Hall settling into NORD

The North Okanagan Regional District’s new administrator is getting acquainted with his duties.

Trafford Hall attended his first board meeting Wednesday.

“I have been here for two-and-a-half weeks and it’s been a busy time,” he said of getting to know staff, elected officials and the communities served by NORD.

He anticipates that some operational changes may eventually occur.

“I am looking at how we do business and where the work is going,” he said.

“There may be some things I can make recommendations on to advance the interest of taxpayers.”

Hall is the former longtime administrator in Kitimat and he replaces Greg Betts, who has retired from NORD.

Cattle Fence Approved

Steps are being taken to protect the watershed at Silver Star.

The North Okanagan Regional District board has approved spending $12,000 to install a fence to keep cattle out of the open water reservoir zones of the Silver Star utility.

“Maintenance of the fence will be the responsibility of the people who have grazing rights up there,” said Arnold Badke, engineering general manager.

It’s also expected that residents will monitor the situation.

“Silver Star (resort) has personnel who will ensure the fence is in tact because they don’t want cattle in the watershed,” said director Mike Macnabb.

The $12,000 is coming from gas tax revenue — $6,000 each from BX-Silver Star and rural Lumby.

Free Transit Hits The Road

The North Okanagan Regional District will provide free transit during Clean Air Day June 8.

“During the week of June 5 to 10, there is also a national commuter challenge to encourage people to use modes of transportation other than single-occupant vehicles,” said Nicole Kohnert, engineering services manager.

NORD and municipal staff are working together to promote activities, including a breakfast for commuters at the downtown Vernon transit terminus June 8.

 

The loss of revenue from free transit will be less than $250.