Parksville issues leash reminder; passes wage increase
City hall is looking into incidents of dogs allowed to run off leash on the waterfront, after receiving various complaints. Sparked by a letter to the council, and what acting mayor Chris Burger called numerous phone calls on the same topic, council asked staff to review the issue and make a recommendation at an upcoming meeting.
“The beach is supposed to be an on-leash area,” he said.
Councillor Carrie Powell-Davidson asked that city staff also issue a reminder about the dog owners’ requirement to pick up their dog business.
• The Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA) issued an edict to city hall on what they would like to see in user fees at the various city facilities.
They range from no fees for children under 10 years and no fee for adults over 80, to 25 to 50 per cent off established rates for 10 to 18 year-olds, full rates from age 18 to 55 and 50 to 75 per cent off for adults 55 to 80.
City council filed the request.
• City council approved the wage scales for the next municipal government — as have been reported previously in The News. As of Jan. 1, 2012, the mayor’s stipend will go up $33,440 (from $28,679) and each councillor’s stipend will be $13,890 (from $11,755). Any acting mayor will also receive an extra 10 per cent of their annual salary.
The pay rates will increase as per the Consumer Price Index in 2013 and 2014 before another remuneration review.