$300 electronics allowance approved

  • Jun. 28, 2013 5:00 p.m.

Regional district directors voted June 22 to give themselves each $300 a year if they choose to use a computer or other electronic device to view their agenda packages. The decision was not unanimous, however. Port Clements director Ian Gould voted against it, saying he had concerns about the amount of money involved. With 10 regional district directors, the policy could cost up to $3,000 a year, although some directors may choose to continue receiving paper agenda packages and not collect the $300. Mr. Gould said he brings the paper package back to the Port village office, in case other council members want to read about what the regional district is doing. “We’re also pretty well compensated for sitting on this on this board, and we’re getting a cost of living increase,” he said. However, other directors said the amount seemed reasonable, and that using electronic devices could save a lot of paper. Rural Graham Island director Mike Racz said agenda packages can be 100 pages long, or more. “I’d like to see everybody move to electronic so we don’t have all this paper on the table,” he said.