Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of January 16, 2020
Delegations: Federal and Provincial Update
MP Cathy McLeod presented the Board with a federal update and spoke about the government’s responsibility is supporting industry, workers, and communities. The federal government plays a critical role in the forestry and mining resource sectors in BC’s Interior.
MLAs Peter Milobar and Todd Stone gave the Board an update on some opportunities for the upcoming provincial budget, which will be finalized in February. Items up for consideration include reinstating the rural dividend fund, providing more support for forestry communities, and improvements to highway safety in the region. Other topics discussed with TNRD Board members included housing supply and affordability, the property assessment process, and highway maintenance.
Committee Appointment Made by Board
The Board and Chair selected candidates for the TNRD committees. The results of the Board-Appointed Committees and the Chair-Appointed Committees can be viewed on our website.
Funding for the Clearwater Eco-Depot Baler Project
The Board approved the submission of a funding application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Green Infrastructure (ICIP) – Environmental Quality Sub-Stream Grant program to fund the Clearwater Eco-Depot Baler project. The TNRD has committed to funding 26.67% of project costs, plus other expenses not covered by the funding program.
Federal Gas Tax Funding: Electoral Area “I”
The Board approved an expenditure from the Federal Gas Tax - Community Works Fund of $150,000 (max) to assist in the development of five tourism stops along the Fraser Canyon corridor between Kanaka Bar and the Bonaparte Plateau. The Chair and Corporate Officer were also authorized to execute an agreement with the Gold Country Communities Society.
The next Regular Board Meeting is on February 20, 2020 at 1:15 pm.
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