Wasa Recreation Contribution Service

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The RDEK has been requested to investigate the feasibility of establishing a new service to assist with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground.

At present, the facilities are funded through efforts of community volunteers of the Wasa & District Lions Club and the Wasa Recreation Society. The two organizations are concerned that maintaining the required level of volunteerism and fundraising is unsustainable. The establishment of a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service would provide a stable funding stream to ensure the continued operation of these community amenities.

When the RDEK is approached about the creation of a new service, we look to the proponents to provide an indication of community support for the concept prior to the RDEK staff being directed by the Board to undertake the research required to present the concept to the community.

Over the past few months, the Wasa Recreation Society and the Wasa & District Lions Club have been reaching out to gauge support for the creation of a new service. This was part of their independent and informal effort to be able to demonstrate to the Regional District Board that there was some wider support for their request to investigate what a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service could look like.

Once the Board provides direction to RDEK staff to undertake the work to investigate a new service, there are several pieces of information that staff must compile prior to taking the concept to the community. These include:

  • What would the service look like?
  • What area would the service cover / who will be affected by this proposal?
  • How much would it cost?
  • How will the community decide whether or not it supports the proposed service?

This part of the process involves the Board providing formal direction, investigation with the Ministry around what the service would look like, the introduction of a service establishment bylaw so that the parameters around the proposed service are clearly defined, a determination of taxation limits so that residents would know how much the potential service would cost, and a decision by the RDEK Board around which of the three elector assent processes will be used to determine whether there is community assent to proceed with formally establishing a service.

In July, the RDEK Board directed staff to begin the service establishment process and at its September Board Meeting, determined the Elector Assent process would be done by Alternative Approval and gave the first reading to the required service establishment bylaw so that the public consultation can begin.

These steps DO NOT mean a service is being established. They are required in order for staff to be able to gather the information to answer the four bulleted points above and provide the community with all of the information it needs in order to make an informed decision about whether or not a service should proceed.

GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED SERVICE:

An information package has been mailed out to all property owners. It is posted on this page in the Key Documents section, and all other information related to this proposal will be included on this page.

ELECTOR ASSENT PROCESS:

The Alternative Approval Process will be used to seek the approval of the community for the proposed service. To learn more about this process, click on the link in the Documents section or download the Information Package.

  • Elector Response Forms will be available on October 7th - via request and on this project page
  • Elector Response Forms will be accepted by mail or in person at the RDEK's Cranbrook office between October 15, 2021 and 4:30pm November 17, 2021

If you have a question about the proposed service or the elector assent process, you can contact staff or your Area Director (contact details are on this page) or you can use the Q&A tool. The questions asked through the tool are answered on the same page - so it's a great way for everyone's questions and answers to be shared with the community.

The RDEK has been requested to investigate the feasibility of establishing a new service to assist with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground.

At present, the facilities are funded through efforts of community volunteers of the Wasa & District Lions Club and the Wasa Recreation Society. The two organizations are concerned that maintaining the required level of volunteerism and fundraising is unsustainable. The establishment of a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service would provide a stable funding stream to ensure the continued operation of these community amenities.

When the RDEK is approached about the creation of a new service, we look to the proponents to provide an indication of community support for the concept prior to the RDEK staff being directed by the Board to undertake the research required to present the concept to the community.

Over the past few months, the Wasa Recreation Society and the Wasa & District Lions Club have been reaching out to gauge support for the creation of a new service. This was part of their independent and informal effort to be able to demonstrate to the Regional District Board that there was some wider support for their request to investigate what a Wasa Recreation Contribution Service could look like.

Once the Board provides direction to RDEK staff to undertake the work to investigate a new service, there are several pieces of information that staff must compile prior to taking the concept to the community. These include:

  • What would the service look like?
  • What area would the service cover / who will be affected by this proposal?
  • How much would it cost?
  • How will the community decide whether or not it supports the proposed service?

This part of the process involves the Board providing formal direction, investigation with the Ministry around what the service would look like, the introduction of a service establishment bylaw so that the parameters around the proposed service are clearly defined, a determination of taxation limits so that residents would know how much the potential service would cost, and a decision by the RDEK Board around which of the three elector assent processes will be used to determine whether there is community assent to proceed with formally establishing a service.

In July, the RDEK Board directed staff to begin the service establishment process and at its September Board Meeting, determined the Elector Assent process would be done by Alternative Approval and gave the first reading to the required service establishment bylaw so that the public consultation can begin.

These steps DO NOT mean a service is being established. They are required in order for staff to be able to gather the information to answer the four bulleted points above and provide the community with all of the information it needs in order to make an informed decision about whether or not a service should proceed.

GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED SERVICE:

An information package has been mailed out to all property owners. It is posted on this page in the Key Documents section, and all other information related to this proposal will be included on this page.

ELECTOR ASSENT PROCESS:

The Alternative Approval Process will be used to seek the approval of the community for the proposed service. To learn more about this process, click on the link in the Documents section or download the Information Package.

  • Elector Response Forms will be available on October 7th - via request and on this project page
  • Elector Response Forms will be accepted by mail or in person at the RDEK's Cranbrook office between October 15, 2021 and 4:30pm November 17, 2021

If you have a question about the proposed service or the elector assent process, you can contact staff or your Area Director (contact details are on this page) or you can use the Q&A tool. The questions asked through the tool are answered on the same page - so it's a great way for everyone's questions and answers to be shared with the community.

  • Good Turnout to Wasa Recreation Contribution Service Open House / AAP Response Forms Now Available

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    Just over 30 people participated in an Open House in Wasa Wednesday night to learn more the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service.

    “We were pleased to see such a strong turnout,” says RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter. “We recognize not everyone has access to a computer, so it was important for us to be able to have an opportunity for people to come and get information or ask questions about the proposed service.”

    The display boards from the Open House have now been posted on the Wasa Recreation Contribution Service project page on: https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/wasarecreation.

    The proposal includes a parcel tax of up to $45/year for everyone within the proposed service area, which would generate up to $28,800 per year to be directed to the Wasa Recreation Society for the operation and maintenance of numerous community amenities including the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen, tennis courts, ball field and Wasa Lions Trail. These facilities and amenities are currently managed by volunteers through fundraising and establishment of a service would provide a more stable funding stream to ensure they remain open and available.

    The RDEK is seeking direction from the community on whether to proceed with establishing the new service via an Alternative Approval Process (AAP). If 10% of the 708 eligible electors sign and submit elector response forms in opposition, the service cannot proceed without first holding a referendum. Elector response forms are available on the project page and through the RDEK’s office and can be submitted between October 15 and 4:30pm November 17, 2021.

    Additional information about the proposed service, details on the elector assent process, a map of the service area, and more are available on https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/wasarecreation or through the RDEK’s Cranbrook office.

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  • Open House Set to Go Next Week on Proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service

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    The RDEK is hoping for a good turnout to an upcoming Open House regarding the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and upcoming elector assent process.

    “While a project page has been set up online with detailed information about the proposal and elector assent process, we know there are some people who don’t have access to computers or who prefer in-person discussions,” says RDEK Electoral Area E Director Jane Walter. “We felt it was important to provide that more personal opportunity and are encouraging residents within the proposed service area to join us at the Open House next week.”

    The Open House will be held on October 6 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Wasa Community Hall. Director Walter and members of the RDEK staff will be on hand to answer questions. It will be a drop-in format and there will be no formal presentation, so people are invited to come and go. COVID protocols will be in place and masks will be required to be worn.

    The proposal includes a parcel tax of up to $45/year for everyone within the proposed service area, which would generate up to $28,800 per year to be directed to the Wasa Recreation Society for the operation and maintenance of:

    • Wasa Community Hall
    • outdoor kitchen area
    • tennis courts
    • outdoor ice arena
    • public washroom facility
    • softball fields
    • Wasa Lions Trail and playground

    This new service would provide a stable funding stream to ensure the continued operation of these community amenities. At present, the facilities are funded through efforts of community volunteers who have expressed concern that maintaining the required level of volunteerism and fundraising is unsustainable.

    Additional information about the proposed service, details on the elector assent process, a map of the service area, and more are available on https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/wasarecreation or through the RDEK’s Cranbrook office.


  • Wasa Recreation Contribution Service Alternative Approval Project Page Launched

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    The RDEK has launched a new project page for the proposed Wasa Recreation Contribution Service and elector assent process.

    “The RDEK has been asked to investigate the feasibility of establishing a new service to assist with costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the Wasa Community Hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground,” explains RDEK Corporate Officer Tina Hlushak. “We have now received the required regulatory approvals and have compiled the information needed to provide electors with all the information they will need to make an informed decision about whether or not they are in support of creating this new service.”

    A new project page has been created at https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/wasarecreation and all information related to the proposed service and elector assent process will be available on this page. In addition, an Open House will be held on October 6 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Wasa Community Hall to provide residents with an in-person opportunity to drop in, get information, ask questions and learn more about the proposal.

    An information package, including details on the proposed service, elector assent process, timeline and estimated costs of the new service will be posted on the Project Page by Monday.

    An Alternative Approval Process will be used to seek the approval of the community for the proposed service. Elector Response Forms will be available starting October 7 on the project page or by contacting the RDEK. Eligible electors opposed to the establishment of the new service will be able to submit an elector response form to the Corporate Officer between October 15 and November 17. If 10% of the eligible electors sign and submit elector response forms in opposition, the RDEK will not proceed with establishing the new service at this time.

    “One of the tools being used on the project page is the Q&A tool. Anyone with questions about the proposed service or assent process can ask a question on this page and the answers will be displayed there, so it's a great way for everyone's questions and answers to be shared with the community,” adds Hlushak.

    For more information, visit https://engage.rdek.bc.ca/wasarecreation or contact the RDEK.

  • Wasa Recreation Contribution Service to go to Elector Assent Process

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    The RDEK Board has given three readings to the Wasa Recreation Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw and submitted it to the Province. If the required Ministry approvals are received, an elector assent process will be held in the next few months.

    The idea for the proposed service was brought forward to the RDEK by the Wasa Recreation Society and Wasa & District Lions Club, who are concerned that maintaining the required level of volunteerism and fundraising needed to support several community assets is unsustainable.

    If it receives the required support of electors, the new service would provide an annual grant to the Wasa Recreation Society for operation and maintenance costs of community amenities including, but not limited to, a community hall, outdoor kitchen area, tennis courts, outdoor ice arena, public washroom facility, softball fields, Wasa Lions Trail and playground.

    When the proposed bylaw receives the Ministry’s approval, the RDEK will be providing detailed public information about the Service and Alternative Approval Process, likely in September.

    More information will be provided in the coming weeks once the required approvals are in place and the elector assent process can move forward.

Page last updated: 08 October 2021, 12:00