Thursday, September 05, 2013

Cultural Referedum Gets Green Light

Written by Peter McIntyre  107.5 KISSFM Thursday, 05 September 2013 10:26 
Local politicians have given their support for holding a referendum next spring for a new Vernon Art Gallery and expanded Greater Vernon Museum. The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee passed that motion in a 5-2 vote today, with the directors for Areas B and C opposed, feeling more information is needed on the costs and participants, before committing to a vote. The two cultural organizations will be required to pay the extra $50,000 to hold the referendum next spring, as opposed to next fall in conjunction with the civic elections. RDNO staff had recommended the vote be put off for up to two years to get more details, and to give the projects a better chance to succeed. The gallery is looking to build a new facility on the former Flower Shop site on 31 Ave across from Cenotaph Park, while the museum would expand at its current site in the civic complex. The two projects could cost around 17 million dollars.

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