Longtime resident is adamant new fire hall shouldn’t be built on prime agricultural land

By on July 30, 2014
This conceptual drawing presented to councillors in their agenda package shows what the completed new fire hall could look like. Council has backed away from a referendum.

This conceptual drawing presented to councillors in their agenda package shows what the completed new fire hall could look like. Council has backed away from a referendum.

Dear Editor:

This letter is written in support of Derek Noske’s letter dated July 16 in the Osoyoos Times asking for a referendum on the new fire hall for the Town of Osoyoos.

I totally agree, and I would also request of this council to include the location, of which I do not agree with.

Since the decision was made by the town to claim this arable land where a perfectly happy peach orchard once grew, has disgusted me.

This land is quite compatible with all its adjoining agricultural land. Ever since the town’s sign announcing claim to the agricultural land for a new fire hall, I have been impressed with the growth of a wonderful ground crop.

I envision a new fire hall with tons of pavement and concrete versus a vision of locally-grown crops and fresh food and ask myself, “What’s wrong with this picture?”

I suggest town council move to a referendum and ask the opinion of a few more residents of this town before you make that final decision for us.

I would hate to see another fiasco like the one surrounding the White Sands condo development, where 85 per cent of local residents turned down the lake front property being towered over by the close proximity of a huge condominium.

Even the people who live there don’t like to use the beach.

I lived in Kelowna in the 1970’s and 80’s and watched that city’s lack of judgment in releasing agricultural land to concrete, pavement and greed.

I watched the destruction of agricultural lands in Glenmore to developers.

Kelowna is a vibrant city, but has no ambiance and no resemblance of the city that attracted people there in the first place.

Kelowna is hard pressed to produce any locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

It hurts this old heart to see the lack of respect for the precious small portion of agricultural land that Osoyoos still has.

Please go build our new fire hall on a rock, then I can appreciate and possibly support the $6.6 million investment being discussed.

I may be wrong thinking this way, but I’ll bet I am not alone.

I actually think the money would be better spent developing a world class Olympic-size swimming pool, in a recreational centre, surrounded by 10-storey condominium/townhouses in the already developed part of this town.

That’s my opinion after living here for 24 years and in the Okanagan Valley for the past 44 years.

Thank you for allowing me to write about this important issue.

Kris Cline

Osoyoos, B.C.

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