City extends parking numbers

Vernon limits number of vehicles allowed per property in an effort to eliminate junk yards

There will be a limit on how many vehicles can be parked on a property, but it will be more than originally expected.

City of Vernon staff had recommended a limit of four operable and licensable vehicles be allowed outdoors on a residential property. But council has changed that to six because there was a concern residents with trails, RVs and boats would be penalized.

“This targets people with multiple vehicles they are using,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe of the original plan.

“This doesn’t address the issue of junk yards.”

The bylaw will allow the city to address complaints about the aesthetics of a large number of vehicles being stored in a residential yard.

All In The Family

The City of Vernon’s family has officially grown.

Council has approved a sister city relationship with Anandpur Sahib, India.

“We have a significant East Indian community and this highlights the commonality we have,” said  Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.

Anandpur Sahib, which is in the Punjab region, shares a common landscape with Vernon, as well as agricultural activities.

Vernon currently has five sister cities and the initiative is run by a volunteer committee. Fundraising assists with any exchanges, and those who go on trips cover their own expenses.

Financial Reporting Exceptional

The City of Vernon has been recognized for financial reporting.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada has presented an award to Vernon for its 2010 annual financial report.

“We believe our current report continues to conform to the Canadian award for financial reporting program requirements, and we are (again) submitting it to GFOA,” said Kevin Bertles, finance manager.

In order to earn a Canadian award, a jurisdiction must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized annual financial report, whose contents conform to program standards.

 

“This award is a result of a great team effort by several departments, especially the finance department, and underscores the professionalism and dedication of our staff,” said Marg Bailey, interim chief administrative officer.