City of Nanaimo releases core services recommendations

NANAIMO – A core services review at the City of Nanaimo is now complete.

There’s the potential for the city to get $1.7 million in savings a year, according to the consultants of Nanaimo’s core services review.

The City of Nanaimo has released the final report of its core services review, underway since December.

The review, which was budgeted at more than $248,000, aimed to provide information on the delivery and financing of city services, efficiencies, savings and improvements.

At a public meeting Friday afternoon, Joyce Tustian, project lead with Western Management Consultants, presented the final report and recommendations to councillors and the general public, pointing out the potential for $1.7 million in per annum savings and $2.75 in potential one-time cost savings.

Among the recommendations in the report is the closure of the Departure Bay Activity Centre to avoid a capital expenditure of $2.1 million and see users accommodated elsewhere.

The report also recommended the city to consider closing Beban Park pool for three months over the summer instead of one to reduce costs. It also suggests eliminating four prisoner guard positions and increasing arena charges so that it is in the top two or three on Vancouver Island.

More information to come. To see the full report, please visit http://goo.gl/OYJH7b.

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