Squatters On The River

Last year we had visitors living on the river and it caused quite a lot of indignation with many locals. The idea of unknown amounts of human waste going who knows where, was a particular point of contention. Being right on the river there was nobody who could legally deal with the issue, so nothing was done. One thing is certain, residents do not want to encourage vehicles or public camping on the river, and certainly not a long time residency as we saw last year.

A good solution was never found – that is, until two weeks ago. The mystery of where the apparent “road blocks” (see earlier story) were coming from is now solved. As it turns out, several residents hit on the idea of blocking road access of camper vehicles to the river, but had different ideas about how to do it.

One person wanted to dig a trench. However that would have made it impossible for even legitimate visitors to get to that part of the river with a vehicle. The other had a better idea – get Argo Road Maintenance to dump a load of fill so as to restrict access to shorter vehicles. The concept might need a bit of fine tuning, but now a motor home or large camper cannot get through, whereas smaller vehicles can.

So, at least one of our Coalmont Mysteries™ is no longer a puzzle. Let’s hope this also solves the problem of “extended occupancy” by campers on the river. It looks like it might. §

3 thoughts on “Squatters On The River”

  1. It would have been nice if the entire town could have been consulted on this. The gravel barricade makes it difficult to walk over.

  2. I completely disagree with the roads being blocked in the manner they have been. There was no consultation with residents. While there is no question that long term camping in the area such as took place last year is unacceptable, this it NOT the answer. How a “resident” can have Argo dump loads of gravel to block public roads used by others is completely beyond me. We contacted RDOS Rep. Brad Hope about this and he knows nothing about it. We have police, why can’t they simply do their job and kick out anyone camping down there for more than a few days? It will only be a short time, now that access has been denied to vehicles, before the roads are completely overgrown and you won’t even be able to walk through the area.

    Bob Sterne

  3. I travel over the two dirt piles that have been placed on the trails and have no difficulty walking over them (or if need be you can walk around them, too). I think the common misconception is that this area is public road and land, when in fact it is private property. Residents of a community do not need to be consulted about what dirt is spread on another person’s property. I personally am pleased that access to oversized vehicles has been deterred while allowing smaller vehicles easy passage. And there will still be enough traffic to keep down the weeds. That is as long as the owners don’t get ticked off with the public and totally block their property off. For now, I think it is a win win solution and not a big enough issue to warrant public consultation.

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