Updated: 2:00 p.m. on May 8: A meeting has just been scheduled for Thursday (May 10) at 7 p.m. As of last night (May 7), all grant in aid amounts remain unchanged.
By: Greg Amos, Editor
With tonight’s (May 7) council meeting being the final one before the May 15 deadline for setting tax rates, grant in aid applicants in Tumbler Ridge are awaiting decisions from council.
In all, nine groups have applied for a total of $588,719 in grant-in-aid amounts, up from the $549,137 approved last year.
The library’s request for $294,794 is the largest amount, and would allow the library to open on Mondays while significantly upgrading the computers available for public use.
But as is the case in most years, the focus lies on the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation’s (TRMF) request for $200,000 towards operational funding. That’s the amount that was granted to the TRMF last year – and it’s the continuation of a ten-year pledge given by council in 2003, says TRMF president Jim Kincaid. (The exception was 2010, when council gave just $153,617).
“If the current council does not choose to provide that amount, we would have to scale back our operations,” he said. The TRMF has received $85,000 in advanced funding to cover operations until the approval of grants in aid. Continue reading