New loos for Vernon downtown

Additional washrooms to come to core but councillors don’t know where yet

The City of Vernon will purchase three additional washroom facilities for $405,000 to serve the downtown core, but the location of the toilets were cause for disagreement among some councillors.

The original budget for two toilets was $365,000, communications manager Christy Poirier said. But when the cost of the first unit came in under budget, council decided to bump the budget to $405,000 with an additional $40,000 to purchase three units. This will fund the washroom facility on 30th Avenue and 35th Street, one washroom near the bus exchange and a third with a location yet to be determined.

Coun. Scott Anderson said the point of these toilets are to prevent people from “defecating in doorsteps,” and Coun. Kelly Fehr echoed his colleagues statements and suggested one be installed in Linear Park.

“The purpose is to provide bathrooms to those who don’t have them,” he said. “It takes away the need to relieve yourself in an alley.”

But Coun. Dalvir Nahal was adamant in saying a permanent washroom facility in Linear Park wasn’t ideal.

“We don’t want people congregating in Linear Park,” she said, referring to concerns residents have brought up to council.

“Crime happens, so why should we facilitate it,” Coun. Anderson agreed.

Councillors Nahal and Anderson said the hours of operation need to be considered in the new installations. The downtown bathroom on 30th Avenue closes at 8 p.m. and councillors said that doesn’t remedy waste issues that occur over night or in the early morning hours.

“Merchants are demanding an alternative to cleaning up waste in the morning,” Coun. Anderson said.

READ MORE: Vernon’s downtown potty problematic

READ MORE: State of the art loo installed in Vernon


@caitleerach
Caitlin.clow@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Roots & Blues announces ticket giveaway ahead of online festival

The festival is streaming free online this year, but those who pre-register can win passes for 2021.

UPDATE: Suspicion ruled out in Vernon golf course fire

Blaze causes significant damage to driving range hut

WATCH: Lavington man chains himself to tree as crews clear space for child care centre

Crews began work clearing space for a new facility Thursday, Aug. 6

Tacos added to Vernon food truck lineup

Mi Taqueria Mexican Cantina opened Aug. 5 at the Village Green Hotel parking lot

Vernon police search for owner of lost iPhone

Concerned citizen turns phone into RCMP

371 British Columbians battling COVID-19, health officials confirm

Thursday (Aug. 6) saw a second straight day of nearly 50 new confirmed cases

Mitchell’s Musings: Hockey’s comeback begins in earnest in August

Sports is back. Well, at least sports in a bubble is back.… Continue reading

Visitors and non-residents entering closed remote B.C. First Nation’s territories

With limited resources, they say they don’t have any authority or power to enforce the closures

UBC loses appeal on Fisheries Act convictions

BC Supreme Court upholds order to pay $1.55-million fine

Masks to be mandatory on BC Transit, TransLink starting Aug. 24

Both BC Transit and TransLink made the announcement in separate press releases on Thursday

Acclaimed B.C. actor Brent Carver passes away

Carver, one of Canada’s greatest actors with a career spanning 40 years, passed away at home in Cranbrook

B.C. would not send students back to school if there was ‘overwhelming risk’: Horgan

Plan has left many parents across the province worried about their children’s safety

Canucks blank Wild 3-0, take series lead in penalty-filled NHL qualifying clash

Jacob Markstrom stops 27 shots to lead Vancouver past Minnesota

Most Read