Letter: Council missed a ‘golden opportunity’
To the editor:
Kelowna city council missed a golden opportunity at their meeting to decide the fate of Cedar Avenue that will likely come back to bite them in the butt.
An overflow gallery showed up, yet again, at council’s regular public meeting to show their support for a park at Cedar Avenue. Incidentally, many of those supporters also received parking tickets as they waited patiently, and quietly, for council to finally arrive at the Cedar Avenue part of the agenda.
Turns out the anonymous donor in the news lately, had officially stepped forward that morning and created a procedural problem for council. The city clerk could not divulge the new info he had regarding this donor without opening a new public hearing. Which council did.
Colour me dubious. Once again, instead of stepping up to the plate and designating this land as P3 according to the wishes of a very large number of Kelowna citizens, council needs to assimilate yet more information? It is a disgrace that an anonymous donor would even be considered by council as a viable alternative to doing the right thing by designating this property as park, immediately. Would we have city council fleece this most generous citizen of $2.3 million to save face in the turbulence of their indifference and indecision?
What more information could council possibly need? Now that a new public hearing is on the horizon, it becomes open season for all the questions that will inevitably be asked. Tough questions. Tough questions that council are now obligated to answer.
Buckle up Kelowna, this promises to be one heck of a ride.