Vernon council receives report card

The final report card for city council’s 2012/14 strategic priorities has been issued

Vernon officials have been busy.

The final report card for city council’s 2012/14 strategic priorities has been issued, and chief administrative officer Will Pearce believes the process has been successful.

“None of this was easy,” he said in a report to council.

“To deliver all meant careful consideration at each step and thoughtful balance of direction.”

The report indicates that overall cost of all services has been held at annual increases of 1.8 per cent or less, the scope of city services has been protected, a core services review was conducted and an infrastructure investment plan was completed by council.

“Numerous initiatives have been implemented to reduce current and long-term costs, including installation of GPS in all city vehicles and implementing a preventative maintenance program for all significant assets,” said Pearce.

“Council has directed completion of the official community plan and key neighbourhood plans.”

Municipal summit sought

Vernon could play host to civic and community leaders wanting to improve conditions for youth.

The City of Vernon has endorsed the North Okanagan Early Years Council’s bid to host the Cities Fit for Children Municipal Summit in November 2015.

“There should be no cost to the city except some in-kind staff time,” said Lynne Reside, early years community development co-ordinator.