Questions still need to be answered

Letter writer says Kent needs to rewrite policies and procedures for ditch maintenance

Re: November 19, 2011 Municipal Elections

There are several issues which I believe require urgent attention by the Council members of the District of Kent.  Upon being elected, would the prospective Council members update the Official Agricultural Plan (OAP) by writing a policy/procedure and/or bylaw to cover the following areas:

1.  Ensuring that a representative from the Agassiz/Harrison Mills Drainage Committee (AHMDC) be present at all discussions pertaining to project and/or development plans in the District of Kent (DOK). These committee members are elected officials representing the interests of residents, businesses and property owners within the DOK.

2. Passing a bylaw pertaining to the Local Government Act (LGA) Division 4 and 6 which requires any development in the DOK to adequately increase the size of McCallum Ditch Drainage System, Mountain Slough and Hamersley Pump Station, in that order, from the 1978   (ARDSA) standards. This is an out dated 30 year old system greatly in need of refurbishment as recommended by the North West Hydraulics (NWH) study at a cost to the DOK of hundreds of thousands of dollars in 2004 and 2009

3. Drawing up a future 30-year plan showing the location and size of potential residential, commercial, institutional and agricultural development for the DOK including the Official Community Plan (OCP) and with (ALR) approval.

Your response to each of these issues with an explanation would be appreciated.

The general public’s ideas and comments would also be appreciated. Please contact Bob Desrosiers at cranbob@shaw.ca.

Bob Desrosiers