Thursday, December 30, 2021

Regional District to make use of Alternative Approval Process for proposed purchase of new garbage truck on Haida Gwaii

The Board of North Coast Regional District is looking to go shopping for a new garbage hauler for Island Solid Waste in 2022, and in order to move forward with the plan, the Regional District is looking to borrow up to  250,000 dollars through the Municipal Finance Authority.

The loan proposal if approved would be repaid within ten years, with no rights of refusal

Towards that spending plan the RD is going to the public on the Islands through an Alternative Approval Process, the scope of that process and who will be involved in the approval requirement is outlined below:

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In their notes, the District outlines the communities of interest for the AAP process, which is where the truck would be put to use, that list includes: Village of Masset, Village of Port Clements, Village of Queen Charlotte, NCRD Electoral Area “D”, and NCRD Electoral Area “E”. 

The Alternative Approval Process is one engagement instrument that is being used more frequently of late by both Regional and Municipal governments in the region. 

In this case it will allow the NCRD Board to proceed with the action unless at least 10% of the eligible electors state their opposition within a prescribed period. In this case, the Board has opted for the latter process. 

If at least 10% of the eligible electors state their opposition to the proposed action, the matter requires the Assent of the Electors if the Board wishes to proceed. 

NCRD notes that the Alternative Approval Process under the Community Charter replaces the Counter Petition Opportunity under the Local Government Act that some may have been familiar with.

You can review the full AAP information release here.

An Elector Response Form is available for downloading here.

Should you have more information, you can contact: Howard Tsang, Corporate Officer at the North Coast Regional District office at 14-342 3rd Avenue West, Prince Rupert, BC or by telephone at 250-624-2002, ext. 2. 

Any plans to express opposition to the purchase must be delivered through the AAP process by no later than 4:20 PM on Monday, January 31, 2022.

More notes on Regional District themes can be explored here.

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