RDOS Area G Director

In your paper (The Review) December 22, 2010, there was a photo of ‘Santa’ visiting the RDOS’ last board meeting of the year. It was mentioned that he was not bringing any presents or tax relief to the board for Christmas, which is not quite true.

  • Jan. 18, 2011 2:00 p.m.

In your paper (The Review) December 22, 2010, there was a photo of ‘Santa’ visiting the RDOS’ last board meeting of the year. It was mentioned that he was not bringing any presents or tax relief to the board for Christmas, which is not quite true.

As the reporter had to leave early he did not hear that ‘Santa’ cut the tax requisition for Olalla water with 23,24% and with a promise that water toll could be reduced by $5 to $10 by August 2011, if there is no major leaks or accidents, or leaks in the north end.

Keep a look out for an Olalla Community Bulletin Board that will as soon as ground permits digging, will be placed on John Havlik’s trailer court property near the highway.

There will soon be a crew out in Olalla working on the reservoir, pump house and digging up the roads to replace old waterlines, compliments from Santa, who managed to get a couple of grants to pay for this. HAPPY NEW YEAR

I, Area G electoral director, am very upset about the way we are being treated in Area G re: garbage. Last year we got slapped with a 38% increase on the total collection program, from $120 to $165 so did Area B. The only reason we were given was that the cost to pick-up the “golden” garbage was higher than others as we were further away than other areas that range from $130 to $150. We had no choice but to accept that. This was the last year of a five year contract that all had agreed to every household in the participating areas paid equal. Correct me if I am wrong, but that is what I can remember and also there were other areas that joined later on and for Area G they only joined because the cost of the service was to be collected through property the tax system, they still would like that.

The current contract is to the end of June after that there will be a new contractor. Our old contractor cost was/is $78.61 across the board for every participating electoral area. To this amount is added various costs such as de-bagging costs for yard waste, tipping fees, glass collecting, recycling and many others, I don’t know, this resulted in a cost of $120. SOMEHOW last year that increased, now in July 2011 there is going to be another increase in base rate that is the rate the contractor is charging each home for curb side pick-up. This rate does not reflect yearly transport CPI increases over the lifetime of the contract, now I am just a simple person what does that transport CPI mean? That we can expect an increase every year?

I can’t find any written minutes about the agreement, about equal for all, but sure remember it; it might show up later on.

The proposed base cost and contractor costs are a portion of the overall cost, these costs do not reflect percentage increase to user rates.

Area A: $89.18 a 13% increases on base. Area B: $92.85 an 18% . Area C: $104.58 a 33% . Area D: $79.81 a 2%. Areas D/E/F : $112.94 a 44% increase. Area G: $122.55 a 56%. Keremeos Village: $78.26 a 0%. Red Wing Resort: $69.47 a -12%.

It has been explained why rates are different between service areas, to me it makes no sense only that it is the dollar that can be extracted.