Greater Vernon residents will not be going to the polls on a new arena

Officials will discuss future steps to replace aging Civic Arena

Greater Vernon residents will not be going to the polls on a new arena.

The Regional District of North Okanagan has abandoned plans for a Nov. 15 borrowing referendum on a replacement ice sheet for Civic Arena.

“At the present time, RDNO has not received the required approval from the inspector of municipalities (provincial government) needed to move the service establishment and loan authorization bylaws to referendum for the expansion of the Vernon and district multi-use facility,” said David Sewell, chief administrative officer.

“Future steps will be determined in consultation with the RDNO board and the respective jurisdictions within the Greater Vernon area.”

RDNO had proposed borrowing up to $13 million for a 400-seat, NHL-sized ice sheet at the north end of Kal Tire Place.

Civic Arena is 77 years old and there is a concern major capital issues could lead to the facility suddenly not being available for ice users.

Look for more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.