Alternative Approval Process for proposed Centennial Field borrowing to begin August 23

Monday, August 19, 2019

With the approval of the Inspector of Municipalities, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) will be conducting an Alternative Approval Process from August 23, 2019 to October 2, 2019 regarding the proposed purchase of Centennial Field in Blind Bay for the development of a community park.

The consent of the electors is needed to support the borrowing of $1.77 million towards the purchase of 9.5 acres of land in Blind Bay.

The Alternative Approval Process would authorize the borrowing of funds for the purchase unless at least 671 valid electors − which equates to 10 per cent of the eligible voters of Electoral Area C − submit forms declaring their opposition. The deadline for submission of these forms has been set at 4 PM, Wednesday, October 2, 2019.

Elector Response forms will be available beginning Friday, August 23, 2019 from the CSRD office at 555 Harbourfront Drive NE, Salmon Arm or can be downloaded from the CSRD website at www.csrd.bc.ca. Electors can also request forms be mailed to them by calling 250.832.8194.

Electoral Area C Director Paul Demenok notes this initiative has been ongoing for a number of years to get to the point of bringing this proposal to the voters through the Alternative Approval Process.

“The purchase of Centennial Field represents a terrific opportunity for all of us to acquire a very unique piece of property for a community park, a park that was requested in the Area C Parks Plan. If approved, this park will deliver social, cultural, economic, environmental and recreational benefits for generations to come, and these benefits will far outweigh the costs, in my opinion,” he said.

The Alternative Approval Process is a method of obtaining voter consent to borrow $1.77 million for the Centennial Field purchase, with the remaining funds being drawn from the Electoral Area C Park Land Acquisition Reserve Fund. The negotiated purchase price for the 9.5-acre parcel of land in Blind Bay is $2.75 million, subject to voter approval.

If successful, the purchase would equate to a payment of approximately $48 per year for the average Electoral Area C residential property with an assessed value of $370,138, based on a 25-year loan amortization.

The Alternative Approval Process, where voters submit objections directly to the CSRD, is a more cost-effective way of obtaining elector consent when compared to the costs of conducting a referendum. It was endorsed by the Board as the method to obtain the elector consent for the loan.

If the 10 per cent threshold of voter opposition is reached by the October 2, 2019 deadline, the CSRD Board would not be able to proceed without holding a referendum for all residents of Electoral Area C.

Once the Alternative Approval Process starts on August 23, the CSRD will be posting an information page to our website including links to the forms, bylaws, CSRD reports and frequently asked questions. For this information, please go to our website at www.csrd.bc.ca and look under Quicklinks for Alternative Approval Process.

An information meeting is also being planned in Electoral Area C to allow the public a chance to learn more about the proposal and have their questions answered. More information will be provided once a date and location have been established.

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