Battlefords MLA Herb Cox has indicated he wants to see a swift resolution to issues currently plaguing residents of Valleyview Towers in North Battleford.
The News-Optimist has received numerous reports that Valleyview Tower II has been plagued by drunkenness, disorderly conduct, drug use and of police being called to the scene. There have been concerns expressed that these highrises, originally built as “seniors” buildings, are being used to place so-called hard-to-house individuals who have created these issues.
In speaking to the News-Optimist Wednesday, Cox called it a “sad situation.” Cox said he has heard from a number of Valleyview residents who have approached him individually.
“The whole situation is very, very disturbing to the tenants that are in that Valleyview Towers II,” said Cox.
“Yes, I have met with them on different occasions and have heard their concerns. I am aware that they have proposed a petition, and where they are at I cannot comment on.”
Cox also confirms he has relayed the concerns to the Social Services ministry.
“I have contacted Social Services, the minister’s office. They are looking at what they can do to remedy the situation at this time.”
He said that in the last conversation he had with Social Services, they were attempting to have officials from SaskHousing come and speak with the tenants and with the North Battleford Housing Authority, and “try and resolve some of these issues.” Cox said he is also aware of a tenants group being formed to deal with the issues.
The MLA plans to follow up his communications with the Social Services minister’s office to make sure they are sending someone out to rectify the situation.
“They’re aware of it. I’ve called them on numerous occasions, they’re aware of this situation.” said Cox. He said he was “reasonably confident” they would send someone to assist.
Cox adds he welcomes the Valleyview tenants’ concerns. “It’s been my job to take the concerns to the minister and I will continue to do that in the hopes they will find a quick resolution to the situation.”