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One Year with the New Council

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 09:00 PM

The most recent local government election was held last year on the third Saturday of November so pretty soon we will celebrate the new Council's one year in office. Four out of six councillors are new and three of them come from three wards. Our system is unique in British Columbia but it is reflective of the varied diversity that we enjoy in Lake Country. By the same token, though, our Community, Council and Staff are also proud of the fact that Lake Country is one community, one municipality...

Lake Country Phase 2 of Business Systems Review Underway

Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 09:00 PM

In May of this year, Council passed a resolution that, as the Administrator, I look further into the Business Systems Review recommendations and suggest further implementation of those that are going to affect the budget in coming years, beginning in 2013. As a result, I submitted a number of suggestions to Council which were approved as action items to be implemented as the second phase of this project.

Just as a brief reminder, the first phase of the reorganization dealt mainly with two areas: the...

Here we Go Again! Time to Get some Action from our Provincial Government

Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 09:00 PM

In about a month the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention will be held in Victoria. The convention has three main purposes. The first and foremost is for individual councils to meet with provincial ministers and lobby them for important issues to be resolved, projects to be approved, and funds to be granted. The second is to form a local government' united front in dealing with provincial policy affecting local governments, such as, for instance, use of Crown land or how water is protected...

Lake Country and Communities in Bloom is all about Life. The Okanagan Way.

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 09:00 PM

You might think the name makes it sound like the focus is on flowers and gardens, but in reality the Communities in Bloom program is all about getting people involved in making their community a better place in which to live, work, and visit. Inspiring citizen and civic involvement in enhancing the community's resilience and liveability is a primary goal of the program.

This is the second year that Lake Country has participated in the program, and we look at it as a catalyst to inventory assets and...

New Council Busy Fulfilling Its Vision

Posted on Thursday, July 05, 2012 09:00 PM

Summer is finally here and our new Council has already been in office almost eight months. I can certainly say that those months have not been dull. Between bustling activities and major changes, the District seems to be on a roll. This is good especially in times of economic difficulties like those we are living through now.

One thing local governments do not do enough is celebrating accomplishments and reflecting upon them. Most of the time, we are busy doing things or responding to customer requests....