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CRD endorses Northern Development applications

The Cariboo Regional District endorsed three applications to the Northern Development Initiative Trust at its regular meeting Friday, Aug. 22.

The Anahim Lake Airport is applying for $37,800 in grant funding under the Economic Diversification Infrastructure Program.

This project will involve removal of encroaching trees and brush to continue providing current runway service levels and anticipating improved service levels.

The Big Lake Community Association is undertaking improvements to the Big Lake Community Hall.

The request is for $17,000 in funding from the trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program. The funding will be used to replace the 27-year-old, severely compromised roof; extend the present limited handicapped access; and replace the out-of-date toilets in the men’s and women’s washrooms.

The CRD directors also approved up to $6,500 of community works funding from the CRD’s 2014 Community Hall Energy Improvements program to upgrade the roof on the Big Lake Community Hall. This work is part of a larger roof replacement project, which has a cost of $39,247 which also involves the NDIT application.

The current roof is 27 years old and severely compromised; a new roof will halt existing water leaks and will reduce energy use.

The West Chilcotin Tourism Association is requesting $5,500 in NDIT funding from the Capital Investment Analysis Account to conduct a detailed analysis of economic effects in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region resulting from reduced service offered by BC Ferries’ new Discovery Coast Connector service.

The tourism association will deliver the results of the analysis to both the Government of British Columbia and BC Ferries in hopes of securing service adjustments.

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