Rail trail fuels debate

Politicians want to expedite development of corridor from Coldstream to Kelowna

Some elected officials want to ensure development of the Okanagan Rail Trail isn’t stalled.

Director Jim Garlick wants the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee to have the ability to proceed with the section of trail in this regional district and not be held back by the other partners in the initiative — Kelowna, Lake Country and the Okanagan Indian Band.

“What kind of autonomy do we have to develop the trail on our own?” he said.

“It’s good to work with them but I’m not sure if we have to stay in lock-step with the group.”

All of the participating jurisdictions have agreed to a base standard for the trail.

“Those jurisdictions that would like to do something beyond that base level can do that beyond the money raised,” said David Sewell, Regional District of North Okanagan chief administrative officer.

As an example, Kelowna will pave a portion of its trail.

“We have the ability as separate (property) owners do do our own thing,” said Sewell.

Garlick has also suggested that there’s been a lack of information from the inter-jurisdictional administration team overseeing the rail trail project.

“We’ve never had a political discussion here. It’s all been away,” he said.

“I’d like to get the trail done sooner than later.”

Sewell insists, though, that the process has been transparent.

“We’ve had these discussions at this table. Each jurisdiction is responsible for their own works but there is a co-ordinated effort. We’re not taking a backseat with this,” he said.

GVAC is currently proceeding with some work on its 2.5-kilometre section of trail, including environmental, agricultural and archaeological protection, mitigating potential geotechnical hazards, drainage improvements and safe road crossings.

Parts of the trail will be closed as construction proceeds.

“People are using it intensely so we need a clear communications plan for when it’s closed,” said Juliette Cunningham, chairperson.

Just Posted

BC SPCA Kelowna holiday bake sale kicks off Nov. 7

Event will help to raise money for stray and neglected animals

West Kelowna RCMP commander recognized with Order of Merit

Staff Sgt. Duncan Dixon’s career spans an impressive 28 years with the RCMP

Okanagan school districts receive thousands for trades programs

The money is part of $1.37 million given to fifty-one school districts for trades programs

Former Kelowna-based B.C. Dragoons leader pleads guilty to possession of child porn

Sean David Parker pleaded guilty to possession of child porn on Monday

Rutland Residents Association intends to file a complaint with provincial obudsmen over low-barrier housing

Complaint claims low-barrier housing has had a negative impact on their neighbourhood.

Beauty boutique committed to cleaner, greener industry

The Green Vanity accepts empty product containers for recycling

WATCH: Coldstream garage fire as hot as 275 C: deputy fire Chief

Shop fire potential for ‘one heck of a fireworks show,’ O’Hara says

North Okanagan women head up college board

Gloria Morgan named chair and Juliette Cunningham vice-chair Tuesday

Artist waves women’s flag in Okanagan

SheShe declares femininity with all-encompassing exhibit

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Man accused in fatal Salmon Arm church shooting also charged with arson

Parmenter family home badly damaged by fire a month before killing

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchers

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

Thieves smash way into Vernon business

Incident at Simply Delicious happened at 4:30 a.m. and was caught on video

Most Read