Gallery decision not finalized

It’s still undetermined which Greater Vernon jurisdictions may rally behind cultural plans.

It’s still undetermined which Greater Vernon jurisdictions may rally behind cultural plans.

No firm decisions have been made by Area B director Bob Fleming and Area C director Mike Macnabb on whether they will participate in a borrowing referendum for a new art gallery and museum.

“I haven’t seen any numbers yet,”said Macnabb of  construction and operating costs.

“Until I see the numbers, that’s a concern for me.”

As part of a $30,000 review, consultants will look at cost projections developed by the Greater Vernon Museum and Vernon Public Art Gallery and determine if they are realistic.

It’s been suggested that total construction could be $17.9 million while current operating costs could go from $281,846 a year to $429,456.

Fleming is reluctant to say if he will take part in a spring referendum, but he is leaning in that direction.

“The electoral areas in recent history have been part of all of the arts and culture services,” he said.

“I’d like to see what we’re participating in and I haven’t been told what we’re participating in (costs).”

Coldstream and Vernon have indicated they would be part of the referendum for a gallery and museum.