Electing the waterworks

Invermere mayor Taft objects to Christy Clarke’s appointments to elected government positions for Jumbo.

Invermere mayor Taft objects to Christy Clarke’s appointments to elected government positions for Jumbo, but he did not object when all the RDEK mayors were appointed to elected positions for the West Fernie Waterworks District.  

As previously noted, the RDEK refers to the 1955 contract as though it is still in force but has not mentioned the 1975 contract that replaces the requirement (under the Local Government Act) for the WFWD to have a renewal fund, directed by the Inspector of Municipalities, for the water system when needed.

Over the last 36 years, the City of Fernie has received between two and three million dollars (in 2012 dollars) which mostly went to pay interest on money borrowed to pay capital costs of replacing or extending the City’s water system. If that money had gone into a renewal fund it would have earned interest and would be considerably more than three million dollars. The Province and the RDEK are helping the City take the money and run. If WFWD residents accept the RDEK proposal, they cancel the contract and give away that money.  

On May 4 the RDEK Directors changed hats after their Board Meeting and convened a WFWD Trustees Meeting at 10:43 a.m.  It took five minutes to: re-elect Mike Sosnowski as Chair; adopt the agenda; adopt the minutes of their February 4, 2011 Meeting; approve the unaudited WFWD Financial Statements for 2011; adjourn at 10:48 a.m.; then go out to lunch and let Mike get things done.


Peter A. Ross


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