Council Briefs: It's Kidney Month

Linda Bonner-Brown wants to make Friday, March 11, the best World Kidney Day on the planet.

She and kidney colleague Barb Caswell were at City council Tuesday to get their Kidney Month proclamation.

Bonner-Brown said this year's event includes patients coming out to tell their stories, T-shirts and lots of information about the importance of kidneys.

In fact, Sidney the Kidney will be there, she said. The event takes place at Sahali Centre Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

And Business Appreciation Week is coming up

March 6 to 12 is Business Appreciation Week in Kamloops. Mayor Peter Milobar made the request and signed his own proclamation Tuesday in council chambers.

Businesses play a large role in the community, and the week is a way of saying thank you, he said. The proclamation will be forwarded to the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce.

Lange replaces O'Fee

When Coun. John O'Fee resigned from City council to take a job with the Tk'emlups Indian Band, he left several holes, including a seat on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

Council discussed who would fill that void Tuesday. Coun. Marg Spina said as she plans on running for a seat on the Southern Interior Local Government Association in spring, she would pass on the TNRD spot.

That left Coun. Tina Lange as the lone councillor interested in the post. She was acclaimed.

O'Fee's council committee spots also needed filling. Mayor Peter Milobar slotted Denis Walsh in the service agreement negotiating committee, Jim Harker to the Airport Society, Pat Wallace to the Airport Authority, Tina Lange to audit, John DeCicco to Tournament Capital, Marg Spina to the parcel tax review and Jim Harker and Pat Wallace to deputy mayor positions in March and November, respectively.

Milobar noted the extra duties shouldn't be too onerous, as most of the committees will only meet once or twice before end of the year.

Sewage upgrade contracts OK'd

The slow-but-steady progress in upgrading the Kamloops sewage treatment centre took another step forward Tuesday.

City council approved a contract for engineering construction services to Urban Systems and subconsultants for $2.7 million on top of the design and tendering work the company did on the project back in 2009.

That earlier contract was worth $2.07 million. There's still one more contract to be awarded in the project, anticipated to go out in December of this year.

City council also gave the go-ahead Tuesday to the purchase of six pieces of equipment for the plant, at a total cost of $4.7 million. Those pieces include influent screen, dissolved air flotation thickener, blowers, a lagoon cover, ultraviolet light disinfection system and centrifuge.

The sewage upgrade is estimated to cost $38 million.

Citizens appointed to City committees

The latest round of volunteers chosen to sit on a range of City council committees was approved Tuesday.

It includes:

• airshed advisory committee, Tuula Helin, Roger Pynn

• arts commission, Carol Coutts, Alexander Watt, Kimberly Eibl, Art Hooper

• heritage commission, Patricia Howe, Jan Cook, Claire Johnson, Karel-Lynn Racicot, Leon Racicot

• parks and recreation committee, Len Bosch, Charlie Bruce, Pamela King, Pat Kaatz, Ron Sharp

• social planning council, Sue Adams, Fred Benallick, Dennis Piva, Brendan Shaw.

North Shore's plan is coming true

In 2004, North Shore Business Improvement Association manager Peter Mutrie predicted the next 10 years would be the decade that belonged to his part of town.

In council chambers Tuesday, Mutrie said that prediction has, by in large, come true.

So far, the area has seen makeovers, art walk, a neighbourhood plan and a farmers' market - all done in partnerships with various businesses and organizations.

There has also been a sports complex built at McArthur Island, a Holiday Inn on Tranquille Road, a new library and condos, beautification projects, and most recently, lighting upgrades in the City budget.

The area is slated to have a dangerous goods route mapped out in 2013 and a major beautification project from the airport to the bridge in 2014, he said.

"We see civic and private investments coming together," said Mutrie.

"We have several developments under discussion. A few years ago, we had none."

He provided council with a few statistics: one in every 2.5 Kamloops residents lives in the North Shore trading area; it has 13 commercial zones and $250 million in assessed value; 15,000 vehicles travel through the Tranquille market area every day, including 1,450 during the noon hour.

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