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Downtown washrooms on the move

Public washrooms are on the move even before they open.

A public washroom facility was originally planned for Vernon’s Cenotaph Park but it will now go next to a walkway on the former medical clinic site between 31st and 32nd avenues.

“It’s more visible than Cenotaph Park and safer,” said Brooke Marshall, environmental planner.

Council originally budgeted up to $75,000 for a facility but tenders could come in for far less.

The budget also includes up to $72,000 for maintenance.

“We want it to be clean. It may have to be cleaned every hour or every two hours,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

Higher fees possible

The City of Vernon is proposing to hike fees for a number of development-related activities.

The new schedule could include a $200 application fee to review changes to a restrictive covenant,  going from $300 to $500 to advertise rezoning and official community plan amendments and increasing the site preparation permit fee from $100 to $200.

The cost of the property information request  application could go from $75 to separate fees, with the highest being $150.

“The fee changes are modest. They cover the specified cost being incurred,” said Will Pearce, chief administrative officer.

However, some questions have surfaced.

“I wonder about the timing,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol. “There isn’t a healthy market right now.”

Free Carnival parking granted

There will be free parking downtown during Vernon Winter Carnival events.

From Feb. 4 to 6, there will be a broomball tournament and a chili cook-off Feb. 9.

Parking will be free for the time period of a half-an-hour before and half-an-hour after each event.

“This equates to about 2.5 hours each event where no ticketing for expired meters occurs,” said Clint Kanester, the city’s bylaw enforcement manager.

 

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