Vernon council has given the green light to weekly clean-ups of the City Centre neighborhood, including Polson Park.
That was one of the more than 40 recommendations made by the Activate Safety Task Force to council back in July.
But councillor Scott Anderson is disappointed council has watered down — or not proceeded with — some of the suggestions made by that group.
“We had a meeting here and it was, I think, the most crowded meeting we’ve had in the four years I’ve been in term. The business community crying out. And it goes far beyond just the business community. You just need to visit Facebook to see the outcry,” says Anderson who was a member of the task force.
Councillor Juliette Cunningham says it’s not constructive for council to support all the recommendations.
“There has to be input from the rest of us that weren’t there and input from those organizations like Interior Health who are expected to resolve a lot of these issues. They were left out of the whole process.”
The clean ups would be handled by people from the North Okanagan Youth and Family Services Society and the Upper Room Mission, costing 200 dollars a week, for ten weeks.
Council is also supporting a Portland Loo-style washroom-facility on the east side of Highway 97.