City, market work on plan

The Vernon Farmers Market is not standing in the way of a new arena

The Vernon Farmers Market is not standing in the way of a new arena.

VFM directors met with Mayor Akbal Mund and Coun. Catherine Lord Thursday to discuss the location of the market in the Kal Tire Place parking lot if twinning of the ice sheet occurs after Saturday’s referendum.

“We are not against any kind of building,” said Brian Zelaney, VFM past-president.

However, Zelaney insists that the needs of the market are a priority during construction and long-term if an arena was open.

“We’ve been part of the community for 30 years,” he said, adding that the market has a $3 million economic impact annually.

The city had originally suggested that construction could move the market farther north in the parking lot, but Zelaney says that area is an unpaved “grassy bog.”

As a result of Thursday’s meeting, the market will be shifted closer to Kal Tire Place, with a buffer created for construction.

“We will gain more of the parking lot back,” said Zelaney.

While a site during construction has been hammered out, Zelaney admits that VFM is concerned about parking if a twin sheet is constructed in the existing parking lot.

“We are willing to work with the city.”

Mund was pleased with Thursday’s discussion.

“We had a great meeting and we made sure the area north of the construction site is their’s to operate,” he said.

“We support them and we will work with the construction firm, if the project proceeds, to make sure the market continues to operate.”

Mund says he recognizes that the market and its 200 vendors are important to the community.

“They are business people and we don’t want them to fail,” he said.

 

Just Posted

RCMP wish North Okanagan grads safe season

Friendly reminders to grads, friends and families to enjoy a safe graduation

Rail trail facility plan open to Coldstream tonight

Development options include washroom and commercial building

UPDATE: Logging truck spill cleared east of Lumby

Accident happened between McInnes Road and Rawlings Lake Road

Community comes together for Easter Seals Camp Winfield

On June 15, the community of Lake Country came out to help raise funds for Easter Seals Camp Winfield

PHOTOS: Vernon Community Music School hosts “Hootenanny Hoedown”

The music school hosted their annual year-end country fair on June 7

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Man arrested during Kelowna police stand off

Water is flooding Highway 33 in Kelowna Monday afternoon

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Restrictive policies affecting labour mobility for care aides in B.C.

‘I had to take two competency exams and pay over $1,400,’ said an Okanagan care aide

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Emerging artists given chance at Shuswap’s Roots Blues Festival

Chosen participants can perform two 40-minute sets on the Wednesday or Thursday night, and more.

Most Read