Coalmont Town Meeting 7 p.m. April 21, Coalmont Hotel.

Citizens have organized a town meeting at the historic Coalmont Hotel with officials from the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, the Regional Health Authority, the District planning and engineering staff, the local elected representative, and a representative from the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors and Sewerage System Regulation Improvement Coalition.

Everyone with an interest in BC’s septic regulations and a concern for Coalmont’s future is invited. This is also an opportunity for press to learn more about this regulatory failure which is sure to be an election issue.

Coalmont has a 100 year history of sustainability. We get clean healthy water from our own wells and we don’t want to lower our drinking water standards to accommodate faulty legislation or greedy developers. The new regulations threaten our environment. We have the same population we had before the mine closed in 1940 and have had no health problems regarding our water. Our history proves that we don’t need new regulations.

In 1911 the town was laid out in 25 foot lots and those are still legal. With the Health Department out of the way, developers can circumvent the Official Community Plan and build dense housing that threatens the sustainability, lifestyle, and drinking water of our community. We are already seeing the beginning of this and the Regional Government is unable to stop it. This is a destructive side effect of the new law.

The following people have confirmed that they will be attending:

Dr. Paul Hasselback, Interior Health Authority Medical Health Officer
Rupert Benzon, Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, Land Use Manager.
Gundy Volk, Interior Health Authority
Andrew Reeder, Engineer, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Chris Garrish, Chief Planner, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Brad Hope, RDOS Area H Representative
Tim Roark, Representative, Canadian Institute of Public Health
Inspectors (BC Branch) also representing the Sewerage
System Regulation Improvement Coalition