TOP TEN GOOD DECISIONS MADE BY THE PRESENT BOARD
Submitted by Rick williamson
Over the last 3 years, even though this Board has made many, many decisions that I consider to be inappropriate, they have made some good ones as well and following is a recap of those items.
Everyone will have their own items that they feel should be on this list. This list represents my personal opinions so I will provide the reasoning why I included the items that I have. My rationale will be in red.
With apologies to David Letterman, here is tonight’s Top Ten List.
Tonight’s category: The Top Ten Good Decisions Made by the current Cultus Lake Park Board
#10 Nov. 13, 2013 Voted to approve the Cultus Lake Christmas event. (This was a great community event that had something for Lakers of all ages – so it helped bring the community together at very little cost to the Board.)
#9. July 9, 2014 Voted to allow RCMP to tie their boat up to public dock over the summer. (This made it more convenient for the RCMP to access their boat which allowed the RCMP to spend more time on the water, thus improving overall boater safety.)
#8. Oct. 10, 2012 Voted to approve a new residential lease document. (This new lease makes it easier for Lakers to get mortgages which also means it is easier for Lakers to sell if they chose.)
#7. April 11, 2012 Voted to approve Cultus Lake Days. (Another great community event with something for the entire family, all at minimal cost to the Board.)
#6. October 24, 2012 Voted to have quarterly Financial Statements and year-end audited statements posted on the website. (Allows Lakers to review the financial state of the Park and this helps to improve accountability and transparency of the Board.)
#5. July 7, 2014 Voted to rescind Ron Campbell’s appointment as Deputy Election Officer. (Originally Campbell, as Deputy Election Officer would be reporting to Christine Woodward, as Chief Election Officer. As Campbell is Woodward’s boss in the Park Office, Campbell’s appointment was a clear conflict and if not reversed, could have cast a cloud over the entire election process. Fortunately, the Board recognized this potential conflict and Meghan Shattock was appointed in Campbell’s place.)
#4. March 13, 2013 Voted against the Staff proposal to change all Lake addresses from 3 numbers to 5 numbers (To me, this Staff proposal made no sense at all. If it had gone ahead, then every Laker would need to change their addresses for things like bills, Driver’s licences, mortgages, passports, etc. It would have been a huge hassle, along with some out-of-pocket costs for Lakers for no real benefit that I can see.)
#3. April 2013 (as the decision was In-camera, I don’t know the exact date) vote to grant all Commercial leaseholders (CL) 12-month occupancy for their caretaker/security suites and all would pay the same annual lease amount. (This was a step forward in fairness and equality and treats all CL’s with suites the same. It corrected the earlier, discriminatory practice of charging some CL’s the same amount for 6-month occupancy as other CL’s paid for 12-month occupancy. These caretaker suite fees are in addition to the commercial lease payment each CL already paid.) Unfortunately, this decision was reversed 7 months later on November 27, 2013, and the previous, discriminatory plan was re-instated, albeit at a different lease rate than in the past.
#2. January 9, 2013 Voted to establish Cores Services Committee to look at ways to reduce Park expenses. (Having a fresh set of eyes looking at Park finances can only result in a positive outcome. Any cost reductions discovered would be a positive for all Lakers. It can identify inefficiencies, improve accountability and transparency and can result in overall savings to the Park.) Unfortunately, this Committee was dissolved before it completed its task and so no recommendations were made. It is especially unfortunate as the dissolution took place just days after the Park’s Accountant was arrested and charged with defrauding his former employer. As it turns out, this Accountant also defrauded the Park.)
#1. (I could not find the actual date this was approved.) Video-tape Board meetings and post them on the Board’s website. (This improves Board, individual Commissioner and Park Staff accountability as there is a record of what was said at meetings and by whom. As not all Lakers can attend the meetings, it allows all Lakers to view the meetings on their own schedule in their homes – a real positive step forward in accountability, transparency and communicating with community.)