Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of December 17, 2020
The TNRD Board of Directors held its regular Board Meeting at the Valley First Lounge of the Sandman Centre in Kamloops via live stream, with in-person attendance limited to staff and Directors. A full recording of the meeting can be viewed here.
Delegation from Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and Forest Enhancement Society of BC
Dan Buffet, CEO of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and Steve Kozuki, Executive Director of the Forest Enhancement Society presented the Board with an update on some of the conservation and forest enhancement projects within the regional district and answered questions from the Board.
Delegation from Stump Lake Ranch
Bob Price, spokesperson for Stump Lake Ranch gave a presentation to the Board about the commercial traffic on Hwy 5A. Stump Lake Ranch is requesting that the TRND Board renew its support for a ban of non-local semi-truck traffic on Highway 5A between Merritt and Kamloops as a matter of public safety.
Delegation from Heffley Lake Community Association
Jim Davies, Vice-President of the Heffley Lake Community Association gave a presentation to the Board, with a request for support to ban ballasted wake boats from Heffley Lake due to environmental damage.
North Thompson Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw Adopted
North Thompson OCP Bylaw No. 2700 received third reading as amended, and was adopted following the public hearing held on November 18. The bylaw will enact a new OCP for Electoral Areas “A”, “B” and “O,” replacing four existing OCPs and providing a new vision for this part of the region. Read the report here.
Solid Waste Management Amendment Bylaw Adopted
Solid Waste Management Facilities Amendment Bylaw No. 2731 was read a third time and adopted. The bylaw amends and updates Bylaw 2681, with the most notable change being the elimination of fees for the disposal of residential mattresses, boxsprings and tires on rims. Other amendments include:
- changes/additions to definitions;
- a new fee of $12.50/tonne for commercial clean-fill (residential remains as free disposal);
- clarifying authority for the Director to impose additional fees for “Controlled Waste”; and
- the addition of the approved disposal procedure for Potential Asbestos Containing Material (PACM).
Read the report here.
Board Approves 5 Year Provisional Financial Plan
The TNRD’s 2021-2025 Provisional Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2727 was adopted following a presentation from Doug Rae, Director of Finance. The plan estimates a minor increase of 0.3% compared to 2020, but will not be finalized until updated assessments and other numbers are known in the New Year. The final budget will be presented to the Board in March 2021. Read the provisional report here.
Contingency Funds Approved for Loon Lake Fire Hall Construction
The Board approved up to $150,000 in funds from the Electoral Area “E” (Bonaparte Plateau) Community Assistance Funds reserve to be used as contingency funding for the construction of the new Loon Lake Volunteer Fire Department Hall. Read the report here.
Gas Tax Funds Approved for South Green Lake Fire Hall
The Board approved $50,000 from Federal Gas Tax Funds for a new roof and insulation at the South Green Lake Fire Hall. Read the report here.
The next Regular Board Meeting is on January 14, 2021 at 1:15 pm.
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