July 5, 2022 Council Highlights

Council Highlights

A brief and informal summary of the latest decisions made by Penticton City Council. 

Council approves another rainbow crosswalk
Colourful Front Street will be getting another dash of colour as City Council has approved a rainbow crosswalk.

The request came from the Downtown Penticton Business Improvement Association, Travel Penticton and the South Okanagan-Similkameen Pride Society. The location will be at the intersection of Front Street and Lakeshore Drive.

Earlier this year, council approved a request for a rainbow crosswalk from students at Queen’s Park Elementary School, which will be completed in September.

Curling Club gets new lease on life
The Penticton Curling Club and the City of Penticton have reached a new 10-year agreement and a $100,000 loan for capital improvements.

In addition, the loan will allow the curling club to apply for a matching grant from the provincial government to cover the costs of the capital improvements, which includes upgraded electrical, carpeting and washrooms. 

Minor changes to fees, Sportsplex gets non-prime rate
City Council has approved changes to a variety of fees and added a non-prime hourly rate for the Penticton Sportsplex.

To encourage maximum field usage, the City will introduce a non-prime rate of $90 and maintain the current prime rate of $140. Staff will also undertake a wider recreation rate review over the coming year.

Other changes include:
Building department fees – if denial notice is not within prescribed timelines, the permit fee will be reduced by five per cent
Cemetery –the 10 per cent care fund contribution has been specifically added below each level and type of applicable service, and the former general fees removed
Garbage rates - Wording has been added to the Screened Compost Sales section to provide the Public Works Manager or their designate the ability to waive compost fees in the event of site congestion or operational necessity

New bylaw expands reach of public notices
Council has adopted a bylaw regarding public notices to broaden the reach by using online and print sources.

Under the new bylaw, when a public notice is required it will be provided by: 

  • publishing a notice in an online source of news that provides local news and information for residents of the City of Penticton; 
  • publishing a notice in a printed newspaper distributed within the boundaries of the City of Penticton.

The new bylaw sets these as the minimum requirements for public notices required under Section 94 of the Community Charter. City Council retains the discretion to provide additional notices. 

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.