update on Roads from Director W.


Hamill Creek/Argenta/Johnsons Landing residents:

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:
Bart Chenuz


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Field Technician: Lardeau Valley

Field Technician
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We are looking for several motivated staff to work in the Fraser Valley, Golden, Meadow Creek, and Grand Forks this summer. Field positions for mosquito and invasive plant control are now open, with employment running from May 7 until July 31, possibly longer (depending on the mosquito season). If you are interested and feel you may be a good fit for our organization, then please send a detailed resume AND cover letter to resumes@morrowbioscience.com. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about aquatic biology, mobile GIS data collection, invasive plants, and more.
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Posted on Friday

Lardeau Valley Telus update:

Update from Director Watson: 

Our emergency services staff and two local stakeholders (Marlene Johnston and Rik Valentine) attended a meeting with Telus representative last week. Here are the highlights:

– while the initial discussion was heated and I was reminded that Telus is not an essential service, meaning they are not required to ensure uninterrupted service, we did get to some positive actions

– Telus heard us when we illustrated the remote nature and risks to the community when the land lines are out

– most of the issues are related to the instability in power ( I have also met with BC Hydro about this)

– with that, we focused on solutions rather then debate the merits of a corporate mandate vs community safety

– Thanks Rik and Marlene, the following options are being explored by Telus:

– ensuring all battery back up systems are running optimally. There are a few that have dual back up but have not been operating as such

– will explore the ability to have the back up batteries tied into the Argenta Water Power Coop

– will explore the ability to hire a contractor and/or casual employee that would be trained by Telus but lives in the Lardeau Valley to be able to charge and maintain batteries in a power outage.

– local government advocacy for installing a cell tower in the north end of Kootenay Lake

– will also advocate that payphones are maintained and remain

Will keep you posted on progress as I hear it!