Grants sought for water upgrades

Two major projects within the Regional District of North Okanagan will apply for available grant funding to help with costs.

Two major projects within the Regional District of North Okanagan will apply for available grant funding to help with costs.

Greater Vernon Advisory Committee directors voted in favour of recommending to the RDNO board of directors that applications for funding under the Gas Tax agreement’s general strategic priorities fund and innovations fund be authorized for the Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant, stage two, and the remote read agricultural meter upgrade.

“I think this is the best opportunity to get money,” said RDNO administrator Trafford Hall. “I urge you to pass this.”

The estimated cost of stage two of the Duteau Creek plant will cost close to $22 million, and includes the addition of filtration to satisfy Interior Health treatment objectives. A study as been commissioned by RDNO to determine the suitable filtration treatment processes.

The remote read agricultural meter upgrade would allow Greater Vernon Water to collect meter data more frequently, and the Okanagan Irrigation Management could be set up to update customers on daily water consumption.

The estimated cost of the upgrade is $250,000.

City of Vernon alternate director Bob Spiers and Coun. Gyula Kiss of Coldstream were opposed to the application.

New agreements recommended

GVAC directors voted unanimously to recommend to board directors coming to agreements with two user groups.

GVAC recommends signing a new five year deal with the Vernon Curling Club, but only a two-year deal with Cruise Okanagan.

The agreement with the curling club includes an equipment replacement fee where $1 per member per year ends in 2014, then goes to $18 per year with the money going into a fund for equipment replacement.

The regional district has had an agreement with Cruise Okanagan since the mid-1990s for use of a portion of Paddlewheel Park for loading and unloading passengers at a dock constructed by Cruise Okanagan.

RDNO community development coordinator Tannis Nelson said the term was being changed to two years in consideration of the park planning process that RDNO will undertake this year for Paddlewheel Park, in partnership with the Okanagan Landing and District Community Association.

“There could be implications on the location of the Cruise Okanagan dock and/or use of the space as a result of the park planning process,” said Nelson.

Cruise Okanagan pays RDNO $1 per user. That resulted in approximately $250 in 2011.