It was first full year for the newly elected Revelstoke city council — Cody Younker, Nicole Cherlet, Rob Elliot, Steven Cross, Michael Brooks-Hill and Jackie Rhind — headed up by Mayor Gary Sulz.
Here are some of the things council made happen this year:
City council approved re-allocating the Online Accommodation Platform portion of the Municipal and Regional District Tax to affordable housing initiatives.
Arena roof grant
City council approved an application for grant money to replace the arena roof.
Property tax increase
City council approved a 4.5 per cent property tax increase. The increase included funds for several new positions including an additional part time staff person in Victim’s Services, an additional bylaw officer, a summer student in the IT department and a manager of development services.
City council approved the Art Alleries project, which is now a permanent fixture.
City council approved an amendment to the Building Amendment Bylaw, allowing developers to hire outside, registered professional building inspectors to oversee their projects.
The city submitted a response to the BC Ministry of Forests regarding the Provincial Caribou Recovery Program. Their letter called for great transparency and community engagement.
City council released their strategic plan. Their mission statement: “To deliver municipal services and responsible governance for citizens of Revelstoke while managing public assets and fostering the economic, social and environmental well-being of the community.”
City council put forward a recommendation on food insecurity to the Union of B.C. Municipalities.
Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services purchased a water tender, with funds from the CSRD.
CAO and director of engineering
City council hired a new chief administration officer along with a new director of engineering, replacing Alan Chabot and Mike Thomas who were placed on paid leave and then resigned.
City council voted to send a letter not support an application for a gravel quarry on Crown Land on Westside Road.
Protection of Jordan River
City council requested that updates to the Official Community Plan include protection of the Jordan River area.
Council approved the expenditure of $323,650 plus applicable taxes to upgrade the refrigeration chiller at the arena.
Council approved a grant of $50,000 from the Community Forestry Corporation dividend fund for the Okanagan Regional Library’s RevLab project.
Mackenzie Village Phase 2
City council issued a development permit for Phase 2 of Mackenzie Village.
Updating the OCP
City council approved a public engagement process to update the Official Community Plan.
City council applied to the Community Action Initiative Community Wellness and Harm Reduction Program for Municipalities to develop a community-wide harm reduction strategy.
Wastewater treatment plant purchase
City council approved the purchase of a $479,300 mechanical bar screen for the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
City council approved the purchase of a Single Engine Driven Centrifugal/Sewer Cleaner mounted on a heavy-duty truck chassis for $381,741.
Community Amenity Contribution Bylaw
Council requested that city staff bring forward a report outlining costs, timelines and legalities around initiating a Community Amenity Contribution Bylaw.
City council requested that the 2020-2025 draft budget include raises to council and the mayor, for consideration.
Temporary Use Permits
City council approved an amendment to the zoning bylaw that will allow for Temporary Use Permits.
Minimum residential unit size
City council approved an amendment to the zoning bylaw that removes the minimum residential unit size requirement.
Oscar Street housing
City council approved the development permit for the Revelstoke Community Housing Society’s project on Oscar Street.
The story previously stated: City council approved the use of Resort Municipality Initiative funds to purchase two ski shuttle buses for $400,000 over three years. Which is true, however, the purchase was put on hold due to a review of the Transit system.