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Dawson Creek councillor concerned about Northern Health plans to rescind status of Rotary Lake

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — A member of Dawson Creek City Council will be bringing forward a motion at next Monday’s council meeting to address Northern Health’s plans to rescind the status of Rotary Lake.

A memo from Councillor Paul Gevatkoff dated July 10th, is included in Monday morning’s council meeting agenda. The memo states that, “Northern Health has been obsessed with rescinding the status of Rotary Lake for many years. Northern Health has again reinforced their position in a memo to the Mile O Park Society three days ago.” The lake is owned by the City, but is run by the Mile 0 Park Society on the City’s behalf.

Rotary Lake was originally scheduled to open the weekend of July 8th this year, but the man-made lake is currently sitting empty. Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead explained that the lake has been closed since a 12 year-old girl drowned in the lake last August.

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In his memo, Councillor Gevatkoff states that Northern Health has made recommendations so that the lake could reopen since last year, but added in his memo to council that, “Their requirements change with each directive.” Bumstead says that if Northern Health changes Rotary Lake’s status to a pool, that would mean that the City would need to provide additional infrastructure and lifeguards in order to continue to operate the body of water.

Gevatkoff’s memo includes the following motion set to be debated on Monday:

“I move that a committee of Council involve MLA Bernier and collectively advise Northern Health that ROTARY LAKE is a vital amenity for the people of the South Peace and rescinding its status is not acceptable and an immediate solution to allow the opening of ROTARY LAKE this summer be provided.”

When asked to provide a copy of the memo from Northern Health or comment on its contents, Mile 0 Park Society president Dale Campbell declined to release details until after Monday’s council meeting.

Northern Health was also asked to provide the memo to the Society, but has not responded to requests by press time.

This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once more information becomes available.

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