Rail purchase plans proceed

The Columbia-Shuswap and North Okanagan regional districts have both given three readings to bylaws that would acquire the abandoned Canadian Pacific line

Residents are being asked to dig deep for the future.

The Columbia-Shuswap and North Okanagan regional districts have both given three readings to bylaws that would acquire the abandoned Canadian Pacific line from Spallumcheen to Sicamous. However, voter assent for borrowing is needed first.

“We are at first base and we will go from there and see what they (residents) say,” said Herman Halvorson, a Regional District of North Okanagan director from rural Enderby.

The total purchase price of the 48-kilometre corridor is $6.51 million, with $2.17 million coming from the provincial government.

RDNO plans to borrow its entire $2.17 million contribution, with the service area including Armstrong, Enderby, Spallumcheen, Lumby, Area D (rural Lumby) and Area F (rural Enderby).

Within the CSRD, a service area will be established for proposed borrowing of $1.83 million. The service area will include Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Area E (rural Sicamous), Area D (Falkland-Deep Creek), Area C (South Shuswap) and Area F (North Shuswap).

The remainder of CSRD’s $2.17 million will come from the Sicamous/Area E Economic Opportunity Fund ($250,000) and the Revelstoke/Area B’EOF Fund ($100,000).

An alternate approval process will be used in both regional districts to gain voter assent for borrowing. Over a 30-day period (dates have not been established), residents in the proposed service areas can sign a petition in opposition and if 10 per cent of voters sign in either service area, borrowing is defeated.

The other option was a referendum but regional district staff didn’t recommend that because of the tight time frame to close the purchase agreement. Subject removal clauses must be removed in 90 days.

Janice Brown, an RDNO director from Spallumcheen, isn’t concerned voters will deny borrowing.

“I absolutely know that they support this. We need to hold on to the land for generations to come,” she said.

The partnership includes the Splatsin, which owns a portion of the rail corridor.

More details to come

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna man injured during arrest sues RCMP

Supreme Court civil claim alleges Dustin Blondin was the victim of an ‘unprovoked attack’

United Way celebrates seven decades of impact in Southern Interior

Organization sees issues with poverty, mental health and addictions, heighten during the pandemic

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Interior Health

The total number of Interior Health cases since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 522

UPDATE: Old Ferry Wharf Road reopens

The leak was first reported about 11:35 a.m., Friday

Police investigate possible bomb threat at Orchard Plaza

‘Suspicious circumstance’ shuts down area, closing multiple businesses

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Parks Canada not responsible for Mount Kobau blockade

Nearby residents have been vocal about plans to turn the area into a national park

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read