North Thompson Arts Council gets help with funding

Council approved $500 in funds to the North Thompson Arts Council with the allocation

Melody Romeo

Melody Romeo

Council approved $500 in funds to the North Thompson Arts Council with the allocation of $400 as a grant-in-aid and $100 for the sponsorship of a planter box.

The purpose of the cedar planter boxes are to encourage the growth of edible plants within a small cofined space. The project encourages awareness of local food security as well as provides an avenue for local art talent to display their wares.

Bike rodeo

Clearwater RCMP will once again hold a bike rodeo.  The event is planned for Saturday morning, May 26 at the North Thompson Sportsplex. The event will focus on bike safety. Something different this year will be a Finger Print Child booth.

Community policing

Mayor Harwood would like to see in addition to community policing 1. A speeder board, 2. Accurate vehicle count and 3. A citizen patrol. “Tourists just park anywhere,” he said. Extra presence would help solve issues when police are short staffed he felt.

Peewee/Midget championships

Melody Romeo, president, Clearwater Minor Ball attended council to seek funding assistance for field rentals, including the assurance of CVSS fields and field standards.  The group requests that the District sponsor the designated softballs and/or part of the dinner costs. Clearwater will play host to the Peewee/Midget Provincial championships in July 12-15.

Hockey boards for arena

Over the last several years the Sportsplex has been replacing the wooden hockey boards with steel when the boards are in need of repair or rebuilding noted Chief Administrative Officer Leslie Groulx. Groulx recommended in her report that council approve the expenditure of $54,519 to complete Phase 1, 2, and 3 for the replacement of the remaining wooden hockey boards.

“New upgrades to the Sportsplex to include more dressing rooms would see the preliminary layout, design and installation of the sewer, water, fire hydrant and road realignment  this year, noted Groulx. In order to accommodate the need to continue to replace the wooden hockey boards it would be cost effective to complete the remaining boards and gates to take advantage of a discount offer she felt.

“The completion of the boards will require additional funds to what was initially allocated for the hockey boards this year. The  Council passed a resolution to allocate a $100,000 per year for two years of the annual capital budget of $135,000. Completing phases of the project over the next two years would provide the ability to complete all the hockey boards this budget year if the council chooses to do so,” noted Groulx.