Local issues arise at UBCM

Coldstream politicians have driven their concerns home with provincial leaders about Cosens Bay Road

Coldstream politicians have driven their concerns home with provincial leaders over proposed Cosens Bay Road upgrades.

The district recently returned from the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, where several issues were discussed.

Coldstream raised the controversial Cosens Bay Road upgrade proposal with Ministry of Transportation officials, demanding that the district be consulted.

“Because, we said, we are directly affected by it,” said Mayor Jim Garlick. “They are supposedly going to be coming to us.”

Coldstream also recieved news that the Kalamalka Lake lookout will become a designated rest area.

“It won’t have toilets but it will get improved service and that’s what we were hoping for,” said Garlick.

Other regional politicians also brought some attention to local issues.

Mike Macnabb, Regional District of North Okanagan BX-Silver Star director raised representation issues with the Interior Health Authority. Macnabb actually pulled the resolution, to make IHA representation more universal, out of the ‘C’ section and gained sufficient support.

“It was put onto the floor and it passed so that was huge on his part,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act were another hot topic at UBCM

An ALC clinic outlined questions asked of the public during the consultation of proposed changes, including issues around meat processing and wineries and cideries to sell more.

“People don’t want the ALC to lose control of (issues).”

Despite the changes, the ALC remains dedicated to the land.

“The two goals are still to protect agricultural land and enhance the profitability of agriculture.”

Coun. Richard Enns even met Agricultural Minister Norm Letnick.

“Some of the discussions we had were around benefits of having an independent, well-staffed agricultural commission,” said Enns, who also questioned where Coldstream’s requested manure management regulations stand.

Coldstream also met with Environment Minister Mary Polak on the new water sustainability act, among other issues.

“They will also be looking at manure management,” said Garlick.