Vernon’s neighbours are being asked to help hire a wrecking ball.
The city is taking over responsibility for the Welcome to Greater Vernon signs, but it wants Coldstream and the electoral areas to help fund demolition of the Highway 97 sign by Bailey Road.
“They were put up collaboratively by the jurisdictions,” said Mayor Akbal Mund of the city’s reasoning for asking the other jurisdictions to help with removal.
The signs were installed in 2008 by the then-economic development function for Greater Vernon, which disbanded in 2009.
Economic development is now the function of the City of Vernon and RDNO has no funding service to raise funds for sign repairs.
After considerable debate and review, the city has decided to take on the signs.
The ones at Swan Lake and on Highway 6 would remain but the plan is to remove the southern sign from above Kalamalka Lake to an area by the army camp because that area is within the city’s boundaries.
Mund hopes Coldstream and the electoral areas will participate in demolition.
“We’ll be paying the majority of the cost,” he said of the city.
If the jurisdictions don’t come on board, Mund says an option is for the city is to just remove the top section with wording and leave the base.
As part of taking over the signs, the city will draw $55,000 from reserves for the project. An additional $3,000 a year will then be budgeted for maintenance.