Highlights from TNRD Dec. 10 Board Meeting

Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Board of Directors’ Meeting

Here are some highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Board of Directors’ Meeting of Dec. 10.

2016 Chair and Vice-Chair Elected

John Ranta of Cache Creek was acclaimed to the position of Board Chair and Ronaye Elliott of Area “J” (Copper Desert Country) was elected to the position of Vice-Chair for 2016.

Granted Approved for Art Exposed

Kathy Sinclair of the Kamloops Arts Council (KAC) provided a presentation to the Board about the Art Exposed project, which showcases non-juried pieces from artists throughout the region. The event takes place March 11 to 19, 2016. The KAC was looking for funding support, and the TNRD Board resolved to provide $5,000 towards the event.

Letter of Support for Gold Country Communities Society

A letter will be sent from the TNRD Board to the Gold Country Community Society supporting its funding application to Northern Development Initiative Trust’s “Fabulous Festivals and Events” program for a grant of up to $2,500. The money will support the Gold Country Digital Sign project from the Cariboo-Chilcotin Lillooet Regional Development Account.

2016 Public Consultation and Communications Activities

A total of 66 public consultation and communications activities were conducted by the TNRD in 2015. Public consultation was conducted through activities like public meetings and surveys. Communications activities included items such as Utility Systems newsletters, public information sessions, and education booths at community events.

2016 Summary Report Regarding Use of Discretionary Funds

A report was provided to the Board, grouped by Electoral Areas, detailing what projects were funded by discretionary funds in 2015.  More than $48,130 of discretionary funds were spent on projects such as fencing for a train-whistle cessation project; Raise-A-Reader campaigns; a geoparks study; and to support farmers market activities, among a variety of other projects.

Funding Provided for Upgrades to the Community Water Systems

Up to $16,000 in Federal Gas Tax – Community Works Fund revenues allocated to Area “A” (Wells Gray Country) was approved to fund a wet-well upgrade, and to replace pumps, leaking valves and service lines for the Vavenby Community Water System.

Up to $30,000 in Gas Tax Funding from Area “P” (Rivers and the Peaks) was approved to fund LED lighting upgrades and replacement of leaking valves and service lines for the Pritchard Community Water System.

The next TNRD regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1:15 p.m.