Rossland Council briefings for April 4 and 19.
• The city held a public consultation on the 2022-26 budget and financial plan on April 19. Chief Financial Officer Mike Kennedy answered questions from the five residents who attended the meeting.
Kennedy clarified city spending, tax structure and allocation for the city, regional district, province, regional hospital, BC Assessment and Municipal Finance Authority.
The city’s operating budget is expected to be approximately $10.8 million this year and capital plan projects will total approximately $8.4 million. The city will also launch a police reserve fund to cover potential costs when the population reaches 5,000.
The by-law on the rate of municipal taxes has been the subject of three readings and will probably be adopted at council on May 2. The city agreed to keep the tax increase at 3% on residential properties and 4% on all other categories.
Residents can access news releases, minutes, agendas and reports on the City’s new website: rossland.ca and view the “City Hall” tab.
• Municipal staff Cynthia Anonuevo and Kristi Calder have been appointed election officers for the municipal elections to be held on October 15, 2022.
• Council approved a $1.5M contract for Kays Road Contracting Ltd. to complete the Third Avenue Infrastructure Improvement Project.
• The Board did not accept the terms of the respective applications from the Rossland Curling Club or the Trail Minor Baseball (TMB).
Council voted to increase curling club rentals by 30% to $28,639 per year under a 5-year contract. The amount is approximately $4,000 more per year to cover the running costs of the facility, plus an annual increase proportional to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
The figure was based on the Recreation and Culture Cost Recovery Report which indicated that the arena complex’s curling costs were approximately 35% of operating costs.
The full report breaks down all operating and personnel costs, as well as relevant financial data for each of Rossland’s recreational facilities.
The Board also rejected TMB’s application for community grant funding after rejecting its April 4 application for COVID Safe Restart funding. The board suggested that the group apply for community grant funds, but after much debate, the board voted narrowly, 4 to 3, to deny TMB funding to it as well.
• Council also informed residents that the Rossland pool will be operational this summer.
• Several applicants have, however, received grants from the COVID-19 Community Support Fund. Grants were awarded to Red Mountain Racers ($5,000), Rossland Scouts ($3,000), West Kootenay Minor Lacrosse ($1,200), West Kootenay Timberwolves Lacrosse ($640) and Rossland Seniors ($2 $200).
• The TransRockies Single Track 6 mountain bike race begins in 2022. The council has approved the use of its roads and trails, as well as the use of Centennial Field, but will charge rates based on the Fees and Fees Bylaw. recreational charges.
• New Board members will receive new laptop computers with the necessary software and hardware to use for Board business during their four-year term. At the end of a four-year term, councilors can keep the laptop after the City has cleaned and reformatted it. If a councilor resigns before the end of the mandate, he must return the laptop which will be used by his replacement.
• The Phoenix Foundation has also partnered with the city to allocate funds of up to $500 from the Phoenix Neighborhood Small Grant Program.
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