City staff and mayor provide updates
By Nowell Berg
On June 22, City of Kimberley council held its regular bi-monthly meeting.
Councillors Kyle Dalum, Kent Goodwin, Nigel Kitto, Jason McBain, Darryl Oakley and Sandra Roberts were present along with Mayor Don McCormick. The meeting took place online via Webex video conference and included senior City Managers.
The meeting is available to view on the city’s YouTube channel. You can watch it here.
Chief administrative office Scott Sommerville thanked city managers and staff for their work on drafting the 2019 Annual Report. “It’s a great annual report. [Its] purpose is to outline what happened in 2019 and talk about what’s going to happen in 2020, and set goals for 2021,” said Sommerville.
Councillors Dalum and Oakley both congratulated staff and managers on a “job well done.” Oakley noted the work done on the annual report is added to their regular workload.
Mayor McCormick echoed those comments.
Sommerville concluded by urging interested residents to read the report. It will be available on the city’s website.
Financial Update provided
Jim Hendricks, CFO, presented the Statement of Financial Interest to council. He noted the statement is required by the provincial government. The statement includes a list of assets, liabilities, debts, renumeration, expenses, contractor payments as well as grants and subsidies.
The complete detailed report is available on the city website.
Mayor McCormick attended several virtual meetings over the past two weeks.
They included a video conference with region tourism stakeholders and Columbia River-Revelstoke MLA Doug Clovechok.
McCormick said, It was “to talk about issues and how re-opening is going to take place.” He did not elaborate on details.
The Mayor and CAO Sommerville took part in an Investment Readiness Assessment with the Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College. The RDI is conducting an East Kootenay wide review “to gauge the priorities for investment readiness and for economic resiliency in a post-COVID landscape in our Southeast Kootenay corridor (Cranbrook and Kimberley),” said Sommerville. The final report is expected in the Fall.
Mayor McCormick opened the Kimberley farmers market “by carrying the traditional goat up Howard Street and back. It was great this year because the goat was light enough and small enough that I could actually carry it. It was a lot of fun.”
Grad Celebration Friday
Selkirk Secondary School grads will be holding a reverse parade this Friday (June 26) at 1 pm on Rotary Drive between the skateboard park and Archibald Street.
Mayor McCormick reported grads “in all their splendour” will stand out on the drive, two metres apart, and “parents and community members can drive by, honk their horns” to celebrate the students achievements and graduation.
Kimberley city council meets twice monthly starting at 7 p.m.
The next scheduled council meeting is July 13; online and available at the City of Kimberley YouTube channel.