Big challenge in Spallumcheen's Municipal Election.
Posted May 27, 1996, edited August 22, 2012, edited April, 10 2017 edited June 2017
Spallumcheen's politics 1989 -1996. Mayor Guenter Rieger, two Councils and many stories to tell.
Rieger challenges Norris.Guenter A. Rieger,
a Spallumcheen resident, challenging Spallumcheen incumbent mayor Harold Norris in the civic election on November 17th
1989. Rieger, a newcomer to politics never served on municipal council, an electrical engineer, businessman and farmer
said "leadership and more co-operations with other communities are his reason for letting his name stand for mayor. We
should be able to solve our differences and problems through a spirit of co-operation...."He said "council has to
work with neighboring communities, like the city of Armstrong and other communities, together. Today residents of both communities
are working very well together social clubs and other organizations, but councils have some difficulties to communicate with
each other. ...."The City of Armstrong was once a part of Spallumcheen, before incorporated into a separate Municpality
Change in Spallumcheen. Rieger is the new elected mayor
of the Township of Spallumcheen. In a stunning upset. Rieger defeated the incumbent, Norris, 14 years on Spallumcheen council
and serving three years as mayor of the township, at the polls on Saturday. Mayor Rieger said. " I
am very happy, and would like to thank Spallumcheen voters for their trust. I will stick to my promise providing
an honest and open government.."
New Municipal Council in Spallumcheen 1989
"Newly elected council of
the Township of Spallumcheen in 1989.
Mayor: Guenter A. Rieger,
Council members: Ald. Nonie Anderson, Ald. John Low, Ald. Dave Jordan, Ald.
Marlene Docksteader, Ald. Les Young, Ald. Rob Hay.
Mayor Rieger calls for a co-operative
"The best way to solve problems is through a spirit of
co-operation", Mayor Guenter Rieger said in his inaugural speech on Monday at the inaugural meeting.
Spallumcheen with over 65,000 arce can use its unique position as a municipalty whose heart is another municipality,
the city of Armstrong, to have a bright future, Mayor Guenter A. Rieger said.
Mayor Eric Hornby of the City of Armstrong
stated, "There have been allready more exchanges in two weeks with Mayor Rieger, than in the three previous years.. .....
Mayor Eric Hornby is now very optimistic about
the general atmosphere between Armstrong and Spallumcheen....Mayor Hornby said: Spallumcheen voters made a very good
ONE on ONE with Mayor Rieger
Mayor Rieger says, "When first elected
as Mayor in 1989, I had to overcome some resistance of re-elected council members, but managed, that Council made important
decisions, very positive for the Township of Spallumcheen and the City of Armstrong"
Some examples of Spallumcheen's Council's achievements between 1989 and 1993.
A Waterstudy, including 17 independent water
districts located in Spallumcheen, started in 1991 and was completed in 1992, but Spallumcheen Council of the day was
not willing to act on the Study.
Representations from independent water districts, the general public and the city of Armstrong, will allow all water
disrtricts, rate payers and tax payers of Spallumcheen, to make an educated and informed decision regarding the future of
Spallumcheen's water supply.
permits skyrocketed in Spallumcheen by more than 400 per cent, for a total of alomst $3 million, by allowing buildings being
build on existing parcels of land in Spallumcheen, without creating new subdivsions.
Milestone Wood Products will build a plant for $10 million in Spallumcheen.
Mayor Rieger continues
Hans Blattner, former Mayor of Spallumcheen, was named Good Citizen of the Year, by the communities of Armstrong
George and Dorothy Scott were honored at their 60th wedding aniversary.
Mayor Rieger presented greetings
and flowers from the Township of Spallumcheen. Alderman John Low stated "it could be to expensive for the Township
to buy flowers and such. He moved a motion, which was passed by council, that the Mayor is not allowed to present flowers,
paid by the Township of Spallumcheen, to taxpayers at aniversaries.
Only Alderman Marlene Docksteader and Alderman Noni Anderson opposed the motion.
Mayor Guenter Rieger continued
the tradition started in 1892, and paid for flowers from his own pocket, to honor pioneers of Spallumcheen.
New forSpallumcheen and Armstrong.
Joint Council meetings.
Joint Council workshops were
held every month with Councils of Spallumcheen and the City of Arrmstrong.
"We have improved the realtionship between the two councils
very much between the City of Armstrong and the Township of Spallumcheen.
Since elected, I have successfully initiated regular Joint
Council Workshops. These have helped both councils speeding up the process implementing improvements for both communities......"
Planning in Spallumcheen
Since 1992 all planning applications have been guided by professional advise from the planning department of the regional
district. The process ensures that all applications are treated in an unbiased fashion, but Spallumcheen Council will make
the final decision....."
Mayor Rieger and the local newspaper
/ "The Armstrong Advertiser"
announced on Monday 28th 1992 to print his own information paper for Spallumcheen taxpayers.
" I have
no intension going into the news buisness, but the time has come to inform the taxpayers of Spallumcheen unbiaest and eliminate
repetition of confusion created by a local newspaper. There is no place for fake news, including our
community Spallumcheen. Journalist or editors should be held accountable for false news. Personal opinion belong in editorials,
but not in a news report. "
The monthly information paper will cost Mayor Rieger $300, which Rieger pays out of his own pocket.....
Sewage treatment plant of Armstrong;
After more than 15 years of negociations between councils of Spallumcheen
and the City of Armstrong, the City of Armstrong was able to build a new sewage treatment facility, located in the Township
of Spallumcheen. Spallumcheen may connect to the new treatment plant.
Mayor Guenter A. Rieger said: "I am very
proud that I have played an important role maintaining a natural treasure of Spallumcheen, Otterlake, and keeping Okanagan
Lake clean by reducing the phosphor levels in both lakes."
Mayor Rieger said:"Only
futuristic planning will ensure, that the Township of Spallumcheen will remain as the most scenic municipality
in British Columbia, were taxpayers will be able to enjoytheir life in the future, as we enjoying it today."
What taxpayers say about Rieger:? People
said: "You can love him or you can hate him", but he, mayor Rieger, worked very hard providing Spallumcheen
taxpayers/residents an honest and open government, not found very often today.
Water Distribution in Spallumcheen:
Water and water
distribution was one of his pet projects. The first water study was started and completed. As a result, two water district,
out of seventeen water district suppling Spallumcheen with water, coming under municipal umbrella, and were able to receive
government funding to upgrade their systems.
Township of Spallumcheen Centennial
Spallumcheen Centennial Council 1992
Centennial Council for the Township of Spallumcheen in 1992.
Standing in the back, Ald. Harrold
Norris Ald. Noni Anderso, Ald. Dave Jordan, Ald. John LowFront: Ald. Les Young, Ald. Rob Hay,Mayor Guenter A. Rieger,
Mayor Guenter Rieger and wife
Regina assisted by local residents cutting the Centennial cake at the Agriplex arena. Hundreds of Residents from
Spallumcheen and Armstrong attended the official opening, including the official Centennial celebration at Matt Hassen arena.
Special guests: Mayor Eric Hornby
and his wife, City of Armstrong , BC Minister of Agriculture Bill Barley, Member
of Parliament Lyle McWilliam with his wife, Member of the Legilature Layll Hanson with hif wife Nancy, directors and chairman
of the North Okanagan Regional District.
A memorable event for everyone who attended. A time capsule was placed at
the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum, containing the history of Spallumcheen, dating back to 1892. ( July 21 1892 was the official
day of incotporation)
Spallumcheen's 120 year celebration
1892 - 2012
120th Anniversary The Township of Spallumcheen kick of the events at the Township of Spallumcheen Municipal Hall on Monday, July 16th, 2012 at 5:30 PM with a
cake and ice cream. Members of Council and staff participating in heritage dress. The community is encouraged to participate.
On Sunday, Agust 12th, 2012 (12:00 pm to 4:00 PM) will be held the official Birthday Party at Historic O'Keefe Ranch
Township of Spallumcheen
125 year celebration
Spallumcheen was officially incorporated July 21, 1892.
Township of Spallumcheen Council 125 year celebration Back row (left to right) Councillor Todd York, Councillor Ed Hanoski, Councillor Joe Van Tienhoven, Councillor
Andrew CassonFront row (left to right)Councillor Christine Fraser, Mayor Janice Brown, Councillor Christine LeMaire.
Spallumcheen turns 125 and council commemorates with community party
Janice Brown 2011-PRESENT
Mayor Will Hansma 1988-2011
Mayor: Rick Medhurst 1997
Mayor Guenter Rieger 1989-1996
Harold Norris .....
Mayor Hans Blattner. ....
will be updated shortly
Established in 1973, the Armstrong-Spallumcheen
Farmers Market is the oldest continuously running market in BC. In true country atmosphere you may enjoy a coffee and a muffin,
ethnic foods, conventional and organic vegetables and fruits, local honey, homemade bread and other baked goods, jams and
jellies, cheeses, free range eggs, snacks, gorgeous flower arrangements, plants, home and garden accessories, beautiful wooden
bowls, jewellery boxes, wooden planters and garden furniture, unique clothing for kids and adults, fabulous handmade jewellery,
fashion accessories, soaps and body products, and numerous other items produced by the vendors. Our motto is "we make
it, bake it or grow it". It's a great way to spend a Saturday morning. As you stroll along making your purchases you
can visit with friends and neighbours while being entertained by some of our local musicians. See you there!
Historians about Mayor Rieger
Historians say: "Guenter A. Rieger is the first Canadian holding office
of Mayor after being only for one year a Canadian Citizen; Congratulations.
Rieger defeated incumbent, Harold Norris, 14 years on Spallumcheen council
and three years as mayor of the township, at the polls on Saturday.
Mayor Rieger said. " I feel very confident, and would like to thank Spallumcheen voters for their trust . I will
stick to my promise providing an honest and open government..".
Taxes in Spallumcheen
During his, Rieger's, terms as mayor 1989-1996, fiscal management
made it possible, that residential tax rates did not increased for six consecutive years, by providing the same municipal
Spallumcheen Centennial 1992
Council for the Township of Spallumcheen in 1992.
in the back, Ald. Harrold Norris Ald. Noni Anderso, Ald. Dave Jordan, Ald. John Low
Front: Ald. Les Young, Ald. Rob Hay, Mayor Guenter A. Rieger, Municipla Clerk
Spallumcheen Centennial Celebration 1992:
Special guests: Mayor
Eric Hornby and his wife, City of Armstrong , BC Minister of Agriculture Bill Barley, Member of Parliament Lyle McWilliam
with his wife, Member of the Legilature Layll Hanson with hif wife Nancy, directors and chairman of the North Okanagan Regional
District and Mayor Guenter A. Rieger and his wife Regina.
Municipal Election 1993
Rieger get re-elected for second a term 1993-1996
Guenter A. Rieger, re-elected for a second term as Mayor for the Township of Spallumcheen.
The community has
Mayor Guenter A. Rieger was the only incumbent mayor in British Columbia re-elected, with a brand
Rieger with his brand new Council stearing ahead.... Congratulations, and all the best for Spallumcheen Council 1993-1996.
Editorials Municipal Election election, November of 1993
"Rieger seeks second term in Spallumcheen. Citing solid community support, Spallumcheen
Mayor Guenter Rieger has anounced he will seek re-election.
Rieger is so far opposed by only one other candidate, Coun. John Low, a frequent sparring
partner with Mayor Rieger around the council table....
Low said. ." We have to oust him out of
Victory tastes sweet to Rieger:
Re-elected Spallumcheen Mayor Guenter A. Rieger
was savoring a victory over his rivals Sunday and predicting a new era of stability in Spallumcheen's votatile politics. Rieger,
whose three years on council have been punctuated by pitched battles with fellow council members and the media, had
the last laugh Saturday amid election results that left his opposition tatters.
taxpayers have spoken clearly, and I am very pleased," a beaming
Mayor Rieger's real victory came in the Spallumcheen council race, which saw all three incumbent councillors
- Bob Hay- Dave Jordan including Harold Norris, who was defeated in the 1989 municipal election as an incumbent mayor by Rieger,
and was coming back as a councillor in a by-election in 1992, defeated in favor of his own supporters.
A new direction for Spallumcheen.
Citizens Initiatives Referendum and Recall:
The new council wasted little time in getting things done.Council passed several motions, including a motion to support the
principle of Recall and Referendum, a process Mayor Rieger lobbied unsuccessfully for in his previous term.Citizens Initiatives
Referendum and Recall.
In 1993, the
new elected council wasted little time in getting things done. Council passed one of the most important motion in Spallumcheen's
A process Mayor Rieger lobbied unsuccessfully
for in his previous term.
Rieger said: " A Very
significant step for community involvement is the step to offer Spallumcheen taxpayers Citizens Initiative Referendum and
Recall" , Mayor Guenter A. Rieger said in his inauguarl address. "This council will go into Canadian history,
since Spallumcheen will be one of the first community in Canada to make such an important move."
The Provincial Government of British Columbia, may not ready yet
for such legislation.
During his second term as mayor, Councillor
Bev Torrens moved a motion, and passed by Spallumcheen Council with no opposition, to award Mayor Rieger, for his dedication
to Spallumcheen and open and honest government, by naming a municipal road after him, known today as Rieger Avenue......
Minister of Municipal Affairs Darlene
Mazari presented Mayor Guenter Rieger a check of $50,000 for the Township of Spallumcheen. The Grant can be used to identify
solutions and possible restructuring for 17 independent water districts supplying residents and farmers with water. The Minister
and staff provided of lot of support to the Township, by helping and identifying the role of water districts.
Rieger retired from municipal politics in 1996
In 1996, Rieger retired from Spallumcheen
After Mayor Rieger retired from municipal politics,
he was asked to let his name stand for provincial / federal politics, but Rieger declined.
said: "Let other people do it. We have many people in our area who would like to have such a job. I could not handle
all the party politics etc. , since you're not able or allowed to represent truly your constituents..... I leave it up to
Changing my principles just to be popular, that's not for me. I have learned a lot during
the last 6 years. I had the privelege working with decicated people, with two different councils. I think both councils made
excellent and wise decisions, beneficial for Spallumcheen for years to come.
Knowing first hand
what the media can do to you, I'm not interested in any other political position. Honest and fair journalism is very
hard to find this days. The media can make you or can break you. I like Spallumcheen and my country which has so much
to offer. I did my part. I may will write a book some day."
Let's see what's happen
for Rieger during the next few years. A guy like Rieger can't be silent, and people can be assured that we will hear
more of him. His forward thinking and voice on Spallumcheen council and Regional district will be missed. During his terms
a lot of ink was used and his name made many times headlines......
Rieger fulfilled his promise providing
an open and honest government not found many times anymore. He, Rieger was an inspiration for many, but also a nightmare
for those who did not liked his open approach. He had no hidden agenda and was working very hard by preventing or solving
problems. Honesty and Integrity is always close to his heart, and demonstrated during his terms as mayor.Rieger
Avenue, which was named after Rieger, will engrave his name in Spallumcheen's history.We wish Mr. Rieger and his
family all the best.
I still appreciate that I have received the confidence of Spallumcheen voters, given me the honour serving
the Township of Spallumcheen as mayor from 1989 to 1996. One of many highlights was our Centennial celebration
in 1992, yes it's some time ago.... It was very nice to see so many residents of both communities from Spallumcheen
and the city of Armstrong, participating in different events.I have learned a lot during my terms in public office,
and found many wonderful new friends with lasting memories. Getting titles, does not make me a different person.
It's not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
please let me close with the follow quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower.The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably
integrity.Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army,
or in an office."
are public websites and not associated with the Spallumcheen Chronicle)
Spallumcheen is a district municipality in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Located in the Okanagan region
between Vernon and Enderby, the township had a population of 4,719 (1991) and land area of 255.77 square kilometres (98.75
sq mi) in the Canada 2011 Census.
district, whose official name is the Township of Spallumcheen and which is the oldest rural municipality in the British Columbia
Interior (incorporated in 1892), consists primarily of agricultural land surrounding the separately incorporated City of Armstrong.
Both Spallumcheen and Armstrong are member municipalities of the Regional District of North Okanagan.
House. The Schubert House which
was built in 1892. In 1862 August and Catherine Schubert at the ranch from Fort Kamloops.Upon
their arrival, Catherine gave birth to Rose, the first white child born in the interior of BC. This house was about five miles
north of this location.In 1985 the O'Keefe Ranch accepted the house from Trevor Schubert. The house was moved to this location
in 1989 and officially opened to thepublic in 1990.
Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum
In the early 1970's residents of Armstrong found themselves powerless to save an historic building from being demolished.
This event was the spark that led to the creation of the Armstrong Spallumcheen Historical Society, incorporated in 1974.
In the beginning, the Society's collection consisted mainly of historical photographs. Almost a decade later the City of Armstrong
offered the Society space in part of a machine storage building. The Society opened a museum to the public in 1983. In 1988,
with the help of a gift from Rusty Freeze, they expanded into the rest of the building and added an Art Gallery. At this time
the name of the Society changed to the Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Arts Society. The museum and art gallery are the
result of the dedication of the many volunteers from the community who continue to be active in it's operation.