Sports complex can’t be ignored

EDITORIAL: Referendum may not be until November, but plans need to be confirmed now in order for sports complex vote to move ahead

Summer is well underway but fall is just around the corner and that means local jurisdictions should be working towards major goals for later in the year.

However, it appears that the possibility of a Greater Vernon sports complex referendum this November has dropped off the radar because there have been no recent updates from the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“We will be asking our administrator where things are at,” said director Mike Macnabb.

“There’s been nothing acted upon,” added director Jim Garlick.

Why have the elected officials been kept in the dark? After all, it was they who lobbied to get the Okanagan College site designated for a track facility and they will be held responsible if a referendum is successful or fails.

November may seem like a long ways off, but there are strict legislative schedules that must be followed to establish a referendum. Time will also be needed to properly inform the public of the need in the community and the implications from borrowing $8.5 million.

Yes, RDNO staff have other jobs on their desk but their bosses — the board of directors — determined the sports complex was a priority when they agreed in May to move towards a referendum.

Recently, directors demanded that staff start providing them with regular updates on their activities. Administration fought it, saying progress updates would add to their work load.

But the apparent lack of action on the sports complex indicates there is a need to understand what the bureaucrats are doing.

– Vernon Morning Star