Dianne St. Jean
The presenters set up displays and had the opportunity to speak to the public before the presentations about their requests. Here Curtis Pawliuk from VARDA is explaining what will be going into the next phase of the Mountain Bike Trails.
The presenters set up displays and had the opportunity to speak to the public before the presentations about their requests. Here Curtis Pawliuk from VARDA is explaining what will be going into the next phase of the Mountain Bike Trails.

Thursday, March 7 saw seven organizations make their case for funds from Columbia Basin Trust’s Initiatives and Affected Areas Program grants.

The community input presentation took place again this year at the Valemount Secondary School, with members of the public hearing individual presentations and later voting on each applicant.

A total of $485,811.12 is available this year, with just $199,742.72 in all being requested.

Applicant presentations began with the Valemount Sports Day Association, requesting a total of $64,256.91 for a new Beer Gardens roof and Concession upgrades. It was noted that the organization’s bylaws require them to raise funds for the purpose of improving the sports grounds.

The roof profusely leaks and the concession area needs electrical panel upgrades and to bring other things up to code. 

Valemount and Area Recreation Development Association (VARDA) is requesting $55,000 toward Phase 5 of the Mountain Bike Trails.

The Canoe Valley Community Association is asking for $11,452 to build a fenced playground area for school closure programs. In order to get the licensing for these they first require safety fencing. This is not a daycare, but rather programs that provide a place for kids ages 6-12 to go to during times when school is closed, such as after school or during holidays.

The Valemount Senior Citizens Housing Society has applied for $8,113.73 toward upgrades to Room 4 at the Golden Years Lodge. It was noted that the Lodge was built in 1977 and apart from cosmetic upgrades like painting no upgrades have been done. The renovations are to bring the room (which will act as a prototype for other room upgrades) up to code to new safety standards and to make it more senior friendly.

Derrick Shaw, Principal of Valemount Secondary School, made the appeal for funds to bring in a mental health presentation in June. The need for such a presentation is based on survey results from 80 students carried out in February this year. The grant application is asking for $8,500 for the Clint and Joanie Marlarchuk Mental Wellness Presentation.

The next presentation was the Valemount College Society, asking $32,054 for a Program Marketing Start-Up project to help promote the college and cover the cost of hiring a marketing consultant.

Last but not least in the presentations was the Valemount Entertainment Society for the purchase of two DSR-7401 television and radio satellite receivers/transcoders.

Jen Scheller, President of the Sports Day Association at the display showing the upgrades needed for the sports grounds.
Jen Scheller, President of the Sports Day Association at the display showing the upgrades needed for the sports grounds.
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Michael Peters explained that changes are coming in the format of the signal delivery, and in order for VES to continue to receive TV signals, they must upgrade to receivers capable of receiving the MPEG-4 format and transcoding it to MPEG-2 to deliver in Standard Definition. This change will make the eight satellite receivers they currently use obsolete, so if they do not upgrade they will no longer be able to provide TV to Valemount and area. So far the lowest bid on these specialty units has come in at a cost of $20,366.08, and that is what they are requesting.

The grant applications will be reviewed by the Adjudication Committee, as well as the input from the public, to determine which groups will receive grants, and how much. They will then present their recommendations to Council during the March 26 Village Council meeting.