SUN PEAKS MOUNTAIN RESORT MUNICIPALITY
Notice to Electors of Alternative Approval Process (AAP)
This notice is to advise electors in the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality (the Municipality) of the intention to adopt Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 0123 to expand the Sun Peaks Centre and adopt Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 0124 to finance the construction of a surface water treatment plant.
Sun Peaks Centre Expansion
Council has proposed an $8,000,000 expansion to the Sun Peaks Centre and has successfully received $6,000,000 in grant funding. The purpose of Bylaw No. 0123 is to borrow an amount not to exceed $2,000,000 that will be repaid over a period not exceeding 20 years to expand the Sun Peaks Centre including a roof over the current outdoor rink and construction of conference and fitness facilities tying into the current sports centre building. The loan will be financed through the Municipal Finance Authority (MFA) with an annual debt servicing cost of approximately $141,400. There is currently a three year renewable agreement with the Province under the Resort Municipality Initiative Program where the province returns a portion of the hotel tax funds collected in Sun Peaks to the Municipality in the amount of approximately $370,000 annually, which will be used towards servicing this debt.
Surface Water Treatment Plant
The Groundwater System currently developed at Sun Peaks is reaching its capacity to service the existing development. With the current expansion of the resort and the expected new properties coming on line, Council felt that it was important to look at alternative sources of water to meet the needs of the community and mitigate any possible shortages. The Municipality entered into an agreement with Sun Peaks Resort LLP to use a portion of the existing Snowmaking Reservoir for the provision of potable water and fire suppression flows. To access and treat this water to potable standards, a surface water treatment plant needed to be installed at the top of the Village Platter lift where there are both snow making water lines and the Pressure Zone 2 potable reservoir.
The purpose of Bylaw No. 0124, 2018 is to borrow an amount not exceeding $1,420,000 from the MFA to purchase and install a Surface Water Treatment Plant at the top of the Village Platter lift close to Pressure Zone 2 Reservoir with a connection to the Snow Making Supply Pipeline. The annual debt servicing costs would be approximately $100,400 and will be covered from general water utilities revenue.
The Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality Council proposes to borrow the money to expand the Sun Peaks Centre and finance the surface water treatment plant unless, by 4:00 pm on March 15, 2019, at least 10% (125) of the electors in the whole of the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality sign an elector response form opposing the implementation of one or both of the borrowing bylaws. If more than 125 elector response forms are received opposing one or both of the borrowing bylaws, the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality will consider holding a full referendum. A report respecting the basis on which the 10% determination was made is available upon request from the Municipal office.
A copy of Bylaw No.0123, 2018 and Bylaw No. 0124, 2018 and a summary of the applicable projects are available from the Municipal office during business hours each business day of the week. For project details, please contact Rob Bremner at 250-578-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative Approval Elector Response Forms
Elector responses are required to be submitted to the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality on forms that can be obtained during regular business hours from the Municipal office via the contact information below. The only elector response forms that will be accepted by the Municipality are the ones provided by the Municipality, or an accurate copy of the form.
Only electors of the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality are eligible to sign the elector response forms. There are two types of electors – resident electors and non-resident property electors.
Resident elector – a person who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or older, has resided in BC for the previous six months and has resided in the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality for the previous 30 days, and is not disqualified by the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law (prior to signing an elector response form during an AAP).
Non-resident property elector – a person who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or older, has resided in BC for the previous six months and has owned property in their personal name in the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality for the previous 30 days, and is not disqualified by the Local Government Act, or any other enactment from voting in a local election, or be otherwise disqualified by law (prior to signing an elector response form during an AAP).
For more information on elector qualifications, please contact the Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality or see the Voter’s Guide to Local Government Elections in BC, available online at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/local-governments/governance-powers/voter_guide_english.pdf . Please note that Electoral Assent voter eligibility is the same as that for general municipal elections.
Forms, Submissions and Further Information
Signed Alternative Approval Elector Response Forms must be delivered, faxed, or emailed no later than 4:00 pm on March 15, 2019 (postmarks not accepted). Forms may be submitted by eligible electors for either or both of the bylaws.
Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality
106-3270 Village Way, Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0