Kitimat may have to reorder ballots, even before deciding on holding plebiscite

Council has cut the responses for the plebiscite to two, but may have to reorder the ballots.

Even if council ends up scrapping the plebsicite plan, as they are expected to debate next Monday, there will still be costs.

That includes an extra $500-or-so if they have to reprint the ballots.

That’s because council had previously established three responses to their question; Yes, No, and Undecided.

But when staff wanted to confirm the wording of the advertisements at the February 24 Committee of the Whole meeting, some didn’t realize they had added that option on the ballot.

Phil Germuth brought up the issue saying he though it was a two-option ballot, and Mayor Joanne Monaghan also thought the vote would only have two choices.

“I think it’s such an important question, having undecided in there…I think by now everybody knows yes or no. It just leaves it open to misinterpret the results,” said Germuth.

Deputy Chief Administrative Office Warren Waycheshen said that staff had reviewed past meetings to ensure they had the correct motions from council’s debates on this matter but did note that council did debate the plebiscite responses extensively.

Councillors opted to remove the ‘Undecided’ response from the ballot at the February 24 meeting.

The ballots, however, had already been ordered for the plebiscite. Staff will look at the possibility of re-purposing the ballots, but if they can’t without making them confusing they may have to order a reprint.

The reason that staff may re-order the ballots before council debates holding the event is because the timeframe of ordering ballots to receiving them may be so tight that ordering this week ensures they’ll have them in time if council confirms their intention to hold the plebiscite.

Initial estimates of the plebiscite cost were $15,000 but Waycheshen said their latest estimates are just over $13,000.

Staff wages for the time to arrange the plebsicite are valued at $7,500. The ballots itself are budgeted at $1,000 currently. Advertising is expected to cost $3,000, and other materials set at $2,000, with the whole budget totalling $13,500.

Just Posted

Ice Demons get an early start on the ice

The players are determined to score wins in this year’s league.

Focus groups important for age-friendly policy

These results will drive the age-friendly action plan

Is it a car? Is it a buggy? Yes, all of the above

Riverbank cleanup nets some odd items

CMTN unveils renovated House of Cedar

$18.4M upgrade and renovation cited as key to modern trades training

Mobile complaint team coming to B.C.’s northwest

Ombudsperson’s office wants to hear from wronged residents

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

B.C. nanny charged with sex abuse of 3 children

Saanich Police seek potential victims of Johnathon Lee Robichaud from Central Saanich

‘I’m no quitter’ on climate change issues, McKenna says at G7 ministers meeting

David Suzuki says if McKenna believes what she’s saying, she too should quit

Most Read