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DWK says no to fixed mobile vendors

The District of West Kelowna's one year experiment with fixed mobile vendors is over.

Council Tuesday unanimously agreed to remove all references to fixed vendors from its Mobile Vendor Policy.

Last June, the municipality issued permits for three locations at Marine Park, Gellatly Road and Westbank Centre Park.

One company acquired all three contracts.

According to development services director, Nancy Henderson, the company did not utilize the locations on a daily basis.

As for whether the company made any money, Henderson says exit interviews with the owner have not been conducted.

It was also revealed a business across the street from the Gellatly Road location did take issue with the vending service in that location.

Councillor Rick de Jong says he struggled with the whole concept of fixed mobile vendors.

"I'm really questioning the value of having a fixed mobile vendor and the complications that come with it," de Jong told council Tuesday.

Councillor Duane Ophus was more blunt with his assessment.

"To me the whole thing is becoming way more trouble than it's worth. We should get out of the business of fixed mobile vending units as much as we possibly can," says Ophus.

"This is just way too much trouble for a few hundred bucks. I don't want to see us spend an awful lot of time on policy amendments and bylaw amendments - just cut our losses and keep it as simpler as possible."

While mayor Doug Findlater wondered if it would be wise to keep the fixed mobile vendors as part of the overall mobile vendor policy in case they wanted to go down that road again in the future, the rest of council asked that it just be scrapped altogether.

Council continues to encourage mobile vendors to apply for business licences and ply their trade throughout the community.



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