Compost facility opponents ‘surprised’ Summerland mayor resurrects rejected proposal

Compost facility opponents ‘surprised’ Summerland mayor resurrects rejected proposal
Opponents thought it was a victory.

A controversial regional composting facility near the Summerland landfill, proposed by the regional district of Okanagan-Similkameen, was tossed out in a 6-1 council vote last month.

But Summerland Mayor Peter Waterman has invoked special power under the community charter to bring the matter back before council on Tuesday night.

“This is the only time up until now in my term that I’ve invoked the power of the mayor to do this, so it’s an exceptional thing,” he said.

It’s a move Waterman doesn’t take lightly. He said he felt it was necessary for council to make an informed decision about the future of the facility.

“I felt that in doing that motion we had denied council the process to discuss, to have more information, and for the public to fully understand both pros and cons.”

Opponents are taken aback by the proposal’s resurrection.

Signs opposing proposed RDOS composting facility in #Summerland still litter streets as mayor brings back rejected proposal before council.

“At six to one it seems to me that council made its mind up, so I’m very surprised,” said resident David Smith.

“There is no new information, there is no reason to bring it,” added resident Grant Thompson.  “He’s just embarrassing himself, he’s embarrassing council, he’s embarrassing town.”
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