Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the July 22, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Parking for veterans

Alan Kidd, Penticton Veteran's Association representative, requested Council consider approving free parking for all vehicles displaying a valid B.C. Veterans licence plate. Penticton Council supported the recommendation.

Recycling program

Cam Baughen, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen's Waste Co-ordinator presented Council with a summary of the proposed changes to the recycling program commencing May 2014. Multi-Material B.C. is a newly established non-profit agency established under the B.C. Society Act, representing producers of brand materials and first sellers, to not only continue current programs, but provide standardized programs across B.C. The program shifts the cost of recycling processes onto the sellers of products, included in the price of the products, but offers a considerable number of options for recycling service delivery and financial incentives. The City of Penticton must choose options, in consultation with its recycling contractor.

Backstreet Boulevard name change

Penticton Council approved the renaming of the portion of Westminster Avenue East and Robinson Road to Backstreet Boulevard. The name change has undergone the full process through bylaw change, including three readings and final adoption.

Penticton Creek restoration work plan

Penticton Council supported the 2013 work plan for the Penticton Creek Restoration project. The work plan includes extensive public engagement throught 2013 which will include creek walks, one-on-one discussions with adjacent property owners and even school and special events.

Main Street traffic flow

Traffic flow options for in Downtown Penticton were outlined in a report to Council. The Downtown Plan identified a number of capital projects and policy changes to be implemented in the short, medium and long-term to achieve a Vibrant Penticton and revitalized downtown area. One of the projects identified was to explore options for traffic flow along Main and Martin streets and determine potential impacts on the Downtown and surrounding areas. Urban Systems was contracted in 2012 to explore traffic options downtown, particularly to determine how the streets would function in the event of changes of direction.

Two primary options were presented as viable alternatives: first, maintain one-way traffic flow on Main and Martin Streets and reduce the number of lanes on Main Street from three to two lanes; or second, convert Main and Martin streets to two-way from Jermyn Street to Lakeshore Drive and reduce the number of lanes on Main Street from three to two lanes. The cost to maintain the current flow but reduce lanes is estimated to cost $424,000 in traffic signals, whereas the conversion to two-way is estimated to cost between $1.97 million to $2.7 million.

Council is scheduled to make a decision at the Aug. 6, 2013 regular meeting.

Fairview Road variance approved

Penticton council approved a development variance permit for 1201-1205 Fairview Rd. that reduces the permitted lot size. This will allow for the subdivison of the property to separate the commercial and residential uses.

Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrades

Penticton Council approved amendments to the 2013 capital budget to allow for design work to the Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant fermenter and blower. The funds required total $200,000 for the fermenter and $250,000 for the supply and installation of one energy efficient blower for the bioreactor.

Sludge handling agreement

Penticton Council endorsed the Sludge Dewatering and Handling Agreement for the Okanagan Falls Waste Water Treatment Facility between the City and the RDOS for a five-year term. The purpose of the agreement is to dewater, treat, handle and dispose of sludge coming from the Okanagan Falls plant to the City of Penticton Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant, with all costs associated with this process to be paid by the RDOS.

Skaha Lake boat trailer parking

Penticton Council considered implementing a schedule of fees for boat trailer parking along Skaha Lake, which will be implemented in 2014. The daily fees range in price from $5 for a half-day (up to five hours) to $10 for a full day (five or more hours). Annual passes will also be available, with residents able to purchase passes for $70 and $105 for non-residents.

Quarterly report presented

Council received an update from staff on the strategic priorities and departmental work plan for the second quarter of 2013. Alongside day-to-day operations of the City and capital project work, this plan provides benchmarks and performance measures with timelines attached, tying back to the Strategic Plan. These documents will ultimately form an integral part of the City's annual reports.

Additions to waterfront plans

Penticton Council supported the recommendation by the committee to have a concrete retaining wall, proposed for the area diverting toward the lake around the Pines, extended to protect the walkway from undermining caused by wave action at a cost of $18,000 and an additional set of beach steps at Churchill lane noted in the amount of $6,000 if the contingency fund allows for it.

Wiltse Drive property remediation

Penticton Council declared the property located at 2397 Wiltse Blvd. was in contravention of the City of Penticton Building Bylaw 94-45 and the B.C. Building Code for the construction of a retaining wall along the rear property line without a building permit.

Penticton Council directed staff to proceed with registering a Notice on Title under Section 57 of the Community Charter.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 119 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, theMinutesare also available online.