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Regional board to provide monthly transit tickets to Central Okanagan United Way

Friday, March 12th, 2010 | 10:19 am

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Proposed Hydraulic Lake Regional Park
The Regional board has approved preparation of an application to the Provincial Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) for tenure of Crown land that would be included in the Regional Park system.  If approved, a long-term or other form of acceptable Crown tenure would be sought for approximately 471-hectares of Crown land in the area surrounding Hydraulic Lake (McCulloch Reservoir) that would be protected and preserved as a classified conservation Regional Park.  This application will be submitted after coordinating an agreement with the Westbank First Nation.  The ILMB application will be supported by a Crown land Acquisition and Management Plan developed for the Regional District and approved by the board.  The proposed Hydraulic Lake Regional Park is subject to approval of the 2010 – 2014 Five Year Financial Plan.

Regional Transit Program Updates
The Regional board has adopted two resolutions that will provide some assistance to some riders of the Kelowna Regional Transit service.  In the interest of continuing to provide good customer service, effective April 1st, at the beginning of each month transit drivers will be allowed to provide a three day extension for a riders’ recently expired monthly pass.  This grace period will allow monthly pass holders ample opportunity to purchase a new monthly pass from retailers.  As well, the Regional board has approved a request to provide an average of 700 transit tickets each month to the Central Okanagan United Way, which then provides the tickets to 17 social service organizations to assist their clients with bus transportation around the region. Last year, the Regional board agreed to provide 600 tickets a month to the United Way.

Solid Waste Management Bylaw Amended
The Regional board has adopted amendments to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw.  The change introduces a single 2010 user fee of $167.06 for all solid waste collection services paid by property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas.  Previously there had been three separate rates for those residents receiving curbside collection and services via the Trader’s Cove and North Westside transfer stations.

Proposed Mission Creek Greenway Tunnel
The Regional board has approved continuing with final completion for the detailed design, environmental assessment and tender contract documents for a proposed tunnel along the Mission Creek Greenway.  During last year’s budget discussions, the board set aside funds for this phase of the proposed project, which included geo-technical assessments to determine whether a tunnel was feasible at the so-called ‘Pinch Point’ at approximately the 12-kilometre mark on the recreational trail.  The study so far suggests a tunnel is feasible and estimates the cost at more than $1.1-million.  After consulting with the Friends of Mission Creek and in consideration of the current economic climate, it’s recommended that this present phase of the study be wrapped up so that at a future time when conditions are more appropriate and funds are available, consideration could then be given to a tunnel construction project at this location along the Mission Creek Greenway.

Next Regional Board Meeting
The next regular meeting of the Regional board will be Monday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Woodhaven Room at the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.  Residents are welcome to attend.

Special Public Budget Meeting
The Regional board will hold a special public meeting on Friday, March 26, at 9 a.m. in the Woodhaven Board Room at the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.  Residents are welcome to attend and comment before the Board formally adopts the 2010-2014 Financial Plan.

Governance and Services Meeting
The Governance and Services Committee will meet Thursday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m. in the Woodhaven Board Room at the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.  Residents are welcome to attend.

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