City targets landscaping

There are demands to improve Vernon’s southern gateway.

There are demands to improve Vernon’s southern gateway.

The city will approach the Ministry of Transportation to see if boulevard landscaping can be included with widening of the 32nd Street/25th Avenue project this spring.

“We have beautiful Polson Park there and then you run into cement and pavement,” said Coun. Jack Gilroy.

Gilroy believes there is a need to upgrade the esthetics of Vernon’s southern entrance similar to what was done along the northern stretch of Highway 97 at Swan Lake.

The $5 million project next to Polson Park will see two left-turn lanes constructed on the west side of 25th Avenue and two left-turn lanes on the east side of 25th Avenue.

Biosolids Odour Minimized

A Vernon politician is confident odour concerns are being addressed at a controversial facility.

Coun. Bob Spiers says he is pleased with the progress made at the biosolids plant in the Commonage.

“It’s gone from a real rotten smell to more of a wood smell. That’s the worst complaint we get,” he said.

The facility takes waste from sewer plants in Kelowna, Vernon and Lake Country and turns it into Ogogrow fertilizer.

There is also a plan to put information about the facility online.

“It will show the odour monitoring readings,” said Spiers.

No Cash For Athletes

A couple of athletes will get moral support from Vernon city hall, but no cash.

Council has decided to write a letter of support for Taylor and Kailen Halvorson who will represent Canada in the International Tae Kwan Do Championships in New Zealand in March. However, a request for funding has been turned down.

“We haven’t had a policy around individual cost-sharing,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.

“We fully support them and encourage them but we’re not able to do so financially.”

No specific dollar amount was asked of the city, but the athletes need to raise about $10,000 to attend the event.