Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of January 14, 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. The meeting was live streamed on the TNRD’s Facebook page, view the two-part recording here.

Delegation: Provincial and Federal Update

The Board was provided with a provincial update from local Members of the Legislative Assembly. The delegations included MLA Peter Milobar, Kamloops-North Thompson and MLA Jackie Tegart, Fraser-Nicola. MLA Todd Stone, Kamloops-South Thompson was unavailable to attend. The Board also received a federal update from MP Cathy McLeod, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.

Committee Appointments Made by Board

The Board approved the following appointments to external committees for 2021:

  • Municipal Finance Authority
    • Director: L. Brown, Alternate: M. O’Reilly
  • Municipal Insurance Association
    • Director: D. Dudy, Alternate: B. Roden
  • Community Energy Association
    • Director: M. Blackwell, Alternate: C. Schaffer
  • Shuswap Watershed Council
    • Kamloops Director: K. Christian, Chase Director: R. Crowe

Appointment by Chair:

  • Audit
  • Economic Development & Recreation Services
  • Emergency Management/Protective Services
  • Regional Solid Waste Management
  • Thompson-Nicola Invasive Plant Management
  • Utility Systems
  • Fraser Basin Council

City of Merritt Requests Financing for Fire Hall

The Board authorized the borrowing of $2,209,000 over a 25 year term from the Municipal Finance Authority for the City of Merritt to finance the construction of an expansion to the City’s Fire Hall. Any financial implications are the responsibility of the City of Merritt, who will be responsible for raising the funds for the annual debt payments for 25 years.

Vavenby Community Water System Land Donation

The Board authorized a land transaction agreement to accept a donation of 0.6 Ha (1.5 acres) of vacant land from Peak Vavenby Properties Ltd., owned by Mr. Brian Fehr, to the TNRD. The land will be used as the location for a possible future water treatment facility for the Vavenby Community Water System.

Board Approves Grant Applications

Upgrades to the Vavenby and Blackpool Fire Halls

  • The Board approved that an application be made to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – British Columbia – COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) grant program to support the addition of an apparatus bay to both the Vavenby and Blackpool Fire Halls.

TNRD Civic Building Upgrades

  • The Board approved that a grant application be submitted under the CVRIS program to support required repairs and improvements to the TNRD Civic Building. If the CVRIS grant application is approved, the program would fund 100% of eligible expenses toward the Civic Building Board Room expansion, replacement of the roof and major components of the HVAC system, and solar panel installation on the new roof.

The next Regular Board Meeting is on February 18, 2021 at 1:30 pm.

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