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Here are some highlights of a great year!

Council_0169-low-res-(1).jpgAs the year comes to a close, it’s a time to reflect on all of the great things that happened in 2018! To that end, the Town of Golden is sharing a few department accomplishments of the year:

2019 Town Council Meeting Schedule
The schedule of all anticipated regular meetings of the Town Council of Golden in 2019 is now available to the public. It’s posted at Town Hall and is available on our website and Facebook page. Print it! Put in on your fridge to make sure you never miss a Council meeting! Tell your friends! You know we’d love to see more of you.



Covered-Ped-Bridge-1-July-2018.jpgCouncil and Executive Administration:
• Kicking Horse River Dike Improvement Project – we received the largest capital grant in our history at $5.7m and have begun the planning for the complete remaking of the dike adjacent to downtown.
• Former BCVC building – we are in a sale process that will bring new purpose to the building and a return on the original investment made by our taxpayers.
• Core Services Contribution Agreement – a successful referendum on shared services funding from rural residents ensures our collective interests and the future of key recreation places in Golden are preserved.
• Selkirk Hill rehabilitation – the destruction from a massive windstorm in 2017 resulted in an innovative forest harvesting operation, better trails, and better forest fire protection.
• Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge – significant rehabilitation of the abutments and new additions have ensured our community keystone will remain sound and in place.

Communications:
• We put out over 150 social media posts and increased our Facebook followers by over 300. We are reaching up to 600 people now whenever we tell people what’s up.
• We now publish monthly news updates and Council Recap ads and weekly news e-blasts can be subscribed to on our website which is steadily getting refreshed.
• Through Golden Secondary School Work Experience Program, we provided a local student the opportunity to work with us and learn about the importance of communications within a local government perspective.

D1.jpgevelopment Services:
• Through the Accelerate Kootenay partnership between CBT, BC Hydro, the three Kootenay Regional Districts, municipalities and senior levels of governments etc. we installed four level two car charging stations and one DC fast charger for electric (EV) vehicles.  Use of the DC charger is outdistancing those of some neighbouring communities.
• Unprecedented development activity continued including the 19 lot phase three of the Bear’s Paw Height’s subdivision. Building permits and construction value continues to be high; this year it will surpass $10 million with approximately 40 housing starts.
• Council passed a business friendly bylaw amendment to reduce the parking requirements in the downtown as well as to no longer require a parking calculation for a change of use in the downtown. 
• A partnership with the College of the Rockies resulted in an additional sidewalk creating a vital link to the Seniors’ Centre.
• Our new bylaw enforcement presence is gaining compliance before complaints are raised, reducing the number of people having to be fined. There also continues to be increase in dog owners purchasing licenses.

2018-complete.jpgOperations:
• We paved the downtown from the Big Bend CafĂ© to 7-11 including minor curbing improvements in a few areas, relocation of a streetlight standard, and replacement of a streetscape tree.  Millings were re-applied on the roadway at Keith King Park to reduce dust.
• The Seniors’ Centre facility saw significant improvements to the outside grounds and building.
• Several community sewer system improvements happened including completion of major works at our treatment plant, odour control system installation and new blowers.

Finance and Legislative Services
• We continued to compile inventories, undertake condition assessments and draft management plans that in 2019 will culminate in a priority infrastructure replacement plan, asset management plans, and lead the way to a long term financial plan for our corporation.
• Our budget and work plan was fully executed for the year, and we received an excellent financial audit result for the year prior.
• Our General Election introduced a new electronic voting system which drastically cut the results reporting time and was well received by voters.
• We continued to employ a local student in our records management folio.
• We digitized and categorized Fire Department incidents files from 2000- current, and Building Permit correspondence files from 1957-1987.
• An adjudication process to handle bylaw complaints, tickets and dispute was developed.
• Many internal information access processes were streamlined to enable more efficient information availability to staff and the public.

IMG_5773.JPGRecreation Services:
• Engaged in an innovative partnership with Golden Secondary School to create the Lifeguard Academy. We put 7 candidates through four rigorous certifications and three were hired to support 2018 pool operations.
• Drop-in programming at the Rec Plex is more diverse than ever with nine different programs offered over 20 different time slots. The stage is actively being used as a studio space while other programming is happening on the gym floor. Bookings for kids’ birthday parties and public events are also on the rise.
• Selkirk Connector Trail - The new multi modal trail received a compacted gravel surface upgrade stretching over 2.5km. Hand railings and stairs were added to the original section helping improve the access. 
• We have a disc golf course! Working in partnership with the Crux Initiative non-profit group, an 18-hole course was complete in mid-November with a grand opening planned for spring of 2019. The course is free for all to play and offers a forested covered challenge to players of all abilities.
• Tournament bookings and general inquires for all of our recreation facilities have been on a steady incline. Adjustments to our recreation fees bylaw has increased revenues from out-of-town groups while rates for Golden and Area A residents continue to remain very reasonable.

Fire Department
• We implemented a new Risk Management Officer position to assist with the administrative and operational aspects of our department.
• Construction of a mezzanine and access to enhance storage was completed, enabling us to carry out a reorganization of stored equipment and allows for more effective use of the limited space in our fire hall.
• Our membership is now engaged with a certified training programme to attain provincially recognized standards for firefighting.
• We have seen considerable success in attracting vibrant new members to the department; these new firefighters bolster our capacity to respond to emergencies at all hours.