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Officials meet privately
An issue of mutual interest had local politicians behind closed doors, but no details are being provided.
The Regional District of North Okanagan board held a joint meeting with members of Vernon and Coldstream councils Wednesday.
“It’s an in-camera issue that has affected all jurisdictions,” said Rob Sawatzky, Vernon mayor, adding that provincial legislation does not allow him to disclose the topic.
“It’s not an issue of disagreement or contention.”
Such joint sessions only occur occasionally and rarely does Vernon council convene a meeting outside of city boundaries.
Wednesday’s gathering occurred prior to the regional district’s regularly scheduled July meeting.
“It was the most efficient mechanism to deal with an issue that’s time sensitive,” said Sawatzky.
Rick Fairbairn, RDNO vice-chairman, was also saying little about the agenda.
“The purpose of a meeting like that gives an opportunity to inform multiple jurisdictions of a matter in a time-sensitive process,” he said.
Doug Dirk, a Coldstream councillor, provided a similar response.
“It was informational. It affects everyone and it’s an important issue for the region,” he said.