The strong volunteer spirit in Lake Country is acknowledged in the new Adopt-a-Road program.
The program will help the district offer a higher service level with minimal budget impact and it allows residents to take more pride in their community by picking up the litter along select rural roads.
“We always have a good turnout for the 20-minute clean-up each spring,” said Mayor James Baker.
“Now we have a way to formally let people get involved on a regular basis. Engineering will even install road signs to acknowledge each group’s contribution and commitment to adopting a one kilometer section of road for a period of two years.”
Each volunteer group can schedule the roadside clean-up work whenever it suits them during daylight hours, and make advance arrangements with the district so all bagged litter is picked up by the engineering roads crew when the volunteers are finished.
At this time, roads available within the program include:
Winfield: Bottom Wood Lake Road
Oyama: Oyama Road (isthmus)
Carr’s Landing: Carr’s Landing Road
Okanagan Centre Area: Okanagan Centre Road West
“Safety is a priority in the Adopt-a-Road program in Lake Country,” said Michael Mercer, Lake Country’s director of engineering and environmental services.
“So we have quite a list of safety requirements – such as wearing high visibility safety vests and gloves that we will supply to the participants along with a first aid kit, as well as safety briefing and traffic warning/road work signs. We require a single point-of-contact volunteer co-ordinator for each group that wants to participate, be it a family, a business, or a local service club.”