Council Notes: 2016 schedule chosen, international running event discussed

With the end of 2015 drawing near, Town Council approved its 2016 meeting schedule as well as its appointments to committees.

Council decides its 2016 schedule, appointments

With the end of 2015 drawing near, Town Council approved its 2016 meeting schedule as well as its appointments to committees and the acting mayor schedule.

The meeting schedule will look much like it did this year, with two meetings per month, except for July and August, with the first being a night meeting and the second being an afternoon meeting.

Council also decided to keep much of the same committee appointments as it had in 2015, believing that continuity was important to maximize efficiency.

“One year, you’re just kind of getting into it and then you’re moving on to something else,” said Mayor Ron Oszust.

Resort Development Strategy ratified

Council acknowledged and ratified the 2015-2017 Resort Development Strategy (RDS) that was developed by local tourism stakeholders and approved by the Province.

Under the framework of the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI), Council is given little say in what projects are going to be pursued.

“The Province under this framework has always determined that it is tourism stakeholders in the community that determine what the projects are going to be, with council essentially holding the final card from a technical sense,” said Town CAO Jon Wilsgard.

“We have permission to agree,” added Mayor Oszust.

Golden became B.C.’s second RMI community in 2006 and has received $4.5 million towards tourism-related projects since then.

“It’s a windfall of money, it’s done some amazing things for us in the past number of years,” Wilsgard said.

Coun. Barlow appointed to Mountain Running Championship committee

Council discussed Magi Scallion’s presentation at their Nov. 17 meeting, eventually appointing Coun. Connie Barlow to be the liaison for the potential Mountain Running Championships bid.

Golden has been virtually assured to receive the championships should it submit a bid, which is due by the fall of 2016.

“It is a big venture,” Oszust said, recalling that the event’s budget would be in the range of $300,000 to $400,000.

It is unclear how involved the Town would be should the bid go forward, but according to Wilsgard only a limited amount of assistance could be provided under the current budgeting regime.

The Town could be there at the staff level for logistics and permitting, he said, but anything more than that type of assistance would overwhelm under current parameters.

There was a brief discussion whether the bid could be supported under the Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) but it was agreed that this would be a part of a larger discussion in the future based on reports from Coun. Barlow.