Municipal Government

A Falkland man will present a 600+ signature petition to the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board Thursday, May 20, opposing dog control in Electoral Area D, which includes Falkland, Silver Creek, Salmon Valley and Ranchero/Deep Creek. (File photo)

600-plus sign Falkland man’s petition against dog control

Similar bylaw rejected by 200 public hearing attendees when topic came up 9 years ago

 

Spallumcheen councillors (from left) Todd York, Gerry Popoff, Christine LeMaire, John Bakker, Joe Van Tienhoven and Andrew Casson join Mayor Christine Fraser (fourth from left) in helping to proclaim the township open for business with new signage off Highway 97A. (Township of Spallumcheen photo)

Being open for business paying dividends for Okanagan township

Spallumcheen wins provincial award, new business and building starts increase

 

Oliver’s Fairview Bridge needs work to remove the lead-based paint, but it may cost the town more than they’re currently willing to pay. (Google Maps)

Oliver bridge work may not happen until 2022

Bids for the project came in over what the town had budgeted

 

City Hall

Penticton council votes to shift tax burden to businesses

“The businesses staying afloat are what’s going to keep our community afloat,” said coun. Watt

City Hall
A design for the proposed fencing council approved on May 4. The fencing will go up around the Gyro Park bandshell because of drug paraphernalia and people sleeping on the stage. (City of Penticton)

No extra bylaw services but fencing going up around Penticton’s Gyro Park bandshell

Council shot down the mayor’s request for additional permanent bylaw officers

A design for the proposed fencing council approved on May 4. The fencing will go up around the Gyro Park bandshell because of drug paraphernalia and people sleeping on the stage. (City of Penticton)
The Kampe Estate across from the Channel has been bought by a developer who wants to put up two towers. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Penticton’s Kampe estate development proposal going to public hearing

Two-thirds of feedback so far oppose the development at 435 Green Avenue

The Kampe Estate across from the Channel has been bought by a developer who wants to put up two towers. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
Construction is well underway for the new Multigenerational Activity Centre and the Nexus Complex upgrade in Lake Country. (District of Lake Country photo)

Lake Country activity centre costs escalate

Project benefitting babies to seniors expected to be completed in August

Construction is well underway for the new Multigenerational Activity Centre and the Nexus Complex upgrade in Lake Country. (District of Lake Country photo)
New parking meters have been installed on Main Street, Ellis Street, Front Street, Nanaimo Avenue and Padmore Avenue in Penticton. (City of Penticton photo)

Penticton council to weigh lakefront paid parking to fund bylaw expansion

The expansions would nearly double what the city currently spends

New parking meters have been installed on Main Street, Ellis Street, Front Street, Nanaimo Avenue and Padmore Avenue in Penticton. (City of Penticton photo)
The Branding Iron Bar and Grill is asking for Keremeos’ council to support them to be able to serve liquour on a temporary patio outside. (Google Maps)

Keremeos council weighs Branding Iron Grill patio

The request is for support to serve alcohol on the patio

The Branding Iron Bar and Grill is asking for Keremeos’ council to support them to be able to serve liquour on a temporary patio outside. (Google Maps)
Summerland mayor Toni Boot is suggesting a code of ethics for elected municipal officials. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland mayor considers code of ethics for elected officials

Union of B.C. Municipalities has identified problem throughout province

Summerland mayor Toni Boot is suggesting a code of ethics for elected municipal officials. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The property tax bill for a typical home in Summerland will increase by $23.37 in 2021. At the April 26 Summerland council meeting, the new tax rate was adopted. The increase is 1.65 per cent. (File photo)

Summerland residents can expect a $23 property tax hike for 2021

Council approved increasing property taxes by 1.65 per cent for 2021

The property tax bill for a typical home in Summerland will increase by $23.37 in 2021. At the April 26 Summerland council meeting, the new tax rate was adopted. The increase is 1.65 per cent. (File photo)
Summerland municipal staff will send a letter to the province, asking that land decisions made by local governments be respected.	(John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland council offers Penticton support in dispute with provincial government

4-3 resolution comes after province overturns Penticton council decision

Summerland municipal staff will send a letter to the province, asking that land decisions made by local governments be respected.	(John Arendt - Summerland Review)
District of Lake Country municipal hall. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Yelling over phone won’t speed up service: District of Lake Country

District reminds residents to be kind when requesting services during a busy period for staff

District of Lake Country municipal hall. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Dan Hodson/submitted photo Dick Warren brings his 1972 AMC Hornet “Rant-n-Rave” across the border from Tonasket on a regular basis to line up against Osoyoos, BC’s Brad Baxendale in his 1969 Pontiac Beaumont. The two gents offer fierce competition, as well as great looking cars.

Drag races and model aircraft to keep Osoyoos Airport busy

Penticton Model Aviation Club flies at the Osoyoos Airport

Dan Hodson/submitted photo Dick Warren brings his 1972 AMC Hornet “Rant-n-Rave” across the border from Tonasket on a regular basis to line up against Osoyoos, BC’s Brad Baxendale in his 1969 Pontiac Beaumont. The two gents offer fierce competition, as well as great looking cars.
Skaha Marina

By-election will let public decide on 25-year Skaha Marina contract

The question will be on the ballot for the upcoming by-election in June

Skaha Marina
A 3D render of the proposed $3.557 million Legion Beach revamp project. (Town of Osoyoos)

$3.56M Osoyoos beach project clears first hurdle

Upgrades to Legion Beach include accessibility, road re-configured and possible $450K washroom

A 3D render of the proposed $3.557 million Legion Beach revamp project. (Town of Osoyoos)
Penticton City Hall. (File photo)

Project delays and budget overruns due to COVID-19 in Penticton first quarter update

The city also received an influx of additional grant funding for projects

Penticton City Hall. (File photo)
Gavel (Courtesy photo)

EDITORIAL: High marks for Canada’s democratic process

Accusations of widespread corruption do not hold up

  • Apr 22, 2021
Gavel (Courtesy photo)
Renovations to the Summerland Arts and Cultural Centre building came in at more than $400,000. The renovation work was one of several large items in the first quarter of 2021.	(File photo)

Summerland council spends money on large items

Fleet of trucks, dam repair, arts centre renovations listed in procurement report

Renovations to the Summerland Arts and Cultural Centre building came in at more than $400,000. The renovation work was one of several large items in the first quarter of 2021.	(File photo)
Virtual meetings are taking a toll on local governance, according to multiple mayors in the North Okanagan. (Headway photo)

Virtual meetings leave North Okanagan politicians out of touch

More than a year of Zoom has led to a disconnect between officials, according to local mayors

Virtual meetings are taking a toll on local governance, according to multiple mayors in the North Okanagan. (Headway photo)