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NEWS: More than 10,000 signatures collected on Kamloops parkade

The Kamloops Daily News reports, “Opponents to the (proposed) parkade handed in petitions with more than 10,000 names on Tuesday — if 6,533 of those signatures are valid, council has to quash the borrowing bylaw for the parkade or put it to a citywide referendum. …City council is expected to get the results of the counter petition at Tuesday’s (Oct. 18) regular meeting.”

“Several City councillors indicated Wednesday they’d support Mayor Peter Milobar’s idea of striking a task force after the Nov. 19 election to look at locations, costs and funding for a downtown parkade. Milobar tossed out the idea Wednesday morning, saying he doesn’t favour going to a referendum on the issue at this time. …Instead, he said, he would prefer to set up a task force from among the new council, have its members work with City staff and downtown land owners, and come up with a set of locations, costs and funding options by September 2012.”

“Bob Gamble, spokesman for the counter petition group Friends of Riverside Park, was surprised at the mayor softening his stand on the parkade issue — something he felt Milobar was dug in on. ‘I would like to think the message is very clear from the way the electorate signed up for the petition. Good on him,’ Gamble said.”

The Council of Canadians Kamloops chapter, along with the Kamloops Voters’ Society and the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Area, organized a debate on the parkade on September 15. To read more about that, go to http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10448 and http://canadians.org/blog/?p=10551.