Abbotsford continues with plan to leave FVRD

Abbotsford will continue its attempt to leave the Fraser Valley Regional District, despite the objections of new Mayor Bruce Banman.

Abbotsford will continue its attempt to leave the Fraser Valley Regional District, despite the objections of new Mayor Bruce Banman.

Because of the recent municipal election, held Nov. 19, city manager Frank Pizzuto reintroduced the previous council decision, which stated the mayor should formally approach the provincial government to seek permission to leave the FVRD, in favour of becoming a single-tier form of governance.

Couns. Patricia Ross and Henry Braun, along with Banman, spoke against the move. However, council voted 6-3 in favour of continuing with the process.

Now Banman will begin discussions with the province, despite his personal views.

“The mayor has to follow the wishes of council,” said Banman after Monday’s meeting.

“I’m sure this will be the first of many times that council has given me my walking orders and now I have to fulfil what council has said. That’s the tough part of being the mayor sometimes. You have to fulfil the wishes of council and I will do so at the direction of them. I am their servant after all.”

Despite the decision, Banman does not believe the provincial government will allow the move to single-tier governance. While no official discussions have taken place, he said the province has indicated that it isn’t an option.

He also said a local MLA has advised him to stay with the FVRD.

“I have talked briefly with one of them (MLAs) and the recommendation was we should go work out our differences with our neighbours. Council has given me different marching orders.”

Banman would not say which MLA he spoke to.

City reports indicate that leaving the FVRD will create a savings of approximately $750,000, a number that Ross believes to be inaccurate.

“Not only will it not save us money, I’m absolutely convinced of that … it will cost us more,” said Ross.

she said the services provided by the FVRD are well worth the money the city pays and she fears Abbotsford will lose its AAA credit rating with the Municipal Financing Authority if it chooses to depart. Ross also said the city will lose much of its bargaining power by becoming a lone entity.

Currently the FVRD consists of six municipalities – Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Hope, Kent and Harrison – as well as seven electoral area.

It provides many services including 911 and fire dispatch, weed and mosquito control, regional development, fiscal services and more.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Final numbers won't be known for weeks, but turnout was down across the board in the Fraser Valley and B.C.
Chart: Tyler Olsen
Election turnout down across Fraser Valley and B.C.

Even after thousands of mail-in ballots counted, turnout is likely to fall below 50% in many ridings

NEWS FILE PHOTO
Voters in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission and Langley may head back to polls in 2021

Election of local politicians in BC vote would trigger by-elections in several Fraser Valley cities

Youth Unlimited in Abbotsford recently celebrated the grand opening of their renovated office space on Emerson Street. (Submitted photo)
Youth Unlimited in Abbotsford among 4 charities supported by fundraiser

Joseph Richard Group holds month-long One Month In campaign

BC Liberal candidates Michael de Jong (left) and Bruce Banman are projected to win in Abbotsford West and Abbotsford South, respectively. Tyler Olsen/Abbotsford News
Abbotsford BC Liberals de Jong and Banman heading to Victoria, say Highway 1 widening will be focus

In Abbotsford-Mission, BC Liberal Simon Gibson in close race against NDP’s Pam Alexis

Oct. 24 is election day
COLUMN: An election day like none other

Toques went on. So did masks. And democracy rolled on.

NDP Leader John Horgan celebrates his election win in the British Columbia provincial election in downtown Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan celebrates projected majority NDP government, but no deadline for $1,000 deposit

Premier-elect says majority government will allow him to tackle issues across all of B.C.

This Crescent Beach home, located at 12505 22 Ave., was subject of a police search warrant June 18. (Google image)
Civil forfeiture office alleges $2M Surrey home was used to launder cannabis money

Court documents request the home, and $85,000 to be turned over to the government

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets Premier John Horgan during a press conference at the BC Transit corporate office following an announcement about new investments to improve transit for citizens in the province while in Victoria on Thursday, July 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Trudeau congratulates Horgan on NDP’s election victory in British Columbia

Final count won’t be available for three weeks due to the record number of 525,000 ballots cast by mail

Comedic actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg pose in this undated handout photo. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. Rogen is determined to change that. (Maarten de Boer ohoto)
Seth Rogen talks about fighting cannabis stigma, why pot should be as accepted as beer

‘I smoke weed all day and every day and have for 20 years’

Provincial Green Party leader Sonia Furstenau speaks at Provincial Green Party headquarters at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe in Victoria. (Arnold Lim / Black Press)
VIDEO: Furstenau leads BC Greens to win first riding outside of Vancouver Island

Sonia Furstenau became leader of BC Greens one week before snap election was called

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

NDP Leader John Horgan elbow bumps NDP candidate Coquitlam-Burke Mountain candidate Fin Donnelly following a seniors round table in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, October 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, NDP head for majority in B.C. election results

Record number of mail-in ballots may shift results

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Mounties looking for teen boy ‘unlawfully at large’ from Riverview psychiatric hospital

Nolan Godron left the hospital, located at 2721 Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, without consent on Saturday

Most Read