ON REVELSTOKE: Why the delay in issuing water advisory?

City of Revelstoke did a good job addressing the water problem, but should have been faster issuing advisory

All in all, the City of Revelstoke did a pretty good job of handling last week’s boil water advisory. They got the problem fixed in a few hours and managed to get the advisory lifted by Interior Health by the end of the weekend.

My concern is with the amount of time it took to get the advisory out to the public. According to the city, the water main break that cause the problem happened at around 4 a.m. I didn’t get an e-mail about it until after eight — four hours later. It appears EZ Rock got the news a little earlier, but the first I saw was a post on Facebook in the RevySell group. That led to people linking to an unrelated advisory in place for the Thomas Brook system.

By the time the city did send out a bulletin, I had called Public Works and posted a story. In today’s world, it shouldn’t take that long to get important news out to the public. On top of contacting the media, there’s social media resources the city has.

Fortunately, the water main break wasn’t serious one and the water was never contaminated — it was just untreated and unfiltered, and probably safe to drink. Still, hopefully the city will do a more prompt job getting news out if there is another emergency problem in the future.

Mackenzie Village — right idea, wong place

I like the plan for the proposed Mackenzie Village development in Arrow Heights. Revelstoke needs more high-density, lower-cost, lower-maintenance housing. They’re cheaper to service and the economic spin-offs from the construction are benificial.

At the same, I feel that Arrow Heights is the wrong location for it. I know if I lived there, I wouldn’t want a high density sprouting up in the neighbourhood.

Of bigger concern is that it will potentially add several thousand new residents who will have to drive to downtown most days. We don’t need more cars on the road, let alone the emissions and pollution they cause.

This high-density development should be built close to downtown, where walkability is high. Somewhere like the Mountain View Elementary site or that big lot across from Southside grocery. Sure, those lots aren’t as big, but they are great spots for higher-density developments because they are central. not suburban.


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