Will committee be stacked?

Dear Editor:

I find it interesting that our rookie mayor is calling to revive a Parks Master Plan to provide council with guidance on future projects after going ahead and signing the Trio agreement in the face of widespread opposition (Herald, Aug. 18, 19).

Does he think city residents will forget about the gaping hole he and his councillors have just created in the integrity of our waterfront parks while asking them to develop a new parks plan that council may or may not reference in future decisions?

Or does he think he can stack an appointed committee with like-minded people who can give council a mandate to develop more parkland over the next three years?

I attended the Aug. 17 council meeting to hear the three presenters from the Save Skaha Parks group. I thought they did a very good job of representing the concerns of citizens who oppose the development of this park space.

The mayor’s comments were published next day in the Herald  —  “Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion”, said Jakubeit. “Council went through a process, and we’re moving forward with our process.”

So the presentation at Council on Aug. 17 did not affect their position. This council has clearly shown that it operates without honouring the wishes of its constituents. If it did, there would of been a full consultation process with the residents that the council claim to represent and a referendum conducted to confirm they have a mandate to go ahead with the Trio group’s water park.

Council can now look forward to this issue being escalated beyond the confines of the city as the Save Skaha Park group explore avenues to force council to rescind this decision.

Please consider donating to their Save Skaha Park legal fund.

I would also like to say for the record that I am a member of the Penticton Chamber of Commerce and have been for 19 years. I do not support the use of park land for a waterpark and Jason Cox, the Chamber’s current president, is certainly not representing my views.

Barry Matfield

Penticton