Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Oct. 15, 2012 meeting of Penticton Council.

Road name change

Penticton Council endorses a road name change for Railway from Eckhardt Avenue to Wade Avenue in recognition of the Vees.

The Vees set a junior hockey record during the regular season with 42 consecutive wins, and a B.C. Hockey League record with 54 wins in a season, before winning the national championships in Humboldt, Sask., in May. The Heritage and Museum Advisory Committee sought to recognize recent and past hockey history by considering a road name change and forwarding a recommendation to Council in June.

The change would see the segment of road called Vees Drive, effective later this fall.

Variance permit decision delayed

Penticton Council heard delegations on a development variance permit application for 910 Three Mile Rd. to permit the construction of a 2.4-metre tall retaining wall. One resident expressed concern about the level of communication from the proponent, asking Council to delay the project for a month to look further into the application. To facilitate that conversation, Council delayed the decision until the next regular meeting on Nov. 5.

Vicinity Bus trial extended

Penticton Council reconsidered its decision regarding Vicinity Bus use in the area by extending a six-month trial period. B.C. Transit contacted the City to indicate adaptations to the smaller and more energy efficient bus to help make it more user friendly to Penticton transit riders.

The staff recommendation was to continue the production version on the No. 2 and 4 routes, and assess the suitability of the Vicinity Bus for use in Penticton at the four-month mark. During the trial, two Nova buses being replaced will be on loan to Victoria, and the City will be charged only for the Vicinity buses in that six month timeframe.

Strategic Priorities and Work Plans updated

Penticton Council received the quarterly update on Council's Strategic Priorities and Staff Departmental Work Plans for the period between July 1 to Sept. 30, 2012, for information. Q3 saw significant citizen input into Council Strategic Priorities of Downtown and Waterfront revitalization. Substantial time was devoted to reaching out to the public to determine what residents, businesses and various stakeholders wished to see from those projects.



Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 91 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.