Vandals destroy meters

The public is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP and quote RCMP file 2015-26425 if they have any information

Downtown Vernon parking meters have taken a hit.

A significant number of parking meters were badly damaged over the weekend and the City of Vernon is hoping the public can assist by providing any video footage from surveillance cameras or helping locate missing meters or meter parts.

A total of 74 meters were damaged, with the clocks (internal mechanism that does the timing) from 72 meters broken or removed, resulting in approximately $20,000 in damage.

“I found one of the clocks under the stairs at the Elks Hall,” said Clint Kanester, City of Vernon protective services manager, Monday morning.

As of Tuesday morning, 43 meter clocks have been recovered in various states of damage.

There was no money stolen from the meters.

Most of the damaged meters were in the area of 32nd Avenue and 30th Street, as well as on 34th and 35th Street, 31st Avenue, Coldstream Avenue and Centennial Drive.

It’s the second big piece of vandalism to happen to city meters in the past month.

Three or four meters in the vicinity of Coldstream Avenue and 31st Street were also damaged, including somebody sawing off the top of one of the meters.

“It’s frustrating,” said Kanester. “We don’t know if it’s someone who is pissed off with us because of something we’ve required them to do, or someone looking for more free parking. Who knows?”

The public is asked to contact the Vernon RCMP and quote RCMP file 2015-26425 if they have any information that may help in locating those responsible.

Council policy allows a $500 reward for supplying information to the RCMP which results in the conviction of people damaging civic property.


Just Posted

Vernon on track to battle climate change

Climate Action Advisory Committee urges action is needed

Vernon jiu jitsu fighter wins World Masters bronze

(Super) Dave Rothwell tried to regain heavyweight title he won in 2017

Order of Canada author in Vernon

White shares writing along with local author at Museum

Open fire ban rescinded in Kamloops, Okanagan and coastal regions

Category 2 and 3 open fires will be permitted starting Wednesday at noon

‘It’s almost surreal’: B.C. fire chief, sidekick Sammy recap rescue mission in Bahamas

Chief Larry Watkinson and Sam the disaster dog spent 8 days assisting a search and rescue team

Shuswap elementary school shocked, saddened by death of teacher

Well-loved Grade 4 teacher in Salmon Arm passed away suddenly over weekend

Vaping-related illness confirmed in Ontario believed to be first in Canada

Middlesex-London Health Unit had no further details about the case — believed to be the first confirmed in Canada

Canadian stars Virtue, Moir say in video they’re ‘stepping away’ from ice dancing

The pair thank fans for their support in an emotional message

Kamloops high school evacuated after receiving threat

Police have not released any further details into what the threat includes

Woman held at gunpoint during carjacking in UBC parkade

University RCMP say the vehicle is still missing, and two suspects are at large

Morning start: Did you know Mary never actually had a little lamb?

Your morning start: Fun fact, weather, and video of the day

VIDEO: Angry B.C. cyclist starts shaming dangerous drivers online

‘You motorists deserve all your costs and misery’

‘Time to take action:’ Children advocates call for national youth suicide strategy

Council wants Ottawa to make reporting of suicides and attempted suicides mandatory for data collection

Most Read