The District of 100 Mile Council begins brainstorming ways on bringing traffic into the downtown core. Millar Hill photo.

Council considers resident suggestion on attracting more traffic into downtown core

Secondary suites policy expected soon

A local resident addressed the District of 100 Mile Council in regards to bringing traffic into the downtown core.

Wendy Hamblin had a few suggestions for council at yesterday’s meeting. Hamblin has been a resident for a very long time and says she’s noticed most people don’t realize the town of 100 Mile House has a downtown core. Whether visiting other towns or having a simple conversation – that seems to be a common response people tell her.

“Most people don’t stop, they just drive through,” said Hamblin.

Hamblin suggested council to consider the idea of installing billboards along the highway that depict the downtown area during the summer. She thinks something like a billboard will attract attention to the shopping district. Hamblin said people driving by will see there is more than just restaurants and gas stations.

100 Mile Mayor Mitch Campsall, appreciated the suggestion and said he is taking it into consideration.

“I know council was interested and staff already began looking at ways we might be able to do that,” said Campsall. “We are going to brainstorm what will be the most effective.”

If council decides to move forward with a project like this, it is something that could be expected next year.

Last month, council was considering participating in the Regional Entrepreneur Immigration Pilot Program. There was a mutual agreement amongst council members to move forward and enroll in the pilot program.

“The program is designed so that the community has a say in who gets invited to come and open up a business,” said Joanne Doddridge, director of economic development and planning for the 100 Mile House District. “We can refer certain entrepreneurs who fit the sort of businesses types we are looking to recruit to the community.”

Enrollment in the program is going to take some time, but there will be more information to come.

Council members also discussed ways to address illegal secondary suites or additions on homes. Doddridge said council wants everyone to be aware they are supportive of secondary suites, but they need to be built with proper permits. A policy is not in place yet.

“When we do have the policy, it will be easier to convey how things are going to look moving forward,” said Doddridge.

There were a few suggestions made on how council should address these illegal suites. The first suggestion was taking a hard stance on these illegal suites, but council did not agree on that option. The second was a notice that could be placed on the title of the property – advising future property owners of a concern with an illegal suite. Again, council did not agree on that option.

“Generally speaking, if we become aware of a secondary suite, we will send a letter to the property owner, advising we are aware of the suite in the home,” said Doddridge. “Moving forward, we would start charging appropriate utility charges and notify BC Assessment there is a suite in the home for the property to be reassessed.”

A policy will officially be agreed on at the next council meeting.


newsroom@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

B.C. offers early retirement, training fund for forest workers

Communities eligible for $100,000 for permanent closures

CRIMESTOPPERS: Williams Lake RCMP seek public’s assistance

Williams Lake RCMP released three names of people they are looking for

CRD board on the road travels to Tatla Lake

Broadband, plastics, cycling, grants for assistance and economic development were on the agenda

How closely are you following the federal election?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Treasure in Lone Butte: woman discovers time capsule while metal-detecting

A White Rock woman is eager to complete a South Cariboo treasure hunt from 2002

VIDEO: Drone footage documents work to free salmon at Big Bar landslide

Video shows crews working to remove rocks and wood, and transporting salmon by helicopter

Rick Mercer calls out Conservative candidate in B.C. for fake meme

‘Not true. All fake. Please Stop,’ tweeted Rick Mercer in response

Bear killed in Kimberley after chasing girl, wreaking havoc on town

This particular brown-coloured bear has been the subject of many calls this summer; very food habituated, CO says

Police investigate after intoxicated teens clash with security at B.C. fair

18-year-old woman arrested and RCMP looking at possible assault in Victoria-area fall fair incident

Boy overdosed on illicit anti-anxiety drug found on Kelowna classroom floor, RCMP say

Noah Mills, 8, ingested a pink powdery substance off his Kelowna classroom floor

BC SPCA investigating after three dogs found shot dead in Prince George ditch

The three adult dogs appeared to be well cared for before being found with gunshot wounds, BC SPCA says

Psychiatric assessment ordered for man accused in Salmon Arm church shooting

Lawyer tells court accused was diagnosed with psychosis hours after his arrest

Surrey mom allegedly paid $400,000 for son in U.S. college bribery scam

Xiaoning Sui, 48, was arrested in Spain on Monday night

Winnipeg student, killed in bus crash, remembered as passionate, kind

University of Victoria student Emma Machado, 18, was killed in the bus crash near Bamfield on Friday

Most Read