The City of Vernon is trying to be clear about its purpose.
On Monday, council endorsed a statement that says the city’s mission is, “to deliver effective and efficient local government services that benefit our citizens, our businesses, our environment and our future.”
“We want something that clarifies the main objective of the city. It provides a focus for people working for the city,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, communications co-ordinator.
The old mission statement was, “To preserve and enhance our unique environment on behalf of the people of Vernon through the provision of dynamic and accountable leadership and effective municipal services.”
Laing Gahr recommended a change because the old statement was similar to those in other cities.
“We wanted to create something identifiably ours.”
A majority of council supported the mission statement recommended by Laing Gahr.
“I think we’re spot on with this,” said Coun. Brian Quiring.
“It’s simple, straight forward and says what we’re doing,” added Coun. Catherine Lord.
However, opposition came from Councillors Bob Spiers, Scott Anderson and Dalvir Nahal.
Anderson pushed unsuccessfully to have the word responsive added to the statement.
“It means flexibility, nimble and not stuck on some track. It tells residents we’re willing to listen,” said Anderson.
Nahal defended her decision to vote against the statement.
“To me it sounded boring,” she said, adding that she would have also preferred use of responsive.
“But I am glad that we as a new council have come up with a new vision statement.”