Friday, June 4, 2010

Water and Parks facilitation report. -- Astral media.

Local News – Astral News

A discussion on Greater Vernon water devolution almost hit boiling point Friday as Electoral Areas B and C supported Coldstream's motion to postpone talks with an facilitator pending the outcome of a judicial review. Vernon Mayor Wayne Lippert, the lone vote against postponement, said it was ``typical'' of the other three players to stall. He said none had come up with any solutions to the water management issues. Lippert said he was frustrated and disappointed. But Electoral Area C Director Mike MacNabb said the City of Vernon's legal maneuvering had left a gun pointed at the heads of the other players. Vernon is seeking a judicial review after being denied permission for a partial pullout from the water system.

The facilitator does, however, remain involved in a review of the Parks and Recreation Service. Coldstream is urging Vernon to hand over ownership of Kal Beach to the regional district. A cost breakdown of that and of Kin Beach will be discussed at the next meeting.

Kate Bouey - Vernon
Coldstream Council believes that the outcome of the court case will determine the next course of action. Should the courts side with Vernon's position that the Arbitrator indeed has jurisdiction in arbitrating, then the arbitration should continue.

Alternately, if the court agrees with the Arbitrator that he has no jurisdiction for arbitrating partial withdrawal from the service then we can continue with the facilitation between the parties.

Those interested in reading the facilitators report on the water issues can access his report here.

The Parks report is available here.


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