Regional Parks Service Review
The Regional Board has endorsed a report regarding the review of the Regional Parks service. The service review was conducted over the past year and looked at how the RDCO Regional Parks programs are delivered including exploration of cost savings and efficiency options, opportunities for partnerships with local governments and short and long term capital requirements. Meetings will be held at least twice a year with municipal parks partners to continue discussions and exploration of potential synergies. A review is also underway to update the Regional Parks Regulatory Bylaw.
Gas Tax Community Works Funding Increase
The Regional Board has authorized an increase of just over $7,800 from the Central Okanagan East Gas Tax fund to complete a natural gas conversion and retrofit for the Ellison Fire Hall and Ellison Community Hall. Originally, the Board approved $26,760 for the energy efficiency conversions. The additional costs associated with changing the backup generator to natural gas from propane bring the total project price tag to $34,627. The project will see a reduction in annual operating costs and an estimated payback in just over 6.5 years.
Gas Tax Funding Correction
The Regional Board has authorized staff to proceed with revised project proposal requests for Community Works Fund- Gas Tax Funding totalling $165,000 for the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. A report approved at the last Regional Board meeting incorrectly indicated proposed projects would total $142,000.
Referral Application Supported
The Regional Board has given its support to a Front Counter BC referral application from the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. The water purveyor has applied for a License of Occupation to convert a 1.7-kilometer section of public access road near the north end and west side of Browne Lake into a private road. The Irrigation District says this would further restrict motorized vehicles and protect its watershed.
Final Regional Board Meeting for Term
The current Regional Board has held its last meeting for the present term. Retiring Chair Robert Hobson thanked all Board members for their diligence and dedication over the past three years. He also thanked retiring Directors Jim Edgson, Gerry Zimmermann and Walter Gray for their service. The Board also recognized Chair Hobson for his 21 years of leadership. He was first appointed to the Regional Board in 1990.
Regional District of Central Okanagan board meetings are held at the Regional District office – 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna (Woodhaven Board Room). Residents are welcome to attend.
The inaugural meeting of the newly elected board will be held on Monday, Dec. 8, starting at 7 p.m.