Bernard upgrade and dog parks on council agenda

Kelowna city council will be kept busy Monday afternoon with a full agenda for its weekly meeting covering everything from plans for Bernard Avenue and the downtown core to wildfires, dog parks, a new seniors centre and even the future of garbage collection in the city.

Kelowna city council will be kept busy Monday afternoon with a full agenda for its weekly meeting covering everything from plans for Bernard Avenue and the downtown core to wildfires, dog parks, a new seniors centre and even the future of garbage collection in the city.

The meeting, scheduled to get underway at 1:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, will be preceded Monday morning by another council gathering, that one to discuss the province’s draft Water Sustainability Act, before heading into an in-camera session.

The public afternoon meeting will include:

• An update from staff on the city’s downtown plan and how to best gather pubic input. While a staff report says a great deal of information has already been collected, more must be gathered before the end of March prior to the city holding an intensive planning session involving the public, called a charrette

• Plans to develop more awareness about wildfire prevention and address the issue through regulation

• A report on plans to revitalize the area around Bernard Avenue downtown due to the “critical” need to upgrade underground utilities along Bernard from Richter Street to Abbott Street within the next five years

• A report on the need for more dog parks in the city, especially lake shore parks.

While 76 city parks now allow dogs on leash, there are just seven off-leash areas and only one is a water park.

The report lists a number of possible future dog parks including areas at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, Hollywood Road South at East Kelowna Road, Boyce-Gyro Beach Park, Walrod Park, Black Mountain Community Park, DeHart Park, Cameron and Osprey Parks, the downtown library green space area, the land the city bought on Clement Avenue for a future RCMP building (temporary) and the in-land area of Waterfront Park.

Gyro Beach Park is being proposed as a possible new on-leash dog area.

The report also suggests an area along Poplar Point Drive, north of Sutherland Bay Park, as a possible future off-leash, water park for dogs.

Other topics include:

• A review of the schematic plans for a new two-storey, 10,733-square-foot standalone seniors’ centre to be built at the Parkinson Recreation Centre. Construction would start this summer and be completed next year. The seniors centre will move from its current location downtown on the lakeshore

• A request that the city move ahead with its approval for a system to check what people are throwing in their garbage, recycling and garden waste carts. The radio frequency identification system (RFID) has now been approved by all the municipalities in the Central Okanagan Regional District and is expected to take effect April. 1

• Give formal approval to the plan to take bylaw ticket disputes out of the court system and have them dealt with by a provincially-appointed adjudicator. The system would be a joint project by eight valley municipalities, including Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country, as well Vernon, Oliver, Penticton, Summerland and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

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