I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving. It’s a nice break in the midst of a busy fall. Council has recently returned from a hectic but productive time at UBCM. This is a yearly, weeklong conference where all B.C. municipalities gather to discuss issues relevant to local government. Council attends everything from educational clinics and cabinet panel discussions, to the annual general meeting and policy debates. Networking receptions give us an opportunity to meet and discuss the highs and lows of local government with other elected officials. A number of resolutions are deliberated and voted on that will help to influence provincial (and sometimes) federal legislation.
Council had meetings with various ministers and ministerial staff on topics such as our Bridge to Bridge upgraded dyke project, our interface fire proposal, and the status and future of the Provincial lands that were originally intended for a highway bypass of the downtown core. Town Council met with other resort communities at UBCM to share successes, ideas and challenges. The Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) is an extremely valuable program for Golden, enhancing visitor experience while improving the quality of life for residents. Several times this summer, I received positive feedback on how great the community was looking, especially from regularly returning visitors. Overall UBCM was extremely busy, but an enlightening and worthwhile convention.
We are all anticipating the grand reopening of our Civic Centre. This project has been council’s highest non-infrastructure priority, and we are thrilled to see it come to fruition. A three-day festival is planned for Dec. 29, 30 and 31. There will be a number of free and ticketed events, so watch for details in the near future. Consider giving a ticket to friends and family as we celebrate together the rebirth of a community icon.
On behalf of the council, I would like to thank everyone who made the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge 10th Anniversary Celebration and the Community Excellence Awards night such a success. You continue to make Golden a vibrant and energizing place to be.