Lake Country residents voted overwhelmingly Saturday to purchase the rail corridor through the municipality.

Lake Country residents voted overwhelmingly Saturday to purchase the rail corridor through the municipality.

Greater Vernon officials embrace rail referendum results

On Saturday, 3,336 Lake Country residents voted to borrow $2.6 million to purchase the CN rail line

Greater Vernon officials are ready to proceed with development of a rail trail now that Lake Country residents are on board.

On Saturday, 3,336 Lake Country residents voted to borrow $2.6 million to purchase the Canadian National rail line in that municipality. There were 1,117 no votes.

“It’s a reflection of what people have recognized. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Juliette Cunningham, Greater Vernon Advisory Committee chairperson.

GVAC is contributing $1.9 million towards the purchase of the corridor within the Regional District of North Okanagan while the remainder of the $22 million price tag is coming from Kelowna and the provincial government.

Cunningham isn’t concerned that the Okanagan Indian Band’s claim to the Commonage portion of the corridor will delay development of the trail.

“We can still do the planning and that won’t be done overnight. CN also has to remove the rails,” she said.

Look for more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.