HEATED DEBATE | Municipalities may not provide fire services to Indian bands [A5] Morning gStar The Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 P R O U D L Y S E R V I N G O U R N O R T H O K A N A G A N w w w. v e r n o n m o r n i n g s t a r. c o m C O M M U N I T I E S F O R O V E R 2 0 Y E A R S SHAE S H SMITH BANNISTER VERNON 4703 - 27th St. VERNON • 250-545-0606 DL#9133 POWDER KING TIM FITZGERALD/SILVER STAR MOUNTAIN RESORT Sam Thackary jumps for joy as he makes his first run down Whiskey Jack at Silver Star Mountain Resort. As of Friday, the resort had a snow base of about 78 centimetres. Municipalities facing $156,000 bill ROGER KNOX We’re as responsible as anybody.” Byron Sayer, parks and recreation comTheir new swimming pool has swamped mission manager explained that the pool Armstrong-Spallumcheen’s parks and recre- construction was the major factor in the ation budget. overrun. Both municipal councils heard Thursday “Wages were the biggest component,” that the year-to-date parks and said Sayer, who started his new job recreation operating expendiin August. tures were $131,579 over bud“Interior Health requirements for get projections, mainly because on-site first aid, and additional lifeof the construction of the new guards compounded on having staff aquatic centre, which opened performing on construction and this summer. cleaning duties.” Add to that a $25,000 shortThe total capital cost of the pool fall in revenues and the commuwas $2.5 million. Dave Brew nities are on the hook for more Mark Faubert, vice-president than $156,000. of Canlan Ice Sports, which man“I’m very disappointed in the results,” ages Armstrong-Spallumcheen Parks and said Dave Brew, a Spallumcheen council- Recreation, explained that one account for lor and parks and recreation commission the pool was set up and approved by the member. commission, and all capital and operating “The commission sat in on all of this. costs came out of that account. Morning Star Staff According to Faubert, invoices filed late during the construction process helped lead to the added expenditures. “They’re all legitimate invoices, it’s just the timing of them,” said Faubert, who also took blame for the high numbers presented to the councils. “As the invoices came in, they started to mount up and we began to realize there would be a challenge in meeting cash flows and payroll.” Besides the pool, there is a $55,000 cost overrun on the Nor-Val Sports Centre due to wages, a retirement package and an emergency need to rebuild a compressor in the ice plant. Wages and utilities helped result in an $18,000 overrun at the Hassen Arena, and the commission spent $13,000 on full-colour recreation guides this year. The commission had hoped to bring in more revenue at Nor-Val but, to date, are more than $29,000 short of its goal. Sayer said minor hockey has been cancelling ice on a regular basis – 56.5 hours worth $4,000 so far – and there have been no house or three-on-three hockey tournaments as budgeted. Both Faubert and Armstrong Mayor Chris Pieper admitted revenue projections at the arena were over-zealous. “I think we had over-ambitious expectations on what we could do as far as selling ice in the arena and were overly optimistic on what our expenses would be,” said Pieper. Ryan Nitchie, an Armstrong councillor, would like to see parks and recreation’s budget increased at the beginning of the year, during budget deliberations, and not at the end. Members of both Spallumcheen and Armstrong councils must now determine how to fund the shortfall before the end of the year. WE’LL HELP BUY OR SELL 15 HOMES BEFORE YOU’RE FINISHED READING THIS PAPER! www.okanaganshuswap.com Based on RE/MAX Canada Data. Each office independently owned and operated.