July 12, 2013 - 5:19 PM
THOMPSON-NICOLA REGIONAL DISTRICT – The alternative approval process just needs board approval and the pilot bus program offering service between Clearwater and Kamloops will take one more step towards becoming permanent.
The district held public meetings in May. At the end of the month the board agreed to have staff move forward with the alternative approval process, which allows the board to go ahead with funding approval if less than 10 per cent of the eligible voter base, or 482 residents, opposes the project.
Currently operated by Yellowhead Community Services, transportation is offered to Kamloops for shopping and medical appointments once per week. While user fees will still be in place, there will still be a cost to the community of just under $10 per household annually.
In the meantime, staff is also recommending a total of about $8,000 from the Federal Gas Tax be used to help cover the service debt of running the program in 2013. The gas tax was also used in 2011 and 2012 to help cover the costs of the service. Costs would be covered by the Valley Connector Transit Service once it gets board approval.
Residents have until Sept. 9 to respond, after which, the project will go back to the board.
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