Cancelled her Chamber membership

Dear Editor:

 Jason Cox, president of the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, may back the waterslide, but he does not speak for or have the support of all Chamber members.

My business is in Princeton but I live in Penticton and have been a member of the Penticton Chamber for the last 10 years, and have served on the board and executive.  That Jason Cox and the board have decided to support and speak out on this issue without asking for input from members is not acceptable, and I have since cancelled my membership.

As for Mayor Jakubeit and council, to constantly say that the public is “misinformed” is condescending and arrogant to say the least. If those of us that are against putting waterslides in the park are misinformed, then that is a failing on the part of mayor and council, and it is their responsibility to correct that problem.

Although it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the City will never be able to buy more lakefront park land, and certainly not for half of the paltry sum that will be collected in rent and taxes, if the businesses are successful.

The apparent need for the City to finish this deal in such haste without the proper due diligence on their part is equally disturbing.

Why is the City paying for the appraisal of work to be done? Was an environmental assessment done to determine the levels of contamination that may already exist on the property, since Trio is not responsible for anything pre 2016? And who is paying for the assessment?

What about traffic in and around Lee/South Main/East Side Road? Does the City of Penticton have to refund the cost of the splash park to Trio if the business fails? These are just a few questions that come to mind when reviewing the lease documents, and ones that should be answered.

As a business owner and a resident of Penticton I fully support development, growth and job creation. The more amenities that are available for me, my family and my employees to enjoy, the better. However it should not be at any cost. Particularly when the bulk of the jobs created will be seasonal part time, and impact the biggest, most beautiful park we have. And just because the land use says we can put a waterslide in, doesn’t mean we have to, no matter which way the wind is blowing.

Elizabeth Marion, President

Princeton Wood Preservers Ltd.