Board ratifies Lumby strategy

A long-term strategy for parks, recreation and culture has been given the green light in Lumby and Cherryville.

A long-term strategy for parks, recreation and culture has been given the green light in Lumby and Cherryville.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has adopted the White Valley arts and culture master plan.

Implementation of the plan will occur as funding becomes available.

“Right now it’s not there so it will be done down the road,” said Eugene Foisy, Cherryville director.

Among the recommendations of the master plan are to form a task force to implement the plan and create a business plan to determine space requirements for the Monashee Arts Council and review branding.

It also suggests increased funding application activity and hiring a cultural services co-ordinator.

Board reviews spending

Groups receiving taxpayers’ funding will have to prove they are using it wisely.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board will require itemized accounting on how funds are spent from organizations that receive grants.

“We have to account for where the money is spent. Its taxpayers’ dollars,” said director Mike Gavinchuk, who lobbied for transparency in grants.