Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Nov. 5, 2012 meeting of Penticton Council.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Certificate presentation

Penticton Christian School Grade 11 student Savannah Groot was recognized by the Mayor for achieving her bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Certificate. The award consists of four primary elements – physical fitness and recreation, volunteer community service, skill development and an adventurous journey. She is very active with the 259 Panther Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in addition to achieving the highest academic average in her school and being a skilled public speaker. She was involved in a wide variety of athletic and recreational activities including track and field, cross-country running, basketball, field hockey, soccer and general overall fitness training. She has also completed a physically demanding six-week fitness instructors program at Cold Lake, Alta., through the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Savannah has volunteered more than 27 hours as a candy-striper at the Penticton Regional Hospital. Her three-day hiking and cycling bicycling expedition on San Juan Island was part of a larger research project concerning the “Pig War Crisis” between the United States and Canada in July of 1859. Savannah has also started work on the silver level of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

Waterfront report received

Penticton Council received the staff report on the west Okanagan Lake waterfront revitalization project following the public consultation sessions, and considered the various options open to them. Council supported Concept 4 with an expanded walkway along the waterfront.

Grant support considered

Penticton Council considered support of the Downtown Penticton Association's application to the Western Diversification Fun for a community infrastructure grant. The matching funds grant of $160,000 would be used to assist in the development of a year-round, indoor market at the City-owned bus barn on Ellis Street – and would be used for rehabilitation costs for the infrastructure, consulting costs for professionals and technical experts, signage and other direct costs relating to the success of the project.

First Responder agreement considered

Penticton Council postponed entering into a First Responder consent and indemnity agreement with the Emergency and Health Services Commission until December 3rd, 2012th until Council can review the results of the Penticton Fire Department core review. The purpose of the agreement is to provide discretionary pre-hospital emergency care in accordance with the Emergency and Health Services Act.

Budget schedule received

Penticton Council received the budget meeting schedule for 2013 planning.

  • On Thursday, Nov. 29, operating budgets will be reviewed from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • On Friday, Nov. 30, the operating budget and grants will be reviewed.
  • On Friday, Dec. 7, utilities operating and capital budgets will be reviewed, in addition to the general capital budget from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • On Thursday, Dec. 13, the first three readings of the budget bylaw are scheduled at 9 a.m. during a special meeting of Council.
  • On Monday, Dec. 17, the final adoption of the budget bylaw will be held during the regular Council meeting at 6 p.m.

All meetings will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, 171 Main St. All sessions will be live-streamed on the City of Penticton website: For information, call 250-490-2413.

Retaining wall application considered

Penticton Council approved a development variance permit application for 910 Three Mile Rd. to increase the permitted height of a retaining wall from 1.2 to 2.4 metres. The next step would be an application for a building permit.

Liquor licences endorsed

Penticton Council approved its endorsement of two beer-wine garden licence applications for separate functions at the Cleland Theatre: a concert by the Penticton Secondary music department and a movie screening hosted by the Apex Ski Club. The applications will be reviewed by the B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

BIA counter-petition results

Penticton Council received the results of the counter-petition regarding the proposed amalgamation of the Front Street Business Improvement Association with the Downtown Penticton Association. Council also passed the staff recommendation to endorse the certificate of sufficiency.

Grant application for creek project

Penticton Council endorsed the application to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund for a potential Penticton Creek revitalization project. The creek was channelized in the 1950s in response to a major flooding event in 1942, and the effect on fish habitat was devastating with major reductions in fisheries values – particularly Kokanee. Provincial sport fishing data indicates that there has been a drop of more than 60,000 angler days per year in the Okanagan Lake fishery, resulting in a net loss of tourism expenditures of over $7 million each year. Although it is a long-term project, the grant would develop a restoration and flood control strategy for Penticton Creek.



Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 122 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.