City council has started their long talked about financial planning process.
First slated to begin June 1, city council has instead elected to begin this month.
The planning, which will include some public meetings, will include the topics of asset management investment, routine maintenance and revenue planning.
Service levels will be examined—with staff reviewing service levels and identifying areas and risks for changing the service levels—as well as recreation and facilities and consideration will be given to a Community Social Planning Development Plan for the City of Rossland.
Statistics, user revenues and maintenance costs and value of the city’s recreation and facilities will be done.
An RFP will now be issued for a contractor to provide the Community Social Planning Development Plan for the city. The contractor will have to have experience in community development theory and practice for social planning.
The cost for the contractor was set with a ceiling of $10,000, moving up from the $5,000 first budgeted for. The incremental extra $5,000 requested for the hiring of a community social development specialist will be funded from surplus.
On Oct. 7 council directed city staff to put out a request for an RFP for an experienced community social development specialist with council having some input in the RFP process.
The planning process was deemed to include a long term Asset Management Investment Plan complete with a review of service levels and a long term revenue plan. At the time, council indicated a need for social planning that addressed community support and sustainability.