Here are the highlights of the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Board of Directors meeting held on Dec. 20.
Remembering Angelo Iacobucci
Chair Gillis opened the final Board meeting of 2018 by acknowledging the recent death of Angelo Iacobucci, Senior Investigative Reporter for CHNL. Angelo was a long-standing media extension for the TNRD over the years and will be deeply missed.
Delegation: Large Scale Screening Level Flood Mapping in the Thompson Watershed
A delegation to the Board was made by Mike Simpson, Senior Regional Manager of the Fraser Basin Council. He requested the Board’s recommendation for the TNRD to submit a funding application to the UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to support flood risk assessment, flood mapping, and flood mitigation planning in the Thompson Watershed. Provisional Financial Plan Bylaw Adopted
The Board approved the adoption of the 2019-2023 Provisional Financial Plan, Bylaw No. 2667. The plan estimates a tax requisition of $23,366,580, which is an overall decrease of 1.1% from the 2018 annual budget. This provisional plan will be refined in the New Year when tax assessment data for 2019 is provided by the BC Assessment Authority. Read Bylaw.
North Kamloops Library Closed for Renovations
The Board approved the closure of North Kamloops Library to undergo renovations in January. The updates will include a new welcome desk, an emphasis on self-service, and enhanced safety through the provision of a secure staff workroom space and the addition of security cameras.
Fire Protection Services Agreement 2019 – City of Merritt and Lower Nicola Indian Band
The Board approved a one-year agreement for the TNRD to provide financial contributions for fire protection services within Electoral Areas “M” and “N”. Further investigation of the scope of the services with the City of Merritt and the Lower Nicola Indian Band is required before the Fire Protection service agreements are ready to be renewed for another full five-year term. Read Report.
McLure Fire Hall Transfer of Title to TNRD
The Board approved the transfer of property title for the McLure Fire Hall to the TNRD from the McLure Fire Fighters & Recreation Association. The Association has agreed to transfer the title for $1, on the condition that the property will revert back to the Association if it is no longer required for community service purposes.
Rural and Northern
Communities Grant Application – Pritchard Water
The Board directed staff to submit an application under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – British Columbia – Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure Program to support the construction of a water filtration facility and associated improvements on the Pritchard Community Water System. If the application is successful, the program would fund 100% of eligible expenses toward construction of a water treatment/filtration facility. .
Water Conservation Plan 2018 Update
The Board adopted the updated 2018 Water Conservation Plan for community water systems owned and operated by the TNRD. The plan will be used to promote water conservation within the TNRD and will assist in securing future infrastructure grants for water system improvements.
The next Regular Board Meeting is on January 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.