This Section of The Rattler is devoted to keeping an eye on the Thompson Nicola Regional District as a political entity whose jurisdiction impacts life here in Spences Bridge and whose website byline states: “Upholding measures to create safe, diverse, affordable communities, and support continuing business investment.”
A sub-section devoted specifically to the TNRD-managed Spences Bridge Waterworks is accessible from the sidebar or from this link.
You are invited to submit open letters, articles, videos, links, photos, etc. regarding this political entity.
Currently, Steve Rice is Regional Director for the local region (2014 remuneration: $24,805.25 plus expenses of $12,095.03) His contact information: telephone - 250 458 2379. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Since September 2011, Sukh Gill has been the Chief Administrative Officer of the TNRD. From September 1999 – September 2011 he was Director of Finance for the TNRD. His 2014 remuneration was $212,963.93 plus expenses of $15,542.68. Contact: email: email@example.com Telephone: 250.377.8673
Remuneration chart for all of TNRD here.
TNRD Main Website here. Spences Bridge Water System here.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUESTS
The Thompson-Nicola Regional District provides an on-line Public Record Request form. You may make a request for access to records via this link.
Related government document: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PROTECTION OF PRIVACY ACT
300 - 465 Victoria St.
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2A9
Phone: 250 377-8673
Toll Free (BC) 1-877-377-8673
Fax: 250 372-5048
Utilities Emergency after hours phone: 250 318-7515
Illegal Dump Site Reporting. Submission form here.
From the TNRD website:
Regional districts are local government authorities unique to British Columbia that exist to meet certain local government service needs that neither municipalities nor the province are well-suited to address. Every regional district is made of municipalities (member municipalities) and unincorporated areas (electoral areas). Member municipalities and electoral areas work together to enable regional districts to fulfill their primary purposes, to:
- Provide services such as community planning, solid waste management, water and sewer, 911, fire protection, and regulatory services in the region
- Manage administration functions, for example:
- Borrowing from the Municipal Finance Authority, the central borrowing agency for municipalities and regional districts in British Columbia, and
- Raising capital funds for hospital facilities in regional district boundaries in the role of a Regional Hospital Districts,
- Provide the political and administrative frameworks necessary for member municipalities and electoral areas to collaborate in the provision of regional and sub-regional services.
The following postings are listed in chronological order with newest posts at the top.
APRIL 7, 2017 No CN track grinding during fire season
OCTOBER 11, 2015 TNRD to conduct review of Spences Bridge Water Tax.
OCTOBER 6 , 2015 TNRD to adopt biosolids bylaw.
JULY 9, 2015 Design Guidelines for Rural Residential Community Water Systems
JUNE 16, 2015 HISTORICAL DOCUMENT: Bylaw # 2087 to establish a community water system service within a portion of electoral area “I”. View document here.
JUNE 10, 2015 TNRD presentation in Spences Bridge re water system rate increase. Listen to the complete audio recording of this well-attended 1 hour meeting here.
MAY 25, 2015 TNRD looks at options for regulating biosolids. Read article here.
APRIL 3, 2015 HISTORICAL DOCUMENT: TNRD information document released prior to water system switchover from Murray Cerek declares that NO WATER METERS WILL BE INSTALLED.
MARCH 25, 2015 TNRD Free Disposal Day 2015 schedule here.
JANUARY 6, 2015 STEVE RICE SHOULD STEP ASIDE Opinion of Dwayne Rourke
JANUARY 6, 2015 TERESA WILD RESPONDS TO JANUARY 15, 2015 CBC INTERVIEW REGARDING SB IRRIGATION WATER. Listen here.
JANUARY 5, 2015 CBC’s Shelly Joyce from CBC Kamloops interviewed Spences Bridge land owners re the possibility of establishing an irrigation water system in the village. Listen to audio (2 parts). Part 1. Part 2.
DECEMBER 30, 2014 TNRD DIRECTOR PAY SCHEDULE online document. Read it here.
DECEMBER 30, 2014 TNRD WATER SYSTEM ACQUISITION & SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY online document. Read it here.
NOVEMBER 21, 2014 TNRD Regional Growth Strategy online document. Read it here.
NOVEMBER 1, 2014
TNRD Bookmobile comes to Spences Bridge every three weeks on Thursday, 4 -5 PM at Post Office.
2015 schedule here. First visit in 2015 is Thursday January 15.
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Used oil accepted at more TNRD waste facilities. Click here for more info.
OCTOBER 10, 2014
By acclamation, Steve Rice retains 4 yr. position as Regional Director for Area I.
JULY 24, 2014: LOCAL ELECTIONS 2014
2014 General Local Elections in BC will take place November 15, 2014.
The following links are to downloadable guides for potential candidates seeking the office of TNRD Regional Director:
Local Elections in B.C.: What Every Candidate Needs to Know
Candidate's Guide to Local Government Elections in B.C.
If elected, a candidate will be required to take the following Oath of Office:
Oath of office (Source)
1 (1) The following oath of office with the necessary changes in form, as applicable, is prescribed for the purposes of section 120 (3) of the Community Charter, section 210 (4) of the Local Government Act and section 140 (5) of the Vancouver Charter:
I, .....[name of person elected or appointed]....., do [swear] [solemnly affirm] that:
• I am qualified to hold the office of .....[office]..... for the .....[jurisdiction]..... to which I have been [elected] [appointed];
• I have not, by myself or any other person, knowingly contravened the .....[applicable Act]..... respecting vote buying or intimidation in relation to my election to the office; [not applicable to persons who have been appointed]
• I will faithfully perform the duties of my office, and will not allow any private interest to influence my conduct in public matters;
• as required by the .....[applicable Act]....., I will disclose any direct or indirect pecuniary interest I have in a matter and will not participate in the discussion of the matter and will not vote in respect of the matter.
JUNE 26, 2014: SPENCES BRIDGE PARK REFERENDUM DEFEATED
JUNE 18, 2014: SPENCES BRIDGE PARK REFERENDUM
Want information regarding the upcoming Park Referendum? The link supplied by the TNRD gives you a web page shown in the following screen shot.
No referendum information here though, only the title.
Click on the Facebook icon and it takes you to the TNRD Facebook page where you are given the following link: http://tnrd.ca/content/spences-bridge-referendum-information
It takes you back to where you started……….
Hands up if you want to pay for even MORE government services like this?
JUNE 11, 2014: OPEN LETTER FROM JAMES KOHUT TO TNRD DIRECTOR STEVE RICE RE WATER ISSUES
Dear Mr. Rice (TNRD Director Area "I"),
The management at the TNRD is not interested in holding a simple non binding survey to determine who would like Murray Creek irrigation water in Spences Bridge to irrigate private and business properties as well as providing back up water in case of a fire.
As you well know, the current water system is under pressure due to improper engineering design parameters along with excessive temporary uses by corporations, illegal SBID watering and other factors such as leaks. If an electrical failure occurs and Railways or other factors cause a reduction in stored water in the reserve tank simultaneously, Spences Bridge could have a fire security risk. Just think of a senario where a Railway Corporation is sucking 30,000 gallons out of the water reserve tank, then the power fails, and a massive railway sparked fire flares. I think you understand what can easily happen in this risk management scenario. The water may run dry while the town burns.
Logically, as I am sure you are aware, having an additional active irrigation system is far better for risk management fire protection in Spences Bridge than what is currently only available in terms of fire fighting infrastructure. Additional water hydrants for fire fighting could be added to an irrigation water system to expand fire fighting coverage. Such a system may even save lives. This is something the SBID trustees and Fire Department should appreciate. If they don't there is something really wrong with their judgement.
Since the TNRD management is not concerned about the community as much as other people, I request that you Direct the TNRD to conduct an irrigation demand survey or you conduct it with your Director budget "tools". After conducting the survey and observing the results, I then would request that you hold a meeting to determine if there is a real appetite for the water and gain ideas as to how the water can be delivered and paid for. Pretty simple stuff for the most part as you can see.
I have been told by the TNRD that water meters are coming. People will pay up to $2/ cubic meter for water as per water utility rates found in the TNRD water by-law. Water meters are a Government welfare tax scheme that most people in town want to avoid like the plague. Irrigation water will hold back that plague potentially if you Direct such action if it is economically feasible.
The TNRD will not lose the water licences on Murray Creek if it is Directed properly, by you, in this matter. In fact, the TNRD will benefit greatly if the water flows for irrigation. If you want the TNRD and SBID to benefit, hold the survey and meeting. You will learn a lot as to how this is win win situation will provide economical and political benefits. You can potentially Direct this situation to an economically smart solution that will benefit people since the Management of the TNRD does not have enough concern about the matter or the community.
Show your political concern and service for Spences Bridge. Hold the irrigation survey and meeting. One other course of political action involving the media exists if you refuse. After that, the Spences Bridge Murray Creek economic comparative advantage may be lost for ever. This historical period,dating back to the 1870's will be ended along with lost economic opportunities associated with irrigation here. Rest assured, this could lead to political "fall out" and publicity that politicians may not want to face. Do you want to be responsible for the loss of this historic economic comparative advantage that has brought this town jobs since the 1870's?
Show your political skills with a survey and meeting. Time is of the essence.
As such a mailing operation can be launched very quickly, interested people in this community expect your response to the survey undertaking this week. Contact me by email with a response this week.
Thank you and I look forward to your email response and a constructive meeting with you and others over this issue so that we may all learn more.
Spences Bridge Land Owner
Here is a potential survey question:
Would you like irrigation water supplied from Murray Creek for irrigating your property and providing back up fire protection (or would you like a water meter instead)?
May 21, 2014: Audio File of TNRD Information Meeting held in Spences Bridge on May 21, 2014.
Click here to listen.
SEPT. 2, 2013: VIDEO - WATER SALE ISSUES IN SPENCES BRIDGE BC