Nowell Berg has announced his candidacy in the RDEK elections for Director of Area E.
Mr. Berg ran four years ago and came second.
Berg says he is running again to ensure residents have a voice representing their issues and concerns with the RDEK Board and Administration.
“Area E is enormous. It stretches from St. Mary lake east all the way to Wasa taking in Meadow Brook, Ta Ta Creak, Skookumchuk and everything in between. Each small community within Area E needs effective representation for their specific issues,” said Berg.
Berg has deep roots in Area E and has lived at Wasa since 2014. He’s been an active Trustee on the Board of the Wasa Lake Land Improvement District (WLLID – www.wasalake.ca). For the past seven years he has taken the lead in monitoring and recording water levels at the lake and the Kootenay River. He’s volunteered hundreds of hours building and maintaining a water database, and making it publicly available through the Columbia Basin Water Hub. (https://data.cbwaterhub.ca/organization/wasa-lake-improvement-district)
Moving forward, Berg will work with Area E groups and residents to achieve FireSmart status and build up fire suppression capabilities to protect homes and businesses.
He plans to work with Wasa area residents and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan for the future.
In Meadowbrook, Berg would like to see a ground water study done to determine how much housing can be allowed in the area without negatively impacting the aquifer.
Berg will also work to make sure that RDEK tax dollars taken from Area E are returned to help fund services and programs specific to the Area’s needs. Tax payers should to have a greater voice in how their dollars are spent, either directly or through the Area E Director.
Berg said, “Local politics has the biggest impact on our lives. I hope people aren’t turned off by what happens elsewhere. I look forward to the campaign ahead and hope to meet as many voters as possible over the coming days. I urge everyone to find the time to get out and vote on Oct 15th.”