Although there is still work to be done, Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce has made progress over the past year, President Jon Kreke reported during the organization’s annual general meeting on April 4.
Possibly the most important change was coordinating with Information Wells Gray so that all the staff at Wells Gray Info Centre are from the latter organization. Having some of the staff from the Chamber and some from IWG did not meaningfully improve the service to the public and created extra work for Chamber members, Kreke felt.
Much the same board of directors was voted back in, with the addition of Robert Beaudry as a new director.
Special guest speakers at the AGM were District of Clearwater chief administrative officer Leslie Groulx and director of finance Wes Renaud.
The two gave a presentation on the municipality’s budget, including the 5.5 per cent tax increase planned for this year.
“We’re quite busy with prospective investors right now,” Groulx said, speaking in her role as the District of Clearwater’s economic development officer. Unfortunately, she could not disclose any details.
Road maintenance is the biggest single item in the budget.
During the spring, most roads in the municipality are restricted to 70 per cent of axel load.
The cost of operating the Sportsplex is shared 60/40 with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, with Clearwater picking up the bigger share.
By Keith McNeill – Clearwater Times Published: November 03, 2013 3:00 AM Visitors will have a new aid to help them find their way around Clearwater and area with a business map recently erected on the meridian by Brookfield Mall. “It also has information about Vavenby and Blue River,” said Jeff Lamond, president of Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce. “We have members in both those places and we want to get more.” The location is good because tourists and locals come there to get groceries, he said. There is space left on the map for pictures and advertisements. The reverse side is to be a community bulletin board to promote local events such a the Stargazing Festival held each summer. “What’s really exciting is there are 98 businesses and services listed,” said District of Clearwater councillor and acting-mayor Shelley Sim. “This map makes visible what a vibrant community this is.”
List of hints and things to do in Clearwater and Wells Gray Country area.
Need to Know – Clearwater is 134 kilometres north of Kamloops on the Yellowhead Highway (#5).
Accommodations range from modest hotels and motels to cozy B&Bs. Clearwater has one grocery store, a pharmacy, two financial institutions, hardware outlets, camping and outdoor stores plus a health food store in town. Local gas stations also sell assorted convenience foods. Several places to eat all year round. Many one of a kind stores of interest.