Snow clearing plans heat up

Vernon adds $32,000 to 2013 snow removal budget to ensure bus stops are cleared

More resources could be going into snow clearing in Vernon.

Council has agreed to consider adding an extra $32,000 in the 2013 budget to improve snow removal at bus stops.

“If they are cleared, people can use them as an alternative on a snowy day,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.

Staff will also consider the mobility challenged and those using baby strollers when determining snow clearing priorities on walking routes.

The city will also look at ways to improve communications so residents are aware of their responsibility for snow clearing on sidewalks.

Free parking

on a roll

There will be free parking and transit for two popular downtown Vernon events.

The city has agreed to waive parking and transit fees for the 18th annual Sunshine Festival June 16 and the Sun Valley Cruise-In Aug. 11.

“These are two events that experience huge community support,” said Coun. Mary’Jo O’Keefe.

“They really build up community spirit.”

The city will absorb about $2,200 in lost parking revenue while it’s not known how much free transit will cost the city.

The request for the free parking and transit came from the Downtown Vernon Association.

Home sought for pipers

Efforts are underway to find a permanent home for the Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band.

The band uses the recreation complex auditorium for rehearsals but it can be bumped if another group needs the venue.

“I hope we can find a spot for them,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol, who wants the City of Vernon to work with the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“We should be able to accommodate them because they are dedicated to the community.”

The band is currently asking the regional district to waive the weekly rental fee.