Vernon maps out four-year plan

Members of council and administration will meet Monday at the Lakers Clubhouse to establish a strategic plan for the four-year term

Vernon politicians are creating a vision.

Members of council and administration will meet Monday at the Lakers Clubhouse to establish a strategic plan for the four-year term.

“I’m hoping we as council and senior management will go in the same direction,” said mayor Akbal Mund.

“When you’re working in the same direction, you can get things done.”

The all-day session begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

It will include looking at council members’ election platforms and their top five actions, what they hope the community will look like in 2018 and a presentation from KPMG accountants.

Administration will also put forward proposed strategic priorities.

Mund anticipates a focus on the failed Greater Vernon referendum to borrow $70 million for water upgrades.

“It’s a Greater Vernon issue but it’s also a city issue,” he said.

Economic development will also be on the agenda.

“Finding industrial land within our region will be  discussed,” said Mund.

Administration will also bring council up to speed on a range of current issues, including Vernon’s 125th anniversary in 2017 and the future of the Civic Arena and Kin Race Track.

Some residents have suggested the city needs to bring legal action over the race track to an end, and  Mund agrees.

“Civic is a critical issue and it takes one in tandem with the other,” said Mund of the proposal to construct a replacement ice sheet at Kal Tire Place, next to the race track.

“We will have conversations with the Okanagan Equestrian Society and we will see what we can do to resolve this.”

 

Vernon Morning Star

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