Free yard waste taken year round

Instead of specific periods, yard and garden refuse accepted at all landfills free of charge year-round

It will soon be cheaper to get rid of yard waste.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has agreed to accept yard and garden refuse at all landfills free of charge year-round instead of during specific periods as currently occurs.

“This is one step to being greener,” said director Catherine Lord.

However, opposition came from directors Hank Cameron and Mike Macnabb.

“We need to talk about this more before we go forward,” said Macnabb, adding that a projected $120,000 loss in revenue by accepting yard waste free would hike other landfill fees.

“It’s so easy to add $3 a tonne and increase taxes. I’d like a greater discussion on how we do this.”

Boys and Girls Club shifts

There could soon be a new jurisdiction responsible for the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club in Vernon.

Regional District of North Okanagan staff have been directed to meet with the City of Vernon to discuss incorporating support for  boys and girls club programs to the city.

“I want to make sure the city can meet the capacity to do that,” said director Juliette Cunningham of the need for the talks.

It’s not known yet if the switching responsibility for the service would include the clubhouse.

If an agreement is reached between RDNO and the city, Coldstream and the electoral areas would continue to provide funds towards the service.

Silver Star project approved

A high-profile amenity at Silver Star Mountain Resort is expanding.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has approved a development permit with variances for a two-storey addition on the northeast side of Town Hall.

“There will be an expansion to the cafeteria and covered deck,” said Rob Smailes, RDNO’s general manager of planning and building.

A portion of the roof would be used as a deck with covered gazebo.

“That area would be used for weddings and catered events,” said Smailes.

A third floor addition would also be constructed over the central portion of the existing building for an office.