Re: Kamloops Coun. Dale Bass’s Oct. 24 View From City Hall column (‘Pose your queries to the right people’):
I think Bass has missed the point. The citizens of Kamloops elect a mayor and council to run the city in the best interests of the electorate. I fail to see how supplying a list of emails for provincial and federal politicians and agencies in any way relieves city council of those responsibilities.
Her reference to the Fortune Motel and who owns it and what they are doing with it is not the point. City council is the body that approves permits and uses for properties in the city.
So, as a taxpayer, if I am not happy with the proposed use of that building, it would be city council I would address.
I do note the city’s purchase of the Northbridge Hotel was conveniently left off Bass’s list.
I have lost count of hotel and motels, arenas, constructed shelters, temporary shelters, rooms in apartment buildings and now three more planned shelters.
In one way or another, the city has a say in all of these.
It is less and less safe to walk in the downtown area, day or night. We need far more supervision of these shelters and such supervision should be a mandate of city council.
I only speak here of the downtown area, as I know it, but I’m sure residents of North Kamloops feel the same.
I also disagree with Bass when she states people are angry. I think they are just fed up with the ongoing situation and frustrated with city council’s lack of caring to do anything about it.