SPMRM office gets tight as staff numbers increase

As Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (SPMRM) grows they’re feeling the squeeze in their current Kookaburra Lodge office. One new bylaw officer was hired this year and a director of infrastructure and director of finance will start in January.

The new staff and those from the utility takeover have forced SPMRM to look elsewhere for space for five staff to allow for additional offices for the two senior staff in the current space.

During a Dec. 4 special council meeting councillors approved moving the building inspection, public works and bylaw staff to a space in the Fireside Lodge. They voted in favour of signing a three year lease at a rate of $30 per square foot plus triple net. The location, previously occupied by The Candy Vault, is owned by Councillor Darcy Alexander who did not have a vote and was not in the room for discussion.

Council also discussed new space which may be available in the West Village in a few months but decided against it as more space is needed by January. Mayor Al Raine also said a West Village location would increase administrative costs as staff at the second location would need things like printers but from the village stroll location they can walk to use equipment in the current offices.

Councillor Ines Popig said should a less central office space become available SPMRM should look at moving elsewhere to open up the prime retail location to a business which offers more to guests.

Staff will move into the new office in December.

When the 1,200 square foot Kookaburra office was leased in 2010 there was a mayor’s desk, reception station, one empty workstation and council chambers. Since then the reception desk and work station were staffed, the mayor’s desk was replaced by a 12 foot counter shared by five staff with up to three working simultaneously. An additional part-time reception and administrative staff member was hired this year. Council chambers were split to create more work spaces which has forced council to hold meetings in boardrooms at local hotels.