Editor, The Times:
On Dec. 17, 2015, members and directors of the Upper Clearwater Farmers Institute met with Carol Schaffer (Thompson-Nicola Regional District director for Wells Gray Country (Area A)) and Ron Storie (TNRD director of community services).
We were told that a group of local residents was preparing to send a delegation to the TNRD board of directors. It is believed that the group will seek the removal of tax collected for the Upper Clearwater Farmers Institute to operate the community hall.
Also at the meeting, director Schaffer indicated a leaning towards another survey of local residents/property owners, with regard to taxation and grant.
Depending on the results, this may be followed by a more formal process to remove the grant-in-aid.
We did say that many local people find the process divisive. However, Director Schaffer indicated that she felt compelled to have another survey as she only received complaints and concerns from some local people and felt the previous survey was inconclusive.
Director Schaffer did also indicate that she would welcome correspondence with more positive views and news.
Contact details are:
• Director Carol Schaffer email: email@example.com
• Ron Storie – director of community services email: firstname.lastname@example.org or address for their attention at: TNRD, 300 – 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A9.
None of us can ignore the tensions that have been generated about the hall, its use, the people acting as its directors/guardians and how it is funded. It really is unpleasant having neighbours ignore individuals and their families. Director Schaffer tells us that our requests and attempts to talk through our differences are just being rebuffed. When the result of their delegation is known, we will let all of you know.
A core purpose of the UCFI is to keep the hall operational and available for everyone to use and enjoy if they want to. Being a member demonstrates a personal commitment in support of that purpose.
Most people believe that it is a fantastic facility. If you also think having the hall in this community is a good thing, let Director Schaffer know. If you would like to become a member, please see our web site www.ucfi.ca.
If too many do nothing, it may well be lost to us all.
Andrew Nelson, president
Upper Clearwater Farmers Institute