District council has compiled a wish list of projects it’s hoping to fund with grant money through the Economic Opportunity Fund.
At a recent committee of the whole meeting, council considered projects eligible for grant funding through the fund administered by Columbia Shuswap Regional District for the district and Electoral Area E (Rural Sicamous-Malakwa).
District administrator Heidi Frank says council came up with a number of ideas that included a portable stage, tents, a municipal campground, digital signage, Main Street town square redevelopment, the development of a canoe/kayak launching area and moving the houseboat kiosk to another location.
The projects decided upon, however, include the following: as requested by the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club, council will be asking for $50,000 to go towards the completion of an emergency shelter on Eagle Pass; $75,000 is being sought to help fund the district’s recreation and wellness programming (as opposed to funding it through taxation); and an additional $75,000 is being sought for white lights that would be strung on trees in the community and along the highway to entice drivers to turn off and visit. Additional funding is also being sought for reader boards to let residents and visitors know what’s happening in the area.
Frank says the next step will be for council to discuss these proposed requests with Area E director Rhona Martin.