Town of Creston financial report reveals salary costs

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  • May. 27, 2011 1:00 p.m.

Creston town council passed a motion Tuesday accepting a financial report that must be forwarded to the provincial government. In that report was a summary of the salaries and expenses of non-union employees.

Salaries of 11 administrative and supervisory personnel totaled more than $1 million. The include: municipal services coordinator, approving officer and chief building inspector ($81,643); director of public works ($121,001); executive assistant ($76,363); manager of engineering ($123,489); director of finance and corporate services ($113,114); fire chief ($104,536); deputy fire chief ($81,021); works superintendent ($84,303); town manager (former: $104,330); chief operator, waste water treatment ($85,474); and director of development services ($108,450).

Total expenses attributed to the same group was $45,465.

Remuneration for the mayor ($22,315) and councillors ($11,448 to $13,248) totaled $95,255. Coun. Wesly Graham claimed $6,702 in expenses to lead the group. Coun. Len Folkman was second on the list with $6,111, followed by Coun. Joanna Wilson ($5,704), Mayor Ron Toyota ($3,089), Coun. Judy Gadicke ($1,648), Coun. Jerry Schmalz ($1,154) and Coun. Tanya Ducharme ($1,041).

Salaries for the remaining (unionized) employees totaled $1,403,372. Total salary costs for the Town of Creston, including elected officials, was $2,582,351.

In other council news:

•In a regular meeting with a short agenda, Creston Town Council heard from two delegations.

The first, Staff Sgt. Gord Stewart presented quarterly and year-end policing results on behalf of the Creston RCMP detachment. Then an entrepreneur presented a sales pitch to encourage the Town to advertise on screen before Tivoli Theatre movies.

•A zoning amendment bylaw which will enable Highway 3 businesses to apply for retail liquor sales licenses was adopted.

*Executive assistant Bev Caldwell was appointed chief election officer for this fall’s local government elections. Donna Cassel will serve as deputy election officer.

•Items yet to be determined will be donated to the Creston Valley Rotary Club for its annual Drive Fore Rotary fundraising golf tournament.

•Creston will proceed with creating policies and bylaw amendments to support efforts of the bear aware program.

•Schmalz requested that external auditor Rick Minichiello be present to answer questions before the final 2011-2012 financial statements are approved.