Rural politicians pursue re-election

Two veteran politicians are ready to hit the hustings again.

  • Sep. 25, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Two veteran politicians are ready to hit the hustings again.

Cherryville director Eugene Foisy and rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn will both seek re-election for the Regional District of North Okanagan board Nov. 19.

“There are issues that still have to be dealt with like the official community plan,” said Foisy, who has been Cherryville’s representative for 17 years.

“I have more time and I’d like to get things addressed.”

Other issues for Foisy, who has operated a family mill, include looking at water volumes and road variances required for development.

“We’ve got too many regulations. Some have been in for a long time and they mean nothing,” he said, adding that the rules prevent families from growing.

“Let’s look at them and make some sense of them. We have to make it clear about what’s required.”

Foisy also wants to push ahead with a fish ladder around Wilsey dam on the Shuswap River, and to bring high-speed Internet into Cherryville.

“Internet is important for the school kids,” he said.

“They are told by their teachers to do things online but it’s not feasible with dial-up.”

Rick Fairbairn has been director for rural Lumby, which includes Whitevale and Mabel Lake, for nine years.

“We have unfinished business and in particular farm gate sales and the provincial meat regulations,” said the rancher.

“It’s a huge issue. We have economic and social problems because of the lack of ability for families to generate revenue from the farm. Farm gate sales would supplement their income.”

Fairbairn also wants to focus on the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan.

“Water is important as a resource coupled with  supporting fisheries,” he said, adding that he also wants to ensure passage around the Wilsey dam for fish.

Fairbairn is chairperson of the Electoral Area Advisory Committee and the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee.

“We’re investing $520,000 to upgrade recreational facilities and to allow for more participation of local sports groups,” he said of the parks committee.

“We’re also looking at implementation of the cultural plan.”