Coldstream politicians are suggesting some cost cutting changes to a proposed sports complex next to Okanagan College.

Coldstream politicians are suggesting some cost cutting changes to a proposed sports complex next to Okanagan College.

Complex under scrutiny

Coldstream looking at saving Greater Vernon taxpayers money by cutting requirements for proposed sports complex

Coldstream is looking at saving regional taxpayers some money by cutting requirements for the proposed sports complex.

Voters are expected to go to referendum in April to decide whether Greater Vernon should borrow $8.5 million for a running track and sports field next to Okanagan College.

If approved, the development (being within Coldstream boundaries) could be subject to an estimated $450,000 in off-site works – sidewalks, curbs and gutters.

Coldstream politicians have suggested that a trail might be more appropriate for the site, and would in turn cut down on the costs.

“I think that makes good sense,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane. “I don’t think that’s a spot where a sidewalk makes sense anyway.”

More details of the referendum will be discussed at a special GVAC meeting this morning.

The meeting will also look at the request from the art gallery and museum to be included in the spring referendum for construction of a new facility.

But Mayor Jim Garlick says there’s a lot more work needed before a referendum can be held to construct a new art gallery and museum.

“I’m supportive of it happening at some time but I think that’s a long process just as this has been a long process,” said Garlick of the sports complex.

“It started with the Spicer block (failed referendum on Aberdeen Road in 2007).”