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Council opts to save money

The Penticton council has decided against spending extra money to make changes to the railing on the Okanagan Lake waterfront.

The matter was discussed at Monday's meeting, after a recommendation was brought forward by the city's waterfront enhancement committee to add perforated metal sheeting along the lower part of the railing, costing between $14,000 and $28,000.

The committee was prompted to take a closer look at the railing, after a March incident where a little boy fell through it and went into the water.

The incident took place, when his dad looked away for a minute. The child was not injured.

"Council decided on the status quo, to leave this as is, after being given many examples of other railings in other communities, such as Kelowna and Vancouver, where the railing is a little chain," said Councillor Helena Konanz. 

Other options suggested included stainless steel cable and glass, at a wide range of costs. With one suggestion costing in the range of $67,000 to $71,000.

Councillors suggested at Monday's meeting that whatever the city did, children would still find a way to climb over the railing.

Councillor Judy Sentes said it was unfortunate they had the one incident, but with toddlers you just can't let them out of your sight.

"I'm not in favour of any modifications," she said. "It's the responsibility of families. We can't be the guardian for everyone and everything."

Councillor Wes Hopkin made a motion on the matter, but no one seconded it, and it did not go to a vote.

The railing is adjacent to the new walkway on the Okangan Lake waterfront.

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