Science Centre support put on hold

Greater Vernon politicians aren’t saying no to possibly funding a local amenity. But they also aren’t saying yes

Greater Vernon politicians aren’t saying no to possibly funding a local amenity. But they also aren’t saying yes.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has been told by Coldstream that it supports current service levels until the completion of the cultural plan. As a result, any prospect of the Okanagan Science Centre becoming an official function is on hold.

“It’s a reminder of the process that’s in place,” said Doug Dirk, a Coldstream director.

“It’s not about the specific item (science centre). It’s about how you proceed.”

Any changes to the scope of the parks and recreation service requires unanimous consent of Vernon, Coldstream and the two electoral areas.

If the Okanagan Science Centre were to become a permanent function, like the art gallery, museum or Teen Junction, that would allow it access annual funding from GVAC.

Grant decisions deferred

There isn’t any cash immediately going to local organizations.

Instead of awarding funding from the arts, culture and youth project grant program, the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee has decided to wait on a decision until March 10.

“I don’t support some of these projects because we need more information on them,” said Dirk.

“We should look at the value of the project put forward and not just because money is there. Does it fit our goals and what we want to encourage?”

Some of the projects seeking funds include purchasing a grand piano, creating butterfly habitat and historic plaques at Silver Star Mountain.

Early approval has been given to the North Okanagan Optimists Club, so it can plan for the Heritage Fair this spring.