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Pemberton council ponders topics for UBCM

Village of Pemberton mayor and council will seek a meeting with the province's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure at the UBCM convention in September
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Village of Pemberton Mayor and Council will seek a meeting with the province's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure at the UBCM minister meetings in September.

With the 2022 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Convention set for Sept. 12 to 16 at the Westin hotel in Whistler, Village of Pemberton staff is seeking input from council on topics, concerns and requests to be presented to the province’s premier and ministers.

Because meetings with ministries will be held to just 30 minutes, it is recommended that any requests or issues be restricted to a short summary paragraph and a specific ask.

Councillor Ted Craddock raised a pair of potential topics: funding for the Pemberton RCMP once the town’s population reaches 5,000 people, and funding for the Pemberton Valley Diking District (PVDD) for flood mitigation and earthquake requirements.

Along the same lines, drawing from a conversation with the PVDD operations manager Kevin Clark, Mayor Mike Richman suggested setting up a meeting with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to speak about ditch and culvert maintenance, which has been part of the flooding problem in certain areas of the valley in the past.

With a few more days before the June 24 deadline, mayor and council decided to bookmark the topics and speak with other local agencies about their most pressing concerns before submitting their meeting request.