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Posted: April 22, 2017

Message from the Mayor

By Mayor Ute Juras

Village of Canal Flats

It’s looking like it’s going to be a busy summer for the Village of Canal Flats.

The village was successful in receiving a grant of $100,000 from the Rural Dividend Program to hire a consultant/temporary staff for approximately 18 – 20 months for our Economic Development Capacity & Implementation Project.

The consultant would undertake three projects: 1. a feasibility assessment of business improvement and tax incentive bylaws; 2. feasibility assessment of coop/co-location light industry business development park; 3. completion of land inventory and land database for the Village of Canal Flats.

In addition, we also received a Columbia Basin Trust Recreation Infrastructure Grant for our Arena Accessibility and Gender Equality Project in the amount of $224,375. This money will go towards the construction of two dressing rooms and an accessible entranceway to the arena. Other improvements to the arena will include cladding and insulation, which should help extend the season and usage of the arena during the summer months.

Tilley Memorial Park will also be buzzing with excitement. We will be finishing the playground and working on the washroom improvement project. Council will also be looking at placements of additional docks and improved parking.

There are two significant bylaws that council is working on at this time as well. One is the Capital Projects Statutory Reserve Fund Bylaw No. 182, 2017, which has been adopted and the other is the Park Land Acquisition Reserve Fund Transfer Bylaw No 184, 2017, which has received two readings. Money kept in the Park Land Acquisition Reserve Fund are collected when a developer subdivides a property. According to the Local Government Act the developer has to either give land or cash-in-lieu of land to the municipality. If cash is given it is put into the Park Land Acquisition Reserve Fund, which typically can only be used to purchase park land. By passing the Park Land Acquisition Reserve Fund Transfer Bylaw it will allow Council to transfer that money to a Capital Reserve Fund to use on Capital Projects.

Finally, Council would like to welcome Ms. Dawn Attorp as our Interim Chief Administrative Officer. Ms. Attorp will not only bring experience but also local knowledge to the position having grown up in the Columbia Valley. We look forward to working with her.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/concerns (Phone: 250-489-9070, E-mail: [email protected])

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