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Council briefs: Sechelt has a new corporate officer

The March 1 council meeting also announced a candidate is disqualified from the next election and Hackett Park has new rental fees
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District of Sechelt municipal hall file photo.

Kerianne Poulsen has taken on a new role in the District of Sechelt. At the March 1 council meeting, Poulsen was appointed and welcomed as the corporate officer for the municipality. 

She is stepping into the shoes of Jo-Anne Frank, who worked as the corporate officer for a combined 10 years.

Poulsen has worked for the district since 2016, previously as an administrative assistant, executive assistant and the deputy corporate officer. 

Disqualified candidate

Anna Jade Chen will not be able to run for elected office on a local authority until after Oct. 17, 2026, the next scheduled round of elections. 

Chen was a candidate for Sechelt council in the 2022 general election, but did not file her financial disclosure statement by Jan. 15. She also failed to pay the $500 late filing fee, which was due 120 days after general voting day. As a result, she is disqualified from running in the next general local elections. At the March 3 meeting, council acknowledged they received the notice, and made no comment during the meeting. 

Park rental fees 

Hackett Park will have new rental fees for the outdoor stage and concession stand. Council adopted the fees at the March 3 council meeting. 

The rates vary per hour and per day, and depend on whether the use is for private, commercial, ticketed or a non-profit event. The adopted tiered fees include the use of the outdoor stage, the change room and outdoor seating area for private/commercial use (at $25 per hour or $125 per day), commercial ticketed ($50 per hour, $250 per day) or non-profit ticketed ($10 per hour, $50 per day) events. The concession stand is available for rent in conjunction with such events, for another fee. Free public events would only be charged the concession stand rate of $20 per day.

The change to the district’s Fees and Charges Bylaw previously received first, second and third reaching at the Dec. 7 council meeting.