The Village of Canal Flats has contracted building and plumbing inspection services to the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK).
“The RDEK was available to provide the service and is able to deliver it at the same standard that we have seen in the past several years,” commented Mayor Ute Juras on the move.
The village approached the RDEK with the request following the dissolution of the contract between Canal Flats and the District of Invermere.
Adrian Bergles, Canal Flats CAO, said the contract with Invermere ended in December. In theinterim, public works coordinator Bill Doroshuk was able to add building inspections to his list of duties.
The agreement with the RDEK now gives Canal Flats access to a building inspector with the highest level of credentials for inspections. The contract commits the RDEK to offer the service at least once a week on an as-needed basis, Mr. Bergles confirms.
Chris Prosser, District of Invermere CAO, told the Pioneer the district terminated the service because they did not get commitment from Canal Flats for a continued agreement.
“We had not received a firm commitment that would justify us hiring an additional inspector to maintain our level of service in Invermere while providing them with inspection services,” said Mr. Prosser. “We do wish we maintained the service, but without the commitment it would have negatively impacted the service provided to Invermere taxpayers and Builders and increased the wait time for permits and inspections.”