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CRD Board Highlights - Jan. 17, 2020

Jan 17, 2020

CCRHD Chair & Vice-Chair elected for 2020

The Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District Board (CCRHD) re-elected Director Bob Simpson as Chair and Director Al Richmond as Vice-Chair for 2020.

CCRHD helps fund rural ultrasound machine

The CCRHD approved $6,048 to the West Chilcotin Health Care Society towards 40% of the cost of a second portable ultrasound machine for the West Chilcotin Health Centre in Tatla Lake.

Board sends feedback on Bill 52

The Cariboo Regional District Board of Directors is sending feedback to the provincial government on the recent changes regarding the Agricultural Land Reserve, specifically Bill 52. In November 2019, the Board asked its North Cariboo Agricultural Development Advisory Committee to provide their feedback on the changes. The Committee submitted a report with their comments and the Board will be forwarding it directly to the Province.

CRD submits funding applications

The Cariboo Regional District Board authorized staff to submit two funding applications to support various projects:

  • An application for $150,000 to the UBCM Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for the continuation of floodplain mapping efforts in the region.
  • A request for up to $22,500 to the British Columbia Air Access Program to remove and replace a section of fencing at the Anahim Lake airport.

Grants for assistance approved

The CRD Directors approved two grants for assistance:

  • $1,000 from Electoral Area J to the Tatla Lake Ski Club for the purchase of a snowmobile; and
  • $710 from Electoral Areas D, E and F to the Caribruisers Junior Roller Derby for their 20th annual polar bear swim in Williams Lake.

Fire truck alternative approval processes scheduled

The CRD’s Barlow Creek and Deka Lake volunteer fire departments require new fire trucks in 2020 to meet certification requirements. In order to use 10-year financing to purchase the trucks, the CRD has scheduled alternative approval processes (AAP).

If qualified electors in the Barlow Creek and Deka Lake fire protection areas are fine with the CRD using 10-year financing to purchase the fire truck, they do not have to do anything. If they are opposed, they need to submit the official elector response form by 4 p.m. on March 2, 2020.

An AAP is a ‘reverse’ form of public assent where the proposed change will go ahead unless 10 per cent or more of the eligible voters submit a signed form saying they are against the proposal. Further information is available at cariboord.ca/firedepartments.

Maple Drive streetlighting discussed

Through initial discussions with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, BC Hydro and City of Quesnel, the CRD Board has been advocating for streetlighting along Maple Drive.

At its Jan. 17 meeting, the Board endorsed revisiting the issue with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as they believe it is MOTI’s responsibility to install streetlights along the corridor. Failing success there, the Board plans to ask stakeholders in the area to contribute to the capital cost of installing streetlights. At that point, the CRD would approach affected property owners to seek their assent to establish a new service for the provision of streetlighting.

The Board also approved holding a public meeting in the Maple Drive area this spring to communicate the findings and proposal to the area residents.

North Cariboo memorandum of understanding signed

The Regional District Board authorized the signing of a North Cariboo Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the CRD and the City of Quesnel. The MOU addresses several topics including the landfill, cemetery, invasive plant management, transit including handyDART, Quesnel fringe area fire protection, recycling, parks and recreation, emergency support, fire training centre and a fire department mutual aid agreement.

Central Cariboo & Chilcotin economic development service created

The CRD Board adopted to a bylaw to merge the Electoral Areas D, E, F, J and K Economic Development Services into one Central Cariboo and Chilcotin Economic Development Service. The residential tax rate for this service is $2.69 per $100,000 of residential property assessment values and will apply to Electoral Areas D, E, F, J and K.

Upcoming meetings:

CCRHD & CRD Meetings: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

See the full CCRHD and CRD agenda at cariboord.ca/agendasminutes.

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