LETTERS: No cure

The Penticton and the RDOS governing bodies in the surrounding areas each have a knack for pitting neighbour against neighbour.

The Penticton and  the RDOS governing bodies in the surrounding areas each have a knack for pitting neighbour against neighbour.

I just read  Dale Boyd’s article (Penticton Western News, Aug. 28, ‘Nightmare‘ for rural property owner) about property owned by Terry Shull who resides in Osoyoos. I was surprised upon reading that  Area A Osoyoos has no unsightly or untidy premises bylaw. Why even forgotten Olalla has such a thing, but just try getting our unsightly premises bylaw enforced is far worse than pulling hen’s teeth.

The RDOS approved having one horse only on a said property but two to three  roam there at times with no enforcement in sight. The RDOS has approved raising pigs. chickens and turkeys with two new adjacent homeowner’s unaware that this new barnyard fiasco was blowing hard in the smelly hot air.

Let’s not forget the busy rooster and his early morning vocals that continue through out the day.

I contacted the RDOS, fire department, highways department, MLA Linda Larson and finally the transportation ministry who told me, the problem of a potential fire hazard in a back lane was too bad, so sad  —nothing will be done as per usual.

Don’t feel left out, Terry Shull, as I assure you, the RDOS bylaw enforcement along with ministry for the environment etc, are a joke and the proof lies here in Olalla, the forgotten beautiful valley that is a last frontier. One resident was told to clean up his backyard disaster or his home insurance would be denied. It worked. The yard looks nice.

The elected who could help, care less  if the problem is not in their backyard, then forget it. The disease in politics be they big or small has no cure.

Tom Isherwood




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