Ashcroft Council Briefs

A summary of Ashcroft Council meeting

Meeting with School District

Council will seek a dinner meeting with the school board of District 74 (Gold Trail) for Monday, October 24th and the district reps will be invited to make a presentation to council during their Committee of the Whole meeting.

Taxpayer requests tax relief

A letter was received from Sheila Corneillie asking council to take some action to reduce taxes “in this small community.”

“It is becoming very difficult to justify the costs of remaining here,” she said.  “You must reduce something, you can’t keep increasing the taxes to cover.”

Request to abandon herbicides

A letter was received from Nancy Morris written on behalf of the Venables Valley Watershed Coalition requesting the Village abandon the practice of the spraying of herbicides in favour of the “less expensive” option of mowing potential weeds, particularly in the laneways and around the school yards.”

Handicapped Parking Space

A request from a Legion member for council to consider establishing a handicapped parking space adjacent to the Legion was forwarded to the Legion president George Cook for comment. Mr. Cook advised they had no concerns noting that many of their members are elderly and a designated parking spot would be an advantage for those who wished to attend events

Second instalment received

A letter from Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development included the second instalment of $332,109 from the Small Community Investment Fund, a restructuring of the Small Community Grants program.

This brings Ashcroft’s total received for the year to $562,912.

The provincial grant program is made available to help local government stimulate their economies and encourage growth and create local jobs..

Deputy Tourism Minister to visit

Council was invited to a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Don Fast to be held on August 5th in Cache Creek. The letter informed council that the Deputy Minister was visiting the region during the week of August 4 to 7 to gather, first-hand, information on the issues being faced and establish a dialogue on opportunities for the area.