On Oct. 11, Chief Robert Louie penned a letter to West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater, requesting a meeting between their respective councils.
The purpose of the meeting would be to discuss the issues involving the exchange lands arising out of the Westside Road Interchange project, the proposed addition to the reserve of Old Ferry Wharf Road and the proposed addition to the reserve of the Devon Road property arising out of the Campbell Road Interchange Project.
On Tuesday evening, district council agreed to the meeting—as long as it isn’t hidden from the public eye.
Council passed a motion to respond immediately to the chief and council, thanking them and requesting an open meeting at the earliest convenience of both councils.
Council also moved that the meeting have an agenda, prepared by the chief of the WFN, the mayor of West Kelowna and the chief administrative officers for both the district and the WFN.
The only council member opposed to the motion was Coun. Carol Zanon, who said that the meeting should take place after the district has the opportunity to meet with B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom.
“I certainly endorse saying thank you to the chief and council for their invitation, that I would like it to be an open meeting and that I would like it to be as soon as possible, but I certainly don’t want to go there until we solve our own issue and get the basic facts,” said Zanon.
Other councillors agreed that meeting with Lekstrom first would be ideal; however, there’s no indication on how long it may take for that to happen.
“It would obviously be better if the meeting took place after we had the opportunity to consult with Minister Lekstrom. But if we haven’t, we haven’t,” said Coun. Duane Ophus.
Coun. Rosalind Neis also stated that she isn’t willing to wait for Lekstrom.
“(Lekstrom) has said that he may have time in December, but I’m not holding my breath. WFN is right next door, we need to start discussions,” said Neis.