Illegal dumping has been an ongoing issue at the Highway 97A pullout just north of Enderby.

Illegal dumping has been an ongoing issue at the Highway 97A pullout just north of Enderby.

Enderby rest stop could stay open

Private contractor wants to take over Highway 97A pullout in Enderby and look after trash

An Enderby eyesore is being given a second chance.

The Enderby and District Services Commission was told Monday that a private contractor will collect the garbage at the northpullout along Highway 97A in return for being responsible for advertising on the community information panel there.

“We should give it a try if someone wants to put in the effort,” said Denis Delisle, EDSC chairperson.

Last summer, the City of Enderby decided to close the pullout and remove the information panels because garbage wasconstantly being dumped there.

The waste has included residential garbage, domestic animal carcasses, drug paraphernalia, couches and chairs, beds and carbatteries.

“The garbage is mostly from local people and that’s not what it’s for,” said Delisle, adding that the original goal was toaccomodate highway travellers looking to get rid of minor trash.

While Delisle supports the contractor’s plan, he insists there will be little ongoing tolerance for illegal dumping.

“If it takes away from staff time and there’s a cost involved, we’ll shut it down,” he said.

The site was developed many years ago by the city, the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Enderby Chamber ofCommerce as a way of promoting the area and local businesses.