Hello residents, I have a few updates for you. To start, here is the RDCK Rural Affairs committee agenda. I am chair of this committee and will be bringing forward a proposal on small water systems along with a discussion on how our (RDCK) and outside (Crown) referrals in our planning process work.
Here is the agenda:
Argenta/Johnsons Landing and other residents who have brought forward concerns regarding slope stability will find a motion and attached letter from me to bring these concerns to the Minister of Forests.
I have advocated that the District Manager attend a meeting in the region, but have not been successful. I will continue to request that the ministry engage the public, I have also requested a peer review of any slope stability assessments for the Argenta/JL Face. My goal with this letter will be to see the Minister review the assessments and operational plans to assure public safety. If there are concerns, as have been raised, that they then act accordingly.
Item # 10.2 pgs# 468-469
I will be out of the region for a few weeks due to a family emergency. I will check emails sporadically but only respond to urgent issues.
You can always reach the Regional District Central Kootenay at 250-352-6665.
My family will take all the well wishes and prayers you have. Thank you.
I met with Ministry of Transportation last week to tour your roads. I was personally appalled by the state of them and had no idea they were so dangerous. As soon as we hit the bridge, District Manager for Ministry of Transportation- Bart Chenuz- was also not impressed. He would like to express his apologies to the communities for the state of the road and will be working asap to remedy it. You will see a deep level grading to remove the deep potholes and the road will remain with load restrictions at this time- at 70%.
However, road upgrades will not be possible until the melt and frost are complete. Engineering wise, it makes no sense to do the work until the road has completely thawed and they can dig deep to remedy the various deep wells.
In terms of the sloughing in various spots (Turtle Crossing, Argenta beach) there is not much that can be done as it is the natural landscape of the hills to be releasing the debris as spring melt continues. He will look into options, but short of blasting it all out, which is not feasible, its not an easy fix.
He wanted me to share with the communities that he is very sorry for the state of the road, he will see it fixed as soon as weather permits and should you have concerns moving forward, feel free to contact him directly.
His contact is: