Stanley Cup forces RDNO meeting into overtime

Regional District of North Okanagan directors took a break between periods.

Regional District of North Okanagan directors took a break between periods.

The regularly scheduled public meeting Wednesday was suspended after 45 minutes and resumed Thursday afternoon so staff and directors could get home to watch game seven of the Stanley Cup finals.

“This was a very important opportunity to possibly celebrate a Stanley Cup win,” said Rick Fairbairn, vice-chairperson, of his support for the Vancouver Canucks.

The only portion of the meeting that proceeded Wednesday was presentations from three delegations. All other business was addressed Thursday.

The decision to stagger the meeting over two days was unanimous but not all directors were pleased.

“It’s an important game but our business is important,” said Wayne Lippert, Vernon director.

“I have no problem staying to go through it (agenda).”

Lippert also pointed out that some board members didn’t become aware of the new schedule until Wednesday morning, and holding a two-part meeting could create an inconvenience for some  directors.

“I don’t have far to travel but some come in from Cherryville and Enderby. That needs to be considered,” he said.

Delegations were kept to a strict 10 minutes and that proved challenging given the amount of information from the Sterile Insect Release program.

“I’m sorry you had to rush through the presentation,” Armstrong director Shirley Fowler told the SIR representatives.

“I am sorry we didn’t have more time to spend on it.”

Janice Brown, Spallumcheen’s alternate director,  believes the meeting could have gone  ahead as scheduled.

“I thought we could have gone through the agenda in an hour or hour-an-a-half (Wednesday) and then turned the game on to see the score.”

The plan to suspend most of the meeting until Thursday came from Fairbairn and Trafford Hall, administrator.

“We didn’t know the Stanley Cup final would be tonight,” Hall told the board Wednesday.

“We thought it would be a call you would agree to.”

Decked out in a Canucks shirt, Hall also made a prediction on the game’s outcome.

“In two years time, will anyone remember this agenda? But in two years, we will remember we won the Stanley Cup,” he said.