Penticton Council Meeting Highlights
April 5, 2012
Patio Umbrella Project
City of Penticton Arts and Culture Committee Chair Allison Markin presented the Patio Umbrella Project to Council as a way of fundraising for public art and other initiatives. The project entails purchasing between 20 and 30 large patio umbrellas that are then painted by local artists. Local restaurants, cafes, wineries and other businesses will be invited to sponsor umbrella creation, and then display the creation between June and September. At the end of the summer, an auction of all the umbrellas will be held as part of the Re-Imagine Art Festival. Proceeds would be held in a trust account with the City, and funds would be subject to advisory committee policies and procedures.
Mayor Dan Ashton asked if the committee would allow the City to become the first umbrella sponsor, which was welcomed by the committee chair.
Climate Action Milestones Achieved
Coun. Garry Litke reported out on the City of Penticton's success in achieving Milestones 1, 2 and 3 in the Partners for Climate Protection program under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The PCP program is a results-oriented network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing GHGs and acting on climate change. Member's progress through a series of five milestones that help them build capacity to reduce GHGs: creating a GHG emissions inventory and forecast; setting emissions reductions target; developing local action plans; implementing the local action plan or a set of activities; and monitoring progress and report results.
Wheel Loader Purchase Brings Savings
Penticton staff gave a due diligence report on the purchase of a 2011 Hyundai 757-9 wheeled loader for $139,000 plus tax. Council had approved a budget of $170,000 for the purchase, but according to the purchase of used or demonstrator equipment policy resulted in a $28,000 savings when compared to a new model. Additional fabrication is required to retrofit the loader with a hydraulic quick coupler to facilitate the need to change buckets on the fly during regular compost site operations. Fabrication has been quoted at $12,075, bringing the total price to $151,075.
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Zoning Amendment Deferred
Council agreed to defer its decision on a zoning amendment that would allow for a gas station at 1090 Westminster Ave., in order to allow the applicant to present more information and answer questions.