West Kelowna Mayor and Council sworn in

Tuesday night was the inaugural meeting for West Kelowna City Council.

New Mayor Gord Milsom was sworn in, alongside five of the six City councilors. Former Mayor and new councilor Doug Findlater was on vacation, and had taken his oath in advance.

Milsom spoke to AM 1150 about the plans that he laid out in his inaugural address.

"We need to address the water quality issue, and that involves proceeding with the building of the Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant," says Milsom. "There will also be major road improvements, while still maintaining property taxes at a reasonable level."

Milsom also noted that he hopes to adjust West Kelowna's housing approval process in the near future.

He says he's looking forward to the first regular council meeting, which takes place tomorrow at 6 PM.

"We are going to be talking about some of the social issues here in West Kelowna and on the greater west side, and I believe that there are some applications that need to be considered."

At Tuesday's inaugural meeting, the following appointments were made:

  • Mayor Milsom and Councillor Johnston to the Regional District of Central Okanagan as Municipal Directors for a four-year term, with Councillors de Jong and Findlater as Alternates
  •  Councillor Zilkie as representative to the Economic Development Committee for a one-year term
  • Councillor Friesen to the Okanagan Regional Library Board for a one-year term, with Councillor Zanon as Alternate
  • Councillor Findlater to the Airport Advisory Committee for a one-year term, with Councillor de Jong as Alternate
  • Mayor Milsom to the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan for a four-year term
  • Councillor Zanon as the Representative to the Municipal Insurance Association for a one-year term, with Councillor Friesen as Alternate.