November 5, 2019 Council Highlights

Community Volunteers for Events/Festivals

Wendy Weisner, Executive Director, SOS Volunteer Centre and Janell Wartenby provided Council with an update on SOS Volunteer Centre’s work in the community as well as a brief review of Events/Festivals funded by the City.

Cool It! Climate Leadership Training Program in Two Middle Schools in Penticton in the Spring of 2020

Kathleen Davies provided Council with a presentation introducing a Climate Leadership Training Program into two middle schools located in Penticton for the Spring of 2020.

Progress Report on the Shatford Centre

Kim Palmer and Keith MacIntyre provided Council with a progress report on the Okanagan School of the Arts and the Shatford Centre which included accomplishments and their goals to increase membership.

Childcare BC New Spaces Fund

Ben Johnson, Acting Director of Development Services, provided Council with a presentation on new spaces for childcare in Penticton through the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund.

Arena Update – McLaren Ice Plant

Bregje Kozak, Director of Recreation and Facilities, provided Council with an update regarding the current challenges associated with the McLaren Arena ice plant due to aging infrastructure and the upcoming capital request to replace the ice plant.

Lake-to-Lake Cycling Route Engagement Update

JoAnne Kleb, Engagement Strategist, provided Council with an update on the Lake-to-Lake Cycling Route Engagement activities that have taken place to date as well as the next steps.

Community Engagement Policy and Framework

Council approved the Community Engagement Policy to articulate the City’s commitment to community engagement and received the Community Engagement Framework to guide staff in the implementation of the policy and inform citizens about the City’s commitment to community engagement.

Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society 20-Year Lease

Council approved the 20-year nominal lease agreement with the Penticton Seniors’ Drop-In Centre Society for the building located at 2965 South Main Street.

Sharps Response Update

Council received the report titled “Sharps Response Update” which provided an update on the progress to date regarding options to regulate the distribution and collection of sharps in Penticton.

Local Government Support for Cannabis Retail

Council directed staff to send a recommendation of support to the British Columbia Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch for non-medical cannabis retail store licenses, in accordance with Council policy, for Green Light Cannabis located at 114-2436 Skaha Lake Road.

Asset and Amenity Management Project Charter

Council approved the Asset and Amenity Project Charter and the proposed budget of $378,000 in 2020 and $205,000 in 2021 to define a clear approach and actionable plan to manage and fund the City’s assets in a fiscally responsible manner.

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.