Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of June 17, 2021

The TNRD Board of Directors held its regular Board Meeting in-person at the Valley First Lounge of the Sandman Centre in Kamloops with social distancing guidelines and safe meeting protocols in place. A full recording of the meeting can be viewed here.

Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2745 was read a third time and given final adoption proceeding a Public Hearing. The Bylaw rezones three Nicola Lake parcels to enable a multi-family strata subdivision of single family dwellings for residential and/or traveler accommodation use. Read the report here.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2746 also received a third reading proceeding a Public Hearing. It seeks rezoning and a site-specific change to enable the development of a neighbourhood retail commercial centre in the community of Tobiano. Read the report here.

Delegation from BC Ambulance Service

The Board received an update on BC ambulance service levels in rural communities. Paul Vallely, Senior Provincial Executive Director of Patient Care Delivery and Paul Swain, Director of Patient Care Delivery (Interior District) with BC Emergency Health Services gave a presentation on the community paramedic program, which will see an expansion of services aimed at improved emergency response coverage.

The TNRD will expect to see a total of 31 new regular new paramedic positions added throughout the region, with positions being added through the program in the communities of Blue River, Logan Lake, Lytton, Ashcroft, Barriere, Clearwater, Clinton, Chase, and Merritt.

Mandatory Recyclable Materials Bylaw

The Board approved Mandatory Recyclable Materials Bylaw No. 2743 to limit the amount of recyclables going to landfill. Bylaw No. 2743 designates corrugated cardboard as “Mandatory Recyclable Material”, meaning that it must be recycled and is not allowed to go to landfill. Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 2751 was also adopted to set the penalty amounts, which is proposed at 50% of the applicable disposal fee. The new Bylaw will come into effect January 1st, 2022 following a detailed implementation and communication plan. Read the report here.

TNRD Regional Broadband Strategy Report

The Board approved the TNRD’s Regional Broadband Strategy report. The strategy provides a snapshot of the current state of broadband connectivity in the TNRD, including an analysis of the current situation, and recommendations as to how the strategy could be implemented. Read the report here and learn more about the TNRD’s Regional Broadband Strategy on our website.

Gas Tax Funds

The Board approved the following requests for Federal Gas Tax Funds:

  • $30,000, plus a 5% project management fee in accordance with TNRD Finance Policy No. 5.1.5, to fund to fund building envelope efficiency upgrades at the 70 Mile House Fire Hall.
  • $150,000, plus a 5% project management fee in accordance with TNRD Finance Policy 5.1.5, to fund building upgrades at the Loon Lake Community Hall.

The next Regular Board Meeting is on July 15, 2021 at 1:30 pm.

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