Questions surfacing over facility

Rise in public doubt leaves politicians with uncertainty over success of sports facility referendum

A perceived rise in public doubt has left some area politicians with their own uncertainty over the success of the spring sports facility borrowing referendum.

Questions have been circulating over the $8.5 million referendum gaining enough support to see a sports facility constructed at Okanagan College.

Therefore Coldstream politicians are demanding more answers from the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee.

“I’m not really satisfied with the procedure that is happening with the track facility,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

Coun. Richard Enns adds: “I really think we do need to be getting more information.”

Besso has suggested that an ad hoc committee be established to get to the bottom of unanswered questions such as cost breakdowns. She also suggests some Coldstream staff be involved in the process.

Mayor Jim Garlick has agreed to bring the request to GVAC.

“We would like to involve our engineer and planner in this process because they’re the ones we have to go to,” said Garlick, after hearing his colleague’s uncertainty over the referendum.

“There’s concerns about the success of the referendum,” he said. “And I’ve heard those concerns elsewhere.”

Coldstream is eager to look at the details of the sports facility, including a break-down of the $8.5 million.