West Kelowna to request more time to ponder transit group membership
The City of West Kelowna might quit an organization that does some transit planning for the Central Okanagan.
Council voted this week to ask for an extension to a Nov. 1 deadline on whether to remain part of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Okanagan.
It costs West Kelowna $54,000 this year to be part of the organization, which also includes representatives from Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and the Central Okanagan regional district.
The total annual budget for the partnership is $360,000.
Coun. Duane Ophus said a lot of that money was “wasted” with no discernible benefits for West Kelowna. He said recent improvements in transit had little to do with the operations of the partnership.
But Coun. Rusty Ensign said there were benefits to staying in the group.
“There’s a very good case in here that one voice for the region is a strong voice,” Ensign said.
If the other municipal governments don’t give West Kelowna more time to ponder its membership in the partnership, the city will quit the group.