To the editor:
Let me begin by saying I am very disappointed that we did not get more NO votes in the recent referendum in Lake Country. The people of Lake Country have spoken and have given the District the authority to borrow $2.6 million to purchase the old CN railway, so we have to move on.
As for me, I have lived here all my life and will continue to make sure the District and Mayor Baker live up to their big promise that they can both fund the trail and fix up our roads, sewer and water quality. Some roads that need immediate attention are Carrs Landing Road, OK centre East Road, OK centre West Road and Beaver Lake Road. I would also like to see the District bring our water quality up to Interior Health Standards so that we won’t have to continue getting boil water notices. I have no idea how they will do all this as the District of Lake Country is behind $160 million dollars in infrastructure and is $10 million dollars in debt.
I will also make sure Duane Thompson and his Rail for Trail group live up to their claims that they can raise up to $10 million in grants and donations to upgrade the railway in to a walking/biking trail. I also think now is the time this same group should tell us who are the two people that are donating $350,000 and do they have that money in the bank now.
I was very inexperienced going into this debate however I did learn that the Media can twist and turn things around that people say and can have a very big influence on the outcome of things like OUR referendum. The Kelowna Media was against the NO side right from the very start which made it very difficult to get our message out to the people. However I will say The Lake Country Calendar was very help full.