As mayor of Castlegar, Lawrence Chernoff is usually a busy fellow. But last week was a particularly busy week for the mayor as he attended the BC Mayor’s Caucus, the UBCM (Union of British Columbia Municipalities) and flew to Japan to visit Castlegar’s sister city Embetsu.
“What we looked at mainly was getting the infrastructure done and assist with that so when it comes to 2014 something’s in place to have the ability for all communities to participate in the discussion,” said Chernoff, in a interview with the Castlegar News Monday from Victoria.
The BC Mayor’s Caucus took place Sept. 24 in Victoria, preceding the UBCM, and featured 140 mayors from across the province.
In 2014, the new infrastructure funding program is expected to take place for all of Canada.
“It’s trying to get everyone of the same page to say, ‘hey, here’s the three levels of governments that are going to participate in this funding program,” said Chernoff.
“We also talked about economic development and how we could work together to do that. We talked about streamlining costs and sharing opportunities. It was a definitely good way for the mayors of British Columbia who represent communities throughout the whole province to gather.”
The inaugural BC Mayors’ Caucus took place last May in Penticton with 86 mayors attending including Chernoff.
The next one is expected to be April 29 and 30 in Prince George.