TNRD meeting highlights

Thompson Nicola Regional District board meeting of Nov. 20, highlights

Thompson Nicola Regional District board meeting of Nov. 20, produced the following:

Mr. Lucas de Haro, CEO of Sorgent.e Hydro Canada Corporation, provided a presentation on the proposed Serpentine and Clemina hydro power projects. Both projects are run-of-the-river hydrogeneration dams that are being proposed for construction in Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters). Should the projects come to fruition, they are expected to bring the equivalent of nearly 400 full-time jobs and approximately $2 million in direct and indirect economic development to the area.

Blue River Community Water System Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 2487, 2014, was adopted by the Board. The bylaw allows for the extension of water service from the Blue River Community Water System to a bunk house that CN is currently constructing, which is located adjacent to the existing water system area.

There are sufficient funds in the Pritchard Fire Protection Reserve Fund to allow for an expenditure of $77,000 for the expansion of the Pritchard Fire Hall. To authorize the expenditure, the Board adopted Pritchard Fire Protection Reserve Fund Expenditure Bylaw No. 2495, 2014.

The following new Board Policies were

Starting in 2015, five per cent of the Federal Gas Tax — Community Works Fund proceeds received by the TNRD will be set aside for a global pooled fund available to all Electoral Areas. The remaining 95 per cent will continue to be allocated to each Electoral Area using the current methodology.

A transfer of $70,000 from Electoral Area “L” to Electoral Area “B” in Gas Tax funds will cover the additional project costs for the Blue River Community Water System.