Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of March 25, 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.
Delegation from Fortis BC
The Board received a presentation from Matt Mason, FortisBC’s Community & Indigenous Relations Manager. Mr. Mason provided an overview of FortisBC's greenhouse gas emissions reduction initiative to help reduce customers’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by the year 2030 by partnering with BC communities, business, industry and government. Learn more about FortisBC’s Clean Growth Pathway to 2050 and its 30BY30 goal here.
2020-2022 Strategic Plan Approved
The Board approved the TNRD’s 2020-2022 Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to foster a common understanding of the issues facing the region, and establish a strategic approach to addressing our priorities and challenges. The plan sets out six strategic priorities to guide the TNRD’s use of resources over the current term. View the Strategic Plan here.
Financial Plan Bylaw
The 2021-2025 TNRD Financial Plan was adopted (Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2737) following a presentation to the Board from the Director of Finance. The average residential taxpayer in Kamloops will see an increase of $0.73 per household, while the average residential taxpayer in all other member municipalities will see changes ranging from a decrease of $14.22 (Village of Lytton) to an increase of $11.96 (Village of Logan Lake). All Electoral Areas in the TNRD will see changes ranging from a decrease of $24.28 (Area “J”) to an increase of $21.74 (Area “I”). Tax rates are not finalized until the more current Revised Roll is published by BC Assessment Authority. The plan will be made available for viewing at www.tnrd.ca.
Electoral Area Directors Committee Bylaw
The Board approved Bylaw No. 2735 to establish an Electoral Area Directors Committee. This standing committee was officially established in November 2020 to provide advice and guidance to the Board concerning matters identified with unique electoral area interest, and will oversee and make recommendations regarding services in those areas. A draft of the bylaw was brought to the Electoral Area Directors Committee for review and any input or feedback prior to coming to the Board for adoption.
Policy Review Committee Bylaw
Policy Review Committee Establishment and Regulation Bylaw No. 2742 was approved by the Board. The purpose of the Policy Review Standing Committee is to discuss and provide recommendations and advice to the Board of Directors relating to general policy issues, including the development of new policies and review of existing policies. The committee will consist of 9 members appointed by the Chair.
Board Policy Updates
Board Hospitality Policy
The Board approved amendments to Hospitality Policy No. 5.5.1. Specific changes to the policy include amendments stating that any alcohol provided at TNRD-hosted events and hospitality events will not be expensed by the TNRD. Directors, staff and guests will be required to cover the cost of their own alcohol purchases.
Flood Management Policy
Flood Management Policy No. 14.2.1 was approved by the Board with updates that reflect what support TNRD staff can provide to residents. The policy was updated in consultation with Emergency Management BC and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and brings the TNRD’s Emergency Program up-to-date with operational needs before flood season begins.
The next Regular Board Meeting is on April 22, 2021 at 1:30 pm.
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