Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Oct. 5, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Downtown revitalization

An update on Downtown revitalization planning was provided to Council. The Downtown Revitalization Select Sub-Committee has continued with progress on design work that has kept in mind several elements: enhancing the esthetics of the area, making the space convertible for events, and putting forward a feasible project. The plan calls for parallel parking consistently along Main Street, creating more sidewalk for Gyro Park and in front of City Hall. The committee also recommended that the crosswalk for the 100 block be placed on the north side of the Gyro Park entrance. The City of Penticton has applied for grant funding to support the project, and results are anticipated in December. For more information, visit www.penticton.ca/downtown.

Land acquisition on Vernon Avenue

Council reported the successful purchase of a parcel of land at 903 Vernon Ave., opening up opportunities for future public amenities. The parcel is 1.495 acres and accessible by Westminster Avenue. The parcel is adjacent to City-owned land that is home to many public amenities: the South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, Penticton Community Centre, Cleland Theatre, Penticton Curling Club, Visitor’s Information Centre, and the Bambino Field baseball diamond. The land is a prime location for sport fields, new or replacement facilities for aging infrastructure, parking or other public amenities. Although the future use is still to be determined, this acquisition boosts the inventory of City-owned land for opportunities that will or may arise in future.

Proclamations

Oct. 4-10 was proclaimed Mental Illness Week in the City of Penticton. Major mental illnesses temporarily puts a halt to people’s lives in our families, neighbourhoods and communities, and does not discriminate on age or gender. The Canadian Mental Health Association South Okanagan-Similkameen Branch provides a staffed clubhouse for adults who experience life-long mental illness.

Rotary Week was proclaimed for Oct. 19-23, celebrating Rotary International’s contributions to communities since its inception in 1905. Penticton Okanagan Rotary club was established 25 years ago, and funds club projects and sponsors volunteers who assist with various community projects like park development, fundraising and so much more.

National Teen Driver Safety Week was proclaimed for the third week in October of this year, to create awareness and seek solutions to preventable teen deaths on roads across Canada.

JCI celebrates 75 years

Junior Chamber International (JCI) Penticton, formerly the Penticton and District Jaycees, are celebrating 75 years of Jaycees in the community on Nov. 14. This celebration recognizes and promotes the contributions the JCI movement to the community through projects, leadership, personal development programs, network and fellowship. Speed Networking, Business Ups and Downs, and Top 40 Under 40 are among some of the successful programs that help raise the JCI Penticton’s profile and member opportunities. The City proclaimed Nov. 14 as JCI Penticton Day.

Purchasing cards

Council directed staff to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to ascertain a service provider for purchasing cards. The City currently has 83 Bank of Montreal credit cards for operational purchasing, typically reviewed every three to five years.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. If you require an official record of what transpired, we reccommend you check out Minutes from the meeting.