Meeting scheduled for water concerns in Oasis

"“This is an information meeting that will hopefully bring some answers or, at least, clear the air on some of the drainage issues."

Linda Worley may not have any authority over roads in the community of Oasis, but the Area B director is not letting that stop her fight.

The sloughing shoulder along Hillcrest Drive, saturated properties on and around Hanna Drive and a culvert on Oasis Crescent will be the focus of an upcoming community meeting. Oasis residents can expect a mailed invitation to the informative gathering scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 29 at the community hall.

“This is an information meeting that will hopefully bring some answers or, at least, clear the air on some of the drainage issues that have been spoken about that possibly weren’t explained first-hand,” she said.

Hillcrest Drive has been an uphill battle for Worley, who has tried for years to get the attention of the province and her effort to alert the ministry has resulted in repairs that have only provided a temporary fix.

While community members acknowledge Oasis is naturally damp, they point to a crumbling road (Hillcrest) and a culvert that they feel is not directing the flow of water efficiently and further pitting private properties with sinkholes.

“To us, it’s all being put on a dollar figure, and it seems like we’re getting shafted,” said long-time resident Jodie Lemieux.

“Nobody is stepping up and saying, ‘OK, this is our area of expertise,’ that’s how we’re feeling.”

The lines of responsibility criss-cross from the regional district, which does not have authority over roads, back to the ministry, which doesn’t deal with private property. John MacLean, chief administrative officer for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), reiterates the regional district can only help facilitate the conversation at this time.

“Our concern, of course, was initially the potential or the threat of some kind of imminent emergency, which apparently is not the case,” he said, referring to a site assessment done at a residential property on Hanna Drive.

“We don’t have a direct role in how to manage the problem now,” he added. “We don’t control roads, and roads are such a huge role in drainage, so this is not something that is traditionally something that regional districts get involved in too much.”

There would have to be some lengthy discussion on what part the regional district would play in actually doing operational or technical work in terms of mitigating the issue, he adds, and that could mean further taxation.

Worley continues to advocate for the community. She has sent out meeting invitations to MLA Katrine Conroy, senior RDKB staff, and members of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI).

Meanwhile, Hanna Drive’s Trevor and Shari Young are taking steps suggested by a geomorphologist who assessed their property after the couple’s complaints of eroding soil and shifting retaining walls and willow tree reached the Emergency Operations Centre in Trail.

The Young’s house was deemed safe to live in for now, but there was a risk noted of more damage over time, and it was suggested the couple follow up with an out-of-pocket geotechnical assessment.

During the site visit, expert Sarah Crookshanks also observed a blocked culvert that passes under Hanna Drive at Oasis Crescent. She noted water was backing up in the culvert and some of it was flowing south along Hanna. MOTI confirmed that the portion of the culvert that is on its right-of-way is clear of any obstructions, but she recommended that the part that extends onto private land also be cleared. Residents decided to take action into their own hands, by digging up the end on private property and restoring flow.

But community members, Lemieux included, would still like to see the culvert extended. She said natural waste collects in a ditch that leads to the culvert, adding that some water is absorbed and dispersed onto residential properties from there.

“I’ve been after them about this bloody culvert for three years and it’s still not fully rectified,” said Lemieux.

Just Posted

Area A Director Ali Grieve (right), Village of Fruitvale Mayor Steve Morissette (front), and Village of Montrose Mayor Mike Walsh (left) held a congratulatory ceremony for Beaver Valley students who are part of the Class of 2021 graduates of J. L. Crowe Secondary at Beaver Creek Park on Thursday. Photo: Jim Bailey
Beaver Valley Grads of 2021

Beaver Valley mayors, RDKB Area A director celebrate their 2021 graduates with gift ceremony

Adrian Moyls is the Selkirk College Class of 2021 valedictorian and graduate of the School of Health and Human Services. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College valedictorian proves mettle in accomplishment

Adrian Moyls is a graduate of the School of Health and Human Services

A volunteer delivers food to families as part of a West Kootenay EcoSociety program. Photo: Submitted
Farms to Friends delivers 2,500th bag of food to families in need

The program services communities in the Nelson, Trail and Castlegar areas

Selkirk College has begun its search in earnest for a leader to replace president Angus Graeme who is set to retire from his position in May 2022. Photo: Submitted
Selkirk College seeks community input for president search

Current president Angus Graeme retires next year

A report shows nine West Kootenay communities are have more low-income persons than the provincial average. File photo
Study casts new light on poverty in the West Kootenay

Nine communities in region have more low-income residents than provincial average

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read