BC Hydro Payment in Lieu of Taxes - Everyone wants some of it!
The District of Lillooet has submitted a letter to the SLRD board saying that they have initiated boundary expansion to take over the Bridge River Generating Station. Following the normal provincial government guidelines, this could, if the province approves it, net Lillooet approximately $330,000 in revenue. In addition, they have requested that in the interim that the SLRD Board allocate $100,000 to capital upgrades and operational costs of the Lillooet Recreation Centre and Pool from the BC Hydro Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT).
Bralorne Sewer System Replacement
Link to updated engineering study. This study includes some of the history of how we got to this place. http://www.scribd.com/doc/95506532/Bralorne-Community-Sewer-System-Assesment-Study-Update2 In 2012 Gas Tax Funding was applied for and was not successful.
Thanks to the SLRD Utilities Staff we are starting to develop a manageable approach. To start with it is proposed that an infiltration study will be done. This is where they put the cameras in the pipes and see exactly what is going on. The results of this could allow for prioritizing certain areas for replacement. Then replacement of collection system could be done in phases. This would be more affordable for the Bralorne property owners. There is also another intake of Gas Tax funding coming and our proposal will be current and ready to go - shovel ready as they put it. More on this to come.
Boultbee Memorial Church
Gun Lake items:
South End Boat Launch Update
As you know the south end Boat Launch at Gun Lake was damaged by ice last winter. It is very difficult to use. A small group of Gun Lake people met in late August to discuss its short term and longer term maintenance.
The area of the launch and the dock that was put there is actually governed by the Water Act. Any replacement will need to go through the steps to obtain a tenure/notification under the water act.
The property around the boat launch is crown land. It was formerly a Recreation Site (Min. of Forests), however that site has been deactivated by the MInistry of Forests, Trails & Recreation.
This leaves the whole thing in a bit of a no-man's land. Options include:
1)Lobby the Recreation & Trails (MOF) to reinstate the Rec Site & maintain the boat launch
2)Set up an SLRD service & tax GL property owners to maintain
3)Local organization takes over, however will still need to do fundraising to maintain & put in proper tenure/management plan documents
4)"Someone" fixes it, however care must be taken because individuals known to have worked on it may find themselves liable for any accidents etc there
One of the action items out of our meeting this fall with lake property owners and boat launch users was to conduct a survey to see what users of the boat launch think should be done. SO HAVE YOUR SAY!!
Motorboat Noise Bylaw
While I was at the boat launch for the meeting I noticed a sign listing this bylaw: Motorboat Noise Bylaw # 396. I wan't aware this bylaw existed and am sharing it for information purposes.
Update: Run of the River Projects
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Our favorite topic: Roads - Hurley River Rd.
- Dust control in appropriate locations in the summer months
- Road to be opened by the long weekend in May
- Km 13 to km 18 (Pemberton side) needs more material and some kind of surface stabilization
- The switchback section needs more frequent gradings than it has received this year
- The middle (MOT/public section) requires at least two gradings per year
- The north end section is generally good with one grading per year except the hill coming into Gold Bridge
I also encourage you any time you see a road maintenance issue on public roads (not FSR's), such as the middle portion of the Hurley River Rd., to fill in a Public Communication Record. This form goes to Interior Roads, local and management and a whole variety of ministry officials. Excellent tool to advise them what is not right on roads! http://www.interiorroads.com/pcr.php
BC Regional Climate Summaries
A set of regional climate summaries for the 8 resource regions of British Columbia was recently launched at http://www.pacificclimate.org/resources/regional-climate-summaries
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