Politicians plan to be persuasive

Intersection camera, intersection camera, intersection camera.

Intersection camera, intersection camera, intersection camera.

While the provincial government might consider it nagging, Salmon Arm council is going to keep voicing its request for a red light camera.

City council members are attending the annual Union of BC Municipalities convention in Victoria next week, where they will meet with other B.C. politicians and government leaders.

For several years, the request has been made for a camera at the intersection of the Trans-Canada Highway and Alexander Street.

“We’ll be talking to the Minister of Transportation and Alan (Harrison) will make his pitch for the camera. He’s so passionate about it,” said Mayor Nancy Cooper.

Another topic for the transportation minister will be improvements to the Salmon River bridge.

But the issue that will be at the top of council’s priority list, says Cooper, is the downtown college campus proposed for school district land at the site of the former JL Jackson school.

She said council will be meeting with the Minister of Advanced Education, John Yap.

“Hopefully we’re going to hear from the school district that we (the downtown college campus committee) will be able to purchase some of the land at the Jackson site.

They’re looking to get some help from the Ministry of Advanced Education. We’ll just keep making our pitch for this. It’s such an important project for the city, the community – and even neighbouring communities as well.”

The convention wraps up on Friday, Sept. 28.

Salmon Arm Observer

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