Issue date: Tuesday, March 31
DISTRICT RESPONSE TO COVID-19
To learn more about closures and our response to COVID-19, and for updates on District operations, visit westvancouver.ca/covid.
WEST VAN COUNCIL DELAYS BUDGET UNTIL APRIL 20
At its March 30 meeting, West Vancouver Council deferred adoption of the 2020 budget until April 20. The original budget was prepared to support Council’s Strategic Goals and Objectives. That work plan has been suspended temporarily in the face of the District’s COVID-19 response.
Staff have been reviewing expenditures and obligations, together with falling revenues, to bring forward a budget that will continue to support and provide the essential services that the community expects.
“This is a $400 million budget of operating, capital and various funds.” said Mayor Mary-Ann Booth, “ So far, over 450 employees have been laid off. Programs have been cancelled and facilities have been closed. There are likely more layoffs coming, so it is a moving target each day and sometimes each hour, especially with the provincial and federal announcements around funding relief and activity restrictions,” she said. “So we'll be looking for every available cost-cutting measure we can find, moving to only essential services for the next three to six months, and really sticking to the bare necessities”.
Public input on the revised budget will be available online, but only for a short period of time. To be notified when the revised budget is available for review and comment, please visit www.westvancouverite.ca/budget and subscribe to updates.
CONSTRUCTION PERMITS ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY
In response to COVID-19, effective Monday, March 30 the District is no longer accepting paper applications or paper documents for construction and trades permits. We are still open for business and here to accept new applications and documents for existing applications electronically. Learn more.
COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE CHANGED
On March 30, Council cancelled all regularly scheduled council meetings until the end of June, with the exception of April 20 and May 4 meetings. Council may call special meetings to deal with emergent business as required.
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BLUE BUS CHANGES
To maintain physical distancing, Blue Bus is taking the following precautions:
- Boarding through the rear-doors only
- Every second seat has been closed
- No standees are allowed
- Unaccompanied customers boarding in mobility devices must use the rear-facing station in the accessible area
Learn more about this and other changes to Blue Bus and TransLink services here.