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Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Financial Budget 2014

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 First Quarter 2015 Capital Spending

.pdf icon Item 7.2 Third Quarter Purchasing Commitments

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SUBJECT: Board Approval for 1Q 2015 Capital Project Spend
Prepared by: Andy Brennan, Purchasing Manager

Purpose:
To seek the Regional Board's approval for staff to issue RFPs/Tenders and make Capital Expenditure commitments in 1Q 2015 (ahead of the 2015 Budget Approval) for the projects outlined in the report, which are to be included in the 2015-2020 Capital Plan.

Executive Summary:
In January 2014, staff requested the Board approve some expenditure on Capital Projects to occur in in the first quarter of 2014 (before 2014 budget approval in late March). These projects were already in the 5-year Capital Plan approved by the Board. In providing that approval, it was agreed by the Board, that this request would be made each year in the fall, for expenditure in 1Q of the following year, via Board Resolution #19/14:
"THAT staff be directed to review further the draft Q1 purchasing commitments and expenditure policy to include consideration by the Board in the last quarter of the year, for the projects identified for early expenditure during the first quarter of the following year."

In accordance with this, staff are now making a request for Capital Project expenditure in 1Q 2015 for the projects detailed. In this report, such projects are listed under 2 categories for clarity.

RECOMMENDATION #1:
THAT the Regional Board approves, ahead of the 2015 budget approval, the capital projects listed under Category 2 (outlined in the December 1,2014 staff report) for commitment/expenditure in 1Q 2015.

RECOMMENDATION #2:
THAT the Regional Board receives for information, the report on projects listed in the December 1, 2014 staff report, in Category 1 which were budgeted in 2014 and will be continuing into 2015.


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SUBJECT: Information Report- Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 3Q 2014

Purpose:
As per section 4.6 of the Purchasing Policy approved on February 9th, 2012, a written information report of all purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 shall be provided to the Board every quarter.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the third quarter, ending September 30, 2014.

BACKGROUND:
Those purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 made during 3Q 2014 were as follows:


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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 First Quarter 2015 Capital Project Spend (All Directors)

Staff report dated December 1, 2014 outlined the Board's policy that staff bring forward a report on expenditure on capital projects to occur in the first quarter of 2015 which are in the 5-year capital plan. Projects were approved in 2014, the
5-year plan with expenditures to be completed in 2015.

BAKER/BASRAN (All Directors - Weighted Vote)
THAT the Regional Board approves, ahead of the 2015 budget approval, the capital projects listed under Category 2 (outlined in the December 1,2014 staff report) for commitment/expenditure in 1Q 2015.
CARRIED Unanimously

FORTIN/GRAY(All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
THAT the Regional Board receives for information, the report on projects listed in the December 1,2014 staff report, in Category 1 which were budgeted in 2014 and will be continuing into 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.2 Purchase Commitments >$100,000 during 3Q 2014 (All Directors- Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated December 3,2014 outlined the purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 in the third quarter for 2014.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the third quarter ending September 30, 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.3 Regionally Significant Project Grant Funds or about Item 8.1 National Trails Infrastructure Program Grant

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.3 Regionally Significant Project Grant Funds

.pdf icon Item 8.1 National Trails Infrastructure Program Grant Funding

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SUBJECT: Regionally Significant Project Funds
Prepared by: Marilyn Rilkoff, Director of Finance and Administration

Purpose:
The City of Kelowna is requesting a change in scope for the Rails with Trails Phase 2 project identified in the Regional Active Transportation Master Plan and Phasing Strategy. The scope change would enable the use of $220,000 in surplus funds remaining from the City of Kelowna's allocation of Regionally Significant Project funds to the Rails with Trails project to include the construction and installation of wayfinding signage.

Executive Summary:
As part of the Regionally Significant Project approvals, in August 2011 and on July 12, 2012 the Board approved a total of $2,247,315 for regional active transportation improvements.

A Regional Active Transportation Master Plan and Phasing Strategy was developed and agreed upon by the partners. Funds were allocated to each local government partner on the basis of the 2011 Census populations. The City of Kelowna administers the total project funds in accordance with an agreement with UBCM.

The City of Kelowna has provided the attached report with regard to amendments to the scope of the Rails with Trails Phase 2 project identified in the Master Plan, and is seeking regional approval to utilize the surplus in their share of the funds towards wayfinding signage. The City of Kelowna's share of the $2,247,315 is $1,489,917, as per the June 28, 2012 report attached.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approve a change in the scope of the Rails with Trails Phase 2 Project (Schedule B of the Agreement between UBCM and the City of Kelowna-Regionally Significant Project Grant Funds) to include the construction and installation of wayfinding signage.

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SUBJECT: 2015 National Trails Infrastructure Program Grant Funding Agreement

Purpose:
To seek the Regional Board's authority to enter into a grant funding agreement which would provide the RDCO with $61,000 in grant funding from the Government of Canada's National Trails Infrastructure Program.

Executive Summary:
The Regional District Parks Services Department routinely seeks external funding opportunities to assist with Regional Park trail improvements to encourage residents to get active in parks.

On June 26th, 2014 the Government of Canada announced a $10M National Trails Infrastructure Program grant funding opportunity for undertaking recreational trail improvements. The RDCO submitted an application to the National Trails Coalition (NTC) in August 2014 seeking support for a $142,000 trail improvement project at Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park.

The NTC recently contacted RDCO staff and identified that the RDCO has been successful in securing $61,000 in grant funding. The grant program now requires that the RDCO enter into a funding agreement to release the funds in support of this project for completion in 2015.

The RDCO 2014 - 2018 Five Year Financial Plan has identified a total of $743,500 in capital infrastructure project investments and specifically allocated $109,000 toward trail infrastructure projects in priority regional park locations for 2015. RDCO staff recommend that the RDCO Board support the allocation of $69,000 from 2015 trail infrastructure related capital funding allocations in support of this project.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board authorize it's signing officers to enter into a grant funding contract with the National Trails Coalition with a grant value of $61,000 in support of a proposed 2015 trail capital improvement project at Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park for a project with a total estimated value of $142,000;
AND FURTHER THAT the RDCO Board of Directors approve completion the above capital project through the proposed allocation of $69,000 in the 2015 Regional Parks Service Program capital fund in addition to a commitment of $12,000 of in-kind service program resource funding in support of the grant.

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.3 Regionally Significant Project Grant Funds - Change in Scope of the Rails with Trails Phase 2 Project (City of Kelowna) (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated December 2,2014 outlined a proposed change in scope for the Rails with Trails Phase 2 project identified in the Regional Active Transportation Master Plan and Phasing Strategy within the City of Kelowna.
The scope change would enable Kelowna to use surplus dollars in the Regionally Significant Project funds totalling $220,000 to construct and install wayfinding signage in Kelowna. Ron Westlake was in attendance and noted that cycling organizations have lobbied for this signage. Other communities in BC, including TransLink, are using standard signage.

BAKER/OPHUS
THAT the Regional Board approve a change in the scope of the Rails with Trails Phase 2 Project (Schedule B of the Agreement between UBCM and the City of Kelowna-Regionally Significant Project Grant Funds) to include the construction and installation of wayfinding signage.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8. PARKS SERVICES

8.1 2015 National Trails Infrastructure Program Grant Funding Agreement (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated December 3, 2014 outlined the opportunity to enter into a grant funding agreement for $61,000 with the Government of Canada's National Trails Infrastructure Program in support of a proposed 2015 trail capital improvement project at the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park.
The project estimated value is $142,000, The allocation from the 2015 regional parks program capital fund is $69,000 and an additional commitment of $12,000 in-kind service.

SIEBEN/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board authorize its signing officers to enter into a grant funding contract with the National Trails Coalition with a grant value of $61,000 in support of a proposed 2015 trail capital improvement project at Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park for a project with a total estimated value of $142,000;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board approve completion of the above capital project through the proposed allocation of $69,000 in the 2015 Regional Parks Service Program capital fund in addition to a commitment of $12,000 of in-kind service
program resource funding in support of the grant.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Gas Tax Community Works Funding Increase

The Regional Board has authorized an increase of just over $7,800 from the Central Okanagan East Gas Tax fund to complete a natural gas conversion and retrofit for the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall. Originally, the Board approved $26,760 for the energy efficiency conversions. The additional costs associated with changing the backup generator to natural gas from propane bring the total project price tag to $34,627. The project will see a reduction in annual operating costs and an estimated payback in just over 6.5 years.

Gas Tax Funding Correction

The Regional Board has authorized staff to proceed with revised project proposal requests for Community Works Fund- Gas Tax Funding totalling $165,000 for the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. A report approved at the last Regional Board meeting incorrectly indicated proposed projects would total $142,000.

There was nothing in the Highlights about Item 6.1 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Community Works Gas Tax Funding Energy Efficiencies Proposal

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Correction To Community Works Gas Tax Funding Proposal

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw

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Purpose:
To make the Board aware of an administrative error from a previous report and seek authorization to utilize funds based on the updated information presented in the October 30th Revised Proposal for Community Works Fund.

Executive Summary:
At the conclusion of the Board meeting of October 27th, staff noticed an administrative error in the report titled "Regional District Proposal- Community Works Funding". The Gas Tax Community Works Fund funding requirements associated with the proposed projects for Central Okanagan West was reported to total $142,000. The total should have read $165,000. All other information presented in the October 27,2014 report and accompanying Proposal for Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding was accurate. A revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding is attached with the accurate sub totals and total funding requests for Central Okanagan West project proposals.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 30, 2014 revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Community Works Gas Tax Funding

5.3 Correction to Regional District Proposal - Community Works Gas Tax Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 30, 3024 outlined the error presented to the Board at its October 27,2014 meeting regarding the funds available for the community works funds. The proposed project for Central Okanagan West was reported to total $142,000. It should have been reported at $165,000.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the report dated October 30, 2014 correcting the information presented at the October 27, 2014 Board meeting on the community works funding;
AND THAT the Regional Board authorizes staff to proceed with project proposal requests identified in the October 30, 2014 revised Proposal for Community Works Fund-Gas Tax Funding report;
AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to bring forward the appropriate 2014 budget amendment bylaw.

CARRIED Unanimously

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5.4 Community Works Gas Tax Funding - Regional District Energy Efficiencies Proposal (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 31, 2014 outlined a proposal for conversion and retrofit of the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall from propane to natural gas. The cost of the project previously approved has increased from $26,760 to $34,627. At this time staff is also recommending converting the backup generator to natural gas.

HANSON/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board authorizes staffto proceed with the required project request as identified in the October 31,2014 proposal for Energy Efficiencies Utilizing Community Works Fund - Gas Tax Funding in 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

6.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1352, 2014, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

HANSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1352, 2014 be given 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and adopted this 13th day of November 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon October 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.3 3rd Quarter Workplan And Budget Variance Report

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Inspections & Bylaw Enforcement Services

Dog Control

To date, 19,024 dog licenses have been issued in 2014
o 4,549 New licenses
o 14,475 Renewed licenses

430 Bylaw Offence Notices Issued for 'No Dog License'
o 120 tickets have been paid in full or have entered payment plans

Revenues Exceeding Budget Amounts ($90K YTD):
o Licensing - $34,647
o Dog Impounding - $29,401
o Bylaw Notice Adjudication Program Fines - $25,647

Dog Ambassadors Program
Successful media promotion results in expansion of My Dog Matters business participation

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6.3 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 21, 2014 outlined the 3rd quarter work plan/budget variances to September 30,2014. The Board had previously requested a higher level quarterly measures report. The detailed year-end report with statistics will be presented in the New Year as part of the 2015 budget process.

Staff reviewed the report presented. A year-to-date budget variance chart was provided for each service. Any 'red-flag' areas of concern were highlighted. It was noted that variances in revenue and expenses are due to 2014 expenses
yet to be paid or revenue not yet received.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the 3rd Quarter Work Plan and Budget Variance Report for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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NEW B.C. CORE REVIEW REPORT SHOWS CITY WAGE EXPLOSION
Canadian Taxpayers Association - by Jordan Bateman - September 15, 2014

New B.C. Core Review Report Shows City Wage Explosion

VANCOUVER, B.C.: A new provincial government report confirms the Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s (CTF) long-standing suspicion: municipal governments are overpaying their staff compared to both the province and the private sector. The 88-page report was prepared by Ernst & Young as part of the B.C. Government’s core review process, and obtained by the CTF over the weekend.

The report’s major finding was especially welcomed by the CTF: “The [provincial] government should do what is necessary to bring municipal government compensation into alignment over time, including using financial levers if necessary” (p. 4).

“Most municipal councils are too scattered in their philosophy and prone to pressure by unions to hold the line on spending,” said CTF B.C. Director Jordan Bateman. “With as much as two-thirds of a city’s operating budget going to employee wages and benefits (p. 15), it’s no wonder property taxes have skyrocketed in so many communities across B.C.”

It’s not just managers who have dined out on property taxpayers – municipal union employees received 38 per cent hikes in pay from 2001 to 2012, twice the 19 per cent increase paid to B.C.’s core provincial employees. Inflation during the same period was 23 per cent, 15 points lower than the municipal union pay increase (p. 3).

Other report findings:

The City of Vancouver pays the highest salaries to “strategic leadership” managers of any government or Crown corporation in B.C. – even higher than UBC and BC Hydro (p. 11).

Municipalities are overpaying the provincial government for technical expertise (p. 13).

Cities have a higher percentage of employees making $75,000 a year or more than in the province (p. 14).

Some Crown Corporation boards “may not be adequately considering the interests of their shareholders [taxpayers] in setting compensation” (p. 16).

Of 10 local governments surveyed, only one reported publicly on how they set compensation (p. 17).

The municipal approach to collective bargaining is “highly fragmented and inefficient” (p. 20).

“Every municipal election candidate should read this report and articulate to voters how they would better manage labour costs,” said Bateman. “Instead of the usual platitudes and spending plans, let’s see some platforms with real ideas on how to save money for taxpayers.”

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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Okanagan Centre Harbour Walkway

The Regional Board has approved amending the 2014-2018 Financial Plan to add an additional $58,710 from the Regional Parks Capital Reserve Fund to pay for the higher than expected costs associated with installing a walkway at the Okanagan Centre Safe Harbour Regional Park North Breakwater. Construction of the 56-meter walkway will involve installing six aluminum gangways. Burton Marine Pile Driving Inc. submitted a bid to build the walkway this fall at a cost of $158,000.

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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon Item 8.1 2014 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No 1351

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SUBJECT: Okanagan Centre Harbour Regional Park Walkway Construction (Phase 4) Request for Budget Amendment

Purpose:
To seek approval from the Regional Board to allocate $58,710 from the Regional Parks Capital Reserve Fund, to pay for higher than expected costs associated with the Okanagan Centre Harbour Regional Park North Breakwater project.

Executive Summary:
Phase 4 of the Okanagan Centre Harbour Regional Park North Breakwater project was tendered on September 10, 2014 to construct a 62.6 meter breakwater walkway, consisting of six aluminum gangways plus an optional seventh gangway extending to the end of the breakwater. One bid submission was received from Burton Marine Pile Driving Inc. for a total
value of $158,000.00, excluding GST, to construct gangways # 1 to 6. Gangway #7 was identified as an optional extra for $30,200 and is not being considered due to cost overruns.

The bid price received for gangways # 1 to 6 exceeds our budgeted estimate and an additional $58,710 is required to complete Phase 4 of this project. As market conditions are not expected to improve in the next 12 months, it is recommended that we proceed with this project and use Regional Parks Capital Reserve Funds to pay for the higher than expected costs.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approves the allocation of $58,710 from the Regional Parks Capital Reserve Fund to pay for higher than expected costs associated with Phase 4 of the Okanagan Centre Harbour Regional Park North Breakwater Project;
AND THAT the 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan be amended accordingly.

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SUBJECT: Budget Amendment Requested for 142 - Regional Parks

Purpose:
Parks Services has made a request to amend the 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Bylaw for the 2014 Regional Parks Capital Budget The request was to increase the costs for Okanagan Centre North Pier Reconstruction project by $58,710 (from $477,387 in total to $536,097) with the additional amount being funded from capital facility reserves.

Executive Summary:
In accordance with the report being presented by Parks Services at the October 9th Board meeting, the Financial Plan amendment has been presented for approval by the Board.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw 13XX, 2014 be given 1st, 2nd, 3rd reading and adopted.

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7. PARKS SERVICES

7.1 Okanagan Centre Harbour Regional Park Walkway Construction (Phase 4) - Request for Budget Amendment (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 2, 2014 outlined the higher than expected cost associated with Phase 4 of the Okanagan Centre Harbour Regional Park North Breakwater project. $58,710 is required to construct gangway #1 to 6. Gangway #7 was identified as an optional extra for $30,200 but is not being considered due to cost overruns.

It was noted there is $153,000 in capital reserves so there is capacity to complete the work. The permit to build has been issued to the RDCO and the contract must be completed by January 2015. Only one supplier bid on the project, the same contractor as has completed the previous work. Staff noted that $60,000 budgeted in 2014 for consulting which has not been spent will be allocated into capital reserves in 2015.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approves the allocation of $58,710 from the Regional Parks Capital Reserve Fund to pay for higher than expected costs associated with Phase 4 of the Okanagan Centre Harbour Regional Park North Breakwater Project;
AND THAT the 2014-2018 Financial Plan be amended accordingly.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8. ADMINISTRATIVE & FINANCIAL SERVICES

8.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1351, 2014, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

BAKER/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014-2018 Financial Plan Amending Bylaw No. 1351,2014 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 9th day of October 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content

Finance & Administration Services:

003 - Finance
Finance completed the 2014 budget in a timely fashion and the 2014-2018 Financial Plan was adopted March 28, 2014. The 2013 audits for Regional District, Hospital District, and contracted Sterile Insect Release Program & Okanagan Basin Water Board were completed and all received clean Management Letters from the auditors BOO Canada LLP.
The Regional District has entered into a ten year Community Works Fund Agreement with the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), which administers the Federal Gas Tax funding program with the Canada and BC governments. Under the new agreement, the RD is eligible for bi-annual payments of $320,835 for 2014 and 2015.
The number of website payments has continued to significantly increase with implementation of the Online Dog License website renewals. To June 30, 2014, 5,846 online payments were made totaling $296,347 compared to June 30, 2013 with 2,442 payments totaling $223,270. Effective June 2014, Septic billing payments are no longer accepted online.
Senior Accounting Coordinator/Systems Analyst implemented training for the newly launched Vadim Explorer in addition to streamlining the online payment processes for Dog Control, Alarm Control and Business Licenses. New for 2014, journal vouchers entered into the General Ledger have documentation scanned and attached to the voucher for electronic referencing.

Employees were notified of the increased rate for Municipal Pension Plan contributions effective July 1, 2014. Employer rates increased from 8.93% to 9.94% as anticipated in the 2014 budget process.

Finance provided information regarding the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation that was put into effect July 1, 2014, which resulted in an organization wide review for compliance of electronic messages originating in all departments.
The Board approved a new Finance Accounting Technician employee and the position was filled effective August 27, 2014.

Purchasing Policy was amended effective February 24, 2014, to put in place Board approval for any sole source purchase exceeding $75,000, except where the CAO deems the purchase urgent and delay would be injurious to the public interest. An updated Purchase Requisition Form was made available in March to assist with proper completion and approval requirements. Continuing in 2014, monthly vehicle charge calculations perform cost allocation based on vehicle type and age.

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005 - Human Resources
Preparation has commenced for the upcoming Collective Agreement negotiations. The current contract expires December 31, 2014. Effective April 1, 2014, the union employee's Group Benefit Plan provides additional coverage for laser eye surgery and a clearly contacts discount plan. The Employee Family Assistance Program service provider was also changed to Mind Smart Health Inc. A Benefits Lunch n' Learn session was held in April to communicate changes and benefit coverage to staff. Canada Pension Plan, Social Insurance Numbers (SIN), regulations were amended in March 2014. Employees
previously required to produce a SIN card to an employer are now only required to inform the employer of the SIN. Organization wide "OnSide Workplace" and "Safety in the Workplace" training was implemented. Functional Demands Analysis was completed for the Waste Water Treatment Plant to minimize workplace injuries.

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Economic Development Commission

120 - EDC
Funding was approved by the Regional District of the Central Okanagan Board for the development of a Five Year EDC Strategic Plan. Work is undertaken to shape the Terms of Reference and begin to seek clarity of what the project will entail.

Employment & Skills Training Demand to 2020 final report was publically published in June 2014 and includes ten formal presentations from the supplier to 23 stakeholder groups including the COEDC Advisory Board, RDCO, RDNO, RDOS, and all Community Futures and Chambers of Commerce throughout the entire Okanagan Valley.

The Business Liaison Program is complete with 11 presentations made to 13 organizations in the business community. The goal of the program was to better inform front-line service providers and decision makers in order to connect members and clients with COEDC programs and services as a means of support.

Business Walk is scheduled for October 1, 2014. Areas under review are potential new geographic areas to walk, revisions to advertising and attracting new walkers to participate.

The second intake of the Agri-Tourism pilot project was completed in March. The 6 participants included 4 farm operators already doing agri-tourism to some extent, and two start-ups. Each participant received approximately 30 hours of group work including speaker presentations plus 18 hours one-on-one with the Consultant.

2014 COEDC Corporate Partners - Grant Thornton LLP and HSBC Bank Canada have re-signed with the COEDC to be sponsors for 2014. Their financial support assists programs such as Okanagan Young Professionals and Business Beyond Borders reach a broader audience

Five Central Okanagan companies exhibited their products and services at the International LNG Conference in Vancouver, May 21-23. The BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training offered free booth space to eligible companies, making participation in the trade show accessible to even smaller companies. The participants were pleased with the exposure they received and the connections they were able to make at the trade show. In conjunction with the conference, the COEDC hosted two workshops on LNG Opportunities, a Buy BC Bootcamp, and a follow-up RFP Workshop. Over 150 people attended the two workshops, indicating a strong interest in LNG opportunities..

Attraction and Retention of Workforce: The COEDC assisted 165 foreign individuals from 13 countries with issues related to immigration status. Fifty-six employers made contact with concerns or questions on foreign workers. Five seminars were held with content including Labour Market Opinions (20 employers attended), transition from school to work to permanent status (40 students attended from OC and UBCO), and sponsorships to Canada at Kelowna Community Resources (25 participants).

As a result of the Okanagan Young Professionals (OYP) Collective supported or solely organized activities, $217,000 of funds and services were raised for non-profit groups. To June 30, the OYP Collective Wrapped Growing Chefs! Program which grew to four classroom and 96 students, with 14 chefs and planned Dragons Den event where students pitched themselves for job interviews.

Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP): The COEDC is responsible for raising $7,000 in prize money. Contact to sponsors has been completed and $8,550 in funds has been received. Due to the School District No. 23 teacher job action the wrap up meeting for 2013-2014 and planning meeting for the 2014-2015 program has been delayed.

The COEDC has formally partnered with metabridge, a program started by the Commission in 2008.
This year's event featured Silicon Valley VIPs from many well-known firms including Twitter and the Program had access to the VIP delegates when continuing to roll out air promotions and technology opportunities here in the Central Okanagan. The COEDC is no longer the owner/operator of metabridge but is pleased that the event continues to grow in stature and impact.

As part of the Alberta Recruitment initiative, the EDC developed all coordination and program planning to promote the Okanagan at the Fort McMurray Spring trade event in April 2014.
Air Route Development: Kelowna to Fort McMurray direct now announced beginning with daily service in May 2014. The Program worked with the Air Service development team and met with United Airlines. New service was announced connecting Kelowna to San Francisco return daily beginning September 20, 2014.

The COEDC Communications include 251 Facebook followers, 1974 twitter followers, 2578 newsletter subscribers and 28 presentations provided to community stakeholders.

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6. Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-To-Date June 30, 2014

Staff report dated September 4,2014 outlined the program measures to June 30, 2014. A summary of the highlights was presented. It was noted that staff continue to review the quarterly information presented to ensure the Committee is well
informed on the regional services and issues arising.

CONDON/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

7.1 Purchase Commitments> $100,000 during 1Q & 2Q - 2014 (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 22, 2014 outlined seven purchase commitments exceeding $100,000 made during the first and second quarter of 2014.

GRAY/BAKER
THAT the Board, as per section 4.6 of the RDCO Purchasing Policy, receive for information the report on the purchase commitments which exceeded $100,000 made during the first and second quarters, ending June 30, 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

2013 Audited Financial Statements Adopted
The Regional Board has approved the 2013 Audited Financial Statements for the Regional District of Central Okanagan. A copy is available for viewing online at regionaldistrict.com/budgets and at the Finance and Administration Services in the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.

Fiscal 2013 Financial Disclosure Schedules
The Regional Board has approved the 2013 report outlining remuneration and expenses for elected officials and their alternates along with 30 staff whose remuneration was greater than $75,000. In 2013, the remuneration and benefits of all Regional District employees totalled more than $9.7-million down $250,732 (2.5%) from 2012. Savings were achieved despite rising wages and benefit costs through continued reorganization of staff. The report also outlines payments totalling over $11.6-million to 77 suppliers during 2013 for goods and services exceeding $25,000.
A copy is available for viewing online at regionaldistrict.com/budgets and at the Finance and Administration Services in the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 2013 Financial Statements Year Ended December 31 2013

.pdf icon Item 5.1A 2013 Financial Statements

.pdf icon Item 5.2 2013 Financial Disclosure Schedules (shows wages)

.pdf icon Item 5.3 Security Issuing Bylaw No 1350

.pdf icon Item 5.4 Ministry Letter Late 2013 Financial Statements


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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

1. CALL TO ORDER
Chair Hobson brought the meeting to orderat 8:40 a.m.

Chair Hobson requested that 5.1 - RDCO 2013 Financial Statements be discussed at this time in order that the auditors may leave.

5.1 RDCO 2013 Financial Statements - Year Ended December 31, 2013 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Mike Gilmore & Peter Geh, BDO Canada LLP, was in attendance to present the audited financial statements for the RDCO. It was noted that the RDCO Audit Committee met to discuss the statements and recommends the Board approve the financial statements.

Staff highlighted the July 7, 2014 report on how the financial statements are to be reviewed. The Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) adopted revised standards with which all local governments comply with. It was further noted BDO has been provided a management letter stating there are no issues.

FIELDING/OPHUS
THAT the RDCO 2013 Financial Statements Year Ended December 31, 2013 be approved.

CARRIED Unanimously

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2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS

5.4 Ministry Letter - Late 2013 Financial Statements

8.1 Bylaw Enforcement Officer Appointment

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5. FINANCE &ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

5.1 RDCO 2013 Financial Statements - Year Ended December 31, 2013 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Agenda item 5.1 was discussed earlier in the agenda.

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5.3 RDCO Security Issuing Bylaw No. 1350 (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

EDGSON/ZIMMERMANN
THAT RDCO Security Issuing Bylaw No. 1350 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 17th day of July 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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5.4 Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development - Late 2013 Financial Statements (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated July 10, 2014 outlined a letter from the Ministry of Community, Sport & Cultural Development regarding the late filing of the 2013 financial statements. The Audit Committee reviewed the letter and issues resulting in the delayed reporting and recommends the Board approve the following resolution.

It was further noted that should staff need a budget amendment for further resources in order to meet the Province's deadline next year that this is to be brought forward to the Board for early consideration.

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT staff continue to review position workloads within the Finance Department during 2014, complete the hiring process for the new approve accounting position, and continue to make changes internally to meet Ministry deadlines in 2015.

CARRIED Unanimously

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2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Adopted

The morning of March 28th (Friday morning when everyone is at work) the Regional Board adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for 2014 – 2018. The 2014 operating budget which includes Municipal Finance Authority financing totals more than $59.9-million compared with $58.7-million during 2013.

The Regional District does not collect taxes directly. It requisitions funds from each local government on behalf of their residents and the Province which collects property taxes for Electoral Area residents.

The Regional District provides more than 80 different services across the entire Central Okanagan. The actual tax rate varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and municipality, depending on the local services provided by the Regional District.

The member municipalities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna receive services such as Economic Development, Regional Parks, Dog Control, 9-1-1 and Regional Rescue. These services account for a relatively small share (4-6%) of the total tax bill for property owners in those municipalities. (see table below – Total Tax per House)

The Regional District is also the local government for residents in the two electoral areas providing them with services such as Planning, four Paid-on-call fire departments and six water systems that connect to more than 860 properties.

The Financial Plan welcomes the participation of the Westbank First Nation (WFN) for three additional services from the Regional District: Air Quality, Crime Prevention and Economic Development. Cost sharing for Regional District services is based on the assessed value of properties.

The Financial Plan provides $19.6-million in Capital project spending this year including $16.3-million to fund property acquisition and development within the Regional Parks system, $1.9-million for upgrades to the Regional Septage Treatment facility (funded by Regionally Significant Project Gax Tax funds) and more than $500,000 from reserves for Capital and equipment upgrades at the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The tax impacts on the average home are:
Member 2014 Assessment 2013 Assessment Total Tax per House Net Incr / (Decr)
on the home from
2013
Kelowna $472,000 $476,000 $155.26 $13.30
Peachland $457,000 $476,000 $179.52 $11.58
Lake Country $463,000 $476,000 $177.50 $15.45
West Kelowna $467,000 $476,000 $169.50 $9.28
C.O. West $459,000 $476,000 $549.03 ($36.78)
C.O. East $465,000 $476,000 $506.11 ($29.28)


In 2013, the Regional Board pre-approved a 3.5-cent increase to fund the Regional Parks Land Acquisition Strategy. The funding for that program is responsible for the majority of the increased Regional District tax impact on the average homeowner in each of the member municipalities.

In the two electoral areas during 2014, rather than taxation or rate increases, needed Capital upgrades and equipment purchases will be completed thanks to more than $800,000 from the Federal Community Works Gas Tax program. Just over $563,000 will be spent on facilities and equipment for the four paid-on-call fire departments (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilsons Landing) and more than $251,000 worth of improvements are planned for three water systems (Falcon Ridge, Westshore Estates, Trepanier).

With this year’s budget of almost $60-million, the Regional District is also setting aside funds for future infrastructure by transferring more than nine per cent of our budget for reserves and capital projects.

The total of the 2014 RDCO Operating Budget is $59.9-million:

49.04% is Operating Expenses
41.95% is Debt ($25.1-million including Municipal Finance Authority payments on behalf of partner municipalities and Okanagan Regional Library)
9.01% is Transfers to Capital and Reserves
The Financial Plan also outlines proposed operating budgets for the following four years with annual decreases primarily as a result of reductions in financing payments to the Municipal Finance Authority:

2015 - $58.1-million
2016 - $57.8-million
2017 - $57.8-million
2018 - $57.6- million.

The Regional Board also adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District (CORHD). Each year, ratepayers within the Hospital District contribute 40% of the funds for approved capital and equipment services. Construction continues on the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre to which the Regional Hospital District is contributing over $85-million. The owner of an average home assessed at $476,000 in 2013 and $478,000 in 2014 will contribute $171.45 towards capital improvements and new health equipment, an increase of ten cents from last year.

Central Okanagan property owners may be eligible for the Provincial Homeowner Grant. Information will be available on your Property Tax Notice or you can visit the Ministry of Finance website: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Home_Owner_Grant/hog.htm

Some property owners may qualify for assistance through the BC Property Tax Deferment Program. Information about this program and who qualifies is available on the BC Government website: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd.htm

(April 2, 2014)

Source:  RDCO's Whats New

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.pdf icon March 28, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon March 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

4. FINANCE DEPARTMENT

4.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report (year-to-date December 31, 2013)
Staff report dated March 21, 2014 highlighted the program measures for year-to-date December 31, 2013. Surpluses and deficits have been accounted for in the 2014 budget.
The executive memo was highlighted. As previously requested, a more condensed version will be provided in the future.
The year-end detailed program measures report is provided for the Board's reference and review. It was noted that there are a number of surpluses at the end of the year where staff have not able to get all the work completed by year-end. It would be useful to identify where there is activity around the surplus... budgeted work not yet completed. Good to see reserves are being put away. More online customer service is being introduced. Congratulations to staff for the work putting this concise document together.

BASRAN/FINDLATER
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report, year-to-date December 31, 2013 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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4.2 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Introduction

a) Review of changes following the March 13, 2014 Governance & Services Committee meeting
It was noted that the 2014-2018 Financial Plan has been discussed at two Governance & Services meetings (Feb. 27 and March 13). Any changes recommended have been incorporated into the final budget. The final requisition amounts will differ in accordance with the 2014 Revised Roll from the BC Assessment Authority which is made available in April (April 10th deadline).
b) Review of 2014 Tax Rates


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4.3 Public Comment on 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan
There were no comments from the public in the gallery. Staff confirmed that the financial plan has been posted on the RDCO website and advertisement on the financial process completed.

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4.4 Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1347,2014, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan 2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1347, 2014 be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED (opposed Findlater, Ophus)

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4.5 Regional District of Central Okanagan Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 1348,2014 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors Weighted Vote)

GIVEN/BAKER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Temporary Borrowing Bylaw No. 1348, 2014 be given first, second and third readings and adopted.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon March 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Summary Highlights Report

.pdf icon Item 6.1A Budget Piechart And Information

.pdf icon Item 6.1B Budgets Summary

.pdf icon Item 6.1C Tax Requisitions And Rates

.pdf icon Item 6.1D Regional Rescue Service

.pdf icon Item 6.1E Regional Parks

.pdf icon Item 6.1F Regional Grants

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Regional Grant In Aid Review

Item 6.1A Budget Piechart And Information

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.pdf icon March 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 2014-2018 Financial Plan (Continuation of 2014 Budget Review)

At the February 27, 2014 Governance & Services meeting the committee reviewed the 2014 budget and recommended amendments to the regional rescue and parks services budget. Staff completed the requested amendments, including further cuts to the regional parks budget.
The following is the budget impact per household. Due to changes in Regional Parks, Regional Grants in Aid, and Regional Rescue as discussed at the Feb 27th meeting, there have are decreases from the first draft of the budget, ranging from
$5.44 to $7.88, depending on the area.
2014 Average Residential Tax Change (based on 2014 house value) as follows:


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Director Hanson left the meeting at 9:00 a.m.

Staff reviewed the changes to the first draft of the budget:
- Regional rescue decrease transfer to reserves from $170,000 to $50,000
- Regional Parks - a $351,700 reduction. Originally staff was directed to reduce the budget by $250,000.
- Eastside Parks - adjusted capital funds of $25,000.
- Regional Grant In Aid - final allocations submitted,

The final budget in the form a 5-year financial plan bylaw will be presented on March 28th for Board approval.

Director Hanson returned at 9:10 a.m.

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.pdf icon March 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

8.1 Rise & Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of March 13, 2014

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT the Board approve the budget amendments as outlined in the March 13, 2014 Governance & Services Committee meeting.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon Item 4.1 Summary Highlights Report

.pdf icon Item 4.1A Budget Piechart And Information

.pdf icon Item 4.1B Budgets Summary

.pdf icon Item 4.1C Tax Requisitions And Rates

.pdf icon Item 4.1D Community Services Engineering

.pdf icon Item 4.1E Community Services Waste Management

.pdf icon Item 4.1F Community Services Planning

.pdf icon Item 4.1G Community Services Fire Protection

.pdf icon Item 4.1H Community Services Inspections (BUILDING INSPECTION)

.pdf icon Item 4.1I Parks Services

.pdf icon Item 4.1J Parks Services Policing Services

.pdf icon Item 4.1K Finance And Administration

.pdf icon Item 4.1L Corporate Services

.pdf icon Item 4.1M Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement (DOG CONTROL)

.pdf icon Item 4.1N Economic Development Commission

.pdf icon Item 4.1O Regional Board

.pdf icon Budget Financial Presentation

.pdf icon Budget Parks Presentation

 

Dog Control

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.pdf icon February 27, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Director Basran arrived at 8:33

4. Finance & Administrative Services

4.1 Introduction of the 2014-2018 Financial Plan

M. Rilkoff provided an introduction to the 2014 budget:
• Today's discussion is to show the impact of all initiatives previously identified.
• It is a working document for the Board to provide direction for the next meeting.
• Any changes identified will be brought back to the March 13th G & S meeting.
• The public meeting and final adoption of budget bylaw will be on March 28th.
• Tax requisitions are collected by the municipalities and provincial Surveyor of Taxes for the electoral areas and remitted to the RDCO.
• All services are separate they cannot be combined or intermingled.
• Each service is paid by a different combination of taxpayers.
• Calculation of the tax rate and impacts on an average home, by area was highlighted. Noting an increase to the requisition may be caused by a shift in assessment by area.
• In late 2013, the Board approved adding $.035 per $1,000 for regional parks acquisition. In addition, regional parks are asking for an additional $.0193 for parks operating and development.
• Organization wide an increase of 4.33 FTE staff have been added to the budget.
• Tax requisition comparisons for 2014 (average of $478,000) to 2013 (average of $476,000) for each member area were highlighted.

- City of Kelowna - increase of $1,159,003 (regional parks increase: $1,311,863)
- Peachland - increase of $49,622 (regional parks increase: $55,969)
- Lake Country - increase of $142,686 (regional parks increase: $138,605)
- West Kelowna - increase of $242,817 (regional parks increase $318,747)
- Electoral Area West - decrease of [$5,637] (regional parks increase $45,779
- Electoral Area East - increase of $17,248 (regional parks increase of $40,238)
- WFN - Increase of $89,638 (regional parks increase $76,043, new service $8,479 and other service net increase $5.116)

2014 Average Residential Tax Change (based on 2014 house value) as follows:

                            2013 / 2014
City of Kelowna $141.96 / $160.66
West Kelowna 160.22 / 175.33
Peachland 167.94 / 185.18
Lake Country 162.06 / 183.70
CO West 585.81 / 554.69
CO East 535.43 / 514.06

• Projected 5 year budgets for each service for operating and capital, projected tax rates and reserve balances are provided in the budget document.
• Budget sheets provide the 2013 budget and actuals, 2014 preliminary budget and 5-year plan projected for each service.

Following Introduction the Board adjourned In Camera at 9:02 a.m.

BASRAN/STACK
THAT pursuant to Section 90 (c) of the Community Charter the Regional Board adjourn and convene to an 'In-Camera' session to discuss:
- labour relations or other employee relations

CARRIED Unanimously

GIVEN/FINDLATER
THAT Councillor Derickson be invited to the In Camera meeting.

CARRIED Unanimously

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The Board reconvened from in camera at 9:15a.m.

4.2 Budget Review by Service

Regional Rescue
Jason Brolund, Regional Rescue Coordinator, was in attendance to address issue related to the regional rescue budget. Staff reviewed the proposed budget including:
• Budgeted as status quo which includes increases in payroll and admin, equipment and maintenance. It was noted there is full contribution to reserve for a hazmat truck in 2017 and upgrades to communication equipment.
• Two scenarios were presented: reserve contribution of $170,000 toward the hazmat truck and communication equipment; or reduction of the reserves from $170,000 to $50,000 in 2014 until the service review is completed.
• The question was raised if the reserves were not included could the truck still be purchased? Staff noted that the purchase may need to be deferred and recommended that it be included in the budget. The truck is ending its lifespan and will need to be replaced. The budget is realistic whether it's a truck and trailers.
• Hazmat is a core service, and cannot be contracted? In major fires, such as the recent commercial building fire, the hazmat team is deployed immediately. Our team gets there fast. Insurance company contracts hazmat teams for the cleanup.
• If the purchase was moved out one year will there be issues? Staff noted that the truck is at the end of its useful life. It is something that should be replaced. Efficiencies can be looked during the purchase process.

OPHUS/BAKER
THAT the reserve contribution for the hazmat truck and communication equipment be reduced as presented from $170,000 to $50,000 for 2014.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Staff reviewed the February 24, 2014 memo with the Committee:

General Increase to all budgets:
• Collective Agreement increase to payroll 1.5%
• Utilities 3%
• Administrative Overhead: Full service 0.7%, partial service 0.47%, minimal service 0.23%, engineering -0.7%. Administrative Overhead covers: administration, finance, human resources, information systems and engineering.

During review of the services, specific comment was raised as follows:

Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre
Is there an opportunity for cost recovery with MMBC? There will be a few items but
very small (styrofoam, disposal beverage containers will be collected.)

WWTP & Collector Systems
o Flow splitting information has caused shifts
o Asset renewal is budgeted at 30% level of asset to reserves. Staff recommended a 40% level.
o The stakeholder committee did not feel there was a strong rationale for increase in reserves. Currently there is only $11,763 in reserves for a $36m asset and $195,177 at the end of 2015.
o Finance expressed their concern that appropriate reserves are not being budgeted. The Chair of the stakeholder committee indicated with the year the master plan will be completed which will provide more information on which to base this decision.
o Biosolid land application site - it was noted that if a site is not developed there will be additional costs added to the budget for hauling biosolids. A long term solution is required.

Inspection Services
In 2014, the tax levy for other bylaw enforcement is $39,108 and staff is proposing continued requisition for building inspection. In 2014, that amount is $29,196 (a reduction of $64,250 from 2013).

Regional Parks
o As previously noted the Regional Board provided direction to staff for a tax increase of $.035 for land acquisition which would result in increases of over $16/household.
o Staff proposed an additional increase off $.0193 for operating, development and service review costs. In future years, staff pointed out that as facility reserves are built, the tax rate should come down as there should be less need for transfer to capital for development projects.

Concern was expressed regarding the increase and requested options to reduce the parks budget. Staff reviewed potential options for consideration:
- Option B considerations included a $279,194 reduction (park entrance signage, Friends of Fintry support, park management plan at Woodhaven Regional Park, Tourism Kelowna trail guide partnership, visitor services survey, iParks Navigator
Mobile Phone App, regional parks service review, reduction in parks anniversary events)
- Option C considerations included a $733,978 reduction (operational budget adjustment, Shannon lake fishing dock, Mission Creek spawning channel bear fencing, Okanagan Centre Harbour North breakwater, Mission Creek Cottonwoods bridge deck, Trails to Health reduction in funding)
-Option D considerations included a $779,915 reduction in operation and capital and a small reduction in land acquisition scope.

The Committee recessed at 11:10 a.m. and reconvened at 11:15 a.m.

Discussion:
~It was noted that there is no point in purchasing property if development costs are not budgeted and the land therefore. cannot be opened to the public. The principle is to put dollars into acquisition and development.
~The question was raised whether it is better to ask for a percentage decrease or a dollar value? A variety of options were presented to the Committee for consideration of approximately $279,000 to $780,000 but concern was noted that the Board has considered various acquisitions and those negotiations need to be protected.

STACK/BAKER
THAT the following projects be removed from the regional parks budget: Mission Creek Cottonwoods Bridge Deck ($154,500); satisfaction survey ($45,000); Mission Creek Bear Fencing ($15,000) and that further reductions be considered up to $250,000.

CARRIED (Ophus, Edgson opposed)

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Finance & Administrative Services

OBWB, SIR, Library - a concern was raised that it is not equitable for funding to be based on assessment. This is how the RDCO is required to tax.
Transportation Demand Management - it was noted that the municipal partners fund this service through Kelowna (STPCO agreement). The electoral areas remain in the TDM service as part of the STPCO agreement with funding transferred to Kelowna.

STACK/FINDLATER
THAT pursuant to Section 90 (c) of the Community Charter the Regional Board adjourn and convene to an 'In-Camera' session to discuss land acquisitions.

CARRIED Unanimously

The Committee adjourned at 12:15pm

(OBWB means Okanagan Basin Water Board)

(TDM means Transportation Demand Management)

(STPCO means ??)

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.pdf icon January 27, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about any of the subjects below except:

UBC Okanagan Campus Presentation
The Regional Board has received a presentation about the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. There are more than 8,300 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at the facility. Since 2005 the campus has tripled its square footage, provides over 1,600 residence beds and has an operating budget of $116-million. The campus has embarked on a process to create a vision of the future called ‘Aspire’ involving stakeholders and the public. It’s created an online discussion forum (aspire.ok.ubc.ca) and will hold an Open House next month at the Rotary Centre for the Arts to engage the community.

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10. FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

10.1 Capital Expenditure / Commitment Authority Policy for First Quarter (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 20,2014 outlined that it has been the practice of the RDCO that capital commitments and expenditures not proceed in the current year until the budget has been approved in March. Operationally this practice can be restrictive as projects previously budgeted in the 5-Year Financial Plan are unable to get underway sooner. Many projects don't get done in the first quarter - an example is the ortho-photo project which has been in the budget for a couple of years. The best time for flying is in the spring when leaves are not on the trees by delaying final budget approval the window for flying could be missed.

Staff noted under the Purchasing Policy a capital expenditure, if amount is approved under the budget bylaw, it would not come to the Board for consideration. The CAO approves purchases over $75,000. The dollar limit that would apply is approved in the financial plan.

The draft policy is oulined:
'Purchasing commitments and expenditures for certain capital projects may proceed during the first quarter of the current year, in advance of the current year budget and 5-Year Financial Plan approval in March provided the following criteria are met:
• The amount was identified in the prior year 5-Year Financial Plan;
• The total amount being committed or expended cannot exceed the amount identified in the 5-Year Financial Plan approved by the Board;
• The commitment or expenditure request must be reviewed and approved by both the Director of Finance and Administration and the Chief Administrative Officer.'

In discussion, concern was expressed that the Board should know what they are approving, in terms of the type of projects. In principle agree to the policy, but would want to know what the projects are in advance. It was noted that most of the projects would come from reserves previously budgeted. The 5-Year Plan acts as authorization of operating expenses. The question was raised whether the projects being considered could be identified in November. What specific project(s) is staff currently considering for early expenditure? Staff noted the ortho photo project is one identified, a value of $75,000.

FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT staff be directed to review further the draft Q1 purchasing commitments and expenditure policy to include consideration by the Board in the last quarter of the year, for the projects identified for early expenditure during the first quarter of the following year;
AND FURTHER THAT the Board authorizes the expenditure of the ortho photos to a maximum of $75,000.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6. Economic Development Commission

6.1 EDC Update - 2014 Draft Operations Plan
Robert Fine, Director of Economic Development, provided the Committee with an overview of EDC's Operational Plan.
• 43 person advisory board of directors
• Executive members were present and introduced
• 2013 accomplishments highlighted including: 36 foreign delegations, 342 skilled occupation provincial nominations; 31 business PNP applications (establishing businesses from abroad); 100 companies provided foreign service worker assistance; 100 companies one on one business planning assistance; 14,000 inquiries throughout the year; 10 agri-tourism business expansion; connected 30 young professionals to stakeholders/job placements; assist in air route development.
• New growth theory: knowledge production (research and development, creating technology), human capital (getting younger as a community); entrepreneurship (97% of businesses have under 20 employees).
• 70-80% business will expand from within.
• 2014 highlights include: Okanagan Young Professionals Boomerang Campaign; continuation of agri-tourism program; business liaison increased focus to target organizations; Business Beyond Borders Seminars; Alberta attraction; foreign entrepreneurial recruitment (record applicants); research employment and skills training demand to 2020, Asia Pacific market
enhancement.
• 5-year strategic plan (budget request will include a $60,000 one-time increase to develop a new 5-year strategic plan). Last one was done 32 years ago.
• Have leveraged over $1 mil from external support over the last five years

BASRAN/OPHUS
THAT the Economic Development Commission update be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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You will find local North Westside Road BC businesses, services, free classifieds, local arts and crafts, vacation waterfront rentals, plus much more located near and around Okanagan Lake BC.  We will be adding to this site, so come back and check it often.

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