Thompson-Nicola Regional District
During their regular meeting on Nov. 21 the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board of directors approved up to $10,000 of federal gas tax revenues, community works fund, allocated to Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country) to be approved to upgrade the overhead heaters at Blackpool Firehall.
The existing heaters will be replaced with energy-efficient units.
Medical marijuana grow operations
First and second readings were given for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2442, 2013, regarding medical marijuana grow operations.
A public hearing will be held in conjunction with a regular board of directors meeting on the proposed bylaw.
The proposed bylaw permits medical marijuana production, subject to specific conditions of use, on parcels greater than eight hectares within the ALR or those zoned AF-1 or RL-1 of size greater than eight ha, and on I-2 or 1-3 zoned industrial lands greater than four ha.
Board meeting change of date
The Dec. 19 inaugural meeting of the TNRD board of directors has been rescheduled to Dec. 12.
2013-2018 Financial Plan
The TNRD provisional budget for 2014 was presented, highlighting a seven per cent decrease in overall expenditures.
The tax paid on the average priced residential home for municipalities is estimated to range from $131.71 (Clinton) to $300.27 (Clearwater).
The tax paid on the average priced residential home for Electoral Areas is estimated to range from $219.25 (EA “I”) to $532.65 (EA “M”).
The 2014-18 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2443 was given three readings and was adopted.
Capital grants for Search and Rescue
On recommendation of the emergency management and protective services committee, the following grants were approved:
• Kamloops SAR — $1,169.00
• Logan Lake SAR — $1,233.07
• Wells Gray SAR — $20,335.73
Community water and sewer committee repeal bylaw
The Community Water and Sewer Committee Repeal Bylaw was adopted, which eliminated 17 community water and sewer system committees that were no longer active or effective.
In the future, when significant projects are undertaken for TNRD utility systems, an ad-hoc committee will be struck to include members of the community.
Fraser Basin Council delegation
Dr. Charles Jago, Chair, and Mike Simpson, senior regional manager, provided a presentation on the activities of the Fraser Basin Council.
Dr. Jago and Mr. Simpson highlighted projects occurring in the TNRD, such as facilitating community-to-community forums, the Kamloops Source to Tap drinking water assessment, the Nicola Lake Action Plan, and the Shuswap Watershed monitoring program.