PH-Letter to the Editor-Settle Skaha Park

Recently when Penticton Council sued the Lakeside Resort over an electrical dispute it was settled out of court. Why is the Skaha Park lawsuit not settled?  

Though the City has failed to come to terms with the people of Penticton over the Skaha Waterslide debacle; they have begun Parks and Recreation consultations.

Why would Council think the citizenry believes they would honor our wishes when they failed so abysmally with Skaha?

Does this council understand that citizen participation in consultations is an unspoken two-part contract: Trust by the citizenry that Council will honor and respect the wishes of taxpayers’?

The local school boards also are a good example of abuse of trust. They could have saved parents a lot of time by telling them they weren’t interested in input. Trout Creek worked hard and spent thousands of hours researching and presenting a well-thought-out case only to have it spurned.

Can we believe the results from the Parks consultations or are we facing future bafflegab from Penticton council?

Penticton council and the school board have abused our trust. Once abused; trust can only be regained when earned. Settlement of the Skaha lawsuit would be a positive first step to restoring that trust.

Why has the Skaha Park lawsuit not been settled when the electrical lawsuit was swiftly settled? Months have passed and apparently the City’s lawyers have still to respond to the Skaha group. If the City is dragging its feet and not interested in proceeding with this case then what is holding it up? 

Has this become a grudge match between two intractable parties? Is neither party willing to meet with the other? Has someone lost sight of the goal posts because they are focusing on grinding axes? Is someone abusing the mantle of power we gave them at our expense? That is the problem with secrecy and lack of communication.

For too long city council has conducted too much city business behind closed doors. But is the Skaha group any better? It is hard to fault the City on this when the Skaha group has been so uncommunicative.

Is lack of settlement the fault of the City or the Save Skaha Park group?

Give your heads a shake. The tourist season is here. People are fed up with this. It is time to move forward. Get this case settled. This impasse has carried on far too long.  

Elvena Slump

Penticton
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