Municipal election: Steven Royer candidate for Kimberley Municipal Council

Steven Royer is the first candidate to say he will run for a seat on Kimberley City Council this fall.

Royer raced in a packed field in 2018 and finished eighth.

Since then, he has taken up community volunteerism and built a successful landscaping business.

When he arrived in Kimberley in 2016 with his wife Liz, Royer bought a landscaping business from Aurel Beaudin and also bought In Focus Glass Cleaners, and got to work.

He says the company has made more than $1 million in five years, much of which he has reinvested in equipment.

In addition to the business, Royer joined the Mark Creek Lions Club and served as president, treasurer and secretary together during the difficult COVID years. He says it took a lot of energy just to keep the club running when nobody could really come out and do anything, but he survived and is back to normal now.

He sits on the board of the local youth network KAYAN.

He is head coach and treasurer of the East Kootenay Track and Field Club and recently led the Kootenay contingent at the BC Summer Games.

Next month he will travel to the BC Senior Games in Victoria where he will compete in the pentathlon, 1500m and run the 10k with his wife.

All this may suggest that Royer has a lot of energy. He does.

But he also feels he has more to give, and he’s looking forward to another run for a Council seat.

“I have a good employee now, so I will have more time,” he said. He has thought a lot about what he can bring to the Board.

“I have watched Jason (McBain) and Kyle (Dalum) on the Board for the past four years, to see what new members are doing. I realized that you can’t change things immediately. Change is difficult to achieve. It takes time.”

He says one thing he has learned is not to promise too much.

“Good intentions don’t always work. With the Lions Club, many things are put to a vote. There are wins and losses and there will always be someone who will be unhappy.

As for the problems he considers to be of primary importance, he says that it is the lack of affordable housing and the sewage treatment plant that is looming.

“My employee earns $20 an hour. He can’t pay $2,500 rent. When I moved here, we paid $800. It’s a big leap. I know other communities are facing the same problem. But that’s Kimberley’s biggest challenge.

He says that while he’s not a big fan of high-density housing, he has no choice but to build some because rentals are needed.

There is also no choice but to go ahead with the new water treatment plant no matter how much it costs, he says.

Kimberley faces a number of challenges which will make it difficult to keep taxes at a reasonable rate.

“It is not possible to reduce taxes. There’s too much on the way right now.

However, he says his volunteer work has seen him manage community money for quite some time.

“Who are you going to trust? I have been treasurer of two non-profit community associations. I’m in the thick of it. I have met so many people through volunteering and my regular job. I like to think my clients will vote for me because they know I’ll treat them the same as an advisor.

“I know I’m not locally grown, but I feel like I’ve been here my whole life. Since I moved here, the city has given me opportunities. You must enter them. Kimberley is a golden place and I thank him for everything he has done for me.

“To stand for municipal elections is a great reward.”

If you have any questions for Royer, you can contact him at [email protected]

“If I can’t find an answer, I will find it,” he said.

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Municipal election in British Columbia

Melissa C. Keyes