Cache Creek mayor John Ranta.

Cache Creek still faces flood issues, says mayor

John Ranta also talks about the landfill, changes at the village office, and a new strategic plan.

“Every year is a good year in the Village of Cache Creek,” says mayor John Ranta cheerfully, when asked by The Journal if 2016 was a good year. However, his voice turns serious when he notes that part of 2016 was spent in continued efforts to recover from the disastrous flood of May 2015.

“Most projects that were funded by the province have been completed,” he says. “One project we are looking to complete is ditching above Valleyview Drive. The previous ditch there was constructed prior to the establishment of the village [in 1967], so there is no easement, no records, and the province’s Disaster Financial Assistance program will not cover it, as it’s allegedly not covered by the program.”

Ranta estimates that the necessary work will cost the village around $80,000. There is no current timeline for the project.

However, he notes that a provincially-funded engineering study regarding Stage Road should be complete, although he has not yet seen the results. The study was commissioned to see what could be done to stabilize Stage Road in future, in light of the damage it suffered during the 2015 flood.

He adds that the provincial government also supported restoration of Cache Creek park, which sustained extensive damage during the flood, but says work there is ongoing. “There are still some damp spots when it rains.”

The passing of councillor Herb Hofer in April was “shocking,” says Ranta. “He appeared to be very healthy. Everyone was saddened and shocked by the speed of his decline.”

He adds, however, that new councillor Wendy Coomber is settling in very well. “Having attended almost all Cache Creek council meetings, she was aware of the issues, and was an immediately contributing member of council. It would have been much more challenging for others than for Wendy, coming in in the middle of a term.”

Talk turns to the Cache Creek landfill, which Ranta says is “a very big thing”. [At the time of the interview, an operational certificate for the landfill extension had not been issued; it was subsequently issued on December 15, 2016.] He notes that an appeal of the closure period plan of the existing landfill was lodged by the Greater Vancouver and Sewerage District, a local board of Metro Vancouver, the landfill’s chief user until summer 2016.

Higher than expected levels of chloride in leachate from the site—the result of unsuccessful treatment of fly ash—means that groundwater mitigation, including wells, will have to be done, to ensure that contaminated water does not get into water sources.

It is estimated that this groundwater mitigation of the site will cost some $6.75 million, which is the responsibility of Metro Vancouver due to the nature of its contract with Wastech.

“I suspect the motive for the appeal of the CPP is to avoid putting groundwater wells and treatment of the leachate,” said Ranta. “I hope the appeal is not successful. We have taken Metro Vancouver waste since 1989, and thought we had a good relationship with them. The appeal puts that relationship in question.”

He notes that 2017 will mark the 150th anniversary of Canada—“A county we’re all proud to be citizens of”—as well as the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village of Cache Creek, and the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, of which Ranta was recently re-elected chair. “Cache Creek will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. We’ll be putting together celebrations.”

He notes that the last 18 months have seen a turnover in senior village staff. “On May 23, 2015 the flood happened, and on May 29, 2015 chief administrative officer (CAO) Dan Plamondon left. Melany de Weerdt [who took over as CAO] was the right person at the right time. She did an excellent job dealing with the province of B.C., and made sure everyone did their job. Staff were really stretched with all that had to be done.”

Keir Gervais replaced de Weerdt as CAO in fall 2016, while chief financial officer Sheila McCutcheon is in her second year with the village, and Shane Billy recently took over from Steve Peacock as village foreman.

“It’s been a transitional year in the Village of Cache Creek,” says Ranta, “but I’m optimistic that the senior staff we have now will create stability.”

Looking ahead to 2017, Ranta notes that council provided direction to staff for a strategic plan with a work plan attached to it, to achieve the goals of the strategic plan.

“It’s a worthwhile exercise, to take the time to make the strategic plan current, and make sure that the issues addressed in it are in the community’s interest. And the strategic plan has to result in the implementation of that plan.”


Just Posted

B.C. Interior free from measles

Vancouver measles outbreak hasn’t spread to the B.C. Interior

Input sought from Cache Creek businesses on Downtown Vision plan

Attracting and retaining employees and businesses are priorities

Community Futures gets more funding to continue business support program

Programs such as Business Ambassadors help small businesses, not-for-profits, and First Nations

Make Children First’s CareFairs are going out with a bang

Folllowing changes to funding, upcoming CareFairs in the region will be the last ones ever held

Support available for those looking after loved ones with dementia

Despite the growing number of people with dementia, a stigma still surrounds it

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

Most Read