VERNON–Vernon city council has voted not to further delay roadwork on 32 Avenue between 27 and 29th Streets.
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The work was supposed to be done last summer, but when quotes came in over budget, the city put it off until this year.
The work will close the road during most hours of the day for three months.
The problem is that the road is the main artery to Briteland Holdings, a Vernon farm and garden centre.
Spring is the busiest time of year for the business, and Briteland Holdings owner Dave Weatherill is very upset.
“I was horrified because this is our Christmas, this is where we make the income to survive on for the next 12 months,” says Weatherill.
The work will also mean school busses that park behind Beairsto Elementary School will also have to be rerouted.
When the city realized that summer would be a better time for the project, it delayed the work.
The contractor warned the city that delaying the work until July would cost $100,000 in fines.
Already, the contractor is asking for $26,717 for delaying work until April 18.
At a special council meeting on Friday, council voted to allow the work to proceed.
The Mayor of Vernon, Akbal Mund says there will be a traffic management plan in place between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. when traffic will be allowed to pass, and concessions have been made to help larger supply trucks access the farm and garden centre.
“Some of the cement barricades will be moved to allow the trucks to access his business now,” says Mund.
The mayor also says that city council are still discussing the need to pay the $26,717 fine in camera.