TNRD gives $5,000 to KXA Provincial Winter Fair

Highlights from the TNRD Board of Directors’ meeting, July 14

KXA Winter Fair Society Receives Funding

David Arduini and Carole Gillis of the Provincial Winter Fair, a standing committee of the Kamloops Exhibition Association (KXA), made a presentation to the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Board of Directors seeking sponsorship for the group’s 78th Provincial Winter Fair. The event is scheduled to take place Sept. 23 to 26 at the Circle Creek Ranch in Knutsford.  Arduini and Gillis shared the event’s budget and revenues for this year, disclosed the event’s new location, and discussed the group’s ongoing legal dispute with the Provincial Winter Fair Society, which had appeared before the board at the June 16 meeting. Both groups are slated to host separate events this year, one in Barriere and one in Knutsford.

The Board agreed to provide funding to the KXA Provincial Winter Fair Society in the amount of $5,000, the same amount it provided to the other group of the same name.

Whitecroft Subdivision Gets Green Light

The Board approved the immediate discharge of Land Use Contract Agreement Bylaw No. 80, 1972 (LUC), and all amendments thereof, and an amendment to Zoning Bylaw 2400, to enable the strata subdivision of a previously unoccupied duplex currently under construction in the Village of Whitecroft. The Board’s approval came on the heels of a July 6 public hearing.

New Bylaw Terminates Land Use Contracts

The termination of 153 Land Use Contracts (LUCs), including all amendments and notations thereof, was approved by the Board. This continues a three- to five-year process of shifting all land use regulation from given LUC terms to Zoning Bylaw No. 2400. LUCs, which are tailor-made regulations for specific lands, are being terminated because they have become increasingly incongruous with zoning regulations and are out of sync with B.C. legislation. The following LUCs are now terminated:

• Lac le Jeune LUC 324

• Pritchard LUCs 85, 90, 92, 109, 118, 126, 144, 190, 281, and 485

• Birch Island LUCs 255, 257, 259 and 503

Board Approves Gas Tax Funds

The Board approved the expenditure to a maximum of $24,000, allocated to Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters), in Federal Gas Tax – Community Works Fund revenues to fund energy efficiency at the Blue River Fire Hall.

The Board also approved the following Federal Gas Tax expenditures:

• $45,000 from Federal Gas Tax Revenues –Community Works Fund component to fund roof resurfacing, and insulation and rear entry upgrade at the Lower Nicola Community Hall. The contribution will be allocated as $22,500 from Electoral Area “M” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – North) and $22,500 from Electoral Area “N” (Beautiful Nicola Valley – South).

• $6,000 from Federal Gas Tax Revenues – Community Works Fund component, allocated to Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country), to fund a new section of the Candle Creek Mountain Bike Trails Network.

• $70,000 from Federal Gas Tax Revenues – Community Works Fund component, allocated to Electoral Area “E” (Bonaparte Plateau), to fund roof resurfacing, as well as upgrades to the heating system, electrical fixtures, windows, doors, bathroom fixtures and perimeter drainage at the 70 Mile House Community Hall.

• $12,500 in Federal Gas Tax – Community Works Fund revenues, allocated to Electoral Area “P” (Rivers and the Peaks), to fund LED lighting upgrades for the Pritchard Community Sewer System treatment building.

Annual Out-of-Town Regular TNRD Board Meeting (Merritt) — Thursday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.