Organizational review positive

The municipality has received high marks for its operations, according to its latest organizational review.

The municipality has received high marks for its operations, according to its latest organizational review.

The review, prepared by Helios Group, shows the municipality is operating efficiently and has appropriate staffing levels and average pay for its employees.

According to the report, the public believes customer service has improved in recent years.

Mayor Janice Perrino said most of the items council needs to address are internal details which will improve efficiencies.

“The organization is running very well,” she said.

One challenge  identified in the report is how to handle economic development responsibilities. Late in 2010, the municipality’s economic development officer position was cut.

Perrino said an economic development role for Summerland would not be a full-time position at present.

The difficulty is in filling the role either as a part-time position or combined with another role.

“How can we possibly put this with another position?” she asked.

Spending on infrastructure and capital projects was also identified as the municipality is facing rising costs while attempting to maintain its existing tax policies.

“The district cannot currently afford to maintain all working infrastructure at peak levels,” the report said.

Recommendations included focussing on replenishing reserves by cutting capital spending for one to two years and focussing on developing alternative funding strategies.

The cost of the organizational review  was $40,000.

The 17-page document is available through the municipal website at summerland.ca