The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) board has granted $40,000 in Community Works Funds for some new capital projects in the South Cariboo.
At the Sept. 5 board meeting, directors approved up to $32,000 for the South Cariboo Rec. Centre (SCRC) and up to $8,000 for the South Cariboo (108 Mile) Regional Airport.
CRD chair Al Richmond says the rec. centre will get ice plant upgrades for the arena, and the airport will get high-efficiency lighting.
“Those are energy upgrades. One of the things we use this Community Works Funding; this gas tax money for energy efficiency and greening.”
SCRC general manager Josh Dickerson says he is “very pleased” to have the arena upgrades approved.
“The money is earmarked for a computer monitoring system that will run the plant. Right now, it is all done manually, so this will make it more efficient.
“The ice plant is very efficient now, but this just adds to it … so we are going greener.”
The computer will track any leaks and temperature changes, so the equipment is shut on and off as needed, including after hours when staff is not there, he explains.
“It saves a lot of effort by me and staff in doing everything manually. There is no guessing, the system is set up to run according to our schedules on the ice, and we are not depending on somebody turning pumps on and off manually.”
Dickerson adds the quote process is underway for the job now and he hopes the new ice plant will be installed by the end of the year.
Richmond says the CRD will also apply for a BC Hydro grant to potentially offset some of the costs for the arena.
The airport will get some modernized, high-efficiency lighting installed throughout the CRD (main) hangar and the office, he adds.