Mayor’s Report

Mayor Christina Benty Town of Golden

Council gave final adoption to the annual five year financial plan bylaw at its last meeting, and we now have a budget that reflects what we should be able to accomplish in 2011.   Our focus has been to create a sustainable community by balancing economic, environmental and social responsibilities. I thought I would take this opportunity to outline how your council determines its work plan to meet these responsibilities.

Council participated in a strategic planning session in order to set some goals for the year that reflect broad community values as identified in the OCP.  We prioritized those goals and asked our staff to create a work plan based on the financial and human resources required.     These goals are in addition to the numerous legislative tasks and responsibilities required by the Town of Golden that are outside of our control.  Our corporate strategic priorities can be reflected under four categories:

Back to Basics – finish projects and bylaws – This year we intend to complete a number of bylaws including the unsightly premise bylaw, the zoning bylaw and the development procedures bylaw.  Ongoing projects that have been prioritized include the development of the Old Town Works Yard, curb side recycling, introducing the tax exemption revitalization program for businesses, and exploring opportunities for the community broadband network.

Maintain Cultural Vibrancy – This goal is reflected in our commitment to redevelop the Civic Center, to invest in another summer concert series and in a public art program.

Enhance Recreation for residents and tourists – This year we will see the installation of a green gym along our Rotary trail system, the installation of several new way-finding signs and a plan for downtown revitalization.  In partnership with the province, the bike/pedestrian trail from the Golden Visitors center to the downtown will be built.

Protect our community assets –     Council has deliberately set aside a percentage of tax dollars into an infrastructure deficit reserve.  As our community assets depreciate rapidly, this minimal contribution is a starting point and we felt that this was a responsible course of action.

We will strive to deliver quality public services in a fiscally responsible and transparent manner while ensuring that our activities are clearly communicated in the local media and on our website.

Lastly, I want to welcome some of the new staff at town hall and thank our existing staff for their hard work and dedication during this busy winter          season.


~Mayor Christina Benty

Town of Golden

Just Posted

Northern Silica promises residents new haul road

Hartley Road residents gathered on Feb. 6 to discuss promises from the… Continue reading

Short term rentals have an impact on long term housing across the world

A community survey and four focus groups have highlighted what the community… Continue reading

Rockets unable to win against Dynamiters, Izzy Palumbo takes net in second period

The Golden Rockets were unable to beat out the Kimberly Dynamiters on… Continue reading

Council comes up with a plan to allow food trucks

Food trucks have been a staple in communities for a long time.… Continue reading

Beaver Scouts visit fire hall to learn teamwork and earn hero badges

The Golden Beavers attended a training session with the Golden Fire Department… Continue reading

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Reports of money laundering in B.C. real estate ‘troubling’: attorney general

News report alleges people connected to fentanyl trade are using B.C. real estate to launder money

Most Read