Castlegar’s new mayor, Kirk Duff, and new councillor, Brian Bogle, were officially sworn in over Zoom May 17. They then joined the rest of council for their first council meeting.
The new faces at the council table prompted some changes to committees with Mayor Duff being appointed director to the board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Dan Rye appointed as the alternate director for a term ending November 30, 2022.
Council also appointed Councillors Dan Rye and Maria McFaddin to the Castlegar and District Recreation Commission for the same term.
Other highlights from the meeting include:
BC Transit provided a presentation to council on the Transit Future Service Plan which council supported, in principle.
Council adopted the 2021 Sewer Regulations and Rates Bylaw and the 2021 Waterworks Regulatory and Rates Bylaw.
Council approved a cost-sharing agreement for Castlegar River Estates, located at 100 18th Street, for the second phase of off-site works which will benefit the developer, the adjacent landowner, and the city.
After reviewing the Water and Sewer Progress Report from Urban Systems Ltd., council:
• Directed staff to incorporate inflation and annual cost of construction increases into utility rates starting in 2022
• Set the goal of completing universal water metering by the end of 2023
• Directed staff to develop a service size-based rate structure for industrial, commercial and institutional customers by the end of 2024.