Blackpool Fire Hall gets Gas Tax funds
The board approved a Federal Gas Tax—Community Works Fund revenue allocation to Electoral A. The money will help to fund roof and insulation upgrades for the Blackpool Fire Hall with a maximum expenditure of $18,000.
Loon Lake Community Hall gets Gas Tax funds
The board approved a Federal Gas Tax—Community Works Fund revenue allocation to Electoral Area E. The money will help fund construction of an auxiliary building for the Loon Lake Community Hall with a maximum expenditure of $50,000.
Merritt facilities get Gas Tax funds
The board approved a Federal Gas Tax—Community Works Fund revenue allocation to Electoral Areas M and N.
The funding will assist the City of Merritt in completing upgrades to eligible projects (i.e. energy efficiency upgrades to public facilities, recreation or tourism related projects, etc.) with a maximum expenditure of $75,000 for each Electoral Area.
TNRD commended for being carbon neutral in 2017
The board received a letter from the Union of British Columbian Municipalities’ (UBCM) Green Communities Committee acknowledging that the TNRD has successfully achieved the goal of corporate carbon neutrality for 2017.
The TNRD is a signatory to the Climate Action Charter and has worked with the Province and UBCM to take action on climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The TNRD also achieved carbon neutrality for the years 2013, 2014 and 2016.
MLA talks to referendum board
Kamloops MLA Todd Stone made a presentation to the board about the upcoming referendum concern proportional representation.
The referendum will decide if B.C. keeps the current “first past the post” voting system or if it will change to a proportional representation voting system. British Columbians will receive their voting packages from Elections BC starting Oct. 22 and will have until Nov. 30 to vote in the referendum.
For more information visit engage.gov.bc.ca/howwevote/
Kamloops Arts Council presents to board
David Olds, president of the Kamloops Arts Council, provided a presentation to the board about the Art Exposed exhibition.
Arts Exposed will showcase work from artists throughout the region from March 8 to 16, 2019.
The TNRD has been a longtime sponsor of the exhibition and was asked to provide $5,000 toward the event. The funding request will be considered at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.
Steps taken to make improvements to Blue River Park
The board voted to authorize staff to take the necessary steps for improvements to be made to Blue River Community Park.
The park has a broken jetty wall and a dock that will need to be reattached to that jetty when repairs are made. To make these improvements, the TNRD must enter into a foreshore lease agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and then apply to the Province for the proper permits.
The board’s vote will authorize Tim Panko, a local contractor with extensive experience in government applications, to act as an agent for the TNRD to submit the required applications to the relevant ministries for the foreshore lease and the approvals for jetty repairs.