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Vernon council releases update on activities during current term
The City of Vernon insists progress is being made on some key issues.
Council has released its first report card evaluating progress on the 2012–2014 strategic plan.
“We have committed to report every six months on our progress toward achieving our priorities," said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.
Council's main objective was instituting a core services review to consider long-term services and budgets. That process is underway by KPMG and completion and presentation to council is scheduled for March 31.
“We wanted to rebuild the working relationships with our community neighbors in order to improve the provision of the services we share," said Sawatzky.
"We have been able to achieve a memorandum of understanding governing the provision of sub-regional and local parks with our neighbours in Coldstream and Areas B and C. Agreements for the provision of recreation facilities and arts, culture and youth will still need our attention in the coming year," said Sawatzky.
One issue that is still unresolved is expanding transit to the University of B.C. in Kelowna.
"We are still seeing students being left behind and under-served. This will clearly receive our further attention and efforts," said Sawatzky of the need to work with the regional district and B.C. Transit.
The report card and strategic Plan can be found at www.vernon.ca/council/strategic_plan.html.