Activities reviewed for Kalavista site

The Regional District of North Okanagan spent $875,000 last fall for 0.85 acres on Kalavista Drive, next to the lagoon and the boat launch.

It’s still undecided how Greater Vernon’s newest  greenspace will develop.

The Regional District of North Okanagan spent $875,000 last fall for 0.85 acres on Kalavista Drive, next to the lagoon and the boat launch.

“We will clean the place up and make the property accessible to the public (this year) and then we will go into a planning process,” said Trafford Hall, administrator.

The public will be consulted over potential uses for the site, which includes a log cabin.

“We will identify alternatives,” said Hall, adding that there is no process timeline as the ultimate goal is to ensure the best use of the site is determined.

“It’s an important piece of property.”

No cash for music school

A funding request from the Vernon Community Music School has been silenced, at least for now.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has deferred the possibility of providing support to the non-profit group to replace the foundation on its 1908 East Hill building.

“The 2012 budget is already set,” said Mike Macnabb, GVAC chairperson.

The request — a specific figure was never identified — will be considered as part of the 2013 budget process.

GVAC is also presently working on a policy for financial grants to community organizations.

The music school is attempting to raise $300,000 to replace the building’s aging foundation.

Community gardens questioned

Water service to community gardens has some politicians asking questions.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will charge the cheaper agricultural rate for water for a proposed public garden at Okanagan College.

That has director Doug Dirk wondering if that will lead some residents shifting their habits.

“It may become more advantageous to go to a community garden than having a residential garden because of the cost of water,” he said.

Director Tom Ouchi doesn’t believe that scenario is likely.

“The intent of a community garden is for people who don’t have the ability to garden at home,” he said of residents in apartments or live on small lots.