Mayors report: Union of B.C. Muncipalities conference, Vancouver

A summary of Keremeos delegation's attendance at the recently held UBCM convention

  • Nov. 26, 2013 3:00 p.m.

 

Every year delegates from all municipalities and regional districts in British Columbia meet to discuss issues of common concern.  Resolutions are brought forward and their merits debated before being passed on to the provincial government for further consideration.  This year 156 resolutions from all over the province were introduced.  Workshops are offered to educate local politicians on a variety of issues and updates on new rules and regulations are provided.

This year’s theme of the conference was “Navigating the local landscape”, an attempt to steer through the countless programs and the myriad of challenges local governments are facing.

Sunday I attended the “Mayor’s for Highway 3” meeting. Priorities were confirmed to promote the completion of the Princeton-Hope project and secondary goals were established. Resurfacing the stretch of Highway 3 between Sumac Road and Cawston was one of the suggestions in preparation for the meeting with the Premier and the Minister of transportation the next day.

Monday, September 16, the “BC Mayor’s Caucus”, an all day conference, gave opportunity for mayors from around the province to talk about emergent issues.

Tuesday, September 17, networking activities and the “Small Talk Forum” provided a chance to talk with representatives from other small communities about common problems. Some of the leading concerns included health care, water, sewer, public transportation and sustainability of services. I contributed to the convention and the promotion of the Similkameen Valley by organizing a Community Destination Development Presentation that explored the value of tourism to B.C. communities and the benefits of developing a comprehensive multi-year tourism plan.  This was presented in collaboration with representatives from TOTA, the Similkameen Valley Planning Society (SVPS) and the Ministry of Tourism. The presentation also showcased our new website “Similkameenvalley.com”. Subsequently, the Similkameen Valley Planning Society, through the chair (Mayor Bauer), was recognized for its contribution to the conference and awarded a donation to the Stephen Lewis grandmothers fund in the fight against aids.

We met with Minister Pimm (Agriculture) to talk about the lack of regulations in regards to basic amenities for transient farm workers and urged him to introduce new regulations prohibiting recreational activities in riparian areas. I also spoke to the minister about the organic farming institute in Cawston and the challenges it faces.

Following up on our resolution regarding the Fortis BC two tier rate system and participating in numerous meetings with ministers on issues of regional importance concluded the day.

Wednesday and Thursday, the conference commenced with reports, workshops and clinics as well as the resolution process and the election of the new UBCM board of directors. A panel of cabinet ministers was also available for direct dialogue.

A full program of the conference, clinics, workshops as well as policy papers and resolutions is available on the UBCM website.

The conference concluded on Friday with the installation of the president elect and the premier addressing the delegates.

These conferences have proven to be an effective tool for communicating our challenges to ministers and their staff and to help build a network of resource contacts.

Delegate costs

Convention cost for two delegates from Keremeos to the 2013 Union of BC Municipalities convention held in Vancouver was $5,023.93.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manfred Bauer

Mayor

Village of Keremeos

Mayor’s Report on UBCM conference in Vancouver

Monday, September 16 – Friday 20, 2013

 

 

 

Every year delegates from all municipalities and regional districts in British Columbia meet to discuss issues of common concern.  Resolutions are brought forward and their merits debated before being passed on to the provincial government for further consideration.  This year 156 resolutions from all over the province were introduced.  Workshops are offered to educate local politicians on a variety of issues and updates on new rules and regulations are provided.

This year’s theme of the conference was “Navigating the local landscape”, an attempt to steer through the countless programs and the myriad of challenges local governments are facing.

Sunday I attended the “Mayor’s for Highway 3” meeting. Priorities were confirmed to promote the completion of the Princeton-Hope project and secondary goals were established. Resurfacing the stretch of Highway 3 between Sumac Road and Cawston was one of the suggestions in preparation for the meeting with the Premier and the Minister of transportation the next day.

Monday, September 16, the “BC Mayor’s Caucus”, an all day conference, gave opportunity for mayors from around the province to talk about emergent issues.

Tuesday, September 17, networking activities and the “Small Talk Forum” provided a chance to talk with representatives from other small communities about common problems. Some of the leading concerns included health care, water, sewer, public transportation and sustainability of services. I contributed to the convention and the promotion of the Similkameen Valley by organizing a Community Destination Development Presentation that explored the value of tourism to B.C. communities and the benefits of developing a comprehensive multi-year tourism plan.  This was presented in collaboration with representatives from TOTA, the Similkameen Valley Planning Society (SVPS) and the Ministry of Tourism. The presentation also showcased our new website “Similkameenvalley.com”. Subsequently, the Similkameen Valley Planning Society, through the chair (Mayor Bauer), was recognized for its contribution to the conference and awarded a donation to the Stephen Lewis grandmothers fund in the fight against aids.

We met with Minister Pimm (Agriculture) to talk about the lack of regulations in regards to basic amenities for transient farm workers and urged him to introduce new regulations prohibiting recreational activities in riparian areas. I also spoke to the minister about the organic farming institute in Cawston and the challenges it faces.

Following up on our resolution regarding the Fortis BC two tier rate system and participating in numerous meetings with ministers on issues of regional importance concluded the day.

Wednesday and Thursday, the conference commenced with reports, workshops and clinics as well as the resolution process and the election of the new UBCM board of directors. A panel of cabinet ministers was also available for direct dialogue.

A full program of the conference, clinics, workshops as well as policy papers and resolutions is available on the UBCM website.

The conference concluded on Friday with the installation of the president elect and the premier addressing the delegates.

These conferences have proven to be an effective tool for communicating our challenges to ministers and their staff and to help build a network of resource contacts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Convention cost for two delegates from Keremeos to the 2013 Union of BC Municipalities convention held in Vancouver was $5,023.93.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manfred Bauer

Mayor

Village of Keremeos

 

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