From the Cache Creek Council meeting on Feb. 25.
Roll Call: Mayor John Ranta and councillors Lisa Dafoe, Herb Hofer and Darrell Rawcliffe. Missing: Coun. Wyatt McMurray
Council approved a request from the Kamloops Harley Owners Group (HOG) for free use of the old tables and chairs for their banquet in the Ashcroft arena. This year marks the 25th anniversary of their Charity Poker Run on June. The group uses the event to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy.
Council approved a request from the Sage Sound Singers for free use of the Community Hall on April 13 for a community musical event. The Desert Bell Handbells will be there as well as the choir. They were also granted the assistance of the Village’s Activities Programmer.
Council agreed to eliminate four hotel rooms from the Oasis Hotel from their utility bill because they rooms were eliminated in recent renovations. However, they tabled a request for further reductions until they received clarification on what was being asked.
“I would be uncomfortable with waiving charges for the rooms until more information is coming,” said Mayor John Ranta.
The owner asked that utility taxes be waived on up to 12 more rooms that were unusable due to renovations that were taking place.
He also asked Council to reduce the number of units/seats for the utility bill, and to review the last three years’ utility bill for overpayments and to refund the Hotel accordingly, which would amount to almost $2,000. That was also tabled for more information.
Treasurer Lori Pilon pointed out that the Village bases its billings on the number of seats listed on the Liquor License. If the seating has changed, they should be keeping it current on their license.
“I think council wants to be fair with any business owner in the community,” said Ranta. “We need more information to make a decision.”
Water Treatment Upgrade
Administrator Leslie Lloyd reported that Commissioning of the Water Treatment upgrade began Feb. 12. There was “a slight problem” with pressure regulating valve and so the Commissioning stopped on Feb. 15. Commissioning needs to continue for 10 consecutive days before the treatment plant can go on line with the new upgrades. Commissioning started up again on Feb. 21, but stopped again on Feb. 25 due to minor issues, including better securement of overhead pipes.
“A full 10 day recommisioning will begin again soon,” said Lloyd. “Day one keeps restarting.”
It was during the plant’s Commissioning over a year ago that pipes fractured and needed to be repaired before the new upgrades could be used.
Three new boilers have been installed in the Cache Creek swimming pool. Administrator Lloyd said theVillage was applying for a $14,364 rebate.
Adopt a Road
Coun. Darrell Rawcliffe, also president of the Ashcroft & District Lions Club, talked briefly about the Adopt a Road program in Ashcroft that the Lions were part of and asked whether Council would be in favour of starting the program in Cache Creek.
Mayor Ranta noted that the Cache Creek Beautification Society holds two downtown cleanups every year, but if the Lions would like Cache Creek to offer the program, they should send a written request.
March 25 at 4:30 pm.