Priest runs to represent Area A

Randy Priest has become one of three people running as an Area A Director Candidate.

  • Oct. 25, 2011 11:00 a.m.

I have been a property owner in the Blaeberry since 1975 and permanent resident since 1995. I enjoy Golden and the general area for the opportunities that it presents and the lifestyle one can enjoy. I retired from LP (Evans) in 2008 and keep busy in community activities and a wood working shop.

I sat on the last Hospital Board until dissolved and the Regional Health Authorities established, and was part of the original Board of Directors for the Golden and Area Community Economical Development Society, (GAI). During these terms I sat as a Director and Chair and saw the development of the board’s Policy Statements, construction of the Visitors  Centre, Kinbasket Opportunities Analysis, Parson’s school/hall study, and the introduction of broadband to Golden and Area.

I was a Core Committee representative for Golden and Area for the Columbia River Water Use Plan and subsequent plans for Revelstoke 5 and Mica 5 and 6 turbine upgrades. And I continue to participate in issues such as boat ramps, debris cleanup and compensation for flooding of the reservoir area.

Though all of these positions have endeavoured to represent the best interests of Golden and Area, I believe that the region’s needs must be made known to the various government agencies and that it takes vision and planning to gain positive results.

Area A, since development of a world class resort in the area and the increased demand for recreational properties, has experienced unprecedented growth in sub-divisions, land assessment values and monies collected through taxes. Yet there has been little increase in population and or industrial based activities. Taxes or the cost of services as determined by government agencies will continue to increase as senior government continues to download services to local agencies.

Public demand for services, facilities and infrastructure can only add to the total. What can be done? What should we collectively do? Continue on as we are presently, and hope the problem goes away, or look ahead and begin to plan to deal with some of the issues.

Your support on Nov. 19 can start “A new commitment, working towards our community’s future.”

Randy Priest

Area A Director Candidate