Special Council Meeting
May 26, 2016
City Hall Project
Council convened this special meeting to discuss next steps in the City Hall/West Kelowna Civic Centre Project. On May 24 the City received a letter from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development advising that it is denying the City’s request for an extension to the legislated requirement to hold a referendum on the City Hall Project Borrowing Bylaw within 80 days. The City made the request after receiving information that electoral approval was not obtained through the Alternative Approval Process held in May and was pursued in order to avoid holding a referendum on the matter in the summer when many voters are away on holidays and West Kelowna’s forest fire threat is greatest.
West Kelowna Council was provided options for how to proceed including conducting a referendum in July on the bylaw which proposed borrowing up to $10.5 million for the construction of a new City Hall, abandoning the bylaw altogether or restarting the approval process.
Council unanimously chose to restart the process and rescinded the first three readings of the City Hall Project Borrowing Bylaw and requested staff to return with options for Council’s consideration at the June 14 Council meeting.