Under the watchful eyes of the Miami River Streamkeepers Society, Agassiz Christian kindergarteners and first-graders check on their salmon fry shortly before releasing them in the 2021 photo. The Streamkeepers Society is one of five organizations getting grant funding from Harrison’s Grants to Groups program this year. (File Photo)

Under the watchful eyes of the Miami River Streamkeepers Society, Agassiz Christian kindergarteners and first-graders check on their salmon fry shortly before releasing them in the 2021 photo. The Streamkeepers Society is one of five organizations getting grant funding from Harrison’s Grants to Groups program this year. (File Photo)

Harrison Council approves more than $7,000 in grants for local organizations

Grants to Groups program runs every year

Harrison Hot Springs Village Council approved five grants under the 2022 Grants to Groups municipal program.

Grant funding is being provided to the following local organizations:

– Agassiz-Harrison Community Services: $2,000

– Miami River Streamkeepers Society: $1,000

– Agassiz-Harrison Aquanauts Swim Club– $1,350

– Storytime in the Park: $1,000

– Kent-Harrison Arts Council: $2,000

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There were five applications for funding this year, and all of the organizations were granted funding.

The Grants to Groups program funds local community groups and initiatives “that enhance the overall well-being of the Village of Harrison Hot Springs,” according to the village website. Non-profit organizations are benefitting the community are eligible for grant funding, whereas businesses and organizations that are municipally funded are not.

The application intake period typically runs through the month of March. Applications require basic information such as how the funds would be used, the anticipated benefit to the community and financial statements.

Coun. Ray Hooper excused himself from the vote due to his membership with the Miami River Streamkeepers Society.

In other council business:

– Council received an update on the Official Community Plan review. There are a few last opportunities for the public to engage in the process of creating the newest version of the OCP.

The village is hosting a World Café session on May 25 and 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The “World Café” consists of small-group discussions which are then broadened to the larger group. Residents are encouraged to RSVP be emailing Ken Cossey at planning@harrisonhotsprings.ca; even though an RSVP is not required, seating is limited and the village wishes to ensure everyone who wants one gets one. Another pop-up event is scheduled for June.

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– Council unanimously defeated a permanent outdoor patio expansion application for the Old Settler Pub. During the earlier months of the pandemic, the province and village allowed for expanded outdoor seating for restaurants to help keep customers coming; the Old Settler Pub owners applied to keep the patio expansion indefinitely. Hooper said he was concerned about present and future noise complaints from the patio expansion. Palmer said he was in agreement regarding the noise complaints.

– Council approved retaining Greaterio Services for a reservoir maintenance project for up to $88,000. The funds will come from water utility reserves.

The next regular Harrison Hot Springs council meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at Memorial Hall. Online attendance via Zoom is also an option with instructions available at harrisonhotsprings.ca. Meetings are archived on the village’s YouTube page.


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