Bylaw officers get a pay increase

Spallumcheen council agreed with a staff recommendation to extend its current contract with Commissionaires

Bylaw enforcement officials in Spallumcheen are getting a small raise.

Township council agreed with a staff recommendation to extend its current contract with Commissionaires BC, which provides the bylaw officials, for another year.

The deal includes a 50-cent increase per hour to a rate of $31.50 for a guaranteed minimum of six hours per week.

“We are getting a lot for our dollar in regards to the level of services the commissionaires provide,” said township deputy corporate officer Cindy Graves in a report to council.

Bylaw enforcement services provided by the Commissionaires contract include handling township complaints, general bylaw contravention matters, business licensing inspections and responding to burning contraventions.

The extension expires Dec. 31, 2016.

“Next year, I’d like to see them get a long-term extension,” said Coun. Christine Fraser. “They’ve done the work for so long, they know our community and they do a good job.”

Commissionaires began servicing the township in November 2012.

Building booms

Helped by the new Great West Equipment facility, building starts in the township in November were impressive.

There were eight total starts issued in November worth $6.2 million (five residential, and one each of public, agricultural and industrial). That’s up from four starts worth $232,500 in the same month in 2014.

So far this year, there have been 57 permits issued worth nearly $14.9 million, up from 42 worth nearly $4 million in the first 11 months of 2014.