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Man swept away by current Seymour River: Search continues for Andrew Wilson of Salmon Arm.
By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
Chase RCMP and other agencies continued a land and air search Tuesday for 24-year-old Andrew Wilson of Salmon Arm, who has been missing since he was swept downstream in the Seymour River Monday afternoon. At around 4:35 p.m. Monday, Chase RCMP received a report that a man had been caught by currents while swimming. Reports indicate that on the morning of June 11, two men, Wilson and a friend, who is also in his 20s, travelled to Seymour Arm for a day hike to Seymour Falls. The two young men were due back in Salmon Arm at 3 p.m., notes an RCMP news release. “At some point in the afternoon, one of the men jumped into the Seymour River to cool off and was swept down river,” reads the release. “The man’s friend made his way to the nearest logging road and flagged down a grader operator, who in
Peony pruning Hazel Brooks finds peonies to clip at the Runaway Moon Peony Tea Party held Sunday at Curly Willow Farm in Grindrod. For more images of the festivities, see A4.
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Father, daughters killed in crash By Tracy Hughes OBSERVER STAFF
Three Sorrento residents were killed and two more remain in hospital after a head-on collision in Rosetown, Sask. Sunday afternoon. Doug Janzen, 47, and his daughter Alli, 19, died at the scene of the collision, while Cassidy, 13, was taken to hospital first in Rosetown and then to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, where she succumbed to her injuries. The two other family mem-
bers in the car remain in hospital. Patricia Janzen is in critical condition, while her 16-year-old son Cody is injured but RCMP report he is expected to make a full recovery. RCMP say at approximately 12:20 p.m. a westbound car being driven by Doug attempted to pass a semi-truck and collided head-on with an eastbound SUV. “There were heavy rains here Saturday and Sunday and it was raining quite hard at the time of the crash. It appears the spray
off the semi was quite heavy and obscured the driver’s visibility,” says Sgt. Ian Skinner of the Rosemont RCMP detachment. Skinner notes all five members of the Janzen family were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. “There were no ejections, but damage to their vehicle was extreme.” Two occupants of the eastbound SUV, a 56-year-old man
Tragedy: Cassidy, Patricia, Alli, Cody and Doug Janzen in a See Shuswap on page A2
This week Equestrian Rebecca Howard will be Salmon Arm’s latest Olympian. See more on A21. The Shufﬂe Demons will bookend 20 years of Roots and Blues. See more on A26.
family photo from Alli’s 2011 SAS graduation.
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Missing: Andrew Wilson, shown in a Facebook photo hiking at MacArthur Heights, was swept down the Seymour River after going in to cool off Monday afternoon.
Helicopter, dive team assist with search Continued from front turn contacted a local resident. The resident called 911. Chase RCMP initiated an air and ground search of the rugged and remote Seymour area Monday afternoon, continuing in
their efforts until it grew dark. The search resumed Tuesday morning at 6:30 and continued into the afternoon in the area that has little to no road access. Chase RCMP along with RCMP air services helicopter, RCMP dive team and members
of the Shuswap Volunteer Search and Rescue team are engaged in the search effort. Wilson’s parents, Lynda and Lorne Wilson, also of Salmon Arm, have been notified by Salmon Arm RCMP with RCMP Victim Services providing support.
Training mission New firefighting recruits are put through Level 1 training during an educational session held recently at the Shuswap Regional Fire Training Centre. In this portion, recruits tackle extinguishing a blaze in a dumpster.
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Shuswap residents mourn crash victims Continued from front and 30-year-old man, also a father and son, from Plato, Saskatchewan were also taken to hospital with unknown injuries. The 30-yearold is in critical condition, while the older man is expected to recover. Alli was attending school at Okanagan College, after graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary last year, while Cassidy attended Carlin Elementary/
Middle School. The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District #83 crisis team has been dispatched to several schools to try to help students and staff cope with the tragic accident. Superintendent Dave Witt said the crisis team went to the schools on Monday morning and will stay as needed. “Our hearts go out to the family and community as they deal with this tragedy and work through this difficult
time,” adds Witt. Tributes and condolences from friends and neighbours also poured in on Facebook sites. Laura Spengler writes: “RIP Alli Doug and Cassidy – you will always be remembered by everyone. Your family touched many hearts and gave me memories that I will never forget. I know you are looking down on us and smiling, trying to tell us it will be okay. It’s just such a shock.”
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Suspect arrested for sex assault A 48-year-old Salmon Arm man has been arrested after an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl. The man was arrested by Salmon Arm RCMP on June 10.
The alleged assault took place following a drinking party at the man’s residence. The suspect remains in police custody and the investigation is continuing. The man’s
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Weather rules spring freshet By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
Mother nature will once again have the last word. While the BC River Forecast Centre is maintaining a flood watch issued for the Shuswap River June 10 at 7 p.m., local concerns are centred around lake levels. Swollen following several days of heavy rain, flows are expected to remain elevated on the Shuswap River at Enderby, and it may be a couple of days before there is a significant decline, says a River Forecast Centre update. The centre will continue to monitor conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant. Columbia Shuswap Regional District Emergency Program co-ordinator Cliff Doherty says other river reports indicate the Adams, Seymour and the Eagle rivers are levelling off, with inflow matching outflow. He says officials at the Sugar Lake Dam had to release more water than normal, an act that will elevate lake levels somewhat. “The good news is, we removed the evacuation alert in the Sims Creek Sundance Road area near Sicamous at 1:25 p.m. June 11,” he said. “All the work MOTI (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure) was doing, armouring the banks of the creek, was to be complete by 4 p.m.” Turning to Shuswap Lake, Doherty said the electronic gauge at Canoe recorded the level at 348.25 metres Mon-
day afternoon. Doherty says the Water Stewardship Division of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said Monday morning they continue to believe the lake will crest at a one in five year flood level, probably in the third week of June. “That description is 348.7 metres and similar to where the lake got to last year,” says Doherty. “It’s normal.” That doesn’t mean all area residents are out of the woods yet. “The biggest concern we have right now is beach dwellers – maybe not so much from water levels, but from waves caused by wind or boating activity,” he says. Over at the City of Salmon Arm’s Public Works Department, manager John Rosenberg says he’s hopeful freshet will continue without incident. But in the spirit of hope for the best and prepare for the worst, Rosenberg says the city has put its action plan into effect. Water levels are checked daily and staff are on call 24-7. Rosenberg says reports indicate area snowpacks are significantly lower – down to 60 to 80 percent of what they were. “If we get a bunch more rain, the levels will come up, and if it doesn’t, the lake will flush out well,” he says. “We’re still .4 of a metre off last year.” Public works staff have made alterations to the gangplank at Ma-
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Fast-ﬂowing: Longtime Silver Creek resident Doug Haines checks out the Salmon River Sunday, noting its overnight rise. rine Park wharf, where the drop is usually 16 feet to the lower docks but is now almost level with the large wharf. If lake levels rise by another half-metre, Rosenberg says staff may have to do something with the federal wharf in Canoe as well. “The lake moves 15 feet, plus or minus, every year,” he says. “It’s like an annual tide rather than a daily tide. It’s a significant difference.” He says waves can change the water elevation by two feet or .6 metres – something beach residents should keep in mind over the next few weeks. “We’re doing our due diligence – our action plan is in place and we’ll deal with whatever comes along.” Rosenberg and Doherty both agree what comes along will be dependent on the weather mother nature serves up in the near future.
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Both men also agree that concerned waterfront residents should get some sand bags and get busy protecting their property. In Salmon Arm, sand bags are available at the Public Works office on 30th Street SE, with sand available nearby in the overflow parking lot at the Little Moun-
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Clockwise from top left – Danielle and Eryn Lachmuth gather peonies at the Runaway Moon Peony Tea Party held Sunday at Curly Willow Farm in Grindrod; Ash Brooks reads the next clue in the treasure hunt; Leith Labere helps his mom with peony picking; Deb Humphries applies peonythemed artwork to Ushi Eder’s shirt; One Camel Short’s Murray MacDonald and Dick Owings perform from the comfort of a shaded stage.
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City News and Public Notices CITY OF SALMON ARM NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Salmon Arm will hold a Public Hearing in the Council Chamber of the City Hall, 500 - 2 Avenue NE, Salmon Arm, BC, on Monday, June 25, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. 1.
Proposed Amendment to Zoning Bylaw No 2303: a) Rezone Lot 1, Section 25, Township 20, Range 10, W6M, KDYD, Plan KAP84529 from A-3 (Small Holding Zone) to R-7 (Large Lot Single Family Residential Zone).
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Civic Address: 2100 – 45 Avenue NE Location: Upper Lakeshore Road NE Present Use: Single Family Dwelling Proposed Use: Large Lot Residential Subdivision Owners / Applicants: G. & S. Arsenault Reference: ZON.970/Bylaw No. 3930
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Post-Dated Cheques - You can pay your City of Salmon Arm property taxes and utilities with a personalized cheque post-dated to the due date. This allows City staff time to check your payment and Home Owner Grant, if applicable, and to contact you prior to the due date if there are any problems or questions. Your post-dated payment is deposited to the Bank on the cheque date. Telephone & Internet Banking - Most ﬁnancial institutions accept utility and property tax payments through telephone and internet banking. Although each bank differs, they all provide a Property Tax and a Utility option for the City of Salmon Arm: For property taxes, use the Property Tax option and the last eight digits of the roll number (e.g. 09999999) which is printed at the top right hand corner of your tax notice. To pay utilities, use the City of Salmon Arm Utilities option, and use the thirteen digit account number from your utility bill. (e.g. 0000999900000). Use no spaces, decimals, or dashes in the account number.
Proposed Amendment to Zoning Bylaw No 2303: a) Rezone Parcel A (DD4009) of the NW ¼ of Section 17, Township 20, Range 10, W6M, KDYD from A-2 (Rural Holding Zone) to A-3 (Small Holding Zone). Civic Address: 151 – 60 Street NW Location: Gleneden Present Use: Vacant Proposed Use: Rural Subdivision Owners / Applicants: H. Nyland and B. Brierley Reference: ZON.971/Bylaw No. 3931
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The ﬁles for the proposed bylaws are available for inspection between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays from June 12 to June 25, 2012, both inclusive, in the ofﬁce of the Corporate Ofﬁcer at the City of Salmon Arm, 500 - 2 Avenue NE. THOSE WHO DEEM THEIR INTEREST AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED BYLAWS ARE URGED TO REVIEW THE FILES AVAILABLE IN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT (OR TELEPHONE 803-4000) TO OBTAIN THE FACTS OF THE PROPOSALS PRIOR TO THE PUBLIC HEARING. Carl Bannister, Corporate Ofﬁcer
PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF SALMON ARM 2011 ANNUAL REPORT The City of Salmon Arm will be hearing submissions and questions from the public regarding the 2011 Annual Report at the Regular Meeting of City Council on June 25, 2012. The public is encouraged to attend and will be afforded an opportunity to make submissions and ask questions. The Annual Report includes the ﬁnancial statements, a report of remuneration and expenses, listing of tax exemptions, City achievements and objectives for the upcoming years, as well as a description on the services the City provides. Written submissions may be included on the Agenda for the Regular Council Meeting of June 25, 2012. The Annual Report is available for public inspection on the City of Salmon Arm’s website at www.salmonarm.ca Carl Bannister, Corporate Ofﬁcer For more information call 250-803-4000
Payment Drop Box - There is a payment drop box located to the left of the front doors of the City Hall. Place your cheque and/or Home Owner Grant in an envelope and drop it in the box. Your payment will be processed promptly each morning (Monday to Friday). Any payments put into the drop box after 4:00 pm on July 3, 2012, will be considered next day (LATE). Your Mortgagee (Bank) Pays Your Taxes - If your Mortgagee pays your taxes and you are eligible for a Home Owner Grant, avoid a penalty by claiming your Grant as soon as you receive your tax notice. To avoid line ups or penalties associated with problems with your Home Owner Grant, remit your Grant application to the City as soon as you receive your tax notice. Don’t wait until the tax due date! If you are unable to pay your property taxes, you should still claim your Home Owner Grant on or before the due date to avoid penalty on the Grant portion of your taxes. Claim Your Home Owner Grant Online The City of Salmon Arm is pleased to offer an electronic Home Owner Grant application. Visit the City’s website at http://www.salmonarm.ca click “On-Line Services” and “Home Owner Grant” link and follow the instructions to apply and submit your application. 2012 TAX DUE DATE – JULY 3, 2012 4:00 PM For more information City of Salmon Arm Tax Department 500 2 Avenue NE – Box 40 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2 Phone (250) 803-4000 http://www.salmonarm.ca
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Second hand sells Yuuuup, everyone and their dog these days is capitalizing off the popularity of bargain hunting. Thanks to reality TV shows such as Storage Wars and Extreme Couponing, the value of a deal or a hidden treasure has hit new limits. Storage auctions, garage sales, thrift shops, coupon clipping parties, clothing swaps and such are becoming all the rage in today’s society. As outrageous, and humourous, as some of these popular reality TV shows can be, they have proven that there is money to be made and/or saved outside of your 9-to-5 day job. Following the recession, the timing couldn’t have been any better for such shows to air. Some of those accustomed to an often lavish life have found themselves pinching pennies in recent years and wondering how to afford little Timmy’s new running shoes for school. Ergo – the increasing demand for second-hand goods. Some of us, myself included, have always been bargain hunters at heart (I’ll credit my mom for instilling in me the value of a dollar, or penny at that, and the importance of flyer shopping). I’ve always been the type to do my homework on large purchases, and be prudent with my hard-earned dollars. While I am often guilty of splurging on a brand new T-shirt or Lululemon gear, the other half of my closet is actually packed with second-hand goods. It’s amazing how many unique, albeit gently worn-in, items you can find in the local thrift shop. And when it comes to kids, I get no greater pleasure then receiving hand-me-downs from friends and relatives for my daughter. I think more parents are appreciating the value of hand-medowns, particularly since the little weeds grow faster then we can replenish their wardrobes. But when my rubber arm is bent into going shopping, I still search out the deals. Bargain bins, sale racks and last-season goods are definitely my forte. If I can get a deal, and it fits (both the body and the budget), I’m generally sold. But my weakness for sales aside, I’m really enjoying the newfound respect people are acquiring for second-hand stuff. I no longer have to sneak through the Salvation Army doors and hide between racks when someone I know walks by outside, carrying their designer purchase. In fact, I’ve even spotted a few items I’ve donated to the thrift store on an unsuspecting acquaintance (proving they’re not as materialistic as they come across). The nice part about this second-hand popularity is fewer items are ending up in the landfill. Spring cleaning prompts garage sales versus dump runs. Remember, one woman’s junk could be your next treasure. The only downside to all these new bargain hunters is it could make for a few more stars on another hit show - Hoarders. -- Jennifer Smith is a reporter for the Vernon Morning Star, one of the Observer’s sister papers.
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Statistics offer food for thought The numbers published from the Statistics Canada Census indicate we might find the cupboards a little bare in future years when it comes to food that has been produced in Canada. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the numbers show Canada is continuously gaining more people, while we are losing our ability to feed them. What adds more concern to future food production in Canada is that it shows our farmers are getting older and when they retire the family’s younger members are not carrying on through succession. Frequently prime farm land is hotly pursued and purchased by developers who do not have food production on their agenda. As we lose the farms and the people who work them, so will we also lose our ability to produce sufficient
food for our own means. The only option that will be available to us, is to bring what we eat in from other countries — that is if they have any to spare and we can afford to buy. If we continue to follow what the statistics are showing, we will be going down a dangerous path of no return. Once we lose the ability to feed ourselves we will lose our independence and our sustainable future. Keeping Canada’s kitchen fully stocked should be the goal of every politician in Canada. Agriculture in this country needs more than a fair shake, it needs a bounty of support from government at all levels and in all jurisdictions. You can’t eat ore, oil, or condos. - Barriere Star Journal
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The Observer asked:
What was the best thing your father taught you?
Jerry Carnegie “How to be a better father.”
Joe MacNamara “If you keep your mouth closed, hands in your pockets, and your ears open, you will never get in trouble.”
Ken Stewert “How much a family needs a father. He is a very big part of it...”
Rachel Rasmussen “To treat people with respect.”
Tessa Pickell “How to think logically and cope with difficulties.”
Goodbye to B.C.’s Take shave a step further greenhouse gas goals BC VIEWS
Tom Fletcher VICTORIA – In February this column asked the question: “Are B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets history?” The answer is contained in a new draft plan from BC Hydro on how to meet future power demand. And while it’s not explicitly stated, the answer is yes. The draft plan was released in May for discussion purposes, but so far there hasn’t been much discussion. This is surprising given some of the recommendations, such as firing up the Burrard Thermal natural gas power plant more often and buying fossil fuel power from the North American market. The plan confirms a few things that have been evident for a while. Dreams of exporting B.C. hydroelectric power are gone for the foreseeable future. And with mining ramping up along with natural gas development and population growth, BC Hydro now projects electricity demand could rise by 50 per cent over the next 20 years. The emergence of huge shale gas sources in B.C. and across the United States has changed the North American energy picture dramatically, as U.S. electricity producers replace coal by burning cheaper and cleaner gas to ramp up power production. B.C. is losing gas market share in the U.S. Former premier Gordon Campbell’s climate goals officially remain in place: 33 per cent greenhouse gas reduction by 2020 and a whopping 80 per cent by 2050. If the gas boom proceeds as planned, B.C. domestic emissions will not be down, but up considerably by 2020.
Premier Christy Clark has a new target for 2020: three liquefied natural gas production lines feeding high-pressure tankers at Kitimat, for export to Asia. Not only will B.C. need to buy gas-fired power from outside the province to keep up to demand, but the natural gas industry will need its own new gas-fired electricity to produce LNG for export. Natural gas passed forestry as B.C.’s top resource revenue source many years ago. In 2005, the volatile gas price spiked up and produced $1 billion in windfall profits that allowed the B.C. government to buy a rare period of public sector labour peace through the 2010 Olympics. Now a glut of shale gas has pushed the North American price down from its historic range of $4 to $6 per thousand cubic feet to about $2.40. Despite that low price, gas producers in B.C. are going flat out to develop shale gas deposits in northeast B.C. I asked David Pryce, vice-president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, why so much gas is being developed now. He said producers have made huge investments in B.C. shale gas drilling rights, and are in an international race to supply LNG to Asian countries where the price is currently four times higher than in North America. If LNG doesn’t fly here, B.C.’s gas export market soon evaporates. Currently gas producers pay about $400 million a year in royalties, and that much again to buy up shale gas drilling rights. The industry already employs about 12,000 B.C. workers. The B.C. government has little choice but to redefine its climate targets. Instead of cutting domestic emissions, it will try to take credit for displacing coal power in Asia. Fortunately, B.C.’s main coal exports are for high-grade coal used in steel-making.
It’s mighty generous of James Murray and Blu Hopkins to offer to shave their heads in exchange for $5,000 in donations to the Cancer Society. Being that their faces are part of their heads, is it safe to assume
that their faces will be clean shaven as well? After all ‘losing the hair’ is in empathy with those who lose all their hair from chemotherapy treatments. A clean shave from the neck
up on those two guys would inspire even me to donate to the cause. Well, maybe they could keep their eyebrows. Kalene Bourque
Wireless sensitivity increasing I would suggest your readers who think hydrophobia is the result of radiation paranoia read what researchers are finding in other countries where wireless technology has been around for longer. French researchers have shown that Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs) do notably modify blood and brain physiology. The oncology professor who reported these findings is the president of the Association for Therapeutic Research Against Cancer. He sees electrosensitiv-
ity as being a major problem in public health. As one doctor states, “independent and immediate action is required to reduce overexposure of people to EMFs.” In France alone, estimates indicate that up to five per cent of people are electro-sensitive. The proportion of sensitive people raises with the spreading of wireless technologies. Studies show that 10 to 50 per cent of the population will face becoming very intolerant to EMFs in the next 25 to 50 years.
I would suggest that our local media needs to get this information out to the general public as it seems to be squashed by the conglomerates who are owned by the large telecommunication firms. Citizens should contact B.C.’s medical health officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, to demand a halt to this program until science has had time to weigh in on this relatively new technology. Sherry Ridout
Tired of newspapers’ left-wing bias There was a very good letter from Mike Taylor in the May 30 Observer regarding “the lack of media scrutiny” of the NDP’s Adrian Dix in the province, especially in the Salmon Arm area. Many have become accustomed to reading the Observer’s
leftist slant on most environmental and political issues. Taylor’s letter requests the media provide a more balanced look at stories. I would quickly add, which includes stories in the Salmon Arm Observer and Shuswap Market News.
Are you tired of hearing the same old negative comments made against most parties political opinions except the NDP? I know I am! B. Campbell
Tories need to practice what they preach “Mr. Speaker, I would argue that the subject matter of the bill is so diverse that a single vote on the content would put members in conflict with their own principles… in the interest of democracy I ask: How can
members represent their constituents on these various area when they are forced to vote in a block on such legislation and on such concerns?” - Stephen Harper, in opposition in 1994 speaking against a
mere 17 page omnibus bill. Colin Mayes, man-up, and rise above toady status. You know what needs to be done. Dick Barnes
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LIFE & TIMES
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 Salmon Arm Observer
Airﬁeld a labour of love
By Cavelle Layes OBSERVER STAFF
They had a humble dream to provide help for those in trouble and ended up saving lives. Joyce Minion and her husband Harold had to little-to-no experience in 1960 when they began their plans to build an airport. The pair had volunteered as aircraft observers from the ground and Joyce had once worked at a factory building planes. But what in the world would possess them to build an airport in their backyard? Some might view it as insanity, others may see it heroism. Joyce simply saw it as something that needed to be done. “We had aircraft landing in our hay field, landing on the highway, and landing in a neighbors hay field. It was time,” said Joyce. “Salmon Arm told us we had holes in our heads, that the city could never support an airfield. They said it was an old folks home.” It took over two years and many hours of hard labour, explained Joyce, but, in the end, their backyard was transformed into an operating airfield. “We had no help physically or financially, except from myself, my husband and our kids.” Harold had worked two jobs and Joyce would go to the beach each day with her oldest son and sell her produce along with eggs, home-baked pies, and fried chicken. “We were trying to get the mortgage lifted off our house,” explained Joyce. Once the airport opened, however, she could no longer make it to the beach to sell her items as she had to be available to pump gas, provide oil and welcome the pilots. Joyce and her husband called the Department of Transportation to ask what had to be done to get their airstrip running. “[The DOT] didn’t call and they didn’t send a letter,” she explains, “they did however, send out three men.” Instead of just telling them what had to be done, they did it for them. One man tested the soil, another tested the prevailing winds and the third tested for any obstructions. “Then they wished us the best,” said Joyce. The couple had 2,000 feet available for their airfield and they decided to use it as a grass landing strip. Their neighbor
Salmon Arm residents were warned power would be off four or five nights as the local electric plant was shut down for its annual overhaul. On the motion of aldermen Ball and Gorse, council decided to take the telephone out of the powerhouse and install it in city hall.
Premier S.F. Tolmie flipped the switch to start up the new West Canadian Hydro Electric Power Corporation power plant at Shuswap Falls. More then 1000 spectators, many from Salmon Arm, were on hand for the ceremonies. P. Stokes scored a hole in one at the local links.
Mr. Pardy reported mosquito control efforts were being focused in the Pierre’s Point and Sandy Point areas, and results were excellent. The hospital board was considering a proposal for a two-storey 36 to 40-foot addition to include a maternity ward. Salmon Arm baseballers won a 4-2 decision over Revelstoke but the cricket team lost to Vernon, as did the lacrosse squad.
By a vote of 1,013 to 429, voters in the Salmon Arm area approved a $742,000 school construction program. The bulk of the money was to go for a new $339,000 junior high school. Some $115,540 was to be used to convert the old high school to an elementary.
George Sperle presented a petition signed by more then 70 local merchants opposing a village proposal to install parking meters in the downtown area. As a result council, which had been leaning toward meters, reversed its position. C.J. Longdo headed a delegation of service station operators which appeared before village council asking that closing hours be set at 9:30 p.m., with two stations to remain open until midnight on a rotating basis. At the same meeting, a petition was received from the remaining operators asking council to set a 6 p.m. closing.
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Stalled development upsets neighbours By Lachlan Labere OBSERVER STAFF
Neighbours of an Okanagan Avenue condo development left in limbo are exasperated with the city’s inability to rectify issues that have been a source of frustration for more than four years. At a recent meeting, council received a letter from George and Shelley Heggenstaller (also forwarded to the BC Ombudsperson’s office), regarding the property at 3161 Okanagan Ave. NE. The letter reiterates concerns expressed in letters to the former council, regarding the property and the state it’s been in since 2007, when its developer began the process of rezoning from R1-single family residential to R4-medium density residential, to construct a condo development. At third reading, the council of the day required a covenant to be put in place prior to final reading, restricting removal of trees that had been on the property. The trees were then removed prior to fourth reading, before the covenant could come into effect. The development failed to proceed, remaining at third reading and, subsequently, the Heggenstallers have had ongo-
ing dust issues and other concerns. Regarding concerns related to a sewer installed by the developer, city engineering and public works director Rob Niewenhuizen said the developer had removed the existing manhole and put in a new one without the city’s permission. The city is holding onto a $3,000 bond from the developer to assure the work is properly completed. “We’re still holding the bond to repair that, but we’re also waiting to see if he’s going to come back and finish the work,” said Niewenhuizen. “It’s not against code, it’s just that it was done without the approval of the city.” Otherwise, a letter of response to the Heggenstaller by city administrator Carl Bannister explains that the developer is currently not in contravention of any bylaws. This, however, did not sit well with council. Couns. Marg Kentel and Ken Jamieson were particularly frustrated with the city’s inability to have the developer take actions that would help alleviate his neighbour’s concerns. “It is staff’s job to do the bylaws and at the moment the bylaws are not being contravened, apparently. But I do think it is our job, here at the table, to ask for more to be
put into them to prevent this and to help with this situation,” said Kentel, who also had concerns of her own relating to a steep slope. “I don’t want to just sit here and say we can’t do anything because I think it would be pretty easy for a child to take a bike and accidentally roll down that bank. I’m not willing to say we can’t do anything.” Mayor Nancy Cooper said she spoke to the developer and was told that more grass would be planted to help alleviate the dust, but nothing had been done yet. She suggested a letter be written to the developer, and that staff look to other communities to “see if they have an unsightly bylaw or some other kind of a bylaw that would be able to address this kind of an issue.” In the developer’s defence, Coun. Chad Eliason said the development was a victim of the economy. “You wish you could do something, but if there’s no money to do that and no market for that project to go forward, then there isn’t very much that we can do,” said Eliason. Coun. Alan Harrison, however, recommended something more specific be drafted. “We want planting on the east side and the gravel cleaned up,
Lots in limbo: Neighbours of a stalled development on
Okanagan Avenue are frustrated with the condition the lots have remained in since 2007. and the bylaw enforcement officer could help us as far as specifics to changes that we want to see,” said Harrison. “And we give a timeline of, say, July 15. The letter from staff does say there is at least one condition where issuance of fines may be appropriate, so I think we could mention that. I think we’ve tried to appeal to their being a reasonable neighbour and that hasn’t worked very well so far.” Council agreed to write the letter, though this didn’t appear to appease George Heggenstaller, who
spoke to council afterwards. “I’m not sure about the laws and the bylaws in this town but something needs to be done to change the way you do things… and to protect owners like us from having to go through this stuff again,” said Heggenstaller. “I know we’re going to get nothing out of it, but hopefully somebody down the road won’t have to go through this. Six years, it’s not over, and nobody here says they can do anything. It’s unbelievable, it really is.”
City News and Public Notices CITY OF SALMON ARM NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNERS 2012 PROPERTY TAX NOTICES Property Tax Notices for the City of Salmon Arm have been mailed. If you are the registered owner of property within the City of Salmon Arm and have not received your Property Tax Notice for 2012, please contact the City of Salmon Arm at 500 - 2nd Avenue NE, Salmon Arm, (250) 803-4000. Whether or not you receive a property tax notice, it is your responsibility as the property owner to pay taxes by the due date of July 3, 2012 in order to avoid a penalty. •
To avoid long lines at City Hall, pay your taxes early.
Post-dated cheques and partial payments are welcome.
Payment is accepted at City Hall, 500 - 2 Avenue NE, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Payment may be by cash, cheque, debit card, or your bank’s telebanking/online bill payment service.
Drop box is located on the outside wall to the left of the entrance to City Hall, which will be emptied at close of business (4:00 pm) on July 3, 2012.
Or mail payment to Box 40, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
Post-marks are not accepted as proof of payment.
Provincial Home Owner Grant - If you are eligible, please ensure that the application form on the bottom of the tax notice is completed and signed (if you are 65 years or over please include your birth date).
The Basic Provincial Home Owner Grant can be claimed online at www.salmonarm.ca.
The Provincial Home Owner Grant must be claimed each year you are eligible.
To avoid a penalty on the Provincial Home Owner Grant it must be claimed even if a payment on the outstanding taxes is not made.
Provincial legislation has set minimum property tax payable at $100 for persons 65 years or over, veterans and handicapped (with required documentation) and $350 for persons under age 65. If your gross taxes are less than $1,120, your Provincial Home Owner Grant is adjusted accordingly.
A late payment penalty of 10% will be added to all unpaid balances of current taxes including unclaimed Provincial Home Owner Grants at the close of business (4:00 pm), July 3, 2012.
A late payment penalty of 10% will be added to all unpaid Annual Water/Sewer accounts at the close of business (4:00 pm), July 3, 2012.
Receipts will be issued only on request. 2012 TAX DUE DATE - JULY 3, 2012 4:00 PM For more information call 250-803-4000
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