Anahim Lake airport to receive funding

The Cariboo Regional District has been approved for $400,000 from the provincial government’s Towns for Tomorrow program and $100,000 from the Northern Trust Economic Diversification Infrastructure program towards improvements at the Anahim Lake Airport.

  • Jun. 23, 2011 4:00 p.m.

The Cariboo Regional District has been approved for $400,000 from the provincial government’s Towns for Tomorrow program and $100,000 from the Northern Trust Economic Diversification Infrastructure program towards improvements at the Anahim Lake Airport.

The total estimated cost of the runway extension and terminal building construction is $700,000 with up to $200,000 coming from the airport’s capital reserves, annual capital plan and $23,000 in residual funding from the former airport commission society.

CRD hits the road

The regional district board of directors and staff travelled to 150 Mile House on June 16 and 17 for the first Board on the Road event for 2011. On Thursday evening, the CRD and the 150 Mile Trails and Greenbelt Society hosted a community barbecue to raise funds for 150 Mile House’s 150th anniversary, which will be held on July 16.

More than 110 local residents joined in the festivities.

During the barbecue, the CRD also acknowledged the 150 Mile House Volunteer Fire Department as it is celebrating its 30th year of providing fire protection services to the area.

The board reconvened on Friday, June 17 at 9:30 a.m. for the regularly scheduled board of directors meeting.

The next Board on the Road event will take place in Kersley on Sept. 15 and 16.

Let’s Talk Trash

During the last meeting of the Solid Waste Management Plan Advisory Committee, Sperling Hansen and Associates presented various options associated with potential recycling and composting programs, as well as preliminary assessments as to current program operating efficiencies.

With regards to efficiencies, SHA determined that potential operational savings may be possible by increasing the density of loads at transfer stations; however, a substantial change to existing infrastructure would be required, whereby current bins would be replaced by larger, open-top bins that could facilitate compaction by on-site equipment.

As well, SHA also indicated that closure and conversion of small rural landfills to transfer stations may also provide some operational savings.

The dates for public consultation have not been set but should occur sometime in September or October.

CRD creates carbon footprint inventory

CRD staff has created an inventory of the corporate carbon footprint for 2010.

Services included in the inventory include administration; sewer and water; solid waste collection and transportation; arts, recreation and culture; and fire protection.

Total emissions from all energy sources for these services totalled approximately 2,300 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Staff will investigate the best ways to reduce or offset these emissions prior to the 2012 reporting and offsetting requirement in the Climate Action Charter.

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