My wife and I moved to Hope in 1995. We lived in northern B.C. for 18 years and I loved my job up there and the people, but the area was not really where we wanted to live in our retirement.
When I got the chance to move to Hope with my job after the harshness of the climate of the north, we felt like we had move to Hawaii because of the sheer beauty of living in this spectacular scenery.
Unfortunately in the 20 years we have lived here, as we all know the local economy has taken a major downturn. However, it does not mean that we cannot take pride in the appearance of our community to compliment this beautiful scenery. I have particular issue with the unsightly building on Water Avenue as you come over the Fraser River bridge by the campground.
I am of the understanding that we have an unsightly property bylaw. When I went to town hall, I was informed that council couldn’t do anything about it as it’s private property. I am sure if I had something as unsightly as that on my front lawn, I am sure my neighbours would complain and it would have to be removed. I honestly believe that town council is dragging their feet on this issue and it is about time something was done as we have been looking at this eyesore long enough along with many other properties in this town.
I admire people running for council but if you accept this responsibility, you cannot just “talk the talk.” You must walk the walk.