Regional board briefs: Recommends trail maintenance support; Rejects support for climate action

Recommends trail maintenance support
Powell River Regional District board’s committee of the whole voted at its meeting on Thursday, March 9, to recommend to the board that it provide $10,000 in financial support for Powell River Outdoor Recreation Trail Society. The non-profit umbrella group for outdoor trail users and builders had applied for a $15,687 grant-in-aid to pay for volunteers’ out-of-pocket expenses for providing trail maintenance.

Rejects support for climate action
Regional district board’s committee of the whole voted to recommend the board not provide a $9,000 grant-in-aid to go toward the development cost of a website for Climate Action Powell River. Electoral Area A director Patrick Brabazon told the committee he did not support spending the money because the regional district has spent the last decade pursuing climate change initiatives. The non-profit environmental group wanted the grant to help them pay for developing a website and for the groups Cool Homes program, which provides information for homeowners on how to reduce energy consumption.

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Recommends waiting for fixed-link study
Regional district committee of the whole voted to not recommend further financial support for Third Crossing Society. Committee members said they felt that while the BC government prepares its study on Sunshine Coast fixed links it would be more prudent to not provide more funds. Third Crossing had asked for $5,000 to help cover the cost for its directors to travel to other parts of the province to advocate for a highway connection from Powell River to Alberta.

Supports regional recreation talk
Regional board’s committee of the whole voted to support a recommendation to the board to designate electoral area directors to participate in a regional recreation discussion with City of Powell River and Tla’amin Nation.

Recommends director raises
Regional district board’s committee of the whole voted to recommend to the board to approve a 2.2 per cent increase to director pay in 2017.

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