Vernon politicians have joined the effort to improve a popular tourism attraction.
Council will write a letter of support backing the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake’s plans for upgrades at the Kal Lake lookout off Highway 97.
“It’s a great asset,” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky.
The society wants to raise funds publicly for lighting, landscaping and signage. Presently, the site is covered by graffiti and litter is prevalent.
“Thousands of people go by there and it doesn’t look very good,” said Coun. Patrick Nicol.
Exemption request fumbles
The Vernon Minor Football Association will not get a break on property taxes.
Vernon council has decided not to provide a 50 per cent tax exemption to the group for 2013.
“No other sports groups receive an exemption under the policy,” said Kevin Bertles, finance manager.
The minor football association was seeking an exemption for a site it rents for storage.
Carnival gathers support
Plans for Western Canada’s largest winter festival are moving ahead.
The City of Vernon has agreed to provide a $10,000 sponsorship to the 52nd annual Vernon Winter Carnival, which takes place in February.
“Each year, our many different events attract people from all over the province, who spend money in our city and take part in the many events that make up the Winter Carnival,” said Brittany Sjoblom, Winter Carnival executive director.