May 22, 2018 Council Highlights

Economic Development Quarterly Report
Jennifer Vincent, Economic Development Specialist, provided Council with the Economic Development Quarterly Report for 2018.   Highlights included the results of the Business Climate Survey and an update on the development of priority industry clusters. 

Political Signage
Dana Schmidt, Deputy Election Officer, provided Council with options for political signage and recommended changes to the sign bylaw. The Committee of the Whole agreed with the staff recommendation to choose all 13 locations identified along with a restriction of 16 square feet of signage per location. 

Pawnbroker and Secondhand Dealers bylaw amendments
Council gave first, second and third reading to “Pawnbrokers, Secondhand Dealers and Auction Houses Regulations Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-42 and Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-43.  Bylaw Services and Community Policing have engaged the community to ensure good governance related to the development of bylaws and policies that impact the interests of residents. These bylaw changes contemplate employing new technology that supports quality of life, and the social well-being of our community to ensure fair business practices throughout our community.

Equalized Utility Billing Options
Council directed staff to design educational material for Electric, Water and Sewer Utility customers regarding self-managed equalized payment plans and begin proactive promotion.  City of Penticton Utility customers already possess the ability to self-manage an informal equalized payment plan for their accounts by over-paying in their low bill months to build credits towards higher-bill months.  To date this ability is not widely-known by customers and the City could benefit by prioritizing the promotion of this option and directing resources into creating educational materials for utility customers on the subject.

Flood budgets approved
Council approved amending the 2018 budget to create budgets for detail design and drainage improvements for Carmi Road, areas near the Campbell Mountain Landfill and Naramata Road from the Asset Emergency Reserve; Budgets for detail design for Ellis Creek improvements and design and construction works to clear debris from under bridges and culverts in Ellis Creek with funding coming from the capital reserve.

Local Area Service Bylaw
Council gave first and second reading Local Area Service (Burnaby Avenue, Wylie Street, Riverside Drive) Bylaw 2018-41, a bylaw to impose a local area service.  An application has been before Council to rezone and obtain a development permit for the development of 240 Riverside Drive for a 35 unit townhouse development tax to offset the cost of street improvements. These improvements include upgrades to pavement, curb, storm water, boulevard and sidewalk off Burnaby Avenue and Wylie Street including an upgrade to the entrance of 300 Riverside Drive (Riverside Village Plaza).  In accordance with Section 213 of the Community Charter, approval of this bylaw is subject to a petition against the bylaw by property owners who would be subject to the bylaw. 

These highlights are intended to provide a brief summary of recent Council proceedings.  The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items.  For a detailed account of the full agenda, including staff reports, other supporting documents and official meeting minutes, please consult the City’s website (www.penticton.ca) or call the City’s Corporate Administration Department at 250-490-2400.