Upper Clearwater survey triggers new petition

UpperClearwaterSurvey-April2016UPPER CLEARWATER — The grant-in-aid that provides $5,000 a year for operation of the Upper Clearwater Community Hall will go back to residents for reconsideration.

A slim majority of residents triggered a public assent process, voting Yes in a survey that asked if they wanted to eliminate the grant-in-aid. A new petition process is seen by many residents as a way to clear the air over a disagreement in the community on whether to continue funding the Upper Clearwater Farmers Institute for operation of the hall.

The survey, distributed by the TNRD, included only one question: Would you like the Upper Clearwater Community Hall grant-in-aid service to be eliminated?

Seventy-seven surveys were sent out and 57 were returned before the April 15 deadline for a response rate of 74 per cent. Thirty answered Yes while 27 answered No.

The survey was the first step in a two-step process to revisit the funding issue after residents argued both sides of the question at a TNRD board meeting several weeks ago.

Based on the survey results, Electoral Area A Director Carol Schaffer will now ask the board at its April 28 meeting to authorize staff to carry out a public assent process through formal petition.

If supported, all property in the Upper Clearwater Community Hall grant-in-aid service area will receive a petition in the mail for return to the TNRD by another deadline.

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