Eighteen local organizations and the public gathered at Valemount Secondary School on Thursday, March 13 for an open house, followed by presentations and question periods. The organizations pitched 19 projects, looking for a total of $421,246 in grant funding, but only $271,478 is available this year from Columbia Basin Trusts Community Initiatives and Affected Areas program.
During the open house in the lobby, residents had a chance speak directly to the organizations about the projects, but the forms for the public to evaluate the projects werent available until the main presentations, in the Community Theatre. The publics ratings will be considered by the adjudication committee, made up this year of Bill Kruisselbrink, Rita Rewerts, Ray Mikolash, Owen Torgerson, Dorthe Flauer, Arnold Wied, and Sandy Salt, representing Council. Braden Hutchins is the staff liaison.
The committee is expected to make their recommendations to Council in late March, and Council will review the recommendations and make approvals at the April 22 council meeting.