Communications questioned over GVAC survey

Directors say did not know about a survey targeted towards residents living next to Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream Creek.

An attempt to garner input about water  has created a communications error.

Some Greater Vernon Advisory Committee directors questioned staff Thursday about why they did not know about a survey targeted towards residents living next to Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream Creek.

“We slipped up when we did not provide the information,” said Zee Marcolin, Greater Vernon Water manager.

“We will try and get the information to the committee when it goes out to the public.”

The focus of the survey was to ask residents how they use the creek and lake and the potential impact on water quality.

However, some of the content concerned director Doug Dirk.

“There were questions associated with the master water plan and not wholly about how people use water,” he said.

Director Gyula Kiss accused the survey of encouraging support for the master water plan.

“There was no question asking, ‘Are you happy with the cost?’” he said.

GVAC’s chairperson admits that the survey could have been handled differently.

“We understand that we have some challenges around communications,” said Juliette Cunningham.