Concerned with length of contract

Dear Editor:

I see the waterslides have been dropped from Trio’s plans; no one could be happier than I.

I had no issues with a waterslide being built, just not on public green space. I do, however have some remaining concerns, first with the length of the contract, secondly with the fact that the lease is transferable, and lastly is the fact that mayor and council are still permitting private industry to set up on public land.

Even though I am not a member, I will continue to support the Save Skaha Park Society as well as Nelson Meikle in their bid to make the city comply with proper protocol when it comes to the disposal of public lands.

I would like some clarification.

Trio has stated they have committed to expand the marina by 70 stalls. Why so many? When is the last time you saw 70 boats out on Skaha Lake at the same time?

The amended deal will include a small retail area in the park. How large will the retail area be, and exactly where in the park will it be located?

As long as it is not built on green space, where the lacrosse area is, or near the basketball courts, then I personally have no problem with the amended plan.

I am also understanding there will be an option in the future for Trio to try again for a waterslide, only this time the people will have a say.

Well, a recent poll says only 17 per cent approved of the waterslide in the first place, so Trio shouldn’t bother wasting their time or money.

That figure alone speaks volumes and is unlikely to change much in the near future.

The mayor and council are almost at half-time, and currently the game is scoreless. Let’s see if the Magnificent Seven can come out on the field in the second half and mount a some kind of comeback.

Mark Billesberger

Penticton