EDITORIAL: Reconsidering compost

The Summerland council decision to reject the regional compost facility was a decisive 6-1 vote

The proposed regional compost facility, rejected by Summerland’s municipal council in October, will be back on the table at the Nov. 14 council meeting.

Mayor Peter Waterman will bring the matter back for discussion, using Section 131 of the Community Charter.

This is his prerogative as mayor, but there is no guarantee the final decision would change.

The council decision to reject the compost facility was a decisive 6-1 vote, with Waterman as the sole dissenting vote.

Waterman is concerned that the decision was made without adequate information, and for this reason, he will reopen the topic.

His point has merit. When a significant matter comes before municipal council — or any governing body for that matter — it is important to have sufficient information before making a decision. Without adequate and accurate information, there is no way to know if the final decision is the best choice.

However, there is another side which must also be considered. A significant number of Summerlanders had already spoken out against the proposed facility.

Many from the community, especially those living near the site or close to Prairie Valley Road, spoke out against the proposed facility, signing petitions, voicing their concerns before council and writing letters to the editor.

Their concerns were about the effects on the community’s water, odour and increased truck traffic on Prairie Valley Road.

When the vote was called on Oct. 23, the majority of council members voted against allowing the proposed compost facility in Summerland. The 6-1 vote was decisive and it showed the wish of the overwhelming majority of council members.

Will revisiting this issue change the outcome?

Could further studies by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen serve to alleviate the concerns which had been raised?

Just Posted

Gold for Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa

Kelsey Serwa wins the gold medal in thrilling fashion in PyeongChang

Summerland Museum sorts through acquisitions

Staff working to examine many items in museum’s collection

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Fire department supports students

Money raised through annual holiday tree chipping project

Construction to begin at school site

New private school in Summerland to open this fall

VIDEO: B.C. superfans soak in 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

Trio, including two from the Okanagan, have been cheering on Summerland Olympian Kripps among others in Korea

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

More snow expected on the Coquihalla, Highway 3

Environment Canada says five to 10 centimetres will come down between Friday and Saturday mornings

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Alberta drops B.C. wine boycott, Notley says Horgan ‘blinked’ on pipeline

B.C. government announces court reference on proposed diluted bitumen restriction

UPDATE: Northern Health dealing with lack of 121 registered nurses

Auditor General says officials need to improve internal management, track effect of new policies

B.C. businesses say new health tax will raise prices for consumers

Province announced that MSP will be gone by 2020

Barnful of ducks die in early morning blaze

The cause of the fire is unknown

Most Read