Regional function nearing an end

Coldstream officials are reluctant to abandon an initiative that bolstered the local economy.

Coldstream officials are reluctant to abandon an initiative that bolstered the local economy.

Council has agreed to the Regional District of North Okanagan repealing its economic development service.

“It did some good in the community,” said Mayor Jim Garlick of funding being provided to special events that drew people to the region.

“The Masters World Cup received support as did some other events. It was good and it’s too bad that it went this way.”

Coun. Doug Dirk believes RDNO is possibly being shortsighted by wrapping up the function.

“This is counter to the regional growth strategy,” he said of the RDNO document that calls for a focus on economic development.

Council’s discussion also provided an opportunity to blast the City of Vernon, which is often approached by groups for funds but then the city sends those requests to the regional district.

“People are punted from the city to the regional district but there is no money there to give them,” said Coun. Maria Besso.

“I don’t know why they keep going on with this charade?”

RDNO has asked all member municipalities and the electoral areas to support repealing the economic development service.