West Kelowna might quit tran­sit group

The Daily Courier - - WESTSIDE WEEKLY -

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.

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