Election 2014: Ratepayers’ meetings cover all election topics

District of Coldstream: Coldstream Ratepayers' Association hosts forum and meeting on water plan borrowing referendum

The Coldstream Ratepayers’ Association is giving residents an opportunity to get to know their candidates prior to the election, as well as share some information about another important vote Nov. 15.

All Greater Vernon residents, whether there is a candidate election in their area or not (if representatives were acclaimed), still has the opportunity to vote on the $70 million master water plan borrowing referendum.

That vote will coincide with the Nov. 15 election.

Along with a meeting Tuesday hosted by the Regional District of North Okanagan, voters can find out more information at a CRA public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Okanagan College theatre. Councillors Maria Besso and Gyula Kiss will present on the topic Why I’m Voting No to the Water Plan Referendum.

Then on Thursday, Nov. 6, the CRA hosts an informal gathering with Coldstream council candidates at the Women’s Institute Hall from 7 to 9 p.m.

Candidates will each say a few words about themselves and their priorities for Coldstream in the upcoming term, followed by a limited question/answer period. Afterwards, refreshments will be available and the audience will have a chance to mingle and meet the candidates.

There are seven candidates, each seeking one of the six seats on council. Newcomer Shane Hillman and former councillor Glen Taylor are challenging incumbent councillors Pat Cochrane, Doug Dirk, Richard Enns, Gyula Kiss and Peter McClean. Mayor Jim Garlick has been acclaimed.

“What’s happened speaks for itself,” said CRA member Louise Christie, about the lack of candidates. “People I think are mostly pleased with what’s been happening over the past few years.”

The only downfall to the upcoming four-year term is the lack of any female candidates, since Besso is stepping down.

“That’s quite disappointing,” said Christie.

Prior to the CRA meetings, Coldstream residents will first have an opportunity to hear from and question the candidates at the all-candidates forum at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.