Signs don't work to curb illegal dumping

Montrose council tackles residential concerns

Signs don't work, Montrose resident tells village council Monday night.

 

Thinking proactively about fire season and wild summer storms, two Montrose residents voiced concerns about illicit dumping and leaning cottonwoods to village council Monday night.

Signs don’t work

First up was a 9th Avenue gentleman who pointed out that the “No Dumping” message isn’t being heard.

“A new sign has just been put behind the community hall..there’s two dump trucks full there now,” he said, mentioning the problem has been ongoing for years. “It’s a miracle on a hot summer day (there hasn’t been) spontaneous combustion…the stuff is dumped right in thick bush. You’re wasting your time and our money with the signs.”

Another dump site near 2nd Street is even more concerning, he added.

“There is always a wind and sometimes I have to hang onto my hat, there’s a real breeze,” the resident said. “There’s always (cigarette) butts along there and it’s thick grass that goes into bush and trees all the way down to the creek, then out to Fruitvale and Salmo,” he noted. “If you think a fire can’t go that far, think again just look at Kelowna, Slave Lake and now up north in Alberta. You get a wind and a fire there, God help you.”

Council discussed the man’s concerns later in the meeting, directing staff to inform the Bylaw Enforcement Officer to patrol the area behind the community hall, Montrose park and the bank end of 2nd Street. As a first measure, anyone found dumping yard waste will be sent a letter requesting the practise be stopped. Mayor Joe Danchuk noted residents would be receiving personal emergency preparedness recommendations after a June 15 FireSmart meeting at the regional district. Additionally, he pointed out the village provides pick up for grass clippings every third Thursday of the month (May 26, next) as well as a fall and spring pick up strictly for trimmings and branches.

Dangerous trees

Next up were homeowners living on 9th Street, following up their previous concerns about unstable cottonwood trees adjacent to the couple’s property.

The pair attended council in the fall after receiving an assessment of the trees, but no subsequent action. The gravity of the situation hit home after the recent incident of a Port Coquitlam house being flattened by a tree during a lightning storm and the homeowner injured, explained the woman.

“The honest truth is we don’t feel safe in our house when the storms come,” she said. “I don’t think that’s fair and it’s not a good way to live.”

Mayor Danchuk confirmed the village’s tree removal budget was doubled to $15,000 this year and an arborist is just beginning an assessment throughout the identified problem areas.

The matter is twofold, he said, adding, “if the branches are a hazard (that’s one) problem, the other problem is if those trees come out, we have an issue with bank sloughing.”

Council agreed to direct resolution to the incoming Chief Administrative Officer, not yet named.

Phasing out a crosswalk

The village has okayed the removal of the 6th Street crosswalk on Highway 3B, though the lines will remain in place for now. An overhead LED back-lit and down-lit sign is being designed for the 5th Street crossing, and when installed, the 6th Street pedestrian markings will be removed. Additionally, the transportation ministry is collaborating with village staff on upgrading the highway corridor illumination, as well as other standard highway crosswalk signage to the most current retro-reflectivity and sizing.

SOFI

Deputy Clerk Amy Gurnett provided a staff report regarding the village’s 2015 Statement of Financial Position (SOFI). Highlights include the village’s total equity increased by about $200,000 since the year previous, and now totals $9.4 million. Total remuneration including elected officials, employees appointed by cabinet and members of the board of directors, neared $400,000. Almost $73,000 was invested through parks, recreation and culture for the community hall, parks and play fields, education services, and the (former) Montrose skateboard park.

Anniversary planning

The Montrose recreation committee will soon complete the roster for the village’s upcoming 60th anniversary celebrations slated June 9 to June 11. Coun. Mary Gay confirmed the ball park will be full during the main event, Saturday’s Family Fun Day. Coun. Rory Steep is working with the Beaver Valley youth group to bring a popcorn and movie night to the community hall Thu

Just Posted

Stolen sax, sheet music, impacts Trail big-band and after school band

Anyone with information is urged to call the Trail RCMP detachment at 250.364.2566

Extensive road repair nears completion in Fruitvale

The scope of work includes new water and sewer service connections as well as road resurfacing

Community invited to check out mining trade show in Trail

Trade show free and open public on Wednesday and Thursday in the Trail Memorial Centre

Columbia Basin Trust announces grant for technology upgrades

The deadline for organizations to apply is Dec. 17

Christmas blooms in downtown Trail

The Artisan Craft Co-op recently celebrated its 30th anniversary in downtown Trail

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

B.C. lumber mills struggle with shortage of logs, price slump

Signs of recovery after U.S. market swings, industry executive says

25% of Canadians still won’t say they use pot, survey says

Statistics Canada poll says Canadians on average were 18.9 years old when they first tried pot.

Canucks’ 50/50 jackpot expected to surpass $1 million

The guaranteed prize for one lucky winner will be $500,000 minimum when Vancouver hosts LA Nov 27

Most Read