Vernon city hall is considering the recommendations from a core services review today (Monday).

Vernon city hall is considering the recommendations from a core services review today (Monday).

No decisions yet on controversial items at Vernon city hall

Council members looking at staff's response to the core services review

There will be no quick action on some of the more contentious items facing Vernon city council.

Council began looking at the numerous recommendations in the core services review Monday. But some of the proposals outlined by KPMG are on hold because of other initiatives that are underway.

“They are the big ticket issues and the appropriate action is to let the processes proceed and await their recommendations,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

Among the items still requiring decisions are possibly scrapping the spray irrigation program and discharging treated effluent water into Okanagan Lake.

“We are not abandoning the program yet. We are currently waiting to complete the liquid waste management plan,” said Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe.

Other issues that still await decisions are reducing the scope of the transit service, reducing handyDart hours.

Council was expected to discuss overall staffing levels in private Monday, but, according to KPMG, the city appears to be appropriately staffed when compared to similar sized communities.

“There are no large abnormalities that have to be dealt with in staffing,” said Sawatzky, who added, though, that some changes could occur.

Will Pearce, chief administrative officer, insists that 28 of KPMG’s service options have already been acted upon.

“Initiatives directed by council or otherwise implemented by administration have either reduced costs or generated new revenues in the order of $1.8 million,” he said.