Village council newcomers ready to begin terms

A majority of Lumby council has never sat there before, but that isn’t preventing them from getting down to work.

A majority of Lumby council has never sat there before, but that isn’t preventing them from getting  down to work.

JoAnne Fisher, Nick Hodge and Randall Ostafichuk were sworn in as first-time councillors Monday, as were returning Mayor Kevin Acton and Coun. Lori Mindnich.

“Everyone is ready to get together,” said Acton, adding that a focus is preparing the 2012 budget.

Council is also waiting for the provincial government to make a decision on where a correctional facility will be located in the Okanagan.

“I so badly want this done,” said Acton of the continuing divisions the prison debate created among residents.

Council appointments were also made Monday.

Acton will represent the village at the Regional District of North Okanagan while Mindnich will go to Okanagan Regional Library.

Ostafichuk will sit on the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead of me,” said Ostafichuk of dealing with aging recreational facilities while recognizing the pressures facing taxpayers.

Fisher is the liaison to the Lumby Chamber of Commerce and the Lumby Senior Citizens Housing Society while Hodge will go to the Lumby Health Services Society and the Monashee Arts Council.

Ostafichuk will represent the village at the Lumby Days Society while Acton will deal with the Whitevalley Community Resource Society.

Fisher expects the next three years will be extremely busy for council.

“I feel enthusiastic about the group at the table. There is some diversity and council needed that,” she said.

“We can now roll up our sleeves and get to work.”



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