Karen Hamling

Mayor’s report

Council sees the purchase of the Cedar Chalets at the Nakusp Hot Springs as a positive step forward.

Nakusp Village Council has just completed their three year priority plan review.  In 2012, Council spent a day discussing with staff what it was that we wanted to achieve during their three year term and we review it yearly to see if we are on track and if we need to make changes.

We set several priorities and are pleased that we have completed most of the goals we set. This has made it possible for us to explore District Energy Heating (Biomass).  Our staff will be working towards gathering information and researching if it is a fit and how it will best work for our community. They will later present a report of the results to council.

Council sees the purchase of the Cedar Chalets at the Nakusp Hot Springs as a positive step forward and staff have been busy upgrading the chalets. They will be working towards integration of the chalet’s operations with the rest of the Hot Springs operations.

Certainly the new hot springs bridge has been a great asset for the community and the Trail Society will be putting an information Kiosk up at the bridge.

We are continually being asked for more information about the available trails and we are fortunate to have such an avid group working to improve the trails and the information.

The Village is in the process of awarding contracts to upgrade our municipal website and our hot springs website.  We received over 20 applications for each website and staff is in the process of reviewing them.

We are purchasing a portable speed sign to help control speed around the park and beaches and within the community. It will have the ability to collect data.

The tax notices have been sent out and we are happy to once again provide two free hot springs passes and to have kept the tax rate increase down to 2 per cent.

Included in the tax notice was a newsletter with information on the curb side recycling program that people within the Village will be able to use.  The program started May 22 and there will be pick up every second Thursday.  You can purchase generic blue bags at most outlets in town where you purchase your garbage bags.  The RDCK recycle depot will remain in place until the spring for those who need access to it.

Council received the initial study on water meters. This report is just the beginning of our information gathering on water meters. We have a long way to go before any decision is made. The bottom line is there are certain costs regardless of how much water is consumed and options vary from a universal system where everyone is on a meter to whether it is just industrial metering or no meters at all.  Many people feel that metering is the only fair way to charge for water.  Council will need to have a lot more information and discussion before any decision is made.

The Village of Nakusp is the shareholder for The Nakusp and Area Community Forest and we are pleased with the hard work and diligence of the NACFOR board. They have managed a profit and the dividends will be a benefit to the community as a whole.

A great big thank-you to all of our staff who work hard and do their best to keep our Village running smoothly and remain a great place to live.

Thank-you to everyone who works hard to make this a better place for us to live and for keeping us aware of the needs and concerns of this community.

 

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