Downtown greenspace flooded

A small park on 33rd Avenue, by Kiss FM, is largely unusable because Swan Lake Creek has overflowed

A Vernon politician wants to take action to keep some downtown greenspace high and dry.

Coun. Scott Anderson says a small park on 33rd Avenue, by Kiss FM, is largely unusable because Swan Lake Creek has overflowed its banks.

“Water from runoff has covered the whole bottom part.”

Anderson says he was approached by neighbours who want the park upgraded.

However, a few hurdles must be overcome, including fisheries’ regulations.

“I’m trying to cut through that process and see what we can do to revive the park,” said Anderson.

More work at Predator

Ridge fire hall

With the Predator Ridge fire hall completed, some finishing touches are taking place.

City council has agreed to spent $67,140 to complete interior finishings, asphalt paving and underground servicing.

The interior work will allow volunteer firefighters to live at the hall.

“There will be people staying in the hall in the evenings and it will give us better response times (during emergencies),” said Jack Blair, deputy fire chief.

Transportation plan delayed

While City of Vernon staff hoped to deliver the master transportation plan update in April, there has been a delay.

The work with the Ministry of Transportation and a consultant to update the 2007 Highway 97 traffic management study is still underway.

“It has been identified that certain intersection improvements need further investigative work to determine the appropriate timeline for their recommended construction,” states a staff report.

“This study was anticipated to be completed prior to this and is a component of the city’s master transportation plan. It is now planned to present the updated master transportation plan update in May.”