Homeless memorial gets nod from council

There will be a lasting tribute to Vernon’s homeless citizens.

City council has approved $1,000 for a homeless memorial next to the gazebo in Polson Park.

“It’s good for the general public to realize we still have an issue. People are still at risk,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

Fourteen homeless residents have died in Vernon in the past year.

The concept for the memorial came from Chuck Harper, a residential worker for the John Howard Society and a community chaplain.

The memorial will be a place for friends and family to gather to reflect on their loved ones. It would also serve as a reminder of the impact of homelessness, addiction and mental illness.

Fire hall gets sprinklers

An addition is being made to the Predator Ridge fire hall, which is currently under construction.

Vernon council has authorized spending up to $40,000 to include a sprinkler system so the fire hall conforms with bylaw requirements for other structures at Predator Ridge.

“We should lead by example and because it’s a post-disaster building, we should sprinkler it,” said Keith Green, fire chief.

The two bays at the station will house an engine and a water tender, and the building will include a training room, kitchen facilities and a hose tower.


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