Municipal elections fast approaching

As the national election fades into history, our local election is fast approaching. The quality of local government depends on excellent candidates in elected offices, and to this end Mayor Greg Granstrom will offer two sessions of his “Council 101” workshop, one on May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., and one on May 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., both at the arena lounge.

  • May. 11, 2011 1:00 p.m.

As the national election fades into history, our local election is fast approaching.

The quality of local government depends on excellent candidates in elected offices, and to this end Mayor Greg Granstrom will offer two sessions of his “Council 101” workshop, one on May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m., and one on May 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., both at the arena lounge.

“I’m trying to give [prospective mayors and councillors] the best information so they can decide whether they want to enter the fray or not,” Granstrom said.

In the meantime, the elections were set in motion on Monday evening when Tracey Butler was appointed Chief Election Officer by council.

Butler’s position is responsible to conduct Rossland’s 2011 general local election and gives her the power to appoint other election officials who may be required to administer and conduct the election, and she will be assisted in this role by Kathy Smith, who was appointed Deputy Chief Election Officer.

Rossland’s bylaw 2417 allows remuneration of $1,000 and $500 for Butler and Smith’s services respectively, $250 for each additional election official, $30 per hour plus meals for advance polling, and $12 per hour for ballot counters.

There is at least one change from the last election, held in 2008: All polling will take place at city hall, there will not be a booth at the Senior’s Hall this time.