Highlights of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors Meeting of November 9, 2023

The TNRD held its Board of Directors Meeting in the Twin Rivers Boardroom of the TNRD Civic Building in Kamloops, B.C. The meeting was held in-person and via Zoom, and a recording of the meeting was uploaded to the TNRD’s YouTube channel. You can view the recording here.

Election of Chair and Vice-Chair

Village of Ashcroft Director Barbara Roden was acclaimed as Board Chair, and District of Logan Lake Director Robin Smith was acclaimed as Board Vice-Chair. During a call for nominations, only one nomination was made for the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair, resulting in the acclamation of these positions. Read the TNRD News Release here.

Delegation: Thompson Nicola Conservation Collaborative

The Board heard a delegation from Danielle Toperczer, the Program Manager for Thompson Nicola Conservation Collaborative (TNCC). Toperczer provided an update on two key research projects being done by the TNCC, including a Conservation Action Plan for the Thompson River watershed, and Conservation Planning for Climate Change.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2814 (Tobiano)

Following a public hearing, the Board adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2814, which affects property at 240 Holloway Drive located in Tobiano in Electoral Area “J” (Copper Desert Country). This zoning amendment enables the development of a secondary suite within a new dwelling that is planned to be built on the property. Read the report here.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2817 (Birch Island)

The Board adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2817, affecting 1780 Cliff Road and 1409 Birch Island-Lost Creek Road, located in Birch Island in Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country). Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2817 rezones these two properties in Birch Island to residential zoning to bring each parcel in conformity with actual uses. Read the report here.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2826 (Blue River)

The Board approved first and second reading of Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2826, affecting property at 920 and 934 Harrwood Drive located in Blue River, in Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters). This zoning amendment proposes to rezone two adjoining parcels from R-1: Residential Single and Duplex to C-4: Recreational Commercial, to allow for guest accommodation for Mike Wiegele Heli-Ski Resort in a dwelling previously used as a principal residence. The proposed zoning amendment will be brought to a public hearing in conjunction with a regular Board meeting. Read the report here.

Curbside Collection Service Bylaw

The Board adopted Automated & Recyclables Collection Bylaw No. 2794 and TNRD Notice Enforcement Bylaw No. 2830. The TNRD has been providing curbside collection service since 2009 for portions of Electoral Area “J” (Copper Desert Country), and since 2010 for portions of Electoral Area “B” (Thompson Headwaters), and to date there has been no regulatory bylaws in place that apply to the operation and administration of curbside collection services. These bylaws provide a framework for how curbside collection is administered, which is support by population growth, changes to provincial regulations, contract requirements, and changes to TNRD policy. Read the report here

2024 Board and Committee Calendar

The Board adopted the 2024 Board and Committee schedule of meetings. This schedule includes 15 Regular Board Meetings, 7 Committee of the Whole Meetings, 26 additional Committee Meetings, and 4 Thompson Regional Hospital District Meetings. Read the report here.

Mobile Library Schedule Update

The Board received a report on changes to the Mobile Library schedule in 2024. Most notably, the 2024 schedule is expected to include a pilot project of weekly Mobile Library service at Sun Peaks and Whitecroft. This pilot project at Sun Peaks and Whitecroft is dependent on the successful hiring of staff for a Sunday shift, and further communication will be forthcoming. The 2024 schedule will also include new Mobile Library stops in Tobiano and Valleyview, and stops in McLure and Heffley Lake will be removed. Read the report here.

Emergency and Disaster Management Act

The Board approved a motion by Chair Roden to send a letter to the Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, and the Premier of BC requesting the creation of two local authority regulations under the Emergency and Disaster Management Act, one for regional districts and one for municipalities, and to distribute the letter to all 27 regional districts. The motion was tabled following a report and presentation for information regarding proposed changes, expected challenges, and implementation timeframes of the Province of BC’s Emergency and Disaster Management Act, and its implications for the TNRD. Staff expressed significant concerns around the increase in responsibilities, requirements, and expectations that are being placed on local governments in the proposed regulations to be added to the Act. Read the report here.

2024-2025 FireSmart Community Funding – Grant Application

The Board voted to support a grant application to the Community Resiliency Investment Program for the 2024 and 2025 FireSmart Community Funding & Supports, to secure and manage FireSmart program funding through the allocation-based funding stream. The TNRD is eligible to receive up to $700,000 per year to deliver a region-wide FireSmart program. In 2023, the TNRD received this full grant funding amount and was able to initiate a Firesmart program and hire a FireSmart Coordinator using a portion of this grant funding. Read the report here.

Regional Grants and Sponsorship – 2023 Fall Intake

The Board approved the following Regional Grants and Sponsorship allocations for the Fall 2023 intake period to eligible applicants:

  • Kamloops Arts Council ($2,000)
  • Barriere First Responders Society ($2,000)
  • Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia ($2,000)
  • Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre Society ($2,000)
  • Heat Junior Hockey Society ($2,000)

Read the report here.

The next TNRD Board Meeting is on November 23, 2023, at 1:30 pm.


Highlights of the Thompson Regional Hospital District Board of Directors Meeting of November 9, 2023

The Thompson Regional Hospital District (TRHD) held its Board Meeting in the Twin Rivers Boardroom of the TNRD Civic Building. The meeting was held in-person and via Zoom, and a recording of the meeting was uploaded to the TNRD’s YouTube channel. View the recording here.

Delegation: Royal Inland Hospital Foundation

The Board heard a verbal update by Heidi Coleman, Royal Inland Hospital Foundation CEO, and Liz Parfitt, Interior Health Infectious Disease Specialist, providing an update on recruitment efforts for healthcare facilities and helping meet housing needs for prospective frontline healthcare employees within the Hospital District boundaries. Coleman and Parfitt also took questions from the Board.

Cancer Care Advocacy Campaign Contract Award

The Board approved a contract award to Santis Health for the preparation and delivery of a public advocacy campaign for a Kamloops Cancer Centre, for a maximum price of $75,000 which was previously approved by the Board. Following a Request for Proposal (RFP) process through BC Bid, a total of 4 proposals were received. The bid from Santis Health scored the highest based on the evaluation criteria included in the RFP. Read the report here.

Hospital District 2024 Meeting Schedule

The Board approved the Hospital District schedule of meetings for 2024, which will include quarterly meetings beginning with the inaugural meeting in March 2024. Read the report here.

The next TRHD Board Meeting is on December 15, 2023, at 1:30 pm.

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