qathet Regional District’s board of directors have amended the regional district’s procedures bylaw to further adapt to meeting electronically.
At the October 28 regional board meeting, directors gave first three readings and adoption of the amendment bylaw to allow for greater flexibility in conducting electronic meetings. Since the onset of COVID-19, the regional district has used Zoom to carry out meetings, with regional district directors and members of the public appearing as delegations able to login to meetings by videoconferencing.
The regional board endorsed an application to BC Hydro for a community regreening program grant for up to $5,000 to provide trees for Texada Island. The board also endorsed an application to the provincial ministry of transportation and infrastructure for required permits, and that any costs not covered by the BC Hydro grant be funded through the Texada Island Recreation Service.
According to a staff report, the Van Anda ball field, the Gillies Bay ball field and the seniors centre are focal points for each community. The report states the addition of boulevard trees at and along the fence lines will add to the beauty of the greenspaces, while not interfering with the function of the spaces.
A letter of support has been provided for the Pacific Region International Summer Music Association (PRISMA). According to the letter from chair Patrick Brabazon, PRISMA is one of the most important cultural events in the region and the regional district has been supporting the event since its inception in 2014.
Brabazon stated that the PRISMA festival orchestra brings world-class performances and a full symphony orchestra to the region, which is a gift that is not often available to a remote area such as the qathet region.