Oliver Mayor Will Address Prison Issues at UBCM
The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) is meeting in Victoria on Monday for their annual meeting.
Mayors from all over the Okanagan will be attending the conference including Oliver mayor Ron Hovanes.
Hovanes says his community is concerned about the prison that will be built in the area.
"One of the meetings I'm having with the attorney general is about policing because we know with the announcement of the corrections facility that we will be going over 5000. There are some questions in regard to our police detachments, our police station, whether it's going to be sufficient or can we work with it."
Hovanes says he won't be discussing compensation for destroyed cherry crops this year.
"We haven't been asked. If I am asked of course, I grew up on a rural farm just north of Oliver and I've done my share of picking cherries. I truly know how hard it is for a farmer to make a living from a desert floor"
Hovanes says if he's asked by the area director Allan Patton to discuss the issue he's more than willing to schedule talks.
The UBCM will run from September 24th until the 28th with mayors from around the province in attendance.
Anita Sthankiya -Penticton