Canada Post asked to discuss thefts

Canada Post will be asked to send a representative to a TNRD meeting to talk about the problem of break-ins at community mailboxes and to review what’s being done to combat this growing problem.

Community mailboxes are a target for thieves who break them open, grab and run.

Community-mailbox theft will be subject of TNRD discussion.

As I’ve written in previous posts, the post office and RCMP — and, of course, the residents whose mail is stolen — are frustrated at these break-ins but it’s a difficult problem to get at. I proposed a motion at today’s (Thursday, March 12) TNRD board meeting that Canada Post be invited to come and talk to the board about the issue.

The motion was passed unanimously.

It was a short board meeting today but it was preceded in the morning by a meeting of Electoral Area directors. These meetings are held several times a year to discuss matters of specific interest to the Electoral Areas and today’s agenda included discussion of federal gas tax projects and changes to the structure of advisory planning commissions.

The question on gas taxes was whether to give preference to projects involving TNRD assets as opposed to privately owned services/facilities. EA directors felt the status quo should remain and I think it a desire to remain flexible.

Gas taxes are received via the federal government and administered through the Union of B.C. Municipalities. They’re turned over to the regional district, which assigns them to each electoral area according to population. The criteria for eligible projects have been adjusted from time to time.

The other topic of interest was advisory planning commissions, which play an important role in reviewing zoning matters. Electoral Area Directors favoured consolidation of some of the APCs.

TOMORROW: The board will go into committee of the whole Friday to discuss workshop items including fire service training standards and the always interesting question of board remuneration.



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