Asphalt legal costs coming 

Council has closed door meeting on options

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In the coming days the municipality will be releasing the total legal costs of trying to move the asphalt plant.

"A considerable amount of money has been paid on all things to do with asphalt and so we thought we needed to let the community know just how much has gone into this continuing saga already," said Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden.

On Tuesday, council met in a closed-door meeting to review its options after losing last week's B.C. Supreme Court ruling, which allows Whistler Aggregates owner Frank Silveri to remain at Cheakamus Crossing.

"We are reviewing the judgment," said the mayor. "We're taking legal advice."

She could not comment on any options that may be available to council.

Go to www.piquenewsmagazine.com for updates.

GM position cut at RMOW in first stages of restructuring

Municipal Hall is getting an organizational overhaul and the first step was to get rid of a general manager position.

In a press release last Thursday, the municipality announced the policy and program development division has been eliminated, effective immediately. With it goes the general manager, a position that paid more than $146,000 according to the 2010 Statements of Financial Information. Long-serving municipal employee Mike Vance is now no longer with the organization.

"I would like to recognize Mr. Vance for his work with the organization on behalf of the resort community," said Mike Furey, CAO for the municipality in that release.

The areas reporting to Vance have been redeployed. The Official Community Plan work, for example, will be taken over by Jan Jansen, general manager of resort experience.

Further changes to the responsibilities for the general managers' team are still under review. Those will be presented at the next council meeting on Feb. 21.

Meanwhile, Bill Brown, manager of community planning, has resigned and is taking a job as director of development services for the Township of Esquimalt.

Furey said the move is not connected to the review in any way and he was sorry to see Brown go.

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