WGCSC active on many fronts

Vavenby water, Clearwater sports coordinator, Stargazing Festival, Ferry Road Park on the Wells Gray Country services committee agenda

The Wells Gray Country services committee meeting on May 23 at the Community Resource Center started quietly in the dark, but livened up quickly when the lights came on with the arrival of the last members.

Kudos of the meeting went to chair Tim Pennell who confirmed he has taken on a new role for the Southern Interior Local Government Association. The Wells Gray Country director will head an evaluation of the operation of SILGA, including the cost of operation, the funding model, what it does and the future direction. He has until November to present the initial draft.

The services committee continues to develop a proposal for a standalone website to showcase the WGCSC services. Funds are allocated and the committee is working with Tourism Wells Gray to obtain the www.wellsgraycountry.ca address.

WGCSC will be supporting the District of Clearwater sports coordinator position with some funding. The amount and sources are yet to be determined.

Vavenby water system is an ongoing project at present. Thompson-Nicola Regional District has contracted a crew to locate and repair any leaks. Riprap material has been stockpiled on the foreshore upstream of the intake in the North Thompson River in preparation for placing when the permits are in place.

The rejuvenation of the annual Stargazing Festival is still being planned; however a suitable location is the major stumbling block at present. Room with a good vista of the stars will be required for an estimated attendance of 125 people. Services coordinator Sherri Madden is working on providing a couple of mobile telescopes for the event.

Ferry Road Park in Blackpool may soon have a new name. The plan being discussed is to honour the first ferry operator with the park name. Research is being done to identify this person.