By Lyonel Doherty
Area C director Rick Knodel is working on two key issues that he wants to bring to the Union of BC Municipalities convention this fall.
One is local representation in the national park reserve discussions, and the other is traffic safety on agricultural roads.
Knodel said he would like to see four regional district directors whose areas impact the park to get a “definitive seat” at the negotiation table.
“Up to now we have been cut out of it, so we need to create protections (for farmers and other stakeholders).”
The second issue is ensuring safety between farm vehicle operators and cyclists on agricultural roads.
Knodel said he would like to see safety measures (signs) in place to prevent accidents.
He noted the situation is a “tragedy in the making” when cyclists may not be aware of their surroundings in farming areas like Black Sage Road, Sumac Drive and the narrow Secrest Hill Road.
Knodel said it is very fortunate that no accidents have occurred on Secrest Hill yet.
“I’m concerned about tractor equipment that can’t stop that quickly. I’ve witnessed a couple of close calls.”
Knodel said he wants signage on these roads to warn cyclists of the hazards.