Greater Vernon water talks move ahead

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee met Thursday to discuss the next steps for the master water plan

Greater Vernon officials are tackling water issues head-on and the public will be part of the process.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee met Thursday to discuss the next steps for the master water plan after voters shot down borrowing $70 million in November.

“This has been the first chance to lay everything on the table,” said Juliette Cunningham, GVAC chairperson.

Thursday’s meeting included all directors providing their thoughts on where the process should go, as well as feedback from residents who were present.

Regional District of North Okanagan staff will develop a proposal that moves discussions ahead, including looking at various options for the master water plan.

The process will include keeping residents actively involved in the discussions.

“I don’t want it to be a staff driven process. it needs to be more collaborative,” said David Sewell, chief administrative officer.

Look for more in Sunday’s Morning Star.