Municipal election dates set for June 12

Sun Peaks is on its way to becoming an official mountain resort municipality with an election set for June 12.

The announcement was made at the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Improvement District (SPMRID) annual general meeting by chair Ines Popig.

The municipal election will be held at the Delta Sun Peaks from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. A mayor and three councillors will be elected. The council will also include one councillor appointed by Bill Bennett, minister of community and rural development.

There will be advanced voting on June 2, 5 and 9. Out-of-town voters can also use mail-in ballots. Mail-in ballot applications will be accepted starting May 19; the packages will be sent out May 26. To be counted, the completed ballots must be received by Chief Election Officer Lyle Huntley by 8 p.m. on June 12.

As part of the transition, the council must create a community plan and form several advisory boards to assist the newly elected council.

Three advisory bodies must be established by Nov. 1 to represent the interests of businesses, non-resident property owners and local First Nations to the new council.
The business advisory council will be composed of at least six members—three Tourism Sun Peaks directors and three representatives of local businesses.

The non-resident property owners’ council will have between three and five members appointed by council.

The First Nations council will be established through nominations received from local bands.
Community issues and concerns were taken from the residents during the meeting to be passed on to the future municipal council. The list included everything from the possibility of starting a community school and garbage collection to hiring Sun Peaks’ own police force and increasing staff housing to attract potential employees.

The first council meeting and the council’s inauguration will be held on June 28, 2010.

For election details, contact TNRD’s Chief Election Officer Lyle Huntley: 250-377-8673.

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