The new RC Cotton bridge to Scout Island will remain closed until knapweed and security concerns are addressed. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

RC Cotton bridge opening postponed due to knapweed, potential vandalism concerns

The City and Williams Lake Field Naturalists will meet in January in hopes to resolve the concerns

Unresolved issues between the City and the Williams Lake Field Naturalist are blocking the opening of the new Scout Island bridge.

At the close of the regular city council meeting Tuesday, the Tribune asked when the public could expect to see the bridge opened, and Hasib Nadvi, manager of planning and development, said not until concerns surrounding the possible transfer of knapweed from the RC Cotton site over to Scout Island and security issues at night are addressed.

Read more: RC Cotton site and Scout Island connected with new footbridge

“We have a meeting in January with the Field Naturalist and are hopeful things can be resolved. We will have to look at putting up some fencing to stop people and pets from going off the new trail so knapweed at the RC Cotton site isn’t spread to Scout Island,” Nadvi said.

The Field Naturalists had requested a locked gate on the bridge to address vandalism concerns, Nadvi added, but said now the City is worried about liability if someone gets trapped on Scout Island.

Ordell Steen, co-president of the Field Naturalists, said Wednesday they are not opposed to the bridge at all, but want to make sure the values of Scout Island are protected as well as their commitment to the Nature Trust who owns the land.

There is a large patch of knapweed on the RC Cotton site and the Field Naturalists raised that during meetings with the City before the bridge was installed, Steen said, noting volunteers have worked diligently to eradicate knapweed on Scout Island and presently there is none there that they know of.

When asked about the possibility of it spreading to Scout Island naturally, Steen did not negate that possibility because the knapweed does go right down to the water.

Nadvi said the City will put up fencing on the RC Cotton site but will have to wait for the snow to leave in the spring and has considered putting boot brushes at the entrance of the bridge on the RC Cotton site was well.

Steen said the security issue is a big concern. Presently the gate at the entrance of the causeway to Scout Island is locked every evening.

The caretaker living in the house on Scout Island can see if anyone tries to come in and on occasion has called the police.

“If someone comes onto Scout Island from the new bridge, the caretaker will not be able to see that so we asked for the gate and the City said it would be locked each night. Now they are worried about liability,” Steen said.

Nadvi said the City is looking at other options, such as an alarm or something.

Steen also said the Field Naturalist are hopeful resolutions will come about in the new year when they meet in January.

Originally the City had planned a soft opening of the bridge for Wednesday, Dec. 18, which was postponed.

Read more: Council awards contract for RC Cotton pedestrian bridge



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Jury trial underway regarding March 2019 shooting in Williams Lake

A B.C. Supreme Court jury will determine the fate of a woman… Continue reading

Upwards of 200 people take part in first 150 Mile Elementary Family Ice Fishing Derby

“The public support was more than we could have imagined,” she said.

WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Busy end of the week for the lakecity

The Chilcotin Road’s 9th Annual Ladies Night is this Friday along with a handful of concerts

Mother Sun performing live at arts centre Friday night

A psychedelic sound fresh from Kamloops will make its lakecity debut on Friday, Feb. 21

UPDATE: One dead after multi-vehicle collision involving logging truck on Highway 97

DriveBC says highway expected to remain closed until 8 p.m.

Fashion Fridays: The 8 best quality online stores! Shop the ultimate sales

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Petition seeks to remove local police department from Lindsay Buziak murder case

American woman starts online petition in hopes of helping Buziak family

Health officials confirm sixth COVID-19 case in B.C.

Woman remains in isolation as Fraser Health officials investigate

Study says flu vaccine protected most people during unusual influenza season

Test-negative method was pioneered by the BC Centre for Disease Control in 2004

Saskatchewan and B.C. reach championship round at Scotties

British Columbia’s Corryn Brown locked up the last berth in Pool B

B.C. lawyer, professor look to piloting a mental-health court

In November, Nova Scotia’s mental-health court program marked 10 years of existence

COLUMN: Not an expert on First Nations government structures? Then maybe you should calm down

Consider your knowledge about First Nations governance structures before getting really, really mad

Meet the Wet’suwet’en who want the Coastal GasLink pipeline

Supporters of the pipeline are upset only one side is being heard nationwide

B.C. teacher gets 15-year ban after lying about having sex with just-graduated student

Teacher had been dishonest with the B.C. Commissioner for Teacher Regulation

Most Read