Penticton council remains mum on Skaha information

Penticton residents hoping to hear new information from Trio Marine Group are still going to be left waiting.

Council's decision to lease a portion of Skaha Lake Park to Trio Marine Group last June sparked a year of protests and controversy.

Penticton residents hoping to hear new information from Trio Marine Group are still going to be left waiting after council’s regular meeting tomorrow.

At the beginning of October, Trio met a milestone in their contract with the city, filing plans for future development of Skaha Marina. That information wasn’t made public at city council’s Oct. 8 meeting. At the time, Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said city staff were going over the material and preparing a report for council. The mayor didn’t specify a date for when the Trio information would be made public.

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Trio is not included on the Oct. 18 council public agenda and Jakubeit said there still isn’t a fixed date for bringing it to the community.

“Some time between this week and the end of the month,” said Jakubeit. “Whether it is a special meeting, we will figure that out. Hopefully we will have some direction from council as to how we want to proceed.”

Jakubeit wouldn’t confirm whether the Trio information was on the agenda for their Oct. 18 in camera meeting. However, with an updated civil claim needing a response, plus the Save Skaha Park Society AGM coming up in November, it is likely to be a key in camera agenda item as they discuss legal matters related to the agreements to lease Skaha Marina and a portion of Skaha Lake Park to Trio.

“The luxury of time no longer exists. It has to get dealt with one way or the other,” said Jakubeit. “I think all of council is resolved that we would like to put some clarity or closure on this issue this month. It has been lingering.”

The issue has divided the city for more than a year with two separate civil suits filed in B.C. Supreme court, one by the Save Skaha Park Society in Sept. 2015, and another by Nelson Meikle in July 2016, opposing commercial development of green space in the park.