Nicole Cherlet was elected to Revelstoke city council two years ago. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)

Nicole Cherlet was elected to Revelstoke city council two years ago. (Jocelyn Doll - Revelstoke Review)

2 year anniversary: Nicole Cherlet is striving for tangible change

As council looks back on their first two years in office, a byelection looms

Nicole Cherlet

Revelstoke City Councillor

The beginning of November 2020 marked the current city council’s two year anniversary. With the byelection coming up and in February, we asked each of the councillors and mayor what the past two years has been like and if they have any advice for those considering putting their name on the ballot.

What have you learned in the past two years?

Through regular training, conventions and peer to peer discussion, I’ve learned so much about the various levels of jurisdiction in our community.

In the end, most people don’t care what level of government is responsible for a particular task, we just want to know that our lives are getting better and that someone is looking after the details. But to make progress to that end, we must be well versed in the regulatory framework in which we operate.

For example, the way our property taxes are divided amongst our residents is completely out of our hands locally. Councillor Rhind and I have been pushing BC Assessment for more flexible options since we were first elected.

READ MORE: Write a letter to someone in isolation this holiday season

Through collaboration with other municipalities and the heightened conversations due to the pandemic, I hope to see our funding models modernized in the coming years.

Roads, water and sewers are expensive but integral services, and we need to better distribute their costs.

What do you hope to get done by the end of your term?

I hope to see food security and climate action made an integral part of how we make decisions and set goals as a community. Not just lip service, but tangible changes that are integrated into our Official Community Plan and make our valley more livable for generations to come.

I also hope to see citizen engagement and discussion integrated into how we go about the work of the city; we are seeing great progress in this, with collective impact playing an active role in listening to voices that are not often heard.

What advice to you have for people considering running in the upcoming by-election?

Come with an open mind; we are each but one voice in the larger conversation. It’s easy to miss the opportunity for change if you get stuck on the perceived problems with the process.

By learning, listening and collaborating with our peers around the province, we can find better solutions for our community. I look forward to the discussions through the election and beyond!

READ MORE: Revelstoke byelection coming up Feb. 13, 2021

What do you think is the biggest challenge Revelstoke faces right now and has that changed in the two years since you were elected? How would you like to see it addressed?

Housing was a major issue when I first ran, and it continues to underlie each and every conversation we have now.

I’m proud of the progress we’ve made and excited about the investments made thus far, but these projects need to be completed and people moved into their homes to begin easing the pressure.

By addressing the way we handle short term rentals and updating the zoning bylaws to allow for carriage homes, I hope to see a wider mix of housing options in the near future.

With more options for a home, those who want to stay can, and our community and businesses will be better positioned to deal with our other challenges like food security, climate change, and sustainability in tourism and resource extraction.


 

@RevelstokeRevue
editor@revelstoketimesreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

City Council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Half of the most expensive homes are on 2080 Mackenzie Crt, which is across the street from Revelstoke Mountain Resort. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
The 10 most valuable homes in Revelstoke for 2020

Combined, the properties are worth more than $35M

A map released by the BCCDC on Jan. 15 shows the number of new COVID-19 cases reported for each local health area between Jan. 3 and 9. (BCCDC Image)
Salmon Arm and Vernon see increase in new COVID cases, curve flattening elsewhere

The rate of new cases is levelling off in Kelowna, Penticton and Revelstoke.

Snowboarders at Revelstoke Mountain Resort heading for the gondola. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
Updated: Another 16 COVID-19 cases for Revelstoke

The cases were identified between Jan. 3 and 9

Interior Health update. File photo.
86 new COVID-19 cases, two more deaths in Interior Health

The new deaths are from Heritage Square, a long-term care facility in Vernon

A performance by Alex Cuba will be streaming live on Arts Revelstoke platforms on Feb. 12, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Fasano, submitted by Arts Revelstoke)
Arts Revelstoke hosting virtual performances and movies this season

REVY. Live and Movies in the Mountains is returning

Keith the curious kitten is seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 is Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Jan. 17 to 23

Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, Pie Day and International Sweatpants Day are all coming up this week

Lake Country native Evan-Riley Brown is in the cast for the new film Journey To Royal: A WW II Rescue Mission to be released on video on demand and streaming services on Feb. 2. (Contributed)
Okanagan actor lands role in WW II movie

Evan-Riley Brown, from Lake Country, cast in production labelled as hybrid of a feature film and documentary called Journey To Royal: a WW II Rescue Mission.

JaHyung Lee, “Canada’s oldest senior” at 110 years old, received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. He lives at Amenida Seniors Community in Newton. (Submitted photo: Amenida Seniors Community)
More than 20 days have passed since the last case of COVID-19 was confirmed at Lakeside Manor. (File photo)
Salmon Arm retirement facility reopens social areas after COVID-19

More than 20 days have passed since last confirmed case at Lakeside Manor

A unique-looking deer has been visiting a Nanoose Bay property with its mother. (Frieda Van der Ree photo)
A deer with 3 ears? Unique animal routinely visits B.C. property

Experts say interesting look may be result of an injury rather than an odd birth defect

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Sooke’s Jim Bottomley is among a handful of futurists based in Canada. “I want to help people understand the future of humanity.” (Aaron Guillen - Sooke News Mirror)
No crystal ball: B.C. man reveals how he makes his living predicting the future

63-year-old has worked analytical magic for politicians, car brands, and cosmetic companies

Terry David Mulligan. (Submitted photo)
Podcast: Interview with longtime actor/broadcaster and B.C. resident Terry David Mulligan

Podcast: Talk includes TDM’s RCMP career, radio, TV, wine, Janis Joplin and much more

Seasonal influenza vaccine is administered starting each fall in B.C. and around the world. (Langley Advance Times)
After 30,000 tests, influenza virtually nowhere to be found in B.C.

COVID-19 precautions have eliminated seasonal infection

Most Read