For many years I used to view February as a transitional month. You know, it’s shorter than all the other eleven months of the year and it sort of got wedged into the last part of winter just before spring. I saw February as the month that made winter seem to pass by a little bit quicker. It also was short enough that you really couldn’t get much done in it before it was over.
Well, let me tell you that I now have a far different perspective on February. So far in my term on Town Council it has easily been the busiest month so far for me. I had a total of 15 meetings scheduled throughout the month. Three of them I actually could not attend as there were conflicts with other meetings. This was the first time I had to choose between meetings.
Let me try to give you a snapshot of my February.
Town Council Meetings
We had two regular meetings of Town Council. They were on February 4 and 19. One of the most interesting things we discussed was to explore the viability of DCCs. A Development Cost Charge is essentially a mechanism that is used for recovering costs associated with infrastructure expansion. The costs are usually passed on to the developers in one of many different ways.
The Town of Princeton does not use DCCs at this point. Discussion from the strategic planning sessions earlier in the year suggested that it could be a good idea to look into whether or not DCCs would be beneficial. Could they help to fund future expansion of existing services to meet demand when growth takes place? The motion made at the February 19 meeting said:
“That the Town of Princeton retain the services of Urban Systems Ltd. at a cost of $14,200 (plus taxes) to undertake an assessment of the potential to establish DCCs and what other cost recovery options are available to assist in funding servicing needs as the Town grows.”
I’m going to just list the other meetings I attended in February and where there were:
February 10 – KVR Mixed Use Trail Committee, Chamber of Commerce (with Mayor Coyne)
February 13 – Conservation Office, Town Hall (with all Town Council members)
February 19 – Princeton Health Care Steering Committee (chaired this meeting) PGH Board Room
February 20 – Similkameen Valley Planning Society, Cawston Hall (with Mayor Coyne)
February 20 – (evening) Princeton Arts Council, Riverside Centre
February 21 – Inter-Agency Meeting, Princeton Family Services Society
I also had a couple of extra events I attended during February:
February 9 – Rotary Club Winefest, Riverside Centre (as MC)
February 11 – Princeton Posse Awards Banquet (with Councillor Gould)
Of interest out of this list of activities I still managed to work my home-based business activities around this schedule. So far, I have noticed a bit of a pattern developing where there will be one week that contains several meetings followed by a week with maybe one or none. This seems to repeat where every other week is a slower one where I can catch-up on client tasks.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly community newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.