Penticton Council Highlights

The following is a snapshot of what transpired during the June 1, 2015 regular meeting of Penticton Council.

Lifeguards recognized for saving a life

Two Penticton Community Centre lifeguards were recognized for rescuing a patron by using an automated external defibrillator (AED). On April 16, aquatic staff Lisa O’Daly and Graeme Naish were called to the gymnasium where a pickleball player had collapsed on the court. Ms. O’Daly ascertained the patron wasn’t breathing and sought out an AED, while Mr. Naish began CPR. An AED shock was administered, and CPR continued. After another 30 compressions and one breath, the patron began breathing and regained consciousness. He was transferred to hospital by ambulance.

In May, the Penticton Community Centre was recognized by the Lifesaving Society with an AED Rescue Commendation. The survivor, Gary Gierlich, attended Council to thank the staff – he is expected to make a full recovery.  Council provided letters of appreciation to the two staff members.

Mid-year electrical rate increase

FortisBC advised the City that the cost to purchase power is increasing by 2.2% effective July 1, resulting in an extra $365,000 in costs for 2015. To address the increasing cost, staff presented three rate change options for council to consider – ranging from 1.83% to 2.44%. Staff recommended the rates increase only 1.83% given a utility rate review is currently underway and will not be completed until September. Delegations on the proposed changes were heard, and Council decided to implement a 1.83% increase as of July 1.

Downtown Penticton garbage collection

In 2006, the Downtown Penticton Association asked the city to disallow front-load bins (also known as “dumpsters”) from back alleys to address graffiti and sightlines of the area. Since then, both the City and DPA have heard from business owners that the garbage bag system in Downtown Penticton is not working for a variety of reasons: cost, pest control, recycling restrictions and/or residential building participation.

After several months of discussion, the City of Penticton and Downtown Penticton Association presented business owners with a potential solution to the garbage and recycling situation in Downtown Penticton: totes for waste and recycling in the lane. Garbage totes are an increasingly popular solution in municipalities, but require changes to the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Bylaw to allow totes in the alley. Final adoption of the bylaw passed.

Stocks Crescent development

A variance was approved for 164-170 Stocks Crescent to increase the lot coverage to 46% to build a single-family home. Brentview Estates strata development features over 85 strata lots that have almost been built out since approved in 2003. While most of the subdivision lots are traditionally shaped and level, the subject lot has an existing slope, causing some design challenges. The variance allows for consistency in housing types in the neighbourhood.

Responsible dog ownership

A new Responsible Dog Owner Bylaw passed three readings, including updates to address situations that have come up for bylaw officers. Language around guard dog signage, kennel operation permits, foster care permits and guide/service dogs were outlined in the new bylaw, and certain situations, like dogs left in vehicles, were also included.  Fees and penalty charges will also increase under the revised bylaw.

Strata conversion

Council approved the conversion of a fee-simple duplex to a strata-titled duplex for 2318 McGraw St. The building was constructed in the 1970s in an area with a mix of other duplexes and single-family houses near Parkway Elementary. The current owner wanted to stratify the duplex and create a separate title for each unit. The conversion was approved subject to correction of B.C. Building Code deficiencies and land title registration.

Beer garden licences

Council endorsed two special occasion licences for an event at the Penticton Art Gallery and Oktoberfest at the Penticton Trade & Convention Centre. The two events feature “whole site” licensing as per 2014 legislation changes.

School rates for recreation

At the April 20th meeting, Council asked for a non-SD67 school rate pricing model and options in response to the request from Ecole Entre-Lacs for recreation discounts similar to School District 67. Several options were provided for consideration, and Council asked staff to develop school rates for non-SD67 schools including 50% discount for pool admission, 50% for McLaren Arena use and 25% for other City facility rentals like meeting rooms, Cleland Theatre and sports fields.

Penticton’s birthday

Council considered a notice of motion surrounding annual celebrations of the municipality’s birthday. The District of Penticton was incorporated on Dec. 31, 1908, while the City of Penticton was incorporated on April 30, 1948. With the intent of celebrating an annual event, Council directed staff to prepare a RFP for the organization and administration of festivities to celebrate Penticton’s birthday, and investigate ways to leverage or create synergies with other community celebrations such as a Canada Day or BC Day.


Council Highlights are written by communications staff at the City of Penticton. A PDF version [PDF - 123 KB] is available for download. If you require an official record of Council meeting resolutions, the Minutes are also available online.