Overwhelming support for Lake Country rail referendum

Of the 4,462 ballots cast, 3,336 agreed to borrow $2.6 million for purchase

A record breaking turnout of 4,462 voters, 47.9 per cent of eligible electors, came out to have their say in the rail corridor referendum in Lake Country.

The results of the referendum are successful with 3,336 votes indicating approval of the bylaw to borrow $2.6 million to purchase the CN rail corridor in the municipality..

“The turnout for the referendum was outstanding and we are very pleased that residents in the community share our vision of the Okanagan rail corridor connecting communities and services of the valley,” said Mayor James Baker.

“Designs, public consultation and operating models will be evaluated for developing the corridor, but it may be a year or more before the route is developed and the corridor is open to the public,” said Michael Mercer, director of engineering and environmental services.

“We’d remind residents that while the corridor may be acquired as district-owned land it is currently not open for public use.”

The declaration of official results will be made Monday at 4 p.m. at the municipal hall and a special council Meeting will be held at 5 p.m. to adopt the loan authorization bylaw.