Congratulations to the incoming mayor and council.
In retrospect, no one issue in my 37 years in Summerland has been so divisive as the land swap. Yet the healing must begin anew.
There is a win/win for all by patiently waiting for the Agricultural Land Commission to express its views in March.
In a campaign in which openness and transparency were major issues, due diligence might require the incoming council to complete the process by allowing the Agricultural Land Commission the opportunity to express its views and offer compromise solutions.
A decision to abort after hearing from the ALC still satisfies the public’s need for due diligence, openness and transparency.
But a rush to premature judgement would be a denial of the very principles found wanting in the outgoing council.
You are all good people demonstrated by your willingness to serve the community. I wish you much success in healing the divisions in our community.