Penny tossed from parks fees

Any reference to pennies has been eliminated from the fees bylaw for Greater Vernon sub-regional parks and trails.

A new Regional District of North Okanagan policy makes a lot of cents.

Any reference to pennies has been eliminated from the fees bylaw for Greater Vernon sub-regional parks and trails.

This move reflects the fact that the federal government has stopped circulating pennies.

“With the fees, we’re going to round up to the nearest five cents,” said director Mike Macnabb.

The policy also applies to parks fees for Areas B and C.

Spallumcheen left out

One municipality is concerned that it’s being left out of issues impacting its residents.

Spallumcheen does not have a vote on the new Greater Vernon water subdivision and development servicing bylaw.

“It affects Stepping Stones (subdivision),” Janice Brown, Spallumcheen director, told the Regional District of North Okanagan board.

Only Vernon, Coldstream and Areas B and C are official members of the Greater Vernon water utility, while Spallumcheen purchases bulk water for Stepping Stones. That does not entitle the township to a vote.

Spallumcheen can provide input as a referral agency.

Deadline set for GMO debate

There’s a timeline for two communities to take a stand on genetically modified organisms.

Adding references to GMOs in the Cherryville and rural Lumby official community plan has been delayed, but only until January.

“I don’t want to see this drag on forever,” said director Eugene Foisy.

Director Rick Fairbairn had asked for the delay so there could be some clarification on the terms genetically engineered and GMO.

The goal is to reference concerns about GMOs in the official community plan but the regional district does not have the ability to ban such crops.