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TNRD board approves grant for Candle Creek bike trails

Following are local highlights from the Oct. 21 Thompson-Nicola Regional District regular board meeting.

Mountain bike trail upgrades

Candle Creek will soon be going through additional upgrades, thanks to an approval of funding passed by the board.

A motion was put forward and carried by the board to approve a grant of $24,000 from the Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly known as Federal Gas Tax Funds), plus a five per cent project management fee, to fund Phase 2 of the “Greasy Jungle” trail. The WGOC is looking to extend the “green,” or beginner level, trail.

According to a board report, the total cost of the project is estimated at $60,600. While the grant funding is not to exceed $24,000, the WGOC has secured the remaining funding through the Wells Gray Community Forest granting system.

The TNRD board also approved Canada Community-Building Funds for the development of the Candle Creek Trail system in 2019 for $24,000 for Phase 2 of the Raft Rim Trail, and in 2016 and 2017 for $30,000 to develop Phase 1.

During the District of Clearwater regular council meeting on July 1, a recommendation was passed that would allocate a $96,000 grant from the Wells Gray Community Forest Commission to the Wells Gray Outdoors Club to complete Phases 2 and 3 construction of up to five kilometres of mountain bike trails.

Blue River trails

The board passed a recommendation to receive for information the meeting minutes of the Sept. 29 Thompson Headwaters Services Committee, as well as a memo regarding the Blue River Trails & Active Transportation Master Plan.

At the Sept. 1 board meeting, the master plan was approved, including 26 recommended action items. One of those action items, number 13, was recommended to the board, “to bring unsanctioned trials in the Green Mile in to the official network,” covering two already established trails, totalling about 1,164 metres, according to a board report compiled by Sherri Madden, TNRD services co-ordinator for Electoral Areas A & B.

Some action items that focus on budgeting, planning and contracts, will be brought back to the board separately, with more details. Other items recommended in the master plan include developing a multi-use path along Highway 5, establish a trail classification system, as well as a trail difficulty rating and re-aligning Luge Hill Trail, among others.

The Thompson Headwaters Services Committee is meet again on Dec. 1.

To view the master plan or to view past TNRD board and committee agendas and minutes, visit tnrd.civicweb.net and click on archived meetings at the bottom.

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