Peachland News asked the candidates for Peachland council questions about themselves and important issues. Below is a question asked and the unedited answers received.
A. Do you support the Hwy. 97 Task Force’s initiative to get the Ministry of Transportation to conduct a business case for both four-laning in place and a bypass?
B. What is the best option for Peachland? A bypass or four-laning in place?
|Peter SchierbeckA. I am the one who brought this to Council so I obviously support this decision. This is just part of the planning and study to ensure what is best for Peachland and Peachlanders. This information will be invaluable to Peachland as well as Department of Highways.
B. I am a strong believer in a bypass. There has to be a reason why many communities, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Penticton just to name a few have put in bypasses. I do NOT like to go to Kelowna primarily because of the traffic. They should have looked at a bypass concept. Through traffic does not want to make all the stops required for lights and a bypass will also cut down on our green house gas emissions. I do believe however that there should be good arterial roads to and from the community to the highway.
|Ernie HurdA. Yes
B. In my humble opinion I think improvements to the Hwy through Peachland is the best option.
|Eldon KerbesA. & B. I support the bypass as I wish to avoid the congestion we see in Kelowna and West Kelowna. I therefore support the task force imitative to have MOTI do a comparative study of the two options.|
|Eric HallA. We need to know if the bypass is affordable as soon as possible. This impacts so many decisions on development near the existing highway.
B. I am 100% for the bypass and appreciate the volunteer effort that the task force has put into the project.
|Keith FieldingA. Yes – whole heartedly
B. I do not support 4-laning of Highway 97 through Peachland
|Ken WhiteleggA. This is a very complicate matter and for them to look for such a direct and accurate answered you will wait a long time. Remember M.O.T. does not operate on logic therefore to get a straight answer is difficult. I believe if you look around you can already see the direction they are going. Allowing the pump station to be built on hwy property [small building just south of Ponderosa]. New power poles placed on hwy right of way? Allowing traffic signals on hwy 97 very close together that’s not conducive to 4 laning. I support the Hell out of the HWY.97 Task Force but make sure M.O.T.is not serving you heifer dust.B. I believe a bypass is the right answered to our future traffic problems. Again I preach, like for all our planning look into the future. HWY 97 is a major interest to the U.S.A. an Washington State It is in their major plan to divert trafic for 405 on the coast of Oregon and Washington. This traffic is mainly truck travel to Alaska .
During my last time on Council along with Barb Dionne we attended many meeting with the Washington State Group which included their State Senators. At these meetings were the 1st Nations Group US. a representative of the Regional District of Westbank Erin Dinnwoody.
|Lee SawchukA. Yes, I believe that a business case for both should be undertaken. I believe there should be a thorough study of the perceived effects a bypass would have on our Peachland businesses .
B. I believe a truck route bypass is a good option for Peachland. This would take large trucks out of our residential areas and increase the safety of your existing Hwy 97.
|Terry CondonA. Yes I do……I am a member of the Hwy 97 CtteeB. The study will help decide the economic business case. My personal preference is a by pass|
|Grant EisworthA. Any initiative to get more information about such an important issue is a Big Plus. Especially if it is conducted by such a large ministry. Bye the Bye, is this initiative going to cost the taxpayers of Peachland anything?
B. Great question for sure. Let’s get all the facts in and see what the voters want. And I mean all the facts, unbiased facts, true facts. Then decisions are easy. At present, I don’t have all the facts to make an educated decision.
|Lindsay BellAnswers not received.|
|Charlette BroadowayA. Yes.
B. Answer not received.
|Cindy FortinA. Absolutely. I am not a big fan of costly study after study, at the expense of taxpayers before any decision can be made. But in this case, this is a huge concern for a great number of people in the community and I would definitely work to encourage the MOTI to conduct a business case study on the two options –bypass or four-laning – so that this doesn’t drag on for another 20 or more years with no solution. Let’s get this solved.
B. I would like to see a bypass to help reduce the number of transport trucks and other vehicles that plough through our community along Highway 97 from Drought Hill to Antlers Beach. And, also, it could soon become a bottleneck in that area when the two intersection lights go in. But a bypass is expensive, and the MOTI could drag their heels on that for a long time. We also have no guarantee that vehicles would choose to use the bypass. For these reason, I am anxious for the MOTI to conduct a study on the two options.
|Vern MobergA. Yes is needed serve on committe
B. Hwy’s will decide cost’s a big factor
Answers submitted by candidates after publication will be added to this post.