Altering the composition of the Peters Bros. parade and Main Street being reduced to two lanes at one of Penticton’s busiest intersections are minor problems considering Naramata Road may one day extend to Kelowna.
Installing a crossover street between Main and Martin, well beyond the reduction to two lanes, makes little traffic flow sense.
Using the $4.2 million dollars being spent on the downtown upgrade as an example, it may be way more beneficial to both locals and tourists if the money was instead redirected to enhancing the river channel bike paths and jogging trails that connect the two lakes. The channel is a major tourist draw and one that has been largely financially ignored. Countless locals and tourists float, kayak, bike, jog, dog walk and bird watch year-round.
But, the bigger question remains the same. Why are there never referendums so locals can have a say on how their property tax money is spent? A process should be developed where all capital expenditures are bundled, presented for public vote, prioritized according to the vote, then acted upon by mayor and council, thus reflecting the will of the community.
The current practice of our elected members is quite the opposite. They decide a project in secret and then, like castor oil, ram it down the throats of residents. The time is coming when the community going to have organize and take action through direct contact, gatherings, marches and economic sanctions. Remember, the mayor and council work for you, and their mandate is to enact your will. To those who have remained silent, your silence is being interpreted as approval.
C. Otto Knaak