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Rural directors praised for stance
This letter is being written to thank the regional district electoral area B and C directors for their stance on the governance study/amalgamation subject.
As per the letter sent to Vernon council, which was referred to in the article Governance study sought (March 14 in The Morning Star), the directors, "state they do not support an amalgamation study or to have the question placed on the Nov. 15 ballot."
Despite comments to the contrary, this letter is supported by a previous study back in 2008 when area residents were asked about the governance structure.
The exact results won't be listed here for brevity, but suffice it to say, there was no appetite for amalgamation with the city.
If there was going to be change, the choice would be incorporation.
Also, the survey included more than just one question. It included a multiple choice with three options if it (governance structure) had to change.
For anyone interested in more information on the subject, they can peruse or save the annexation impact study: phase two report", at www.rdno.ca/docs/RDNO_Annexation_Study_Phase_II_Final_Report_- February_2014.pdf ) and the phase one report" can be found at the following link: www.rdno.ca/docs/2012-01-13- RDNO_Annexation_Impact_Study_Phase_I_-_Final_Report.pdf.
Despite their length, they are both very informative regarding this issue.
In conclusion, on this governance study/amalgamation subject, the directors and membership of the BX/Swan Lake Community Association wish to convey an appreciative thank you to Mr. Fleming and Mr. Macnabb for their commitment to work, "with our Greater Vernon partners to provide efficient and cost-effective services."
Chris Edwards, president
BX-Swan Lake Community Association