Byron Kemp has been an Area E director for the Cariboo Regional District before.
Between the years of 1999 – 2005, Kemp held the seat. He was defeated in 2005 but says he decided to try again for the seat because of the support shown to him by others.
Kemp says one of the big issues in the area is the water and sewer challenges in the Mount View/Dog Creek area. The problem of sewer leaching is still being worked through but Kemp says the CRD can help it to be resolved successfully.
The future of the Cariboo Lodge is another of Kemp’s concerns. Kemp says he would like to see it redone into a seniors’ facility. Although the future of the lodge is currently being examined by a taskforce appointed by the City of Williams Lake, Kemp believes the CRD should be more involved.
The cost of fire protection, water levels and fish restocking practices, he says, are an issue in the Chimney Lake area.
Currently the area has a stand-alone fire department. Kemp says it’s expensive for those who pay into it and thinks that if residents want to cut costs they could consider bringing it under the CRD.
The stocking of the lake with Kokanee fish by the provincial government is another contentious issue as is the lake’s water level.
This last summer saw water restrictions imposed for water licence holders of a certain year and newer.
Kemp would also like the school district, City and CRD set up a joint committee to address rural education issues.