North Thompson Star/Journal
On Sept. 8, residents, community officials and emergency services met at the monthly Community Consulting Group. There were 11 people in attendance including Barriere RCMP Corporal Steve Mancini, Fire Chief Al Kirkwood, Mayor Virginia Smith, concerned citizens and representatives from community groups.
The group heard from officials about their previous complaints concerning community properties that frequently have unnecessary and loud noises at all hours, burning when fire use is restricted, property bylaw infractions and possible criminal activities.
The district has followed up with bylaw enforcement and is observing weekly progress on the unsightly properties, BC Hydro has been contacted in regards to street lighting and The RCMP and the Fire Department are monitoring the complaints.
Corporal Mancini spoke out and encourages the community to report their concerns and possible illegal activities whenever problems arise. Reporting should be made to the appropriate authorities, not simply posting problems on social media sites.
If problems or concerns happen within regular RCMP hours, the office can be contacted at 250-672-9918 (911 for emergencies). If incidences happen after hours, or if a member unavailable during regular hours, call 911. Mancini reminds the community that they are there to help and everyone deserved to feel safe.
The group meets the second Thursday every month at 4 p.m. at the Ridge. The next will be on Oct. 13 and everyone in the community is welcome to attend. As one of the attendees voiced, “It is a pleasure to speak with community officials on such a casual basis”. Be sure to watch for any possible date changes in the community calendar published in the Star/Journal should there be conflicting event.