News

Coldstream to vote on borrowing funds

It’s not a question of whether Coldstream taxpayers want a new municipal mechanic shop – it’s if they want to borrow the money for it.

When Coldstream voters head to the polls in November to elect their representatives, they will also be faced with a $1.35 million borrowing referendum.

The funds are to be used to construct a new mechanic shop in the public works yard off of Aberdeen Road.

Residents will face a 2.67 per cent tax increase if they agree to borrow the funds. If the referendum is unsuccessful, the project will still go ahead and taxpayers will likely face a tax increase of nearly eight per cent.

But objection has surfaced among a couple of councillors over the project.

“We need to improve this building for health and work safety,” said Coun. Bill Firman. “But I have never seen evidence before this council.”

Operational health and safety regulations are a concern with the aging structure, as well as contamination to the creek from runoff.

Meanwhile Coun. Maria Besso suggests the current location of the public works yard doesn’t fit in with Coldstream’s plans to develop a town centre.

“I’m not convinced that we as council have had all the discussions necessary,” said Besso.

“I just think that’s not a good use of the land. It’s like painting a wall, you have the ladder up and you’re painting away and then realizing you’ve painted the wrong wall.”

An open house for the mechanic shop referendum is in the works.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

NDP blasts lottery corporation spending
 
Site C dam construction to start next summer
 
Virk shuffled to new job after Kwantlen flap
Rent controls here to stay, province says
 
Turanski draws praise for dedication
 
Possible link between bank robberies
Terrace hockey players feed Osoyoos Coyotes
 
Two killed in snowmobile accident
 
Champions of literacy

Community Events, December 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Dec 17 edition online now. Browse the archives.