Lake Country making changes

Lake Country moves to phase two of its business systems review, which includes looking at contracted services and regional functions.

Restructuring continues in Lake Country.

The district is moving ahead with phase two of its business systems review, which includes looking at contracted services and regional functions.

“The district continues to contract out most of its road and sewer system maintenance,” said Alberto de Feo, chief administrative officer.

“Given their size and scope, these contracts in particular are being reviewed to look for more efficiencies and to maximize the district’s value-for-money.”

Council is also not renewing a geographic information services contract with the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

In addition, Lake Country is part of a review of the regional rescue services function, which includes fire dispatch, hazmat and marine rescue.

“The structure of the region and the capabilities of the fire departments within the region have changed dramatically since most of the function was established,” said Steve Windsor, fire chief.

“We believe there are efficiencies and savings to be found.”

Finally, there will be a review of development cost charges (fees from development to help build infrastructure).

“The update will take into account changes in projects, growth patterns, and construction costs since the last comprehensive review was completed in 2005 and will include consultation with the development community,” said Stephen Banmen, chief financial officer.

 

The first phase of the business systems review led to the number of staff being reduced and the development permit process being streamlined.