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Council Seeks Elector Approval to Borrow $1.3 Million for Water System Improvements

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Notice of of Alternate Approval Process

Water Improvements Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 981, 2013

A bylaw to authorize the borrowing of money for the capital cost of improvements to the community drinking water system.

The Corporation of the Village of Cumberland gives notice that it wishes to obtain the approval of the electors of the Village of Cumberland by alternative approval process to adopt proposed bylaw “The Corporation of the Village of Cumberland Water Improvements Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 981, 2013”.

This proposed bylaw authorizes the long term borrowing of $1.3 million for the purposes of reconstructing the Stevens Lake dam, reconstructing the Cumberland No. 2 dam, and constructing an ultraviolet sterilization water treatment system. If this bylaw is adopted, each residential utility rate payer would pay approximately $79 per year over 20 years to repay the debt borrowed for these capital improvements. View more information on the impact of this borrowing or call 250-336-2291.

The Council may proceed with the adoption of “The Corporation of the Village of Cumberland Water Improvements Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 981, 2013” unless by the deadline of 4:30 p.m. on June 10, 2013 at least 10% of the electors of the Village of Cumberland indicate that the Council must obtain the assent of the electors before proceeding. The number of elector responses required to prevent the Council from proceeding without the assent of the electors is 243.

Elector responses must be given in the form established by the Council and such forms are available at the municipal hall located at 2673 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland, BC and online. The only persons entitled to sign the forms are the electors of the Village of Cumberland. Elector response forms must be submitted to the Corporate Officer at the Village of Cumberland, Box 340, 2673 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0 by the deadline to be considered.

Eligible Elector

An eligible elector is an individual who meets the following criteria:

  • is age 18 or older,
  • is a Canadian citizen,
  • has been a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months,
  • is not disqualified from voting under the Local Government Act or any other act
  • is either a resident of the Village of Cumberland for at least 30 days (resident elector) or a registered owner of real property in the Village of Cumberland for at least 30 days (non-resident property elector);

In order to be registered as a non-resident property elector, a person must not be entitled to register as a resident elector. If there is more than one individual who is the registered owner of the property, only one of those individuals may sign an elector response form in relation to the property, assuming the non-residents elector has the written consent of the number of individuals who, together with the person signing the elector response form constitutes a majority of the registered owners. The only persons who are registered owners of the real property are individuals who do not hold the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

See the Part 3, Division 4 of the BC Local Government Act for more information on who is is considered an elector for the purpose of this alternate approval process.

More Information

View more information, call 250-336-2291, or visit the municipal hall at 2673 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland, BC. Questions may be directed to the Deputy Corporate Officer at 250-336-2291.

Download the elector response form.

View the official published notice of this alternate approval process.

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