Saturday, March 3, 2018

I'm Retiring - Election October 20

Election for Regional District Director October 20

Our local government in the upper Bridge River Valley is the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.  Your representative is the Electoral Area Director (or commonly referred to as Regional District Director) for Area A (our area).

Area A:

Size: 3,715.03 square kilometers
Folio Count: 1,971
Taxable Property Assessment Total: $189,422,519
Average Taxable Property: $243,161

On October 20 this year there will be an election for the next Regional District Director.
After two terms (7 years) I am retiring and will not be running for re-election.

This is a very important elected position that represents us to other levels of government and to the SLRD, is key to determining tax rates and works to distribute other forms of funding into the community.

To be an eligible candidate you must:
  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months before filing your nomination documents;
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
And a key factor for us, is that you do not have to live or own property in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.  In other words, if you are a part time resident here you can run for election.

The election is October 20, 2018.  There will also be advance polls approximately 10 days ahead of the election date.  (More details on election process to come).  As a non-resident property owner you CAN vote.

The nomination period is Tuesday, September 4, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018.  This means you must have your papers into the SLRD office by Friday, September 14 in order to be put on the ballot.

There is much more basic information here:

Many people ask about the time commitment.  Required commitments are the monthly Board meeting (one day), the monthly Electoral Area Directors meeting and some other Committee of the Whole meetings (almost monthly).  Preparation is a part of all meetings.  From there how much or how little you take on is really up to you.   One of my efforts on the SLRD board was to have procedure by-laws modified so that meetings can be attended by telephone (its not preferred but in bad weather etc. it can be done).

What about pay?  There is a flat rate (right now) of $25,000 per year plus expenses (mileage, meals, phone, etc).  In the case of Area A, the SLRD also pays 1/2 the monthly rate for a Satellite Phone.  

There are many places to get information - I'm happy to help (250)238-2248, you can phone Elections BC (see link above) and you can also phone our staff (1-800-298-7253).

Are you building this year?  Don't know much about bylaws, zoning or other items related to your property in Area A of the SLRD?

Our staff has put together a very informative brochure which you should receive in the mail.

If you haven't received it, click here:  2018 Building Planning Department Brochure

Douglas Fir Bark Beetle Infestation

Here is the link to the 2016 mapping (2017 not done due to fires)
This is suseptibility mapping so if you'd like me to help interpret it for you let me know.

The key thing people can do to prevent further  tree deaths (and thereby fire hazard) is to  treat their immediate surrounding trees.  It is very important that people do this BEFORE the first flight (varies, but May)

The forest health people at FLNRO STRONGLY encourage the everyone, particularly in the Gun Lake area do this.

The product is a pheromone - not chemical.  Checklist for Applying MCH

This the link to the supplier's WebSite. 

If you would like more information about the product you can contact Sal (