Summer sessions stay on calendar

RDNO directors Directors no action after a recommendation to scrap board meetings for June 5, July 3 and Aug. 7

There may be few dog days of summer at the Regional District of North Okanagan office.

Directors have decided to take no action after receiving a recommendation from staff to scrap the  regular board meetings for June 5, July 3 and Aug. 7.

“We have a lot of business in the next few months and the deadline for some of this is in the summer,” said director Doug Dirk.

“I’d rather have the meetings in place and if there is no need for a meeting, they can then be cancelled at the discretion of the chairperson.”

Staff stated that board meetings usually go from two to one a month in July and August because of a reduction in activity and people being on vacation.

However, Dirk doesn’t agree with that view.

“It was once in August and then last year, it was July too. It hasn’t always been done,” he said.

Staff suggested eliminating the June 5 board meeting so the time could be used by Greater Vernon politicians to wrap up the recreation service reviews.

“Everyone wants them done and there’s a real (time) crunch,” said administrator Trafford Hall.

However, the board unanimously decided to leave the schedule as is, with two meetings a month.

“It’s a way of reserving those times if they need to be available (for the board)” said director Rob Sawatzky.