District of Taylor council news in brief

Highlights from the District of Taylor council meeting on March 4, 2019:

• Council finalized most of the details of the district's $15.9-million budget for 2019, though there are likely to be some changes by the time a public meeting begins on March 18. The district is forecasting operating revenues of more than $8.9 million this year. Total operating expenses are budgeted at $6.9 million, with capital spending at $8.7 million. Read more by clicking here.

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• Council took the rather unusual step of unanimously declaring its support for fibre optic services by passing a formal resolution. Council hopes it will satisfy concerns and rumours that the district doesn't support the service. Read more by clicking here

• Council approved the purchase of a new fire engine from Commercial Emergency Equipment at a cost of $849,971 plus taxes. It will replace the district's aging Engine 11.

• Council approved renewing its lease agreement with Black Cats BBQ for for arena concessions through to June 30, 2021. Coun. Michelle Turnbull was opposed, suggesting the district put the tender out to bid in the offseason to gauge interest from the community. 

• Council approved a pre-budget purchase of a new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) compressor for the fire department. The compressor had a mechanical failure on Feb. 27 and is needed to fill firefighters' SCBA air cylinders. The new compressor is estimated to cost $32,000 and will be delivered in eight to nine weeks. Enbridge is allowing the fire deparment to fill its air cylinders at the McMahon Plant in the interim.

• Council authorized staff to apply to the Agricultural Land Commission to extend non-farm use status at the Lone Wolf Golf Club maintenance yard to accommodate a new public works shop. At the same time, the district will look to return a parcel of land it had removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve for the shop returned to farm status. 

• Council directed staff to contact BC Hydro about repairs required at its rental property at the South Taylor Lands. Various repairs are estimated to cost between $15,000 to $22,000.

• Council approved a $500 sponsorship to the Vertical Slam Ultimate Challenge in June. The event runs June 8 at the Big Bam Ski Hill. 

• Council approved sponsorship for Ecole Central Elementary School in support of its production of Peter Pan, including four golf passes and two nights accommodation at Peace Island Park. The passes will be put into a silent auction to help the school pay for the costs of its production. 

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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