CCRD welcomes new Community Economic Development Officer

The April Board of Directors meeting took place on Thursday April 13th at the CCRD office in Bella Coola.

The April Board of Directors meeting took place on Thursday April 13th at the CCRD office in Bella Coola. A recording of the meeting can be found at www.ccrd-bc.ca as well as the complete draft meeting minutes.

The CCRD would like to welcome Bridget Horel to the team. With an MBA in Community Economic Development and experience supporting economic development initiatives in coastal communities, Ms. Horel brings a range of skills and an interest in rural and regional economic development to her position as Community Economic Development Officer.

The Board expressed appreciation to Tanis Shedden for her contributions to the Regional District and wished her well in her future plans.

Highlights from the April Board meeting include the following:

The CCRD will be starting an update of the Official Community Plan (OCP) in the region. The Board considered a draft Terms of Reference for the project and noted their expectation for broad community engagement.

The Board approved development of a schedule for extended operation hours at Thorsen Creek Waste and Recycling Centre for a two week period of time. The tipping fees will be reduced by 50% for properly sorted loads of residential waste during this same time period.

The CCRD recognizes that access to reliable and robust internet and communication connections is vital to the economic and social well-being of its residents. To that effect, the Central Coast Regional District is in support of investment and development in communications and connectivity infrastructure along the Central Coast for the benefit of residents in all Central Coast Communities.

Funding opportunities are being explored for pool tank and mechanical system replacement at the Centennial Pool in Hagensborg.

The CCRD will be re-advertising for candidates for the Chief Administrative Officer position.

Jay Cheek, Partner at PMT Chartered Accountants presented the audit report and the 2016 Audited Financial Statements were approved.

The Board reviewed a report on the Draft Governance and Service Delivery Study which was initially presented in February. The study is being amended and will be returned to the Board in May for finalization and endorsement.

The Central Coast Chamber of Commerce has written to the Province to request the Minister’s consideration of structural changes to the Central Coast Regional District and assistance in exploring the move of Denny Island to the Regional District of Mount Waddington.

The next CCRD Board of Directors meeting will be held Thursday May 11th. As always, the public is welcome to attend.

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