Former mayor David Gregory said he is up for the challenge again, and wants to change the way city council communicates with the community.
Besides his time as mayor, Gregory is a former councillor, school board trustee, union board of health director and minor hockey president.
“I didn’t run in the last two elections because I wanted to do other things,” said Gregory.
“I am so disappointed with my community. Spin politics now seems to be the mode of operation.”
Gregory said Summerland needs a new Council that is honest and respectful of the public. pointing to the new library as an example of spin.
“With the new library on Main street, we have lost the facility for our Art Gallery, potters guild and the Red Cross,” he said, adding that the public was told the Okanagan Regional Library was responsible and was paying for it.
In fact, he said, Summerland pays $454,669 each year for library services plus tax assistance.
The design, as well, he said is hardly larger than the former library and wasn’t developed in conjunction with user groups in the community.
“All other proposals had the library joined to a Community Centre/Cultural Centre.
When buildings are joined together, washrooms, staff rooms, kitchens and classrooms can be shared, making the building of a new Community Centre more realistic,” said Gregory.
“How do we pay for a new community centre now?”