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RDNO backs Grindrod project
The Regional District of North Okanagan is hoping to find funds for a Grindrod project.
The board will write a letter of support for the Grindrod Recreation Association, which is applying to the provincial government for a grant for the new community hall, which is under construction.
“They’ve done a phenomenal job,” said chairperson Patrick Nicol of the association.
The new hall in Grindrod Park is almost at the lock-up stage, but work may come to a halt because only half of the required $400,000 has been raised.
“We’re getting a little short on funds so we hope to get some grants,” said Herman Halvorson, with the association.
Regional District of North Okanagan residents may eventually be taxed specifically to purchase parks.
Staff has been directed to explore options for establishing a regional parks and natural lands legacy funds to assist in park acquisition.
“There are many other places that have established this successfully,” said director Mike Macnabb.
By creating a pot of money, the hope is to purchase land that is beneficial.
Macnabb says the region could eventually promote its parks and natural areas and that could bolster tourism and economic development.
“It goes a long ways for the regional district,” he said.
Meeting attendance clarified
Regional District of North Okanagan directors can’t expect a cheque just because they showed up at a meeting.
Board members have been provided with a clarification on committee meeting pay. Directors are only paid when they are invited to attend discussions in an official capacity and not simply because they are present.
“There was an incident where an individual was expecting to be paid,” said David Sewell, general manager of finance.