TNRD provides additional Health Centre funding

File Photo - Current Sun Peaks Health Centre
File Photo – Current Sun Peaks Health Centre

$117,000 will go towards HVAC system

As Sun Peaks works to construct a new health centre to serve the community, the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) will add $117,000 to the pot for an environmentally-friendly geothermal HVAC system.

The resolution, passed on Sept. 22 at a TNRD board of directors meeting, uses money from the Electoral Area P gas-tax. The system will cost $205,000 to install compared to $88,000, the price of a regular system.

A conventional HVAC system would be more expensive to operate long term than the new geothermal system.

Work on the geothermal field has already begun with a large hole at the site.

Electoral Area P includes Sun Peaks as well as Whitecroft, Heffley Lake and Heffley Creek which are all expected to utilize the clinic’s facilities and doctors as their primary health care centre.

“This is something that will help Area P too,” said Sun Peaks’ mayor Al Raine said at a Sept. 19 council meeting. “It is great to see the co-operation.”

The gas-tax funds are provided by the federal government and administered by the Union of B.C. municipalities and are then given to local governments depending on population. In the TNRD the funds are divided into electoral areas by population.

The health centre is slated for completion in the spring of 2017.