July 21, 2020 Council Meeting Highlights

Service Announcement

2021-2025 Financial Plan & Business Plan Key Dates
Jim Bauer, Chief Financial Officer provided Council with a presentation on the 2021-2025 financial plan which included key dates of the upcoming budget process.

Safety & Security Advisory Committee Recommendations from July 20, 2020
Council endorsed all 11 recommendations made by the Safety and Security Advisory Committee from the July 20, 2020 Committee meeting.

RCMP Quarterly Update
Superintendent Brian Hunter provided Council with crime statistics for the second quarter (April –June 2020) for Penticton. Council received into the record the report dated July 21, 2020 titled “RCMP Quarterly Update”.

Update on Library Services
Heather Buzzell, Chief Librarian, provided Council with an update on services being provided since closure to the public in March. The Library will reopen to the public on August 4, 2020. 

Council received into the record the report dated July 21, 2020 titled “Update on Library Services”.  

Community Engagement Plan for the Transportation Master Plan
Council directed staff to proceed with the Community Engagement Plan outlined in the report titled “Community Engagement Plan for the Transportation Master Plan” for the transportation component of the Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan. 

FCM Asset Management Program Grant Application AMIP Update
Council directed staff to apply for a grant opportunity from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Asset Management Program to update the City of Penticton Asset Management Investment Plan and committed $3,240 from its budget toward the costs of this initiative.

Fees & Charges Amendment Bylaw No. 2020-31
Re:  Recreation Fees

Council adopted “Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw No. 2020-31”, a bylaw that charges a flat fee for all single reservation admissions for the Fitness Room ($7) and Aquatic Centre ($6.75). 

Council also temporarily suspended the Specialized Admission Program fees as outlined in Division 7 and Admission to Facilities as outlined in Division 3 of the Parks, Recreation and Culture Fees and Charges Policy until such time as the CAO determines and advertises by way of Public Notice that it is appropriate to resume the subsidy programs.

2020-2022 Council Priorities
Council approved the 2020-2022 Council Priorities. City Council established three strategic priorities that will guide the direction of the City through 2022:  Asset & Amenity Management, Community Safety, and Community Vitality.

2020 Auditor Appointment
Council appointed BDO Canada LLP as the City’s Auditor for a three (3) year term with the option to extend the Service Agreement for up to two (2) additional years in one-year increments.

Second Quarter Corporate Business Plan Update
Council receive into the record the report dated July 21, 2020 titled “Second Quarter Corporate Business Plan Update”, outlining completed and ongoing priorities and key issues.

July 2020 Financial Update
Council received into the record the report titled “July 2020 Financial Update” dated July 21, 2020 and approved a budget increase of $65,200 for the purchase of auto extrication equipment for the Fire Department, to be funded from the capital reserve.

Metered Parking Program Expansion
Council directed staff, in the preparation of the 2021 Business Plan, investigate expanding the metered parking program to the following areas:
•    Downtown (Main Street, Ellis Street, Front Street, removing one-hour free parking from Backstreet lot)
•    Lakeshore Drive and Okanagan Lake parking lots (Loco Landing, Lakawanna, Marina Way)
•    Skaha Park and Parkview Street
•    South Okanagan Event Centre (SOEC) Campus
•    Resident only parking areas (permits are currently provided at no charge)

Council also directed staff to consult the general public on the financial trade-offs of continuing to not charge for parking in areas with high usage and present the results of the public engagement and options for Council’s consideration prior to the 2021 budget preparation.

Responsible Liquor Consumption in Public Places (Skaha Park)
Council gave first, second and third reading as amended (removed park east of volleyball courts) to “Liquor Consumption (Skaha Park) Bylaw No. 2020-28”. A Special meeting of Council will be held on July 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. to adopt Bylaw No. 2020-28.

Committee Terms of Reference – 2020-2022
Council approved the 2020-2022 Terms of Reference for the following Committees:
•    Agriculture Advisory Committee
•    Arts, Creative & Cultural Innovation Advisory Committee
•    Community Sustainability Advisory Committee
•    Economic Prosperity and Development Services Advisory Committee
•    Heritage and Museum Advisory Committee
•    Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee
•    Penticton and Ellis Creek Restoration Select Committee
•    Safety and Security Advisory Committee

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.