Keremeos council starts 2012 with a light session

Keremeos village council faced a light agenda at the Jan. 9 regular meeting of council.

Mayor Manfred Bauer informed council that the Similkameen had been awarded $500,000 in gas tax funding to be put towards the Similkameen Watershed Water Quantity / Quality Sustainability Plan.

The mayor also informed council of an upcoming discussion and decision to be made by regional district directors with respect to the Regionally Significant Gas Tax Program list of projects to be submitted by the regional district this year. The RDOS board is scheduled to discuss the report at the Jan.26 meeting.

The 2012 assessment notices have been sent out to village homeowners. The average value of residential property in Keremeos is down this year from $258,000 to  $248,000, a decrease in value of 3.9 per cent.

Council approved a  request by the Open Door Group to rent a portion of Victory Hall for two months, commencing May 1, at a fee of $1,028.27  plus HST.

A bylaw introducing new fees for service at the Keremeos cemetery was passed by council. Grave spaces, services, and columbarium fees are all increasing under the new fee structure.

Council also passed a revenue anticipation borrowing bylaw in order for the Village to have access to budget funds prior to the completion of the 2012 budget.


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