Council considers role in function

If Vernon stays involved with Silver Star planning, Spallumcheen will stay.

If Vernon goes, the township will consider its options.

Spallumcheen council was responding to correspondence from the North Okanagan Regional District clarifying a number of topics, including costs, for Silver Star planning.

If Vernon stays in the function, Spallumcheen would pay $3,130 of the anticipated 2011 budget of $41,500. Also paying would be electoral areas B, C, D, E and F.

Armstrong, Enderby, Lumby and Coldstream have indicated to NORD they do not wish to take part in planning.

If Vernon goes out of the function, Spallumcheen’s cost would be $9,191.

“Silver Star is uphill from us and could affect our watershed,” said Coun. Christine Fraser. 

“Armstrong, Enderby, Lumby, they’re all affected by it. I’m surprised they’re not involved in it.”

Spallumcheen had asked regional district for clarification on matters such as the cost of an official community plan update, voting at the NORD table and a structure review.

NORD is proposing a three-year term for planning that began Jan. 12 and runs to Dec. 31, 2013. 

During the three-year term, the structure would be set on the basis of converted land and improvements.

“This isn’t worth discussing if Vernon’s not in it,” said Coun. Janice Brown.

Lone opposition for remaining involved in the Silver Star planning function came from Coun. Ralph Leyenhorst.

“If we’re going to be involved, then Armstrong should be involved,” said Leyenhorst. 

“Not being involved is a nice savings of a few bucks.”