Let’s push for a referendum

Finally, the Save Skaha Park Society has come forward with some information for Penticton residents.

Statements made to the public in 2015, at protest meetings, were for a public referendum to be held by the City of Penticton.

SSPS states the legal fund had $62,000 less $17,000 for a lawyer plus member fees of $8,600. I strongly suggested to SSPS when we donated these monies to the legal fund that it be used to bring an end to this split between residents and therefore 50 per cent ($17,500 of the City of Penticton estimated $35,000 costs) be donated to the City for this public referendum.

This would end the split in our community and meet SSPS objectives. Also SSPS has failed to advise the public of their acceptable time frame. We have reviewed SSPS court documents and see factually incorrect statements. SSPS can not legally negotiate with City of Penticton or Trio Marine, when they represent only 13 per cent of Penticton’s population.

Negotiate in Black’s Law Dictionary means “(2) to baring in good faith with a view to the conclusion of an agreement or the revision of renewal of an existing agreement.”

SSPS comments, “to negotiate a settlement” other than a vote of the electorate on Skaha Park between City of Penticton and Trio Marine could be in violation of City and provincial statues and may leave SSPS vulnerable to fending their actions in court.

I believe Penticton residents want a public referendum and it must be adopted by all three parties by the end of July.

This is the “next stage.”

Historically, various portions of what is now Skaha Park were private lands donated to City of Penticton on the express conditions that these lands could not be disposed of without the approval of the electorate and combined with other lands to form Skaha Park.

Pursuant to the terms of applicable legislation, as well as the application of s.26-30, 84-88 of the Community Charter, these lands can only be disposed of via approval of electors, a.k.a., a public referendum.

The City of Penticton “agreements” with Trio Marine constitute a disposal of these lands, as defined in law and City of Penticton “agreements” passed by Council without the public referendum, is required by law.

We have a special email address: [email protected] to hear from Penticton residents on this expenditure of our funds, in regards to this important matter.

Penticton residents, please send us your thoughts on this public referendum.

Nelson Meikle