Sunday, January 18, 2015

Readers' write - Comments on the MWP

It's very troubling that Regional District of North Okanagan bureaucrats are trying to circumvent public input on certain aspects of the master water plan by having controversial issues not on agenda introduced as late items during a public meeting.  Doing this essentially means the public is not allowed to prepare prior to the meeting.  Also troubling is that you never have an agenda item for "Questions From the Press and Public" at the end of meetings.

I'm not very familiar with the justification and timeline involved with raising Aberdeen dam, but this was one of the items recently rejected by Vernon and district voters.  With all the public pressure currently being applied on you about many things, including peer review and investigation of other water sources, RDNO staff seems quite disingenuous with their report.

They seem to think that the referendum was defeated because of a lack of Provincial grant funding.  That may be the case for some voters, but certainly not all.  My mother and siblings voted no after careful consideration and upon reflection of water rate increases imposed since the Duteau treatment plant experiment started around twelve years ago.  Others, perhaps the majority, questioned the technical and environmental aspects of the plan.  Why is it so expensive, grants or not?  Why is it so limited in scope?  What is the resulting carbon footprint?  Why would you forge ahead with any aspect of this MWP without first determining the direction your ratepayers actually want you to go?

Also attached are some thoughts on the meter reading aspects of this late item report. 


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I have been a resident of Coldstream since 1976. I have had 15 years of experience on Council, 3 years as Mayor. As a current Councillor I am working to achieve fair water and sewer rates and to ensure that taxpayers get fair treatment. The current direction regarding water supply is unsustainable and I am doing all I can to get the most cost effective water supply possible.