Regehr says he’s more than just a num­bers guy

Penticton Herald - - CITY & REGION - By JOE FRIES

While he may be known as a num­ber cruncher, Pen­tic­ton city coun­cil can­di­date Frank Regehr says he has much more to of­fer vot­ers.

That in­cludes sup­port for parks, smarter ur­ban plan­ning and back­ing the arts and cul­tural com­mu­nity.

Regehr, who re­tired in 2010 af­ter 22 years as sec­re­tary-trea­surer for the Okana­gan Skaha school district and its fore­run­ners, said he sup­ports all 11 rec­om­men­da­tions con­tained in the new Parks and Re­cre­ation Mas­ter Plan.

“I ab­so­lutely ad­mire the Save Skaha Parks So­ci­ety and the tenac­ity with which they stuck to a multi-year pro­gram to ar­rive at this,” added the father of five and grand­fa­ther of eight.

He’s also in­ter­ested in the up­dated Of­fi­cial Com­mu­nity Plan that’s due to be pre­sented early in the new coun­cil’s term and what sort of plan­ning prin­ci­ples it will in­clude re­gard­ing den­si­fi­ca­tion.

“I think some of the den­si­fi­ca­tion that’s been done in spots in the city has re­ally left streets that have no park­ing, no green spa­ces. With den­si­fi­ca­tion, there should be nicer ways to do it,” he said.

Fi­nally, Regehr be­lieves the arts and cul­ture com­mu­nity re­ceives a rel­a­tively low level of sup­port from the City of Pen­tic­ton com­pared to the sports com­mu­nity, in par­tic­u­lar those who use costly are­nas.

“I think there’s per­haps an equal num­ber of peo­ple who feel just as pas­sion­ately about arts and cul­ture, and they just don’t get any­thing close to the level of sup­port,” he said.

Back on the money side of things, Regehr would ad­vo­cate for bet­ter in­for­ma­tion with which to make bet­ter de­ci­sions, such as in­clud­ing cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­tures and de­pre­ci­a­tion when cal­cu­lat­ing the true cost of fa­cil­i­ties, and fig­ur­ing out a fairer way for res­i­dents of sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to chip in for the Pen­tic­ton recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties that they use.

Spe­cial to the Her­ald

Coun­cil can­di­date Frank Regehr be­lieves arts and cul­tural groups should get a fairer share of fund­ing from the city.

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