The City of Vernon wants to hear from residents on a proposed agreement on recreational facilities with Coldstream and the electoral areas.

The City of Vernon wants to hear from residents on a proposed agreement on recreational facilities with Coldstream and the electoral areas.

Public input sought on Greater Vernon recreation deal

Vernon council has delayed a decision on a memorandum of understanding

Vernon politicians want to hear from their constituents on a new recreation model.

Instead of endorsing a memorandum of understanding on Greater Vernon recreation facilities and programming, city council decided instead Monday to pursue public input before making a decision.

“I believe all of this should have public input before we approve it,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.

With the MOU, the city would officially take over care and control of all regional facilities, while Coldstream and Areas B and C would contribute funds to the function. Currently, all facilities are under the jurisdiction of the Regional District of North Okanagan.

Spiers says residents should know how the agreement willl impact their investment.

“They may have directed us to make a better deal,” he said.

The MOU details will be posted on the city website (www.vernon.ca) and comments can be provided there.

Council will then review any public input and make a decision on the MOU Oct. 15.

While he wants feedback from residents, Spiers favours the agreement.

“It serves the taxpayers of Vernon well,” he said.

Spiers had also pushed for public input a few months ago on a similar agreement involving Greater Vernon parks but his colleagues did not support that move.