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Many people have asked what happened Saturday…. or more importantly – WHY???
I could answer but I am a bit gun-shy. And yes u’all know I have my opinions.
It is easier to say the voters made a decision.
Hovanes out, Johansen in
Is it a bit more complicated than that ?
What are your answers to this?
Hey might be better to move on and see what happens next in 4 years. I can do it. BUT….Does it not seem that we should analyze a bit ?? A thorough review?
Public Safety/Crime ?
Centennial Park/Hotel location
Are you our Mayor or a MLA hopeful ?
To close to developers ?
Is there truth of mud-slingin’ as quoted by a defeated councillor incumbent
Did social media elect 4 of six on council…… and help defeat 2 hoping for another four years of bliss?
Up to you – very very quiet in the comments section…… why?
Open burning will be allowed in rural areas of Oliver starting today October 15th
This is subject to venting
For the daily venting index phone 250 490 4125 before burning
Inside the Town of Oliver
Open Burning is by permit only for properties more than 2 acres
There is no burning permitted for properties less than 2 acres
Call Fire Chief Bob Graham for a permit 250 498 9992
Oliver Daily News on the prowl this Sunday morning and found the new Mayor-Elect Martin Johansen in a quiet neighbourhood in the Meadows – outside dealing with his truck. He lives in a brand new home with his wife and son.
I asked are you happy? He said he was. I asked why he did not show for the election count. He said he preferred to wait and see the results on line.
What is this new politician thinking?
Johansen: I want to start by asking a lot of questions. Is the promise of two new RCMP officers a real thing? Is there paperwork on that. Will that increase the cost of the present policing costs – 30 percent at the moment.
“I want to know more about the public safety issue and what the people want to do about it and what can the municipal council do. We need a co-ordinated approach and I would want to get the players together – a Public Safety Committee to review the problems and come up with a unified approach.”
“The Town of Oliver needs a citizen’s survey of at least a couple of thousand responses…. to see what is important to them.” I sense there is a real disconnect between the locals and the elected officials.” Are the taxpayers getting value for the money they spend on taxes?”
Affordable housing will become a central issue Johansen says as many cannot afford suitable housing for their needs and are spending well above the national average for housing – meaning they have less to spend on other things.
He wants a look at the town’s strategic planning process. He will lead a discussion with council in the days ahead on priorities. Johansen says the budget process is about to begin so it is important to know what you want to do before beginning those talks.
Out of the gate, he says his biggest priorities will be to get to know the other councillors — including three re-elected incumbents — and advocate for a “citizens survey” to take the pulse of the town.
“To get an idea what the people are thinking. I feel there is a bit of divisiveness in the community, by the way the vote unfolded.”
He envisions the survey would focus on issues like quality of life, value for taxes and budget priorities.
Because Oliver is under 5,000 people and on the provincial RCMP contract, town hall has limited say on how policing is delivered. Regardless, the mayor-elect says he will push for the creation for a “coordinated enforcement committee,” that will get RCMP and other stakeholders to one table.
“Getting some data on what the problems are and where the problems are, thinking ahead to budget, which isn’t that far away,” he said, musing about private security, increased bylaw or even CCTV cameras.
“I’d like to get some feedback from the people out there on the streets living it every day,” he added.
Maureen Doerr, a small retail business owner, 7 years on council.
On Saturday Doerr ( Johnson ) finished 111 votes behind newcomer Aimee Grice – meaning fifth in a 4 person race. In an interview Sunday , Doerr described the campaign as “ugly … there was a lot of vindictiveness. … It was social-media driven and there was a lot of mud-slinging and name-calling.”
She had warm words for Grice, though, saying that her younger voice on council will be good for the town.
The community “wanted somebody younger and Aimee got in,” said Doerr. “That was just the way the cards went. It’s just tough to take. I’ve given so much to this community in volunteer work.”
On the subject of Hovanes’ defeat, Doerr said: “There was a group of (people) who really wanted Ron out. I won’t name them, but they know who they are.
They have a strong following. I wouldn’t say they’re prominent.”
Mayor Ron Hovanes could not be reached for comment Sunday. He was scheduled to fly to Ottawa Sunday for meetings with federal ministers about funding to repair part of the vital agricultural irrigation system damaged in rock slide in early 2016.
Source: Penticton Herald – Roy Wood, reporter for ODN
couple of questions
what or who made the contest ugly?
easy to blame social media or ??
Incumbents Petra, David and Larry and new comer Aimee Grice did very well in the polls
I Jack Bennest, former council member for 17 years admit
…..that I stated the candidates that would win. Most predictions correct. Some wrong. What else is new?