Regional District’s Open House, Monday, 17 October, 4 pm – 8 pm

The Regional District is holding an Open House this Monday, at the Killiney Beach Community Hall, from 4 pm - 8 pm (more information here).  However, last year when they held their Open Houses, it cost our residents over $20,000.00, and most residents appeared to have felt that the information wasn't disseminated properly and that our community didn't receive sufficient value for the cost of these Open Houses.

Because of this problem, Bob Andrews, President of the North Westside Communities Association will be attending the Open House with the following list of questions (and he will definitely include other excellent questions that you wish to be answered by the Regional District).  The answers that he will be provided by Regional District will be included below in order that all our residents will be provided the answers.  And, of course the Regional District will be free to make comments to clarify answers.

Please feel free to make any suggestions concerning the Open House in the Comments area below.

Questions to Regional District

  1. Does my Director have no voice in the running of my community?  Why is my Director not heard by other directors?
  2. Does my Director have any significant input on how my taxes are being spent within my community?
  3. Are my taxes being spent within my community?  How many tax dollars are paid by our communities and please provide a detail summary of how tax dollars are returned to our community.  Also, there needs to be a measure of effectiveness applied to human resources that are not based in our community as at least 25% of there time will be wasted in travel.  We also need to know total admin costs we are paying for....again, an issue of effective use of our tax dollars on the front line services.
  4. What are the operation costs of my water system? How many staff are water system employees?  Where are the staff based?  Are they spending 2 hours travelling to our site due to their home base?
  5. In the proposed upgrading of our water system, does the final cost include such things as resurfacing the roads and updating the fire hydrants? If not, what are these costs and why are they not included as part of the project they are unmistakably linked too?
  6. Why do we now have “RDCO” signs on our buildings when these buildings were built by volunteers within our community and paid by our community? What budget paid for these amendments?   Is this regionalization of community services?
  7. Why isn’t Killiney Beach maintained to the same standard as other parks? The road is full of potholes, the dust is a serious health hazard to all the children, seniors, and adults that use it and the ditches and culverts need servicing.
  8. Why do we have a hydro pole right on the beach?  Why did the RDCO spend $6500 plus all the staff time of the RDCO and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources fighting the Ministry's order instead of simply relocating the pole to an appropriate location and saving the taxpayers thousands of dollars?  Why were the expressed wishes of our residents ignored?
  9. Why do the municipal Directors on the Board have the determining votes on water rate increases when they neither live nor pay taxes here?  As this was previously an electoral area Directors vote only, why is that not the case now?
  10. Why are there so many Regional District vehicles and employees at the pump house in Fintry Delta every day? What are they doing?  Have private tenders to maintain our water service been considered vs uncontrollable municipal employee costs?
  11. Why do the residents not have public input in a 2.8 million dollar project that less than 300 people have to pay for on the Killiney Beach water system?
  12. What “upgrades” are in store for the Westshore water system and will there be public input on that or will the decisions be made in town as with everything else to do with our tax dollars?
  13. Will a settlement on the current collective agreement with the unionized staff carry through for management wage increases? If so, WHY is management conducting the negotiations? How is this not a conflict of interest?
  14. Why do we pay the same for libraries as those communities who actually have libraries?
  15. Why do we pay into bus services when we have no busses?
  16. Why did the fire services manager agree to expand the North Westside fire protection area to include all the Wildland area in Caesar’s Landing instead of just the structures, thus making the residents responsible for the cost of fighting a fire they are neither equipped nor trained to fight? Will this not endanger the rest of the community if the Fire Department is committed to a difficult fire in this area so far from the populated areas to the north that paid for all the equipment and supplied the manpower? This was a very poor uninformed decision by someone who obviously does not know the area or care.
  17. What testing has been done to determine whether a water system improvement is required? Are the test results available to the general public?
  18. What is the actual plan for the water system improvements? Is it simply storage, or are there plans for filtration as well? If you're looking at filtration, what studies of been done to determine the need, and what studies have been done to determine the requirements to fix any issues?
  19. Why was so little notice given for this meeting? It leaves the impression that the electorate are not really wanted as  Active participants?
  20. Is a cost breakdown available so that the cost of self governance is clear to the electorate,? What has happened to similar sized communities taxes,  when they converted to self governance. How would a mayor and council be elected?
  21. Are the CORD byelaws readily available for viewing? Who has ultimate responsibility for enforcing these byelaws ?
  22. What added value will the communities see under self-governance?  What  added value will the communities see under self-governance?  why is now the right time to be having conversations on self-governance?
  23. RDCO to prepare a series of graphs and charts for the meeting, detailing for the current fiscal year (at minimum):
  24. Tax-paying Population by electoral district (note: not just full-time residences) 2. Provincial Government and private sector revenue stream by electoral district.
  25. Provincial Government and private sector grants by electoral district.
  26. Operational expenditures by electoral district.
  27. Water expenditures by electoral district.
  28. Streets and roads expenditures by electoral district.
  29. Fire expenditures by electoral district.
  30. Bylaw expenditures (weed eradication, dog control, etc.) by electoral district.
  31. Bylaw response time by electoral district.
  32. Number of bylaw incidents by electoral district - both investigated and enforced.
  33. For "North Westside Communities" only: Total revenue generated by taxation; total operational expenditures, total capital expenditures.
  34. For "North Westside Communities" only: A list of completed capital projects for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and budgeted for 2017.

6 thoughts on “Regional District’s Open House, Monday, 17 October, 4 pm – 8 pm

  1. Pavel Siska

    On what legal grounds RDCO as, a utility owner, is putting a burden for expansion of their own assets to the lot owners by forcing them to pay an “Asset Renewal” fee.

  2. Bonnie McKinnon

    Building on Joe’s comment, I would like the RDCO to prepare a series of graphs and charts for the meeting, detailing for the current fiscal year (at minimum):

    1. Tax-paying Population by electoral district (note: not just full-time residences)
    2. Provincial Government and private sector revenue stream by electoral district.
    3. Provincial Government and private sector grants by electoral district.
    4. Operational expenditures by electoral district.
    5. Water expenditures by electoral district.
    6. Streets and roads expenditures by electoral district.
    7. Fire expenditures by electoral district.
    8. Bylaw expenditures (weed eradication, dog control, etc.) by electoral district.
    9. Bylaw response time by electoral district.
    10. Number of bylaw incidents by electoral district – both investigated and enforced.
    11. For “North Westside Communities” only: Total revenue generated by taxation; total operational expenditures, total capital expenditures.
    12. For “North Westside Communities” only: A list of completed capital projects for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and budgeted for 2017.

  3. Ed Labine

    1) what testing has been done to determine whether a water system improvement is required? Are the test results available to the general public?
    2) what is the actual plan for the water system improvements? Is it simply storage, or are there plans for filtration as well? If you’re looking at filtration, what studies of been done to determine the need, and what studies have been done to determine the requirements to fix any issues?
    3) is a cost breakdown available so that the cost of self governance is clear to the electorate,? What has happened to similar sized communities taxes, when they converted to self governance. How would a mayor and council be elected?
    4) are the CORD byelaws readily available for viewing? Who has ultimate responsibility for enforcing these byelaws ?
    5) what added value will the communities see under self-governance?
    6) why is now the right time to be having conversations on self-governance?

    I would like to see these questions added to the agenda for the meeting, as I don’t believe the current questions clearly represent my position on the current situation. Last question-
    7) why was so little notice given for this meeting? It leaves the impression that the electorate are not really wanted as Active participants

  4. Joe Ballantyne

    I wonder how much the RDCO as a whole contributes to the asset renewal aspect of our water system. So for large capital expenditures related to our water systems, are North Westside Ratepayers bearing the full cost of utility upgrades OR are these costs spread across the RDCO member communities? Share the pain?

  5. Linda Badke

    The last sentence in #5 is not useful and will only shut them off. It is totally negative and does not represent what paid municipal employees try to do. A little respect would be more appreciated. Pointing out that these are also costs would be more appropriate how ever putting them into the pot only increases your water costs.

  6. Scott D Graham

    Item #1…ask the question…why is my Director not heard by other members?….?Item #4. Cost of resources… Where are the staff based? Are they spending 2 hours travelling to our site due to their home base? Item#5. The last sentence already means you are making an assumption….its offensive and needs to be reworded. Item #10. Have private tenders to maintain our water service been considered vs uncontrollable municipal employee costs? #3 Better to be specific…how many tax $$ are paid by our communities and please provide a detail summary of how tax $$ are returned to our community. Also, there needs to be a measure of effectiveness applied to human resources that are not based in our community as at least 25% of there time will be wasted in travel. We also need to know total admin costs we are paying for….again, an issue of effective use of our tax $$ on the front line services.

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