LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN can get kind of silly, sometimes, can’t it? By small town, I mean, of course, small in the best sense of the word, a place where you can walk down the main street or sit in a coffee shop and always run into people you know.
A place where there are other things to worry about besides oil tankers being blown up in the Gulf and Russian interference in our elections. Even so, we’re capable of making national news.
This story also attracted the interest of CBC, which followed up on the InfoNews article a couple of days ago.
Ron Betts, apparently in response to the popularity of his front yard with dogs heeding the call of nature, made a fake fire hydrant out of a tree stump and an upside-down plant pot.
This brought him into conflict with the long arm of the City of Kamloops bylaws department, which gave him a week to remove it. It might fool firefighters answering a call, according to Bylaws and the fire department.
“It could lead to the loss of a home,” acting bylaw services manager Tammy Blundell told CBC News. “All it takes is one time for that to happen.”
Never mind that Betts’ hydrant is red, and City hydrants are yellow. Besides which, City hydrants aren’t made of tree stumps and plant pots.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.