Golden flood protection committee on hold

A proposal to create a Flood Control Select Committee was defeated at Town Council meeting.

Tuesday Oct. 9 marked the official end of the Bridge to Bridge project as the Loan Authorization bylaw was rescinded.

The project may be over, but the Town’s responsibilities of flood protection and dyking remains. Coun. Keith Hern brought forth a recommendation that a Flood Control Select Committee be formed to review long-term flood control measures.

“I think there’s a lot of talent and experience in the community that could help construct policies on flood control issues. So I’m proposing that a Flood Control Select Committee be formed,” said Hern.

Under his proposal, the committee would, “have a mandate to review long-term flood control measures including enhancements to the existing dyke, in-stream sedimentary management, dyke maintenance and emergency response planning in accordance with our responsibility as a dyke authority.”

The committee, which would be comprised of at least three technically-oriented community volunteers, one councillor and the Manager of Operations for the Town, would also be addressing the “likely build-up of gravel in the Kicking Horse River,” and “review the functionality of the current hydraulic model.”

“I think we need to get on this as soon as possible.” said Hern.

Coun. Caleb Moss disagreed, saying that he supports the idea of community engagement, but does not think that now is the time for such a committee to be formed.

“Perhaps it would be more prudent to hold this conversation until the Asset Management Plan comes in, and then we would know if striking a Roads Committee might be more important,” said Moss, explaining that forming a committee to manage one asset before you know how it will fit in with the Town’s other assets would not be wise.

“Until that (the Asset Management Plan) comes forward I can’t support the formulation of this group at this time.”

Councillors Connie Barlow and Mike Pecora agreed that the timing was wrong, but also had concerns about committee’s mandate, saying that some of the responsibilities listed are actually operational issues taken care of by Town staff, not policy makers.

The motion was defeated by a vote of four to two (Barlow, Pecora, Moss and Mayor Christina Benty against, with Hern and Coun. Ron Oszust voting for).


Just Posted

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Business Profile: Miller brings nearly 30 years of experience to Golden Home Building Centre

Are you thinking of starting a project around the house, fixing something… Continue reading

Bacchus Books hosts Gerritt Shumyk March 25

A cozy venue, nestled in the heart of downtown Golden, hosts musicians… Continue reading

Isaac Tetrault brings home karate trophy, Golden competitors win medals

Submitted Golden Shotokan Karate travelled to Port Moody on March 9 for… Continue reading

VIDEO: RCMP reveal five kids hit in deadly B.C. crash

The children range in age from six to 17.

British Columbians are paying more for booze but also broccoli

Victoria’s inflation was 2.3 per cent, a tick above Vancouver’s of 2.2 per cent

UPDATED: Three dead in Surrey crash: police

Single-vehicle crash occurred around 10:30 a.m., police remain on-scene

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Coroner’s inquest announced for Victoria teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

Most Read