Offices of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

Regional district approves compensation changes

The compensation changes will be in effect starting December 2015

During a regular meeting of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako (RDBN) on Nov. 20, the board of directors approved the recommendations made on the Regional Board Compensation report.

The recommendations include that the directors’ basic remuneration of $7884 annually should not be increased at this time. It also stated that the rural directors’ additional remuneration of $4884 annually should not be increased.

According to the report, the chairperson’s remuneration will be increased from $7656 to $12,000. The vice-chairperson’s remuneration will be increased from $2556 to $3000.

The chairperson of the RDBN standing/select committee remuneration will be increased from $3816 to $4000.

The directors and alternate directors rate of $122 will be increased to $200 for each day or part thereof for attendance at one or more regional district board and/or committee meetings.

The directors’ rate of $122 per day or $61 per half day for attendance at other meetings or events authorized by the board will be increased to $200 per day or $100 per half.

The recommendations will be implemented for the electoral term beginning December 2015.

During the meeting, the board of directors authorized contributing $15,000 of electoral area B federal gas tax allocation monies and $15,000 of electoral area E federal gas tax allocation monies for the Lakes District Fair Association parking lot improvement recreation infrastructure project at the Eagle Creek recreation grounds.

The RDBN’s board of directors also authorized contributing $7500 of electoral area B federal gas tax allocation monies and $7500 of electoral area E federal gas tax allocation monies for a Tweedsmuir Cavaliers Saddle Club parking lot expansion recreation infrastructure project at the Eagle Creek recreation grounds.

The Southside Economic Development Association (SEDA), a non-profit organization representing residents of Bulkley Nechako Regional District Area E, was granted the RDBN’s assistance in the form of federal gas tax funds to complete an energy efficiency upgrade to the SEDA building. The upgrade includes energy efficient doors and windows at a cost of $7104.

The Topley Fire Protection Society, a non-profit organization, has also requested the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako’s assistance in the form of federal gas tax funds to complete an energy efficiency upgrade at the Topley Fire Hall, located in electoral area G.

The upgrade includes replacing an “inefficient furnace” with a new furnace rated at 96 per cent efficiency. The upgrade also includes replacing two exterior man-doors with insulated doors, two wooden garage doors with metal insulated overhead doors, and upgrade the insulation in the attic. The total project cost was $20,864. The motion was carried.