War has been declared on copper thieves.
Vernon council has made changes to a city bylaw in an attempt to deter people from stealing copper wire from light posts. It will require anti-theft hand-hole cover plates and junction box lids.
“This brings up the standards to require devices in new subdivisions,” said Ed Stranks, engineering development services manager.
Last spring, copper wire was stolen from the road leading up to the Rise subdivision.
Thefts also occurred at the Tavistock development on Tronson Road and at Marshall Field and Okanagan College.
Cyclists Take Aim
A controversial issue isn’t going away at Vernon city hall.
The Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee has told council that cycling lanes along 43rd Avenue can’t be ignored.
“Having no cycle link from the east to the west side is a real block for people getting on their bikes,” said spokesperson Ward Strong of the need to improve safety and encourage people to ride bicycles.
The previous city council had proposed bicycle lanes along 43rd Avenue but that generated significant opposition from merchants.
The current council recently announced that the project would not proceed because senior government funding is not available.
O’Keefe Ranch On The Agenda
There will be more attempts to try and make a local historical site financially viable.
The City of Vernon is resurrecting the O’Keefe Ranch task force, which has not met since 2008.
“They continue to have funding issues,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.
“The city has been contributing $150,000 a year and the situation is not improving. We have to be creative about funding options.”
Cunningham and Coun. Brian Quiring will sit on the task force.
Hat-Trick for RBC Cup Bid
Organizers of the RBC Cup bid committee have scored the endorsement of Vernon politicians.
Council has agreed to provide a motion of support for the 2014 bid, write a letter of support for the bid package and provide a $5,000 letter of credit in case the proposed event does not generate a sufficient profit.
“The event will be good for the community,” said Coun. Bob Spiers.
If the national junior A hockey championships do come to Vernon, it’s expected to draw 3,500 to 4,000 visitors and have a local economic benefit of $1.5 million.