By: Vernon Morning Star
It’s the Village of Lumby’s way of saying thank you.
Village council unanimously voted to donate $10,000 in revenue from its community forest to the White Valley Parks, Recreational and Cultural Services.
Mayor Kevin Acton made the presentation at the regular Regional District of North Okanagan meeting. Accepting the cheque were Area D director and RDNO chairperson Rick Fairbairn, and Cherryville director Hank Cameron.
“We’ve been struggling with other functions within RDNO so this is a sign of good faith that we really want to participate,” said Acton.
“Some functions that we participate in are really beneficial to the village, such as parks and recreation.”
White Valley is the area covered by electoral areas D (rural Lumby), Cherryville and the Village of Lumby.
White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture is governed by RDNO through the White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee, whose membership includes one representative from each of the three jurisdictions.
The village provides all parks and facility management services under contract to RDNO.
Lumby has joined other RDNO community members in bowing out of some functions, including building inspection.
“We decided to make the presentation here (RDNO) to reiterate to the other directors that we find there is plenty of value in doing things in conjunction with RDNO,” said Acton.
“There are some things that need to have more of a local focus so we can try to promote our community and have a little better handle on what’s going on.
“Lumby is very proud of the parks and recreation and cultural services available to its residents, and those of Area D and Cherryville. Partnerships are essential to a community like Lumby who is interested in responsible growth and the attraction of families.”