Tulameen, Coalmont, and Otter Valley need a comprehensive plan to deal with the increase in off road vehicle traffic in and around our area.
The RCMP is tasked to uphold the law and to that end are starting ATV patrols out of the detachment in Princeton. Fines and confiscations of equipment are planned.
The TRA has identified a number of ways to mitigate the impact that the RCMP may have on our communities and this meeting will open the floor to discussing these and other ideas from the floor.
Education is seen as the first step to enhancing the quality of life and safety for all.
Stepped up policing and a legacy of injury and death are pushing the RCMP to crack down on illegal activities and the people of Tulameen and Coalmont are set to loose the most because of a few bad eggs.
Please we need your input and all ideas will be considered Bring your thinking caps and constructive comments.
The Meeting was held on June 2nd at 11:00 AM in the Tulameen Community Hall it was well attended with 50+ people attending.
Community Plan Draft
We are looking for submissions for ideas about what is needed in our official plan.
SWPI to Transition to CRIP June 13, 2018 The Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative (SWPI) will transition to a new Community Resiliency Investment Program (CRIP), which will be informed by the recommendations of the recent BC Flood and Wildfire Review and other after-action reviews. The Province committed $50M over three years for the new program in Budget 2018.
Wildfires in BC are increasing in magnitude and frequency, resulting in threats to life, property, and quality of life. The 2017 fire season demonstrated that current approaches to wildfire risk reduction and prevention are not broad enough to substantively reduce the risk or increase the ability to withstand and recover quickly from the effects of wildfire.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and its key partners, the Union of BC Municipalities, First Nations Emergency Services Society of BC, and the Forest Enhancement Society of BC, are now working to transition from SWPI to CRIP. The transition is intended to fund a broader suite of eligible activities that align with the FireSmart disciplines. The seven FireSmart disciplines are: education, fuels management, legislation and planning, development considerations, interagency cooperation, emergency planning, and cross-training. Fundamentally, FireSmart and wildfire prevention is a shared responsibility. CRIP is currently under development and will contain two funding categories: Community Funding and Supports; and Landscape Level Priorities. Community Funding and Supports is dedicated funding for First Nations and local governments to participate in prevention activities, including on public and private land. Landscape Level Priorities is targeted towards funding fuel treatments on Crown land and is focused on high value assets. Further information about CRIP, including application information, will be forthcoming
Reducing posted speed limits is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of reducing travel speeds. Speed limits of 50 km/h on most residential streets where there are pedestrians or cyclists are not consistent with research findings on safe speeds, or with best practices for speed management.
In many cities around the world, communities and road safety authorities have acknowledged that 50 km/h speed limits in these situations are unsafe. For example, “20’s Plenty for Us” is a nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom that has successfully campaigned for 20 mph (32 km/h) default speed limits on residential and urban streets. Canadian cities such as Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto have recently made systematic efforts to implement 30 km/h speed limits across wide zones.
The origin of the B.C. Community Road Safety Toolkit was a 2015 survey of British Columbia municipalities by the Safe Roads and Communities Working Committee, one of the five working committees of the B.C. Road Safety Strategy. The survey gathered information about road safety from British Columbia’s communities. It found that many municipalities wanted more knowledge on road safety planning, safety designs, and strategies The B.C. Community Road Safety Toolkit is an easily-accessible and electronically-searchable knowledge source about road safety designs and strategies that local governments can implement to improve road safety outcomes. At the same time, the knowledge in the toolkit is intended for all agencies with a mandate related to road safety. B.C. Community Road Safety Toolkit Introduction to the BC Community Road Safety Toolkit Module 1 – Protecting People Walking and Cycling Module 2 – Safe Roadway Designs to Protect All Road Users Module 3 – Implementation Tools and Strategies Further modules to be added as they become available. Vision Zero The Vision Zero approach is intended to bring together all of B.C.’s road safety partners towards the ultimate goal of zero traffic fatalities and zero serious injuries. Please see the Vision Zero logo versions. If your organization is interested in using the B.C. Vision Zero logo, please complete the Application for Third Party use of Vision Zero logo and submit it for approval for use.
I would like to thank those that attended the ORV Strategies meeting, I believe it was productive, and identified issues close to the hearts of our community.
Many voices equal new strategies and ideas and I believe it is central to a strong and vibrant community.
Our meeting was and is an experiment in local democracy and I personally would like to continue the conversation. Other issues have been identified that need further discussion, so please let’s hear yours.
Strategies going forward will ultimately be determined by the powers that be, and their reaction to our input.
We are small communities with no voice save our established groups, so I hope we can come together with a united voice to accomplish the best course of action.
I invite our local groups to please come together for the sake of our communities, I propose a summit meeting to find ways for us to unite for the common good.
From the point of view of the Ratepayers we would like to find ways for Tulameen and indeed the whole of the Otter Valley to be the first legal ORV friendly unincorporated communities in BC.
The potential for tourism would be great and if done with respect and within the law would be a positive conclusion to our dilemma.
Coalmont, Tulameen and the Otter Valley would benefit greatly and tourism dollars would flow into our area beyond what flows now. We have a large supply of sunshine, rivers and Lakes. We have a natural resource here and it is our out-door environment, clean air, clean water, great fishing and hunting, history, ORV trails, the KVR, biking, hiking, walking, riding, driving, parks, rec sites, boating, camping, orienteering, exploring, gold panning, rock hounding, birding, and the list goes on.
So please let’s all work together for a better future going forward.
For an in depth summery of the meeting and to comment please click on this link Report Document
We would like to thank all those who attended the meeting, and it seems you are to be congratulated for your courage as there was pressure to not attend.
We intentionally set the meeting on the weekend believing it would offer the best access to all. If anyone would like to offer input about timing, please do.
The attendance was reasonable having 28 that signed in and a head count from 43 – 52 depending on who was counting. We did a few things wrong and will adjust next time. But overall it went smoothly, and I do believe a baseline was determined as to what the next steps are.
Most wanted control over the few that caused the reaction of our citizens “the so-called Weekend Warriors”. And some strategies where identified. We will be working towards completing those strategies as we move forward.
There was a misconception that the meeting was being held to outright ban ORV’s in Tulameen. Which I believe was precipitated by those who believe, by mentioning the problem it would cause just that, an outright ban.
The attendees offered measured and thoughtful suggestions and we believe most truly want to see safer streets in Tulameen. Education is seen as important, but strategies are needed to educate those that are the problem.
The free permits from the RCMP was determined to be the first step for those that want to be legal while riding and we believe everyone that does not have one should get one.
Going forward we will meet with the RCMP, the RDOS, and the Province, and others to establish a plan for Tulameen, Coalmont, and the Otter Valley that takes into consideration our unique circumstances.
RCMP’s presence in the community was questioned as both a good thing and as ineffective, due to the timing of the patrols, we will discuss this point with them when we next meet.
The attendees spoke of the way it has been in Tulameen for a very long time and enjoy being able to travel from there homes or cabins to the Forestry roads and trails, but all are concerned about the safety issues created by the few that show no respect.
The speed limit in Tulameen was mentioned and many would like to see it reduced to 30 kmh from 50 kmh.
There was an overall belief that the RDOS and the Province are not doing enough and should have attended this meeting to hear what we had to say.
Comments sighting our significant Tax base in Tulameen and the lack of services available to us, many believe more money could be spent to serve the town better.
We are determined to represent you to make our voices heard, and truly hope and believe our other community organizations will join us in this quest.
The Tulameen Ratepayers Association was formed to address a vacuum in representation to government. Tulameen Tax payers have a strong group that could go to government to address issues that affect each and every one of us. Things as simple as potholes in the roads or more elaborate issues that need someone to follow up on.
The TRA is here to support you so become a member today, nothing will be asked of you unless you freely offer to help.
We are a group of dedicated Volunteers and we are always looking for more to join us.
Join us today at The Members Page and become a part of a friendly team dedicated to Tulameen.
Tulameen Ratepayers Association in dedicated to a fully democratic organization that is transparent and inclusive in every way.
You may want to be very active or not active at all, but rest assured you will always be included and informed. Weather you join or not please contact us if you have any ideas or need help with anything in Tulameen.
You know the old saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Well we are that squeaky wheel.
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Tulameen Ratepayers Association (TRA) represent land owners and residents to government at the Local, Provincial, and Federal levels, we also work with all stakeholders, NGO’s and Business. The Association is dedicated to Representing, Supporting and Protecting Tulameen and the interests of it’s people.
A dedicated group of ratepayers formed the TRA to address issues that affect the town and the lives of those that pay taxes here. Open Letter
Meetings are once a month and are held at (______________) and generally last about one hour. Please let all your Tulameen neighbors know. If you are reading this and have not received a notifications please click here TRA to sign up.
The TRA endeavors to offer a balanced approach to representing Tulameen, issues from infrastructure to Tourism . The TRA has been involved in projects that enhance the lives of our community and are always looking for projects that require leadership and dedication.
Our goal is to maintain connections with all levels of government and work to solve the issues that are most pressing to you. Your input is essential to the success of the TRA so please do not hesitate to contact us with any ideas and concerns. As many of our ratepayers are not in town regularly and can’t always attend meetings a top priority is designing an interactive communication system. This page along with social media sites Facebook page, Twitter page, etc.. have been opened.
The directors and executive of The Tulameen Ratepayers Association invite you to join our group. We are always looking for those that want to become active or just looking for a place to air your issues and concerns. We look forward to adding you to our democratic association dedicated to all Tulameen ratepayers.
Tulameen Has excellent recreational clubs in Tulameen , The Otter Valley Fish and Game Club, has an excellent gun range and is responsible for building and maintaining several fishing docks on local lakes as well as providing volunteers for local activities and offering several family related activities throughout the year. The Tulameen Community Club offers a well known celebration every August TULAMEEN DAYS a weekend of celebrating summer in Tulameen.
It is imperative that residents of Tulameen have a say in their future. Please join the TRA so you can have a say in THE FUTURE OF TULAMEEN