Community halls get upgrades

The Sorrento Memorial Hall Association has been given a hand-up with renovations from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District

The Sorrento Memorial Hall Association has been given a hand-up with renovations from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

At the Sept. 17 board meeting in Salmon Arm, directors approved $26,606 plus applicable taxes from the Electoral Area C Community Works Fund for the upgrades.

The renovations include installing low-flow toilets and replacing the tar-and- gravel roof with torch-on-membrane roofing.

The upgrade will make the hall more energy efficient for community functions and qualifies for gas tax funding.

At the same meeting, directors also approved grants in aid to the hall in the amount of $1,200 for a newsletter, and another $6,500 to paint the hall and install sound-proof doors.

Area C director Paul Demenok asked for directors support, noting “the community has done a wonderful job of restoring the hall, which is used for various functions.”

The Sorrento Memorial Hall Association will ensure application of Community Works Funds (CWF) will only be applied to eligible gas tax projects in accordance with the CWF Agreement.

The regional district will enter into an agreement with the Sorrento Memorial Hall Association that transfers CSRD obligations on ownership and reporting to the association.

“The association will need to maintain records, provide access to auditors, spend funding on eligible costs of eligible projects and report to the CSRD on outcomes achieved, etc,” noted Jodi Pierce, manager of financial services in her report to the board.

Notch Hill Hall will also be getting upgrades.

Directors approved $9,950.50 plus applicable taxes from the Electoral Area C Community Works Fund to install LED energy-efficient pot lighting.

The balance of the Area C Community Works Fund (Gas Tax) is $1,093,000 after 2015 approved commitments.

An additional $145,000 allotment is expected to be received from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) in November and expenditure of the funds will be in accordance with the agreement between the UBCM and CSRD, dated July 7, 2014.