Walter Popoff: Bio
I am a retired Telus engineering technologist and a life long resident of the Slocan Valley. I am at the end of my three year term as RDCK director for Area H (Slocan Valley). If re-elected I will continue to provide accessible, responsive local governance that reflects community values.
Some of the issues worked on during my term of office include:
• I assisted the South Slocan community in complying with an IHA order to provide treatment to their drinking water. We were able to raise $685,000 in grant money and install a new water tank and treatment plant.
• Provided support and funding to SPCARE Society for the protection of their watershed on Radcliffe Ridge. Also supported the Mt. Sentinel and Perry Ridge Water users in protection of their watersheds.
• Allocated funding to the Denver Siding water system to assist with upgrades towards removing the boil water advisory.
• Providing funding to the Hills Recreation Commission for the completion of their fire/community hall.
• As a result of subdivision requiring parkland dedication we were able to secure additional parkland property to protect sensitive riparian area at the confluence of Slocan and Little Slocan Rivers.
• Negotiated one of the lowest taxation agreements in RDCK for a library service in the southern portion of Area H, and the residents through referendum provide their approval for a library service.
• Working with the villages of Slocan, Silverton, and New Denver towards a co-operative approach on common issues.
• With the generous land donation by owner and transfer of lands proposed in early 2012 we will have secured the Crescent Valley Beach area as an RDCK park.
Top 3 issues
#1. Development of a Slocan Lake management plan. The Slocan Lake Stewardship Society has done most of the science for the lake and now we will be going forward with a study to examine the objectives, issues, scope of work and the methodology for the development of a Slocan Lake management plan. We will compile a list of major stakeholders and their interests/issues/uses within the study area. Along with the major stakeholders we will develop a guide for future development to have minimal impact on fish habitat, animal habitat, water quality and consideration of community and social values
#2. Establishment of a soil removal bylaw to address the issues of gravel pits in our residential neighborhoods. The chief inspector of mines does not have a mandate to consider the merits of the proposed gravel pit from a zoning or a land use planning perspective as stated in the notice of permit application and extraction of gravel cannot be prohibited by local government. However as local government we will be working on a soil removal bylaw to regulate processing which is defined as drying, stockpiling, crushing, sorting, screening and washing of sand, gravel and rock to produce finished aggregate products. I will also continue to work to persuade provincial government to change legislation to not permit gravel pits in our residential neighborhoods.
#3. Providing assistance to our community organizations for energy retrofits of our community halls. The retrofit will provide a more environmentally sustainable community hall for today and future generations. A more responsible community carbon footprint that sets an example of a community building with energy efficient building components resulting in substantial savings to the community. These projects will demonstrate Area H’s commitment to environmental responsibility in reducing our carbon footprint and reduced energy consumption of our community halls.