Mayor and council started preparing for the fall municipal elections at their last council meeting.
Mayor Rob MacDougall and the councillors present at the meeting – Councillors Riley Willick and Joan Burdeniuk, with Councillor Russ Gingrich on speaker phone – appointed this year’s election officials.
The Chief Election Officer will be Emily Colombo and the Deputy Chief Election Officer will be Kevin Crook.
Renumeration for the extra time the two positions require was also set at $600 and $500 respectively, maintaining the same rate as the previous election. Poll clerks hired for election day would be paid for $18 per hour, also the same rate used during the last election.
Mayor and council did not make any other changes to the elections bylaw.
Mayor Rob MacDougall did ask administration to work on better voter education for property owners within the municipal boundaries to ensure the provincial rules and requirements are understood.
Those who do not live within the municipal boundaries but own property within the municipality boundaries can vote, but certain rules do apply, and if there is more than one name on the title, only one of the owners can vote and the person voting must have written permission from the other property owner(s).
This year’s municipal elections will take place in the fall, with the exact date still begin determined.
To find out the rules and if you are eligible to vote, go to: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/gov_structure/elections/