Letter: Salmon Arm’s underpass still needs public input

The mayor informs us that the various documents have been completed and council has applied for the multi-million dollar loan to construct the underpass.

Would it not be a good idea for council to organize a public forum which would allow the taxpayers of Salmon Arm to be informed of the full facts as to how the money is going to be spent?

Most people realize that there will be an overspend and that it will be for the benefit of the vehicle owner and not the pedestrian. Incidents involving pedestrians far outnumber those involving vehicles.

So, perhaps a pedestrian underpass would be a better idea. Let us have some professional engineers and knowledgeable people on the stage who can inform us of the good and the bad points, and the consequences of having the underpass built.

Related: City sets stage for underpass referendum

Don’t let us just drift into a Brexit type scenario where all of the facts are not explained fully.

If as a result of the forum, council decides to hold a referendum, let the result stand and proceed as decided.

At least it would be an end to the conversation and council can proceed with the support of the majority of the tax payers.

The cost of a referendum compared to the millions spent on the underpass would be minimal.

If Transport Canada or some other government body has instructed us to upgrade the rail crossings, inform us of the facts and consequences at the forum.

Ambulances and fire trucks take longer to get to Gleneden or the surrounding area than it does to cross the tracks.

Let us not jump to satisfy the few people living across the tracks who knew that the crossing was there when they moved, with the promises made by previous councils regarding access.

Tony Gay


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Best in business: North-Okanagan Shuswap companies named top 10 semi-finalists

Small businesses from Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna compete for top spot

White Lake firefighters go beyond call of duty with construction project

Storage shed built for sports equipment in South Shuswap park

Opening date for popular North Shuswap outdoor ice rink delayed

Warmer temperatures have pushed back the openings of several rinks in the region

New safety measures in place as snowmobile season gets underway in Sicamous

VHF radio channel posted at trailheads, assisted in rescue of stranded sledders

Homecoming marked by album release for Salmon Arm duo

A Million Dollars in Pennies to play Classic in new year.

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Sagmoen’s lawyer argues ‘abuse of power’ in police search

The trial of Curtis Sagmoen continued at the Vernon Law Courts on Friday

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Salmon Arm history in pictures: Cold snap!

Curling on the Little Lake.

Penticton resident allegedly has rear car tires stolen

The resident woke up today to find their back tires missing and their car on blocks

Salmon Arm dentist follows in family’s footsteps

Dr. Brandon Schiffner of Chu Dental made fellow of Pierre Fauchaud Academy

Woman struck, dog killed after collision on Highway 97

Speed is not believed to be a factor and alcohol has been ruled out

Most Read