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District of Kent hopeful for transporation grant

Staff directed to apply for $10K grant for infrastructure projects
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During the October 14 meeting, the District of Kent Council has given staff the go-ahead to apply for a $10,000 Transportation Planning Grant. If the district gets the grant, the money would be used to hire a consultant to work with officials as they plan to develop new infrastructure projects like bike lanes and road widening.

District officials created the current iteration of the Active Transportation Plan in 2015; the original was developed in 2009. Through this plan, the District created the Mountain View Trail, Centennial Park Perimeter Trail and widened Highway 9 between Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs. Future projects listed in the plan are focused on bicycles and pedestrians, including sidewalks, future bike lanes, signage and more.

On a provincial level, a number of Chilliwack-Kent riding candidates have expressed their support for widening Highway 1 to streamline local transportation and pledged to support conservation and outdoor recreation efforts in the area.

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In other council business, the Agassiz Legion announced they will not be hosting a Remembrance Day ceremony or parade this year due to pandemic restrictions. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. In place of the normal solemn ceremonies, a small group of Legion members and other dignitaries will place wreaths at the Cenotaph. The Legion will also broadcast the national Remembrance Day ceremonies with additional broadcast plans currently in the works.

Sgt. Mike Sargent of the Agassiz RCMP, District CAO Wallace Mah, Councillor Duane Post and Stó:lo Chief Tyrone McNeil were among 178 golfers at Sandpiper Golf Course for the 5th Annual Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament. The golfers raised a grand total of $74,000 in support of Abbotsford General, Chilliwack General, Mission Memorial and Fraser Canyovn hospitals.

Coun. Kerstin Schwichtenberg said the winter hours for the Agassiz-Harrison Museum will now be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.

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There are two fundraising events coming up for the museum in December. The “Un-Dickens Tea to Go” event will replace the traditional Dickens Tea this year, due to the pandemic. “Guests” can order tea for two – a box of fresh baked goods and tea – for $30, a portion of which will support the museum. Orders must be placed by November 28 and pickup is scheduled for December 5 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Tall Timbers Bed and Breakfast is sponsoring a gourmet breakfast from December 1 to 22, Tuesday to Sunday. These breakfasts will serve groups of six with seatings at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for $25 per person. Contact the museum to pre-order.

District Mayor Sylvia Pranger declared October as Foster Family Month. 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Foster Family Month proclamations.

The next District of Kent Council meeting is scheduled for November 9 at 7 p.m. at Municipal Hall. Please remember COVID-19 restrictions are in place and prepare accordingly.

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