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Armstrong residents get a say if they have water meters installed.

Residents get say on meters
Vernon Morning Star - Roger Knox - June 17, 2010

Armstrong residents opposed to having water meters installed have a chance to have their say.

The city wants to borrow $437,109 of the estimated $750,000 universal water metering capital works project. The amount borrowed must be repaid within 20 years.

“We now advertise the plan for two consecutive weeks, and the electorate has a month to reply,” said Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper. “We would need 10 per cent of the electorate, which is 309 signatures, to register a complaint or comments, opposed to us borrowing the money.”

The city’s goal is to install water meters in all remaining properties.

Responses have to be in no later than 30 days after the last advertisement in The Morning Star, which is slated for June 23. Thus, the deadline day is no later than 4 p.m. July 24.

To be eligible to sign against the motion, a person has to be an eligible voter in the City of Armstrong, and they must include their full name, residential address and signature. If signing as a property elector, a person must include full residential address of the Armstrong property, along with the person’s current residential address.

Alternate approval forms are available at Armstrong city hall, or at www.cityofarmstrong.bc.ca.

Residents get a say on water meters - Armstrong BC
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Veteran fights NORD process
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - June 19, 2010

A Second World War veteran is protesting what he sees as a lack of democracy at the North Okanagan Regional District.

Michael Fairbrass, a Spallumcheen resident, told directors Wednesday that the alternate approval process being used to garner public support for borrowing $11 million for a new library is wrong.

“I’m beginning to wonder whether the constitutional rights of a Canadian citizen are compromised,” he said.

Under the alternate approval process, North Okanagan residents have until July 5 to sign a petition in opposition to borrowing the funds. If 10 per cent of the voters — or 6,355 names — sign the petition, the regional district cannot proceed with its plans.

Fairbrass is concerned that not enough has been done to make residents aware of the process.

“Tax notices were sent out in late May to each and every property owner, could these bylaw notices have been enclosed to those property owners?” he said.

He points out that anniversary of the D-Day invasion was recently celebrated.

“Thousands of men and women gave their lives to defend and protect our freedoms, democratic freedoms, so enjoyed today, as well as the future generations,” he said.

“I feel our political systems are seriously eroding our democratic rights with such ways that are within this AAP.”

Fairbrass asked that NORD either hold a full referendum on borrowing funds, or extend the petition response date to Aug. 31 so more residents can get involved.


NORD officials have indicated that the process must continue as established under legislation, and they defend the use of the petition.

“The ORL board has the ability to do this project. It’s in their budget,” said director Patrick Nicol.

“The regional district is trying to save money on the borrowing costs. This is a funding mechanism.”

NORD has agreed to borrow the $11 million for the new Vernon library through the Municipal Finance Authority because of competitive interest rates (ORL cannot apply to MFA directly).

ORL will repay the principal and pay the interest, fees and financing, and cost-sharing will be done by the entire library district, which goes from Golden to Osoyoos and Princeton.

“This is support for the funding part,” said Will Hansma, director.

The petition is available at the NORD office, all municipal offices and at www.rdno.ca.

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Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting– May 8, 2008
Alternative Approval Process for Library
The Regional Board has authorized Regional District of Central Okanagan staff to conduct an Alternative Approval Process on behalf of the Okanagan Regional Library District. The approval of electors is required so that the Regional District may adopt bylaws permitting the borrowing of $4.5 million on behalf of the Library District for construction of a new library administration building. At least ten per cent of the estimated 124,330 qualified electors in the Central Okanagan would have to sign and return Elector Response Forms before the deadline of July 11th, to require the Regional Board to hold a referendum to gain elector assent, before proceeding with the borrowing bylaws. Information regarding this Alternative Approval Process, the proposed bylaws, and Elector Response Forms will be advertised and available on the Regional District website (www.regionaldistrict.com), at its 1450 KLO Road office and at municipal offices in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and Westside District Municipality.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– November 19, 2007
Alternative Approval Process Result
The Regional Board has received the result of the recent Alternative Approval Process for a proposed bylaw to fund the operation and maintenance of the Killiney Beach Recreation Building. A total of 363 electors returned response forms, which is greater than the minimum ten per cent of signatures required and prevents the Board from proceeding with the bylaw without first holding a referendum to seek elector approval. Regional District staff will review the options with the Electoral Area Director.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– August 20, 2007
Elector Assent Sought On North Westside
The Regional Board has approved the use of the Alternative Approval Process to gain elector assent for establishing a Service Area to provide an annual grant to the North Westside Communities Association for the operation and maintenance of the Killiney Beach Community Hall, adjacent library and supporting lands. The proposed grant would be raised through a tax requisition of five cents per $1,000 assessed value for properties within the North Westside Road Fire Protection District. Elector Response Forms will be available from 8:00 am Monday, September 24th to 4:00 pm Wednesday, October 31st. At least 10% of the estimated 2,099 eligible electors must sign and return forms to require the Regional Board to hold a referendum before adopting the necessary bylaws establishing the new Service Area.

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Alternative Approval is under development

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AND WHEREAS the existing (Dated Sept 2005 on page 34) “Alternative Approval Process” has some serious weaknesses in the following areas:

• Determination of number of electors;
• Elector Response Form; and
• Audit of Elector Response Forms Received:

http://ubcm.fileprosite.com/content/pdfstorage/37078396111182005123219PM98687.pdf

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RDCO's explanation of the Alternative Approval process

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Community Charter

Alternative approval process

86(3) For each alternative approval process, the council must
(c) make a fair determination of the total number of electors of the area to which the approval process applies.

(4) The council must make available to the public, on request, a report respecting the basis on which the determination under subsection (3) (c) was made.

http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/C/03026_04.htm#section86

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RDCO's Killiney Beach Hall and Library report  &  Notice to Electors

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Re: Alternative Approval Process Not Approved

Re: Alternative Approval Process
North Westside Process comes to an end article from the Vernon Morning Star october 31, 2007 page A13
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"North Westside process comes to an end"
Article from the Vernon Morning Star
October 31, 2007 page A13

Alternative Approval Process Result - The Regional Board has received the result of the recent Alternative Approval Process for a proposed bylaw to fund the operation and maintenance of the Killiney Beach Recreation Building. A total of 363 electors returned response forms, which is greater than the minimum ten per cent of signatures required and prevents the Board from proceeding with the bylaw without first holding a referendum to seek elector approval. Regional District staff will review the options with the Electoral Area Director.
http://www.kelowna.castanet.net/edition/news-story-35378-101-.htm#35378

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