Poor Vernon

Beautification of 29th Street unnecessary, art gallery/museum suggestion on target

I read with interest Len Ganz’ letter and wholeheartedly agree with him.

The budget is at least $1 million over, but ‘beautification’ of 29th Street is going ahead! Why, I ask?  It just means more driving lanes downtown will peter out, leaving tourists and residents alike wondering what is going on.

All that is gained is seating, a jutting curb and a few bushes. Wow. This ‘pet project’ puts me in mind of the two roundabouts in town, which were totally uncalled for and carried a high price tag for a town struggling with revenue.

In the same issue, I liked Chuck Columbus’ idea for the art gallery and museum. I hope the foundations of the old buildings will  support additional floors and their badly needed expansion will finally be done.

I have lived here for over 30 years and seen many changes, but  have no axe to grind as I am a mile out of Vernon’s boundary and come under the regional district.

What a high price tag for all these different councils and regional districts for our Okanagan Valley.

The mayor suggests amalgamation should be citizen driven, but surely knows the Liberal government is the one to decide these matters and they have no appetite for controversy just before an election.

Tough economic times need tough decisions. Maybe one day common sense will prevail, but probably not in my lifetime!

Chris Bett, North Okanagan