A Vernon sister city will wave the flag.
Council has approved the installation of a new flag pole at the main entrance to city hall and the flag from Modesto, Calif. will be flown.
“Modesto has been a sister city for a long time and it’s nice to see a vibrant relationship,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.
The flag pole was recommended by Vernon’s sister cities committee.
Tour bus parking proposed
There may be a solution to a lack of parking for tour buses and RVs in downtown Vernon.
The parking advisory committee has proposed that large tourism-related vehicles be allowed to park at Beairsto and St. James schools during the summer when classes are not in session.
“The recommendation arose following a discussion of one of the action items of the city centre neighbourhood plan parking implementation plan seeking to find long-term locations for tour bus parking,” said Amanda Watson, transportation engineer.
No extra tax break for science centre
The Okanagan Science Centre has been denied a 2014 property tax exemption by the City of Vernon.
The request had been for the Anna Cail Heritage Hall in Polson Park.
“They don’t have a signed lease on the building they wanted an exemption for,” said Kevin Bertles, finance manager.
The science centre, though, does get a tax exemption for the main building that it uses.
Extended alcohol service sought
A Vernon service club wants to be able to serve alcohol for a longer period of time.
The City of Vernon will advise the provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Branch that it supports a bid from the Army, Navy and Airforce Association to serve alcohol from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to midnight Sundays.
“This would be to accommodate tournaments for darts and pool,” said Dean Strachan, the city’s planning assistant.
Currently, the association can serve alcohol, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays.