Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Sept. 17, 2012 meeting of Penticton Council.

Wildfire fuel management program

Council approved a grant application for funding to develop fuel management prescriptions for hazard areas specified in Penticton's Community Wildfire Protection Plan with a 25 percent contribution. The UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative contributes a maximum of 75 percent of the cost of eligible fuel prescription program activities; therefore, the City's $5,000 contribution could be matched up to $15,000 from the UBCM.

Council also approved a staff recommendation to use Valhalla Environment Consulting Inc. for plan development.

Bylaw housekeeping

Amendments to five separate bylaws were adopted to reflect new provisions covered under the newly adopted Good Neighbour Bylaw. The Traffic Bylaw was amended to remove snow and rubbish removal. The Building Bylaw was amended to allow for provisions pertaining to demolition permits and housekeeping amendments. The Fire and Life Safety Bylaw was amended to include provisions for vacant and fire-damaged buildings. The Non-Profit Registration Bylaw was amended to be linked to potential violation notices in the Good Neighbour Bylaw.

Tax exemptions get three readings

Council approved first three readings of the 2013 permissive tax exemption bylaw. The bylaw was prepared in accordance with Council's direction to use the Schedule A 100 percentage rate selected.

Hockey subsidy considered

Council agreed to support the Penticton Special Needs Hockey Program with a subsidy covering the difference in ice rental fees between McLaren Arena and OHS Training Centre. The cost differential for the 2012-2013 season will be $4,049.24 plus taxes.

Curling partnership updated

Council approved a staff recommendation to support the Penticton Curling Club in hosting the 2013 Continental Cup with an in-kind grant of $55,000 subject to provisions. The total represents the cost of SOEC 10-day rental, and in exchange, the City of Penticton will be provided through Major Community Partner Sponsorship package levels, including in-ice recognition.

BIA consideration

At the request of the Front Street Business Association, Council endorsed a petition process to adopt a Downtown Business Improvement Area Amendment Bylaw that could see Front Street BIA amalgamated with the Downtown Penticton Association. The bylaw process would proceed unless it is objected to by a majority of property owners within the existing Front Street BIA, representing at least one-half of the value of the properties in the specified area. Businesses will be officially notified of the petition process.

Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 113 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.