April 27, 2017
Agassiz-Harrison Transit Fare Structure
To promote transit ridership and address inconsisitencies in the Agassiz-Harrison transit fare structure, the Board has recommended that its transit partners consider adopting a new fare model that would result in a $2.50 cash fare for the Agassiz-Harrison service.
Animal Control Service Proposed for Electoral Area ‘G’
The FVRD provides a full complement of animal control services to the municipalities of Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs, Kent, and the District of Mission. Through a service area bylaw, the regional district also provides dangerous and aggressive dog services to Electoral Areas D, E, and H. The Board gave first, second and third readings to Bylaw 1425,2017 to include Electoral Area G into this program.
Draft Financial Statements Approved
Following the annual comprehensive audit by KPMG, the FVRD’s 2016 draft financial statements were approved by the Board. Highlights from the auditor’s report include that no new debt was incurred in 2016, resulting in an overall $400,000 decrease in debentures. Revenues in 2016 were consistent with those experienced in 2015.
2017-2021 Financial Plan Amendment
Following adoption of the five year financial plan in December, new information has been received or Board direction given regarding revenue and expenditures that requires an update to the financial plan. Some of these projects include a contract service with the Cultus Lake Park Board for fire protection in areas adjacent to Cultus Lake Park, and $650,000 in the parks budget funded from the park capital reserves to facilitate the purchase of lands to be used as part of the parks service.
FVRD to apply for continued funding of Woodstove program
The FVRD has been operating a Woodstove Exchange Program since 2009 to improve air quality in the Lower Fraser Valley by reducing wood smoke and emissions of fine particulate matter. The program provides a $250 incentive to partially cover the cost of replacing old, inefficient wood burning stoves with new, high efficiency appliances approved by the CSA and US EPA. The Board will apply to the Province of BC for additional grant funding to continue this program and promote best management practices.
James Atebe named Honourary Board Chair for April
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of regional districts in the province of BC, James Atebe was named as this month’s honourary board chair. Atebe was the vice chair of the FVRD in 2009 and previously served as mayor of the District of Mission. Currently he is general manager of Tzeachten First Nation.