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Archives for October 17, 2014
I sent this letter to the Minister of Transportion (MOTI) on Sept. 25, 2014. I received an automated reply on the same day but I have received no further correspondence to date.
To Minister of Transportation
The roads in Oliver/Willowbrook area are terrible. Specifically, Fairview Road headed west out of Oliver to Willowbrook Road (formerly Fairview-Whitelake Rd) to Willowbrook and White Lake Road along the Dominion Observatory and out through Twin Lakes.
For years we have endured this terrible broken and bumpy road system. The last time the upgrade consisted of chip sealing which due to the size of aggregate resulted in a rash of broken windshields, a very noisy road surface and an unfriendly travel surface for the numerous cyclists/races which use this system.
I have a large (expensive) living quarters horse trailer and I must travel at very slow speeds (40 to 60 km/hr) to avoid damaging my rig and my horses on this road. This results in cars passing me in dangerous locations because I am driving too slow. I live along the route so I have no choice of alternate routes to get to and from my home.
The South Okanagan promotes and relies on tourism in this area. I have heard cyclists complaining about the roads (“beautiful scenery but too bad the road is so crappy”).
I want to know when these roads are scheduled for re-surfacing and if we will receive a proper asphalt surface the next time around?
I received this response:
Thank you for your e-mail; I appreciate you taking the time to write. This automated response is to confirm that your e-mail has been received and will be reviewed shortly. Where appropriate, I will respond to your e-mail or have Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff respond to you directly. Please be assured your e-mail will be dealt with as soon as possible.
Todd G. Stone
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Okanagan Regional Library Board Highlights from October 15th, 2014
The ORL Board approved the 2015 Budget as presented. An overall 1.72% increase was proposed ($291,850), the majority of which comes from negotiated wage increases and inflationary items, including mandatory increases to Municipal Pension Plan rates. In 2013, the library experienced a surge in program attendance of 12.6% and an increase in reference transactions (many of which are related to help with ebooks and other devices) of 9.4%. In response, the budget includes minor service and training improvements related to programs and staff training on dealing with people who have questions related to technology.
Oliver Branch Update
It was announced to the board that after extensive review it was decided that the Oliver Branch will remain in the same location, with the same square footage.
New Integrated Library System
CEO Stephanie Hall presented information to the board on the new Integrated Library System (ILS) which is now in effect. This new system replaces the current system, which no longer serves the library’s needs. Patrons will notice a change in their on-line accounts. Any questions or concerns can be sent to email@example.com. For more information, please visit www.orl.bc.ca.
The ORL Board passed a resolution instructing staff to invest up to $25,000 in the appropriate community foundations within the ORL service area. The will allow patrons and library supporters to make bequests to the library that will help support programs and services in perpetuity.
Summer Reading Club
The Board received a final report about the 2014 Summer Reading Club, a system wide program that encourages reading for school age children and helps prevent summer learning loss. The theme of the Summer Reading Club is set provincially and this year was “Funny Business”, an exciting one for staff to plan and children to participate in. Program attendance increase by 7% over 2013 with 9529 children taking part. 219 programs were offered. A system wide entertainer, Magician Leif David, visited all 29 branches thanks to generous funding by the Friends of the Library. His program featured the magic of libraries and of reading and was well received in all communities. The Royal Bank donated the Summer Reading Club medals and many other local businesses provided prizes for children that had completed their reading logs.
BC Library Trustee Association
Director Lisa Cameron reported that members of the BCLTA were able to meet with Minister Peter Fassbender at UBCM. The Minister confirmed $14 million dollars a year in funding to BC libraries for the next three years, as a separate line item in his ministry’s budget. Minister Fassbender would like libraries to work more closely with education institutes and there are currently 20 pilot projects going on in the province. He also asked that library trustees bring forward the message of the value of libraries to their local MLAs.
The South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce will be hosting all candidates forums in:
Osoyoos Wednesday October 29th 7pm to 9 pm at the Osoyoos Secondary School Theatre
Oliver Tuesday November 4th 7pm to 9pm at Frank Venables Theatre **
Okanagan Falls Monday November 3rd at the Okanagan Falls Community Centre.
This is a change from information published earlier
Our facilities manager reported to the board that he investigated all the options available in Oliver and, given size, location and cost considerations, that at this time, the best option was to stay in the current building.
The landlord was able to offer some reduction in the lease rate and the ORL will continue to lease the same amount of space.
Okanagan Regional Library
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Planners from BC Transit recently surveyed about 2300 people in Penticton and other communities in the Regional District.
What they found was that many people need better, connected services to assist with getting to medical appointments in Penticton and Kelowna.
Directors agreed that one of the main ideas to work on is bus passenger service that connects outlying areas to a hub.
i.e. – A bus from Princeton must start early enough to catch a connection in Penticton to end up in Kelowna.
A key question asked by at least one RDOS director is the cost to taxpayers for providing a limited service that less than 3% of the population uses.
Planners says in Metro Vancouver 21% of people-trips are on transit. 12% in Victoria – dropping to 5% in Prince George and Kelowna – with Penticton less than 3% and rural areas less than 2%.
Providing more and better service thought to be the only way to increase the use of transit buses.
I was born and raised in Croatia. Moved to Canada in 1994. First seven years I spent in Montreal. I have moved to BC in September 2001 and finally settled in Oliver in May 2007. Since 2009 I have been working for our MP Alex Atamanenko and learning about the issues people in South Okanagan and Similkameen struggle the most with.
Definitely homelessness, poverty and low income come at the top of the list. The pensions have been reduced, full-time jobs are rare find in this area even at the minimum wage and that affects local economy. Low buying power determines which business will prosper, which will survive and which will not last. Affordable and co-op housing have been on the Town Council’s agenda for a while and I hope that it continues.
If the report is correct about municipal employees on average being paid more than provincial government employees, I would say that the provincial government should paid their employees better.
Main Street and Centennial Park should be inviting for the outside world to stop and take a walk around instead of simply travelling by. Town could take a leadership role, but I would rather see Town officials and employees as facilitators and main coordinators. It could be a very enriching project if we could have residents and businesses involved from the beginning to the end of the project.
With all due respect to all our grape growers and wineries, I would like to show that there is more to Oliver than just wine. Wine industry can be our signature but it is not entirely the soul of Oliver. Ambitious plan would be to make Oliver the first town in Canada that eradicated poverty. Wouldn’t that be something? If we all worked together and supported each other, I believe we could get there as long as we do not spend more money on studies than on actual projects.
Candidate for Councillor
Town of Oliver
Leo above – available for adoption
Some people are not sure exactly what a feral cat is. Truly feral cats are fearful of humans living their lives outdoors, often surviving on small wildlife such as mice and birds and scrounging food from garbage etc. A few lucky feral cats are fed by people, but this only addresses their hunger issues. If not spayed and neutered (altered) feral cats can quickly surge in numbers making it difficult for even a kind hearted person to afford to feed them adequately. Feral cats are also subject to disease and injury and even abuse by people who do not want them in their yard or neighbor hood.
That is where AlleyCATS Alliance steps in when possible. We help to trap feral cats if necessary and have them altered and will release them again if someone will continue to feed and monitor them. Any that are able to be socialized are adopted and we often adopt some of the ferals that cannot be returned to the area where they were trapped to people who need barn cats. Often even the feral ones that are released as barn cats eventually learn to appreciate a good scratch under the chin!
Where can you contact AlleyCATS Alliance ? We have a website www.alleycatsalliance.org, a facebook page and snail mail at P.O. Box 32 113-437 Martin Street, Penticton V2A 5L1
The RDOS has continued with enforcement of our sign regulations on private property in the area between the southern boundary of Oliver and the US border. There has generally been good success, but with a few signs needing more attention. We will follow-up with outstanding matters.
Development Services Manager
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
ODN also asked the Ministry of Transportation (MOTI) to comment but no response has been received.
Meetings by the RDOS on this sensitive issue will likely be convened in January or February of 2015.
Ken Hayes says:
the gas in Penticton $1.25.9 and $1.31.9 here in Oliver? What is the deal?
Dave Drought says:
you’ve pretty much got it right there, Jack. People would rather pick up their reward points than make any effort to reduce gas prices. The evidence is all around us.
Susan Fulton says:
Why are our gas stations still charging $1.31 for gas when crude prices are down and so are gas prices all over the province?
Publisher: I keep answering the question – because we refuse to boycott stations that charge that much. No other answer.
The answer no one wants to hear is – that the people in this area are prepared to pay that price. Best advice is to go where the prices are lower. I know that is not a satisfactory response but their are no GAS police.
AND I always get hell for telling people to shop elsewhere.