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Kelowna mayor to seek re-election

 

Kelowna mayor Sharon Shepherd announced Thursday night that she will be seeking a third term as mayor in the Nov. 19. municipal election.

In a press release sent out Thursday night, the mayor said her ongoing vision for Kelowna is to have “a safe, healthy and economically vibrant community where all can experience an enhanced quality of life now and into the future.”

She also said she feels its important for the city to strive to be the best mid-sized city in the country and the recently adopted official community plan  titled  sets the guidelines in achieving that goal.

“Kelowna is a leader in sustainability with solar, geothermal, district energy and recycling policies and programs, yet there is still lots to do,” said Shepherd.

Sharon Shepherd has identified new initiatives to consider including a policing advisory coalition and an alternate transportation committee that deals with walking, cycling, and transit needs.

She feels that the input obtained from the accessibility advisory committee and youth forums during the last few years should continue and yet there still needs to be ongoing policy improvements that would make Kelowna known as being business, child and age friendly.

Priority projects over the next few years include the following:

-Downtown plan implementation & Bernard Avenue revitalization

-Rutland Town Centre Transit Exchange

-Glenmore Recreation Park lands

-Public Dock in the downtown

-Water Street Senior Centre relocation to Parkinson

-Stuart Park expansion & Kelowna Yacht Club relocation

-Central Green Park development with affordable housing

-Permanent Farmer’s Market

-Tourism Kelowna Building

-Sports Hall of Fame

-Airport improvements

-Heritage enhancements including Brent’s Mill and Laurel gardens

-RCMP contract

 

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