Regional local governments take focus

Politicians and municipal staff from around the region gathered at Copper Point Resort in Invermere for the annual AKBLG conference.

Politicians and municipal staff from around the region gathered at Copper Point Resort in Invermere for the annual Association of Kootenay and Boundary Local Governments conference.

Aside from professional development, networking, and listening to some informative guest speakers, the different communities also got together to agree on some resolutions to bring to the next UBCM conference (Union of British Columbia Municipalities), which will hopefully then be passed onto the provincial government.

Resolutions, proposed by individual communities or regional districts, were discussed, debated, and then voted on during the conference.

These resolutions help identify priorities for the region, and let the province know how they can assist municipalities on local problems.

Issues as diverse as policing problems, agriculture, urban wildlife, and property assessments.

The first resolution passed was one that has been an issue for most municipalities across the country. The granting system needs to be looked at to find a new approach that would allow municipalities to set priorities within their budgets, instead of choosing certain projects only because those are the grants that are available.

Invermere put forward a resolution, requesting the province take some responsibility for their deer problem. They are asking that the province, who owns the deer, resume responsibility and/or provide adequate funding to effectively manage and mitigate the impacts of urban wildlife.

Golden did not put forward any resolutions, but many that were passed impact some or all of the communities in the Kootenays.

These resolutions will be discussed at UBCM, and hopefully put some pressure on the provincial, and even federal governments, to make some changes.