District of West Kelowna council is taking steps to prepare for a heap of road maintenance issues that may land on their plate by the end of 2012.
Since incorporation, the district has benefited from an Offer of Assistance from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to cover costs for road maintenance for five years.
The $960,000 per year arrangement ends in December of 2012, at which time all aspects of road maintenance operations on West Kelowna roads will be fully under district control.
Council was presented with a variety of options to provide road maintenance service to the community.
Regardless of the approach taken by council, it is likely that there will be an increase in costs for road maintenance.
Council unanimously agreed with staff’s recommendation to determine which roads should be handled in-house and which ones contracted out for road maintenance, issue an Expression of Interest document calling on contractors to submit their qualifications and to continue discussions with the province to seek extending the current road maintenance arrangement until May 2014, or beyond.