Patton outlines Area C priorities for new year

Patton outlines Area C priorities for new year

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Gallagher Lake will be the focus of attention in the new year as the regional district moves ahead with several priorities.
But first, Area C director Allan Patton plans to host a public meeting to discuss 2013 budget issues.
“I would like to take that opportunity to have rural area residents provide their input on what they would like to see as priorities for the upcoming year.”
Patton said the top priority in 2013 is completing the street naming project as soon as possible. This includes ensuring everything is done right pertaining to street signage, house numbering and related postal addresses. In addition, he wants to make sure that GPS and Google Earth are amended to reflect the change.
Once this is done, Patton will initiate a project where staff go door to door encouraging residents to exchange their old house numbers for the new numbers
The director said there are several initiatives pertinent to the Gallagher Lake area. He stated they are in the process of amending the RSM zones for manufactured home parks in Area C, as well as the Manufactured Home Park Bylaw for the district; both of which should be complete by late winter or early spring.
Patton said there is progress on the installation of the sewer for the west side of Highway 97, but there are still bureaucratic hurdles to complete prior to the commencement of works on the ground. Patton said they expect construction to begin in spring or early summer.
A new initiative for 2013 will be the consideration of an official community plan specific to the Gallagher Lake area.
“I will be fortunate to complete this project within the time remaining in this term and I will ensure plenty of public consultation,” Patton said.
The director noted he is encouraged to see that the board is initiating a communications plan for better information exchange with all residents in the district. He extends this initiative to members of the Osoyoos Indian Band council.
Trail development and expansion in Area C (and connecting to adjacent rural areas) has been another item of ongoing importance, Patton said.
He noted the board and staff are doing extensive improvements after the development of the RDOS Trails Master Plan.
Items of less priority but still important include improved transit systems and air quality initiatives, Patton said.
Look for the ad in the Oliver Chronicle for notification of the budget meeting early in the year. Patton said he hopes to see people there to discuss all items of interest. He encourages Area C residents to call or email him with ideas or suggestions.

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