Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of July 15, 2021

The TNRD Board of Directors held its regular Board Meeting in-person and via Zoom at the Valley First Lounge of the Sandman Centre in Kamloops in adherence with the guidelines for organized gatherings as part of Step 3 of BC’s restart plan. The meeting was recorded and uploaded to the TNRD’s YouTube channel, view the recording here.

Chair’s Announcements

On behalf of the TNRD, Chair Gillis expressed his deepest condolences to the entire community of Lytton and Lytton First Nation who are dealing with the tragic and devastating impacts of the June 30, 2021 fire.

An update from TNRD CEO Scott Hildebrand followed, with thanks given to all of the responding emergency personnel for their efforts during this challenging and uncharacteristically early wildfire season.

At the time of the July 15th Board Meeting, eight Electoral Areas and five member municipalities in the TNRD are impacted by states of local emergency, evacuation orders and/or evacuation alerts.

Forensic Audit Update

Simon Padgett, Director of Forensic Disputes & Investigations with BDO Canada and Jervis Rodrigues, Partner with BDO Canada provided a brief update on the progress of the forensic audit and review of the TNRD’s finances. Mr. Padgett gave the Board some insight on how BDO is conducting its forensic investigation, and indicated that they are two-thirds through the process. The advanced stage will continue into August, and it’s estimated that the forensic report will ready to be brought to the Board’s September 23 meeting.

Five Member Municipalities Join Noxious Weed Service

Noxious Weed Control Conversion and Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 2752 was adopted to include Merritt, Clearwater, Logan Lake, Sun Peaks, and Clinton as participants in the service. Read the report here.

Contract Awarded for Cache Creek/Ashcroft Eco-Depot Construction

The Board approved the construction contract for a new permanent Eco-Depot to service Cache Creek, Ashcroft and surrounding communities be awarded to Timbro Contracting for the tendered price of $2,349,061.26. Read the report here.

City of Merritt/Trans Mountain/TNRD Fire Protection Services Agreement

The Board authorized entering into fire protection agreements between the TNRD, Trans Mountain and City of Merritt. The service will be provided by the City of Merritt Fire Rescue Department for Trans Mountain’s 400 man camp, located in Electoral Area “N” on District Lot 120 Kamloops Division Yale District. Read the report here.

The next Regular Board Meeting is on August 19, 2021 at 1:30 pm.

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