Some solid-waste facilities to change hours in TNRD area

Review looked exclusively at hours per week each site operates from a customer service and cost perspective

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District report they are changing the hours of operations at some of its Solid Waste Management facilities after an extensive review was conducted.

The review looked exclusively at the hours per week each site operates from a customer service and cost perspective.

It did not address what days of the week or time of day each facility should be open.

The review and recommendations for changes to hours received approval from the Board of Directors at their regular meeting on April 13.

The changes are as follows:

• The following facilities will see an increase in hours: Clearwater; Lower Nicola; and South Thompson.

• The following facilities will see a reduction in hours: Aspen Grove; Blue River; Eagan Lake; Knutsford; Little Fort; Loon Lake; Savona; and Spences Bridge.

• The following facilities will not see a change in hours: Heffley Creek; Louis Creek; and Paul Lake.

• The following facility will see a reduction in winter hours only: 70 Mile House.

Now that operating hours per week have been confirmed, public surveys will be conducted in most communities seeking public input on the best days of the week and time of day each facility operates. This information will be combined with further analysis of the customer count data to set hours.

Copies of the survey will be available at some of the solid-waste facilities mentioned above (excluding Clearwater, Lower Nicola, South Thompson and Spences Bridge), and online at tnrd.ca. Once operating days and times of the day are determined, changes will be rolled out through the summer and fall with all hours to be implemented by October 1, 2015.

The Thompson Nicoal Regional District (TNRD) covers 11 municipalities (Ashcroft, Barriere, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater, Clinton, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Lytton, Merritt and Sun Peaks) and 10 Electoral Areas – “A” (Wells Gray Country), “B” (Thompson Headwaters), “E” (Bonaparte Plateau), “I” (Blue Sky Country), “J” (Copper Desert Country), “L” (Grasslands), “M” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – North), “N” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South), “O” (Lower North Thompson) and “P” (Rivers and the Peaks). The TNRD provides over 120 services including planning and building inspection, solid waste management, emergency preparedness and 9-1-1 services, recreation, utilities, television rebroadcasting, river buoys, transit, tourism, library services and operates a film commission.  For more information go to: tnrd.ca