From the Mayor’s Desk: Chasing that Make Water Work championship

I hope everyone is having a great summer so far. The fluctuating temperatures and extraordinary heavy bursts of rainfall have been a challenge. At times, you may not know whether to take out your bottle of suntan lotion or an umbrella.

The extreme rainfall events have caused some minor flooding, washouts, and a boil water notice, but District staff members are working hard to address these issues, and I ask for your patience.

Safety is the primary concern. On a positive note, we do need the water. It is looking much greener out there at this time than last year, which is good when it comes to concerns about fires. Although, we are never completely out of the woods and need to be extra careful when it comes to campfires and any outdoor activity with the potential to start a flame.

On another note, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Citizens Survey. We had over 300 respondents. Nine lucky survey respondents won prizes for their participation. An announcement has been posted on our website, peachland.ca, under News. The raw data from the survey is now being analysed, and we hope to be able to share it with the community sometime later this summer.

Also, a big reminder that we are striving to be the community with the most Make Water Work pledges, in order to be the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s (OBWB) 2016 Community Champion!

It takes only a few minutes to take the pledge, by logging onto the website at makewaterwork.ca, and pledging to just a few things, such as watering only between dusk and dawn, watering plants not pavement, leaving grass at 2” to 3” tall, and leaving grass clippings on lawn as mulch. Don’t forget to ask your friends and neighbours to take the pledge as well.

An added incentive: All those who take the pledge will be entered in the OBWB’s random grand prize draw, that has an approximate retail value of $6,000, and includes an audit of the winner’s landscape, or a portion thereof, for water efficiencies, plus products and services to make your yard more water efficient. Check their website out for more details.

And lastly, I’d like to address the concerns of several residents who have contacted Council and District staff regarding New Monaco’s Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land, which appeared in the View. In short, it stated that New Monaco Enterprise Corp. has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) for this Crown land to accommodate a western road access from Trepanier Bench Road to New Monaco.

This was always intended to be a water right-of-way to the treatment plant one day as they began to build, and as a secondary access road in the final phase of the 15- to 20-year build-out. It was never intended to be a primary access.

New Monaco has always been very open and has had a positive relationship with the public. The development promises to be a great asset to this community in many ways, so please don’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.

The notice was very sudden, and we are having conversations about it, and I plan to bring forth more details as soon as I have them. In the meantime, the notice invites anyone who is concerned or opposed to voice their opinions to their staff through Keith Weir at 250.828.4419 or email to keithweir@gov.bc.ca.

Enjoy your summer and please feel free to contact me at any time. I will be taking some holiday days in the later half of July, but back at it in August. If you have any immediate concerns, please contact the District office at 250.767.2647.

I hope you choose the suntan lotion, and enjoy all that our beautiful beachfront and community has to offer.

Mayor Cindy Fortin
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