Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the Nov. 17, 2014 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

World Entrepreneur Week

Mayor Garry Litke proclaimed Nov. 17 to 23 as World Entrepreneur Week, in honour of the world's largest celebration of entrepreneurship. Futurpreneur Canada is the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship in Canada, and the City of Penticton has been ranked by the CFIB as one of the top 20 most entrepreneurial cities in Canada. Penticton is proud of local entrepreneurs, as small business is the economic engine that drives the community forward. Through the proclamation, the City encourages people to explore their potential as collaborators, mentors, investors and entrepreneurs.

Election overview

The Chief Election Officer gave an overview of turnout at the 2014 Civic Election. More than 1,450 new voters were registered during General Election Day and the two advance poll opportunities, which created delays in processing voters. The election results will be officially declared on Nov. 19, and the inaugural meeting of Council when the newly elected officials will make the oath of office, is set for Monday, Dec. 1.

Downtown petition

A verbal report was provided to Council outlining the outcome of the Downtown revitalization petition process. Council began the local area improvement process in October, giving two readings to the bylaw and initiating the reverse petition process. The deadline to “petition against” passed last Friday, and only nine owners petitioned against – representing 26% of parcels representing 10% of assessed value in the project area sent in a petition against the local area improvement fee. The petition did not meet the required threshold (50% or parcels representing 50% of assessed value) that would halt the bylaw. Council will receive a formal report on Dec. 15 that would formalize the process.

Approving officers appointed

Council appointed Blake Laven, Planning Manager, as the Approving Officer for the City of Penticton. Pursuant to sections 77-82 of the Land Title Act and in keeping with changes at the City, it was necessary to appoint a new approving officer. The duty of the approving officer is to approve subdivision plans under the Land Titles Act and they must be a municipal engineer, the chief planning officer or an employee of the municipality or someone appointed under contract by the municipality.

Lakeview cemetery

Council authorized a contract with S. Collier Enterprises for cemetery operation and maintenance services for 2015 to 2019 for the total amount of $740,750. The contract includes the complete maintenance of all cemetery infrastructure including turf, roadways, walkways, furniture, trees, landscaping, irrigation systems, amenities and buildings, interments, installation and maintenance of grave markers, concrete tablets for lanterns, flower vases etc., maintenance and interments in the columbarium, mausoleum, underground ossuary and future expansion areas and amenities.

Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 66 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online