Status quo for council duties

Vernon council appointments for 2013 will remain virtually the same as they were in 2012

Vernon politicians are facing no major changes in workload.

Council appointments for 2013 will remain virtually the same as they were in 2012.

“People are doing a good job,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.

Sawatzky and Councillors Patrick Nicol and Juliette Cunningham will continue to sit at the  Regional District of North Okanagan. Coun. Mary-Jo O’Keefe has taken up a fourth seat that’s been added because of Vernon’s increased population.

At the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee, the representatives will be Sawatzky and Councillors Bob Spiers and Catherine Lord.

Left-turn lane wanted

The City of Vernon wants the provincial government to install a left-turn signal at 39th Avenue and 32nd Street.

“We want to create a safer access point for people using the recreation complex,” said Doug Ross, recreation services manager.

The province is responsible for 32nd Street because it is part of Highway 97.

Smoking ban smouldering

There will no immediate ban on smoking in public places.

City of Vernon administration will review a request from University of B.C. nurses to ban tobacco use on beaches, trails and parks as a way of reducing the impact of second-hand smoke.

The nurses have also been asked to make a presentation to the Regional District of North Okanagan, which oversees some parks.

Firearms bylaw adopted

Vernon council has adopted the firearms and weapons bylaw.

Coun. Catherine Lord says there were always rules regarding guns but the new bylaw establishes procedures for bows.

“There is bow hunting going on outside of farm areas. I don’t want anyone hurt,” she said.

Landing sewer considered

Plans to extend sewer into Okanagan Landing are moving ahead.

Vernon council has instructed staff to proceed with sewer installation by municipal fee and local area service projects over 10 years.

“We hear about septic systems failing and people feel they have no options,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

In 2013, $10,000 will be spent on legal consultation and other work necessary to develop the required policies to proceed with sewer funding.

Mural approved

The City of Vernon is getting behind a mural that portrays a First World War internment camp.

Council has approved a $10,000 contribution for the project by Michelle Loughery.

People considered to be enemy aliens were kept at a camp on the current site of W.L. Seaton Secondary School during the First World War.