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RICHARD ROLKE Morning Star Staff

Two veteran politicians are ready to hit the hustings again. Cherryville director Eugene Foisy and rural Lumby director Rick Fairbairn will both seek re-election for the Regional District of North Okanagan board Nov. 19. “There are issues that still have to be dealt with like the official community plan,” said Foisy, who has been Cherryville’s representative for 17 years. “I have more time and I’d like to get things addressed.” Other issues for Foisy, who has operated a family mill, include looking at water volumes and road variances required for development.

“We’ve got too many Cherryville. “Internet is imporregulations. Some have been in for a long time tant for the school kids,” he said. and they “They are mean nothtold by their ing,” he said, teachers to do adding that things online the rules prebut it’s not feavent families sible with dialfrom growup.” ing. R i c k “Let’s Fairbairn has look at them Rick Fairbairn been direcand make tor for rural some sense Lumby, which of them. includes We have to Whitevale and make it clear Mabel Lake, about what’s for nine years. required.” “We have Foisy also unfinished wants to push business and ahead with Eugene Foisy in particular a fish ladfarm gate sales der around Wilsey dam on the and the provincial meat Shuswap River, regulations,” said the and to bring high- rancher. “It’s a huge issue. speed Internet into

We have economic and social problems because of the lack of ability for families to generate revenue from the farm. Farm gate sales would supplement their income.” Fairbairn also wants to focus on the Shuswap River watershed sustainability plan. “Water is important as a resource coupled with supporting fisheries,” he said, adding that he also wants to ensure passage around the Wilsey dam for fish. Fairbairn is chairperson of the Electoral Area Advisory Committee and the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee. “We’re investing $520,000 to upgrade recreational facilities and to allow for more

Council heads off to convention ROGER KNOX Morning Star Staff

Spallumcheen representatives will meet with four provincial ministers during this week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver. Mayor Will Hansma, councillors Dave Brew, Janice Brown and Christine Fraser and administrator Lynda Shykora will discuss issues pertinent to the township during short audiences with the ministers of transportation, community development, agriculture and forests. The convention runs Christine Fraser Tuesday to Friday. “We will meet with the transportation, agriculture and forests ministers on Tuesday, and the community development minister on Thursday,” said Shykora. In between, Spallumcheen officials will have a chance to talk to representatives from the Agricultural Land Commission on Wednesday. Representatives from other North Okanagan municipalities will also attend the UBCM convention. Contracts to be extended Township of Spallumcheen staff have been directed unanimously by council to enter into contract extension negotiations with two people. Staff have been directed to negotiate a five-year SALES

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