Co-operative approach helps arena

Art Holding Memorial Arena serves residents of nearby electoral areas as well as Chase. (chroniclesofwanderlust.com image)

Art Holding Memorial Arena serves residents of
nearby electoral areas as well as Chase.
(chroniclesofwanderlust.com image)

CHASE — The Art Holding Memorial Arena will receive an upgrade thanks to a co-operative effort by Mayor Rick Berrigan, Electoral Area L Director Ken Gillis, and yours truly.

After hearing a case put forward by Mayor Berrigan, Director Gillis and I agreed to contribute $45,000 in federal gas tax money toward work on the area. Of that amount, $30,000 will come from Area L’s gas tax funds, and $15,000 from Area P.

Gas tax money is provided by the federal government to local governments and administered by the Union of B.C. Municipalities. The TNRD distributes its share of gas tax funds to each electoral area based on population.

Electoral areas and municipalities sometimes share their gas taxes for projects that are of mutual benefit. In the case of the Art Holding Memorial Arena, residents of Chase, Area L and Area P all use the facility.

Recreational infrastructure became an eligible category for gas tax funding last year. The money will be added to a contribution from the Village of Chase to help with various repairs and upgrades, including the scoreboard, sound system and lighting.

Director Gillis and I met with Mayor Berrigan a couple of weeks ago to discuss the contribution, and the TNRD board formally approved it at Thursday’s board meeting. It’s an excellent example of how directors can work together to share resources in order to benefit residents, rather than taking a parochial approach.

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