Deteriorating roads and policing costs are two of several issues that Oliver council wants to address at this fall’s Union of BC Municipalities convention.
Mayor Ron Hovanes said council should send someone to the convention to discuss concerns about the main highway through Town, noting it’s a “mess” with a lot of cracks in it.
Water councillor Andre Miller said the highway is a mess all the way to Deadman’s Lake.
He noted that Road 14 has huge potholes in it, which is a safety problem.
Hovanes said they also want to meet with the solicitor general to discuss policing costs when Oliver’s population surpasses 5,000.
“The entire policing structure will change,” the mayor said.”
Under provincial legislation, all municipalities in BC that officially exceed 5,000 in population are responsible for paying 70 per cent of community policing costs as opposed to the current 30 per cent for towns and villages under 5,000.
Hovanes pointed out that perhaps Area C (rural Oliver) should be paying part of this price tag, otherwise it will be getting a free ride.
The mayor said council has been going to the UBCM convention for 10 years in order to secure funding for the water-twinning project. All those years of lobbying finally paid off, and Hovanes said perhaps they should go there to thank the minister with some wine and a box of apples.