Archives for September 23, 2014
The Board of Directors awarded the Electoral Area “D-1” Kaleden/Apex Official Community Plan review and update project to EcoPlan International Inc. in the amount of $119,270 (plus taxes). The total project budget is contingent on additional funding in the 2015 Budget but the project will commence with up to $73,700 confirmed under the existing 2014 Budget. The scope of the work which will be done will be background report, land inventory and trend research, community engagement, groundwater capacity overview, infrastructure study, fire risk review, alignment with the South Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy, and bylaw preparation.
In 2011 the Board of Directors combined all of their Regional Fire Services to operate under one common bylaw known as the Emergency Services Bylaw No. 2566, 2011. The Board has adopted an amendment to that bylaw to allow for an expansion of public safety service in the Anarchist Mountain Volunteer Fire Department response area to include Medical First Response.
The 2011 Regional Trails Master Plan identified acquiring tenure over the former Kettle Valley Railway as a priority to establish a regional trail network within the Regional District. The Board of Directors approved an application be made to the Province for a License of Occupation of a 4 meter width over all sections of the former Kettle Valley Right-of-way within Electoral Area “C” for non-motorized trail, and for all sections shared in Areas “A” and “C” from Road 19 to 296th Avenue. The Board of Directors also directed that an application to the Ministry of Transportation be made for a permit to construction within a section of the right-of-way adjacent to Highway 97 from 296th Avenue to 246th Avenue in Electoral Area “A”. The Board of Directors also approved an application to the province be made for a license of occupation over the construed trail adjacent to Highway 97 from 246th Avenue to 202nd Avenue in Electoral Area “A”.
Several amendments to the Five Year Financial Plan were approved by the Board of Directors, including:
Apex Waste Transfer Station Site Design and Construction drawings. The approved 2014 Five Year Financial Plan calls for spending $5,000 for Consultants in 2014 and $50,000 in 2015. The $5,000 was envisioned as being spent for a site survey of the proposed areas. This survey work is proceeding to Request for Quotes. The $50,000 was allocated for the engineered site design, feasibility studies and construction drawings for the transfer station to be built in the summer of 2015. The 2015 budget also proposes $215,000 to build the transfer station.
Regional Trails Farm Tractor. The Regional Trails Department has an opportunity to purchase a Farm Tractor with attachments. The tractor would be used for maintenance and operational improvements for Regional Trails and Parks. The estimated total cost of the purchase will be approximately $27,000. The purchase is to be funded from reserves.
Osoyoos Museum Society. The Society has requested a transfer of $17,929 from their reserve funds for the Design Development Phase and acquisition of a Military Collection Visible Storage/Display system
The Board of Directors adopted Bylaw No. 2654, 2014, Electoral Area “D” Transit System Service Establishment Bylaw, which received elector approval through an Alternative Approval Process. The deadline for electors to register opposition to the bylaw was August 29. The number of elector response forms needed to prevent adoption of the bylaw was 355; the actual number of valid elector response forms received was 13.
Penticton Mayor Garry Litke won’t seek re-election – he has not made it official yet. It is likely that announcement will be made prior to October 6th.
Councillor Andrew Jakubeit will challenge Councillor John Vassalaki for the top civic seat.
“This election is not about age – Young vs Old, it’s not about choosing the best of the worst. It is about who you believe can inspire, rebuild trust, get the silos that exist to start working together more, empower, and motivate – we need true leadership – something to believe in – something to work towards – having a vision of what our future can and should be…and a willingness to be BOLD.” – Jakubeit
This means three openings on Council in Penticton providing a shake up in leadership and style. Councillor Wes Hopkin earlier resigned to go back to university.
Jakubeit, 43, has spent the last six years on council and has been active in championing the one hour free parking and community market, as well as spending 20 years volunteering with minor hockey.
“I share your hope to see Penticton become a vibrant, innovative and adventurous waterfront city that is focused on sustainability, community and economic opportunity,” he said.
Regular Meeting September 22nd, 2014
The Poop on Geese: The 2014-2015 Hunting Season for Canada Geese commenced September 20th and the Town has once more invited applicants to apply for the necessary exemption to discharge firearms within our boundaries.
Rotary Beach and the Oliver Airport continue to be adversely affected by non-migratory Canada Geese and either defecating on the beach or in the case of the airport, posing a significant danger to planes. Egg addling was the first effort to control the goose population but at $2,000 per year has been less than successful so hunting appears to be the only other truly effective control method. Carol Sheridan, Manager of Parks and recreation had two ‘Away With Geese’ Laser lamps mounted at Rotary Beach and these appear to be working to control the population there, but hunting is really the only guarantee of success.
Goose control is a controversial matter for some residents but we have to realize that Canada Geese are actually a migratory bird and would normally fly over Oliver to their seasonal nesting areas. The Oliver geese have been attracted over the years by easy pickings and attracted by a ready supply of food, some of which is dropped by well-meaning animal lovers. The major health issue continues to be the bacteria released from goose feces which can result in serious respiratory problems for young children playing in the sand.
Budget Time: David Svetlichny, Chief Financial Officer for Oliver, requested Council’s approval for 2015 Budget timelines as laid out in his report. Council will start the process on October 27th with deliberations on the Oliver Fire Department’s budget. This process will extend into 2015 with Adoption of the Tax Rate Bylaw on April 13th.
Acting Mayor Dave Mattes noted that Council will establish a ‘0%’ increase as the starting position on all preliminary budgets; he considers this is the number to start from and adjust upwards if necessary.
Our Hike and Bike Trail: After many years and many Councils Oliver now has ‘Tenure’ on the Okanagan River Dike running on the East side of the River from the Fairview Road Bridge down to Vertical Drop Structure (VDS) 11. The Province signed off on a 30 year License of Occupation which will allow the Town to pave the pathway and Parks and Recreation to hire a contractor for weed control. Accessibility Ramps are proposed for VDS 13 (opposite the Forbes Wetland area) and VDS 11 so that everyone will be able to take advantage of a great round-trip alongside the river. The total for this work, which includes some pads for future benches, will be somewhere under $200,000 according to Shawn Goodsell, Director of Public Works.
When questioned about camping along the dike Mr. Goodsell stated that this continues to be an issue for some residents. He mentioned that Public Works staff tell people to move when they are camping on Town owned Irrigation System property but in reality the only vested authority to move campers lies with the RCMP or Conservation Service. With respect to motorized equipment on the trail, he suggested that concerned citizens should attempt to record license plate numbers if possible but he also acknowledged that most of the violators were on ATVs or other un-licensed and motorized equipment.
Penticton discusses large-scale events with Minister at UBCM
Sept. 23, 2014
Penticton – Provincial oversight of large-scale events was broached with B.C. government representatives at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention today.
Mayor and Council were able to raise concerns during face-to-face meetings with B.C. cabinet ministers in Whistler, including a meeting with the Hon. Suzanne Anton, Minister of Attorney-General, and Hon. Terry Lake, Minister of Health, regarding oversight of large-scale events. The provincial government has regulatory and budgetary jurisdiction over the range of protective services that go into making a festival – from policing to health, emergency management and liquor control.
Establishing provincial oversight in the form of a B.C. approvals panel for large-scale events would create that central point of authority required to effectively and efficiently assist promoters plan their event. Appointed members could include representatives from the Provincial Health Services Authority, Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, British Columbia Ambulance Service, policing representatives from the jurisdictional force, local government representatives, business community (local Chambers of Commerce) and/or land owners.
This provincial oversight body could assist promoters with pre-planning by outlining a definitive set of event criteria and anticipated timelines for implementation – making B.C. the easiest jurisdiction to hold a large-scale event in Canada.
These checklists would also enable the provincial government to ensure that resources on the part of agencies and the promoter are appropriately allocated and public safety is taken into account – establishing the event as a safe and fun space for all.
“There is incredible economic opportunity with large-scale events, not only in terms of direct and indirect spending by event attendants, but the ripple effect of community exposure when resident recruitment is taken into account,” said Penticton Mayor Garry Litke. “Oversight of large-scale festivals is an opportunity to also ensure that resources from agencies like health regions and RCMP are appropriately allocated before, during and after the event.”
During today’s meeting, provincial Ministers recognized the need for oversight and committed to working with affected agencies to create an approvals panel.
They are not paid. ODN made a mistake on the word hire. It is done during hunting season and is legal
Picture and comments below by Mike Beaulieu
“Tuc-El-Nuit lake is busy with paddle boarders, kayakers, fishermen and the like this fine Sunday morning. I am sure a lot of people I see gathered around the shoreline and on the water are wondering why the town allows hunters to shoot geese or anything else for that matter on and around this small densely populated lake. Watching shotgun pellets splash in the water outside my living room window this morning is too close for comfort.”
Gifts from Oliver will stay here so the Knights of Columbus Christmas hamper fund will recieve several toys and about 150 dollars thanks to the community.
V-Day Oliver-Osoyoos will be holding our first meeting for the
2015 campaign on Thursday, September 25th at 7pm at the OIB Resource Center
(the building to the right of Sen Pok Chin off of McKinney Road).
V-Day is a global initiative to raise awareness and funding in an effort to stop violence against women and girls. There are many volunteer opportunities – something for everyone; no matter your age, gender or background. For more information about who we are and what we do visit vdayoliverosoyoos.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any inquiries.
The Bereavement Resource Centre is hosting noted author, psychologist, & grief expert, Dr. Alan Wolfelt on Thurs. Sept. 25 at the Penticton Trade & Convention Center.
Dr. Wolfelt will present an accredited daytime workshop for members of the caregiving community who want to further develop their knowledge & skills in the art of companioning individuals during times of grief & loss.
Dr. Wolfelt will also speak at an evening public presentation that will help all of us understand how loss influences our lives.
For more information please contact the BRC @ 250-490-1107.
On behalf of the Oliver Food Bank and our volunteers, I would like to thank each and every one of you who donated food items to Oliver’s 4th annual BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. This year saw us distributing donation bags to as many local residences as possible to give everyone an opportunity to make a donation of non-perishable food in support of the Oliver Food Bank. Through your generosity on Saturday more than 5460 pounds of food was collected. It’s amazing to see our small community pack our food bank to the rafters and to think of all the people who will be fed by that effort. Please remember that the Oliver Food Bank needs donations year-round!
I also need to give a huge thank you to our diverse and enthusiastic group of supporters and volunteers who made the food drive possible in Oliver. Thank you to our community partners: Sundridge Landscapes Ltd., the Oliver Alliance Church Youth Group, Specialty Kitchens & Countertops Ltd., the Oliver/Osoyoos Sikh Temple, Oliver Dental Care, Oliver Food Bank, Best of India Restaurant, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Oliver SuperValu. All of these community groups support us through volunteers and/or in-kind donations. I also need to thank those individuals and families who came out and gave of their time and talents to help us. We are extremely humbled at the support our community continues to provide.
The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is a BC-wide project to support local food banks in their mission to feed the hungry. The BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is a non-denominational, community-focused project open to all interested individuals, groups, and businesses that wish to lend a hand. If you as a business, community group or individual are interested in helping out in next year’s food drive, please don’t hesitate to contact me. To see province wide information please go to: www.bctfooddrive.org
Jordan Noftle – Oliver area coordinator
BC Thanksgiving Food Drive