New year for City of Rossland: A Q&A with Mayor Kathy Moore

Rossland News caught up with Mayor Kathy Moore to get her thoughts on 2015 and her hopes for the new year.

2015 was a busy year for Rossland, with the City planning a lot of new infrastructure projects to be undertaken in 2016, but also making some more immediate changes, like reducing the speed limit or changing the name of Esling Park. Rossland News caught up with Mayor Kathy Moore to get her thoughts on 2015 and her hopes for the new year.

Rossland News: Of everything that happened in Rossland last year, what were you the most excited about?

Mayor Kathy Moore:Very happy about getting some our past issues sorted out. I feel that council has set the city on a more sustainable path in regards to employment contracts. We need to really pay attention to how we spend taxpayers’ money and make sure we are paying a fair salary, comparable to what is paid in other communities our size.I believe we are moving in the right direction.

RN: What 2016 projects or initiatives are you most excited about?

KM:

  1. To continue on the labour theme, a key priority for 2016 is to hire key senior managers: a CFO/CO and a manager of finance.Looking forward to finding some qualified candidates that can work with council for the benefit of the community, and as mentioned, at a cost we can afford. I’m looking forward to establishing a stable management team, hopefully one that will be in place for years to come but will bring new ideas and broad experience.
  2. We have some big infrastructure projects coming up; Washington St. is the most important. I am really excited about getting the water and sewer lines replaced. They are well beyond their useful life. It will be great to make the Washington St. corridor more attractive and pedestrian friendly with sidewalks, bike lanes and landscaping. We hear so many comments about the benefits of the improvements made to Columbia, it’s time to upgrade Washington too.
  3. Making the improvements to our fabulous Miners’ Hall is very exciting too. Looking forward to having more community space once the upper floor is renovated. We still need to line up more funds to make this project a reality.
  4. Museum, Phase 1 is also a big deal this year. Lots of work has been done on this project.

RN: The new year always means new resolutions, but as many have said recently, they can often get broken. Were there any big hopes you had for the City of Rossland in 2015that didn’t pan out?

KM: Only real disappointment was that we were unable to get an agreement on recreation withTrail. Both councils worked really hard but in the end,Rossland just could not afford what Trail was requesting. Recreation is important but we have to focus on the core municipal responsibilities: roads,sewer, water. Rossland already spends a lot of money providing recreational opportunities for our residents but it just isn’t possible to provide everything that everyone wants. It’s just not affordable.

RN: What are your hopes for Rossland in 2016? As mayor, do you have any new year’s resolutions?

KM:

1. Live up to the vision statement council developed: “To be a more sustainable, smart, fun and livable small city.”

2. My resolutions are tied to council priorities:

a. We want to make sure our financial house is in order; ensure that we are making smart spending decisions for the benefit of the community. E.g. improve the reporting and tracking of all infrastructure projects so council and the public have confidence;

b. Make sure we have a stable competent management team in place; ensure that we continue to provide excellent customer service;

c. We want to further develop and implement a robust asset management plan so that we are spending taxpayer money wisely;

d. Continue to reduce inflow and infiltration so we can reduce wastewater treatment costs — it’s all based on volumetric flow data now;

e. Get our water and sewer rates set properly to more accurately reflect true costs;

f. Continue to communicate regularly and be responsive to the public;

g. Move the Midtown transition lands, Emcon lot, forward. This council needs to focus on it. That will be a multi-year process.

3. I started with the vision, so I’ll end with the mission statement as my last new year’s resolution. I want us to continually work towards implementing our mission statement: “To provide cost efficient and effective municipal services to residents,visitors and businesses in a collaborative and cooperative fashion to ensure a well managed, well governed,viable community.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Trail RCMP officer accused of criminal harassment, forcible entry

BCPS: The charges against Murchie date between 2017 and 2020

Petition calls on referendum for new city hall development in Rossland

The petition sent to the B.C. government has gathered more than 350 signatures

Trail RCMP safely apprehend man experiencing mental health crisis

A number of frontline agencies were involved in bringing this incident to a peaceful resolve

Trail RCMP, coroner, investigating fisherman’s sudden death

The Maple Ridge man, in his 50s, died while fishing on a bridge near Trail

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Ex-Okanagan Mountie forfeits 20 days’ pay after sexual misconduct review

A former Vernon RCMP constable made sexual comments, grabbed genitals of male officer in two incidents 10 years ago

Man found dead on Okanagan trail identified as Hollywood actor

GoFundMe campaign launched for man found dead at summit of Spion Kop

3 people dead in Prince George motel fire

Fire personnel believe the blaze was suspicious although investigation in early stages

B.C. sets terms to review police, mental health, race relations

MLAs to recommend Police Act changes by May 2021

Feds announce $8.3M to deal with ‘ghost’ fishing gear in B.C. waters

Ghost gear accounts for up to 70 per cent of all macro-plastics in the ocean by weight

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands

The 670-kilometre pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. to Kitimat

Most Read