Want to make special mention of the Wildfire Management Branch, the Gun Lake Fire Protection Society directors and volunteers, and folks from around Gun Lake who got "on it" Sunday, August 10 after a very very bad electrical storm landed itself right on top of the Gun Lake area. Thank you all for your prompt and effective response!
NEW BRIDGES ON SLIM CREEK FSR
Two new bridges have been installed on Slim Creek Main FSR , one across Roxey Creek and one across Slim Creek. This will ensure travel is a-ok on this road for some years to come and will also allow for snowmobile access beyond the Slim Creek drainage.
This is a very positive investment for our community!!! Thank you to Ministry of Forests Cascade Forest District!!!
ROAD 40 EROSION ISSUES
For those of you who didn't see my initial blog post on this issue it is here: http://www.debbiedemare.com/2013/04/our-favorite-topic-and-other-items.html
I also wrote a Director's report to the SLRD board requesting their support on the issue. The board agreed and a letter was sent to the Minister of Transportation.
On August 14, there was a meeting that
involved Ministry officials from Ministry of Transportation and Environment, BC
Hydro, Jackie Tegart (MLA) , her constituency assistant Lori Pilon and Phil
Doddridge, Interior Roads on the topic of Road 40 erosion & dirt
piling and myself. DFO officials were invited but
did not attend.
There are 8 sections totalling 1020 m. of the
road which are being eroded. Prior to
1990, policy permitted material coming down from the upslope to be used to fill
areas of erosion. Since the policy
changed, the erosion has developed into serious areas of concern.
The meeting took a very positive and
cooperative direction with the main focus on instituting a program of erosion
control rather than infrastructure type programs. The result of this could actually be neutral
or cost saving, as this material is currently trucked and dumped in piles all
over the place. I was particularly impressed with the approach of Ray Stevens,
Area Mgr., BC Hydro who frankly admitted this section of road is a mess and it
needs to be fixed and asked: “What can BC Hydro do to help”.
Specifically at this meeting:
committed to identifying and
prioritizing approximately 7- 8 sites for short term repair, to be identified
by location and scope.
using select ditch waste materials to be end dumped using a suitable size and
review Hydro reports for
relevant information and consideration towards Sec. 9 approval (Seton and
Carpenter lake reports) (Section 9 is the environmental-fish bearing issue
compile information and send to
Regional environmental staff to develop a plan for submission to DFO
forward Mission Mtn Road
geotech report for further geotech and environment background information on
collate information and forward
to our environmental team.
environmental group/supply any relevant reports or background reservoir
information to MoTI
Both the MLA and myself were very pleased
with the positive, cooperative approach and I am very hopeful that this
particular part of the challenges regarding Rd 40 may be solved. I will keep abreast and advise if further roadblocks appear.
GUN LAKE BOAT LAUNCH - SOUTH END
As you know the south end Boat Launch at Gun Lake was damaged by ice last winter. It is very difficult to use. A small group of Gun Lake people met recently to discuss its short term and longer term maintenance.
One of the action items out of that meeting was to conduct a survey to see what users of the boat launch think should be done. SO HAVE YOUR SAY!!
SURVEY RE GUN LAKE BOAT LAUNCH SOUTH END
FIREARMS DISCHARGE BYLAW - UPDATED
The Firearms Discharge Bylaw has been updated and adopted.
One sign will be erected in each of the 3 areas this year and if required more will be put up next year.
The link to the bylaw and maps is here:
Both the RCMP and the Provincial Government (for hunting regulations) have been advised.
I will make sure that the Community Resource Building has copies of the maps for a minimal charge and also they will put them on the wall somewhere down there.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
By now you probably have figured out that I like to know what you are thinking about various issues. It really helps me determine the approach I take on various issues, and it gives me strength to really be strong when advocating for you the taxpayers of this area. Thank you for participating in all my surveys! You can always call, email, Facebook or Tweet me too!
Survey about the Hurley River Rd. I'm sure you will all enjoy doing this one if you haven't already! Don't forget to keep an eye out at isurvivedthehurley.com for updates and information about the Hurley and roads leading to and from it!
As many of you know our community, and Bralorne in particular, has been dealing with the return of forestry to this area...See my previous blog for info.
Two resolutions, forwarded to SLRD and on to the local government associations have been passed. Similar challenges have cropped up elsewhere in the SLRD and the following letter was written, subsequent to SLRD Board discussions and resolutions:
Letter to Steve Thomson re Public's Role in Forestry
I would like to also draw your attention to a series of Bulletins put out by the Forest Practices Board which to me see to have balanced and thought through recommendations.
The need to manage culmulative effects
Professional_Reliance_in_BC_Forests - Is it really the issue?
Public Involvement in Forest Planning
LILLOOET LANDFILL FEES MAY CHANGE
Report & Proposed Bylaw Amendment
Let me know what you think!
VOLUNTEERS FROM GOLD BRIDGE NEEDED
Coming out of
the Community Information Meeting in July, I am asking for two Gold Bridge
property owners to volunteer to work with me over the 8 or so months to review
the Gold Bridge Water System budget, determine
best alternatives and options for funding the Gold Bridge Water System and to
report back to Gold Bridge property owners. This work will inform the budget/taxation going forward for this service. Please contact me if you are
interested. We will get started in October and probably complete next April.