Voter turnout high in first West Kelowna city hall referendum advance poll

More than six percent of all eligible voters cast ballots on the first of two advance voting days.

If the first day of advance voting in the West Kelowna city hall referendum is any indication, interest in the issue is high.

According to the city, 1,597residents—out of 26,034 eligible voters—cast ballots in the first of two advance polls held Wednesday.

A second advance poll will be held Sept. 13 at the Westbank Lions Community Centre at 2466 Main Street in Westbank from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

General voting day is Sept. 17, when voters can cast ballots between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Const. Neil Bruce Middle School, George Pringle Elementary School, Glenrosa Middle School and Mar Jok Elementary School in Rose Valley.

West Kelowna residents are being asked if they approve of the city borrowing $7.7 million to help pay for a new $14 million city hall building in the Westbank area of the city. The rest of the money required for the project would come from city reserves.

The new city hall would be part of a larger complex that would include three privately owned buildings—one commercial and two residential. The city hall would be owned by the city and would include a civic plaza.

West Kelonwa’s existing municipal offices at the Mt. Boucherie Recreation Complex would then be returned for use as part of the recreation complex. The city says it has outgrown those premises and need more space for the staff of a growing city.

Opponents of the city hall plan say they feel the timing is not right, the cost is too high and the location is wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Lightning strikes West Kelowna condo

Fire crews were called to a building on Carrington Road Tuesday night

UPDATE: Smoke rising from Okanagan Mountain Park hills

Lightning may have sparked a fire in the hills across from Peachland

Lightning strikes across B.C. Interior

Residents are being asked to go inside until last rumble of thunder

Update: Lightning sparks blaze above Summerland

Firefighters are battling the small fire from the area that occurred Tuesday shortly after 7 p.m.

UPDATE: Crews battle wildfire near Big White Road

Joe Rich Fire Department responding alongside Big White Fire Department and provincial crews.

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Lightning sparks wildfires in Vernon

Tuesday night storm causes wildfire in BX and residential fire in East Hill

Crash closes Highway 5A in both directions

A collision has shut down Highway 5A about 22 kilometres south of the junction with Highway 97C

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Pike Mountain fire continues to grow – quadruples in 24 hours

Fire threatens area consumed in 2017 by a 3,500 hectare blaze

Vernon Knights hire Van Horlick

New head coach of Junior B franchise in Armstrong

St. Albert knocks down Canadians

Finals of Valley of the Champions

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Most Read