I was fortunate to set up a meeting a couple weeks ago with our MLA/Minister Trevena in Campbell River.
We discussed the following issues,
Although the centre lines were painted last October, the shoulder lines need to be addressed this year. The Minister stated that this was a priority throughout the Province. At times it seems like the size of the gravel they are using on the road is quite large. She said she has heard this many times this winter, and she will look into it.
Highway Cams, apparently the Crest Lake one has been continually damaged, and there is also an issue with how it is powered.
This is the main road of town the Department of Highways is required to maintain it, there are some areas that need to be looked at. The Minister said she will discuss with her Staff.
Transportation, I discussed with her that we need some kind of Transit service to and from Campbell River for our Residents, especially our Seniors that may not drive. They need to get to appointments and other services. The Minister will get back to me regarding this issue.
I asked the Minister to look into the possibility of any grant money for Parks. Council has applied for various grants to help pay for our Revitalization plans for Nimpkish Park, but have not been successful so far the Minister will look into.
At the UBCM meetings last September Councillor Waterman gave the Minister a lot of information regarding the funding for Librarys, she acknowledge receiving the information and told me she will discuss with her colleagues.
After a discussion with Enid at our Health Clinic, I discussed with the Minister that we need more home care in Gold River. Our Senior population is growing and so is the need for more Home Care. I mentioned to her that this is a high priority issue right now. The Minister said she would look into right away.
The Minister will continue to support this issue, Council has had cell service on their priority list since 2014.
We had a good discussion, she gave me some direction that I can look into. Quadra Island has been working on a Seniors home for a long time and have lots of information. I contacted Area Director Jim Abram and he passed me on to the contact people.
The Minister and I agreed top set up another meeting in a couple of months to continue discussing these issues.
Mayor Brad Unger