DNA analysis costs a concern for council

The annual cost to Coldstream for the service could be a minimum of $1,000.

The District of Coldstream is trying to rally the troops over increased policing costs.

Council will urge members of the Southern Interior Local Government Association to lobby the provincial government to amend a cost recovery policy for DNA analysis service.

“This will be a big burden for communities so it’s an important issue,” said Coun. Gyula Kiss.

A letter was recently received from the Organized Crime Agency of B.C. indicating that there’s now a user-pay model for DNA analysis services.

The annual cost to Coldstream could be a minimum of $1,000.

“The single biggest issue in this entire process is that local governments were not consulted about the costs associated with the DNA analysis service,” said Trevor Seibel, chief administrative officer, in a report. “The provincial government negotiates directly with the federal government.”

Caretakers named for Sovereign Park

There’s new management at a Coldstream Park.

Council has awarded the resident caretaker contract for Sovereign Park to Trevor and Tina Sorken.

“They have an extensive background in caretaking services,” said Trevor Seibel, chief administrative officer.