$10,000 grant to help district with long term planning

Lake Country will develop plan of attack to prioritize projects and streamline services with provincial government grant

The District of Lake Country has received a $10,000 grant from the province of BC to got towards implementing a five year asset management plan to help the municipality move forward with long term financial planning.

The municipality is looking at developing an information management strategy (IMS) as part of the plan with the aim of identifying priority capital projects in the future.

“Municipal staff have been working with elected officials and citizens to achieve fully sustainable service delivery,” said Greg Buchholz, director of infrastructure services. “Efforts continue to focus on balancing the level of service with the appropriate funding to eliminate unfunded liabilities. This project will provide a good framework for integrating capital projects on a priority basis considering risk, reward and efficiencies.”

Currently departments within the District of Lake Country use a variety of classification systems, storage methods, data management, access permissions and technology.

“Having an Information Management Strategy will build capacity within our organization,” said Reyna Seabrook, corporate services manager. “This project will specifically support business decision making and break down silos amongst departments, eliminate duplication and fragmented activities across the organization, and increase productivity and efficiency.”

The  IMS will involve an in-depth analysis of the organization, people, processes and technology at work at the District of Lake Country. It will result in the development of step-by-step recommendations on how to transition to an organization-wide management system over a 5-year period that is consolidated, streamlined, integrated and interfaces with GIS, according to the district.