Friday, September 20, 2013

Vernon Proposals Get BC Backing

Written by Peter McIntyre 107.5 KISSFM Friday, 20 September 2013 06:00
A couple of Vernon council resolutions have been endorsed by BC civic leaders. Mayor Rob Sawatzky says Uinion of BC Municipalities delegates in Vancouver have backed the idea to avoid holding alternate approvals or referendums for lower cost water projects. "So that we can borrow more quickly and respond more quickly to these legislated and required services, in the same way that we do with sewer (projects)," says Sawatzky. The BC mayors and councillors also approved Vernon's idea for making restorative justice a bigger part of dealing with crime. Meantime, Vernon's mayor likes a proposal to allow communities to hire non-RCMP officers for duties like writing traffic tickets. Sawatzky says that resolution from the city of Cranbrook was endorsed by civic leaders at the UBCM convention. He says it would allow regular officers to focus on more serious crimes, and save on costs. "Because one of the most expensive and difficult to control costs for communities, is policing," says the first term mayor. The resolutions will next go to the provincial government for consideration.

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