Coldstream increases park fees

The district has implemented a two per cent increase in fees for park bookings and tennis court rentals.

A hike in Coldstream park fees could end up being reversed.

The district has implemented a two per cent increase in fees for park bookings and tennis court rentals.

The increase was regionally agreed upon before Coldstream took ownership of its parks, but council may take another look at the costs come budget time.

“There may be some changes,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

“If we don’t need to charge as much for this park why should we?”

The new fees include $6.84/per adult an hour for tennis court rentals ($3.42 for youth), $286.81 soccer field rentals ($143 for youth and reduced sports field rates for special events or tournaments), $98 community ball field rentals ($49 for youth and reduced rates for league play/practice)and rental of Lavington Park is $500 for special events.

Coldstream remuneration revealed

Just four politicians racked up expenses for 2014 in Coldstream.

Mayor Jim Garlick topped the list with expenses totalling $2,310, followed by Coun. Richard Enns at $1,262, former Coun. Maria Besso at $728 and Coun. Gyula Kiss with $119.

Garlick earned more than $31,000 in remuneration, while Coun. Glen Taylor collected just $966 for his two months on board. Councillors Peter McClean, Doug Dirk and Kiss earned figures in the $14,000-range, Besso collected $13,623 and Coun. Pat Cochrane and Enns earnings were in the $11,000-range.

Meanwhile there were 11 employees who earned more than $75,000 in 2014, including Trevor Seibel with the chief administrative officer position paying $141,061.

Another four employees collected six-figure salaries. Seibel also topped the expense list at $8,142, nearly double that of Patricia Higgins who spent $4,844 as director of financial administration.

Total employee remuneration for 2014 was $2.8 million, along with $33,769 in expenses.

Building booming

Construction continues to keep a steady pace in Coldstream.

A total of 15 permits were issued in June with a total construction value of more than $3.2 million.

The value is double that of the same month last year, where 11 permits were issued with a construction value of $1.6 million.

“The number of housing units in 2015 is down by 11 this year,” said Bob Bibby, building official. “However, in June of 2014 permits were issued for two six-plex buildings, and there have been no multi-family buildings to date this year.”

Total construction value to date is $18 million, compared to only $13.7 for the same period in 2014.