Baker running for West Kelowna council

District of West Kelowna: Baker, Joanne - councillor candidate says district must deal with growth issues.

  • Oct. 28, 2014 6:00 a.m.

1) What do you feel is the most significant issues facing West Kelowna and how would you suggest it be resolved?

West Kelowna is growing at a rapid pace; keeping up with the increasing strain on infrastructure becomes an issue.  I support the practice of charging development service fees for new developments and then setting aside those monies for future capital works.

The reliability of West Kelowna’s water system is also of utmost importance.  I support the recommendations of the Water Master Plan which focuses on options which include a new water treatment plant for Rose Valley.

2) What personal characteristics or background do you possess that make you an ideal candidate for council?

I have managed my own real estate business to become top 10 in Canada with Century 21; I have managed the customer service department for SaskEnergy the natural gas utility for Regina; I have been the administrator for the Local Government Board of Saskatchewan who approves borrowing for Cities and Towns; I am the President of our Strata and I am a volunteer member of the Board of Variance for West Kelowna.

I obtained my University Education at the University of Regina.

In addition to all of the above professional experience I am a team player with a good work ethic who always gives 100%.

 

3) What is your vision for any future development of West Kelowna’s waterfront along Okanagan Lake?

I support the present community enhancement projects being undertaken for the waterfront, examples: walking paths, bike lanes, wine route and CNR Wharf improvement.  I would also like to see a direct link from the Westbank Town Centre to the waterfront and a vibrant community area.

 

4) What can the District of West Kelowna do to attract more business investment to the community?

Current revitalization has been a catalyst to attracting business investment in West Kelowna.  I support the proposed Municipal Hall/Civic Centre being built as a joint partnership with a private developer.  According to the District enquiries are being fielded for mixed use development, a hotel and offices.

5) Why do you agree or disagree that a second bridge crossing of Okanagan Lake is important to the future of West Kelowna?

I agree that a second bridge crossing is important to not only West Kelowna but all members of the RDCO.  With growth comes the need for infrastructure and that applies to highways and bridges as well.

 

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