Recent public scrutiny over Coldstream’s plans for a $1.3 million mechanics shop isn’t keeping the project from evolving.
Plans will proceed to construct the shop at the existing public works site, (behind the municipal office off Kalamalka Road).
The decision comes following the successful referendum, where 1,432 residents voted in favour (versus 948 against) of allowing the district to borrow $1.335 million to construct a new mechanic shop and upgrade the public works yard.
The cost of borrowing is approximately $98,300 annually for 20 years. This equates to a tax increase of approximately $22.64 for the average home assessed at $485,000 in Coldstream.
“After the referendum passed we owe it to the electorate to go ahead with it,” said Coun. Gyula Kiss.
“I think we have waited long enough.”
But considering the extensive debates that took place around such issues as the location – a mechanics shop sitting amidst Coldstream’s town centre – further consideration was suggested.
“We’ve just been through a very thought-provoking election process,” said Coun. Maria Besso.
“Enough questions have been raised in my mind that the project deserves some further scrutiny.”
Coun. Bill Firman, taking part in his last council meeting before he retires from politics, also voted against moving ahead with the project.
Meanwhile Mayor Jim Garlick points out that the municipality does not own any appropriate land to move the shop and works yard to.
“These (cemetery and Noble Canyon) would be the only sizable properties that Coldstream has at this time,” said Garlick, noting that they are both adjacent to Coldstream Creek.
Coun. Doug Dirk also notes that neither of these locations are fully serviced, which would be necessary for the operations of a public works yard.
Also defending the current town centre location was Coun. Richard Enns.
“I think it is the right place and I think it is the right project,” he said.