During their Feb. 20 board meeting, Thompson-Nicola Regional District directors approved an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for a grant applicable to prescription development and operational works to reduce the wildfire risk for Blue River.
Similar applications were approved for Machete Lake, Brennan Creek, and Johnson Lake.
The grants could potentially benefit the communities by obtaining and implementing fuel management prescriptions and operations while allowing the Wildfire Management Branch to assist in implementation, thus reducing wildfire risk in the communities.
Gas tax funding
Several electoral areas, including Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson), contributed money from the federal Gas Tax revenues — Community Works Fund towards an $8,000 boiler upgrade at the Agriplex in Barriere.
An additional $2,000 from federal Gas Tax revenues — Community Works Fund will be allocated to Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country).
The money will used to upgrade the overhead heaters and lighting fixtures at the Blackpool Firehall. This will be in addition to the overhead heater replacement project that was approved by the TNRD board in November, 2013.
Support for Little Fort Upper Hall renovations
Little Fort Recreation Society requested and will receive a letter of support from the TNRD to be included in its application for a grant from the North Thompson Communities Foundation.
Should the grant be provided, the funds would support renovations to the Upper Hall’s kitchen.
Board of directors remuneration
The board of directors remuneration bylaw was given three readings before being adopted.
Housekeeping changes were made to the bylaw to provide clarification. Some changes were also made to the amounts to be paid to alternate directors for meetings they attend, to bring the amounts in line with calculated per meeting rates for 2014.
There were no changes in indemnity amounts from the previous remuneration bylaw.