Rink plans on hold for now

It could be a tight timeline to put a new ice sheet before Greater Vernon voters

It could be a tight timeline to put a new ice sheet before Greater Vernon voters.

Regional District of North Okanagan directors were told Wednesday there isn’t a clear direction yet after the provincial government refused a Greater Vernon borrowing referendum in November because a new arena would be owned by the City of Vernon.

“It’s a little bit out of our hands,” said Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director, of the process for a potential spring vote.

“If the government doesn’t make a timely decision, it could impact our direction.”

RDNO officials hope to convince the government to allow all Greater Vernon residents (Coldstream, Vernon and electoral areas) to borrow funds for an expansion of Kal Tire Place which would be owned by the city.

If that doesn’t occur, then other options for funding a Civic Arena replacement would have to be considered.

“Let’s wait for the process to proceed with Victoria,” said Akbal Mund, Vernon director, adding that he is aware of the goal of a spring referendum. “If we want to get going, we need to be diligent with how we proceed.”

RDNO hopes to discuss the issue with Community Development Minister Coralee Oakes.