Cost Control Continues at Quesnel City Hall
Quesnel, B.C. – The City of Quesnel continues to cut costs.
Today, in an effort to achieve their target of $525,000 in cost reductions for next year’s budget, they announced the following changes:
*Taking advantage of an attrition opportunity to restructure administrative staff at the RCMP detachment.
*Changing the hours of operation at the Quesnel and District Museum to seasonal (May to September) rather than year-round.
*Renegotiating the contract for the Quesnel & District Visitors Centre; and
*Making changes to residential garbage pick-up and landfill operating hours. Starting the week of November 16, residential pick-up will occur every two weeks rather than weekly.
*Also starting November 16, the landfill will be closed Mondays and statutory holidays with the exception of Boxing Day.
Bi-weekly residential garbage pick-up will be aligned with MMBC’s recycling materials pick-up, the revised schedule will be posted on the City’s website shortly.
“The changes to residential garbage pick-up frequency and landfill operating hours are the first steps in Council’s review of our entire waste management system,” says Mayor Bob Simpson.
“Council’s overarching goal is to develop and implement a comprehensive waste reduction and recycling strategy that will simultaneously achieve environmental, climate change, and cost reduction objectives.”
Today’s announcement follows restructuring announced back in May when the City trimmed management and shifted some positions to unionized posts.
The City forecasted those cuts would result in a net savings of approximately $250,000 starting in 2016.