Greater Vernon Advisory Committee leaders retain posts

Greater Vernon leadership remains stable.

Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star director, has been elected to another term as chairperson of the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee.

Gyula Kiss, Coldstream director, will serve again as vice-chairperson.

GVAC, which is part of the Regional District of North Okanagan, is responsible for water, parks, recreation, culture, the Wesbild Centre and the Performing Arts Centre.

Parkland process proceeds

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is considering where future parks should be.

The committee will review and establish criteria to guide future parkland acquisitions. The process will include a list of tentative priorities in terms of sites.

“My goal is to have the list looked at to make sure it’s current,” said director Bob Fleming, adding that is primarily interested in natural areas.

“It doesn’t tie us to anything. This is a rough priority based on circumstances that may go forward.”

Clock ticking for delegations

Groups won’t have all the time in the world to present to the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee.

A 10-minute time limit has been established for  delegations.

“It gives us a tool to maximize the functionality of our meetings,” said  director Rob Sawatzky.

The 10 minutes can be extended if two-thirds of the directors agree.

Presently, delegations are given a guideline of 15 minutes for presentations.

Water plan on tap

Progress is being made on a multi-million-dollar initiative.

It’s anticipated that a draft report on the master water plan review will be before the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee by mid-January.

The plan will identify what enhancements will be required to Greater Vernon’s water system in the future.

“We’re looking at a variety of options from one extreme to the other,” said Dale McTaggart, general manager of engineering.

However, at least one politician is concerned about costs and the long-term viability of the plans.

“We need to look at something sustainable among the partners and the users,” said director Jim Garlick.

It’s anticipated the master water plan could be adopted June 30.



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