Regional board briefs: Approves winter roads plan; Approves infrastructure application

Approves winter roads plan
At its regular meeting on December 19, Powell River Regional District board approved its snow removal and ice control policy. Snow removal and ice control priority is given to sidewalks, parking lots and and district-owned properties, including Craig Road, Lund, Padgett Road, Highway 101, fire halls, the regional district's maintenance facility, Powell River Regional Cemetery, Gillies Bay Community Hall, Gillies Bay Old School, Texada/Gillies Bay Airport (excluding runway, taxiway and apron) and Van Anda Wharf. Parking lots and roadways will be cleared when snowfall is greater than 10 centimetres and completed within 24 hours. According to the policy, no paths, trails or unpaved walkways leading in, through or across any parkland or property will be ploughed or otherwise treated for snow and ice accumulation.

Approves infrastructure application
At its December 19 meeting, regional district board authorized staff to apply for a 2018 Infrastructure Planning Grant to map the feasibility of an project extension of a regional potable water transmission line from City of Powell River to the end of Centennial Drive. The grant would also explore utilizing Hamill Lake or a deep-water well located at Myrtle Pond as a primary raw water source. The provincial planning grants support local government in sustainable community infrastructure projects.

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Assists community groups
Regional district board approved financial assistance for Powell River Film Festival, Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts and Texada Island Community Society at its December 19 meeting. The film festival received $3,500, performing arts festival received $750 and the Texada community society received $750.

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