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The HUB Online Networks "End of 2020 Bonanza"
Gareth is join by Barbara Roden, who is the editor of the Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal, which is the local newspaper. Roden is also the mayor of Ashcroft. This is the HON end of of year extravaganza, where Gareth and Barbara talk about several of the big stories that took place in the are of the Ashcroft and Cache Creek, as well as the bigger stories that affected the whole province of British Columbia. This includes specific stories and some top 10's from the local villages.
The top nine list from the village of Cache Creek includes:
1. As with most areas of the world, COVID-19 brought significant changes to how we do even the most ordinary activities.
2. We dealt with almost two and a half months of flooding with just a few short breaks. We learned new ways of flood protection–the Hesko baskets were great to work with. More thanks than words can express go out to our Public Works crew, Emergency Support Services volunteers, members of Council, the City of Kamloops and many more who helped us out under extremely trying circumstances.
3. Thanks to great record keeping and diligent reporting, the Village received 92% of flood response costs back from the province, totalling $374,881.64
4. The Campbell Hill Landfill started accepting waste after several years of delays.
5. A large new residential subdivision began development. At full build-out, it will have 70 homes.
6. Thanks to over $1.4 million in funding from the Canada-British Columbia Infrastructure program, a major upgrade to the sewer system was completed. Two lift stations were replaced and the treatment plant building got some much needed upgrades. These upgrades will minimize future corrosion damage now that the process tanks are covered and ventilation has been added. in addition, several new staff safety initiatives were implemented.
7. The Cache Creek Volunteer Fire Department received even more funding than they asked for toward wildfire protection equipment and training from the Fire Chiefs Association of BC.
8. Ashcroft, Cache Creek & Clinton began working together toward hiring a shared Bylaw Enforcement Officer. The three communities hope to build on the success of the transit service collaboration with this joint initiative.
9. With assistance from the Northern Development Initiative Trust and the BC Interior Community Foundation, we established the Cache Creek Community Fund. The Fund will provide charitable donations for Cache Creek and area groups and individuals for years to come.
And the top ten from the Village of Ashcroft:
1. Community to Community Forum – Protocol Agreement with AIB
2. Economic Development / Tourism
3. Technology upgrades to enable video conferencing
4. Strategic Plan 2021-2022
5.Curling Club upgrades
6. Opened pool /museum/legacy park/arena/curling rink despite COVID
7. Asset Management!!
8. Paid off borrowing debt 15 years early!! We are Debt Free
9. Established collaboration with Cache Creek and Clinton to provide Bylaw Enforcement for our communities to begin in the spring of 2021
10. Facilitating Twilight Zone filming.
Other topics covered in this discussion include: The BC provincial Election, COVID-19, some of Gareth's' favorite interviews and some current events.
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