Local issues taken to UBCM

Municipal representatives will meet with members of the provincial government at the Union of B.C. Municipalities annual convention later this month.

Municipal representatives will meet with members of the provincial government at the Union of B.C. Municipalities annual convention later this month.

The convention will be held in Vancouver Sept. 26 to 30. It is an opportunity for members of municipal councils to discuss the issues affecting them and their communities.

Mayor Janice Perrino said she and municipal administrator Don DeGagne will attend this year’s convention.

While there, she will meet with Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Shirley Bond about the status of a proposed prison for the Okanagan.

Several communities including Summerland have submitted sites for the prison, but at present, no announcement has been made about where the prison facility will be located.

Perrino will also meet with provincial representatives to discuss water quality monitoring.

Earlier, the province had been in charge of monitoring the quality of the lake water, but this was changed earlier this summer. “We’re concerned this is being downloaded onto the communities,” she said.

The convention comes just weeks before candidates must declare themselves in the upcoming municipal election.

This means some of the elected officials at the convention might not have their roles within a few months.

Perrino said the convention is important as it allows council representatives to bring concerns before ministry representatives.