Council again quashes facilitator option
A second bid to bring in an outside facilitator was shot down earlier this week at District council.
During the Monday meeting, a motion came forward to considered hiring a facilitator to help District council investigate a review of council’s composition.
During last month’s meeting, council voted 11-10 not to bring in a facilitator during a contentious debate, but some wanted council to reconsider that decision.
Councillors have argued that the composition of council is lopsided in favour of the more urban municipalities, while others have said the current 22 person council is too large to function effectively.
The estimated cost for a facilitator was between $25,000 and $50,000, and council ultimately voted on Monday not to reopen the issue and hire a facilitator.
Commercial waste disposal could jump significantly
District staff put forward a proposal that would see a 12 per cent increase in the draft 2017 budget for the cost of disposal for commercial, industrial and construction waste. That figure is significantly above the budget guideline of 2.1 per cent. The minimum load fee for the sector is also proposed to increase from $5 per load to $10 per load.
According to a report, staff have observed very little diversion or recycling activities from the Commercial/Industrial/Construction sector, which is estimated to account for 60% of the waste disposed of in District Landfills. As a result, there’s an abundance of recyclable material being buried in the landfills when it could be diverted to recyclable markets. That includes items such as clean wood, cardboard, metals and shingles.
The strategy to increase the fee is intended to recover the true cost of handling waste, according to staff.
The report was strictly for information purposes and more consultation with the sector is expected before any decision is made.