Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Aug. 19, 2013 meeting of Penticton Council.

Energy efficiency and conservation supported

Peter Robinson from the Community Energy Association on behalf of FortisBC, provided Council with a presentation on the South Okanagan & Similkameen Energy Diet, a project that promotes energy efficiency and conservation to homeowners in the area. The local program is based on a successful pilots in Rossland and the Kootenays, which saw signficant numbers of homeowners signed up and recorded substantial energy savings after moving ahead with energy assessment findings. The program assists homeowners with consultation, finding energy assessment consultants, accessing rebate program information and other pertinent resources.

Penticton Council supported the South Okanagan Energy Diet, which would see the City contributing a $25 subsidy for the initial home energy assessment for a maximum of 400 residences.

Challenge Penticton Canada

Paulette Rennie and Barb Haynes from Challenge Penticton Canada provided Council with an update of Challenge events set for this week. In support of the annual triathlon celebration. There are several events that benefit local non-profit societies such as the Fun Run for OSNS, Underpants Run supporting Bikes for Kids and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes as a benefit for South Okanagan Women in Need Society.

Council proclaimed Aug. 19 to 26, 2013 as Challenge Penticton Week. Later on the agenda, Penticton Council endorsed a beer-wine garden licence application for Challenge Penticton, Canada.

Churchill Avenue property remediation

Penticton Council declared the property located at 363 Churchill Ave. in contravention of Section 74 of the Community Charter, requiring remedial action to clear the debris, weeds and other nuisances.

Coucil directed staff to notify the registered property owner of the impending notice on title, and the individual will be given an opportunity to speak at the Sept. 3 Council meeting.

Downtown local area improvement

Penticton Council received the certificate of sufficiency dated Aug. 15, 2013 pertaining to the proposed Downtown West Revitalization Local Area Service Bylaw.

Council approved third reading to the bylaw that initiates a local area service tax associated with Downtown revitalization on Westminster Avenue and Martin Street. The City's 2013 capital Budget process included $1.25 million for the project. After working with the Downtown Revitalization Select Committee and consultations with the businesses and landowners, the contribution from landowners was set at 25%, which includes sidewalk and streetscape only. Construction is set for February 2014.

Cemetery plan

Penticton Council endorsed the Penticton Cemeteries Master Plan by Lees and Associates, and directed staff to develop operational and capital work plans to implement the recommendations outlined in the plan subject to annual budget approvals.

Industrial Court variance

Penticton council denied a development variance permit for 182 Industrial Crt. that reduces the minimum required rear yard from 7.5 metre to 0.3 metre to allow for the construction of two-storey prefabricated building with corrugated steel cladding. The property abuts two residential properties, requiring a 7.5-metre rear-yard building setback. The building was proposed to be primarily used for vehichle storage and automotive repairs.

By-Election shuttle service

Penticton Council directed staff to arrange a shuttle service from the downtown area to the Seniors' Drop-In Centre from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the general voting day, as well as promote the advance poll voting opportunities at City Hall on Aug. 28 and 29.

Channel maintenance agreement

Penticton Council endorsed the three-party agreement between the City, Penticton Indian Band and Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen to jointly share the costs of Okanagan River Channel cleanup and trail maintenance.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 115 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.