The members of Clearwater town council are not grinches.
During their Nov. 15 meeting, the councillors approved a grant-in-aid request of $250 to Clearwater Rotary Club for the annual Christmas Tree Light Up.
This year’s event will be held at Wells Gray Infocentre on Sunday evening, Dec. 4. A market will precede the Christmas festivities.
Council also approved an in-kind donation of power for Christmas lights to be placed on the south side of Highway 5.
The council members directed staff to include the $250 contribution to the annual event for the next three years as part of the 2017 Financial Plan process.
This will mean the Rotary club won’t need to come back each year to ask for money.
Map project with Chamber
Council directed staff to partner with the Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce to produce the community business map book in conjunction with the business license sign-up for 2017.
The funds for the mapping project will be allocated from business license revenues;
Food bank gets help
Council approved a cash donation of $1,000 to Clearwater and District Food Bank to be expended from the 2016 grant-in-aid budget
The District of Clearwater office will be a receiving station for donations to the Food Bank over the Christmas season.
Winter Festival in January
Council approved $1,000 for seed money towards the 2017 Winter Festival.
The money will come from the 2016 Economic Development Budget.
Conditions permitting, events in the festival will include ice hockey, figure-skating, Wells Gray Birchleg, Iceman fishing derby, and downhill skiing, said Ken Kjenstad, one of the organizers.