the first step, he said, before eventually moving for ward with the long discussed construction of a parking garage on the site.“It’s expensive to test,” Menna offered, to determine the condition of the White Street property. And given that, Red Bank RiverCenter has agreed to shoulder some of the cost.James Scavone, executive director of RiverCenter, said his organization has agreed to cover half the price.The borough attorney is in the process of drafting the agreement “but we don’t know anything yet,” as to the details or cost, Scavone said.Red Bank RiverCenter is the management and advocacy organization for the borough’s business special improvement district.In addition to the testing, borough officials will seek in the near future requests for proposals for some combination of a public/private partnership, Menna said.It is the mayor’s hope that a private entity would look to construct a mixed-use facility, maybe something containing retail or residential units in addition to a multi-tiered parking deck.In the past Menna had said he would support such a project but only one that “made sense for the taxpayers.”White Street would be the optimum spot for such a facility, officials have said previously, given it is borough-owned and sits in the center of the downtown business district. “I definitely think it can be a very positive sign, a step in the right direction, for sure,” the overtures the mayor is making for a parking remedy, Scavone offered.But getting the appropriate proposal and completing the testing will take time. “Putting the pieces of the puzzle is a time consuming effort,” Menna said.Debate over whether to construct a public parking garage to address a chronic parking space shortfall has a long history in the borough, with traditionally the business community continuing to support it, believing it would make the downtown business district more accessible and competitive; but residents in the past have expressed vocal objections to it, at least when it involved officials spending taxpayer money to construct it. That was the case in 2001 when homeowners’ and voters’ anger over a proposed $11.5 million bond ordinance eventually led to the borough council withdrawing the plan – after then-councilman Menna said he intended to vote against it.
Biggest accomplishment in hockey: B.C. Bantam Rep champions 2009Job: Nelson Home Building CentreFavourite Music: CountryFacebook or Twitter: BothKIJHL Stats: 112 games – 28 goals – 58 assists – 86 pointsThe Nelson Daily: You made the B.C. Hockey League roster of the Trail Smokies but decided to come back to Nelson. Why?Linden Horswill: A lot of my decision was because Nelson is hosting the Cyclone (Taylor Cup). This is going to be my last year of hockey because I’m going to go to school next year and I wanted to play it at home too.TND: What does your future hold?L.H.: I’ve been looking at learning the business my dad owns (Nelson Home Building Centre). It would be nice to get into it but then again I’m not sure if I really want to do that.TND: What a start to the season it’s been for the Leafs. Then again, there was last weekend with the Leafs losing three straight, although two losses were in overtime.L.H.: I don’t think anyone thought we’d go through the league undefeated. The way the season looks, we’ve got an experienced team with lots of talent and by the end of the year I think with the veterans we’ve got on our team we’ll be one of the most consistent clubs in the league.TND: Since you returned from Trail you’ve scored in 11 of 13 games — with 11 points coming since former team scoring leader Jamie Vlanich left for the BCHL. What has been the secret of your success?L.H.: It’s always nice to be the guy who takes over the scoring, but when someone leaves with the talent of a Jamie Vlanich, someone has to step up and it was me that got the chance to move up to the top line with Carsen (Willans) and Travis (Wellman).TND: With Jamie Vlanich coming back to the Leafs, what do you think you’ll be put back to the second line?L.H.: I don’t know what will happen, but after last weekend we’ll definitely have to make some moves. I’d like to stay with Carsen and Wellman. I feel we have the makings of a good line. . .. I’ve always played (through Nelson Minor Hockey) with Carsen and Travis is fast and moves the puck well so it’s been a lot of fun playing together with them.TND: Where do you hope to be next year?L.H.: Going to school somewhere, and hopefully, continuing playing hockey.TND: In five years?L.H.: Completing some form of education.TND: In 10 years?L.H.: That’s too far in the future to think about. Linden Horswill didn’t plan on spending his final year of junior playing in his hometown of Nelson.Or did he?Horswill decided to test the Junior A market, landing a spot on the roster of the B.C. Hockey League’s Trail Smokies.However, the move was shortlived as the Nelson native decided, despite having to serve a mandatory suspension for leaving the Smokies team, it was better to play lots in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League than a few shifts in Tier II Junior A.And boy are the Leafs happy Horswill made the decision to leave Trail.Horswill has scored in 11 of 13 games since returning and has made the departure of leading scoring Jamie Vlanich a little more palatable for Leafs fans.However, the latest news is Vlanich is returning to the Green and White after being released by Langley of the BCHL.Seeing how the Leafs are on the road for two games this weekend in Princeton and Osoyoos, hockey fans can find out a little more about the Nelson Minor Hockey grad in this latest edition of the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the WeekLinden HorswillAge: 19Place of birth: NelsonHometown: NelsonHeight: 6’1”Weight: 175 poundsYears in Hockey: 14Hometown: NelsonFavorite NHL Player: Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay LightningFavorite NHL Team: Edmonton Oilers
The Killjoys won the league title in 2013.“The keys to success for our team have been teamwork and constantly improving on our strategies,” said Ablast.“We work hard, we support each other and we strive to be the best that we can.”The West Kootenay Roller Derby League started the 2015 season with four teams — Castlegar Dam City Rollers, Nelson Killjoys, Rossland/Trail Roller Girls and Valley Brutality.However, the Valley squad folded after the season opener due to a lack of skaters, leaving the league with three teams.Tickets for the Mountain Mayhem Championship can be purchased at Chop Shop, Tribute Boardshop and online at kootenayrollerderby.comDoors open at 5 p.m.First jam goes at 6 p.m.The public is encouraged to bring canned food to donate at the door for a local food bank. The Nelson Killjoys have some unfinished business ahead Saturday against the Castlegar Dam City Rollers at the Mountain Mayhem Championship in the NDCC Arena.The game is the finale for the West Kootenay Roller Derby League as the two teams battle it out for the Golden Boot Trophy.“The Killjoys are expecting a challenging and exciting game in the finals against Dam City,” said team spokesperson Meg Ablast, a skater on the Nelson KillJoys women’s roller derby team.“We have been training hard all season, under the unfaltering leadership of coach Kai Boss.”“We are strong, disciplined, and determined, and we are eager to hold our spot as number one in the West Kootenays,” Ablast added.The contest is a rematch from the 2014 championship between the two West Kootenay rivals, won by Dam City Rollers.