April 17 Council Highlights

Smart City Challenge
Council approved the application for the Smart City Challenge with the challenge statement:
”Let’s build a physically & mentally healthier, strongly-connected Penticton where each person has access and opportunity to maximize their health potential”.

Infrastructure Canada indicates that finalists will be announced in the summer of 2018. Once selected, finalists will receive a $250,000 grant to develop their submission and have until the winter of 2018/19 to complete their final submission for the $10 million prize. The winner is expected to be announced in spring of 2019.

Property Taxation Distribution Policy
Council approved the Property Taxation Distribution Policy. The goal of this policy is to establish a fair, transparent, stable and equitable distribution of property tax among all classes of taxable property.

Hospital Room Naming Contest
JoAnne Kleb, Engagement Officer for the City of Penticton revealed the name of winning submission for the Penticton Tower Hospital Room naming contest.   “Meadowlark Room” will be submitted for Provincial review, a process that can take between 6-12 months. 

Waste Water Solids Management Options
The staff report titled “Study to Review Waste Water Solids Management Options was received by Council.  The Public Works Department will be issuing a request for proposals to qualified engineering consulting firms for the purposes of reviewing existing solids management processes and identifying potential alternative management processes to service the sanitary sewer residuals management needs for the next 20 year time frame.       

Fire Protection Mutual Aid Agreement
Council approved the renewal of the two year Fire Protection Mutual Aid Agreement with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.  The Fire Protection Mutual Aid Agreement (MAA) is an initial response, no charge reciprocal system of emergency assistance available to local fire departments throughout the region. The main focus is to make a large number of resources available in a pre-arranged, organized fashion at no additional cost to the community requiring assistance during an emergency situation.

Urban Deer Update
Council directed staff to re-engage with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and BC Conservation to make a plan towards urban deer management in Penticton and with a regional approach and deal with specific issues on an event by event basis.

These highlights are intended to provide a brief summary of recent Council proceedings.  The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items.  For a detailed account of the full agenda, including staff reports, other supporting documents and official meeting minutes, please consult the City’s website or call the City’s Corporate Administration Department at 250-490-2400.