Master water plan generates council debate

Coun. Gyula Kiss is demanding that the current proposed master water plan be reviewed

Concerns are leaking out over Greater Vernon’s Master Water Plan.

Before residents go to referendum in November to borrow $70 million for water upgrades, several Coldstream politicians say the plan needs to be reviewed.

Coun. Gyula Kiss is demanding that the current proposed master water plan be reviewed by an independent consultant.

Kiss, who has long studied and followed the water plan, says there are inconsistencies with the plan.

Although a peer review of the plan appears to be on the books, Kiss urges that it needs to be an independent review.

“We are already paying $2 million a year for that plant up there (Duteau Creek),” said Kiss. “Now they want $26.5.”

Petition rejected

Coldstream has come up with an official response to a petition aimed at investigating the potential of amalgamation.

Council unanimously approved a motion Tuesday evening in response to the Greater Vernon Governance Society proposal to support a review by local and provincial authorities to develop a plan to combine Vernon, Coldstream and Areas B and C.

“Council is not in support of this proposal to amalgamate as it is not in the best interests of Coldstream residents in both measurable objective terms such as tax rate, infrastructure deficit per person, municipal debt per person, cost of protective services per person, additional costs that are presently provincial responsibility and subjective terms such as efficiency, responsiveness, representation and sense of community,” reads the motion.

“And further that it is council’s view that an amalgamation study only serves as a step toward developing a plan to amalgamate as implied by the petition statement and is therefore not supported by council.”

Climate concerns Coldstream

Coldstream signed the Climate Action Charter, pledging to be operationally carbon neutral by 2012.

The district has measured its emissions associated with municipal operations, reduced emissions where possible and, for 2013, offset what the municipality was unable to reduce.

“The district has worked hard to reach the goal of being carbon neutral,” said Mayor Jim Garlick. “This initiative will help to ensure that we become a more sustainable community. I am glad that we have reached this point and will continue to seek new initiatives for the betterment of our community.”