The District of West Kelowna council voted on 86 different 2012 capital requests during Tuesday’s budget-focused council meeting.
The total cost of the requests, which were given the green light by the DWK, came to over $17 million.
Big ticket items included $2.25 million for the reconstruction of Gellatly Road between Angus Drive and Boucherie Road, $1.02 million to fund the design and construction of a sports field at Westlake Community Park, $1.5 million for the Road Rehabilitation Program and $3.18 million for the construction of new sewer mains and services in Glenrosa Phase Four (Webber North).
Council spent a fair chunk of time debating whether or not to approve $400,000 for additional office space for its staff members. One of the options that staff brought forward was that the money could be used to install new portables.
Coun. Bryden Winsby questioned the long-term vision of that suggestion.
“I have a great fear that we may be stacking portables,” said Winsby.
Chief administrative officer Jason Johnson said that this would provide a short-term fix in order to give staff necessary office space.
“In order to continue municipal operations, we need to house our employees,” said Johnson.
Johnson noted that there may be other options and adding an extra portable would likely be a worst-case scenario. Council unanimously agreed to give the $400,000 capital request the nod.
Along with the capital requests, the district also weighed the priority of 18 full-time equivalent (FTE) budget requests on Tuesday.
An extra bylaw enforcer, a horticulture operator, a water treatment plant operator, a utilities secretary and two utilities summer students were the supplemental FTE budget requests that didn’t make the cut for council.
FTEs that council voted in favour of included: A building inspector, a General Investigation Unit RCMP member, a records management summer student, a transportation technologist, a utilities technologist, a mechanic, a public works operator, a utility operator, a water utility operator, four parks summer students and an RCMP auxiliary officer.