Name: Anthony (Tony) Koepke
Family: Wife of 41 years, Peggy; daughter Elizabeth and Larry Peterson; grandson Justin Peterson
Education/career background: H.S. graduate with some college credits in fire service training and training as a state fire service instructor. Operated heavy equipment until accident forced retirement in 2006.
Joined Oroville Fire Department in 1970. Retired in 2006 due to health. Appointed to City Council in 2003, have served since.
• What are some of the city’s most pressing infra-structure needs, and what would you do to address them?
As with all cities, the amount of regulations dictated by the feds, state and county for all services and assets controlled by the cities, along with the continued slide of the economy, makes it hard to do anything other than “maintain” all services at this time, as no one service is more important than any other.
• What would you do to attract development and revitalize the downtown district?
We need to work with the chamber, streetscape, visitors information, museum and many other organizations and citizens to plan together for the future of Oroville, and what we need to do together to get there.
• What should the city’s long-term approach be for Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial Park?
Since the city acquired the park, we have made several improvements — lawns in better shape, trees planted, pruned, concession stand improvements, added campsites.
As of the 17th of September, we approved funds to supply 18 camp sites with power and water. With these improvements to begin in October, we are committed to continue to make all improvements needed.