June 18, 2019 Council Highlights

2019 Events Update

The City’s Sport and Event Project Manager provided Council with an update on the exciting family-friendly lineup of events happening this season in Penticton. Upcoming major outdoor events include:

  • Peach City Beach Cruise scheduled for June21-23 with events taking place at Gyro Park, Rotary Park and Lakawanna Park;
  • Elvis Festival scheduled for June 28-30 at Gyro Park;
  • Rib Festival scheduled for June 28-July 1 at Okanagan Lake Park;
  • Canada Day scheduled for July 1 at Gyro Park;
  • Scottish Festival scheduled for July 6 at Kings Park;
  • GranFondo scheduled for July 13-14 at Gyro Park;
  • Peach Fest scheduled for August 7-11 with events taking place at Okanagan Lake Park, Rotary Park and Gyro Park;
  • Superleague scheduled for August 22-25 with events taking place at Rotary Park and Gyro Park; and
  • Dragon Boat Festival scheduled for September 7-8 at Skaha Lake Park.

Lake to Lake Bike Route Introduction

The City Engineer introduced to Council route considerations for an all ages and abilities, lake-to-lake bicycle route network for Penticton.

2018 Annual Report

Council received into the record the 2018 Annual Report.

Statement of Financial Information

Council accepted the Statement of Financial Information for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018.

Mayor and Council Remuneration Task Force Recommendations

Council adopted the 11 recommendations provided by the External Mayor and Council Remuneration Task Force.  Benefits will be made available to Council with 100% of the cost borne by the individual Councillor.  The rate of remuneration for Mayor and Council will be adjusted each year to offset the additional 1/3 taxation being incurred since January 1, 2019.  The gross remuneration for the Mayor will increase by 5% ($275 per month) and for Council 8% ($148 per month). 

Traffic Amendment Bylaw No. 2019-23

Re:  Cycling Without Age – request to utilize sidewalks

Council supported the request from ‘Cycling Without Age’ to use the City’s Multi-Use Pathways such as the KVR Trail, Penticton Creek Trail, Okanagan Lake multi-use path, Skaha Lake Park and all Bike lanes; however, Council denied the request from ‘Cycling Without Age’ for permission to utilize City sidewalks, boulevards and pathways for cycling. Staff has been directed to work with ‘Cycling Without Age’ to identify the best on-road routes available to accommodate their desired routing.

Local Government Support for Cannabis Retail Stores

Council directed staff to send recommendations of support to the British Columbia Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB) for non-medical cannabis retail store licenses, in accordance with Council Policy, for the following properties:

  • 101 – 437 Martin Street (Green Essence)
  • 465 Main Street (Greenery Cannabis Boutique)
  • 103 – 2050 Main Street (Zen Canna)
  • 104 – 1652 Fairview Road (Fairview Cannabis Corner)

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-24

Re:  468 Lower Bench Road

Council adopted “Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2018-24” allowing for the construction of a 20-room hotel on the subject property.

Notice of Motion

Council directed staff to research and report back in the fall with the steps to reduce the use of plastic bags in Penticton.

 

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 (www.penticton.ca/council) or call the City’s Corporate Administration Department at 250-490-2400.