Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Thompson-Nicola Regional District has approved the expenditure of up to $20,000 from the Federal Gas Tax Community Works Fund to go towards the purchase of a new truck for Clearwater and District Highway Rescue Society.
The funding will help the organization, which provides highway rescue services for the District of Clearwater as well as Electoral Areas “A” (Wells Gray Country) and “B” (Thompson Headwaters), replace its 1992 Ford rescue truck with a more fuel-efficient model.
The society has $115,000 in reserves to purchase a replacement vehicle, but with a new truck valued at $153,000, it has asked for funding assistance from District of Clearwater and TNRD. District of Clearwater has already approved $20,000 from its Federal Gas Tax funding allotment.
“The money is going to be a big help as a more fuel-efficient truck will mean savings for the Clearwater and District Highway Rescue Society. It will also translate into fewer greenhouse-gas emissions,” said Tim Pennell, Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country) director.
The truck upgrade falls under the Community Energy Systems – Fleet Vehicle Conversion category of the Gas Tax Agreement.
To date, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District has approved $2.9 million for 71 projects under the Federal Gas Tax Fund, which provides funding in support of municipal infrastructure upgrades that contribute to cleaner air, cleaner water and reduced greenhouse-gas emissions.