Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the August 18, 2014 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

South Okanagan Women in Need Society

South Okanagan Women In Need Society Executive Director Debbie Scarborough outlined the services SOWINS provides, including vital supports, information and options for women, as well as gave a brief synopsis of their strategic plan. Anyone who would like to donate to the organization can do so online, and volunteers can sign up at Scarborough also outlined how the organization is always in need of extra hands for events and activities. Women in crisis are welcome to contact SOWINS by phone at 1-800-814-2033.

Okanagan School of the Arts

Shatford Centre and Okanagan School of the Arts Executive Director Jane Shaak and artist Bethany Handfield introduced her exhibit The Peaceful Garden, installed in Council Chambers. The exhibit is a taste of what is to come with Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in the Okanagan, a showcase of encaustic (bees wax) art by artists throughout the region scheduled for Sept. 25 to Oct. 23 at the Shatford Centre. The opening reception is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

Recreation department update

Penticton Council received an update on the Recreation Department 2013 and 2014 year to date. Year-end financials show the City of Penticton's Recreation Department has not only exceeded revenue targets for 2013, but also reduced its subsidy by almost $1 million. The annual subsidy to the Recreation Department after expenses were taken from revenues reached $1.154 million in 2009, the last year the old pool was open for the entire year. The 2013 year-end financials show the subsidy shrank to $270,291– a 76-per-cent reduction from five years ago and 50-per-cent improvement on the budgeted amount as well. Revenues have almost doubled, while expenses have been maintained.

Community Centre pool tile replacement

Council approved an extended shut down of the Penticton Community Centre pool starting July 27, 2015 to allow tile replacement to be done in one period. Staff investigation into the project has shown that humidity in the pool area prevents a phased approach to tile replacement, requiring all pools to be drained before work can begin. The tile replacement project will require a shutdown of the pool for seven weeks in total. Council elected to combine the work with the annual maintenance shutdown of the Penticton Community Centre, and Council elected to begin the work on July 27, 2014 to ensure an important local swim meet can go ahead at the end of July and operations can resume in September as per normal. Penticton Community Centre staff will be providing customers with more details as the date approaches.

Energy retrofit loan program update

Penticton Council received an update on the status of the Energy Retrofit Loan Program and approved the request to apply the unused 2013 budgeted dollars to the 2014 budget amounts to address the disconnect between the programs process, fiscal timing and potential 2014 budget overruns nothing there is no change to the overall established budget for the program.

Advance voting poll

The 2014 General Election is scheduled this year, with General Voting Day set provincially on Saturday, Nov. 15. Legislation requires municipalities to offer a minimum of two Advance Voting Days, where voters can attend before General Voting Day to cast their ballot. One of the days has been set for City Hall to enable access for citizens in the north end of town, and two location options were presented to Council to reach citizens in the south end of town. Council selected Cherry Lane Mall as the location of the advance poll to be held on Nov. 6.

Council also approved the allowance of free fares for anyone travelling to vote by public transit.

Carmi and Wiltse school zone traffic calming

Penticton Council approved stage 1 of temporary Carmi and Wiltse school traffic calming measures. Delineators and temporary speed humps will be installed and to report on the effectiveness to be brought back to Council at a future meeting. An additional $16,400 in Gas Tax Funds will top up the traffic calming budget. Council also asked staff to investigate design options and projected costs for traffic calming measures at Uplands Elementary as well.

Community Grants Policy

Penticton Council approved the revised Community Grants Policy, replacing the existing Municipal Grants Policy. With the new policy's goal is to provide fair and adequate support to organizations that contribute to the wellness and vitality of our community while maintaining fiscal responsibility. The deadline for grant applications from community organizations will be Sept. 30.

Upper Wiltse Area structure plan

Following a public hearing, Penticton Council adopted bylaw changes to include the Upper Wiltse Area Structure Plan to the Official Community Plan. The Upper Wiltse area has been identified for future growth in the Official Community Plan for a number of years. A comprehensive development plan was prepared in 2005 to measure the 20-year development potential, and that plan identified Upper Wiltse having the potential to build out 800 dwelling units on 76 acres of land. To guide any future development, the Upper Wiltse Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared, containing policies relating to land use, transportation, infrastructure, residential densities, future parks and school provisions.

Regency Southwood Retirement Resort

Penticton Council recommended to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch that Regency Southwood Retirement Resort's liquor application be approved. The endorsement will allow the patrons to consume alcohol in designated areas including a sport lounge, bistro bar, games room, library and two exterior patios from Sunday to Saturday 9a.m. to 1 a.m.

BCAA service shop

Following a public hearing, Penticton Council passed second and third readings of bylaw changes that would permit a BCAA building containing a service shop, carwash and office space that would allow construction at 2111 Main St. The new 29,776-square-metre building would be situated next to the liquor store currently under construction on the site.

Nanaimo Hall site

Council chose to remain with the status quo on the old Nanaimo Hall property on Ellis Street. The South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre had requested Council support placing a restrictive covenant on the site that would require public consultation in the event that the land was to be sold for another purpose outside of a performing arts centre. Council was also informed that land sales and many development applications requiring a change in use would automatically initiate public hearing processes as well.

Naramata Road variance

A front and rear yard zoning setback for 1220 Naramata Rd. was relaxed through zoning variance, allowing for the expansion of a bee and honey business to include the construction of a honey house and agricultural shed. The project will also feature a two-unit suite.

Leir House

Penticton Council deferred making any decisions on the Penticton and District Community Arts Council's use of the historic Leir House. The deferral will allow Arts Council members to attend and discuss the situation.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 74 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online