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Support snowballs for changes to Vernon facility rentals

Carnival adds voice to Chamber’s call for overhaul
The Reklaws – siblings Jenna and Stuart Walker from Ontario – closed out the 2023 Vernon Winter Carnival A&W Snowglobe Country Barn Burner concert Friday, Feb. 10, before a capacity crowd at Kal Tire Place. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Recommendations to overhaul the process of renting public facilities in Vernon is gaining support.

The Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce has called out the city on rental costs and procedures.

Now, the Vernon Winter Carnival Society is backing the Chamber’s request that a task force look into changes.

READ MORE: Increased fees, few services for Vernon facility rentals

“As a member of the Vernon Winter Carnival Society, I firmly believe that implementing these measures will significantly contribute to bolstering economic development in our community,” said Kris Fuller, executive director.

“By bringing together a variety of perspectives, we can foster a more inclusive and efficient process.”

Fuller says comparable data from other communities needs to be looked at and whether the booking process should remain within the recreation department or be transferred to another department.

Carnival has previously questioned costs of facility rentals, as it brings hundreds of events to town for the 10-day festival every year.

READ MORE: Carnival questions Vernon over costly facility rental prices

“Transparency and accountability are vital in this process, and an open council meeting is the appropriate forum for these discussions,” said Fuller, as the Chamber has suggested a task force bring recommendations back to council. “This approach will allow the public to be aware of the progress being made and ensure that their voices are heard.”

Fuller has a “sincere desire to foster a positive relationship with the city,” and believes some action will go a long way to improving the economic well-being of Vernon.

“We look forward to witnessing the positive changes that will emerge from this endeavor.”


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Jennifer Smith

About the Author: Jennifer Smith

Vernon has always been my home, and I've been working at The Morning Star since 2004.
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