Loon Lake roads deserve better year-round maintenance

Author Miranda Smith wonders what it takes to get the local roads maintained.

Dear Editor

Over the past 18 years of living in Loon Lake, I have seen our roads either barely staying together or slowly falling apart. These roads have thousands of pot holes that can’t wait to take out any tire that runs over them. Even after the construction people finally do patch the roads, the pavement is still so horrible that you can kick it apart with your foot.

Loon Lake may have only 200 people, but it is still a high tourist destination in the summer time. Over 1,000 tourists visit Loon Lake every year, and they need proper roads to ensure transportation to and from their destination safely. Children attend elementary and high school in Cache Creek and Ashcroft year round. The people who take care of our roads don’t even plow the snow left on the roads in the winter time. How can we depend on these roads to transport our children safely? They are our future!

The residences of Loon Lake who own lake-front property pay more taxes than Ashcroft and Cache Creek put together. Back when my family used to own Marigold Resort, we had to pay seven grand per year for four lake-front lots. Across the lake there are cabins that have no road access, and they even have to pay $1,800 a year. Even farmlands ranging from 10 to 20 acres or more have to pay up to $1,600 per year.

Loon Lake may not have many people but they pay more money in taxes than most towns. Children are present all year round, and it is a high tourist area. They deserve to be provided with proper roads all year round and not forgotten about.

Miranda Smith

Loon Lake

 

Just Posted

Ashcroft RCMP looking for witnesses after four-year-old assaulted

Boy was injured in altercation during weekend soccer tournament

Grants will help Chinook and coho get past the damaged Bonaparte fishway

Salmon will be captured and transported around fishway to get to spawning grounds

Graffiti Days 2019 a huge success

Hundreds of cars and spectators — including a History channel TV personality — turned out for the event

Bus company fears for future if another licence issued for Interior routes

Adventure Charters waiting to see if Ebus BC is approved for Prince George-Kamloops run

Sea Cadets wind up another year with Ceremonial Review

Corps is fundraising for a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2020

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Vancouver Aquarium drops cetacean ban lawsuit in new lease agreement

Ocean Wise CEO Lasse Gustavsson called the updated lease an exciting new chapter for the aquarium

Thieves steal two $40K chairs featuring gold serpents from B.C. furniture store

Chairs believed to be the only two of its kind in Canada, police said

Rising gas prices force B.C. residents to rethink summer road trips: poll

63 per cent of respondents reported gas prices are impacting their day-to-day finances

Most Read