Regional district news briefs

Regional district news briefs for the Regional District Okanagan Simikameen


Kaleden – Okanagan Falls trail surfacing

The Request For Proposals for surfacing of the KVR trail between Kaleden and Okanagan Falls ended on October 4, reported RDOS Community Services Manager Mark Woods to regional district directors at a recent board meeting.

A granular surface similar to the Penticton portion of the trail is envisioned for the Kaleden – Okanagan Falls portion, having received the best choice of material from public response.

The trail will be surfaced between the trestle at Okanagan Falls and Ponderosa Point initially.

Woods also told the board that work on access to the trail between Penticton (to Airport Road) and Kaleden was ongoing.

Permission granted

In the Similkameen, the Keremeos to Cawston portion of the trail has received formal approval for use from the Agricultural Land Commission.

Transit study Terms of Reference

Terms of reference for an upcoming regional transit study were recently released. The Similkameen and South Okanagan transportation study will start November 1 and is slated for spring  completion. New services derived from the study are expected to be implemented by mid fall of 2013.

New employees

Community Services Manager Mark Woods introduced two new staff members to the regional district board on October 4.

Justin Shuttleworth will serve as Parks Facilities Coordinator and Lindsay Bourque was hired as Rural Projects Coordinator.

Grist Mill

The province’s heritage branch wishes to explore new ideas for operating the Keremeos Grist Mill.

A recently released Expression of Interest is seeking proposals that would see the community more involved in site useage.

Two ideas that have been suggested include creation of a cidery or a brew house on the grounds, but the jury is still out with respect to potential new opportunities.


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