One of the existing historic plaques. Another 12 have been ordered by the Village of Ashcroft

One of the existing historic plaques. Another 12 have been ordered by the Village of Ashcroft

Changes at Cache Creek landfill addressed at Ashcroft community forum

Also under discussion were whether or not the public wants a new cemetery in Ashcroft, the new fire truck, and historic plaques.

Christopher Roden

A community forum in Ashcroft on November 3 attracted 47 people, who came out to hear, and ask questions about, a variety of topics.

Ashcroft mayor Jack Jeyes made introductory comments before handing the meeting over to Jamie Vieira, manager of environmental services for The Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD). He addressed the forthcoming closure of the Cache Creek landfill, and advised that the TNRD would be taking over operation of the residential drop-off (RDO) at the site as of January 1, at which time disposal fees will be introduced in accordance with TNRD bylaws.

Disposal fees cover approximately 20 per cent of the TNRD’s solid waste operating costs, and the Ashcroft/Cache Creek system will be administered by a prepaid punch-card system (or charge cards for frequent users). It will not be possible to make payments of any kind at the RDO.

From a practical point of view, Vieira estimated that typical costs would be $1 for a bag of garbage, $2 for a larger bag, and $5 per truckload. Yard waste (grass, leaves, branches), scrap metal, tires off rim, and recyclables will be accepted with no charge, and he emphasized that there will be no impact on the weekly municipal collection of household waste.

The matter of illegal dumping was raised, and Vieira confirmed that the introduction of fees might possibly bring about an increase in this activity. Anyone with concerns about illegal dumping should contact the Conservation Officer Services’ Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line, toll-free, at 1-877-952-7277.

Updating the community on the new fire truck purchase, Jeyes advised that delivery is now expected to take place in early 2017. Ashcroft fire chief Josh White has visited HUB in Abbottsford and is pleased with the progress that is being made. The project is set to come in under budget thanks to an advantageous finance rate of 1.38 per cent and flexible borrowing terms.

The meeting moved on to the village’s plans for a new cemetery.

The current cemetery has no full-size burial plots available, nor have there been any available for some years, and there is no room to develop more full-size graves in the current cemetery. There are issues with the proposed Mesa Vista cemetery site: a cemetery on that site would have to be developed in tiers to accommodate burials and maintenance; the sloping terrain causes access issues for seniors and the mobility impaired; and there are parking concerns.

The village has limited land available for development, and any new site must be approved by a director of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act. It is estimated that the cost of developing a new cemetery could be $150,000 to $200,000, which would have to be paid for up-front by taxpayers. The cost to purchase a full-size burial plot is estimated to be in the region of $3,500. The question asked was, are residents willing to pay for the costs associated with establishing a new cemetery.

Another topic that was addressed was historic plaques. In 1996 the revitalization committee commissioned 12 brass plaques, which were placed on sites of historical or architectural significance around the community, and the time has come to commission a further batch of 12 (bronze) plaques to meet current demand.

The new plaques will be available in the spring of 2017. It should be noted that the plaques do not designate the property concerned as a heritage property, and remain property of the Village of Ashcroft. Interested parties will be able to apply to the village for a plaque.

The recent survey of residents brought in 178 responses (more than 10 per cent of the population). Some 48 per cent of the responses were from people who have lived in Ashcroft for 16 or more years, and 58 per cent of the responses were from retired people. The local services considered most important were water infrastructure, sewer infrastructure, garbage collection, fire protection, and business retention.

Of the responses received, 52 per cent rated the quality of life in Ashcroft as good, while 34 per cent rated it very good. Some 42 per cent felt that Ashcroft is a good place to raise a family, and 27 per cent felt it a very good place to raise a family. When asked to rate Ashcroft as a place to retire, 35 per cent rated it as good, and 32 per cent rated it very good. The initial results of the survey seem to indicate that, in general, people like Ashcroft as a place to live. A more detailed analysis of the survey is expected in early 2017.

 

Just Posted

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Over 5K jabbed at Interior Health mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics

The clinics have made stops in more than 40 communities since launching last week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interior Health COVID-19 cases falling slower than the rest of B.C.

More than a third of provincial cases announced Thursday came from the Interior

A tent housing a mobile vaccination clinic. (Interior Health/Contributed)
Second dose vaccinations accelerating throughout region: Interior Health

To date, more than 675,000 doses have been administered throughout the region

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Aerial view of a wildfire at 16 Mile, 11 kilometres northwest of Cache Creek, that started on the afternoon of June 15. (Photo credit: BC Wildfire Service)
Wildfire at 16 Mile now being held

Wildfire started on the afternoon of June 15 at 16 Mile, east of Highway 97

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Most Read