Gallery cost investigations begin

The process for a possible new art gallery and museum is moving ahead in Greater Vernon.

The process for a possible new art gallery and museum is moving ahead in Greater Vernon.

The Regional District of North Okanagan board has agreed to $30,000 being spent on a consultant to review construction and operating costs for proposed new facilities.

“We are working as quickly as possible but we want to have all of the information together,” said Tannis Nelson, community development co-ordinator.

There is a time crunch because of legislative requirements that must be met to hold a borrowing referendum.

A date for the referendum has not been set yet.

“We can be flexible but the idea is in the spring,” said Nelson.

Cosens Bay draws scrutiny

Future planning for the Cosens Bay area will move ahead.

Regional District of North Okanagan staff will consider whether a separate process is needed for land use issues at Cosens Bay, south of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, or if it can be addressed through the broader Area B official community plan.

“Staff will see if these items can be dealt with together or separately,” said director Bob Fleming.

One of the issues is whether seasonal zoning remains or if it is expanded to allow for year-round residences.

Restorative justice considered

There is support for an alternative justice model, but a difference of opinion on funding.

While it was suggested the Regional District of North Okanagan fund the Restorative Justice Society through a specific function, some directors don’t agree.

“The concept is excellent but I’d be willing to approach my council about a lump sum we hand out every year,” said Howie Cyr, Enderby director.

Another suggestion is jurisdictions entering into a contract to receive the service from the City of Vernon, which oversees the program.

Through restorative justice, people who have committed an offence meet with the victim to talk about what happened and what can be done to correct the situation.  If possible, it is a way for the offender to remain out of jail and turn their life around.