Governance study promoted

There’s calls for Greater Vernon’s governance to be investigated even if it’s lukewarm support.

Coun. Catherine Lord told her colleagues Monday that the city should ask the provincial government to initiate a study into possibly merging Vernon with Coldstream and Areas B and C.

“A study may lay things to rest once and for all,” she said, adding that the topic surfaces every few years.

“I’d like to find out who’s in favour and who’s not.”

However, Lord insists she is not endorsing amalgamation.

“I have done reading on areas that have amalgamated and it hasn’t always been successful,” she said.

“Residents have an easier voice in a smaller area than in a larger area.”

Lord attempted to make a motion Monday calling for the province to do a restructure study of Greater Vernon. However, the issue was tabled because council will receive a presentation from the Society for the Future Governance of Greater Vernon in January.

The society recently led a petition campaign pushing for a restructure study.

“I’d rather hear what they have to say first,” said Cunningham.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky pointed out that Coldstream and Areas B and C must also determine if there is a need to consider governance options.

“Any study done by the province will only be done if there is at least one other willing partner. It’s not completely in our (Vernon’s) hands,” he said.

The issue arose Monday because of a letter city council received from the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce pushing for an amalgamation impact study.



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