The future of Greater Vernon’s welcome signs has been put off again.
Regional District of North Okanagan directors provided no direction to staff Wednesday on how to address the three Welcome to Greater Vernon signs, which are in disrepair. Instead, the issue has been sent to the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee for discussion.
“We will deal with it there one way or the other,” said Juliette Cunningham, a Vernon director who is also GVAC chairperson.
RDNO staff first asked for direction on the signs in October, but at that time, the board deferred the matter until the Jan. 21 meeting.
“It’s possible no one wanted to deal with it at that time because of the (November) election,” said Cunningham.
The signs were installed in 2008 by the then-economic development function for Greater Vernon, which disbanded in 2009.
Economic development is now the function of the City of Vernon and RDNO has no funding service to raise funds for sign repairs.
Cunningham insists the issue can’t be ignored.
“They need to be maintained. If we don’t get support from the GVAC partners (Coldstream and the electoral areas), the City of Vernon will have to decide if it puts money forward.”
Possible options could include either making the repairs or removing the signs.