Budget keeps council busy

Meeting during the summer isn’t going over well with at least one Vernon politician.

Meeting during the summer isn’t going over well with at least one Vernon politician.

A special committee of the whole meeting will be held Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so council can  conduct a workshop on the budget.

“We only have one (regular council) meeting in July and one in August for a holiday and you fill it with this?” Coun. Brian Quiring asked administration.

Quiring says it doesn’t make sense to add a workshop to the schedule when the second regular council meeting of August was cancelled.

However, city staff say that council members had requested a workshop on financial matters before the 2016 budget process gets underway in September.

A time and place for lobbying

Mayor Akbal Mund isn’t sure that pursuing a variety of issues with Premier Christy Clark at a major conference is a good use of time.

Clark will meet with mayors and councillors from across B.C. at September’s Union of B.C. Municipalities.

“How much will she retain from the 10 to 15 minutes she will get with us?” he said.

Instead, Mund says it would be more constructive if council asked for a one-on-one with Clark when she is at her constituency office in West Kelowna.

“It would be better to have her concentrating on us and not the next (UBCM) meeting.”

While at UBCM, Vernon council will meet with cabinet ministers to discuss water, invasive mussels, library funding and amalgamation.