Barriere and North Thompson Fall Fair plan Canada’s 150th birthday for 2017

District of Barriere regular council meeting highlights for May 25

Barriere Business Walk:

The District of Barriere and the Barriere and District Chamber of Commerce have partnered under the guidance of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, to undertake a Business Walk in Barriere and area. The concept of the business walk is part of economic development pertaining to business retention and expansion. On Thursday, June 11 a number of teams will visit numerous businesses in a short amount of time in order to gather business intelligence to foster business growth.  In addition to Ministry staff, Community Futures expertise and Hon. Shirley Bond (Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour), Hon. Naomi Yamamoto (Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business) and our MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson Hon. Terry Lake have all been invited to participate.

Canada 150:

The Federal Government recently announced funding related to Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. It is considered “a pivotal milestone for our country that allows us to connect with our past, celebrate who we are, honour our exceptional achievements, and build a legacy for tomorrow. Since 2012, the Government of Canada has been actively planning for Canada 150 by inviting Canadians to celebrate historic nation-building events on the road to 2017.

“The theme for Canada 150 is Strong, Proud, and Free – three words that define and characterize present-day Canada. A Canada that is a strong leader in the world with one of the most robust economies. A Canada that is proud of its identity and achievements as well as its natural beauty and resources. A Canada that is free with an open, diverse, and pluralistic society. This theme connects us with our past, embraces the present, and builds towards the future.”

There are two funding opportunities around Canada 150 that may be available to the community, one for the renewal or expansion of existing community infrastructure and the other for a community event, exhibit, art piece, or similar.

Initial discussions are underway with the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association taking the lead on the community event that would take place on their grounds. The idea would be to involve as many local organizations, artists, and businesses as possible to create a unique event that could leave or perhaps initiate a long term legacy for the area. Any individual or group interested in being part of this historical event, tentatively scheduled for the July 1st weekend in 2017, should contact Jill Hayward at the Star/Journal or Councillor Donna Kibble for more information around how they can be of service.

With respect to the opportunity involving community infrastructure, Council has approved the submission of an application for matching funding for a splash pad addition to Fadear Park just southwest of the Lions’ Gazebo and northwest of the Bandshell, subject to continued support from the Lower North Thompson Community Forests Society. This project, entitled Splash in the Past, was unsuccessful in an attempt to acquire funding as a legacy project for Barriere’s 100th Anniversary. The Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society has committed up to $150,000 to the project price of over $400,000. The community has raised over $22,000 through donations, pie sales and family fun and movie nights. It is hoped the actual costs can be lowered through additional in kind cash and material contributions.

Emergency Preparedness:

Mayor Smith, Councillor Pat Paula, Nora Johnson (Finance Officer) and Colleen Hannigan (CAO) attended an Emergency Management BC seminar for elected officials and senior management in Kamloops. The focus of the seminar was the policy role played by elected officials during a disaster and how local government fits into the provincial hierarchy.

The Emergency Management and Protective Services Committee of the TNRD had their first meeting where Mayor Smith was elected Chair and Director Ronaye Elliott, Area J, was elected Vice Chair.  Doug Lindquist, a Meteorologist from Environment Canada gave a presentation on the summer forecast.  The bad news is if we do not get the normal June rains, we are going to be in a hot, dry, and above temperature summer.  Hugh Murdoch, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations, talked about the concerns with the upcoming fire season if the dry weather continues.  The District has had an agreement with the TNRD for Emergency Preparedness and will be working with them on revising our Emergency Measures Bylaw and Emergency Plans.

RCMP Update:

Local Detachment Commander, Corporal Darin Underhill, spoke to Council about the upcoming annual Bike Rodeo (June 28) and 911 Golf Tournament Fundraiser (August 15) events. He also asked Council to sign an Acknowledgement of Consultation that confirms the RCMP have discussed the priority community issues that were identified around Substance Abuse, Traffic – Enforcement, and RCMP Community Interaction and Involvement. Corporal Underhill has been transferred to a Kamloops unit as of the end of July and the new Detachment Commander, Steven Mancini, will be transferring here with his young family at that time.

Trans Mountain Education Program:

The Mayor and CAO attended a meeting with Kinder Morgan – Trans Mountain pertaining to the $50,000 education component of the Memorandum of Understanding signed around community benefits.  Kinder Morgan explained the fund is expected to last for 20 years and is to be used for those who have issues accessing education.  As an example, a single parent may need money for daycare or travel/accommodation so they are able to take a course.  The $50,000 outlined in the MOU is to cover from the Barriere area to Little Fort.  A selection committee, comprised of five local people would review the submissions and pick the successful applicant.  Blue River, Clearwater and Barriere will put their funds together to earn interest enabling each community to receive $2,500/year to distribute for 20 years. The Community Benefits are contingent on Kinder Morgan proceeding to construction.

Communities in Bloom Judgement Day:

The Communities in Bloom committee met to start planning for the judges’ visit on the 19th, 20th, and 21st of July.   We will be meeting again in 3 weeks to finalize the plans for the tour and the barbecue.

Submitted by District of Barriere