Avola and Blue River now have a consolidated cemeteries bylaw.
Up until now, the two communities in Thompson Headwaters (Thompson-Nicola Regional District Area B) have had separate bylaws and the bylaws have not been updated in more than 10 years.
On Thursday, March 12, the TNRD board of directors approved the incorporation of the two bylaws into one common bylaw to cover both the Avola and the Blue River cemeteries.
The Thompson Headwaters services committee had requested a cemetery bylaw review in 2011.
Since that time, Consumer Protection BC has audited both sites, with recommendations for price; interment right contracts; bylaws; perpetual care funds/general maintenance; and records.
Bylaw enforcement gets review
A report was provided to the board regarding bylaw enforcement policy and corporate practice.
The TNRD core policy is that enforcement generally starts with a complaint, and that the complaint must be in writing and be submitted in good faith.
The TNRD has based its policy and practices in consultation with other regional districts and some of the best practices put forward by the License Inspectors and Bylaw Officers Association of B.C.
The matter of bylaw enforcement had been raised during a board strategic planning session held Feb. 27.