Highlights from today’s (Friday, Jan. 16) meeting of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board:
• Staff was authorized to submit applications to the New Building Canada Fund — Small Communities Fund for four infrastructure projects. Top two priorities are the Black Pines community water system intake project and the Pritchard Community sewer system solids management project.
The Black Pines project involves a new water intake, while the Pritchard sewer project is a mechanical means of reducing problems with solids that clog up the system.
• A security issuing bylaw for the new Paul Lake fire protection service was adopted, which allows the community to move ahead with getting bids for construction of a new fire hall.
• Amendments to the unsightly premises bylaw were introduced and taken to third reading. This involves clarifying such things as derelict vehicles, certain structures, and enforcement.
• Director Ken Gillis presented a petition signed by 249 Pritchard residents asking for Sunday openings at the South Thompson eco depot. The petition was received and referred to the regional solid waste committee for consideration.
• Chair John Ranta announced committee appointments for the year. Directors submitted their wish lists for appointments last week and Ranta indicated he wasn’t able to meet everyone’s preferences but had done his best.
I was appointed to the economic development, policy review and utility systems committees, all of which I had asked for. I look forward to serving on these committees.