Coldstream council questions process

Coldstream politicians have been left on the sidelines as detail designs are on route for a potential roundabout.

Coldstream politicians have been left on the sidelines as detail designs are on route for a potential roundabout.

Several councillors were surprised to discover that the study of a potential roundabout at Kalamalka and Kidston roads is proceeding without their input.

“The idea behind this was to bring it to committee of the whole, council, to have some discussion on this,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

While council agreed to apply for a grant to partially fund the study, Coun. Peter McClean adds: “We were told if we got the grant it would come back and we would discuss it.”

But a stamp of approval isn’t needed for the study to proceed.

“It won’t come back to council for approval because it won’t be over $30,000,” said Trevor Seibel, director of financial administration.

The district recently received a $10,000 grant for the study, but it will also need to come up with a matching portion to cover the remainder.

Funds are anticipated to come out of the consulting budget.

The study will determine what, if any, traffic measures are needed at the intersection, whether it’s a roundabout, traffic light or three-way stop. The study will also look at improving the crossing at Coldstream Creek.

Mackie Meeting

Politics are poised to fill the halls of Coldstream’s historic Mackie House in June.

The public is invited to take in a special Coldstream council meeting June 10 at the Mackie House.

The meeting, which starts at 6 p.m., will take place at the more than 100-year-old home on Kidston Road.

Mooving Ahead

Coldstream Creek has tapped into some improvements to keep cows out of the water source.

Coldstream had been alerted to an issue in the spring of 2012 where cows were seen trampling through and defecating in Larch Creek (up King Edward forest service road in Lavington – a tributary of Coldstream Creek).

Officials attended and the site was inspected in May 2012.

Lee Hesketh with the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, advised: “the site was impacted by cattle having direct access to the creek corridor. While the creek is non-fish bearing and its surface flow is seasonal, the optics and potential risk of negative impacts to downstream water quality are obvious.”

A $10,000 grant was obtained and Coldstream Ranch pitched in another $13,000 to help cover the costs to install fencing and reduce livestock impact on the creek. Fencing and improvements were also made along the creek near Coldstream Cemetery and along Deer Creek.