Summerland’s new mayor and council will be sworn in on Nov. 7. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland’s new mayor and council will be sworn in on Nov. 7. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland’s new council will be sworn in Nov. 7

Priority setting and budget items will be immediate focus of new council

Members of Summerland’s newly elected council will be sworn in at the inaugural meeting on Nov. 7 at municipal hall.

At the Oct. 15 municipal election, Doug Holmes was elected as Summerland’s next mayor. The six people elected as councillors are Richard Barkwill, Adrienne Betts, Doug Patan, Janet Peake, Erin Trainer and Marty Van Alphen. All of those elected, except for Betts, have prior experience at the Summerland council table.

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At the inaugural meeting, two Summerland representatives will be selected to attend the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board meetings. The next regional district board meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10.

Following the inaugural meeting, council members will participate in a council orientation. This includes an overview of Summerland’s administrative positions and the various municipal departments, as well as governance training.

The new council will also participate in a priority-setting session to determine the direction the next council will take.

Regular council meetings will be held on Nov. 14, Nov. 28 and Dec. 12.

Graham Statt, chief administrative officer for Summerland, said items in the municipality’s 2023 budget will be discussed at these meetings.

The municipality’s 2022 budget was $17.8 million and resulted in a four per cent increase in property taxes for homeowners.

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