LETTER: Tax money needed for road upgrades

Over the past two years, Summerland council defeated two hight tax income projects

Dear Editor:

Re Frank Martens’ letter, Summerland Review, May 31.

Martens mentions the exceptionally poor condition of many of our streets.

Obviously maintenance is done as cheaply as possible and in a lot of cases, done by municipal crews, so we see pothole fixes.

Residents are quick to complain about conditions we experience.

Anyone who thinks their tax contribution provides ample funds required for this maintenance simply doesn’t get it.

Over the past two years, Summerland residents, through their elected council, defeated two hight tax income projects for our community.

It is so easy to say no to any project for our city.

Mayor Peter Waterman did everything he could to encourage the go-ahead on the two major tax income projects — the Bristow project and the waste disposal site at the Summerland Landfill.

If looked at by all sides, these two projects, enough tax income would have probably provided enough funds to repave our entire community.

Projects like these two mentioned do not present themselves automatically.

Once major projects are turned town after major expenditures to our community, we send the message that Summerland is not project-friendly.

In the meantime, get used to our road conditions.

They are not going to get much better soon.

Rick Joncas


Just Posted

Festival planned for Easter weekend

Organizers preparing 10,000 eggs for hunt at Summerland’s Easter Egg-stravaganza

Behind the mask of the South Okanagan furries community

Penticton furries community member said it’s not a sexual thing

Summerland experiences effects of sudden warm temperatures

Water pools near sports fields; minor landslide affects Garnet Valley Road as snow melts

Crown drops one Vernon assault charge against Curtis Sagmoen

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will still stand trial on one count of assault causing bodily harm in December.

COLUMN: Awaiting the signs of spring

After a long winter, many are wondering when the cold season will be over

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Update: Highway 3 near Keremeos open to alternating traffic

Details scarce about collision that has closed Highway 3 west of Keremeos

Okanagan librarian delves into trio of titles

Book Talk: Dark Matter, Lincoln’s Dreams and The Jealous Kind

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Indigenous students recognized at ceremony at Okanagan College

The ceremony recognizes that students are getting an education while holding onto Indigenous background and teachings

Most Read