Mayor Victor Smith announced during the meeting on Monday night (Jan. 9) that this year’s budget meeting — which is open to the public — will take place Wednesday evening (Jan. 11). (Kemone Moodley/Hope Standard)

Mayor Victor Smith announced during the meeting on Monday night (Jan. 9) that this year’s budget meeting — which is open to the public — will take place Wednesday evening (Jan. 11). (Kemone Moodley/Hope Standard)

First council meeting of the year announces budgeting to take place Wednesday (Jan. 11)

Budget moved ahead of schedule by two months to get on top of planned projects for the year

While the first District of Hope’s first council meeting, of 2023, wasn’t quite as exciting as last week’s 12 tonne rock it did announce a few things of interest.

Mayor Victor Smith announced during the meeting on Monday night (Jan. 9) that this year’s budget meeting — which is open to the public — will take place Wednesday evening (Jan. 11).

“This year council and staff are working with Director of Finance Mike Olson and his team to move the budget ahead two months year and another two months next year,” said Smith. “This is an important step to apply new processes to reduce cost and improve operating efficiencies. Earlier out of the gate will get us better delivery in the supply chain and improve the time line on projects.”

Aside from moving the budget ahead, other points of interest included:

• Acknowledging the appointment of Thomas Cameron as the new District of Hope Fire Chief. Cameron, who is currently the Deputy Fire Chief, is taking over from Tom DeSorcy who is retiring. Cameron starts his first day in this position on Jan. 20.

• Council agreeing to endorse nominees Jeff Kohlman, Martin Hendriks and Tannis Hendriks for appointment to the AdvantageHOPE Board. The board currently has six vacancies.

• Council agreeing to ratify the telephone poll of December 15, 2022 and “issue a letter of support to the Fraser Valley Mountain Bikers Association, for their partnership with AdvantageHOPE, and grant submission for the Economic Capacity stream of the Province of BC’s Rural Economic Diversification and Infrastructure Program, for funding for trail development and marketing of the trail network on Hope Mountain.”

“This is a very good project. The previous council started with this…[former] Coun. Smith was adamant about this, so it’s nice to see it move forward,” said Smith.

The next council meeting will take place on Jan. 23, at 7 p.m, at the Council Chambers.

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