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Winter Carnival society hoping City of Vernon will compromise over building

Vernon City Hall
December 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

VERNON - The Vernon Winter Carnival is working with the city to find the best option for its ageing building.

Last year, the Winter Carnival building at 3401 35 Avenue suffered significant water damage during the flood. The Winter Carnival Society required permission to stay in the building while they attempted to find accommodations. In June 2018, the City of Vernon issued a letter to the society, allowing them to stay in the building until next summer with certain provisions.

The letter required the Society to accept all responsibilities for repairs and maintenance, all liability for the building, actively search for other accommodations, and not request funding for maintenance and repairs. The City also stated the Society must accept that alternative space it was offered in June 2018 might no longer be available and that no further extensions on license agreements will be offered for the building.

Society Chair Deb White appeared at Vernon City Council meeting today, Dec. 10, to accept all conditions except the last two. She hopes to work with council to find a compromise.

"There are so many memories in the building," she said. "We have not been able to find suitable accommodation."

"If the building's functional, I don't know why we're forcing them out," said councillor Kari Gares.

Council asked administration to lay out options for the City and the Society. Council expects to receive the report in January.

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