August 07, 2013 - 8:30 AM
PENTICTON - A crowd of Corry Place residents snorted in disbelief when Coun. Wesley Hopkin said at last night's council meetings that improvements for their cul-de-sac would be included in the next budget deliberations.
Resident Garry Gratton said he's had enough with the promises. Residents have been promised new pavement, storm drains, curbs, underground electrical, water and sewer upgrades.
"We still have a road that rivals those in third world countries," he said in his Tuesday night presentation to council. "We don't need sidewalks."
He said the residents have called City Hall, written letters and made personal visits.
"It hasn't been paved since the 1960s. We are not going away this time," he said. He wants to see promises in writing.
Coun. Andrew Jakubeit said he appreciated the crowd coming to council. Too often residents will "sit and bitch" about their problems but coming to council shows citizenship and helps staff get better direction.
Gratton said how to cut costs should always be the second decision asked by council. "How can we benefit the citizens of Penticton," should be the first question.
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