Response to Castanet’s article on RDCO wage increases

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The North Westside Communities Association (NWCA)

  • Voice of the North Westside communities that spans from Westshore Estates to La Casa.
  • Working with our members and our local government partners to provide services built by the community for the community.

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The following companies are based in our area or serve our community:-

 

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M Pro Serv - Property Maintenance & Seasonal Home services - Maurice or Michelle Greenwood - service@mproserv.com

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The following companies are based in our area or serve our community:-

 

 

M Pro Serv - Property Maintenance & Seasonal Home services - Maurice or Michelle Greenwood - service@mproserv.com

The listing of a business on this page does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by the NWCA.

To have your business listed here please contact our treasurer at Treasurer@NWCAonline.ca, the cost is just $12.00 per year or part thereof.

 
Present Situation

  • Director Wayne Carson held only 1 vote out of 12 Board members (6 from Kelowna, salve 2 from West Kelowna, 1 from Lake Country, 1 from Peachland, 1 Director from Central Okanagan East, and ours (Director Wayne Carson) from Central Okanagan West.
  • Actual operational costs are unknown...Regional District has not yet provided this information
  • Infrastructure costs are unknown...again Regional District has not yet provided this information
  • The threshold amount for Basic Consumption Fee has been 90 cubic meters (The basic fee covered up to 90 cubic meters...amounts above this were charged extra.  Now there is no longer a basic threshold fee.  The basic user fee is a total (depending on where you live).  On top of that total, extra costs incur.  The four levels are: up to 30, 30-90 , 90-200, and over 200 cubic meters.
  • The percentage of increase amount is based on a household that uses 30 cubic meters of water only.  If the household uses an average of 50 cubic meters, the percentage changes (in Killiney Beach, it goes from 13% to 17%; for the 90 cubic meters that used to be the threshold, it goes from 13% to almost 28%)
  • There is now a late charge of 4%.

Response from Bruce Smith (Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs Officer Regional District of Central Okanagan) to Castanet article:

http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/169518/Hefty-hikes-for-bureaucrats

Dear Mr. NWCA President

 Thanks for your email highlighting the Castanet story regarding the annual reporting of RDCO Board and employee remuneration.  For complete information on the 2015 remuneration and previous years, you may wish to view and share with your membership the Financial Disclosure Reports that are available online at www.regionaldistrict.com/budgets, healing rather than relying on media reports.

 It should be noted that the reported increases in pay, sildenafil should not be confused with salary increases or raises.   That is an erroneous leap to make.  Total remuneration for both Regional Board Directors and staff is based on salary plus any overtime received by an employee.  It doesn’t reflect an increase in their salary.

As was indicated in the staff report attached to the 2015 Financial Disclosure Statement, part of the increase in remuneration to staff and the Regional Directors is due to one additional pay period in 2015.  There were 27 pay periods last year compared with 26 in the previous year.   This additional pay period occurs once every 11 years.

 As well, some staff saw an overall increase in remuneration as a result of overtime charges that resulted from their direct involvement in the Emergency Operation Centre or their response to the three wildfires that required EOC activation last summer:  the Joe Rich/Huckleberry Road wildfire; the Bear Creek wildfire and one that should be well known to residents in the North Westside area, the Seclusion Bay/Westside Road wildfire.

 Of note regarding these EOC staff responses, overtime costs charged by RDCO staff related to these responses are recovered through Emergency Management BC.

 We trust that you will take the opportunity to review the documentation and reports online for accurate information.

 Cheers

 Bruce Smith

Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs Officer

Regional District of Central Okanagan

1450 KLO Road

Kelowna, BC

V1W 3Z4

 

Phone:  250-469-6339

Fax:  250-763-0606

Email:  bsmith@cord.bc.ca

Website:  www.regionaldistrict.com
Response from Bruce Smith (Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs Officer Regional District of Central Okanagan) to Castanet article:

http://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/169518/Hefty-hikes-for-bureaucrats

Dear Mr. NWCA President

 Thanks for your email highlighting the Castanet story regarding the annual reporting of RDCO Board and employee remuneration.  For complete information on the 2015 remuneration and previous years, remedy you may wish to view and share with your membership the Financial Disclosure Reports that are available online at www.regionaldistrict.com/budgets, rather than relying on media reports.

 It should be noted that the reported increases in pay, should not be confused with salary increases or raises.   That is an erroneous leap to make.  Total remuneration for both Regional Board Directors and staff is based on salary plus any overtime received by an employee.  It doesn’t reflect an increase in their salary.

As was indicated in the staff report attached to the 2015 Financial Disclosure Statement, part of the increase in remuneration to staff and the Regional Directors is due to one additional pay period in 2015.  There were 27 pay periods last year compared with 26 in the previous year.   This additional pay period occurs once every 11 years.

 As well, some staff saw an overall increase in remuneration as a result of overtime charges that resulted from their direct involvement in the Emergency Operation Centre or their response to the three wildfires that required EOC activation last summer:  the Joe Rich/Huckleberry Road wildfire; the Bear Creek wildfire and one that should be well known to residents in the North Westside area, the Seclusion Bay/Westside Road wildfire.

 Of note regarding these EOC staff responses, overtime costs charged by RDCO staff related to these responses are recovered through Emergency Management BC.

 We trust that you will take the opportunity to review the documentation and reports online for accurate information.

 Cheers

 Bruce Smith

Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs Officer

Regional District of Central Okanagan

1450 KLO Road

Kelowna, BC

V1W 3Z4

 

Phone:  250-469-6339

Fax:  250-763-0606

Email:  bsmith@cord.bc.ca

Website:  www.regionaldistrict.com

7 thoughts on “Response to Castanet’s article on RDCO wage increases

  1. Wayne Carson

    Thank you for your observation Monique. Yes, Director Hanson and myself are the only Board members elected to the Board the rest are elected municipally and appointed to the Board so their expenses are paid by their respective municipalities. The Chair also has expenses paid regionally when she acts on behalf of the Regional Board and a 40k salary but she also has municipal expenses and 33k salary as do the rest from their municipality. My expenses are slightly higher than Director Hanson and that is due to distance traveled to meetings, I have much further to go. Hope this addresses your concern.

  2. Sharon

    Monique Godard, Director Wayne Carson’s expenses are so high along with the other electoral area Director because both electoral area Directors attend many functions compared to other Directors on the Regional Board. They are constantly attending meetings to learn more about their position’s and to promote the electoral area’s position to others at these meetings. I thought the same as you at one time until I learned why. When new Directors are elected, there is a great learning curve to become a Director. Director Carson is newly elected.

  3. Correction to Castanet.net article

    Did you notice that Castanet reported RDCO remuneration increases of 2015 wrong, saying that RDCO Fire Managers increase was the largest when RDCO CAO had the largest increase followed by RDCO Director of Community Services?

    In 2015 RDCO CAO Brian Reardon’s remuneration was $197,110 ($20,696 increase)
    In 2014 RDCO CAO Brian Reardon’s remuneration was $176,414

    In 2015 Director of Environmental Services Chris Radford remuneration was $162,926 ($15,150 increase)
    In 2014 Director of Environmental Services Chris Radford remuneration was $147,776
    (We were told that Chris Radford isn’t an engineer, but we have not investigated that)

    In 2015 Manager, Fire & Inspections Services Daniel Wildeman remuneration was $118,521 ($14,035 increase)
    In 2014 Manager, Fire & Inspections Services Daniel Wildeman remuneration was $104,486
    In 2015 Director of Financial Services / Deputy CAO Marilyn Rilkoff remuneration was $171,515 ($9,625 increase)
    In 2014 Director of Financial Services / Deputy CAO Marilyn Rilkoff remuneration was $161,890

    In 2015 Director, Parks & Facilities Murray Kopp remuneration was $138,285 ($8,935 increase)
    In 2014 Director, Parks & Facilities Murray Kopp remuneration was $129,350

    In 2015 Manager of Corporate Services Mary Jane Drouin remuneration was $127,540
    In 2014 Manager of Corporate Services Mary Jane Drouin remuneration was $124,291

    In 2015 Community & Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Bruce Smith remuneration $102,752 ($6,092 increase)
    In 2014 Community & Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Bruce Smith remuneration $96,660

    In 2015 North Westside Road Fire Chief Doug Gardiner remuneration was $91,605 ($7,803 increase)
    In 2014 North Westside Road Fire Chief Doug Gardiner remuneration was $83,802

    Don’t know why RDCO CAO remuneration is so high compared to a Fire Chief position when a Fire Chief’s position is just as important, if not more important.

    Here is audio of RDCO CAO Brian Reardon telling us how important a Fire Chiefs job really is http://www.okanaganlakebc.ca/community/personal/all/board_audio/fire/2016_jun_27_rdco_board_audio_rdco_cao_brian_reardon_stating_firemen_died.wma

    Link to table of remuneration increases for all, scroll down a bit till you get to the table http://okanaganlakebc.ca/community/personal/westside_road/rdco.htm

  4. Eleanor D

    I find it interesting that the very people that pay the salaries of government (that is, “us”) are treated with such condescension by some government employees. Not all, but some. It is as if we, the public, have done something startlingly ignorant! Imagine, questioning the actions of those we pay? Inconceivable! It is as if we are a different kind of human being. Dumber clearly. As it is, it must be a wonderful thing to be so smart, so special and so happy about it. So, on behalf of all of us great unwashed who constantly need to be talked down to, have a happy Canada Day to all the well-paid employees of levels of government everywhere who have to tolerate working for the great unwashed. Cheers, Bruce, thanks for setting us straight! In my next life where I pray I will be smarter, I hope I come back as a government employee.
    Eleanor D

  5. Monique Godard

    Hi. I find it curious that on the link http://www.regionaldistrict.com/budgets, 2015 Financial Disclosure Schedules page 1, Wayne Carson’s annual remuneration was $22,609. and his expenses claimed were $8,945. His expenses equaled 39.5% of his remuneration when most elected board officials did not claim any expenses. Are these special circumstances?

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