Vernon mayor tight-lipped about Green Valley Motel evictions

Vernon council is keeping quiet about its discussions around the Green Valley Motel.

VERNON - As tenants of the Green Valley Motel search for new homes after being served eviction notices last week, discussions about the property are going on behind closed doors at Vernon city hall.

People living at the motel need to be gone in two months, and local agencies like the John Howard Society and Social Planning Council have already sprung into action to assist displaced residents secure new housing.

Meanwhile, Vernon Mayor Akbal Mund says city council discussed the motel, which is currently up for sale for $1.195 million, at a private, closed-door meeting Monday, June 22.

“Right now, we’re going to wait the process out,” Mund says. “It’s a land deal, we’re not supposed to discuss land deals.”

He says the city would consider purchasing the property, but refused to comment on whether that is the topic of council’s in-camera meetings.

Mund says he’s concerned about the evictions, but trusts in local agencies to assist residents.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

Dianna Gallagher (left) and Shar Froese discuss the mat Froese just gave Gallagher and challenges living on the street.
How a practical home-made gift is making nights a little easier for a homeless Kamloops woman
KAMLOOPS - Living on the streets of Kamloops for two months now, Diana Gallagher and her dog Rocky have been sleeping rough, in doorways, on cardboard and in shelters when she can swing it. And while it's not much, her situation just improved

Top News