Creston town council would like to see an opinion poll regarding daylight time added to ballots in the 2014 municipal election, it was decided at last night’s regular meeting.
The motion passed with three of the four councillors present (Tanya Wall and Wesly Graham were absent) voting to have Mayor Ron Toyota request that the Creston Valley services committee make the recommendation to the Regional District of Central Kootenay board.
“I think it’s really important because it’s a democratic issue that was never really solved in 1952,” said Coun. Judy Gadicke, who supported the recommendation with Couns. Scott Veitch and Jerry Schmalz.
Based on Gadicke’s research, Creston didn’t participate when municipalities were asked about adopting mountain daylight time, and wants that to finally happen.
“Once we have a yes or no vote, we can move on,” she said.
“We need the democratic process to move forward,” said Veitch.
Coun. Joanna Wilson voted against recommending the opinion poll, with responses she’d received on Facebook indicating that Creston Valley residents don’t want to switch to daylight time.
“I think there are far more things we could be doing,” she said. “It’s taking away from other discussions we could have at election time.”