City of Penticton development services director Anthony Haddad (right) and engagement officer JoAnne Kleb talk to a local cyclist about his concerns with parking in the city. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Mayor squashes rumours about Trio deal

There is no question the Trio Marine deal with Penticton is finished

There’s no question, according to Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit, that the deal with Trio marine is over, barring the remaining portion of their current lease for the Skaha Marina.

Related: City and Trio Marine Group deal terminated

Jakubeit admits to frustration getting that message across to everyone, especially since city hall is eager to move ahead with a new plan for seeing the marina revitalized.

“It is disappointing when it comes to city affairs, your neighbour is more informed or trusted than someone from city hall. That is part of the reality of municipal government in general, not just Penticton,” said Jakubeit, who said there are no plans to extend a new Expression of Interest to include a major development in the Skaha Lake Park green space.

“I don’t think anyone wants to go through another two-and-a-half years of animosity,” said Jakubeit.

In the meantime, he added, the marina never got the attention the city wanted in terms of a full makeover. He suggested that it might even be possible to have a town hall with the public to discuss the current and future status of the marina, before going to an EOI.

One of the persistent rumours, that a hotel is in the offing for the park, was not and won’t be in the cards. Jakubeit said he isn’t sure why the hotel possibility was included in the 2013 EOI document in the first place.

“That was never in the cards. I am pretty sure I can speak for the previous council if that had come back to the table … we wouldn’t have explored it,” said Jakubeit.

Jakubeit expects the commercial use policy being developed as part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan to address these questions into the future, not just for Skaha Lake Park, but all parks and city-owned land.

Related: Concerns remain about parks and rec master plan

“Depending on the scale and size and scope, that dictates how robust engagement has to be and how decisions get made, whether it a referendum or it is a town hall meeting,” said Jakubeit. “There is still a bit more to tweak, but that is coming around.”

For some members of the community, the concern generated by the long division over Skaha Lake Park has spilled over into the current question of expanding the city’s borders in the Upper Wiltse area, and the alternate approval process being used to gather voter assent rather than a referendum.

“I think everyone is cautious, especially when it comes to parks or adding to parks,” said Jakubeit, adding that municipal level government often brings concern over hidden agendas, leading people to have difficulty accepting things at face value.

“That’s why we are going out to see if there is a large swell of concern, and we will adjust accordingly,” said Jakubeit.

JoAnne Kleb, the city community engagement officer, said they are working on rebuilding trust with the community and making good progress.

“If you look at the process we are following for making the decisions about the arenas and parking and council’s most recent decision to get the community involved in deciding the future of the Oxbows property, we’ve got some real tangible examples of progress and a step (towards) change in the way things are done,” said Kleb.

“I believe that I have made good progress in sharing information openly and in a timely way and that over time we will see improvement.

“That trust, it took time to lose that, and it will take time to rebuild it.”

Just Posted

Summer solstice celebration

The Okanagan’s Largest Summer Solstice celebration is planned for June 21 in Penticton

Farmers’ market temporarily on the move

The Penticton Farmers’ Market is moving temporarily moving on June 23

UPDATED: Oliver wildfire extinguished, B.C. Wildfire mopping up

6-ha. brush fire contained before it could spread farther

Falkland artist favours, fights for fish

Lottie Kozak does all kinds of art; one of her favourite subjects, fish, is dwindling

Updated: Kelowna cops investigate armed robbery at city centre business

Robbery sparks late afternoon manhunt by armed police officers with guns drawn

Updated: Kelowna cops investigate armed robbery at city centre business

Robbery sparks late afternoon manhunt by armed police officers with guns drawn

AFN cheif accused of being too close to Trudeau

Perry Bellegarde insists he is not that close to the Liberals as elections looms

Three injured after industrial explosion in Newfoundland

The roof of the warehouse was blown off in the explosion near St. John’s

Ottawa Senators trade Mike Hoffman, less than a week after allegations involving partner

Following the trade Senators make no mention of allegations against Hoffman’s partner

Late goal gives England 2-1 win over Tunisia

At the last World Cup in 2014, England couldn’t even win a game

Canadian military police officer pleads not guilty to sex assault

Sgt. Kevin MacIntyre, 48, entered his plea today at a court martial proceeding in Halifax

Vernon cold case murder suspect bail hearing Tuesday

Paramjit Singh Bogarh will appear in Vernon Law Courts at 10 a.m. June 19

Tigers looking to lock up title

Face Flames tonight in Penticton

Most Read