For the first time since the early 1990s, Columbia Shuswap Regional District Area B is getting a new director.
As part of the Mountaineer’s coverage of the upcoming municipal election we have asked Area B director candidates a series of questions covering a wide-variety of issues likely to be central in the upcoming election. The series features verbatim answers written by the candidates.
In this edition of the Mountaineer’s question and answer series we asked Electoral Area B director candidates to consider the following:
1. Recently, parts of South Revelstoke have been annexed into the City of Revelstoke. What is your position on annexations moving forward?
2. What infrastructure challenges is Area B facing, and how do you plan to address these issues?
Here are the candidates’ responses:
1. This has been an issue for some time. The CSRD did a diagnostic study on this and the recommendation was that before any annexation takes place a boundary expansion process be undertaken. This would be the first step.
2. I will continue to push for fibre optic service from TELUS in the Begbie bench area.
We must continue the upgrading of the airport for regular scheduled air traffic.
Upgrading the Trans Canada Highway is an ongoing concern, which encompasses the CSRD areas of Golden, Revelstoke, Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and everything in between. I will advocate with government(s) for safer highways and a continuation of building a 4 lane highway.
1. I absolutely never want to see anyone’s property annexed into the City that does not voluntarily choose to be annexed into the City. In general, no one except a developer wants to be annexed into the City. If a developer (or anyone else) wants to be annexed into the City, I would not stand in their way barring some practical difficulty that would affect other residents.
2. I do not immediately see any infrastructure challenges that Area B faces that are within the jurisdiction of local government. Certainly there are issues with the Trans-Canada highway regarding safety but this is not within CSRD jurisdiction. I believe the snow clearing of the highways also could be done better (and has been done better in the past) but again, this is not within CSRD jurisdiction. I am not planning any major infrastructure works at the moment.
1. I believe that when there is a push for expansion that it should be decided by the residents through a referendum.
2. I would look at the airport requirements. Since I have a good rapport with our MLA, I would lobby the Provincial Gov. and the City to make the necessary improvements.