Lumby considers additional staff

Council received a service capacity review report Monday, and it could lead to additional staff

Lumby’s mayor denies bureaucracy is bloated.

Council received a service capacity review report Monday, and it could lead to additional staff being hired by the village in the future.

“We need to determine what capacity we have to do extra work,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

“The activities we’re doing to generate revenue are taking up staff time like the community forest and ICBC (contract). If we want to do anything of any magnitude, we will need help.”

The report points to a number of challenges.

“Administration is too occupied with daily duties and revenue services to reduce administrative requirements of the chief administrative officer and pursue operational strategies,” it states.

“Public works incurs overtime to deal with requirements beyond its staff capacity.”

Acton says no decisions have been made on hiring additional staff, but he says residents shouldn’t be concerned about a growing payroll.

“If anything, it will be an opportunity for increased business,” he said of pursuing activities that generate non-tax revenue.