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Highlights from the RDCO regular board meeting held on Jan. 12.

  • Jan. 12, 2017 7:00 a.m.
Regional District of Central Okanagan discussed fire protections areas at their meeting.

Regional District of Central Okanagan discussed fire protections areas at their meeting.

North Westside Review Funding Application

The Regional Board has approved sending a letter to the Province asking for $20,000 to fund a governance review study for the North Westside Fire Protection Service Area.

The study would explore issues within the existing Regional District Electoral Area structure and framework.

Minister Peter Fassbender and staff have indicated to the board that his office would consider a small-scale governance review with a focus on local decision making and input into Regional services within the study area.

If funding is approved, RDCO and Ministry staff will develop a Terms of Reference requiring Regional Board approval before hiring an independent consultant to conduct the governance study.

Applications for Possible Boat Launch

The Regional Board authorizes staff to apply to the Province for a Crown land-tenure License of Occupation as the first step in possible development of a boat launch in the Wilson Landing community.

In addition, staff will apply to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for a permit to construct a boat launch and amenities at the end of Bancroft Road, which has been used as a local launching site along Okanagan Lake.

Further consultation will be done with the Wilson Landing community and financial considerations for development will be considered during the 2017 Board budget discussions.

Trail Tenure Application

The Regional Board has approved a request from staff to apply to the Province for a Crown land license or permit to protect a 3.5-kilometer section of the historic Fur Brigade trail.

The proposed section is located within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, south of Peachland in the area of Hardy Falls between Log Chute Road and Antlers Saddle. The Board will consider any future financial implications about developing and maintaining the trail during budget deliberations.

The Trail of the Okanagan Society initially asked the Board to consider the trail and has offered through a volunteer partnership to help with any maintenance.

Water Board Equipment Replacement Plan

The Regional Board has approved a five year Asset Replacement Plan for the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) Milfoil Control Program.  The plan outlines a sustainable program to replace aging equipment used in controlling milfoil on lakes within the Okanagan’s three regional districts.

The asset replacement plan doesn’t require any additional funding and is incorporated within the OBWB’s budget that will be considered by the Board during its budget discussions.

Regional Board Meetings

Regional District office – 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna (Woodhaven Board Room).

Residents are welcome to attend.

· Monday, January 23rd – 7 p.m.

· Thursday, February 9th – following 8:30 a.m. Governance and Services Committee meeting

· Thursday, February 23rd8:30 a.m. Preliminary Budget Review



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