Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the June 4, 2012 meeting of Penticton Council.

Audio-visual contract awarded

Penticton Council unanimously awarded the contract to supply and install audio and video equipment in City Hall to Sensory Perception Technologies. In January, Council adopted the budget that included a $75,000 allocation toward upgrading the audio and visual equipment in Council Chambers to make a media-friendly room for meetings that consists of audio and video systems to document Council meetings and presentations. The aim is to create a high-quality, media-rich meeting place with the capability for audio and video documentation. An evaluation committee reviewing the bids unanimously agreed that Sensory Perception Technologies ranked the highest, provided the best price and had provided good work and service to the City in the past.

Sensory Perception's bid was for $88,519.78. Council approved an amendment to the capital contingency account to accommodate the expenditure above the $75,000 budgeted.

Fire services review contract awarded

Council awarded the contract to perform a service review of the Penticton Fire Department to Behr Energy Services in the amount of $49,750. Council approved $50,000 in the budget to evaluate services and efficiencies. The evaluation committee unanimously agreed that Behr Energy Services ranked the highest in evaluation, provided the best methodology, displayed a creative approach to achieving the City's objectives and exhibited a balanced background between fire department, legislative and administrative experience. Council unanimously approved awarding the contract.

Wineries receive recommendation

Council recommended to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch to approve the applications from Misconduct Wine Co. at 375 Upper Bench Rd. North and Upper Bench Estate Winery at 170 Upper Bench Rd. South to endorse a winery-lounge area. Both property occupants would have restrictions of 50 persons in total to meet Building Code requirements. Comments from the City of Penticton are included in each application to be reviewed by the provincial Liquor Control and Licensing Branch.

Council also received a report that indicated Poplar Grove Winery at 425 Middle Bench Rd. North would also be seeking a winery lounge and special event area endorsements.

Apex Freestyle Club amenity receives Council approval

Council endorsed a licence to use a portion of the Okanagan Lake to Apex Freestyle Club to enable aerials training. The club approached the City to relocate the water ramp from Skaha Lake to Okanagan Lake, just east of the breakwater and adjacent to the S.S. Sicamous. The ramp enables freestyle skiers to train during the off-season. Council unanimously agreed to waive the $250 documentation fee for the non-profit group. Apex must also garner approval from senior levels of government prior to issuance of the licence.

Meeting to be held for Front Street Association members

Penticton Council reported its decision to host an off-site meeting with the Front Street Association members including property owners and business owners to provide information regarding business improvement areas generally, as well as seek the association's input on two possible directions: whether they wish to proceed with the possible renewal of the Front Street Association Business Improvement Area through a Council initiated petition process; or consider amalgamating with the Downtown Penticton Association Business Improvement Area through a Council initiated petition process.

Statements of Financial Information presented

Council received the Statements of Financial Information for the year ending Dec. 31, 2011. The statements include schedules listing remuneration over a prescribed amount, as well as a list of amounts paid to each supplier of goods or services during the fiscal year.

Japanese Gardens grant approved

Council considered a request for financial assistance from the volunteer-run Japanese Gardens for $3,250 for 2012. The gardens were constructed with financial assistance by the City along with private donations. The City and senior levels of government contributed $300,000 to the project, and a group of volunteers have been overseeing maintenance. Revenue has been generated from weddings and the sale of stones or rocks, and the donation would be used for plant replacement, paint for the walls, security system, fertilizer and fish food. The funding required was listed as $6,500 over two years. Staff indicated the funds could be allocated from the grant contingency account.

Council praised the work of volunteers maintaining the gardens and unanimously approved the request.

Gas station considered for Westminster Avenue

Penticton Council considered the zoning amendment application for 1090 Westminster Ave. West to allow for a Petro Canada station. A public hearing on the zoning amendment was held before the regular Council meeting began, fostering discussion on design guidelines for properties leading into the City. The applicant also spoke, noting he had heard Council's concerns previously about esthetics and was investigating a design similar to that of a Petro Canada located at 120th Street and 80th Avenue in Surrey. A Google street view map was brought up illustrating the stone work, landscaping and design of the Lower Mainland facility. Council approved third and fourth reading of the zoning amendment.

Penticton Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 118 KB] is also available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are available online.