Group to be formed to distribute donations

Cache Creek Council is collecting names for a committee that will disperse disaster donations.

Cache Creek is calling for names to form a committee that will disperse the donations collected over the past month for residents affected by the May 23 flood.

As of June 23, just over $131,000 had been collected, and donations were still coming in.

The idea is to go out ad solicit names for the committee, Coun. Wyatt McMurray told Council at the June 22 Council meeting.

“We already have some names brought forward,” he said.

“For the sake of transparency, we should make a public announcement that we are doing this,” said Coun. David Dubois.

McMurray said they would post the information on the Village website, www.cachecreekvillage.com , on Facebook pages and on the reader board outside the community hall.

“We don’t want to spend money to advertise it because we’d be taking money out of the fund,” he said.

Dubois asked if there was a list of criteria for serving on the committee to possibly avoid having members who were also applying for money.

“Council can decide that when it comes to the appointments,” said Mayor John Ranta.

“We have all these people with needs, and we have to get the money out to them” said McMurray.

He said the bulk of the donations will have been substantially collected by first week of July – after the July 3/4 CacheAid fundraiser organized by the Village (www.cacheaid.com) – so it’s time to get ready to distribute it.

McMurray asked that a special meeting of Council be called for July 14 to review the list those interested in sitting on the committee and to appoint members.

Anyone interesting in sitting on the committee can talk to councillors Wyatt McMurray or Lisa Dafoe or can leave their name and number at the Cache Creek Village Office.

Donations are still being taken at the Village Office or online at www.cachecreekvillage.com