Kimberley voters indicated they’re overwhelmingly in favor of the city selling the Sun Mine to Teck.
A referendum on the proposal in Saturday’s municipal election gained 2,126 “yes” votes supporting the sale while 572 “no” votes were counted.
Kimberley’s chief administrator Scott Sommerville says the city echoes the sentiments of the “yes” voters.
“It made sense for council to sell it and Teck is a great partner to work with to see expansion in the future, so staff are definitely on side with council’s views on it, I believe the newly elected councillors were in favor of selling it as well.”
He says Teck has plans to expand the Sun Mine and adds a sale could by completed by early 2019.
Scott Sommerville says the proposed sale has unanimous support from city council.
“Next steps will be working on a definitive agreement with Teck now that we’ve got the approval of the electors to go ahead with the sale. So that will happen over the next few months and hopefully we’ll have a deal to announce maybe before the new year, but I’m expecting sometime early in 2019.”
Sommerville says Teck has plans to expand the Sun Mine.
Both mayoral candidates in Saturday’s election supported the proposed sale.
– Scott Sommerville – Chief Administrative Officer, City of Kimberley