Ladysmith town council’s Nov. 2 special meeting had an agreement for animal control services and the 2022 budget workshop among agenda highlights.
Council held its first 2022 budget workshop to discuss the preliminary operating budget. Before higher level service requests, the operating budget is $19.3 million — which covers the cost of delivering services and running amenities, such as facilities or maintaining parks, streets and trails. No decisions were required by council at the meeting with regards to the budget or 2022–2026 Financial Plan.
Council will continue budget discussions on Nov. 9 at a special meeting in-person at city hall council chambers. A schedule of the upcoming 2022 budget meetings can be found on the town’s website. Slideshow presentations as well as a recap will also be published on the Financial Plan page, according to the town.
Council approved entering into a three year agreement with Coastal Animal Control Services of BC Ltd, which it has held an agreement with since 2004.Staff were also directed to amend the Dog Licensing, Control and Pound Bylaw to increase each of the fees for dog licenses by $5.
Mayor Stone proclaimed Nov. 16 as Louis Riel Day in the Town of Ladysmith. A flag raising will take place with members of the Mid-Island Métis Nation that day at city hall. The Mayor also proclaimed November as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Awareness Month and council approved the request to light city hall and the “Ladysmith” sign at Bob Stuart Park with orange lights during the week of Nov. 8-15.
Stone recommended several of the annual appointments, which received support from council. Coun. Tricia McKay will act as deputy mayor from November 2021 – April 2022 and Coun. Marsh Stevens will take over in the role from May 2022 – October 2022. Stone, Coun. Rob Johnson and Coun. Duck Paterson were appointed to the Parcel Tax Review Panel. Stone will continue as director and Stevens as alternate director, representing the town on the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board. Coun. Jeff Virtanen will continue to sit as director and Stone as alternate director representing the town on the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board. The remaining annual committee and liaison appointments will be discussed at next week’s special council meeting.