Council changes order of September 29 meeting agenda
Media advisory

Council will move Item 6.5 (Non Market Lease - Kelowna Outrigger Canoe Club Association) to immediately follow the Public in Attendance presentation by the Kelowna Paddle Centre at the Monday, Sept. 29 regular meeting.  This way, both items will be heard at the beginning of the meeting, which begins at 1:30 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

Run for the Cure parking restrictions
Traffic Advisory

The Canadian Breast Cancer Society’s 18th annual Run for the Cure will take place on Sunday, Oct. 5. Starting at 10 a.m., participants will run and walk a one- or five-kilometre route, beginning and ending at City Park.

While there are no road closures, as participants will be using sidewalks and pathways, motorists are still advised to watch for participants along the route.

Traffic control personnel will be visible and motorists may experience minor disruptions where participants cross Water Street at Queensway, mid-bock crossing on Doyle Avenue and on Cawston Avenue, and Water Street at Sunset Drive.

On-street parking will be temporarily restricted from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following streets:

  • Abbott Street – three stalls on the west side between the City Park entrance and Rose Garden to accommodate a loading zone.
  • Doyle Avenue – south side from City Hall parking lot to the Library Parkade driveway to accommodate a wider walkway for participants.

For more information on the run, visit runforthecure.com.

For the most up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Lane closures for left-turn lane extension
Traffic Advisory

Overnight lane closures will be in effect on Highway 97 between Ethel Street and Gordon Drive beginning Monday, Sept. 29 until Friday, Oct. 10 from 9:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. to allow extension of the eastbound left-turn lane.

Left turns will still be in operation in that location, but a portion of the lane and the adjacent eastbound lane will be cordoned off for construction crews.

The Highway 97 westbound lane closest to the median will also be closed during construction hours.

This project will upgrade the intersection at Gordon Drive and Highway 97 to ensure safety and maintain traffic flow on the truck route.

Plan your commute at kelowna.ca/roadreport for information about parking, road closures and potential delays.

Have a Fire-free, Safe Long Weekend
RDCO News Release

With the long BC Day holiday weekend approaching and the fire hazard increasing residents and visitors are reminded that a campfire ban continues throughout the Central Okanagan.  Open fires have not been allowed in the Regional District since April.

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of a fire department response to a burning complaint.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

As well, local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout most areas of the Central Okanagan.   Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country and District of West Kelowna must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.

The fire ban is intended to reduce the risk of human-caused fires and coincides with a similar ban on all campfires and open fires across the Kamloops Fire Centre area including BC Parks, Crown and private lands.

The Regional Emergency Program encourages all Central Okanagan residents to be especially careful with and safely dispose of any smoking materials.   They’re reminded that smoking is not allowed in any Regional Park, or parks within the City of Kelowna or District of West Kelowna.

Area fire departments welcome efforts of individuals to reduce the risk of fire around their properties.  You can find out how to apply Fire Smart principles around your home by viewing the Fire Smart Manual.

Residents are also urged to prepare their family to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in case of any emergency that might force them from their home. You can find links to Emergency Preparedness information and subscribe to receive email notifications from the Emergency Operations Centre by visiting www.cordemergency.ca. The program is also available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CO_Emerg.

Have You Prepared Yet for an Emergency?
RDCO news release

RCMP go door to door in the early morning hours Monday advising residents of a fire near Smith Creek.   Tuesday afternoon, another fire spreads up a west slope of Mount Boucherie.   What emergency might it be today, or tomorrow?

The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program asks if these events haven’t got you and your family talking and acting on an emergency plan, won’t it be too late when a knock comes at your door?

Where to start?  Visit www.cordemergency.ca and subscribe your email addresses to receive real-time information updates anytime the Emergency Operations Centre is activated.   You can enter as many different email addresses as you like, so that you and your family will be up-to-date with the latest information during any emergency response.

That site is also a great place to find links and information on preparing a family emergency plan, putting together a ‘grab and go kit’ containing important documents, items and personal effects to help you stay self-sufficient for at least the first 72 hours of an emergency, while first responders and rescue workers are focusing on helping those in urgent need.

The cordemergency.ca website also has links to the wealth of emergency planning information available through the provincial Emergency Management BC and federal GetPrepared.ca programs.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre is also now providing social media updates.   Like us at www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CO_Emerg.

A selection of emergency preparedness pamphlets is available at the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road in Kelowna) and the main Kelowna Fire Hall (2255 Enterprise Way).

Council Highlights
July 14, 2014

McCurdy Road housing development

Council advanced to a public hearing, amendments to the Official Community Plan, site Zoning and the Zoning Bylaw to allow for the development of a multi-family building containing 343 units in a combination of row housing and low-rise apartments, including rental housing.

Burtch Road commercial development

Council approved a development permit for the Form and Character of phase two of a proposed one-storey commercial development at the northeast corner of Harvey Avenue and Burtch Road.

Hospital area transitional land use

Council sent proposed amendments to the Official Community Plan for the development or transitional land use in the hospital area to a public hearing on July 29. The new Health Services Transitional zone will allow low-impact health service uses to create a transitional area between Kelowna General Hospital and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Mission Softball

Council approved to fund part of the purchase and installation of a playground at Kinsmen Softball Complex in Mission Recreation Park. A maximum of $25,000 will come from the Sports Field Reserve Fund and $14,328 from the Mission Recreation Park Softball Facility Reserve Fund.

Election signs

Council gave first, second and third readings to the amended sign bylaw, which will restrict election signage to two per property.

City Park tennis court closure
Public Service Announcement

Tennis courts in City Park will be closed starting Monday, July 21 as the City of Kelowna will be replacing the existing surface and adding lights to facilitate evening play. The work is scheduled to be completed in October.

Tennis players are asked to be patient while work is underway and to take advantage of one of the City’s other public tennis courts located in 12 neighbourhood parks.

This project is part of an on-going plan to maintain and upgrade the City’s inventory of 27 public tennis courts.  In the last year the City has replaced or re-surfaced 23 courts and added four new ones.

All other areas of City Park will not be affected by the closure.

For more information about parks in Kelowna, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Center of Gravity park, beach and road closures
Traffic Advisory

Starting Friday, July 25 through till Sunday, July 27, public access to City Park will be restricted for Center of Gravity. The public washrooms, water park, skateboard park, tennis courts and a portion of Hot Sands Beach will remain open and accessible to the public. Concerts will end nightly at 11 p.m.

Additional closures and restrictions will be in place to accommodate the event:

Beach volleyball courts, basketball court, sports field and a portion of Hot Sands Beach at City Park

  • Full closure from Wednesday, July 23 to Tuesday, July 29.

City Park lakefront promenade (south end)

  • Walkway within the event will be closed to the public from July 23 to July 28. Pedestrians are asked to detour around the event using the walkway which runs from the park tunnel, along the south end of the park to Abbott Street.

City Park parking lot

  • Partial closure from July 21 to 30
  • Full closure from July 23 to 28

Abbott Street on-street parking between Bernard and Leon Avenues

  • Restricted parking on the west side of Abbott from July 25-27 to accommodate tour and shuttle bus service for the event.

Twenty-four hour on-street parking restrictions will be implemented in the Abbott neighbourhood (Highway 97 south to Beach Avenue & west of Water Street to the lake) starting Thursday, July 24 until Monday, July 28.  On street parking will be available to valid Resident and Visitor Permit holders only.  Ticket and towing will be enforced during this time period.

Abbott Street between Bernard and Leon Avenues, and Bernard Avenue between Abbott and Water Streets

  • Nightly road closure from July 25-27 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. to accommodate ticket holders exiting City Park.
  • RCMP will be on site to manage traffic flow.

Shuttle bus service will be available for festival ticket holders with stops along Highway 97 at major hotel areas.

BC Transit service may result in minor disruptions and traffic delays may occur due to road closures. Motorists are advised to plan ahead to avoid delay.

For the most up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Tri Kids Triathlon transit changes and parking restrictions
Traffic Advisory

On Sunday, July 20, the annual Tri Kids Triathlon will be taking place at Mission Recreation Park.

To accommodate the event, a portion of the Mission Recreation Park parking lot in front of the Capital News Centre (CNC) will be closed to vehicles on Saturday, July 19 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, July 20 at 4 p.m.

While there will be no impact on transit routes or schedules, transit users will board at a temporary bus stop located in the CNC parking lot. Volunteers will be on site to redirect transit users and aid passengers onto the bus via the temporary ramp.

The Gordon Drive entrance to the H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre will be closed Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., however, access to the H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre and the CNC will be maintained through Lequime Road.

Sports fields can be accessed through the Lexington Road entrance; however a portion of the Ring Road will be closed on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate race participants.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Across the Lake Swim temporary parking lot closure
Traffic Advisory

City Park Parking lot will be closed from 5 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19 to accommodate the Across the Lake Swim.

Parking stalls adjacent to the sports field will remain open for public parking.

For the most up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Risk of fire closes upper portion of Knox Mountain Drive
Report smoke or fire in any park by calling *5-5-5-5

The upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive will be closed immediately due to an extremely high fire hazard. As a result, no vehicle traffic will be allowed past the upper gate until conditions improve.

Residents and visitors will be able to access the first lookout on Knox Mountain by vehicle; however individuals wanting to go further up the mountain will have to do so by foot or bike.

“We’ve had hot weather the past few days which has resulted in our parks becoming extremely dry and significantly increasing fire risk,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “The entire park will remain open to the public, but we are limiting access by vehicle to the upper portion of Knox Mountain as a preventative safety measure. Park users are asked to be cautious while in the park.”

The Knox Mountain Drive road closure will remain in effect until City staff has assessed that it is safe to reopen the road.

Residents are reminded that campfires and barbecues are not allowed in City or Regional District parks, with the exception of barbecues on beaches. Smoking is also prohibited in all natural areas.

Park users and park neighbours are asked to be vigilant. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

For information on City parks and beaches, see kelowna.ca/parks.

artsVest returning to Kelowna
Business for the Arts has confirmed a second year of its artsVest program

Business for the Arts has confirmed a second year of its successful artsVest program in Kelowna for 2014-2015. The program will be delivered with funding support from Canadian Heritage, Business for the Arts, TELUS and the City of Kelowna.

artsVest is a Business for the Arts matching incentive and sponsorship training program designed to spark new business sponsorship of arts and culture. The goals of artsVest are to leverage public sector dollars to build partnerships with the arts community, stimulate new business investment in the arts, train arts and cultural organizations to approach the business sector with a partnership plan, activate municipal cultural plans and build local cultural assets and showcase what is possible when business invests in the arts.

“Business for the Arts is delighted to support the growth of Kelowna's creative sector for a second year,” said Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business for the Arts. “artsVest helps empower cultural organizations by giving them the tools and resources needed for sustainability, and we look forward to celebrating more successful partnerships between local businesses and arts groups in the coming months.”

In 2013-2014, 74 businesses in the Central Okanagan partnered with 22 arts, culture and heritage organizations generating $299,240 in business sponsorship and a total financial benefit of $393,257. Each matching dollar in the community generated $3.69 in business sponorship and combined with the initial matching dollar brings $4.69 back to Central Okanagan’s cultural economy. Additional results for 2013-2014 :

  • three in-depth sponsorship training workshops were conducted
  • 45 representatives of arts and culture organizations received sponsorship training
  • 77 partnerships were formed between arts organizations and businesses
  • 64 of these businesses (or 86 per cent) had never before sponsored the arts
  • Among 77 partnerships, 74 (or 96 per cent) were long term

Workshops for the 2014-2015 program will be held Wednesday, July 16 in Kelowna at the Laurel Packinghouse. Eligible organizations intending to apply to the 2014-2015 artsVest BC – Kelowna program must attend a workshop. Returning applicants are invited to a special feedback session about the previous year’s program starting at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration for workshops is required. To register, call 250-469-8811 and quote the workshop number below:

Returning Applicants

Wednesday, July 16 #139136        10 a.m. - 4 p.m.      Laurel Packinghouse

 

New Applicants      

Wednesday, July 16 #139137        11 a.m. - 4 p.m.      Laurel Packinghouse

 

 

Park & Play coming soon to a park near you
Public Service Announcement

Giant-sized board games, bouncy castle and an inflatable obstacle course? Must be time for Park & Play!

The City of Kelowna’s Park & Play program is back for its sixth season of free family fun. Starting Monday, July 7, until the end of August, the City’s Park & Play crew will fill many local parks across the city with games and activities suitable for all ages.

Check the schedule, bring the kids and get to know your neighbours at a Park & Play near you. Each event runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Park

Loseth Park

Kinsmen Park

Matera Glen Park

Rutland Lions Park

Jack Robertson Park

Summerside Park

Gerstmar Park

Golfview Park

Quilchena Park

Ben Lee Park

 

Area

Rutland/ Black Mountain

Pandosy

Glenmore

Rutland

Glenmore

South East Kelowna

Rutland

Glenmore

Mission/ Kettle Valley

Rutland

 

Day & Dates

Monday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28

Tuesday, July 8, 15, 22 & 29

Wednesday, July 9, 16, 23 & 30

Thursday, July 10, 17, 24 & 31

Friday, July 11, 18, 25 & Aug. 1

Monday, August 4, 11, 18 & 25

Tuesday, August 5, 12, 19 & 26

Wednesday, August 6, 13, 20 & 27

Thursday, August 7, 14, 21 & 28

Friday, August 8, 15, 22 & 29

 

Parents and guardians are reminded that they are responsible for the care and supervision of their children. They are also encouraged to use active transportation such as walking or biking and to bring their own reusable water bottles.

For more information about Park & Play, visit kelowna.ca/recreation or join our event on Facebook at facebook.com/cityofkelowna.

Park and parking closures for Keloha Music and Arts Festival
Traffic Advisory

Waterfront Park will be open to ticket holders only starting at noon on Friday, July 11, until 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, to accommodate the 2014 Keloha Music and Arts Festival.

Preparations for the event start on Thursday, July 10.  Public access to the park will be restricted, however the lakefront promenade will remain open.

During the festival, Friday to Sunday, July 11 – 13, the lakefront promenade will be open to the public until 10 a.m. each morning.

The Dolphins Parking lot at Waterfront Park will be closed Thursday, July 10 at 6 a.m. until Monday, July 14 at noon and on-street parking will be restricted Thursday through Monday along Water Street from Sunset Drive to the Waterfront Park crosswalk.

Public parking will still be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis St. and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Ave.

Festival-goers are encouraged to go green by taking transit, walking or cycling to the event. Bike racks will be located at the front of Waterfront park boundary adjacent to the Casino.

Normal traffic routes and regular transit service will be unchanged during the event.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Midsummer 8K Run rolling road closures
Traffic Advisory

On Sunday, July 6 the annual Midsummer 8K Running Race will be taking place. The race starts and ends at the Gyro Beach Park, 3400 Lakeshore Rd. Runners will be on the road between approximately 8 and 9:30 a.m.

Participants will be racing along Watt Road, Walnut Road and Abbott Street, to City Park then back to Gyro Beach Park. Although runners will stay close to road shoulders for the remainder of the route, they will be given right of way through intersections during the race.

While these roads remain open, traffic delays are to be expected. Motorists are asked to yield to participants and to obey traffic control personnel along the route.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Let Stuart Park be your stage
Public Service Announcement

Get ready to groove to the beat this summer with qualified dance instructors to guide you every two-step and hip swing of the way. The City of Kelowna’s annual Dancing in the Park program is back and ready to get your blood pumping.

This free, fun event will be held at Stuart Park on Water Street every Wednesday night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. from July 2 to August 27. Try a new dance style each week.

The fourth season of Dancing in the Park will be starting off with Zumba on July 2.

 

Dancing in the Park Weekly Themes:

July 2  Zumba
July 9  Hip Hop
July 16  Swing
July 23  Hot Latin Nights
July 30  Groove Method
August 6  Dancing thru the Ages
August 13  Line Dancing & Two-Step
August 20  Ballroom Dancing
August 27  Dance party - wrap up!

 

The City encourages Dancing in the Park participants to go green; use active transportation such as walking or biking and bring your own reusable water bottle.

For more information about Dancing in the Park, visit kelowna.ca/recreation or join our event on Facebook at facebook.com/cityofkelowna.

Reminder: Kelowna taxes due July 2
Public Service Announcement

Kelowna property taxes for 2014 must be paid by midnight, Wednesday, July 2.

Payments can be made:

  • at your bank/credit union in person, online or by telephone;
  • via drop boxes at City Hall’s Water Street entrance, Doyle Avenue parking lot exit or Parkinson Recreation Centre’s front counter;
  • at City Hall’s Revenue Branch front counter at 1435 Water Street (closed for Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1); and
  • by mail – send a post-dated cheque attention Revenue, City Hall, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 1J4 (post-marked dates are not accepted as proof of payment).

Property taxes can be paid by cash, cheque, money order or debit card.

Current taxes outstanding after July 2, 2014 are subject to a five per cent late payment penalty, followed by a second five per cent penalty for outstanding taxes after Aug. 5, 2014. Penalties are provincially legislated under the Community Charter and are not discretionary.

Once 2014 taxes are paid, residents can sign up for prepayment of their 2015 taxes. There are no fees and participants earn tax-free monthly interest. New applicants can apply online at kelowna.ca/propertytax, call 250-469-8757 for more information or sign up at City Hall’s Revenue counter.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/propertytax.

Canada Day Celebrations parking and road closures
Traffic Advisory

Downtown Kelowna will be bustling with excitement during Canada Day celebrations on Tuesday, July 1. Due to all the great activities and entertainment, there will be road and parking restrictions.

 

Roads

On July 1, there will be a road closure on Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Access to the Prospera Place parking lot will be maintained during the closure.

Fireworks will take place at approximately 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Knox Mountain Drive will be closed to vehicles at 8 p.m., however pedestrians will have access to the park until 11 p.m.  Knox Mountain Drive will re-open Wednesday July 2 at 9:30 a.m.

The Queensway and Water street roundabout will be open to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Queensway eastbound to Pandosy Street will be one-way traffic only.

Motorists are asked to obey traffic control personnel at all times for the safety of the large number of pedestrians anticipated.

 

Parking

On-street parking will be restricted from at 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive during the road closure.  Parking on Bernard Avenue in front of Kerry Park will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  In addition, parking on the west side of Water Street from the boat launch to Stuart Park will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Mill Street parking lot will be closed from 6 a.m. until after the fireworks dispersal.

The Dolphins parking lot will be closed from noon on Monday, June 30 to noon on Wednesday, July 2. Monthly permit holders will be allowed to park in the Dolphins Parking lot on Wednesday July 2.

Public parking will be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis Street and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Avenue.

 

Transit

Residents are encouraged to take transit to the fireworks. Buses will be running according to the Sunday schedule throughout the day, however additional buses will be available on major routes to alleviate overcrowding. Following the fireworks, buses will be available at the temporary Transit Exchange on Ellis Street for extended service on major routes including the #1 Lakeshore bus, #2 North End, #7 Glenmore, #8 University, #10 North Rutland, #11 Rutland, #21 Glenrosa, #23 Lake Country, and #97 Express.

Regular fares apply, and children under 12 ride free when accompanied by an adult.

Service disruptions and traffic delays may occur throughout the day due to road closures. All Route 2 North End buses will detour from Water Street to Cawston Avenue and then follow regular routing.

Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

For the complete Canada Day event schedule, visit festivalskelowna.com.

For the most up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Council Highlights
June 23, 2014

Award for Financial Reporting

Council received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Award for Financial Reporting for the City of Kelowna’s 2012 Annual Report. Since 2002, the City of Kelowna has received the Canadian Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting for preparing comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

Our Rutland update

Council received an update and endorsed the final project selection for the Our Rutland project. Through community engagement, it was determined that $110,000 will be used to facilitate a public market space through capital  improvements to Roxby Park. The Rutland Parks Society will facilitate the operations and coordination of market activities.

2013 Annual Report & remuneration

Council received the 2013 Annual Report (online at kelowna.ca/annualreport), containing annual financial statements and details about City Council and staff remuneration. The total employee remuneration for 2013 has increased by approximately $2.1 million to $61.0 million. This increase is due to annual incremental contract increases in 2013, including $1 million in retroactive wage payments to IAFF members.

South Pandosy Parking Strategy

Council approved the introduction of pay parking and time restrictions in the South Pandosy business district, improving availability of parking for customers and visitors to the area. Consultation with key stakeholders and the public influenced staff’s development of the area’s parking strategy.

Pandosy Waterfront update

Council received an update on the financial implications and timing of implementation for Refined Option 1, a design for Pandosy Waterfront generated by charrette participants. Staff were directed to bring forward zoning and Official Community Plan amendments for City-owned properties in the area, with the caveat that the Meikle Road property not be sold unless there were plans to consolidate it with the other adjacent properties for development. Council also confirmed its support for inclusion of the Kelowna Paddle Centre on the site. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Transit Ridership update

Council received a report covering transit performance by route for 2013, and fall 2014 service changes, including information about the reinstatement of seasonal service, new route on Gordon Drive and realignment of route 8 to directly serve Kelowna General Hospital.

Kelowna Library Parkade Expansion

Council received an update on construction of the addition to the existing Library Parkade, the proposed timeline for the Ellis Parkade and options for monthly parking in the area.

2014 Election

Council gave first three readings to the 2014 general local government election bylaws and appointed Karen Needham Chief Election Officer. General voting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15. For election updates, voting opportunities and more, visit kelowna.ca/election often.

Canada Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Annoucement

To mark Canada Day, City Hall will be closed Tuesday, July 1.    

City of Kelowna property taxes are due on Wednesday, July 2. Payments can be made by online or telephone banking, by mail and in person at City Hall (1435 Water St., Kelowna B.C. V1Y 1J4), and at deposit boxes located at the Water Street entrance to City Hall, Doyle Avenue parking lot exit and at the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Due to construction in the downtown area, residents are encouraged to consider online payment options. For more details, visit kelowna.ca/propertytax.

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In celebration of Canada Day, there are more that 50 activities and performances sure to entertain festival goers all day long, including the annual Folk Fest, Taste of Canada, POPS Orchestra Canada Day Spectacular, Kids Zone and evening Fireworks. Check out www.festivalskelowna.com for details.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Bike to Work and School 2014 numbers
Bike to Work and School Results 2014

The Central Okanagan’s quality of life received a healthy shot in the arm this spring from residents discovering that biking to work is a fun way to boosts community spirit, is good exercise, good for the environment and puts participants in the running for great prizes, too.

Families also enjoyed the benefits of walking and cycling to school from May 26 to June 1.

More than 54,119 kilometres were traveled by bike and other active transportation options, like walking and skateboarding, during this year’s Bike to Work and School Week. That’s the equivalent of going from Kelowna to Saint John, New Brunswick, and back – five times!

Active Central Okanagan participants reduced 11,726 kilograms or 11.7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the region, improving air quality by reducing vehicle use and traffic congestion.

Almost 1,600 residents committed to a cycling commute by signing up for Bike to Work Week. The Central Okanagan had the third highest participation in Bike to Work Week in the province – behind Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria.

“We are one of few communities that also offers Bike and Walk to School Week at the same time and 25 schools participated this year,” says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator. “More than 112 participants registered as new cyclists from the schools.”

Four thousand students participated in this year’s events and the average participation rate at schools was 36 per cent in all modes (using a bike, a skateboard, a scooter or walking). About one-third of those students cycled.

Students and their parents travelled 45,831 kilometres in 10,448 round trips during the week – equivalent to going for three round-trips across Canada from Vancouver to Newfoundland (or running 11 marathons) and in doing so saved over 10.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases.

A number of events were held across the Central Okanagan to reward cyclists during Bike to Work and School Week. Celebration Stations and new Satellite Stations in Peachland and Lake Country added to the excitement.

“The weather was a little unpredictable early on, but cyclists braved the rain to attend our events,” says Kittmer. “Our sponsors and partners were amazing, as always. With their help, we were able to offer more cycling activities and walking events in more communities.”

Participants are encouraged to make cycling a regular part of their family’s lives. For daily summaries of the week’s events including photos and general cycling information, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

City of Kelowna 2013 Annual Report online
120,000 Stories. One Community.

The City of Kelowna has released its 2013 Annual Report: 120,000 Stories. One Community.

“The 2013 Annual Report provides highlights from the year, examples of how citizens’ lives were affected by City activities, along with a detailed picture of the City’s overall financial position,” said Mayor Walter Gray.

The City of Kelowna continued to lead in the development of a safe, lively and sustainable city through public-private partnerships, enhancements downtown and on the waterfront, plus innovative use of technology.

This year’s Annual Report is an example of how technology is being used to enhance City services and engage with a greater number of citizens. For the first time, the Annual Report will be primarily available online – saving paper while making the publication more interactive and useful for readers.

“Kelowna is more than just another pretty face,” said Gray, noting the hundreds of sport competitions, conventions, events and festivals hosted last year. “Our community and staff work together to make our city a destination, active and culturally vibrant; a place people are proud to call home.”

The City budgeted to collect $107 million in taxation revenues for municipal purposes. Another $96 million was collected on behalf of the provincial government to provide funding for schools, services shared with the Regional District of Central Okanagan and B.C. Assessment to cover the City’s share of the costs associated with providing property assessment information.

On the financial activity side, reserve funds were strengthened by the sale of the Electrical Utility and operational efficiencies.

City staff continue to be innovative in finding the most effective ways to deliver services to the community. The 2013 tax increase of 2.74 per cent provided for the maintenance and strengthening of those service levels.

The Annual Report is an easy-to-read document with information on projects, operations and financial performance. The City of Kelowna has won numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for its financial reporting. View the entire report at kelowna.ca/annualreport. Print copies are available upon request.

Council Highlights
June 18, 2014

New medical marijuana zoning

Council forwarded the text amendment bylaw for a new designation, the A1m – Agriculture 1 with Medical Marihuana Production Facility, to Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. The new designation would permit a Health Canada approved and licenced Medical Marihuana Production Facility on a site-specific basis.

Public market

Council approved bylaw amendments to change the classification of property on Benvoulin and Mayer Roads to a CD 23 – Public Market and Open Air Market Zone.

Police funding

Council received a report about the Provincial Strategic Community Investment Funds (formerly the Traffic Fine Revenue Sharing Grant) received by the City. In 2013, all $952,899 of the fund was used to support police enforcement, including a Crime Reduction Strategy to reduce crime level and calls for service in Kelowna.

Community Works Fund

Council approved the 2014-2024 Community Works Fund Agreement and amendments to the 2014 Financial Plan to include additional Gas Tax revenue. Due to changes in the agreement, the anticipated Community Works Funding will result in a net increase of approximately $376,000.

Last call - City Park Concept Plan workshop sign-up
Public Service Announcement

Residents interested in participating in a community workshop to help refine the City Park Concept Plan are reminded to sign up before Wednesday, June 18 at noon.

Kelowna residents are invited to submit their names to help shape Downtown’s signature waterfront park by registering:

Further community input is being sought to reconsider how space in the park can be organized to attract and benefit park users and guide future investment in the Park. The objective is to generate a preferred plan and bring it forward to Council for consideration sometime in the fall.

Space in the workshop is limited and participants will be randomly selected and notified by June 20.

No-charge parking after 2 p.m. for Small Shop at Night
Public Service Announcement

The City of Kelowna will waive parking charges at all on-street meters and in all City owned lots and parkades, starting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, June 19, in support of the Downtown Kelowna Association’s Small Shop promotion.

Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers. All other parking restrictions (designated disability permit parking, yellow curbs) remain in effect.

This is the second Small Shop event downtown this year. City Council has also approved free parking on October 25 for a Small Shop Saturday Event.

For more information about Small Shop Events, and a list of participating businesses, visit the Downtown Kelowna Association website, downtownkelowna.com.

Summer day camps starting early
Public Service Announcement

With the possibility of kids being out of school early this summer, the City of Kelowna’s Active Living and Culture division will be offering sport and activity day camps for ages 7 to 11 starting Monday, June 16. Day camps will take place at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Sports and activities will take place in the gymnasium and in the pool. Program leaders have a ton of fun activities planned that will ensure children have a great time getting active.

Parents and guardians can opt to drop-in if space is available or register ahead of time. The cost is $40 per day.

Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre or by phone at 250-469-8800.

For more information on active living programs, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

Parking lot and alley closure for National Aboriginal Day
Traffic Advisory

The parking lot at the corner of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue, and the alley between Ellis Street and Pandosy Street (400 block), will be closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 to accommodate a celebration for National Aboriginal Day.

This celebration will not impact normal traffic routes.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Kelowna property taxes due July 2
Pay online or by phone through your bank

Property owners are reminded that 2014 property taxes must be paid by midnight, Wednesday, July 2.

“We encourage taxpayers to pay through their bank using online or telephone banking because it’s quick, easy and you get to bypass the hassle of waiting in line,” says Lynn Walter, Revenue Manager for the City of Kelowna. “Alternatively, taxes can be paid by mail, at drop boxes at various City locations or in person at City Hall with our friendly staff.”

Property taxes can be paid by cash, cheque, money order or debit card.

Taxpayers who plan to visit City Hall to pay their taxes should be aware that upgrades to the Queensway Transit Exchange and other road improvements began in May and will continue through August. Transit stops have been relocated to Ellis Street. Parking is available in the downtown parkades, on Water Street between City Hall and Stuart Park, on Doyle Avenue and in visitor parking in the City Hall lot. To help plan your trip, visit kelowna.ca/parking.

City Hall will be closed for Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1; however, deposit boxes are available around the clock at the Water Street entrance to City Hall, Doyle Avenue parking lot exit and at Parkinson Recreation Centre. Deposit boxes are emptied each evening.

Current taxes that remain outstanding after July 2, 2014 are subject to a five per cent late payment penalty. A second five per cent penalty is applied to outstanding taxes on Aug. 6, 2014. Penalties are provincially legislated under the Community Charter and are not discretionary.

City of Kelowna property taxpayers can remove some of the stress of paying next year’s taxes by signing up to prepay through the City’s Pre-authorized Withdrawal System (PAWS). Once 2014 taxes are paid, residents can sign up for prepayment of their 2015 taxes. Payments are calculated specifically for individual properties and withdrawn monthly. There are no fees and participants earn tax-free monthly interest. Current PAWS participants do not need to reapply. New applicants can apply online at kelowna.ca/propertytax, call 250-469-8757 for more information or sign up at City Hall’s Revenue counter.

“On top of no fees and receiving interest on your payments, the City of Kelowna’s prepayment plan takes the guess work out of paying your property taxes,” says Walter. “As tax experts, we can be sure that you are paying the right amount, every time and on time.”

For more information about property taxes, visit kelowna.ca/propertytax, sign up for e-updates, email revenue@kelowna.ca or call 250-469-8757.

Council Highlights
June 9, 2014

City Park water concession

Council approved a three-year licence with Kelowna Wibit for a floating concession just off the north shore of City Park. The concession will operate May 15 to Sept. 15 and offers a floating water park with a capacity of up to 60 individuals. Fees are expected to be approximately $25 per person for a one-day pass, with hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Parking at City Hall during tax season

Council members agreed to make their reserved parking spots in the City Hall parking lot available for public use during property tax season (ending July 2). Customers will be able to park in the 24-hour reserved parking spots, for a maximum of 30 minutes, Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open House for Ethel St & Dilworth Dr Upgrades
Tuesday, June 10 & Wednesday, June 11

The City of Kelowna and design consultants TRUE Consulting and MMM Group/Alta Planning are preparing concept designs for two new Active Transportation Projects along Ethel Street and Dilworth Drive.

The public is invited to view the concept designs and provide feedback at two open houses.

When: Tuesday, June 10 & Wednesday, June 11

Time:  3:30 – 7 p.m.

Where: Parkinson Recreation Center, 1800 Parkinson Way

 

The Ethel Street project will run from Clement Avenue to Raymer Avenue, and the Dilworth Drive project will run between the Rails with Trails pathway and mid-block between Springfield Road and Mayer Road to link with the Mission Creek Greenway.

Both projects fall within the 2020 Capital Plan for completion, with a section of Ethel expected to begin construction in 2015. The corridors will feature one-way cycle tracks on each side of the road, physically separated from road surfaces and sidewalks.

For more information about this project, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Information session for Clifton Road upgrades
Thursday, June 12

The City of Kelowna and design consultant Focus Engineering are proposing to begin road and drainage improvements along Clifton Road.

The public is invited to view the preferred design concept and construction schedule for the four-laning of Clifton Road between Clement and Lambert avenues, including upgrades to sanitary, water, drainage and retaining walls.

When: Thursday, June 12
Time:  5 – 7 p.m.
Where: St Pius X Church, 1077 Fuller Ave.

The proposed improvements to Clifton Road will incorporate widening to four-lanes, new sidewalks on both sides, street lighting, sanitary sewer, water main and shallow utilities and a new storm main will be constructed from Lambert Avenue to Clement Avenue. New retaining walls will be constructed along both sides where required.

The project also includes a “cycle track” separated from the road by a barrier curb, while a visual barrier separates the cycle track from the sidewalk.

City of Kelowna utility crews will be constructing a storm sewer, water main and sanitary sewer through Glenview Gardens upper parking from Clifton Road to Brandt's Creek prior to the Clifton Road Upgrade.

Construction is scheduled to begin in August with completion in November. The capital cost is $3.6 million.

For more information about this project, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Laneway and parking restrictions for Father’s Day Car Show
Traffic Advisory

City Park parking lot will be closed Sunday, June 15 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual Father’s Day Car Show taking place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Traffic routes will be maintained in the downtown core as the participants make their way into the park with their vehicles; however, there will be lane and parking restrictions from 6 to 10 a.m. along Leon Avenue, Water Street, Lawrence Avenue and Abbott Street. Motorists are advised expect increased traffic in the area and watch for traffic control personnel on-site.

On-street parking along the west side of Abbott Street from Lawrence Avenue to Leon Avenue will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Walk, Run or Ride on Rails with Trails
Joint News Release

Pathway opens for National Health and Fitness Day thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund and BikeBC

June 7, 2014 – Kelowna, British Columbia

Phase 2 of the Rails with Trails pathway was opened today in Kelowna as part of the celebration for National Health and Fitness Day. This project completes a vital link in the existing network of active transportation corridors, helping residents get off the road for recreation or their daily commute.

The 4.5-metre wide pathway extends the existing pathway an extra 1.5 kilometres east, from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive, building on the success of the first phase of Rails with Trails, which runs from Gordon Drive to Spall Road.

The trail links employment hubs, such as downtown and the Landmark buildings, to where people live. It also connects neighbourhoods and town centres to many of the city’s recreational amenities. Future phases of the project will include a pathway that connects Kelowna’s downtown and cultural district to the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna International Airport and beyond.

The Government of Canada is providing $1.46 million through the federal Gas Tax Fund, and the Government of British Columbia is providing $1.52 million through BikeBC toward this nearly $3 million infrastructure project.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada provides $253,276,892 in annual funding for municipal infrastructure in British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund.
  • The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.
  • Since 2006, the federal Gas Tax Fund has made over $33 million available to the City of Kelowna.
  • Cycling is a key component of the BC government’s strategy for encouraging healthy living and addressing climate change, in conjunction with the Climate Action Plan and the Provincial Transit Plan.
  • BikeBC is a cost-sharing program between the Government of B.C. and local governments.  Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has committed over $150 million to cycling infrastructure, creating new cycling lanes and trails in over 90 communities.

Quotes

"This new section of Kelowna’s Rails with Trails multi-use path is a great addition to the region’s active transportation network, which residents and visitors will be able to enjoy for years to come. Today's official opening is an excellent example of our Government's commitment to investing in infrastructure projects that promote sustainable growth and build strong, liveable communities."

The Honourable Nancy Greene Raine, Senator

“This ongoing project is a wonderful way to promote active transportation, such as cycling, and contribute to safer streets in the Kelowna region. Our Government is pleased to support this project, which promotes an active, healthy lifestyle for all citizens.”

Ron Cannan

Member of Parliament for Kelowna – Lake Country

“Our investment in cycling infrastructure is building healthier communities and environments throughout the province. The opening of Phase 2 of the Rails with Trails bike path will not only help residents of the Central Okanagan embrace a healthier lifestyle, it provides a clean transportation option that promotes a healthier, greener future for all British Columbians.”

Steve Thomson

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and MLA for Kelowna-Mission

“It seems appropriate to open the trail as part of National Health and Fitness Day. With this section of the pathway complete, there is a continuous 19.5 kilometre ring of off-road pathways in and around our city centre. Urban trails like these help get our community active by providing safe recreation and transportation routes for people of all ages and abilities.”

Walter Gray

Mayor

City of Kelowna

“Kelowna’s Rails with Trails project is expanding commuting and recreational travel options within the City. I appreciate the support provided through the federal Gas Tax Fund for infrastructure that encourages active living for residents and visitors to Kelowna.”

Rhona Martin

UBCM President

Associated Links

Rails with Trails opens for National Health and Fitness Day
Public Service Announcement

Celebrate the opening of Rails with Trails Phase 2 and National Health and Fitness Day with the City of Kelowna and PacificSport Okanagan at an event on Saturday, June 7.

The event will run from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. where the turf meets the trail on Parkinson Recreation Centre’s east field at the corner of Spall Road and Clement Avenue.

There will be a short ceremony at 1:15 p.m., followed by a fun walk, run or ride on the new section of Rails with Trails. Other activities include the opportunity to try out sport stations like fencing, field hockey, soccer, track and field and golf. Each station will be hosted by certified coaches with some help from a local Olympian or high-performance athlete.

 

Event Schedule

 

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.          Free yoga and tai chi classes (20 minutes each)
                                      Sport Pathway Passport Stations with local Olympians and high performance athletes

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.           Rails with Trails Phase Two Opening with Senator Nancy Greene Raine, Minister and MLA Steve Thomson, UBCM President
                                     Rhona Martin and Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.           Fun three kilometre walk, run and ride
                                     Sport Pathway Passport Stations with local Olympians and high performance athletes

2 – 5 p.m.                     Free swim and fitness centre drop-in at Parkinson Recreation Centre

 

 

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

Weekend events road closures and restrictions
Traffic Advisory

The first weekend in June is set to be a busy one in Kelowna. Three events are scheduled to take place throughout the city, giving residents of all ages something to enjoy outdoors.

 

Fat Cat Children’s Festival

Waterfront Park will be open only to ticket holders on Friday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Parade will take place on Saturday, June 7 starting at 10 a.m. on Cawston Avenue. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Coronation Avenue from St. Paul to Richter Street and Richter Street from Clement Avenue to Cawston Avenue will be closed to accommodate parade marshaling. Rolling road closures will take place from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. along Cawston Avenue, starting at Richter Street and Water Street, ending at Ellis Street.

Traffic marshals will be directing traffic and minor delays are to be expected along the parade route. Cars parked in restricted areas will be courtesy towed to the parking lot at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

Minor re-routing of transit buses may be required to avoid Cawston Avenue and the north end of Water Street during the parade.

Parking closures and restrictions include:

June 6

6 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-street parking restrictions on the west side of Water Street from Sunset Drive to the cross walk between Waterfront Park and Prospera.

6 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Waterfront Park (Dolphins) Parking Lot will be closed.

June 7

6 a.m. to 11 a.m.  On-street parking restrictions along parade route and marshaling area.

8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Waterfront Park (Dolphins) Parking Lot will be closed.

The Festival event schedule can be found at www.fatcatfestival.ca.

 

Women’s 5/10 K Walk/Run & Strong Kids Run

The Walk/Run for Women and Strong Kids Run will take place on Sunday, June 8.

East Kelowna Road from McCulloch Road to Reid Road will be closed from 7 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. to accommodate the race. Detour routes will be marked and motorists are asked to plan their route ahead of time to avoid delays.

 

Motorcycle Ride for Dad

To help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, the Motorcycle Ride for Dad will be riding through Kelowna on Sunday, June 8.

Riders will be leaving Banner Recreation on McCurdy Place and head southbound on Hwy 97 to the downtown core before crossing the bridge into West Kelowna. To maintain the procession, lane closures will be in effect along the route including downtown; Ellis Street (Hwy 97 to Lawrence Ave.), Lawrence Avenue (Ellis Street to Abbott Street) and Abbott Street (Lawrence Avenue to Hwy 97) will be closed for approximately 15 minutes starting at 10:15 a.m. Motorists are asked to obey Traffic Control Personnel and RCMP along the route.

Minor re-routing or delays of transit buses may also occur in the downtown core during this temporary closure.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

See yourself on Bernard Avenue
Mayor Gray officially reopens Kelowna’s Main Street

Less than two years after firing up an excavator to mark the beginning of the Bernard Avenue revitalization, today Mayor Walter Gray cut the ribbon to officially reopen Kelowna’s Main Street in its entirety.

“This project was one of the first to be realized out of the Downtown Plan and it has become a catalyst to improving our downtown,” says Mayor Gray. “With new parkades, an expansion of Stuart Park, a $5.6-million investment into downtown’s transit exchange and private developments like the recently completed public pier, the almost completed Kelowna Yacht clubhouse, the proposed Interior Health Building, the Innovation Center and the Westcorp Hotel, it truly is happening downtown.”

The $14-million improvements on Bernard Avenue saw four lanes narrowed into two lanes and a centre turning lane, expanded outdoor retail and café space, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, street furniture, intersection plazas, landscaping and replacing of utilities.

“On behalf of the Downtown Kelowna Association we are so excited to have the street completed,” says Dustin Sargent, Vice President of the Downtown Kelowna Association. “Thank you to all the people involved, from the contractor to the City, to the businesses that made this process the best it could be.”

Residents are encouraged to discover the new Bernard and share photos on the City’s Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram tagged with #BernardSelfie to be entered to win a pair of tickets to see tribute band “God Save the Queen” live in concert.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about all the projects happening downtown and elsewhere in Kelowna.

McCurdy & Leathhead lane closures for resurfacing
Traffic Advisory

McCurdy and Leathead roads will be resurfaced within the next three weeks and roadway preparation is already underway.

Lane closures will be in effect on McCurdy between Rutland Road North and Craig Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 2, June 5, June 18 and 19. Traffic pattern changes will be in effect and alternating one-way traffic will be maintained.

Lane closures will be in effect on Leathead Road from Highway 97 to Rutland Road North from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 3 to June 12. Weekend work is planned to minimize traffic interruptions during the week for the commercial area. Traffic pattern changes will be in effect and alternating one-way traffic will be maintained.

Crews are working intermittently to prepare the road by cleaning, sweeping, lowering manholes and completing some minor shoulder repairs. Expect delays as short-term lane closures or detours will occur until the roadworks expected completion by June 19.

This schedule is subject to change, as paving is weather dependant and precipitation could cause delays.

Motorists can expect delays and encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2014 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 17 kilometres involving eight different road segments.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

New landfill entrance opens June 2
Public Service Announcement

The new gates to the landfill swing open on Monday. The existing Glenmore Road entrance to the landfill will be closed to customers and the new entrance off John Hindle Drive will be open for business.

The new entrance means better service for landfill customers. Improvements include a new recycling area before the main gates, improved weigh scales for measuring loads, and paved areas for refuse disposal making load drop-off easier and cleaner for residents visiting the site.

The new entrance and traffic signal will also take some of the traffic congestion off Glenmore Drive and will allow a safer left turn for those entering and leaving the landfill.

Visit kelowna.ca/waste for more information about the landfill.

Rails with Trails opens for National Health and Fitness Day
Celebrations take place Saturday, June 7

One location, two celebrations, five sports and a few Olympians – it must be National Health and Fitness Day.

The City of Kelowna and PacificSport Okanagan will be celebrating both the opening of Rails with Trails Phase Two and National Health and Fitness Day at an event on Saturday, June 7. The event will be staged where the turf meets the trail on Parkinson Recreation Centre’s east field at the corner of Spall Road and Clement Avenue.

“We live in a community where residents value having an active lifestyle, including sport opportunities and active transportation options,” said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “Kelowna’s natural attributes such as its mild climate and scenic outdoor spaces make getting outside for sport and recreation easy. It’s part of what makes this city a great place to live and play.”

The City’s Active Living and Culture department will be holding tai chi and yoga classes to get participants warmed up for a fun three-kilometre walk, run or ride along the new section of Rails with Trails from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive.

PacificSport Okanagan will also be there with a Sport Pathway Passport, encouraging participants to learn more about the Canadian Sport for Life framework and to try out sport stations like fencing, field hockey, soccer, track and field and golf. Each station will be hosted by certified coaches with some help from a local Olympian or high-performance athlete.

There will be a short ceremony at 1:15 p.m. to cut the ribbon and open the new phase of Rails with Trails.

Event Schedule

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.         
Free yoga and tai chi classes (20 minutes each)
Sport Pathway Passport Stations with local Olympians and high performance athletes

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.          
Rails with Trails Phase Two Opening with Senator Nancy Greene Raine, Minister Steve Thomson and Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.          
Fun three-kilometre walk, run and ride
Sport Pathway Passport Stations with local Olympians and high performance athletes

2 – 5 p.m.                    
Free swim and fitness centre drop-in at Parkinson Recreation Centre

 

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

Regional Household Travel Survey results are in
Regional Travel Survey Results

In the fall of last year, the cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country, as well as Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, conducted the Okanagan Travel Survey. The household-based survey captured daily travel patterns across the region that will be used to help design future transportation systems and corridors.

“Regional transportation planning is important to the District of Peachland. The Household Travel Survey demonstrates how our citizens travel from one part of the region to another for work and services such as health care and education. We look forward to working collaboratively with our local government partners and to using this information to strategically plan our regional transportation systems,” said Peachland Mayor Keith Fielding.

Residents in the Okanagan were asked to track all their trips for one day. A total of 6,750 people living in 3,050 households filled out the survey, resulting in information for about 22,450 trips representing a typical fall weekday.

This ‘day in the life’ data yielded some interesting results. A baseline survey was completed in 2007 and was used to compare the 2013 survey results and to identify trends and changes. Regionally, auto use was down 2.7 per cent compared to the last study and transit use was up more than 2 per cent. Active transportation in general was also up 2.6 per cent.

The results highlighted above are just a sample of the useful information that can be mined from the travel survey. This kind of data is essential for making informed decisions in developing transportation policies and in transportation planning processes including regional and municipal growth strategies. The data also assists in evaluating the success of plans and infrastructure investments such as roads, bridges and public transit.

“It’s encouraging to see more people adopting active transportation,” Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray said. “In the long run, this will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and we will continue as a region to promote healthy transportation options like transit, walking and biking to work and school.”

“The information on travel patterns will be one source of information that will help our communities and other transportation stakeholders assess transportation needs and trends that lead to strategies for improvement,” said West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater.

For more information about the survey, visit the Resource section of smartTRIPS.ca or email rvillarreal@kelowna.ca.

City Park parking lot closed for Relay for Life
Traffic Advisory

City Park parking lot will be closed starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 31 to accommodate the annual Relay for Life.

This 12-hour overnight relay event will end at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 1 and City Park will be fully open to the public by 11 a.m.

Event information is available online at relaybc.ca.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Get the scoop on summer activities and programs
Public Service Announcement

Hot weather is fast approaching and so are summer holidays. The City of Kelowna’s recreation programs and activities can help the whole family, especially the kids, have fun and stay active all summer long.

The Summer Activity and Program Guide will be online starting Tuesday, May 27. Turn a good summer into a great one by exploring a new activity or signing up for a favourite program.  From foodies to athletes and artists, there’s an activity for everyone taking place in Kelowna neighbourhoods.

Summer registration dates and times

June 3: General Programs (7:30 a.m.)

June 5: Aquatics and First Aid (7:30 a.m.)

June 6: Leagues (7:30 a.m.)

            Programs for Persons with a Disability (9:30 a.m.)

Sneak a peek at select programs and activities by previewing them in feature videos inside the online Activity Guide. Click the “Play” button and check out what the programs have to offer.

Set up your online registration account in advance so you can avoid the registration lineups and register from home. Call 250-469-8800 to get your account PIN and client barcode ready.

Hard copies of the guide are also available at H20 Adventure & Fitness Centre, Glenmore IGA, Main Library Downtown, Parkinson Recreation Centre and Rutland Arena.

Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation.

Knox Mountain: Mountain Bike Trail Construction
Public Service Announcement

Creating a dedicated Mountain Biking Trail Network was one of 28 Strategic Goals identified the 2011 Knox Mountain Management Plan.

Mountain Bike Trail construction is expected to begin May 24 and will include construction of new trail alignments on The Balsamroot Bluff Trail, The Simpson Trail, The Ponderosa Trail and The Shale Trail. Work is expected to be complete mid-June.

Trails will be open during construction; all park users are asked to use extra caution while enjoying the amenities in Knox Mountain Park.

For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Bernard Avenue short-term closure for final paving
Traffic Advisory

Beginning Tuesday, May 27 at 7 a.m. Bernard Avenue from St. Paul to Pandosy streets, including the Ellis and Pandosy intersections, will be closed until Wednesday, May 28 at 6 p.m. to thru traffic for top lift paving.

This schedule is subject to change, as paving is weather dependant and precipitation could cause delays.

Sidewalks will remain open and businesses will remain accessible. The truck route will be rerouted temporarily to Gordon Drive.

Traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians. The public’s cooperation and patience during this final paving is appreciated.

All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments.  Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedule.

It is anticipated that the reopening of Bernard Avenue in its entirety will be after 4 p.m. on Friday, May 30.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to see the complete phasing and learn more about the project.

New landfill entrance opens June 2
Improvements made to Glenmore Landfill

When one door closes another opens - or in this case an entrance. Starting June 2, customers will access the Glenmore Landfill from John Hindle Drive and the current Glenmore Drive entrance will be closed.

The new entrance also means better service. Improvements include a new recycling area before the main gates, improved weigh scales for measuring loads, and paved areas for refuse disposal making load drop off easier and cleaner for residents visiting the site.

“The entrance and traffic signal at John Hindle Drive will help to take some of the traffic congestion away from Glenmore Drive and will allow a safer left turn for those entering and leaving the landfill,” said Ken Muller, Landfill Supervisor. “We’re happy with the configuration of the new entrance and look forward to better serving the public.”

In conjunction with the entrance opening, the landfill operations will also be moving over to the new administration building. The building was designed with minimal environmental impact in mind. The City of Kelowna received a “Community Recognition Award” from Wood Works! for its support of the BC wood industry in its commitment to use wood in the building. This supports City Council’s adoption of the Wood First initiative to build using a renewable resource. Additionally, roof-mounted solar panels heat the hot water in the building and all toilets on site are composting toilets, reducing toilet water usage to almost nothing and creating no load on the City’s sanitary system.

Visit kelowna.ca/waste for more information about the landfill.

Transit improvements on KLO Road
Traffic Advisory

Beginning this week, transit and road improvements along KLO Road between Gordon Drive and Casorso Road will begin as a part of construction of BC Transit’s new Okanagan College Transit Exchange.

To accommodate construction, temporary bus stops will be re-located from the college entrance to locations along KLO Road. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for updated route and schedule information. The project is expected to be completed by early September.

For the most up-to-date information about road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Lakeshore road schedule update
Public Service Announcement

Lakeshore road schedule update

The Lakeshore Road upgrades from Lexington to Cook roads will begin Wednesday, May 21, at 7 a.m. to accommodate signing of the detour routes.

Access to businesses and residences is a priority and will be maintained, only thru traffic will be prohibited.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and commuters for their patience.

Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up to date road closures, project information and potential delays.

Central Okanagan Spring Runoff Update – Advisory Ends
RDCO News Release

The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a High Streamflow Advisory has now ended.  It was issued last Thursday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Central Okanagan.

Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages all property owners adjacent to and in low lying areas of Mission Creek and other Central Okanagan water bodies to take appropriate measures to protect their property and to make an emergency plan in the event any possible flooding occurs due to weather conditions.

Officials will continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes.

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website:  pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8577.  Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.

The District of West Kelowna has deposited sand and sandbags for its property owners in three locations:  Casa Loma Beach (2606 Casa Loma Road), Pebble Beach Park (adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Road) and Falcon Park (between 1343 and 1339 Green Bay Road).

At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies.  People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.  Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Information website:  www.cordemergency.ca.

Family Fun Day: Fun for all ages
Public Service Announcement

Get together with family and friends Sunday, May 25, for an afternoon of free activities at the Parkinson Recreation Centre (PRC) from 12 to 4 p.m. From wall climbing to magical entertainment to swimming, this annual event has it all.

New this year, Family Fun Day will provide the opportunity to try out such things as tennis, dance, yoga and pickleball. Free swimming is also available from 1 to 4 p.m. at the indoor pool. Children can participate in lots of fun activities including games, crafts, wall climbing and inflatable fun centres. Henna designs by Henna Oasis, Magician Gordon deRoos, PT the Clown and Kiki the Eco Elf will engage and entertain kids of all ages.

Visitors are encouraged to be green by bringing a re-usable water bottle to be filled with cold, refreshing water from Ecowater 2000. Free bike and stroller parking is available at the tennis courts.

Onsite parking at the PRC will be limited during Family Fun Day. Extra parking will be available at the old Dr. Knox Middle School site next to the Apple Bowl; parking entrance is off Burtch Road.

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Community Food Bank, which can be dropped off at the Information Station located near the front entrance of the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Family Fun Day is presented by the City of Kelowna’s Active Living and Cultural Services, 99.9 Sun FM and AM 1150.

Play On! Hockey road and parking lot closures
Traffic Advisory

CBC Hockey Night in Canada’s Play On! Hockey will host an outdoor 4-on-4 street hockey tournament on Saturday, May 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, May 23, the Dolphins parking lot at Waterfront Park will be closed. Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive will be closed to traffic from 6 p.m. Friday, May 23 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 25. Motorists are asked to plan ahead to avoid delays.

Access will remain open to the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Prospera Place parking lot and Delta parkade. Public parking will be available at the Library Plaza parkade located on Ellis Street and the Chapman parkade on Lawrence Avenue.

Transit, Route No. 2, will be rerouted during the course of the road closure. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

Event information is available online at playon.ca.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

High Streamflow Advisory – Increased Creek Flows and Levels
RDCO News Release

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small watersheds in the Central Okanagan.

The snowpack has been melting rapidly with this week’s warmer temperatures and is expected to combine with moderate to heavy amounts of rain (10 to 50 millimeters) through the region into the Victoria Day long weekend, Central Okanagan creeks are expected to see increased flows and rising levels.  The Centre says depending on rainfall amounts, flows on Mission Creek may approach or exceed the two year flow level and smaller watercourses may see localized issues.

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages residents and property owners in low lying and flood prone areas to take appropriate measures to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff.

Officials continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes.

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website:  pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8577.  Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.  At this time they are responsible for providing their own sand.

The District of West Kelowna has deposited sand and sandbags for its property owners in three locations:  Casa Loma Beach (2606 Casa Loma Road), Pebble Beach Park (adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Road) and Falcon Park (between 1343 and 1339 Green Bay Road).

At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies.  People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.  With the long weekend ahead and much more activity expected on Okanagan Lake, boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Information website:  www.cordemergency.ca.

Council Highlights
May 12, 2014

Westcorp hotel

Council forwarded the Westcorp hotel development to a public hearing on June 24. Consideration will be given to amendments to the Official Community Plan and rezoning to accommodate the development of a hotel with retail, restaurant and conference space on the corner of Queensway and Water Street.

Centre of Gravity

Council received an update on plans for the 2014 Centre of Gravity Festival. The 2014 event will be held July 25-27 on the North Field in City Park, minimizing damage to the sports field. It will also feature increased security and improved waste management in and around the event site.

Outdoor events

Council received an update on 2014 outdoor events, which include races, festivals, one-day celebrations, fundraisers, parades, awareness events, tournaments, films, weddings and church events. Inaugural events include a new triathlon, cycling camp and rugby sevens tournament. For more information, check out the outdoor event notices at kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Vernon Creek

Council received a report on the Vernon Creek Risk Assessment and directed staff to report back with more information about the proposed flume repair project, which would see removal of the existing concrete flume, installation of a creek liner and placement of rocks to prevent erosion.

Small Shop Days

Council approved free parking downtown for Small Shop promotion days on Thursday, June 19 starting at 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 25 all day.

Regional Growth Strategy

Council endorsed a recommendation to provide support for the Regional District to adopt  the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw, the purpose of which is “to promote human settlement that is socially, economically, and environmentally healthy and that makes efficient use of public facilities and services, land and other resources.”

Victoria Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement

To mark Victoria Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, May 19.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thinking of working in the garden over the weekend? Pick up your OgoGrow or GlenGrow at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Lakeshore road upgrades begin
Beginning Tuesday, May 20, at 7 a.m.

Beginning Tuesday, May 20, at 7 a.m. Lakeshore Road from Lexington to Cook roads will be closed to motorists to accommodate the utility and bridge replacement as part of the $11-million Lakeshore Road upgrades project.

Infrastructure improvements will include:

  • improved traffic flow and safety
  • upgrades to sanitary trunk, stormwater and water mains
  • multi-use pathway and commuter bike lanes
  • roundabout at Lexington Drive
  • improved Greenway trail-head access
  • new sidewalks, streetscaping & landscaping
  • underground shallow utilities on east side of road, except electrical
  • conduit for future underground of electrical

Primary detour routes via Lexington and Cook roads will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic. Access to businesses and residences is a priority and will be maintained.

Transit stops on Lakeshore Rd north of Lequime and south of Cook roads will be closed. Temporary bus stops will be in place at Cook and Lakeshore Road, Gordon Drive and Cook Road and Gordon Drive and Lexington Drive. The #1 Lakeshore transit route will be detoured in and out of Mission Recreation Transit Exchange via Gordon Drive and Cook Road to and from Lakeshore Road. Improvements will include upgrades to bus stops located within the project area. Kelowna transit routes and schedules can be viewed at www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.

The Mission Creek Greenway will be closed at Lakeshore Road. Trail turn-arounds will be in place for access from Gordon Drive. When the bridge replacement and road widening is complete, an underpass will provide safe access to the popular regional Greenway recreational trail.

The project was contracted to Copcan Contracting Ltd; Urban Systems is the contract administrator. Completion is scheduled for November.

Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up-to-date road closures, project information and potential delays.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and commuters for their patience.

Quilchena Park changes
Public Service Announcement

A small section of Quilchena Park in Kettle Valley is closed while the City of Kelowna prepares the area for the installation of a new slide. The work is scheduled to be completed in July. The long hillside slide was removed earlier this year for safety considerations.

The rest of the park remains open and families can still safely enjoy the other play structures at the park, including the waterpark when it opens for the season May 17.

For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

It’s time to drain winter pool water
Drain water the environmentally friendly way

As many residents are beginning to ready their pools and hot tubs in anticipation of summer, the City of Kelowna is reminding residents about the proper procedure to drain winter water without putting a strain on the environment.

Residents are asked to drain their pools and hot tubs to a dry area on their property at a low-flow rate over a long period of time. Salt water pools can drain directly into the sanitary sewer system.

“If proper drainage is not possible, the water must be dechlorinated prior to being drained into the storm sewer system,” says Adrian Weaden, Pump Operations Supervisor. “Otherwise, the pool water containing disinfectants is released into Okanagan Lake and local streams untreated.”

Water enters the storm sewer system through catch basins. These are the grates on the road, usually found by a sidewalk, and they drain directly into the lake and streams. However, the sanitary sewer system is directed to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility and water is treated before being released into the lake. Sanitary systems can be identified by their circular pipe with lid or a square container that, when opened, contains a pipe (the container may be marked with SEWER).

To help protect the environment, the Sanitary Sewer Storm Drain Regulation Bylaw restricts the discharge of residential swimming pool and hot tub water containing disinfectants such as chlorine, salt water and bromine.

Residents are encouraged to contact the City's Water Quality department before draining their pool or hot tub to ensure they are draining into the correct system.  Improper discharge of contaminated water can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

For more information, call 250 469-8887 or visit kelowna.ca/utilities, under water > drainage.

Bulman road bridge now open
Traffic Advisory

The City of Kelowna has reopened Bulman Road bridge located on Bulman Road, south of Shadow Ridge Golf Course.

The bridge closed Monday due to Mill Creek’s high water levels.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Deep utility work to close Drysdale Blvd.
Traffic Advisory

A portion of Drysdale Boulevard in North Glenmore will be closed to traffic May 12 to 15 as City of Kelowna construction crews complete storm drainage improvements.

Crews will be installing a large and deep environmental structure on the street between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Local traffic affected by the road closure can use Cross Road to access Glenmore Drive or Valley Road. The area will have signs to help direct traffic. All access to the shopping malls will remain open.

The work is not expected to cause any utility or mail interruptions. Residents can continue placing garbage and recycling carts in their usual locations.

For other information visit: www.kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Knox Mountain limited access & dog park closure
Traffic Advisory

The 57th Annual Knox Mountain Hillclimb is taking place from Saturday, May 17 to Sunday, May 18. There will be limited public access to the park and dog park on Friday, May 16 and Monday, May 19 to safely accommodate the set-up and tear-down of the event. Only ticket holders will have access to Knox Mountain Park during the weekend.

The dog park will also be closed throughout the weekend. The remaining off-leash dog parks in Kelowna will be open and owners are encouraged to visit them.

There will be parking restrictions on the north side of Broadway Avenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday to accommodate the set-up vehicles.

Public access to Paul’s Tomb will be available through Poplar Drive.

For more information on the event, visit knoxmtnhillclimb.ca.

For more information on Kelowna’s parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

May Days Parade rolling road closures
Traffic Advisory

The 2014 Rutland May Days Parade will be on Saturday, May 17. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Rutland Recreation Park parking lot on Hartman Road.

Rutland Road North between Hartman Road and Centennial Park will be closed, with rolling closures in effect from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade. A detour route will be clearly marked for motorists.

There will be partial lot closures in the Rutland Recreation Park parking lot on Hartman Road and in the Roxby parking lot on Roxby Road effective from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Traffic control personnel will be visible along the affected residential streets. Motorists may experience minor disruptions and are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid delays.

Transit service will be rerouted during the closure. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery spring maintenance
Public Service Announcement

The City of Kelowna’s Memorial Park Cemetery gates are open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until Oct. 31.

To allow for regular grounds maintenance during this time, only fresh cut flowers, wreaths or other natural floral offerings can be placed on grave sites within lawn areas until Oct. 31.

Family and friends whose custom it is to place a stone on memorial markers may do so, however the stones will be removed by staff prior to the next scheduled mowing.

The City appreciates visitors’ cooperation in making Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery a place where “Beautiful Memories Rest.”

For more information, please visit kelowna.ca/cemetery.

Kelowna Wins Best Tap Water Taste Test
BC Water & Waste Association News Release

May 7, 2014 (Vancouver, BC) – After being compared to nearly a dozen other entrants in the inaugural BC Water & Waste Association’s (BCWWA) "Best of the Best" tap water taste test challenge, the City of Kelowna was awarded top marks for their drinking water on May 6 at the BCWWA Annual Conference in Whistler.

"British Columbia has some of the highest quality water of anywhere in the world, so the City of Kelowna was up against some formidable challengers," says Tanja McQueen, CEO of the 4,700-member BCWWA. "We congratulate Kelowna on this honour as they should be very proud of the work they do every day to deliver clean, great tasting water to their residents."

Tap water entered in to the challenge was sampled by four water taste professionals or "aqualiers", who were not advised which communities had entered the competition. The judges were:

  • Robert Haller, Executive Director of the Canadian Water & Waste Association
  • Chef Robert LeCrom, Executive Chef at Fairmont Chateau in Whistler
  • Sandra Ralston, President of the Water Environment Federation
  • Rosemary Smud, Vice President of the American Water Works Association

The judges rated each sample on a scale of 1-5 on criteria that included appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste, and overall impression.

"It’s gratifying when all our investments in innovative water treatment technology through the years results in recognition for our clear, great tasting drinking water. We need to also give credit to the waste water treatment process we have that returns clean effluent to our drinking water source – Okanagan Lake," said Kelowna Utility Services Manager Kevin Van Vliet.

The contest was held as part of the BCWWA’s Drinking Water Week celebrations, to raise awareness about the value of water. Most Canadians take for granted that when they turn on their taps, fresh water will appear, and when they flush their toilets it will disappear, without giving much thought to the network of infrastructure and the people that make this happen.

RBC’s 2014 Canadian Water Attitudes Survey indicates that less than one-third of Canadians know where their drinking water comes from, and fewer than 1 in 5 are aware of the condition of their water infrastructure. The BC Water & Waste Association is working to raise awareness about the value of water to ensure that there is public support for the investment that will be needed over the next decade to ensure that future generations will also enjoy clean, safe water.

Council Highlights
May 5, 2014

Pandosy Waterfront

Council received a report about the Pandosy Waterfront engagement process and directed staff to explore the “Refined Option 1” site concept plan, excluding the sale of two properties, and report back. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Final Budget

Council adopted the 2014-2018 Financial Plan, resulting in a 2.49 per cent tax increase (equal to a total average increase of $42.13 for a residential property owner). For more information, visit kelowna.ca/budget.

Pacific Sport

Council received a report from Pacific Sport about activities in 2013. Highlights include the XploreSportZ youth program, physical literacy mentoring, athlete development and sport education.

Industrial land

Council received the report about Kelowna’s current inventory of industrial lands. The City of Kelowna requires a ready supply of industrial land to ensure a strong economic foundation. The report shows that the City is well served by its existing and future industrial land inventory and continued enforcement of industrial land use on non-industrial zoned properties is appropriate.

Helicopter landing

Council approved that a Royal Canadian Mounted Police helicopter land on the grassed area outside of the library on May 10 at 9 a.m. as part of a Police Week, Police and Partner Agencies  Demonstrations.

Traffic interruptions for Rails with Trails completion
Traffic Advisory

Traffic interruptions are expected over the next month on Spall Road and Dilworth Drive to allow for the connection of Phase Two of Rails with Trails which will extend the first phase of the pathway an additional 1.5 kilometres.

Beginning Wednesday, May 7, intermittent nighttime lane closures between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. will occur on Spall Road at Clement Avenue. Two-way traffic will be maintained.

Beginning, Friday, May 9, intermittent daytime lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. will occur on Dilworth Drive at Leckie Road. Alternating traffic will be maintained.

Other work may also occur outside of these times and is expected to be completed by the end of May.

Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up-to-date road construction and project updates to plan your commute.

 

Background

Rails with Trails is a paved, off-road multi-use pathway located parallel to the CNR corridor in central Kelowna. The pathway offers residents and visitors a safe and accessible pathway that is ideal for walking, in-line skating, commuter and recreational cycling.

Phase Two of Rails with Trails will extend the first phase of the pathway an additional 1.5 kilometres east from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive.  Construction on this phase began in August 2013, and an official opening is planned for early June.

Funding for Phase Two of the Rails with Trails pathway includes $1.46 million through the Gas Tax Fund from the Government of Canada and $1.52 million through Bike BC from the Government of British Columbia.

 

City creates shortlist for police services building project
Three proponents to compete for contract

The City of Kelowna has selected three proponents to compete for the design-build contract to complete all project work for the new Kelowna police services building slated for the City-owned property at the corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street.

The evaluation team, which consisted of three city staff members and two consultants, received a total of 10 responses to the Request for Qualifications initiated this past February. 

After the proposals were scored and reference checks conducted, the following three proponents were selected to proceed to the Design-Build proposal phase:

  • PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.
  • Bird Design-Build Construction Inc.
  • Bouygues Building Canada

Next steps will see each proponent obtaining the necessary RCMP security clearances, then receiving the Performance Requirements to develop the proposals to design and build the facility. Selection of the final proposal is scheduled for the end of this year. Construction is slated to begin in 2015 with occupancy intended for late 2017.

To stay informed on this project as it progresses, please visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Site Design Chosen for Pandosy Waterfront
May 5, 2014
Refined Option 1 Moves Forward

Today, City Council reviewed two site designs that volunteers crafted for Pandosy Waterfront during a two-day urban design charrette in February. After weighing the community benefits and financial costs of each design, Council chose to proceed with Refined Option 1, without the sale of two waterfront lots at the north end of the Pandosy Waterfront site.

“City Council believes Refined Option 1 offers the best longterm vision for this area. It considers the feedback we received from the community that focuses on the desire to see significant park on the site. It also allows space for the Paddle Centre to get established and grow,” said Mayor Walter Gray.

Through community feedback, this site design shows a significant shift since the last proposal that Council reviewed in 2011. Refined Option 1 includes all 11 city-owned lakefront properties and creates a 2.67 acre park, along with the continuation of the Abbott Street multi-use corridor. Land is also set aside for the development of the Paddle Centre.

“This option creates a lakefront space that will see people walking and biking through the area year-round. The design also creates a clear connection between the lake and Pandosy Village,” said Gray.

“Now that we have Council direction to proceed with Refined Option 1,” said Graham Hood, Strategic Land Development Manager for the City of Kelowna, “staff will complete more detailed planning before returning to Council.”

To view the Council report, go to kelowna.ca/council and for more project information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Kelowna sets final tax rate at 2.49%
Council approved the final 2014 budget on Monday

Kelowna City Council approved the final 2014 budget on Monday, with a municipal tax increase of 2.49 per cent.

A tax rate of 2.49 per cent translates into an increase of $42.13 for the owner of an average $451,350 (assessed value) single-family Kelowna home.

Taxation accounts for 25 per cent of City of Kelowna revenues for 2014, with 53 per cent coming from sources such as grants, reserve funds, fees and charges.

The 2.49 per cent net property tax increase maintains the tax increase approved by Council at the Provisional Budget deliberations held in December 2013. The 2014 Financial Plan continues to provide for the services, infrastructure and amenities expected by the citizens of Kelowna in a conscientious and cost-effective manner.

For more than a decade, the City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award annually, most recently for the 2013 Budget. Presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, the award recognizes the City’s achievement in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

For more information and to view the 2014 Financial Plan, visit kelowna.ca/budget.

Bulman road bridge temporarily closed
Traffic Advisory

The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed Bulman Road bridge located on Bulman Road, south of Shadow Ridge Golf Course until further notice. The closure is due to Mill Creek’s high water levels.

An alternate route to the golf course on Bulman Road is available via Old Vernon Road.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Spring Runoff Update – Advisory Ends
Regional District News Release

The Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program advises a High Streamflow Advisory issued Sunday by the BC River Forecast Centre for the Mission Creek and other watersheds east of Kelowna to Vernon, has now ended.

The Centre says rainfall has ended through the South Interior and river levels have eased from last week’s high snow melt and precipitation.

Even though the advisory has ended, until the spring snowmelt and runoff is complete, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Emergency Program continues to encourage all property owners adjacent to and in low lying areas of Mission Creek and other Central Okanagan water bodies to take appropriate measures to protect their property and to make an emergency plan in the event any possible flooding occurs due to weather conditions.

Officials will continue to monitor weather patterns and water levels of local creeks, streams and lakes.

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website:  pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8577.  Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.

The District of West Kelowna has deposited sand and sandbags for its property owners in three locations:  Casa Loma Beach (2606 Casa Loma Road), Pebble Beach Park (adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Road) and Falcon Park (between 1343 and 1339 Green Bay Road).

At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies.  People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.  Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Information website: www.cordemergency.ca.

High Streamflow Advisory – Increased Creek Flows and Levels
RDCO news release

The BC River Forecast Centre has issued a High Streamflow Advisory affecting the Mission Creek and other small to medium watersheds in the Okanagan.  This includes areas east of Kelowna to Vernon.

The snowpack has been melting since the warm spell late last week and with a special weather statement issued by Environment Canada forecasting from 15 to 25 millimeters of rain into today (Monday), Central Okanagan creeks are expected to keep rising, as a result of this additional forecasts rainfall.

A High Streamflow Advisory means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected.  Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

The Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages residents and property owners in low lying and flood prone areas to take appropriate measures to prepare and protect their properties as conditions can change rapidly during the spring runoff.

At this time of year, Central Okanagan residents are asked to use caution around all local water bodies.  People are reminded that water levels may rise unexpectedly and they and their pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff.  Okanagan Lake boaters are also advised to be on the look-out for floating debris carried into the lake from rising and faster flowing tributaries.

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Regional Emergency Operation Centre website www.cordemergency.ca and the Emergency Management BC website:  pep.bc.ca/floods/preparedness.html.

Anyone noticing a potential problem or flooding concern in the Central Okanagan is asked to call the Regional Fire Dispatch at: 250-469-8577.  Sandbags are available at local fire halls for any property owner facing imminent danger from flooding.  At this time they are responsible for providing their own sand.

The District of West Kelowna has deposited sand and sandbags for its property owners in three locations:  Casa Loma Beach (2606 Casa Loma Road), Pebble Beach Park (adjacent to 2583 Whitworth Road) and Falcon Park (between 1343 and 1339 Green Bay Road).

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Information website:  www.cordemergency.ca.

Lane restrictions at Queensway & Water St.
Traffic Advisory

Beginning Monday, May 5, at 7 a.m. sidewalk removals will begin on the northwest corner of the Queensway and Water Street intersection to allow for shallow utility relocation. This work is in preparation for the road upgrades that will occur as part of the Queensway transit exchange and road upgrades.

Intermittent lane closures may occur. Two-way traffic and pedestrian crossings will be maintained. Traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians. They appreciate the patience of residents, businesses and motorists while construction is taking place.

Construction is expected to be complete by Victoria Day weekend.

Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for the most up-to-date road construction and project updates to plan your commute.

Background

A $5.6 million investment in Queensway transit exchange and road upgrades begins this summer as part of BC Transit’s RapidBus Phase Two and Three Project.

The improvements will provide ease of transfer with amenities to provide a comfortable and convenient environment for transit patrons, operators and security personnel.

Kelowna RapidBus is a partnership between Transport Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and BC Transit. In total, the project will receive up to $46 million from federal, provincial and local partners. For more information and to view the designs for the Queensway Transit Improvements Project, visit www.kelownarapidbus.ca.

Green thumbs and even greener neighbourhoods
Submit your nomination by June 30.

Do you have a stunning outdoor space or know someone that does? The Communities in Bloom Committee is now accepting nominations for Green Thumb Awards which honour eye-catching local gardens. The awards recognize local individuals, businesses and communities that help beautify our City through their gardening and stewardship efforts.

Interested individuals can go online at kelowna.ca/parks, under “Communities in Bloom” to download a nomination form. Completed forms can be submitted to the Communities in Bloom Committee by email to greenthumbawards@gmail.com or by mail to the City of Kelowna Park Services office by Monday, June 30. Judging will take place mid-July.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Last days for feedback on air quality
Air quality input needed

Residents have just a few more days to provide input about air quality in the Central Okanagan as regional partners develop a 2014 Clean Air Strategy.

This strategy will guide programs and policies that reduce pollutants and greenhouse gases to improve air quality. Feedback on how residents want to see the government and community take action to protect air quality is being collected until Tuesday, May 6

The organizations working together on the regional plan include the Regional District of Central Okanagan, District of Peachland, City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, Westbank First Nation, the District of West Kelowna, Environment Canada, Ministry of the Environment and Interior Health.

Visit kelowna.ca/airquality to find out more about our region’s air quality, make suggestions on plans to keep our air clean and win prizes!

A final plan will be shared with the public in the fall.

Congratulations to our 2013 Civic & Community Award recipients
Gala held May 1

The City of Kelowna is extending its sincere congratulations to all nominees and recipients of this year’s 39th Annual Civic & Community Awards.

The successful finalists were honoured this evening at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

The full list of award recipients is provided below:

Teen Honour in the Arts   

Mandy Jong

Honour in the Arts           

Glenna Turnbull

Young Female of the Year

Pauline Schrott

Young Male of the Year

Jonathan Charlton

The Central Okanagan Foundation, Volunteer Organization of the Year

Freedom’s Door

Woman of the Year - Sarah Donald - Treadgold Memorial Award

Rose Sexsmith

Man of the Year - Fred Macklin Memorial Award

Sean Pihl

Corporate Community of the Year - Small to Medium Business

Mavazi Apparel

Corporate Community of the Year - Large Business

Cooper’s Foods Rutland Store

Champion for the Environment - Individual

Judie Steeves

Champion for the Environment – Business

House of Rose Winery

Bob Giordano Memorial Award

Dino Gini

Bryan Couling Memorial, Athletic Team of the Year Award

Kelowna Christian School Senior Boys Basketball Team

Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Female

Jacqueline Sellers

Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Male

Josiah Joseph

Female Athlete of the Year

Keely Watts-Watling

Male Athlete of the Year

Alex Hart

Anita Tozer Memorial

The Kelowna Gospel Mission Volunteer Dentists

Special thanks to the sponsors of this year's event for their generous support: Central Okanagan Foundation, FortisBC, Grant Thornton, Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Community Resources, UBCO, Aberdeen Hall, Mark of Distinction,  Bell Media, Little Straw Vineyard, Castanet, Prospera Credit Union, Best Western Plus and YMCA of Okanagan.

For more on the Civic & Community Awards, visit kelowna.ca/residents.

Pandosy Waterfront engagement report
Council will review outcomes of public engagement

On Monday, City Council will review the outcomes of the public engagement process which saw 30 community, business and resident volunteers come together to craft two site designs at an urban design charrette for Pandosy Waterfront.

“I’d like to thank the charrette participants who contributed two days of their time to develop these plans,” said Kelowna Mayor, Walter Gray. “I’d also like to acknowledge the more than 250 people who came to the open house and those who contributed ideas and comments on the City’s online engagement tool. It’s clear that this is an important project in the community.”

While the charrette was identified as the main focus for public input into the design of Pandosy Waterfront, the overall engagement process also included several other opportunities to ensure broader public participation. A charrette provides quality feedback from a balanced group, as the participants have time to become well informed through information sharing, dialogue and idea exchange. The diverse perspectives represented ensure that proposed options are debated in-depth before they are finalized.

Both of the site designs produced during the charrette include all 11 city-owned lakeshore properties, plus two road ends in the South Pandosy neighbourhood. Charrette participants requested the flexibility to work on all the city-owned lakefront, rather than just the seven lots north of Cedar Avenue as initially outlined. This was supported by the charrette consultants and City staff.

The designs going before Council on Monday show a significant shift since the last proposal in 2011. Through community feedback, all the city-owned lakefront properties were included in the design, more park space was added and all mixed-use development was kept on the east side of Abbott Street. In addition, Council changed its focus from seeking financial return on the project to seeking a solution that will require no additional taxation.

The two options being provided to Council are called Refined Option 1 and Refined Option 4. The major differences between the two plans include the re-alignment of Abbott Street, the location of the Paddle Centre, the park size and associated cost of park development. The options are similar in that each design accommodates the Paddle Centre and includes park space, as well as the continuation of the Abbott Street multi-use corridor and a public pier.

“Staff will be recommending Refined Option 4,” said Graham Hood, Strategic Land Development Manager for the City of Kelowna. “On balance we feel it best bridges the feedback we received from the public and charrette participants with the project parameters that Council endorsed. Option 4 provides a planning solution that will animate the lakefront and bring year-round vibrancy through active living opportunities such as the park and multi-use corridor. It also encourages a neighbourhood design that ties Pandosy Village to the lake.”

To view the Council report, go to kelowna.ca/council and for more project information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Bike to work or school – register now
Great new prizes and a new registration process

Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are gearing up for Bike to Work Week, May 26 to June 1, 2014 and it’s time to register now.

New this year are some great new prizes and a new registration process, so register early as a team, a school, or individually.

This provincially supported weeklong event encourages cyclists of all abilities to give commuter cycling a try. smartTRIPS rewards those who venture out on their bike with fantastic prizes from great local sponsors, including daily bike draws and gift certificates. Don’t miss out on all the fun!

Celebration Stations take place daily in different parts of the Central Okanagan to provide extra motivation. They provide an opportunity to get free refreshments from local sponsors and a complementary bike check-up from local bike shops – all while you socialize and meet new people.

“Every year we have tons of fun at the Celebration Stations, with great food and prizes from our local sponsors. So many awesome people stop by,” says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator.

The addition of more Celebration Stations this year, including an evening drop-by station in Peachland and a morning one in Lake Country, will help ensure there’s a station for everyone to visit on their ride. We even have Celebration Station Passports to be entered for prizes for those who visit three or more Stations.

Bike and Walk to School Week takes place during the same week, so students and families are encouraged to participate for a chance to win prizes for their school. Twenty-one schools are participating so far. Ask your school administration or PAC if your school is involved! Schools even host their own events throughout the Central Okanagan, so why not get involved?

Interested participants can register or get further information at smartTRIPS.ca/events or email info@smartTRIPS.ca.

Council highlights
Apr. 28

Central Okanagan Foundation Grants

Council approved the 2014 grants to be distributed by the Central Okanagan Foundation. A total of $143,525 will be provided for the Community Social Development grant and $22,000 for Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth.

Kelowna Art Gallery

Council received the Kelowna Art Gallery’s annual report. Highlights include participatory art projects, art in public places and apple pie bake-off, with 11,870 people participating in community art activities.

Rezoning applications

Council forwarded to public hearing a liquor-primary zone amendment for the Kelowna Yacht Club. It also forwarded an amendment to the Official Community Plan and rezoning to permit the development of the Kelowna Police Services Building to a public hearing on May 13.

Sterile Insect Release Program

Council approved the 2014 Sterile Insect Release Parcel Tax levy on specified property tax rolls within the City of Kelowna. The program provides enforcement of area wide management, control of codling moth infestation and releasing of sterile codling moths in orchards.

Clifton roads and drainage project

Council approved the Clifton roads and drainage project, which will address flooding that occurs on Clifton Road, Mountain Avenue and Lambert Avenue, replace aging water and sewer mains, and widen Clifton Road to four lanes. Council also recommended a $312,000 carryover for the 2015 budget to address storm detention on Brandt’s Creek.

Glenmore Footprint Days 2014
Traffic Advisory

On Tuesday, May 6, Glenmore Elementary School will be starting its annual Glenmore Footprint days. The four-day event promotes healthy living to children by showing them how fun it can be to stay active. Walk routes begin at Glenmore Elementary, 960 Glenmore Drive,

Motorists are asked to watch for increased pedestrian traffic along Glenmore neighbourhood roadways and be aware that minor delays at road crossings may occur.

For the most up-to-date information about road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport

Spirit of the Lake kicks off parade season
Say hi to Ogie this Saturday in Rutland

The City of Kelowna’s Spirit of the Lake parade float, featuring the much beloved “Ogie,” is starting its busy season in the Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday, April 26 in Rutland.

The Spirit of the Lake will be touring and promoting Kelowna this parade season throughout the Pacific Northwest region from Yakima, Wash., to Calgary, Alta. Its first out-of-town parade will be May 17 in Spokane.

The float will also be making its way around the Okanagan this summer, stopping in Lumby, Osoyoos, Peachland, Oliver and Penticton.

The Spirit of the Lake has won numerous awards in Western Canada and the United States. In 2013 it participated in 22 parades, entered seven judged parades and won an award at each one – four of them were first-place finishes, including the Grand Sweepstakes Winner (Best Overall) in Marysville, Wash.

The tradition of the parade float goes as far back as 1874. Since that time, the float has seen a few changes, but has always featured the Ogopogo.

Make sure to wave hello to Ogie at a local parade this season. You can also follow the City of Kelowna on Twitter or Facebook to see parade photos and float updates.

For more information about Kelowna’s parade float, visit “About Kelowna” under kelowna.ca/visitors.

Cherry Blossom Triathlon lane closure
Traffic Advisory

The Kelowna Triathlon Club will host its inaugural Cherry Blossom Triathlon on Sunday, May 4.

The northbound lane on Gordon Drive from Lequime Road to Casorso Road will be closed from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to accommodate participants.

Traffic control personnel and RCMP will be visible to direct traffic. Motorists will need to watch for athletes along the route, specifically along Lexington Road and the ring road in Mission Recreation Park. A portion of the parking lot in front of H20 will be closed to accommodate the transition area and finish line.

Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid delays.

For race information and route details, visit kelownatriathlonclub.org.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

NeighbourWoods has Kelowna looking greener
Event takes place on Saturday, April 26

The City of Kelowna has 350 trees ready for residents to pick-up at Saturday’s NeighbourWoods event. Deputy Mayor Robert Hobson will be participating in the event by planting a tree in the Arboretum.

The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City as it makes “greening” neighbourhoods affordable for residents. The program encourages citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest.

Even residents who were not able to purchase a tree this year are encouraged to attend Saturday’s event where tree planting demonstrations will take place every hour of the event. City staff will also be on hand to answer questions about gardening as well as tree health and maintenance.

Date: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Drive (enter off Gordon and Lequime)

Since 2010, residents have purchased more than 1,800 discounted trees to plant on their properties - helping to make Kelowna a greener place.

For more information about Kelowna’s NeighbourWoods event, visit “NeighbourWoods” on kelowna.ca/parks.

Gordon & Richter RapidBus Stations Open
BC Transit Media Advisory

KELOWNA – Kelowna RapidBus Stations at Gordon Drive and at Richter Street on Highway 97 will officially open for service as of Sunday, April 27, 2014.

At Gordon Station RapidBus stations are located on each side of the intersection of Highway 97 at Gordon Drive. The stations will serve Capri Centre and integrate with a future frequent bus route on Gordon Drive running between Queensway and the Mission Rec Exchange.

At Richter Station RapidBus stations will be located on opposite sides of Highway 97 between Ellis and Richter streets. They will provide enhanced transit service for the future Central Green development, and tie into the frequent bus network on Pandosy Street.

Kelowna RapidBus is a partnership between Transport Canada, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and BC Transit. In total, the project will receive up to $46 million from federal, provincial and local partners. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $10.9 million from the Building Canada Fund and another $6 million from the Gas Tax Fund. The Government of British Columbia will provide $23.9 million, the City of Kelowna $5.2 million and District of West Kelowna is contributing land.

To learn more about this exciting project, visit www.kelownarapidbus.ca.

*Annual service changes related to post-secondary institutions are also in effect as of April 27, 2014. This includes reductions in service to the #1 Lakeshore, #6 Glenmore/UBCO Express, #8 University, #11 Rutland, #13 Quail Ridge and #97 RapidBus. Service hours will be restored in September 2014.

For more information on the Kelowna Regional Transit system please consult www.bctransit.com/regions/kel  or call 250.860.8121.

Have your say about how to keep our air clean
Seeking input on air quality April 23 to May 6

There’s something fresh in the wind today as regional partners make plans to develop a 2014 Clean Air Strategy with residents’ input.

While the vision statement is clear – have clean and healthy air for current and future generations – implementing that vision is hard work.

From April 23 to May 6, Regional Services is looking for input on how residents want to see the government take action to protect air quality. Residents are being asked to share their ideas, comments and interact online.

“This work builds on the existing regional air quality program and will help protect and improve our region’s air through policy and actions, community awareness initiatives and pollution prevention programs,” said Jerry Dombowsky, Regional Programs Manager for Regional Services.

The idea is to build on existing active transportation efforts to encourage walking, biking and using transit to reduce vehicle use and solo car trips. That encouragement extends to support for green buildings and green industry initiatives – all toward the project’s focus on the big picture: what can we do to reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gases to improve air quality for everyone?

Overall, the Clean Air Strategy has three goals: protect the health of citizens and the environment, keep our views clear of smog, and minimize our impact on climate change.

Local governments working toward a plan include the Regional District of Central Okanagan, District of Peachland, City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, Westbank First Nation and the District of West Kelowna.

Visit kelowna.ca/airquality to find out more about our region’s air quality, comment on our plans to keep our air clean, make suggestions, do your part, and WIN PRIZES!

A final plan will be shared with the public in the fall.

Satisfy your soil with OgoGrow and GlenGrow
Public Service Announcement
Everything is coming up roses, daisies and tulips. The recent rain might have put a crimp in your outdoor plans, but it's helping to green up Kelowna - and luscious greens start with healthy soil.

The City of Kelowna uses OgoGrow and GlenGrow to enrich the soil in City-maintained flower beds. OgoGrow and GlenGrow are both locally made compost.

Since the City established a bylaw regulating the use of cosmetic, non-essential pesticides on residential properties, organic compost has become a gardener's best friend. The compost improves the structure of the soil as it provides nutrition and increases nutrient retention. It also helps to balance pH levels and microbial populations which will reduce plant diseases.

If pesky weeds are taking over your yard, compost can help with that too. Weeds prefer dry, compacted soil with low fertility. Spread OgoGrow or GlenGrow as a topdressing and soil amendment to grow a dense and healthy lawn.

The compost is easily mixed in with soil and is suitable for all types of greenery, from potted plants to vegetable and flower gardens.

OgoGrow is a joint venture between the Cities of Kelowna and Vernon. It is available for purchase at the Glenmore Landfill and most local retail nurseries. GlenGrow is only available at the Glenmore Landfill.

For more information on satisfying your soil with OgoGrow and GlenGrow, visit okanagancompost.ca.
Tickets available for Civic Awards Gala
Public Service Announcement
With the 39th Annual Civic Awards Gala just two weeks away, Kelowna residents are reminded to get tickets while they are still available. The Civic and Community Awards are a celebration of the contributions and achievements of the City's volunteers, artists, athletes and outstanding businesses.

The 2013 Award recipients will be announced on Thursday, May 1 as part of the gala ceremony taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., for a "Social Hour" in the main lobby with delicious food, drinks and excellent company. The awards show will start at 6:50 p.m.

Tickets are available at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please contact the City's Glenmore office at 250-469-8811. Tickets, if available, may also be purchased at the door.

For information on this year's finalists, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
Easter hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement

To mark Easter, City Hall will be closed Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open throughout the weekend at its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. If you are thinking of working in the garden over the weekend, you can pick up your OgoGrow or GlenGrow at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For general information about the City of Kelowna and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Take a #Selfie at YLW
and win tickets to the RBC Cup

As a record number of passengers fly through YLW they might be a little surprised to see a very large decal of a hockey player holding a Champion cup on the Arrivals floor. It’s not something you see every day at the airport but it’s there because Kelowna International Airport – YLW is a proud sponsor of the 2014 RBC Cup being held in Vernon next month, May 10 – 18.

For a chance to win a full-event ticket package which includes all 10 preliminary round games, two semifinals and the championship game, valued at $239, YLW is inviting you to take a photo of yourself with the RBC Cup floor decal located on the airport’s Arrivals floor, post on Instagram naming the Kelowna International Airport as the location and use the hash-tag #YLWRBCCup.  Photos must be posted before 10 pm May 6 and the winner’s photo will be randomly drawn on May 7th.

Just popping in to take the #YLWRCBCup #selfie? Parking is free for the first 15 minutes when parking in the short-term lot at YLW.

Vaisakhi Parade rolling road closures
Traffic Advisory

The Okanagan Sikh Temple and Cultural Society’s fourth annual Vaisakhi Parade will be on Saturday, April 26. The parade consists of floats and a walking procession.

Rolling road closures will be in effect from approximately 12 to 3 p.m.

Rutland Road North will be closed from McCurdy Road to Wallace Road. Closures will then continue along Wallace Road, Sycamore Road, Sumac Road, Friesen Road, McCurdy Road (westbound) and Keyes Road to accommodate the parade.

Truck route closure signage will be posted on Highway 33 and Highway 97 for Rutland Road. Detour signs for motorists using Rutland Road as well as traffic control personnel will be visible along the affected residential streets. Motorists may experience minor disruptions and are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid delays.

Transit service will be detoured along Aldon Road. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

Street parking restrictions along Aldon will be in effect to accommodate transit as well along Rutland Road (Wallace to McCurdy Roads) to accommodate parade marshaling.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Council Highlights
April 14, 2014

Rotary Centre for the Arts

Council received the Annual Report presentation from the Rotary Centre of the Arts. Highlights from 2013 include 18,400 tickets sold, 2,500 events hosted, 251 art classes offered for youth and 82 free public engagement events and performances.

Five-year Financial Plan

Council approved amendments to the Five Year Financial Plan to include transfers and amendments that occurred throughout the year, including a $250,000 grant from the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund for structural repairs at the YMCA and combining the Airport Runway Overlay funding of $373,320 with the Drive to 1.6 Million Passengers program to facilitate cost analysis. These transfers and amendments do not affect taxation.

Tax Distribution

Council approved the Municipal Tax Distribution Policy and development of 2014 tax rates to reflect the 2014 assessment changes in property market values. Major and light industrial/business/other tax class ratios for 2014 have increased in relation to the residential class, while utilities and farm classes have decreased.

Engage Policy

Council adopted the Engage Policy, which provides a foundation to ensure a consistent and effective approach to City-led public and stakeholder engagement throughout all divisions of the organization where Council is the decision-maker.

City Park food concessions

Council approved entering into a three-year licence for Tacofino and Wafelicious food vendors to provide mobile concession services in City Park and on Abbott Street.

 

Knox Mountain Drive open early for Easter morning
Traffic Advisory

Knox Mountain Drive will be open to vehicle traffic on the morning of Sunday, April 20.

The park’s regular summer hours of 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. will resume on Monday, with the exception of Sundays when the gates open at noon.

For more information about Knox Mountain and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Splash of Colour parking restrictions
Traffic Advisory

B.C. Lions Society will host its first Splash of Colour 5-kilometre fun run on Saturday, April 19. Participants will be using sidewalks and pathways. Traffic control personnel will be visible and motorists may experience minor disruptions where participants cross Water Street (north of Smith Avenue), as well as Cawston Avenue and Water Street near Prospera Place.

Motorists are still advised to watch for participants along the route.

Parking restrictions will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the following areas:

  • West side of Water Street from Queensway to the Water Street Boat Launch
  • City Park parking lot
  • Queensway parking lot
  • Dolphins parking lot (adjacent to Rhapsody Plaza at Waterfront Park)
  • Water Street Boat Launch parking lot

For race information and route details, visit lionsbc.ca.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Revitalization switches to sidewalks for the last time
Utilities complete on final phase of Main Street Makover

The first layer of paving is underway on the final phase of Bernard Avenue which marks the completion of utilities and the commencement of streetscaping and landscaping work.

It’s your last chance to walk in the middle of the road when walkways temporarily shift from next to the buildings onto the middle of the newly paved road for the final time. Businesses are open as usual and accessible with corridors from the center of the road to each business entrance, minimizing disruption to pedestrians and business accesses while allowing for the removal and reconstruction of the sidewalks.

“The water main and storm systems are now complete and we are looking forward to the sidewalk construction and proceeding to the final steps of the project,” said Bill Berry, Design & Construction Services Director. “New trees, benches and the installation of the last light standards will complete the consistent look of Bernard Avenue from the Sails to the Gateway at Richter Street.”

The $14-million improvements will see four lanes narrowed into two lanes and a centre turning lane, expanded outdoor retail and cafe space, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, street furniture, intersection plazas, landscaping and replacing of utilities.

Final paving, finishing work and permanent road markings of the previous phase between St. Paul and Ellis streets will occur this spring in conjunction with completion of the current phase between Ellis and Water streets, scheduled for June 2014.

“If you haven’t seen the construction downtown you’ve got to stop by, visit your favorite business and check out how things are constructed before it’s all done,” said Berry. “It’s really an attraction in itself.”

The Downtown Kelowna Association is running the Great-Big-Bernard-Giveaway Contest with a $500 prize drawn every three weeks. Visit Downtownkelowna.com for more details.

To keep up-to-date and to learn more about the many other projects happening downtown this summer, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Springfield Road and Durnin Road improvements
Traffic Advisory

The Springfield Road intersection at Durnin Road will be undergoing safety and operational improvements beginning Monday, April 14, that will continue over the next three weeks.

Improvements include:

  • new concrete islands to prohibit unsafe left turn exit and through movements from the park access directly opposite Durnin Road
  • New sidewalk, curb/gutter and corner ramps on both sides of the park access opposite Durnin Rd.
  • Median work on Springfield Rd near Benvoulin Road to increase the storage capacity of westbound left turn lane.
  • Three catch basins will be installed along Springfield, this work will be performed at night to minimize traffic impacts

Lane closures will be in effect for east and westbound traffic with pattern changes throughout construction. Detour routes will be posted.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.

Access to Mission Creek Regional Park from this intersection will not be permitted, and park visitors are asked to use the west entrance to the park at Springfield and Leckie Road.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians through the construction site. The public’s cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

For more information about road closures and work, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Special safety measures for unique intersection
Intersection of Gordon Drive and Springfield Road

Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will notice some important changes to the intersection of Gordon Drive and Springfield Road this summer.

The most noticeable change will be the installation of flexible plastic poles delineating the Springfield Road bike lane from the vehicle lane at the westbound approach to Gordon Drive.

“Based on requests from Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition, we conducted design and safety reviews and identified some specific improvements we’ll implement by the end of summer,” said Moudud Hasan, Transportation & Mobility Manager.

Drivers traveling west on Springfield tend to cut into the cycle lane if they’re turning right on to Gordon. This manoeuvre is illegal and hazardous for cyclists using the bicycle lane and for drivers who make the appropriate right turn from the vehicle lane.

This corner has a high volume of right turning vehicles without an exclusive right turn lane. The unusually wide bike lane invites drivers to use it when turning north onto Gordon. These factors required this unique solution – something beyond green bike lanes.

Cyclists turning south onto Gordon from Springfield westbound will need to make the transition to a left turn position before they reach the delineation poles, or dismount and use the crosswalk at the intersection.

Another safety measure will see a raised median installed on Gordon at the south side of the intersection. This will improve school zone pedestrian safety by adding a landing area for this wide stretch of road in front of A.S. Matheson Elementary.

Even with these safety measures in place cyclists, pedestrians and motorists are urged to be alert and always move in predictable ways determined by traffic regulations.

Bike to Work and School Week is May 26 to June 1, and the community is encouraged to sign up for this fun community event. Cycle to work or school with colleagues, family or friends and enjoy fun support stations along the way all week.

A map of cycling routes in Kelowna is available online at kelowna.ca/transportation. For cycling tips and information in the Central Okanagan, please visit smartTRIPS.ca.

Egg addling controls goose population
Prevents increase of non-migratory geese

In the continued effort to control the Canada Goose population in the Okanagan, the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is initiating its annual egg addling program. Now in its eighth year, this program has prevented the exponential increase of the non-migratory resident goose population that inhabits the valley year round.

Most communities in the valley struggle with management of these non-migratory Canada Geese. They are largely the descendants of non-native species of geese that were brought here from different areas of Canada in the 1960s and 1970s to encourage the creation of an Okanagan goose population.

What was not foreseen was their ability to adapt to and thrive in the mild Okanagan climate and their inability to migrate because they had no natural parents to teach them how. As a result, the number of geese has grown with few natural controls, creating a need to manage this population.

The Okanagan Valley Goose Management program works to control the reproductive output of Canada geese, particularly in public spaces. Trained contractors identify mating pairs and nesting sites and will complete the addling program by the end of May.

Key to the success of the program is finding the new nests. The public is asked to assist by reporting lone geese, pairs of geese, or nest locations on private or public land by emailing coordinator@okanagangooseplan.com or calling 1-877-943-3209. The public is also asked to keep away from goose nests and to avoid touching the eggs.

The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is a partnership between the City of Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, District of West Kelowna, City of Vernon, City of Penticton, Town of Lake Country, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver, District of Peachland, District of Summerland and Glenmore Ellison Irrigation District.

Information about the program is available at okanagangooseplan.com.

Celebrating our City’s volunteers
National Volunteer Week is from April 6 to 12

National Volunteer Week, April 6 – 12, is a time to recognize and celebrate the hard work and dedication of volunteers across Canada.

The City of Kelowna benefits from more than its fair share of residents who volunteer their time and energy at various facilities such as the Kelowna International Airport and with community programs including Snow Busters, Adopt-a-Stream, Adopt-a-Road, and RCMP citizen patrol – just to name a few.

“The volunteers in our community truly make a difference,” said Mayor Gray. “They contribute a great deal to the success of our City’s programs and events.”

The Kelowna Community Theatre has outstanding volunteers, like Lucien O’Shaughnessy who has dedicated more than 3,000 hours of his time to everything from small repairs to ushering. His positive attitude and sense of humour have been an added bonus.

Parkinson Recreation Centre also has enthusiastic volunteers who assist with a broad range of activities, from special events to aquatic programs. Creative and passionate volunteers, John Johnson, a volunteer since 2007, and Donald Prowall, a volunteer since 2012, enjoy helping out with the crafts programs.

The City would like to thank all of its exceptional volunteers for their commitment to bettering our community.

For more information about volunteering with the City, visit kelowna.ca/getinvolved.

Sports fields now open
Public Service Announcement

As warm weather approaches, many residents and sports leagues will use one of the 30 City sports fields to enjoy activities ranging from Frisbee to baseball. Yesterday marked the official opening of all City sports fields, including public washrooms which are now open until 8 p.m.

Throughout the season, City staff will perform routine maintenance that requires field closures. Users are encouraged to go online to view the 2014 Sport Field Maintenance Schedule which lists the closures throughout the spring and summer months.

To keep teams practicing, a number of fields are available free of charge. Using the practice fields and staying off regular fields during closures lets the turf be repaired more quickly so that teams can get back on high quality fields faster.

To view the complete list of field closures or to book a practice field visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

Parks are for everyone’s enjoyment
Public Service Announcement

The warmer weather makes now a great time to start getting active outdoors. Kelowna has numerous parks and pathways, ideal areas for walking, hiking, cycling and more. Residents can also explore the community to its fullest on one of the City’s free Neighbourhood Walks with experienced walk leaders.

However, now that Knox Mountain’s gates have opened for the season, City workers have discovered that some pet owners are not cleaning up after their dogs. Rain, shine or snow - regardless of the season, it is the responsibility of dog owners to pick up after their pets. A maximum fine of $500 can be levied against any person not complying with these responsibilities.

“It’s a matter of respecting your neighbors. Parks are for everyone’s enjoyment,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. Unfortunately, issues with dogs go beyond the droppings they leave behind.

“We had an incident earlier this year in which a dog took down a deer in one of our parks. Not only is this a fineable offence, it is saddening to hear when this kind of thing happens. We want to retain Kelowna’s natural beauty and habitat and that means ensuring dogs are under their owner’s control at all times.”

For more information on our City’s bylaws, visit kelowna.ca/bylaws. For more information on our parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Ski2Sea closure and restrictions
Traffic Advisory

Ski2Sea Race Society is holding its 34th annual Ski2Sea relay race on Sunday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 100 teams and solo participants will begin the six-legged, 95-kilometre race at Big White and cross the finish line in City Park.

Peck Road in Rutland will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the bike-to-run transition.

Traffic control personnel and RCMP will be visible and motorists will need to watch for athletes along the route. Minor delays can be expected as participants will be given the right of way when crossing Lakeshore Road at Truswell Road. Disruptions in traffic flow may occur along Highway 33 to Garner Road. Motorists are advised to plan their routes accordingly to avoid delays.

For race information and route details, visit ski2sea.ca.

For the most up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Knox Mountain Drive Fully Open
Explore the views at Knox Mountain Park

Thanks to great spring weather, Knox Mountain Drive is now fully open for the season. The winter gate opened a couple weeks ago while the City was waiting for temperatures to stop dipping below zero. The first lookout gate to the park is now also open.

Knox Mountain Drive is open to vehicles 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. Knox Mountain Park is open daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Spring is a great time to get out and explore everything Knox Mountain Park has to offer. Check out the unlimited views from the top of the mountain, pack a picnic lunch, play a game of catch with the kids, wander along the trails and smell the flowers starting to bloom.

For the safety of all park users and wildlife, dog owners are reminded that dogs must be on-leash when in the park. At the base of Knox Mountain is an off-leash dog park, where dogs are free to run and play; in all other areas please be courteous and keep your dog leashed. A maximum fine of $500 can be levied against any person not complying with these responsibilities.

For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Council Highlights
Mar. 31, 2014

Glenmore carwash

Council considered a rezoning application to allow for a carwash on 469 Glenmore Road and forwarded it to a Public Hearing on Tuesday April 15. Interested members of the public are encouraged to contact Council and/or attend the public hearing to state their views directly to Council.

Pleasantvale Lane road closure

Council gave first three readings for a bylaw to close a portion of land between Central Avenue and Cambridge Avenue to protect City and other public utilities within the road closure area, when they are consolidated with adjacent properties.

Lawrence Avenue Local Area Service

Council received information about the parcel tax for properties that benefitted from the Lawrence Avenue Local Service Area improvements. A 2014 Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 16 at 11:45am at City Hall.

Police Services Building

Council received the Sufficiency Report for the Kelowna Police Services Building Project, which will see borrowing of $42 million to complete the project. The Alternative Approval Process (AAP) closed on March 28 and did not result in enough petitions to stop the process.

NeighbourWoods trees going fast
Order your tree before they're gone

It’s been five days since the City of Kelowna opened registration for the 2014 NeighbourWoods program and now only 120 trees remain.

The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City, making it affordable for residents to “green” their neighbourhoods. This year’s trees are available at a cost of $30 per tree, including taxes. Interested residents are encouraged to visit kelowna.ca/parks to register for their tree before they’re gone – the Spring Snow Crabapple trees are already sold-out.

Each tree has its own unique characteristics, for example, the French Blue Scotch Pine is a low maintenance tree that’s drought tolerant and deer resistant, while the Black Hawk Mountain Ash is a great four-season tree with clusters of white flowers in the spring and outstanding orange leaves in the fall.

The City would like to remind residents that requesting a certain tree type does not guarantee that the applicant will get their first choice of tree as supply is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is restricted to one tree per household.

Since 2010, residents have purchased 1,800 discounted trees to plant on their properties through the program.

Okanagan College Half Marathon lane restrictions
Traffic Advisory

More than 600 runners will be participating in the annual Okanagan College Half Marathon and 10K running race on Sunday, April 6. Participants will start at Okanagan College (KLO Campus) at 8 a.m. and will be running north along Richter Street to Birch Avenue as they make their way downtown along the lakefront before returning to Okanagan College. Runners are expected to complete the race by 12 p.m. at the latest.

Intermittent one-lane closures will be in effect for eastbound traffic between 7:55 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Raymer Avenue from Campus Way to Richter Street, and to southbound traffic on Ethel Street from Raymer to Birch avenues. Possible minor disruptions in transit may occur along Ethel Street and Raymer Avenue.

Traffic control personnel will be visible and motorists will need to watch for athletes along the route.

Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca for route information.

Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for up to date road work, road closures and potential delays.

Your Transit – Your Say
BC Transit Public Service Announcement

Here’s your chance to tell us what you like about transit in the Central Okanagan and how we can work together to make the system more efficient and effective.  The Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation, and BC Transit are conducting ridership surveys on Tuesday April 1, 2014 and Wednesday April 2, 2014.

Surveys will be available on all transit buses in the Central Okanagan region. Transit staff will be found at most major transit exchanges spreading the word about the customer engagement process and collecting completed surveys.

 

You can also share your opinions online from April 1 to April 6, 2014 at www.bctransit.com/regions/kel and click on the survey link.  Residents are asked to only complete the survey once.

 

All transit users in the Central Okanagan are encouraged to participate in the survey.  This survey will help identify issues and opportunities to better meet the needs of the community and transit customers. By making transit more efficient and effective, existing customers will benefit and new customers will be enticed to leave their single-occupancy vehicles at home and make the smart, sustainable and affordable decision to ride a bus to work, school or to social engagements.

 

For more information on transit in Central Okanagan visit www.bctransit.com/regions/kel or call 250-860-8121.

Alternative Approval Process results
Opposing petitioners less than required 10 per cent

The Office of the City Clerk validated the results of the Alternate Approval Process for the new Kelowna Police Services Building and related project work.

This Alternative Approval Process to borrow $42,384,000 to construct a new Police Services Building and perform other related site work received an insufficient number of petitions opposing the project.

The number of petitioners opposed to the agreement was 198 or about 0.2 per cent of electors. This is below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484 residents) required to defeat the borrowing bylaw.

The Alternative Approval Processes concluded at 4 p.m. today.

City Council will receive a Certificate of Sufficiency for the process on Monday, March 31, during the afternoon Council meeting. The sufficiency reports are available online at kelowna.ca/council.

Portion of eastern Knox Mountain Park closed
Section of park closed for wildfire fuel mitigation

Effective immediately, the City of Kelowna will be temporarily closing a section of Knox Mountain Park. City crews will be starting wildfire fuel mitigation (the process of thinning, pruning and removing forest fuels) and completing the removal of hazardous trees. The work will be completed along the access road east of Clifton Road leading to Hepner’s Pond.

The main portion of Knox Mountain Park, west of Clifton road, will remain open.

Closed trails will be marked and spotters utilized to ensure the safety of park users. Residents are asked to obey the signs and follow the direction of safety personnel.

The work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., with the section re-opening in one month. Seasonal crews will continue manual tree felling and the thinning of the forest over the next few months.

For more information on urban forestry, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Cycling season safety depends on knowing the rules
Ride and drive aware

Now that spring has arrived, the warmer weather and longer days draw residents outside to bike and walk on Kelowna’s bike lanes and pathways.

Safety is paramount and relies on everyone’s awareness and understanding of how to interact with other road or path users. Riders are encouraged to review the City of Kelowna’s Traffic Bylaws that pertain to cycling. In particular, all riders are required to wear a bicycle helmet and obey the rules of the road, proper pathway etiquette and  remember that cycling is not permitted on sidewalks.

Motorists are asked to drive aware, obey posted speed limits and to share all roads with cyclists paying particular attention within school zones. Parking or driving in bike lanes throughout Kelowna is not permitted and motorists should be mindful of these rules at all times.

"If everyone is predicable and abides by traffic rules, it significantly reduces the risk of an accident," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator for the Central Okanagan. “The popularity of bike riding continues to grow as families and individuals incorporate cycling into their daily lives for both transportation and recreation. Whether walking, biking or driving, consider others; being patient and vigilant ensures that we all get to our destinations safely.”

An experienced cyclist himself, Kittmer says it is much more comfortable riding on the road with traffic when you know the rules and have a planned route. He suggests cyclists visit bikesense.bc.ca for bicycle safety tips and regulations. “When you follow the rules of the road, drivers respect you and are better able to interact with you safely.” The City of Kelowna and Kelowna and Area Cycling Coalition offer cycling skills programs for those interested in cycling but are concerned about doing so on roadways.

The City of Kelowna is currently sweeping all bike lanes and most roadways. To make riding safer and more enjoyable, bike lanes in Kelowna are swept several times during spring and summer. Kelowna continues to expand upon the almost 300 kilometres of on-street bike lanes and more than 80 kilometres of shared-use pathways.

Cyclists are also encouraged to lock up their rides. The City of Kelowna offers bicycle locker rental on a monthly basis in the Pandosy Village and downtown Kelowna areas. To incent businesses to support cycling, qualifying businesses can receive a bike rack installed at a 50 per cent discount, through the City of Kelowna’s Cost Shared Bike Rack Program.

This year Bike to Work and School Week is May 26 to June 1 and the community is encouraged to sign up for this much anticipated, fun community event. Cycle to work or school with colleagues, family or friends and enjoy fun support stations along the way all week. For more on Bike to Work Week and cycling in the Central Okanagan, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

A map of cycling routes in Kelowna is available at local bike shops or online at kelowna.ca/transportation.

New Flyer MiDi Bus trial to begin in Kelowna
BC Transit news release

KELOWNA – BC Transit and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC are teaming up to test a new medium-duty bus in the Kelowna Regional Transit System. The 35-foot New Flyer MiDi® demonstration bus will be in revenue service until April 13, 2014. Customers can expect to see the bus on Routes #15 Crawford, #16 Kettle Valley and #17 Southridge. The demonstration project will provide both New Flyer and BC Transit information on the operating performance of the vehicle.

The New Flyer MiDi® comes in both 30-feet (9 metres) and 35-feet (10.6 metres) lengths, with a choice of either one or two doors, a low floor entry-way and a 1:6 sloped wheelchair ramp to provide excellent accessibility to passengers with strollers or mobility aids. The streamlined design of the MiDi® is sleek and stylish with lots of natural light from the large windows, and was built with special consideration for weight optimization. The result is a lighter, more fuel efficient transit vehicle with exceptional maneuverability.

The demonstration bus, operating in the Kelowna region, has two doors and the capacity to seat 32 passengers and room for up to 33 standees.

“Transit use in Kelowna continues to grow as people recognize the benefit of taking the bus to school, work and other travel destinations,” said Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “BC Transit strives to meet the public’s expectation for efficient, comfortable bus service by testing new vehicles to see if they meet the needs of our region. As a result, the 76-bus Kelowna fleet currently has four different types of vehicles, of which 62 are conventional size, including seven double-deckers, and 14 smaller buses.”

“BC Transit is always looking at innovative technologies, including new vehicle configurations, that will allow us to better serve our customers across British Columbia,” said BC Transit President and CEO Manuel Achadinha. “We welcome the opportunity to test the New Flyer MiDi®.”

“We’re very excited about the niche market the MiDi® is positioned in and we are confident that we have a product design that will satisfy the unfulfilled needs of customers in the transit market,” said Paul Soubry, President and Chief Executive Officer, New Flyer Industries. “The MiDi® is also an excellent complement to our current product line-up with the added benefit of being a proven product that we manufacture, source parts for, provide service and support for right here in North America.”

The New Flyer MiDi® is engineered by Alexander Dennis, the largest manufacturer of buses in the United Kingdom with more than 16,000 buses of this type delivered worldwide. Based off this proven design the New Flyer MiDi® was designed for the North American transit market with locally sourced parts and manufactured in one of New Flyer’s North America facilities. This medium-duty bus is tested to a 10-year 350,000 mile (560,000 km) life, with an above industry standard warranty program and fully supported by New Flyer’s Aftermarket, Service, Publications, and Warranty support network.

For more information on the Kelowna Regional Transit system please consult www.bctransit.com/regions/kel or call 250.860.8121.

NeighbourWoods trees looking to put down roots
Residents can order their tree starting March 28

In the pursuit of growing Kelowna’s urban canopy, the City of Kelowna is running its NeighbourWoods program again this spring. The residential planting initiative is designed to make our neighbourhoods greener by providing residents the opportunity to purchase trees at a reduced cost.

Interested residents can order their tree from March 28 until April 11. For information on how to sign up for a tree in the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/parks under NeighbourWoods.

“Trees provide a number benefits for our City,” says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “They improve air quality, reduce energy consumption and increase quality of life. It is important that we continue to grow and preserve our urban forest for future generations.”

This year, 350 trees will be available at a cost of $30/tree, including taxes. Registrants will have a choice of four trees, each with their own unique characteristics. This year’s selection includes the Black Hawk Mountain Ash, Spring Snow Crabapple, Northwood Maple and French Blue Scotch Pine.

Residents will be able to pick up their tree at the NeighbourWoods event on Saturday, April 26. Councilor Robert Hobson will be participating in the event by planting a tree in the Arboretum. Trees will be available for pick up from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mission Recreation Park Arboretum.

Since 2010, residents have purchased more than 1,800 discounted trees to plant on their properties - helping to make Kelowna a greener place.

Council Highlights
Mar. 24, 2014

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

Council received the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art Annual Report. Highlights included plans for 2014, diverse programming, providing links to the City of Kelowna’s Cultural Plan, and nourishing community partnerships.

2014 Carryovers

Council received Volume 2 of the 2014 Financial Plan for review, including carryover items for multi-year projects or those that were not completed in 2013. Carryovers do not have an impact on taxation. Some projects included in the 2014 carryovers include the Ellis Street and Library Parkades, Cedar Creek Pump Station, Pandosy Village Transit Exchange and Kelowna International Airport’s Drive to 1.6 Million Passengers.

Lakeshore Road safety enhancements

Council approved the design, property acquisition and construction of Lakeshore Road between Dehart and McClure Roads. Construction will occur in 2014 and 2015 and will address traffic flow and safety concerns in the area and around Anne McClymont Elementary School.

Tourist destination signage

Council received information about tourist-oriented destination signs and approved the related policy. Tourism Oriented Destination Signs (TODS) work to direct tourists from the highway, to local tourist destinations/attractions. The new policy will help visitors and residents get to major attractions, reduce roadside sign clutter, decrease driver confusion and create a safer road network by ensuring signage does not compete with other important traffic control devices.

Raising awareness one switch at a time
Earth Hour is on March 29

Kelowna’s skyline may seem a little dimmer this weekend. The World Wildlife Fund’s eighth annual Earth Hour will take place Saturday, March 29. Mayor Walter Gray is encouraging all Kelowna residents and businesses to participate in Earth Hour to help raise awareness for global sustainability.

“Earth Hour is an opportunity to show our support for a greener future,” said Mayor Gray. “The City of Kelowna will be turning off its lights at City Hall and Stuart Park with the exception of safety lights and those that are hard-wired.”

Interested participants are asked to turn off unnecessary lights and appliances for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The City reminds citizens to keep safety in mind before turning off all the lights in their homes or businesses.

Earth Hour is a global event highlighting the importance of conserving energy and working together to tackle climate change. It started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia, with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off for one hour. It has grown into a global symbolic climate change initiative with more than 7,000 cities and towns in 154 countries and territories switching off last year.

For information on the City’s sustainability initiatives, visit kelowna.ca/environment.

Budget carryover requests approved
2014 Budget

Approximately $93 million in operating and capital carryover expenditures will be added to the City of Kelowna’s 2014 budget. Carryovers do not add to the taxation demand for 2014.

Carryover requests approved by City Council on Monday are for multi-year projects set for completion in 2014. Some of those include Stuart Park Phase 2, Rails with Trails, transit improvements, the Bernard Avenue Revitalization, purchase of a new ladder truck for the Fire Department and Kelowna International Airport’s Drive to 1.6 Million Passengers.

“The carryover of 2013 projects is the second step in a three stage budget process that can be quite complicated considering the size and diversity of City operations,” says Financial Planning Manager Genelle Davidson. “That’s why we keep working to make information about the City budget as clear as possible and easy to access. Check out kelowna.ca/budget for details and to sign up for email updates.”

In 2013, the Government Finance Officers Association presented the City of Kelowna with a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the City’s 2013-2017 Financial Plan. This is the 12th consecutive year that the City has earned the award.

Review and adoption of the final budget is set for May 5, when the final tax rate will be set. Council approved a provisional tax increase at 2.49 per cent during budget deliberations last December. The increase translates into an additional annual cost of approximately $42 for the owner of an average $451,440 single-family Kelowna home.

For more information about the 2014 budget, visit kelowna.ca/budget.

Knox Mountain Drive reopens
News Release

Knox Mountain Drive will re-open tomorrow morning, March 22.

Now that the warmer weather is upon us, the winter gate is open for vehicle traffic for park users to access the first lookout. Vehicles are restricted from accessing the upper portions of the road at this point until the weather permits a full opening, though park users are still able to venture higher in the park by foot or bike. The first lookout gate will be open in a week or two after temperatures no longer dip below zero.

Knox Mountain Drive is open to vehicles 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Knox Mountain Park is open daily between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

For the safety of all park users and wildlife, dog owners are reminded that dogs must be on-leash when in the park. At the base of Knox Mountain is an off-leash dog park, where dogs are free to run and play; in all other areas please be courteous and keep your dog leashed. A maximum fine of $500 can be levied against any person not complying with these responsibilities.

For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Spring street sweep has begun
Public Service Announcement

Spring has sprung up around the Central Okanagan and that means it’s time for the annual street sweep.

City of Kelowna crews are preparing to clean up the winter debris and they’re asking residents to help get the job done properly.

Street sweeping removes the dirt and sand that has accumulated on the roads and bike lanes during the winter. This is an important clean-up operation because it makes a smoother and safer ride for cyclists and motorists. Residents are asked to move their vehicles and sports equipment (such as basketball hoops and hockey nets) from the road so the sweepers can effectively clean the streets in one pass.

Signs will be placed in each neighbourhood 24 hours before the sweeping will occur. This gives residents time to move their vehicles from the roads. If it rains, sweeping will be postponed until the roads are dry.

The City is committed to quality customer service and the safety of our residents.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/transportation.

Online input closes this Sunday for Our Rutland
Public Service Announcement

Following on the heels of the first round of public engagement in February for $100K Worth of Ideas for Our Rutland, residents have until midnight on Sunday, March 23 to indicate which projects they prefer for the Rutland Town Centre.

“Twenty-five residents participated at an open house to vote for their top two favourites and more than 130 people have connected online, but we’re reaching out to the community one last time before we identify the final project,” said project manager, Michelle Kam.

Once the results are in, a feasibility analysis will be undertaken to determine detailed costs and ensure the project is within scope.

Proposed projects include:

  • Aurora Park Enhancements
  • Community Mural Program
  • Fitness/Urban Movement Park
  • Public Market Space
  • Roxby Park Enhancements

Residents are invited to visit Our Rutland at getinvolved.kelowna.ca and register as a participant.

Final project selection will be announced in early April and is proposed to be in place this fall.

Stay informed and subscribe to e-Updates at kelowna.ca.

Council Highlights
Mar. 17, 2014

Ballet Kelowna

Council received a presentation of Ballet Kelowna’s Annual Report. Highlights include a new business plan, including recruitment of a new Artistic Director, strengthening earned income and investing in new audiences.

Tourism Kelowna

Council received a presentation of Tourism Kelowna’s Annual Report. Highlights include events such as the Wine Country Half Marathon and winning the bid for the 2014 Western Canadian Bantam Hockey Championships.

Civic Award Finalists

Council received a report from staff about the 39th Annual Civic and Community Award finalists. For a full list of the 17 categories and associated finalists, visit kelowna.ca/residents. Tickets for the awards night held on May 1 will go on sale March 17, 2014, and are available by phoning 250-469-8811.

 

Mayor Gray announces his intentions
Will not run in Nov. 2014 election

Mayor Walter Gray will not seek re-election in the Nov. 15 municipal election.

The mayor informed his Council colleagues of his decision earlier this week.

“As a courtesy to any others who may wish to seek the position, it is important that I make my intentions known at this time,” said Mayor Gray. “However, we still have a lot of work to do in the next eight months and I expect our Council team to remain focused on following through on our plans.”

Mayor Gray was first elected as a councilor in 1986, serving in two terms before being elected mayor in 1996 and re-elected mayor in 1999, 2002 and 2011.

“This last Council has been the perfect formula for Kelowna – such a motivated, disciplined and decisive group focused on efficiency and streamlining city processes,” said Mayor Gray. “We really have a collective vision that we’re going to move opportunities forward and make sure our citizens are engaged early in the decision making process.”

He said improving all forms of transportation has been a priority throughout his time in public service. He cites the Mission Greenway, Rails With Trails and the growing network of off-road paths as essential to getting more people out of their cars.

“At the same time, I have been advocating for a second crossing of the lake for 18 years, and I think we now have the ear of the Premier -- because the W.R. Bennett Bridge is going to reach its capacity by 2025 or 2027.”

Kelowna’s municipally-owned international airport is another point of pride for Mayor Gray, who served as chairman of the airport committee during his three terms as mayor.

“I entered public office knowing that YLW is the single biggest asset to Kelowna’s business opportunities and lifestyle. In those 18 years, it’s gone from the 17th busiest airport in Canada to the 10th busiest – passing places like Hamilton, Regina and Saskatoon.”

Mayor Gray says he also believes that “healthy cities need a healthy downtown” and has supported efforts to enhance town centres for commercial and residential appeal.

“Also in the last three years, something else I’ve found gratifying is Council’s progress in building stronger, respectful relationships with Westbank First Nation and the Okanagan Indian Band. And, more generally, embracing the importance of diversity for our community.”  

Mayor Gray says he’ll leave office “knowing the dye is cast on a number of important projects that will be completed during the next term of Council.” Some of those projects include an Interior Health building downtown, two new downtown parkades, John Hindle Drive, Phase 2 of Stuart Park, City Park  improvements and, pending public approval processes, construction of the new Kelowna Police Services building and a boutique hotel and convention centre on Queensway Avenue.

Other highlights

  • Mayor Gray was an early proponent of the triple-P approach (Public-Private Partnerships) for large infrastructure projects such as Prospera Place. Kelowna was the first municipality in B.C. to employ the 3P strategy.
  • Supporting a shift to increased public engagement through new technologies and an emphasis on early notification and consultation with citizens and stakeholders.
  • Serving on the Premier’s Task Force on Homelessness, Mental Illness and Addictions. Resulting in partnerships with BC Housing to build four apartments in Kelowna to shelter some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.
  • Fundraising chairman as a private citizen for the Central Okanagan Hospice House, raising $3.7 million. Campaign chair of Okanagan University College’s Bold Horizons $4 million campaign for a new gymnasium and campus improvements. That campus is now University of British Columbia Okanagan.
  • Creating an Arts District downtown and advancing the arts as a viable business and cultural initiative for the city.
City announces Civic Awards finalists
Award recipients revealed at awards May 1

In just under two months, the City will name the recipients of the 39th Annual Civic and Community Awards -- a decision that will prove just as difficult as selecting this year’s category finalists, which were announced today. The Civic and Community Awards are the City of Kelowna’s premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through 12 categories and 17 awards.

“It was a record breaking year for the number of nominations we received, which made our selection committee’s job even harder,” says Jim Gabriel, Divisional Director, Active Living and Culture. “Kelowna is a great place to live not only because of our surroundings but more so because of the people who live and work in this community. The awards capture how inspired we are as a community and highlight our residents, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference by enhancing the lives of others and making our city a better place to live.”

2013 award finalists by category are:   (finalists are listed in alphabetical order)

Fred Macklin Memorial - Man of the Year

  • Jim Belshaw
  • Sean Pihl
  • Darryl Reuter

Sarah Donalda-Treadgold Memorial - Woman of the Year

  • Carole Bridges
  • Jody Pihl
  • Rose Sexsmith

Young Male of the Year

  • Johnathan Charlton
  • John Gay
  • Kolby Zinger-Harris

Young Female of the Year

  • Melissa Curatolo
  • Freya Kellet
  • Pauline Schrott

Central Okanagan Foundation – Volunteer Organization of the Year

  • Freedom’s Door
  • Hands in Service
  • Seniors Outreach Society

Corporate Community of the Year Award

Small /Medium Business

  • Mavazi Apparel
  • Pace Sports Fitness
  • Urban Harvest

 Large Business

  • Cooper’s Foods, Rutland
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • Royal LePage

Honour in the Arts

  • Jan Harvey
  • Yuriko Larson
  • Glenna Turbull

Teen Honour in the Arts

  • Mikayla Jones
  • Mandy Jong
  • Marko Prodanovic

Female Augie Ciancone Memorial

  • Hannah Johnson
  • Jacquline Sellers
  • Carys Swann

Male Augie Ciancone Memorial

  • Liam Duncan
  • Josiah Joseph
  • Aaron Stroda

Bryan Couling Memorial – Athletic Team of the Year

  • Kelowna Christian School Senior Boys Basketball Team
  • Kelowna Christian School Senior Girls Volleyball Team
  • UBCO Heat, Women’s Cross-Country Running Team

Bob Giordano Memorial

  • Dino Gini
  • Dan Proulx
  • John Sharples

Male Athlete of the year

  • Alex Hart
  • Eric Neilson
  • Josh Zakala

Female Athlete of the Year

  • Julianne Delaurier
  • Danielle Gruber
  • Keely Watts-Watling

Champion for the Environment

Individual

  • John Campbell McInnes
  • Jenica Frisque
  • Judie Steeves

Business

  • House of Rose Winery
  • London Drugs
  • Summerhill Winery

Award recipients from each category will be revealed on Thursday, May 1 as part of the gala ceremony taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

Tickets will be available March 17 at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please call 250-469-8811.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/residents.

City fields closed despite warm weather
Public Service Annoucement

The City of Kelowna would like to remind residents that call City sports fields are still closed.

Residents and sport teams are asked to respect all field closure signs. The grass needs to be actively growing and the fields need to dry out before the upcoming spring and summer seasons to ensure the best quality turf for recreational use.

For those itching to get out there, there are four practice fields open for use: Walrod Park, Johnson Park, the practice area at Mission Recreation Park (area with the goal net off Gordon Dr. at Lexington Dr.) and the practice field at Parkinson Recreation Park. Teams still need to book the space through the City. In addition, the artificial turf sports field at Mission Recreation Park is open.

City sports fields are scheduled to reopen April 7.

For booking information, visit kelowna.ca/recreation

 

Slide upgrade coming to Quilchena Park
Public Service Annoucement

The City of Kelowna will be removing the long hillside slide at Quilchena Park on Tuesday, March 18.

The slide is scheduled to be replaced this year and the old slide will be removed for safety considerations.

Families will still be able to safely enjoy the other play structures at the park, including the water park when it opens for the season May 17.

The new slide and safety surfacing will be installed later this summer.

For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

 

Residents to indicate favourite projects for Our Rutland
Public Service Announcement

Phase 2 of Our Rutland is underway and residents are invited to indicate their top two favourite project ideas online or at an open house.

“In collaboration with the Rutland Community Panel, we are pleased to unveil the five potential projects which contain a mix of ideas received during the first round of public engagement held February 3 to the 21,” said project manager, Michelle Kam. “Once we know what proposed projects residents prefer, we will carry out a feasibility analysis to determine detailed costs and ensure the project can be realized by September.”

 Projects in no particular order include:

  • Roxby Park Enhancements
  • Fitness/Urban Movement Park
  • Public Market Space
  • Aurora Park Enhancements
  • Community Mural Program

Residents can have their say online by visiting Our Rutland at getinvolved.kelowna.ca until March 23, or attend the open house at the Rutland Activity Centre located at 765 Dodd Rd., Thursday, March 13, 4 - 6 p.m.

Final project selection and next steps will be announced in early April. Stay informed and subscribe to e-Updates at kelowna.ca.

Pesticide registry deadline approaching
Public Service Annoucement

The deadline for Kelowna residents to register with the City of Kelowna’s Pesticide Notification Registry is Saturday, March 15.

The Pesticide Notification Registry is for residential property owners in Kelowna who wish to be informed when pesticides are scheduled to be applied on abutting properties.

Residents can register online at kelowna.ca/environment by providing their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or previous-day notification and reasons for registering.

Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556, faxing 250-862-3314 or mailing applications to the City of Kelowna Development Services, 1435 Water Street Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J4.

For more information, to register online or to inquire about Pesticide Free educational items, visit kelowna.ca/environment.

Council Highlights
Mar. 3, 2014

Okanagan Symphony

Council received the Okanagan Symphony’s Annual Report. Highlights include quality orchestra performances, exceptional guest artists, extensive youth outreach and unique collaborations.

Grant for Ballet Kelowna

Council approved the 2014 Professional Arts Operating Grant of $30,000 for the Kelowna Ballet Society. A review of the Society’s budgets, financial statements, business plan and attendance indicated the organization has stabilized and is poised for future success.

Climate Action

Council received information on the City’s climate action progress made in 2013 and plans for 2014 to meet the requirements for the provincial Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program grant. Highlights from 2013 include expansion of active transportation networks, completion of the Rutland Transit Exchange, smartTRIPS Springvalley, new seedlings and trees in parks and private properties and received the FCM Sustainable Communities Award.

Street Sweeping Downtown

Council approved the purchase of a sidewalk sweeper for the Downtown Kelowna Association (DKA). The DKA will rent-to-own the sweeper from the City of Kelowna and provide sweeping and scrubbing services to the downtown area, including Bernard Avenue, the Queensway transit exchanges and parkades.

Snowbirds

Council authorized a Canadian Forces Snowbirds fly-over during the Rotary Airshow event on July 30, 2014.

Changing seasons: hurry hard to Stuart Park
Public Service Announcement

This has been the longest skating season ever for the Stuart Park ice rink, but all good things must come to an end.

Today is the last day for residents to enjoy outdoor public skating, as conditions mid-day are softening the ice.

However, tomorrow morning the rink will be turned into a temporary curling rink from 8:30 to 10 a.m. for residents who have always wanted to try their hand at throwing a curling stone down the ice. The Kelowna Curling Club will host this fun event to introduce people to a sport they might consider taking up at the downtown North End facility.

With winter transitioning to spring, Kasugai Gardens will open Wednesday for the season. The gardens will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Victoria Day weekend. Throughout the summer months the gardens will be open until 8 p.m. and after Labour Day weekend when the gardens again close at 5 p.m.

Kasugai Gardens provides a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden such as stone lanterns, pine trees and a waterfall and pond. The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981.

For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

 

Last week for Pandosy Waterfront feedback
Public Service Annoucement

Kelowna residents are invited to visit City Hall until Friday to see the models and design drawings created by 30 community volunteers during last week’s charrette for Pandosy Waterfront. Feedback about the designs will also be collected until this Friday, March 7.

Next week, City staff will start reviewing feedback that has been collected since January through emails, phone calls, the online engagement tool, as well as two public review sessions and an open house attended by more than 250 people.

Input will be analysed and provided to City Council along with the charrette designs in April.

For project information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects and to share your final thoughts, go to getinvolved.kelowna.ca.

Have your say on Parking in South Pandosy
Public Service Annoucement

Residents, business owners and frequenters of the South Pandosy area are encouraged to come out and discuss parking challenges and opportunities at a Coffee & Conversation public meeting Wednesday, March 5, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Blenz Coffee, 2823 Pandosy St. in Kelowna.

Feedback from the Coffee & Conversation meeting will inform a plan to improve parking availability and customer service options related to parking in the area, which will be brought before council for approval later in the spring.

Unable to attend the coffee and conversation meeting? Information and feedback for the City’s Parking Management Strategy will also be collected online at kelowna.ca/parking until March 14. Residents can also receive the most up-to-date information by subscribing to Parking Management e-Updates.

Ice rink open as long as cold weather stays
Public Service Announcement

Spring is coming but with the late season cold weather, the City of Kelowna has been able to keep the ice rink at Stuart Park open.

City staff has confirmed the rink will be open this weekend and for as long as the cold weather continues.

A date has not been set to close the rink, but it will close for the season on the first day weather conditions cause the ice to deteriorate. Temperatures are forecast to rise by next week.

Residents are encouraged to grab their skates for one last go around this weekend and to visit kelowna.ca for more information.

 

Yard Waste Pick Up Back On
RDCO News Release

It may be tough to find your yard under this latest blanket of snow, but yard waste collection is back on!

Starting this Monday, March 3rd, all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.

Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pick up).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to the Living Greener Calendar  at  regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the convenient  smartphone app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp.  This gives you the information of the Living Greener Calendar in the palm of your hand!

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “Last year alone we collected almost 14,600 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.”

Stewart adds, “Collecting yard waste separately means it can all be composted, saving valuable landfill space and reducing unnecessary traffic congestion at the landfill. Your collected yard waste is turned into compost known as GlenGrow, great for amending your garden soil, so it’s most important to keep the yard waste free of any plastic or garbage.”

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. Please make sure the lid is closed, and that you don’t put any garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth, or kitchen scraps into the yard waste cart.

Accepted items include:

  • Leaves, needles
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Garden plants
  • Fruit droppings
  • Grass clippings
  • Branches and pruning’s up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

Up to two additional 360 litre yard waste carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional yard waste carts and collection options, contact your municipality or follow the links at regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

To purchase GlenGrow compost please call 250.469.8868.

 

Final Phase of the Bernard Avenue revitalization to start
Construction begins March 3 from Ellis to Pandosy streets

The final phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna’s “Main Street” gets underway on Monday, March 3 from Ellis to Pandosy streets.

“This Bernard Avenue project has really led the way in the revitalization of our downtown,” said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. “We’re starting to see the beginning of a lot of really exciting developments and plans that will make downtown a hub for the community.”

During construction it will be business as usual for restaurants, retail outlets and the unique shops that give Bernard Avenue its distinct character. Walkways and access to businesses will be maintained.

“We’ve had successes as well as challenges in the delivery of this project but in the end hope we have met the expectation of residents and the business community,” said Berry. “I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say we can’t wait to see the finished product.”

The $14-million improvements will see four lanes narrowed into two lanes and a centre turning lane, expanded outdoor retail and cafe space, wider sidewalks for pedestrians, street furniture, intersection plazas, landscaping and replacement of utilities.

The existing trees were evaluated prior to the start of the project but removal was necessary because of their declining health and the need to improve sidewalk drainage and pedestrian circulation. The new trees, which are Skyline Honey Locust, are a species more appropriate for urban settings. About 140 new trees will be planted along Bernard Avenue in total in all phases, while about 70 will be removed.

Final paving, finishing work and permanent road markings of the previous phase between St. Paul and Ellis streets will occur this spring with completion of the revitalization scheduled for June 2014.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to keep up-to-date and to learn more about other projects happening downtown this summer.

Council Highlights
Feb. 17, 2014

Heritage Week

Council received an update on the Central Okanagan Heritage Society’s activities, grants program and information about Heritage Week events, running Feb. 17 to 23.

Development application signage

Council received a report about the Development Application Process Review implementation. Completed improvements include updates to the application submission process, restructuring of departments to more efficiently handle and process files, enhancements to the mapping and tracking system, consistently branded “It’s your neighbourhood” signage and templates, and formalized policies.

Rental housing

Council approved the 2014 Rental Housing Grants, helping to increase the supply of rental housing in Kelowna. The vacancy rate in Kelowna has dropped from 4 per cent to 1.8 per cent, which could have an effect on monthly rental rates. The 2014 grants will add 70 new units at Pleasantvale and 12 at 550 Rowcliffe Ave.

Shoreline stabilization

Council endorsed the application for a $30,000 grant from the Okanagan Basin Water Board for the Strathcona Park Shoreline Stabilization Project, which will see improvements along Royal Avenue to Strathcona Park.

Public Art

Council received an annual update on the City’s Public Art Program. Plans for 2014 include updating the Public Art brochure, a Cool Arts Society project, development of a new piece for the Police Services building, relocation of the Queensway Running Man, initiation of a temporary public art program and a signage project at the foot of W.R. Bennett Bridge.

Police Services Building AAP

Council endorsed the alternative approval process to borrow $42 million for the Police Services Building Project. Two open houses are scheduled for Mar. 6 and 10 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Royal Anne Hotel. Staff will be available to answer questions about the building and related project work. For more information, go to kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

 

Pandosy Waterfront moves from online to in-person
Public engagement process

At the end of this week, the public engagement process for the Pandosy Waterfront moves from collecting feedback online to a more up-close and personal approach.

“About 30 volunteers from across the community will roll up their sleeves and work together for two days at a design charrette,” said Graham Hood, Strategic Land Use Manager for the City of Kelowna. “The volunteers will craft a plan for City-owned lakefront property, north of Cedar Avenue on Abbott Street and will come up with a set of design guidelines to shape the future development of the South Pandosy neighbourhood.”

Input will be collected through the online engagement tool at getinvolved.kelowna.ca until Friday Feb. 21. The ideas recorded will feed into the charrette, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26.

For those not directly involved in the charrette, there are still opportunities to follow the charrette progress, check out the work of the participants and share thoughts about the outcomes.

Public Charrette Review Sessions
Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26
6:30 - 8 p.m.
St. Paul's United Church - 3131 Lakeshore Rd.

Open House
Thursday, Feb. 27
5 - 8 p.m.
St. Paul's United Church - 3131 Lakeshore Rd.

The charrette information will also be posted at getinvolved.kelowna.ca for those that can’t attend in person. Feedback after these opportunities will be collected until March 7.

For project information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects and to start sharing your ideas, go to getinvolved.kelowna.ca.

Proposed new Police Building for Kelowna
City Council initiated an alternative approval process

City Council initiated an alternative approval process on Monday to borrow $42.4 million to replace a police building that is too small to meet Kelowna’s policing needs and no longer meets national police and building code standards.

The process seeks Kelowna electors’ approval to borrow funds needed to complete all construction, site, utility and roadway work for a new police services building on the corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street.

“Maintaining a safe community is a priority for our citizens – the City’s 2012 Citizens Survey ranked protective services as the top priority for community investment,” said John Vos, Infrastructure Division Director with the City of Kelowna. “We need to invest in protective services to give the RCMP the support system and efficiencies they need to keep Kelowna neighbourhoods, business areas and downtown safe.”

The existing police services building was built in 1962 when the City’s population was around 14,000. Over the next 50 years, it was renovated and expanded numerous times. Under the Municipal Policing Agreement, the City is required to provide adequate accommodations for the RCMP to perform their work within a set of nationally applied policing standards. Our current infrastructure does not meet those standards and poses a potential risk to effective policing in our community.

The new Kelowna Police Services Building is proposed as a centralized facility for operations currently located at 350 Doyle Avenue, Windsor Road and other offsite storage facilities. A centralized detachment will significantly improve efficiencies and effectiveness of police services in Kelowna and provide flexibility for long-term growth.

Under the alternative approval process, municipal voters will have 30 days, closing March 28, to object to the borrowing. The project will proceed if fewer than 10 per cent of electors object.

The elector response forms will be available starting Feb. 18 at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall, Parkinson Recreation Centre at 1800 Parkinson Way and the City’s website, kelowna.ca. Regardless of the location from which the form was obtained, the forms must be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk on the second floor of City Hall before 4 p.m. on March 28.

“If fewer than 10 per cent of electors object, funds will be borrowed through the Municipal Finance Authority and will be paid back over a 30-year term,” said Vos. The payback equates to $40 a year per household or $3.33 per month.

Residents will have an opportunity to find out more, view project panels, ask questions and discuss the project with City staff at two open houses on:

Thursday March 6 & Monday March 10
3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The Royal Anne Hotel
348 Bernard Avenue

For more information about the project and the alternative approval process, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects under Police Services.

Last week to share ideas for “Our Rutland”
Public Service Annoucement

The “Our Rutland” initiative is generating some great ideas. Our Rutland Community Panel and City staff have been out in the area since the program was launched Feb. 3, asking the community to share their $100K Worth of Ideas to be invested in the Rutland Town Centre.

In addition to meeting with people, the City’s online forum – getinvolved.kelowna.ca – has had 3,003 visitors and 1,045 exchanges (combined comments/ratings of ideas) on 93 proposed ideas. Online input will close this Friday at midnight.

“We’re getting a great response,” said project manager Michelle Kam. “Ideas being submitted include street markets, gardens or park amenities, art murals and landscaping. It’s exciting to see the community come up with what they would like to see in the town centre.”

Residents who do not have online access are invited to drop off their ideas at the Uptown Rutland Office at 148 Valleyview Rd. Ideas can also be emailed to ourRutland@kelowna.ca.

The next step will be to present the community with a shortlist of ideas. People can indicate support for their favourite ideas in mid-March online or at an open house (date to be determined).

In partnership with Our Rutland Community Panel, funds will be available for projects – either one large project or several smaller projects to be realized by the fall.

Receive the most up-to-date information by visiting kelowna.ca to subscribe to Our Rutland e-Updates.

Register for pesticide spray notification
Before March 15

Kelowna residents who wish to be informed when pesticide spraying occurs close to their homes are asked to register with the City of Kelowna’s Pesticide Notification Registry before March 15.

“Since certified applicants are still able to apply chemical pesticides, we want to make sure residents have the option of knowing when spraying is taking place in their area,” said Environmental Coordinator, Corey Davis. “This is a valuable service for those who want to minimize their exposure to pesticides.”

Residents must sign up each year for the registry to be kept accurate and up to date. Those included in the 2013 registry must register again if they wish to be included in this year’s notification program.

The City’s pesticide bylaw came into effect Jan. 1, 2009 and it restricts the use of cosmetic pesticides by homeowners on residential properties. Pesticide applicators who are provincially certified can apply to be exempt from the bylaw.

Registrants are notified by commercial spray operators on the day before or the same day as the pesticide is applied to abutting residential properties. The registry notification does not cover pesticide application on agricultural properties.

Residents can register online at kelowna.ca/environment, by providing their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day-before notification and reasons for registering.

Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556, faxing 250-862-3314 or mailing applications to the City of Kelowna Development Services, 1435 Water Street Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J4.

For more information, to register online or to inquire about Pesticide Free educational items, visit kelowna.ca/environment.

Mayor delivers message of momentum to Chamber
Accomplishments & aspirations for the years ahead

During his annual presentation to the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce today, Mayor Walter Gray emphasized the multi-year nature of how progress happens in the City of Kelowna.

The mayor provided business and community leaders with a detailed account of accomplishments from the past year and outlined aspirations for the years ahead.

“A number of the things Council inherited or initiated in our first year are just now coming to fruition,” said Mayor Gray, who noted this Council is in the final nine months of its three-year mandate.

As examples of how Council has worked to invigorate downtown Kelowna, the mayor cited plans to build an Interior Health Authority property downtown, recent development announcements for Central Green, the Bernard Avenue revitalization, the Monaco towers and progress on plans to develop the Willow Inn site.

“We are gaining momentum and we see a number of opportunities coming forward that will help grow our economy and enhance citizens’ quality of life,” said Mayor Gray.

He also noted investments worth $25 million in Rutland during the past two years, along with plans to engage the community in designing a plan for the Pandosy Waterfront. Mayor Gray also described a multi-million dollar plan for Lakeshore road improvements and bridge replacement.

“We are, first and foremost careful financial managers… that helps create a positive atmosphere for businesses to invest in Kelowna, and it helps us build and invest in priorities important to our residents and businesses.”

Investments in community safety, public engagement, innovation and opportunities for active living are among the priorities for the future.

“We are laying the groundwork for a city that is a positive place to invest in for many years to come and a great place to call home.”

The Mayor’s State of the City presentation is available at kelowna.ca/council.

Smoke in hills is from pine beetle mitigation
Public Service Annoucement

Smoke coming from the rural area north of the Glenmore Landfill between Glenmore Road and Highway 97 is coming from piles of trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Wildfire beetle-kill mitigation has been happening on the Eldorado Ranch property for a number of months. Large piles of non-marketable wood are being burned when the venting index is appropriate.

The property, hit hard by beetle infestation, has large equipment, personnel and water trucks on site and will only burn with the snow on the ground. The property owners use this land for their cattle range and are reducing the risk of wildfire, while keeping the healthy trees.

For more information about pine beetle, visit the Urban Forestry page at kelowna.ca.

Pandosy Waterfront Charrette Sign Up
Sign-up by Tuesday, Feb. 11

A two-day charrette (urban design workshop) Feb. 25 and 26 will be part of the process to craft a new plan for Pandosy Waterfront.

“The engagement process is underway to develop design guidelines for the neighbourhood, much like we did for the Downtown Plan, along with a site design for the seven City-owned lakefront properties on Abbott Street, just north of Cedar Avenue,” said Graham Hood, Strategic Land Development Manager for the City of Kelowna. “Our online engagement tool continues to be very active and the next step is the charrette.”

About 25 to 30 volunteers will participate, representing the diverse interests of the neighbourhood and Kelowna as a whole. The goal is to have a balanced group, looking at a variety of perspectives to come up with the best solution for the site - residents, businesses and community organizations will all be involved.

To sign up as a neighbourhood resident or as a Kelowna resident-at-large for the charrette, email aearle@kelowna.ca by end of day Feb. 11 with your name and contact information. Stakeholder groups have been contacted directly. If there are several volunteers representing any one interest group, names will be drawn in lottery style.

Even if you can't participate, you can follow the charrette progress, check out the work of the participants and share your thoughts about the outcomes.

Public Charrette Review Sessions
Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26
6:30 - 8 p.m.
St. Paul's United Church - 3131 Lakeshore Rd.

Open House
Thursday, Feb. 27
5 - 8 p.m.
St. Paul's United Church - 3131 Lakeshore Rd.

If you can't make it person, you'll still be able to see and comment on the information at getinvolved.kelowna.ca. Feedback will be collected after these sessions until March 7.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects or share your thoughts at getinvolved.kelowna.ca.

Family Day hours of operation and family events
Public Service Announcement

To mark Family Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, Feb. 10, but you can still enjoy some family events at select facilities.    

Grab your passport to fun from the Capital News Centre and enjoy some family time this holiday Monday. Swimming, skating, curling, Park & Play and so much more will be available throughout the day at the Parkinson Recreation Centre and the Capital news Centre.

For some added fun, have your BC Family Day Passport stamped by the various exhibitors and you will be entered to win some great prizes. For information on what activities are taking place at each location, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Council Highlights
Feb. 3, 2014

Professional Arts Grants

Council approved 2014 Professional Arts Operating Grants of $25,000 to the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and $55,000 to the Okanagan Symphony Society. Staff will report back to Council on additional funding recommendations for the Kelowna Ballet Society.

Arts, Culture & Heritage Operating and Project Grants

Council received an update on the recipients of the 2014 Arts, Culture and Heritage Operating and Project Grants and highlights of the 2013 recipient’s achievements.

Keloha Event Funding

Council approved a $15,000 grant from the Strategic Events Fund for the 2014 Keloha Music and Arts Festival. Keloha is a three-day eclectic music festival with a tropical feel, art displays and creative activities. In 2013, the event attracted about 4,000 people per day with about half coming from communities outside the Okanagan.

Our Rutland

Council received information about the Our Rutland project and the community engagement timelines. The engagement process is intended to foster a sense of neighbourhood in the Rutland Town Centre through capital projects and/or community programming by building on ideas from stakeholders, residents and businesses. Have your say at getinvolved.kelowna.ca.

100K Worth of Ideas for ‘Our Rutland’
Residents & businesses invited to share ideas

Rutland residents and businesses are invited to share 100K Worth of Ideas they want invested in the Rutland Town Centre.

The City of Kelowna and partner organizations are asking for suggestions to turn ideas into $100,000 in investments that enhance Rutland’s already strong sense of community.

In partnership with The Rutland Unified Stakeholders Team (TRUST), Uptown Rutland Business Association (URBA) and the Rutland Residents Association, funds will be available for Our Rutland projects – either one large project or several smaller projects to be realized by the fall.

These ideas can include infrastructure, beautification or programming initiatives:

  • Arts, culture, agricultural and recreational initiatives, such as pop-up parks, farmer’s market or wall murals
  • Public space improvements/enhancements, such as street furniture, benches or lighting
  • Existing community asset improvements – improved signage, for example
  • Community programs that might not be available today but would be welcomed in the future

Rutland has a right to be proud – it has more parks than any other community in the city, it’s a major hub for sports and recreation activities and has a diverse community of citizens with strong local roots.

It has also seen some significant changes during the past decade. In the last two years alone, with construction of new transit facilities, community parks, sidewalks/landscaping, improvements to recreation facilities, Rutland has seen $25 million in capital investments.

With its mixture of urban and rural areas located on the doorstep of UBC Okanagan, Rutland will continue to evolve as one of Kelowna’s uniquely attractive communities.

Register at getinvolved.kelowna.ca to join the online conversation or drop by one of the information sessions planned throughout the community:

  • URBA Uptown After Hours Event (Feb. 5, 5 to 7 p.m. at Army, Navy Airforce Vets Club)
  • Plaza 33 (Feb. 6 from noon - 2:30 p.m.)
  • Willow Park Plaza (Feb. 6 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Rutland Centennial Hall Flea Market (Feb. 9 & 16 from 9 a.m. to noon)
  • Rutland Activities Centre (Feb. 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.)
  • YMCA (Feb. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m.)
  • Or drop off ideas at Uptown Rutland Office, 148 Valleyview Rd.

Other social media channels include Facebook at facebook/cityofkelowna or Twitter using #OurRutland.

 

Last call for nominations
Public Service Annoucement

The deadline to submit nominations for the 39th Annual City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards is fast approaching.

Know an outstanding Kelowna citizen, volunteer, athlete, artist or business? Nominate them today. The awards honour individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions and achievements in 2013 that directly benefitted the Kelowna community.

The Civic & Community Awards is the City's premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through nine categories and 13 awards including:

  • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
  • Bryan Couling Memorial - Athletic Team of the Year
  • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
  • Young Male & Female Volunteer of the Year
  • Teen Honour in the Arts
  • Honour in the Arts
  • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
  • Man & Woman of the Year
  • Central Okanagan Foundation Volunteer Organization of the Year
  • Champion of the Environment (individual and business)

Nominations will be accepted until noon on Friday, Feb. 14. Nomination forms are available at kelowna.ca/residents, City Hall, and the Parkinson Recreation Centre. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) to the attention of Amber Gilbert, or submitted online from our website.

Individuals with questions regarding the nomination form are asked to contact Amber Gilbert at 250-469-8967 or agilbert@kelowna.ca.

Finalists and award recipients will be honoured at a Gala Awards Show on Thursday, May 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets are available by calling 250-469-8811.

Cougar reported in Mission Ridge Park
Public Service Annoucement

Warning signs have been posted advising visitors to Mission Ridge Park that a cougar has been seen in the area.

The signs went up Friday afternoon, after a Conservation Officer confirmed tracks in the park are likely those of a cougar coming into the area from the Woodhaven Regional Park, which is closed to the public in winter.

The Ministry of Environment’s Safety Guide to Cougars advises that while human conflicts with these large cats are extremely rare and an attack is highly unlikely, it pays to be prepared especially when in a natural setting.

Cougar sightings may be reported to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

 

Council highlights
Jan. 27, 2014

Airport Fees Review

Council approved a bylaw amending fees at Kelowna International Airport to compensate for increased costs of operations. Affected fees include fuel fees, landing and terminal fees and vehicle lot parking rates. Hourly and metered parking rates will remain unchanged.

Parking Management Strategy

Council endorsed recommended guiding principles, approved base parking fee adjustments and directed staff to launch Phase 2 of the Parking Management Strategy, including the creation of area plans, beginning with the South Pandosy and Downtown areas.

Ethel Street Active Transportation Corridor

Council supported an application for a $100,000 Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program Grant covering a portion of the cycling component of an Active Transportation corridor on Ethel Street and approved moving Phase 1 of the construction (between Harvey and Bernard Avenues) up one year.

Get Involved in Pandosy Waterfront
Public engagement process

The public engagement process that will see the City and the community work together to craft a new plan for Pandosy Waterfront gets underway today with the launch of the City’s online engagement tool.

“We’ve worked with the KLO Central Neighbourhood Association to come up with an engagement process that will include a broad range of participants who represent the diverse interests of the Pandosy neighbourhood and Kelowna as a whole,” said Graham Hood, Strategic Land Development Manager for the City of Kelowna.

Input will be collected through the online engagement tool until Feb. 21 and then be used to feed into a type of urban design workshop called a charrette, which is scheduled for Feb. 25 and 26.

A group of about 25 to 30 volunteers will take part in the two-day event, looking at a variety of perspectives to come up with a balanced solution for the site. Residents, businesses and community organizations will all take part.

For those who can’t be involved directly in the charrette, there are public review opportunities built into the process. You’ll be able to comment on the work of the charrette group at the end of each workshop day and in one final open house on Feb. 27. This can be done in person or from home as the City will make same information available on the City’s website.

For project information and to find out about signing up for the charrette, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects and to start sharing your ideas, go to getinvolved.kelowna.ca.

 

Council approves Parking Management Strategy
Approved changes to base parking rates

City Council approved changes to base parking rates at its regular meeting today and endorsed guiding principles that set the direction for the city-wide Parking Management Strategy. The goals are to improve parking availability, ensure the system continues to pay for itself so that general taxation is not impacted and improve customer service options to residents.

Base on-street parking rates will increase by 75 cents an hour beginning in June. Off-street parking rates will be set to remain lower than on-street rates. This is to encourage greater use of off-street parking, leaving the on-street spaces more available for short-term use.

“Current rates are too low to discourage long-term parking in short-term spaces or to effectively replenish reserve funds to support our parking and transportation infrastructure,” says Dave Duncan, Parking Operations Coordinator with the City of Kelowna. “Current on-street parking rates have been in effect and unchanged for over 20 years, and are well below market rates and the true cost of providing the service.”

City council also approved the development of specific area parking plans as the next phase of the parking strategy. This will allow the City to respond to a number of challenges related to parking in key areas including changes to parking supply; a growing demand for short- and long-term parking in developing areas; and the impacts of increased growth and development on neighbouring residential areas.

“The City wants to ensure there is sufficient parking for customers and visitors to key areas, while at the same time supporting the goal of providing a balanced transportation network from the Official Community Plan, which means encouraging people to carpool, take transit, bike and/or walk to work when possible,” says Duncan.

To allow time for public notification, modifications are intended to begin on June 1, 2014. All monthly parking customers will receive notification of changes by mail two months in advance.

Next steps in the parking management strategy will see the development of individual area plans, beginning with the South Pandosy and Downtown areas. Other areas of the City including Kelowna General Hospital and the Landmark buildings will follow, as required, pending budget approval.

Residents are encouraged to visit kelowna.ca/parking to stay informed as the Parking Management Strategy progresses.

Festivals Kelowna Renews Relationship with City of Kelowna
Festivals Kelowna News Release

Festivals Kelowna is pleased to announce that they have renewed their agreement with the City of Kelowna to produce festivals and programs for the community on behalf of the City of Kelowna for the next three years.

"We are really proud that the City of Kelowna has chosen to continue working with Festivals Kelowna. This renewed relationship allows us to keep growing and enhancing the events that we not only helped create, but have become known for," confirms Willy Kovacic, President of Festivals Kelowna. "We're also excited about the opportunity to work alongside the City to develop new events over the next few years, including a great BC Family Day event and a Busker's Festival. We view this contract renewal as a strong vote of confidence in Festivals Kelowna's ability to deliver high quality events that the community cares about and wants to attend."

Festivals Kelowna was formed in 2007 for the purpose of producing key community festivals and events, including Parks Alive!, Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna, Arts Alive!, Kelowna Busker's Program, and the former Life & Arts Festival. Since then, Festivals Kelowna has evolved to become a respected, independent organization with a community-based Board of Directors that delivers events and programs that animate key public spaces and entertain both residents and visitors. The recently held "New York New Year's Eve" family celebration , created in 2012 by the society, is an example of Festivals Kelowna's ability to recognize and meet the evolving needs of the community and deliver high quality productions for the City.

"Festivals Kelowna programs have become part of the community fabric. It’s hard to imagine a summer without music in our parks, Canada Day fireworks, and encounters with amazing buskers. The quality and value provided by this hard-working organization is appreciated by the City and the renewed partnership will contribute more benefits and impact as new ideas take the stage," said Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager with the City of Kelowna.

With plans already underway for the 2014 season, Festivals Kelowna's Board and staff look forward to many more years of producing festivals and events in Kelowna for the community's benefit and enjoyment. More information about the society's programs can be found at www.festivalskelowna.com, on www.facebook.com/festivalskelowna, and on Youtube and twitter.

Festivals Kelowna is a non-profit society that produces community focused festivals and programs, including Celebrate Canada Day-Kelowna, Parks Alive!, the Kelowna Buskers Program, the Arts Alive! artisan program, and New York New Year's.

Council Highlights
Jan. 20, 2014

Safety Certificate of Recognition

Council accepted certificates of recognition from the BC Municipal Safety Association on behalf of staff. The City’s Health & Safety and Return to Work program received high audit scores. This contributes to the City’s safety policy, which states “Our families have the right to expect us to all come home uninjured at the end of every workday. We all make safety our business. An injury and accident free workplace is our goal.”

Pandosy Waterfront

Council supported the public engagement process outlined by staff for the redevelopment of the Pandosy Waterfront area. Parameters of redevelopment include the incorporation of a paddle centre, park and waterfront walkway, with consideration given to pedestrian connections, riparian setbacks and parking bylaw requirements. Public engagement and rezoning are to be completed by Fall 2014.

City Park Concept Plan

Council directed staff to work with Tourism Kelowna to develop a concept plan to test the feasibility of a Visitor Centre at the base of Queensway (i.e. closest to the lake). A revision of the City Park Concept Plan incorporating feedback, excluding a Visitor Centre building, will be presented at a future Council meeting.

A fresh look at Pandosy Waterfront
City Council endorsed a public engagement process

City Council endorsed a public engagement process at today’s meeting that will see the City and the community work together to craft a new plan for Pandosy Waterfront. The redevelopment of the seven City-owned lakefront properties on Abbott Street, north of Cedar Avenue is listed as one of Council’s priorities for 2014.

“We understand there were concerns with the last version of the site plan and we are ready to take another look,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “A lot has changed since the project was last before the community in 2011. We’ve got a new Council, we’ve proposed the inclusion of a paddle centre and staff has worked with the community to come up with an agreeable engagement process.”

As part of the framework going into the engagement process, Council endorsed a set of eight project parameters or guidelines for the redevelopment. These include:

  • Paddle Centre – Accommodate Kelowna Paddle Centre within redevelopment scenarios, including up to 5,000 square feet of space.
  • Financial Viability – Complete the development with no additional tax impact and consider development options which result in a financial return to the City for further reinvestment opportunities in the community.
  • Park – Incorporate a park and waterfront walkway as an integral part of the site.
  • Pedestrian and Park Connections – Incorporate park and pedestrian connections to current and anticipated developments.
  • Parking – Design site and buildings to meet bylaw requirements for parking in future zoning.
  • Riparian Setbacks – Respect required riparian setbacks.
  • Council Policy – Adhere to or make recommendations for amendment to Council Policy 76.
  • Timing – Complete public engagement and any required rezoning by the fall of 2014.

“The engagement process will kick off next week, including a two-day charrette or urban design workshop at the end of February,” said Graham Hood, Strategic Land Development Manager. “We recognize that we need broad community involvement, so we’ll round out the process with our online engagement tool, an open house and public review sessions at the end of each charrette day.”

For more information or to find out how you can get involved in public engagement activities for the project, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

 

 

City makes safety a top priority
Commitment to safety pays dividends

City Council received a report today demonstrating how a commitment to safety pays dividends in more ways than one.

The City of Kelowna received the B.C. Municipal Safety Association Certificate of Recognition for Occupational Safety and Returning Staff to Work. Based on audits by the association, the City’s strong safety and return-to-work programs will result in WorkSafe BC premium rebates and discounts worth $510,000 in 2014.

“Equally significant are the indirect savings from avoiding lost work time and all the hidden costs of accidents,” said the City’s Risk Manager, Lance Kayfish.

Safety is an underlying consideration in much of the work done by the City of Kelowna. Regulating standards to ensure we have safe drinking water, safe buildings, safe streets and safe neighbourhoods is a big part of many jobs at the City of Kelowna.

That commitment to community safety begins with a culture of safety on the job among City of Kelowna staff.

“Building a safety culture makes everything we do safer, not only for our staff but the public, too,” said Kayfish. “It’s a way of working and thinking that is part of everything we do and that makes Kelowna a safer City to live in and visit.”

During the past two years, the City has developed safety systems to meet the standard required to attain the Certificate of Recognition. The independent audit included 81 staff interviews, more than 300 documents reviewed and seven detailed site inspections.

“The goal is to encourage and reward employers who not only meet WorkSafe BC Regulations, but exceed them, in developing strong Safety Management Systems, Return to Work Systems, and strong safety cultures within their organizations,” said Executive Director of BC Municipal Safety Association Cathy Cook, who presented the certificate to City Council today.

Kelowna is now one of only 17 local governments in B.C. to attain the certificate.

 

Stuart Park Phase 2 construction begins
Public Service Announcement

Work on Phase 2 of Stuart Park begins today with habitat enhancements along the lakeshore and reconstruction of the waterfront promenade.

Public access to the promenade is now closed from the north end of the ice rink to the Water Street boat launch north of the Kelowna Yacht Club now under construction.

Pedestrian access will be rerouted around the construction zone along the sidewalk on Water Street. The new promenade will open to the public in July.

When Phase 2 is complete, Stuart Park will provide 300 metres of prime downtown waterfront access for visitors and residents and is part of the Waterfront Parks Plan goal to provide continuous public access to Kelowna's shoreline.

For more information about the Stuart Park project, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Tourism centre location added to agenda
Jan. 20 Council meeting

A report about a proposed new location for a Tourism Kelowna information centre has been added to Monday's Council meeting agenda.

The purpose of the report is to update Council regarding progress on Tourism Kelowna’s Visitor Centre and to support relocation of the proposed building from City Park to a new location at the west end of Queensway Avenue.

A redevelopment opportunity at the Queensway Jetty was identified as a potential location for the Visitor Centre. The location was approved in principle by Tourism Kelowna in efforts to adapt its business model to accommodate large volumes of visitors in the area, creating additional $279-million in tourist spending annually and $653-million in direct economic output Kelowna experiences today.

The foot of Queensway has been historically the Gateway welcoming visitors to Kelowna with the Sternwheeler in the early 1900s to the Westbank Kelowna Ferry Landing prior to the bridge opening in 1958. The space has always been dynamic with the movement of goods, people and vehicles.

Staff along with representatives from Tourism Kelowna will present preliminary findings and request direction from Council on next steps.

The report was going to be forwarded to Council later this month, but Information regarding this important community initiative was released to a media outlet yesterday. In order to provide fair access to information to residents and media, staff has added the Visitor Centre and City Park Concept Plan to the January 20 Council Agenda.

Visit kelowna.ca/council for details.

Society of Hope will lead development of new Pleasantvale
BC Housing News Release

KELOWNA – The Society of Hope, a non-profit that has been providing quality, affordable housing to low-income residents in the Central Okanagan since 1989, has been selected to lead the redevelopment of the Pleasantvale housing community and operate the affordable housing once complete.

Pleasantvale is a 50-unit seniors’ housing development on Richter Avenue built in the mid-1950s by the Rotary Club of Kelowna. In June 2011, the Pleasantvale Homes Society transferred ownership of the property to BC Housing and the City of Kelowna provided additional land to expand the development. In July 2013, following an extensive public process, Kelowna’s City Council approved the project.

The redevelopment will see the 50 aging units replaced and 20 affordable rental homes for families added to the site.

Construction on the seniors housing could begin as early as July 2014, with occupancy projected for the fall of 2015. During construction, current tenants will be furnished with alternate accommodations. When the building is complete, they will have the option to move back to a new unit. The family housing will be the second phase; construction will begin once the seniors’ building is complete.

Market housing will be added in the future to help offset construction costs for the 70 new affordable homes. The entire development including the market component is expected to take five to seven years to complete.

More information: http://www.bchousing.org/Initiatives/Redeveloping/Pleasantvale.

Council Highlights
Jan. 13, 2014

Rezoning at Clement & St. Paul

Council forwarded the request to change the Future Land Use designation of 1215 St. Paul and 557/567 Clement Avenue to Mixed Use (Residential / Commercial) to a Public Hearing. The proposal is for a four-storey building consisting of retail, office and residential uses.

Final Quarterly Report of 2013

Council received the fourth quarterly report of 2013 for information. Highlights include awards won by the City throughout the year, advances in online engagement and digital communications, completed projects and an update on the Bernard Avenue revitalization.

Fire Department Predictive modeling

Council approved the implementations of a Predictive Modeling and Dynamic Deployment System for the Kelowna Fire Department. The system evaluates current and historical requests for service to predict areas at higher risk for emergency situations and makes recommendations about the most efficient ways to cover the community’s risks.

Tennis courts in City Park

Council received information about the feasibility of pickleball and tennis courts in City Park and endorsed the staff recommendation to have tennis courts only.

Social Grants

Council approved the one-year agreement with the Central Okanagan Foundation to administer the City of Kelowna’s three social grants, including Community Social Development and Emergency Grants, and Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth.

Police Services Building

Council approved the Loan Authorization Bylaw to request statutory Ministry approval to begin the alternative approval (AAP) process. The AAP will seek elector approval for borrowing of $42.3 million to construct a new Police Services Building.

2014 Community grants information session
Thursday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

In 2014, the Central Okanagan Foundation will administer $80,000 in Community Social Development Grants and $22,000 in Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth on behalf of the City of Kelowna.

The Central Okanagan Foundation encourages registered charities, non-profit organizations interested in applying for a Community Social Development grant or a Grant to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth to attend an information session on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Pacific Safety Products Boardroom at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

The session will cover eligibility requirements and the application process. Program updates that could impact the application process and evaluation will be reviewed. To register, please contact Cheryl Miller, Grants Manager,Central Okanagan Foundation at cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org or 250-861-6160.

Community Social Development Grants fund the delivery of innovative, prevention-oriented programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents in Kelowna.

Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth funds programs that directly address sexual exploitation issues for those under 19 years of age within the City of Kelowna.

To download the application form, visit kelowna.ca/grants.

Completed applications are due at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and should be dropped off at the Central Okanagan Foundation office located at 225-1889 Springfield Rd.

It’s time to make Stuart Park Memories
Share your photos via social media

Skating at the Stuart Park Ice Rink is an increasingly popular winter pastime for Kelowna residents. This month, the City of Kelowna is urging people to share photos of fun times at the rink on Instagram for a chance to win free skate rentals and hot chocolate for a group of four at the rink.

“We noticed quite a few people sharing photos of the rink on Instagram and thought, why not have a bit of fun with it and reward people for participating,” says Tom Wilson, Communications Supervisor at the City. “This rink on the waterfront really showcases Kelowna’s four-seasons-playground appeal.”

Here’s how to enter the draw:

  • Follow @CityofKelowna on Instagram.
  • Post your photo of the Stuart Park Ice Rink to Instagram with the hashtag #StuartParkMemories.
  • Everyone is eligible to enter… as long as they’re out having fun at Stuart Park Ice Rink! The photo must be taken at the rink – participants don’t have to be skating but you have to be at the rink.
  • Participants can post as many photos as they like using the hashtag but they will only be entered once in the draw.
  • Participants’ Instagram setting should be set to public so we can see your photo with the hashtag.
  • Note: participants that do not have an Instagram account can follow the same steps above but post the photo, with the hashtag, to our Facebook page or send us a tweet to our @CityofKelowna Twitter account.

The contest runs Monday, Jan. 6 to Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. The winner of the #StuartParkMemories contest will be drawn on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, and they will be contacted via their Instagram account. Full contest details can also be found at kelowna.ca/parks.

 

KFD tree chipping service raises funds for charity
Public Service Announcement

Firefighters from the Kelowna Fire Department offer a Christmas tree chipping service to raise funds for the B.C. Burn Fund.

For a donation to the B.C. Burn Fund, firefighters will chip tinsel-free Christmas trees Jan. 4-5 at the Enterprise Way fire hall and at the DeHart Road fire hall in Kelowna. Firefighters in West Kelowna will also provide the tree chipping service Jan 4-5 at the fire station on Old Okanagan Highway.

The firefighters are being supported in this fundraiser by Cody Tree Services, 4 Less Disposal and Okanagan Portable Sign Rentals

More than 3,700 professional fire fighters in BC dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention Programs.

City Reflects on 2013
Some of the highlights from 2013

As the year comes to a close, the City of Kelowna looks back at some of the highlights from 2013.

Check out the 2013 Year in Review for details on accomplishments and major projects, like the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and Downtown Pier and Marina, public engagement, cultural events, recreation opportunities, transit improvements and awards received.

From public notices to Council agendas and career postings to bidding opportunities, the City offers residents and businesses quick and timely e-updates on a number of topics throughout the year. Subscribe to e-updates at kelowna.ca and have the latest City news delivered direct to your inbox.

Council Highlights
Dec. 16, 2013

Parade float

Council received a report about the Kelowna “Spirit of the Lake” parade float and its activities over the past year. Kelowna’s float was in 22 parades and won 13 awards.

Hospital area development

Council directed staff to start Phase 1 of Hospital Transition Area Planning, which will proactively guide future development of the area surrounding Kelowna General Hospital. Phase 1 will involve engagement of property owners and residents in the area to help inform creation of the development guidelines.

Chip Your Christmas Tree, Don’t Chuck It
Regional District News Release

When you take down your Christmas tree after the holidays, keep in mind you can dispose of it in an  eco-friendly manner.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, “Your tree can have another life after the holidays. By dropping it off at any one of the convenient Chip It locations, your tree will then be chipped and  composted into GlenGrow. This nutrient-rich soil conditioner is perfect for top dressing your lawn, landscaping, mixing in your vegetable garden, or using as potting soil. It’s available at the Glenmore landfill and many landscape supply centers throughout the spring and summer.”

Before dropping your tree off for recycling, please remove all decorations and tinsel, as well as any  plastic bags or other materials used for transporting the tree.

Christmas tree drop-off locations December 26th through January 31st are:

Kelowna and Area:

At the corner of Richter and Rowcliffe.

Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road) Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am – 4:45 pm. Closed Dec 25th, 26th and Jan 1st.

Westside:

Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road) Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Lake Country:

Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road).

Peachland

Compost Site (Princeton Road) Open Monday-Sunday 7 am – 3:30 pm.

For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.                                                                  

Keep holiday memories safe from fire hazards
Keep safety in mind during this busy holiday season

Momentary carelessness can lead to a lifetime of regret, so keep safety in mind during preparations for this busy holiday season.

The Kelowna Fire Department has compiled a list of safety tips worth reviewing to ensure decorations and Christmas trees are tended to with appropriate care and attention.

Among the holiday safety services offered by the Kelowna Fire Department is Christmas tree chipping after the holiday. For a donation to the B.C. Burn Fund, local firefighters will chip tinsel-free Christmas trees Jan. 4-5 at the Enterprise Way fire hall and at the DeHart Road fire hall.

During the holiday season, the KFD offers this checklist of safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Christmas.

Christmas trees and decorations

  • One in three Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical failures.
  • Buy fresh trees and keep them well watered.
  • Keep trees at least three feet away from heat sources such as radiators or fireplaces.
  • Inspect holiday lights every year for frayed wires, bare spots, gaps in the insulation, broken or cracked sockets and excessive kinking or wear.
  • Use only lights approved by a testing laboratory, such as CSA, UL or ULC.
  • Do not link more than three light strands, unless directions indicate it is safe.
  • Periodically check wires – they should not be warm to touch.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Always turn off all lights before sleeping or leaving the house.

Candles and other flammables get their own category of safety tips, since half of all holiday decoration fires are caused by a heat source.

Candles and matches

  • Avoid using lit candles
  • Never put lit candles on a tree
  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Never put wrapping paper in a fireplace
  • Place menorah/kinara on a steady table and make sure all combustibles are at least three feet from the candles’ flame.
  • Avoid putting your menorah/kinara in windows or near doorways, where exits will be blocked.
  • Provide smokers with an outdoor area and a deep ashtray.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
City facility holiday closures
City Hall will be closed for the holidays

City Hall will be closed for the holidays from Wednesday, Dec. 25 through Wednesday, Jan. 1, reopening Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Essential services such as police, fire, water, wastewater treatment and snow removal will remain in operation.

Business licences renewal payments are due Jan. 15, 2014 and can be renewed by mail and online when there are no changes to an existing licence at kelowna.ca/onlineservices.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be closed Dec. 25 and 26. The centre will be open on New Year's Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Glenmore Landfill will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1.

The Civic Operation’s call centre at 250-469-8600 will remain open during regular business hours to telephone inquiries regarding water, sewer, parks, roads and snow removal, as well as to process after hours and emergency calls.

Holiday closures are planned around a low service demand period.

Visit kelowna.ca for more information on hours of operations for City facilities over the holidays.

Council reviews provisional budget
Day long deliberations

Kelowna City Council reviewed the provisional budget submitted by staff, setting a tax increase of 2.49 per cent after a full day of deliberations.

A 2.49 per cent increase translates to a $42.07 increase for the average Kelowna homeowner (the Average Single Family Home is assessed at $451,440).

City staff submitted a provisional tax increase of 2.67 per cent to Council at Monday's Council meeting. Council sets the tax rate requirement after reviewing the 2014 Financial Plan to determine which projects to fund and which projects to defer or cancel, balancing the community’s interest in maintaining existing levels of services while planning for significant infrastructure needs.

Proposed operating expenditures for 2014 are $105 million and include adding three new RCMP members along with increasing transit service. Total capital project funding was included at $44 million. 2014 Capital project costs are 39% asset renewal (i.e. maintenance and replacement of existing City buildings and infrastructure) and 61% new capital.

The general fund capital program includes projects such as Lakeshore Bridge and the Queensway transit exchange.

Final budget, including a 5 Year Financial Plan and final taxation rates will be presented to City Council in May.

Changes to Holiday Garbage & Recycling Collection
Regional District News Release

With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Wednesday this year, the pick-up schedule for your garbage and recycling will jump one day ahead for both of those weeks.

For example, if your regular collection day is Wednesday, your garbage will be picked up on Thursday instead. If your regular collection is Thursday, your pickup will take place on Friday, and if your regular pickup is Friday, your collection will take place on Saturday for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s only. Monday and Tuesday collection days are not affected, only residents with collection Wednesday  through Friday are affected. All collections return to the normal Monday through Friday schedule on Monday, January 6th 2014.

Please place your garbage and recycling carts at the curb by 7 a.m. and ensure the lids are completely closed.

Recycling: 

Remember to put all wrapping paper (except foil), flattened boxes and cartons into your recycling cart for curbside pick- up, or take to your nearest recycling depot. Keep the recycling spirit going by saving all shiny and foil wrapping paper and cards, ribbons and bows for re-use.

Recycling and Landfill Operations:

  • The Glenmore Landfill and Recycling Depot, Glenmore Road (7:30am-4:45pm, closed Dec 25th, 26th, and Jan 1st)
  • The Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Asquith Road (7:30am-4:00pm Friday thru Monday)
  • Kirschner Road Recycling Depot (8am-6pm, closed Dec 25th and Jan1st)                                                                                    

For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

Travel Survey nets $3100 for United Way
Distributed on behalf of municipal partners

3036 households completed the Regional Household Travel Survey, which took place over the past two-and-a-half months. With $1.00 donated to the United Way from each participating household, a donation of $3100 has been made.

“We are so grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of this gift.  We sincerely appreciate everyone who took the time to complete the survey,” Marla O’Brien, Executive Director of the United Way. “Every dollar will create positive impact for our community in the coming year.”

The United Way wasn’t the only winner from the Travel Survey, over 100 individuals from across the Okanagan who participated received prizes.  Shirley Schmidt of Kelowna was the grand prize winner of $5000.

The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, partnered to conduct the regional travel survey.  The information will provide a picture of how people travel in the region, allowing planners and engineers to design the best transportation system for the Okanagan.

All Okanagan residents from the participating communities were asked to complete their travel survey before it closed at the end of last month. A total of 3036 households completed their travel surveys, providing 6827 individual one-day travel diaries. While 3.3% of households participated, the smaller communities provided some of the strongest participation – 4.8% of Peachland households participated, and 3.6% of Lake Country households.

The complete survey results are currently being tabulated and analyzed.  The results are expected to be made public by April 2014.

A list of additional prize winners can be found at www.OKTravelSurvey.ca.

 

Council Highlights
Dec. 9, 2013

Properties at St. Paul and Clement

Council deferred the request for an amendment to the Official Community Plan and rezoning for the construction of a four-storey commercial building at St. Paul Street and Clement Avenue. Staff have been asked to report back about parking, neighbourhood interface and building use concerns.

Hiawatha development

Council approved the development permit for Westcorp to develop three properties on Lakeshore Road.

2014 Financial Plan

Council was presented with an overview of the 2014 provisional financial plan. Staff recommendation is for a 2.67 per cent tax increase. A full day of budget deliberations will take place on Dec. 12, 2013 and the final tax rate will be set in May 2014.

Learning Centre

Council endorsed a joint use agreement with school district 23 for a Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) at Okanagan Mission Secondary School. Development of this NLC provides for the construction of a second gymnasium at the school and the Joint Use Agreement will provide the City access to the new gym and other school program areas.

Shaw wifi hotspots

Council approved entering into a five-year agreement with Shaw Cablesystems Limited to provide free wifi hotspots in select City parks and facilities.

Cemetery fees

Council approved a bylaw amendment to revise fees at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, resulting in a two per cent increase in fees in 2014 and the addition of non-resident fees. Several new product options have been added, some specific fees were adjusted to reflect market rates and child burial fees have been removed.

MOU with Rutland Park Society and City
Facilitates road connection & park improvements

The City of Kelowna and Rutland Centennial Park Society have joined efforts on a Memorandum of Understanding to improve Rutland Centennial Park and Community Hall, and extend Shepherd Road to Rutland Road.

“Moving forward with an agreement of this nature allows the City to help bring this historical Rutland community amenity up to standards that will serve residents for many years to come,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “This mutually beneficial exchange of assets also facilitates a much needed road connection to accommodate future transit services and improve vehicular circulation in the four corners area of Rutland.”

Under the MOU, the City would purchase the road right-of-way for market value to protect a future Shepherd Road connection to Rutland Road. The proceeds from the sale of the right-of-way would be reinvested by the society in the Rutland Centennial Hall.

The Rutland Park Society would transfer ownership of existing parkland to the City for community use. The City would also commit funding to improve the park space.

“This partnership with the City will provide an improved, beautiful park for the citizens of Kelowna in perpetuity,” said Rutland Park Society President, Todd Sanderson.  “Further, by providing a source of funding to refurbish the Hall, the agreement will ensure that the Hall remains the center point for community celebrations, events, and gatherings in the heart of Rutland for many years to come.”

While an MOU is in place, the sale of assets and planned improvements to the Centennial Hall and park are dependent on various levels of funding.

Council to review 2014 Budget
All-day public meeting Thursday, Dec. 12

Kelowna City Council will review the provisional 2014 Financial Plan during an all-day public meeting Thursday, Dec. 12. Council will receive an overview presentation of the Financial Plan at the Dec. 9 regular meeting, where staff will recommend a 2.67 per cent tax increase.

In 2014, the City will be challenged to provide new services that are in demand, while maintaining existing services levels and looking for opportunities for future growth. And all this needs to happen while working to minimize the demand from taxpayers.

“Our objective is to provide residents with the best quality of life we can afford,” says Financial Planning Manager Genelle Davidson. “Revenue from property taxes help us build the amenities people want and provide them with the services they need.”

About three-quarters of City revenue already comes from non-tax sources, including user fees, charges, grants and reserve accounts. Thanks to this sound financial strategy, Kelowna taxes continue to be among the lowest in the province.

The budget is also influenced by a number of plans:

  • The 2020 Capital Plan acts as a guide for capital infrastructure costs and ensures projects are prepared with funding sources identified over the long-term
  • The Official Community Plan (OCP) identifies issues and opportunities expected over the next 20 years
  • Additionally, the City’s 20-Year Servicing Plan and financing strategy supports the infrastructure needs called for in the OCP

The final tax rate will be set on May 5 when City Council reviews final budget requests.

Residents can take a deeper look inside the City budget process by visiting the City's website at kelowna.ca/budget, signing up for e-updates or following the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #KelownaBudget.

Santa bus delivers cheer to Central Okanagan
News Release

Residents are invited to get on board the Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus and bring toys, food and monetary donations for the Salvation Army. This year marks the eleventh year of the Santa Sleigh Bus. The bus will be touring the Central Okanagan Dec. 8 to 14.

The kick-off to this year’s Santa Sleigh Bus will take place outside of City Hall (on Queensway beside the Bennett Clock and fountain) on Monday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. Kelowna’s Mayor and Council are expected to be in attendance to take part in the festivities.

“The Salvation Army is very grateful for the partnership that we have with the Santa Bus,” said Major Ron Cartmell of The Salvation Army. “Year after year, they continue to assist us in raising money and raising awareness of the needs within the community. With the help of the community, we are able to provide Christmas food and toy hampers for more than 1,000 children at Christmas time and 6,000 individuals throughout the year.”

The beautifully decorated bus will collect toys, food donations and money for the Salvation Army at schools and various locations throughout Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

In the previous 10 years, thanks to the generous support of residents, nearly $209,000 has been raised in toys, food and cash for this cause.

For a detailed schedule of events, view the event poster.


See also BC Transit News Advisory for a list of holiday transit hours and other transit events.

Tree of Memories at the Kelowna Cemetery
Honour a loved one this holiday season

Honour a loved one this holiday season at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, where two Tree of Memories will be available for visitors to place an ornament in remembrance of their loved ones.

The first tree will be located under the dome by the Promontory Green Interment Garden, while a second tree will be displayed at the Bennett Memorial Circle in the centre of the cemetery.

“The holidays are a time of reflection and celebration,” says Norm Ryder, Cemetery Manager. “Placing an ornament on a Tree of Memories can help bring some peace to friends and family during this special time of year.”

Visitors can place an ornament on either tree daily between Saturday, Dec. 7 and Weds., Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 1991 Bernard Ave. (intersection of Bernard Avenue and Spall Road).

Ornaments from previous years are placed on the memorial trees as a perpetual memory. Those who want to keep their ornaments should retrieve them after Jan. 9 by contacting the Cemetery office at 250-862-5518.

The Trees of Memories program has been offered annually since 1998.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cemetery.

 

Council Highlights
Dec. 2, 2013

Fibre Strategy

Council received a report from staff about the City’s plan to develop a Fibre Optic Strategy for the installation of fibre optic cables throughout Kelowna. The strategy will focus on a business plan to outline the benefits and costs of installing fibre optic infrastructure.

Medical Marijuana

Council approved the staff recommendation to amend City zoning to permit the production of medical marijuana in industrial and heavy industrial zones only. Rezoning bylaws will be brought forward for public consideration at a future Public Hearing.

Building Department Accreditation

Council witnessed the presentation of professional accreditation for the Building Department by the International Accreditation Services. The City of Kelowna is the first municipality in Canada to receive this type of accreditation.

Civic & Community Awards

Council received information about next year’s Civic and Community Awards. The nomination period is open Dec. 2, 2013 through Feb. 14, 2014. The annual ceremony recognizes nominees’ outstanding achievements and contributions to Kelowna. Nominate today at kelowna.ca/residents.

Kelowna Police Services Building

Council received information about the proposed Police Services Building and directed staff to proceed with a public Alternative Approval Process for borrowing of the funds necessary to complete the project. Staff will also apply for a rezoning application for the location of the proposed facility.

Phase 2 of Stuart Park

Council received a report about Stuart Park Phase 2, the final phase of the park. Development tenders will be reissued in December and construction is scheduled to begin in Feb., 2014. The key design element for this final phase is the extension of the riparian shoreline and public promenade that was developed during Phase 1.

Time to recognize Kelowna’s community leaders
39th Annual Civic and Community Awards

The City of Kelowna is calling for nominations for the 39th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have made outstanding contributions and achievements in 2013 which directly benefited the city.

“The Civic Awards is a great way to recognize deserving community members, business leaders, students and athletes who help to create a vibrant city – one that excels in arts, athletics, business and public service,” says Louise Roberts, Community and Neighbourhood Programming Manager. “This year, we are excited to introduce our online nomination process that makes it even easier for nominators to submit their nomination package, recognizing these deserving individuals and organizations.”

For the first time, nomination forms can be downloaded, filled out and submitted online or via email. Just visit the Civic & Community Awards webpage under Residents for all the information you need to make the nomination process a simple one. Hard copy nomination forms are still available at City Hall and the Parkinson Recreation Centre and completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

Nomination categories include:

  • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
  • Bryan Couling Memorial – Athletic Team of the Year
  • Champion for the Environment (individual and business)
  • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
  • Honour in the Arts
  • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
  • Man & Woman of the Year
  • Teen Honour in the Arts
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year
  • Young Male & Female of the Year

Nominations are being accepted starting today until Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Finalists and award recipients will be honoured on May 1, 2014 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets go on sale starting March 17.

The City of Kelowna is calling for nominations for the 39th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations that have made outstanding contributions and achievements in 2013 which directly benefited the city.

“The Civic Awards is a great way to recognize deserving community members, business leaders, students and athletes who help to create a vibrant city – one that excels in arts, athletics, business and public service,” says Louise Roberts, Community and Neighbourhood Programming Manager. “This year, we are excited to introduce our online nomination process that makes it even easier for nominators to submit their nomination package, recognizing these deserving individuals and organizations.”

For the first time, nomination forms can be downloaded, filled out and submitted online or via email. Just visit the Civic & Community Awards webpage under Residents for all the information you need to make the nomination process a simple one. Hard copy nomination forms are still available at City Hall and the Parkinson Recreation Centre and completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

Nomination categories include:

  • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
  • Bryan Couling Memorial – Athletic Team of the Year
  • Champion for the Environment (individual and business)
  • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
  • Honour in the Arts
  • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
  • Man & Woman of the Year
  • Teen Honour in the Arts
  • Volunteer Organization of the Year
  • Young Male & Female of the Year

Nominations are being accepted starting today until Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.

Finalists and award recipients will be honoured on May 1, 2014 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets go on sale starting March 17.

City’s building branch achieves Canadian-first
International Accreditation Service accreditation

The City of Kelowna is the first in Canada to achieve accreditation of its building department from the International Accreditation Service.

The IAS accreditation process assessed the city’s Development Service Department Building and Permitting Branch use of best practices in its plan review, permitting and inspection services.

“We put a lot of emphasis on customer service and technical innovation in all City operations,” said Mayor Walter Gray, who accepted the accreditation certificate Wednesday at a ceremony in Vancouver. “Achieving the IAS Certificate of Accreditation is a gratifying confirmation that our staff are working at a very high standard.”

The City’s Building and Permitting Branch is responsible for permitting, plan review and inspections in accordance with the British Columbia Building Code and Kelowna’s building bylaw.

“I’m particularly impressed with the efficient workflow and communication protocols put in place within the City’s organization,” said IAS President Chuck Ramani. “These exceptional business processes translate well to external stakeholders, who described the Building and Permitting Branch as a customer-focused and solution-oriented department.”

The IAS Building Department Accreditation Program, which began in April, assessed Kelowna’s building department across four fields of enforcement: building health and life safety, natural gas, plumbing, and mechanical.

“We believe this accreditation takes Kelowna one step closer to meeting our mission to lead the development of a safe, vibrant, and sustainable city,” said Development Services Director Mo Bayat. “I am very proud to work with such a caring, dynamic and forward thinking team.”

More information about IAS is available at iasonline.org. For more information about the City of Kelowna’s Development Services, visit kelowna.ca.

Downtown lights up for the holidays
Traffic Advisory

On Saturday, Dec. 7, residents and visitors are invited to join the Downtown Kelowna Association for its annual Light Up! celebration, taking place at Kerry Park from 2 to 7 p.m.

To accommodate this celebration, which includes the tree lighting at 6 p.m., Mill Street between Bernard Avenue and Queensway will be closed from 12 to 8:30 p.m.

Mill Street and Queensway parking lots will also be closed from 12 to 8 p.m.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Council to consider plan for new police building
Proposed for corner of Clement Ave & Richter St

City Council will discuss a proposal Monday to build a new police services building in Kelowna.

The existing 52-year-old building no longer provides sufficient space for effective policing in our community. A new Kelowna Police Services Building is proposed for the corner of Clement Avenue and Richter Street.

“Maintaining a safe community is a priority for citizens,” says John Vos, Infrastructure Division Director for the City of Kelowna. “The City’s 2012 Citizens Survey ranked concerns about personal safety relatively low, while protective services were citizens’ top priority for community investment. That tells us people generally feel safe in Kelowna and they want to continue investing in protective services to give the RCMP the support system and efficiencies they need to keep our neighbourhoods, business areas and downtown safe.”

This project, if approved, will be more than just a new building. It will include the design and construction of a new Police Services Building, necessary roadway and intersection improvements on Clement Avenue and Richter Street, parking lot provision, landscaping and required off-site utility servicing.

The cost ceiling for the successful contractor is $36 million. That cost includes design and engineering, building construction, parking, landscaping, utility upgrades, street upgrades, sidewalk and irrigation. There are additional direct costs to the City (outside of the contract work) that equal $12 million, for a total project cost of $48 million. Those direct costs include planning, project management, development cost charges, building permit, furniture and computer networks, financing costs, design-build stipend for unsuccessful bidders and a contingency reserve.

The funding strategy Council will consider Monday proposes the City secure a municipal loan for up to $42,384,000 from the Municipal Finance Authority of BC, amortized over 30 years, with another $5.6 million to come from reserve funds and other outside funding sources.

Under the Municipal Policing Agreement, the City is required to provide adequate accommodations for the RCMP to perform their work within a set of nationally applied policing standards. Our current infrastructure does not meet those standards and poses a potential risk to effective policing in our community. Under these circumstances, the RCMP has the right to construct their own facility and bill it back to Kelowna residents. The City agrees that the facilities do not meet current and future requirements and is working toward a solution.

“It is important to remember that this facility is more complex than office space – it is part prison, part high-tech lab, part library and part armory or high-security storage facility. It is operational 24/7 and required to be built to a post-disaster standard, which means after the occurrence of a seismic event, the building needs to not only remain standing, but needs to remain fully operational.”

If approved by council, next steps will see the elector approval process for the borrowing of funds to complete the project, which is expected to be brought before council early in 2014. If approved, construction of the new building will begin in 2015, wrapping up in late 2017.

Wildfire fuel mitigation projects taking place
Public meeting to discuss wildfire fuel mitigation

The City of Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan will be holding a public meeting, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. to discuss details of the wildfire fuel mitigation projects with local residents.

The City and the RDCO will be completing wildfire fuel mitigation projects in South East Kelowna over the next several months. The objective of these projects is to reduce the wildfire threat to the community, which is noted in the City’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

While more details will be shared with residents at the Dec. 3 meeting, the projects will occur within the South East Kelowna Improvement District, on provincial Crown land and in Scenic Canyon Regional Park. The forests will be thinned, pruned and the dead or dying trees will be removed, which should leave the area with a low to moderate wildfire risk.

The treatment area boundary will be developed to create a significant fuel break, which helps with suppression efforts by minimizing potential fire behaviour and providing access in the event of a wildfire. The treatments will attempt to balance public safety with the environmental values and recreational functions of the area.

The public meeting will be begin at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher’s Canyon Activity Centre Auditorium on Dec. 3.

Ice skaters rejoice… Stuart Park rink opens soon
Stuart Park is set to open on Monday, Dec. 2

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as the outdoor skating rink at Stuart Park is set to open on Monday, Dec. 2.

“It’s important to stay active during the winter months and skating is a fun, easy and affordable activity the whole family can enjoy,” says Jim Gabriel, Active Living & Culture Divisional Director. “We also want people to remember to be safe when participating in any sport or activity. So don’t forget your helmet and other gear that will keep you injury-free while on the ice.”

This year, skate rentals will be available at Stuart Park. This on-site service makes it more convenient for people who want to skate at the outdoor rink but need to rent skates. Rentals are available daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Want to know if skating is a go before you head downtown? Check out the live webcam feed on the City’s website. The image is updated every few minutes so you will know when the rink is closed for maintenance, what the ice conditions are like and how many people are at the rink.

The rink will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ice maintenance permitting) and will be periodically monitored by security contractors. Signs posted around the rink explain the regulations for rink uses, such as no hockey games.

If it’s a little too cold outside or residents are looking for rink a little closer to home, the Capital News Centre, Memorial Arena and Rutland Arena have various public skating times. Skate rentals are also available Capital News Centre and Rutland Arena.

For more information, including public skating times, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

 

Council Highlights
Nov. 25, 2013

Lady of the Lake Presentation

Council received a presentation from Kelowna ambassadors Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake Leah Sorge and Kelowna Princess Elizabeth Hardy about their recent activities, including their trip to Japan.

Family YMCA update

Council received an update on the renovation of the Kelowna Family Y in Rutland. The project will repair the structural slab below the women’s change room and renovate the men’s and family change rooms.

Santa Claus touch down

Council approved Northern Air Support Ltd. to fly Santa Claus from Kelowna International Airport to Kelowna Golf & Country Club, and back, on Dec. 8 and 15, 2013. The festive flight is subject to Transport Canada approval and compliance with related flight requirements.

Sikh signage request

Council endorsed a request to the Ministry of Transportation to install way finding signage on Highway 33 for the Okanagan Sikh Temple.

City seeks public input on new parking strategy
Public Service Announcement

The City’s Parking Management Strategy is the subject of a public open house Wednesday, Nov. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

The City is asking residents to share their ideas and feedback to help shape a new city-wide Parking Management Strategy that will change regulations and rates. The strategy is focused on making more short-term parking available, continuing to pay for itself so that general taxation is not impacted, improving service options for a better customer experience and supporting a balanced transportation network to take pressure off the need for parking spaces.

The public is invited to attend an open house to review recommendations and provide feedback and ideas on this important strategy.

The information session is on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m. at Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1800 Parkinson Way.

City representatives and the consultant will be available to answer questions.

Visit kelowna.ca/parking for more information.

Bernard Ave Gateway sees finishing touch
Installation of banners

The final piece of the Gateway feature at the east end of Bernard Avenue was completed today with the installation of banners designed by Westbank First Nation artist Janine Lott.

The theme of the banners is “The Land is Our Culture” and celebrates the Syilx/Okanagan people and their connection to the land. In a traditional First Nations practise Lott also mentored junior artist Jordan Coble through the process of creating the banners.

“Everyone shares the land, the water and the culture of the Okanagan and we need to be considerate of that,” said Lott.

This public art collaboration between the City of Kelowna and Westbank First Nation is a first for the two organizations. The banners continue the placemaking approach used throughout the new Bernard Avenue streetscape.

“The First Nation culture of this area is connected to the natural landscape,” said Patrick McCormick, Urban Design Planner. “We’ve reflected that connection along the street by using the Syilx language on inlaid polished pavers describing local flora and fauna and on the Gateway poles where these banners are now displayed.”

Public art installations on the new Bernard Avenue streetscape are used to help create a distinctive sense of place and reinforce the design of the other elements along the street.

“Street features were chosen to be in keeping with the natural elements and history of the Okanagan, with benches and pavers made of natural stone, and light poles that, like the Downtown library building, draw their inspiration from the heavy timbers used in the Kettle Valley Railway trestles,” said McCormick.

The design theme that emerged from the community consultation process was “landscape inspired” and the execution is contemporary rather than historical in form. With the dramatic change in street configuration at Bernard Avenue and Richter Street, a gateway treatment offered an opportunity for public art to welcome visitors Downtown and mark the transition from the residential to the commercial area.

For more information about the Bernard Avenue Streetscape Plan and design standards refer to Multimedia Resources on the Bernard Avenue Revitalization page at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Taste of Japan a sister city fundraiser
Public Service Announcement

The Kasugai Sister City Association has a fundraiser planned for Sunday, Nov. 24.

Taste of Japan at the Parkinson Activity Centre from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature Japanese cuisine, tea, holiday bake table, the Rutland Secondary School Anime Club, Japanese games and crafts, gift baskets, raffle and live entertainment.

Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Tickets are available at the door or at Komatsu Japanese Market.

The funds will be used to continue to foster the Sister City relationship formed in 1981 with Kasugai, Japan.

City seeks public input on new parking strategy
Submit your feedback and ideas by December 1

The City is asking residents to share their ideas and feedback to help shape a new city-wide Parking Management Strategy that will change regulations and rates.

“We want a system that makes more short-term parking available, continues to pay for itself so that general taxation is not impacted and improves service options for a better customer experience,” said Dave Duncan, Parking Operations Coordinator with the City of Kelowna. “We are also continually working towards building a balanced transportation network that takes pressure off the need for parking spaces.”

Residents are encouraged to provide feedback and ideas through an online community engagement platform. Recommendations and supporting materials will be available at this website to generate community discussion for an interactive process that helps the project team refine the strategy.

Based on research and planning, the City has prepared a series of guiding principles that will set the tone and general direction for the parking strategy discussion and any related policy, rule, regulation, bylaw or enforcement changes moving forward. A series of related strategy recommendations will also be put forward and refined through the public process.

“As our city grows and changes, our systems need to keep up with that growth – and we need residents’ input so we can make the right changes to improve parking options,” said Duncan.

During the next three to four weeks, residents can view the preliminary recommendations and provide input by visiting the project website at kelowna.ca/parking.

“Through this public engagement initiative we hope to identify undetected issues, generate new ideas and determine if we are generally headed in the right direction with this important strategy,” said Duncan.

After feedback is collected and compiled, a draft strategy will be presented to City Council for consideration.

Bernard Avenue scheduled to reopen tonight
Anticipated to reopen to motorists by 4pm on Nov 7

Phase 3a of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna’s “Main Street” is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue is anticipated to reopen to motorists by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7.

“We are happy to see another section of Bernard Avenue completed,” said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. “It was unfortunate to see Phase 3 split into two phases, but it has really just put the project back to the original schedule with completion for Summer 2014 and, as promised, active construction will not impact businesses during the holiday retail season.”

Remaining works may continue through November, including street furniture installation and plantings. Temporary ramps at crosswalks and along the parking pads are in place until top lift paving is completed next spring.

The truck route will be reinstated on Ellis Street until the planned improvements are made to Gordon Drive in 2014.

Motorists and bike riders will now encounter the new shared lane markings or “sharrows” on Bernard Avenue. These markings indicate that a cyclist may ride in the traffic lane and assists them in correct positioning between moving vehicles and parallel parked cars. Motorists are urged to drive carefully and be aware of all posted signage, particularly at St. Paul and Pandosy streets.

“This is actually a great time of year for residents to see and experience all the public and private investment that is happening in our downtown,” said Berry. “Walk and shop along Bernard’s widened sidewalks, check out the new public pier and marina, skate at Stuart Park and watch the development of the new yacht clubhouse expansion.”

Construction of the final phase of the Bernard Avenue revitalization is scheduled for Spring 2014, when the street will be closed to traffic from Pandosy to Ellis streets and be completed in June 2014.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction was taking place.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the many projects happening downtown.

Remembrance Day hours of operation
Public Service Announcement

To mark Remembrance Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, Nov. 11.

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Royal Canadian Legion and the Army, Navy and Air Force veterans will hold their annual Remembrance Day parades in downtown Kelowna and Rutland respectively on Monday, Nov. 11. Roads will be temporarily closed to accommodate the parades between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Council sets record straight on rail role
Position regarding the future of the CN rail line

In response to recent claims and commentary in the media, Council members wanted to set the record straight on the City of Kelowna’s position regarding the future of the CN rail line.

“We are always concerned about job losses, despite some dismissive claims to the contrary that have been broadcast and published,” said Mayor Walter Gray. “But this is a private business on a regional line that crosses three municipal boundaries – the City of Kelowna’s control over matters is limited.”

As the federally regulated process to abandon the Kelowna-Vernon section of the Canadian National rail line nears its Dec. 2 deadline, City Council remains hopeful a business proposal will be submitted to resume freight service.

The City of Kelowna’s first choice is to see freight service continue. If that doesn’t happen by Dec. 2, the City’s focus will be to work with other local and senior level governments to determine how to protect the rail corridor for future uses, which could include rail and a multi-use path.

“The reality is that if CN and Kelowna Pacific Rail couldn’t make money on this line, we don’t think it would be prudent to risk taxpayers’ money on something that is not a core city service,” said Mayor Gray.

He praised the provincial government for providing the lead on framework for businesses wanting to build a business case for the rail operation, and to MP Ron Cannan for working to bring stakeholders together.

The job-loss estimates proposed by various parties present worst-case scenario numbers. These numbers assume businesses from Kelowna to Vernon can’t find alternatives to ship and receive products.

“We’ve met with local business representatives and we heard that trucks are a more expensive option, but it looks like businesses are adjusting to the change,” said Mayor Gray. “It’s possible some businesses could close, but to assume every business that has used rail will close underestimates the resourcefulness of our local entrepreneurs.”

He said the City of Kelowna’s responsibility to taxpayers is to seek an affordable means to preserve the right-of-way’s ability to serve as a rail line in the future. Fulfilling that objective will depend on partnerships with local, provincial and federal governments.

“If no business proponent comes forward, we will continue discussions with our government partners about protecting the corridor for public use from downtown to UBCO and Kelowna International Airport,” said Mayor Gray.

Council highlights
Nov. 4, 2013

Update from UBC Okanagan

Council met with UBC Okanagan Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr. Deborah Buszard to hear about new initiatives, enrollment numbers, economic assessment and discuss areas of mutual interest.

Free parking downtown

Council approved free on-street parking in downtown Kelowna on every Saturday in December.

Ice skate opportunities

Council approved a one-year Licence of Occupation for the Bladez Skate Shop for skate rentals at the Stuart Park ice rink and a two-year lease for the Rutland Arena Skate Shop.

Traffic calming on Rio Drive

Council approved the installation of two temporary speed bumps on Rio Drive between Clear Pond Place and Clifton Road for the purpose of traffic calming. Increased traffic, high speeds, limited visibility and lack of sidewalks contributed to this recommendation for temporary traffic calming until road upgrades take place.

RCMP priorities

Council approved the 2013/2014 RCMP priorities, which include Organized Crime, Police and Community Relations, Road Safety and Family Violence Prevention. Priorities are set by Council and the RCMP through community collaboration and reported to the Office of the Auditor General.

Balcony sprinklers & fire prevention

Council received information from Development Services on proposals to improve fire protection measures in the BC Building Code for multifamily residential building balconies, including a requirement for overhead sprinklers. The Kelowna Fire Department also provided a report to Council about their approach to reduce balcony fires and the expanded public education program, including workshops for strata managers, strata councils and building owners with an emphasis on balcony fire safety.

Wildfire Fuel Mitigation Program

Council received information about staff efforts to reduce the wildfire hazard on City-owned property and direction provided to landowners to help reduce wildfire risk on private property. Projects in 2013, mainly funded by the Union of B.C. Municipalities, included 40 hectares at Bredin Farms, 10.5 hectares on Gallagher’s Canyon Crown land and 8.5 hectares in the Gallagher’s Canyon South East Kelowna Irrigation District.

Regional Community Police Office

Council approved the five-year lease and relocation of the Okanagan Mission Community Policing Office to 1450 KLO Road. A portion of the existing location at 4065 Lakeshore Road is designated as parkland in the Official Community Plan.

 

Remembrance Day road closures
Traffic Advisory

Royal Canadian Legion and the Army, Navy and Air Force veterans will hold their annual Remembrance Day parades in downtown Kelowna and Rutland respectively on Monday, Nov. 11. Roads will be temporarily closed to accommodate the parades between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Downtown road closures

  • Mill Street, from Queensway Avenue to Bernard Avenue
  • Bernard Avenue, from Mill Street to Abbott Street
  • Abbott Street, from Bernard Avenue to Lawrence Avenue
  • Lawrence Avenue, from Abbott Street to Water Street
  • Water Street, from Lawrence Avenue to Doyle Avenue

The closures on Mill Street, Bernard Avenue and Abbott Street will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. as Royal Canadian Legion veterans march to the Cenotaph in Veendam Gardens in City Park. Following the ceremony, the parade will proceed up Lawrence Avenue to Water Street between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. Parking will be prohibited along all these routes.

Rutland road closures

  • Dougall Road North and South, from McIntosh Road to Gray Road
  • Gray Road, from Dougall Road South to Pemberton Road
  • Pemberton Road, from Gray Road to Rutland Lions Park

Army, Navy and Air Force veterans will walk from Unit 376 on Dougall Road North to the Cenotaph at Rutland Lions Park on Gray Road and back. Motorists can expect minor delays as veterans cross at Highway 33 and Dougall Road before and after the ceremony.

RCMP will provide traffic control along both parade routes.

Kelowna Regional Transit employees will also pay their respects with one minute of silence at 11 a.m. All transit drivers will ensure their buses are safely pulled over to the curb and parked during this period.

Expect minor transit delays in the downtown and Queensway Exchange area between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Route #2 North end and #9 Shoppers Shuttle board on main transit island during this time as stop beside City Hall will be closed during this period.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

 

Winter weather closes Knox Mountain Drive
Public Service Annoucement

The road leading up to the summit of Knox Mountain Park has now closed to vehicle traffic. The park will remain open to pedestrians from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Park users are asked to be cautious when walking in the park as the road and pathways will not be cleared of snow or ice.

Knox Mountain Drive closes from the lower parking lot as driving conditions become increasingly hazardous. Due to the winding nature of the road, snow and ice, the road will remain closed to public vehicles until the spring.

For more information about Knox Mountain Park and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Yard Waste pickup Winds Down
RDCO News Release

Another sign that winter is on the way, there’s just one month left to have your yard waste picked up at your curb.

Bi- weekly fall yard waste pickup ends Friday, November 29th.  That’s the last day in the Central Okanagan for the curbside yard waste pickup program until collection resumes again March 1st, 2014.

Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid closed and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pickup).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to your Living Greener Calendar, download the my-waste app, or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says on average the curbside yard waste program sees well over 13,000 tonnes of yard waste collected at the curb, a great source of material then turned into valuable compost.

Stewart adds, “Collecting  yard waste separately not only means it can all be composted, it also saves landfill space,  cuts down on landfill traffic congestion, and offers residents a great soil enhancer in the form of GlenGrow  they can buy for their own gardens come springtime.”

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day.

Accepted items include:

  • Leaves
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Needles
  • Garden plants
  • Grass clippings
  • Fruit droppings
  • Branches and pruning’s up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

NOTE: No Garbage, plastic or paper bags, flowerpots, rocks, soil, sod, or kitchen scraps please.

Remember, you can also take up to 250 kilograms of yard waste to the Glenmore landfill and Westside Residential Recycling and Disposal Center free of charge year round.

If you’re looking to upgrade your yard waste cart, up to two additional 360litre carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional carts and collection options, contact your municipality or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.                                                                   

Take Jack out back
RDCO News Release

After Halloween is over, instead of throwing your pumpkin in the garbage, you’re reminded to compost it instead.

“Just chop up your pumpkin into smaller pieces and toss it into your backyard composter with some fall leaves,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District.” “Pumpkins are rich in nitrogen, an important part of your composter’s diet. Plus, they break down nicely to help make that wonderful soil amender you can use in your garden or flower beds next spring.”

It’s estimated that over 25,000 or about nine tonnes of pumpkins will be disposed of this fall.*

That’s a lot of valuable compost waiting to happen!

If you don’t backyard compost, you can put your pumpkin in your yard waste cart for your next pickup on your regular yard waste collection day. Check your Living Greener Calendar, the My-Waste app, or regionaldistrict.com/recycle for yard waste pickup schedules in your area.

You can also take your pumpkin to the Glenmore Landfill or the Westside Residential Waste Disposal facility free of charge, along with grass, leaves, pine needles, fruit droppings and pruning’s up to 20 centimeters (8”) in diameter. There’s free year round drop-off for yard waste up to 250 kilograms.

For more info on composting or yard waste collection programs, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(* Based on half the homeowners in the Central Okanagan having one small size jack ‘o-lantern.)

 

Fire Fighters Give Lifesaving Tips for Halloween
Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters News Release

By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.

“It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween,” says Larry Hollier, President of the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953.

According to statistics, Canadian cities see an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day of the year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953 offers the following tips:

  • Use battery operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.
  • Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.
  • Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.
  • Choose costumes that are comfortable, easy to walk in and see.
  • Pick brightly coloured costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.

Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Association 953 wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.

Kelowna resident wins Travel Survey early-bird prize
Okanagan Travel Survey News Release
Still more prizes in survey to help steer the future of transportation across the region

KELOWNA, BC – October 30, 2013: Have you completed your Okanagan Travel Survey? John Holland of Kelowna did — he tracked his trips for one day and won!

Mr. Holland is the early bird prize winner of a $1,000 shopping spree. Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray presented Mr. Holland with his prize on Thursday, October 30 at City Hall.

The prize is provided by Acuere Consulting, the company commissioned by the regional government partners to conduct the transportation survey.

The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, have partnered to conduct the regional travel survey as daily travel pattern information will help design future transportation systems and corridors.

All Okanagan residents are asked to complete their travel survey, and there is still time to do so. The more people who complete their survey, the more accurate picture of how people travel in the region, allowing planners and engineers to design the best transportation system for the Okanagan. Your input will influence the way the transportation system is planned for the future.

Residents need only to log how they get around for one day. As a bonus for completing the survey, every household is entered to win one of a number of prizes, including:

  • a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree,
  • three $1,000 shopping sprees,
  • $5,500 worth of gift cards,
  • a weekend for a family of four (including lift tickets, lessons, lodging, rentals, tubing, and skating) at Big White Ski Resort plus opening day lift tickets,
  • seasons tickets to West Kelowna Warriors, and,
  • 60 $25 gift certificates from Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurants.

Plus, every survey submitted supports the local United Way. For every completed survey, $1 will be donated to the local United Way (up to a maximum of $5,000).

Visit www.OKTravelSurvey.ca to complete your survey today, and for more information about the study.

 

Photo: Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray and Marnie Douglas representative of the survey consultant firm Acuere Consulting, present John Holland of Kelowna a $1000 prize for completing his travel survey.

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Smoke Alarm Awareness Campaign
OMREB and Kelowna Fire Dept News Release

It will soon be time for clocks to fall back and another opportunity to remind home owners about changing the batteries in their smoke alarms.

The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and the Kelowna Fire Department are pleased to declare November as “Smoke Alarm Awareness Month” -- a follow-up to their initial campaign in March.

“Following on the heels of a successful inaugural launch this Spring, we are delighted to announce OMREB’s ongoing partnership with the Kelowna Fire Department as we continue the collaborative public safety effort between REALTORS®, fire fighters and home owners for the month of November,” says OMREB  President Karen Singbeil.  “Working to promote the importance of functioning smoke alarms to help keep families safe in case of fire in their homes is a worthwhile community endeavor that certainly deserves repeating.”

”Once again, the Kelowna Fire Department is grateful to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and its membership for partnering with us to assist fire safety personnel in educating the public about smoke alarms in their homes,” says Kelowna Fire Department’s Public Educator, Rick Euper.  “With 700 REALTORS® helping toget the word out in Kelowna for the second time this year to coincide with a time change, this local program will help prevent deaths and reduce annual fatalities from residential structural fires in the city.”

The BC Fire Chiefs ’Association has launched a smoke alarm campaign with the goal to reduce the loss of life due to fire, and many fire services in the province have initiated various programs throughout the year to get this message out.  Locally, the Kelowna Fire Department is conducting door to door visits in modular home parks and they have engaged the support of a number of industries with the hope that the initiative eventually becomes a provincial level program.

Kelowna Campaign
The purpose of the Kelowna campaign is to get home owners thinking and talking about smoke alarms with the help of REALTORS® to ensure that they have functioning alarms in their homes.   The Fire Department has supplied copies of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs brochure, ”How to Stay Safe at Home”, for distribution to Kelowna real estate offices to  be included with listing documents and left with home sellers as a community service during March and November.

To download a copy, visit: http://www.omreb.com/files/SmokeAlarmBrochure.pdf

During the month of November, OMREB and the Kelowna Fire Department will also run a full-page colour ad on the back cover of the Central Okanagan editions of OMREB’s MLS® Real Estate Review publication to remind home owners to make sure all smoke alarms are working properly and have fresh batteries.

While the pilot campaign launched in March and repeated in November focuses on Kelowna, the partners hope that t can expand to West Kelowna and other communities in the Central Okanagan through partnerships with their local Fire Departments, and eventually roll out Board-wide to include the North Okanagan and Shuswap for thefull support and participation of OMREB’s 1,000 member REALTORS®.

Fall Back Sunday
With the change back to standard time happening at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday (November 3rd), the Kelowna Fire Department wants to remind residents that this is a good time to change the batteries in all of their home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and to ensure they are functioning.

“To stay safe, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least once a year, and changing them while updating the time on all of your clocks serves as a great reminder,” notes  Rick Euper.  “In addition, smoke alarms should be tested once a month, and if an alarm ‘chirps’ warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.  Also check the date of manufacture.  If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced.

Smoke Alarm Facts
Research by the University of Fraser Valley revealed that almost 70% of houses that caught fire in British Columbia did not have a functioning smoke alarm.  Working smoke alarms increase your likelihood of surviving a fire by 74%.

A recent three-year campaign that reached more than 30,000 of the highest fire-risk addresses in the City of Surrey demonstrated the following:
• Rates of fires per 1,000 dwellings reduced in the visited addresses by over 60% relative to controls
• Smoke alarm activation in the event of a fire increased by almost 170%
• The frequency at which fires were contained to the object of origin increased by over 250%
• The average dollar loss incurred per fire reduced by over 40%.

“Overall, as a result of this program, there were fewer residential structure fires, and those that did occur were smaller and resulted in lower dollar loss,” Euper explains.  “In addition, residents were alerted more often by functioning smoke alarms.”

Smoke Alarm Tips
• Install one smoke alarm per floor and outside sleeping areas in your home – or inside each bedroom if your loved ones sleep with doors closed.  The new 2012 BC Building Code requires a smoke alarm be installed in each bedroom as well for any new construction.
• Never take down an alarm or remove batteries to silence a nuisance alarm caused by cooking or shower steam.
• Install smoke alarms with a “hush” button – simply push button to stay safe while you clear the air.

The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board is comprised of 1,007 member REALTORS® and 93 real estate offices in the Southern Interior of BC, and the Board area covers the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap – from Peachland to Revelstoke.  The Central Zone of OMREB covers an area from Peachland to Lake Country and east along Highway 33 to Westbridge (including the Christian Valley).

Council Highlights
Oct. 28, 2013

Utility billing

Council approved a 24-month extension to the City’s current utility billing provider Corix Utilities Inc in order to provide staff with time to determine how utility billing will be handled in the future. Council also approved bi-monthly utility billing, effective April 2014.

Centre of Gravity

Council received for information a report on the 2013 Centre of Gravity Festival and updates on the 2014 event, including strategies to improve the festival and address concerns of security, parking, safety and waste management moving forward. Staff will report back to Council with final details.

Social media at the City continues to grow
Launch of Instagram

With the growing popularity of the City of Kelowna’s Twitter and Facebook social media channels, the City now offers another way to connect with what’s happening around the City – Instagram.

Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that lets users to share their pictures and videos with followers. Instagram has grown rapidly in popularity since its launch in 2010, with more than 100 million active users today.

“We have seen a huge jump in residents accessing information about the City from mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets,” says Tom Wilson, Communications Supervisor at the City. “Instagram is another great way to reach our residents where they are at, which is on the go and on their phones.”

One of the first cities in Canada to use Instagram to connect with residents, the City of Kelowna created its account in August to gauge interest from residents about connecting using a photo-based platform. The uptake has been quick, and the City now has more than 150 Instagram followers, with the audience continuing to grow every day.

“We’ve noticed the tone of feedback we’re receiving on Instagram is very positive,” says Wilson. “On our other channels we get all sorts of comments, but Instagram is a place to share good news stories and it develops an audience that seems to appreciate that.”

The City of Kelowna Instagram account shares photos of various events happening around the city, from the launch of the new public pier, to Volunteer Week, to the revitalization happening on Bernard Avenue.

The City strives to keep residents up-to-date on all the issues that affect the community and there are multiple channels through to connect, get information, and provide feedback. Discover all the ways to stay informed at kelowna.ca/connect.

A Stats Canada report released Monday shows Kelowna residents to be proficient users of online technology.

The Census Metropolitan Areas with the highest rates of Internet use were Kelowna (93 per cent), Regina (90 per cent), and Victoria (90 per cent). Other major metropolitan areas such as Calgary (89 per cent) Vancouver (88 per cent), Toronto (88 per cent) and Montréal (84 per cent) all had rates of Internet use above the national average.

No-charge parking on Small Shop Saturday
October 26, 2013

The City of Kelowna will waive on-street parking charges this Saturday in support of the Downtown Kelowna Association’s Small Shop Saturday initiative.

However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

This is the third Small Shop Saturdays downtown this year. City Council approved the free parking days for April 6, June 22 and Oct. 26.

For more information about Small Shop Saturday, visit the Downtown Kelowna Association website, downtownkelowna.com.

Council Highlights
Oct. 21, 2013

Library Bistro

Council approved a five-year lease of the bistro space at the Library parkade on Ellis Street.

Okanagan Travel Survey

Council encourages residents to complete the regional travel survey, which will help inform what kinds of transportation infrastructure are needed in the Okanagan. The survey asks questions about your daily transportation patterns. Complete yours today at www.oktravelsurvey.ca.

Richter Street at Bernard Avenue lane closures
Traffic Advisory

The Richter Street intersection at Bernard Avenue will be resurfaced beginning Monday, Oct. 21 to Thursday, Oct. 24 between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Lane closures will be in effect for north and southbound traffic with traffic pattern changes. Two-way thru traffic on Richter Street will be maintained and detours will be posted to access Bernard Avenue.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public’s cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

Kelowna establishes 2014 budget dates
Budget deliberations will take place in December

Council deliberations for the City of Kelowna 2014 Budget will take place in December.

City Council will review the provisional 2014 Financial Plan during an all-day public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12. The public’s first look at the proposed budget will be an overview presented at the regular council meeting on Dec. 9.

“We are committed to transparency and keeping our residents up-to-date about the budget process,” says Financial Planning Manager Genelle Davidson. “Residents can find more information on the City’s website and are invited to subscribe for email updates through the City’s e-Subscribe service.”

Residents can subscribe to receive budget e-updates, news releases, the City’s e-newsletter City Views, or other topics, including City projects and business opportunities. Currently, more than 16,000 individuals subscribe to the service.

The final tax rate will be set in May 2014, when City Council reviews final budget requests.

Residents can take a deeper look inside the City budget process by visiting the City's website at kelowna.ca/budget.

Tree makeover at Rutland Lions Park
Help dig in on October 19

Residents are asked to bring their shovels and garden gloves to dig in and help finish one of the City of Kelowna’s largest tree planting projects.

The last of 83 trees will be planted at Rutland Lions Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 and the City needs your help.

A variety of coniferous and deciduous trees are being planted to replace almost all of the Ponderosa pine trees that were destroyed by mountain pine beetle in recent years. Residents can help parks staff bring the urban forest back to life – with or without a shovel. Just meet at the cenotaph in the park to find out how.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Rutland and its residents,” says Laurel D’Andrea, Executive Director at the Uptown Rutland Business Association. “Our community is being revitalized in so many ways. By participating in the tree planting event at Rutland Lions Park, residents can directly contribute to restoring the historic park and enhancing our community.”

The Rutland Lions Park reforestation project is made possible because of a recent grant from Tree Canada’s TD Green Streets program. The tree planting event will coincide with a funding presentation at 10 a.m. when representatives from Tree Canada will present a cheque to the City of Kelowna.   

Rutland Lions Park is located at 205 Gray Rd.

For more information about Kelowna’s parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Most park washrooms to close for winter
Public Service Announcment

The cold weather is coming and the City of Kelowna will be closing most park washrooms and water fountains, including water services at off-leash dog parks, for the winter as of Tuesday, October 15.

These closures are necessary to prevent pipes from freezing throughout the cold winter months. However, washrooms at City Park, Stuart Park and Gerstmar Park will remain open year round. All washrooms and water fountains will be open early April, weather permitting.

Green bike box means no right on red
The first on-street bike box in Kelowna

The first on-street bike box in Kelowna has been installed at the intersection of Richter and Sutherland. Bike boxes are used at intersections to designate a space for cyclists to wait at red lights and safely clear the intersection ahead of cars.

The bike box is indicated by a square green area and bike symbol on the pavement in front of the white vehicle stop line. The intersection of Richter and Sutherland was outfitted with these new markings this week. While these markings are new in Kelowna, they are common in other cycling communities such as Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton and Ottawa.

“It might take people some time to learn about them and adjust to the new arrangement, but we want people to ‘get behind the box’ and help make our streets safer for cyclists and other roadway users” said Mahesh Tripathi, Traffic Engineering Technician.

The new bike boxes will change how drivers and cyclists navigate through the intersection at Richter and Sutherland Avenue. Motorists must stop behind the green bike box on red lights. Right turns on red will not be permitted at these intersections. Cyclists will move into the green bike box on a red light, providing riders with a safer position to turn left.

When the light turns green, motorists and cyclists may move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first. Motorists turning right on a green will follow regular traffic rules by signaling and watching for cyclists to the right, the same as with any curb-side bike lane.

Along with bike boxes, new technology is being tested on traffic signals to detect cyclists. “Our existing video detection system is only programmed to detect vehicles waiting at a red light,” says Atif Khan, Traffic Signals & Systems Supervisor. “We are testing new software that will also detect cyclists waiting at the intersection. This technology paired with the green bike boxes will make it a lot more convenient, faster and safer for cyclists to travel.”

Motorists should always drive aware and share the road with cyclists. Bike boxes significantly increase the visibility of cyclists at intersections, helping to avoid collisions and improving road safety for everyone.

"If everyone is predictable and abides by traffic rules, it significantly reduces the risk of an accident," says MaheshTripathi. "We're going to see more residents taking to the streets by bicycle as well as more pedestrians as our city and region continue to grow. When everyone is aware of others, we all make it to and from our destinations safely.”

Resources on cycling road markings and signals are available at kelowna.ca/transportation, under the cycling section. For more information on cycling initiatives in the Central Okanagan, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

Winter getaways from YLW
Hot Sun Destinations Event

YLW’s annual event lets consumers know what’s new in winter vacation travel

The ever-popular Hot Sun Destinations event will take place at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) on Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The annual event attracts Okanagan residents who want to learn about what’s new and exciting for winter vacation options.

“This is a great event,” says Sam Samaddar, Airport Director. “We get a fantastic turnout from our exhibitors and the public and there is a lot of excitement as we start to turn our attention to planning winter getaways. With the introduction of our two newest airline partners it’s not just a beach vacation we are introducing.”

Due to the tremendous support of the airport’s aviation partners, YLW has an amazing line-up of travel prizes up for grabs, including seven flights: an all-inclusive trip for two to Ixtapa from Sunwing Vacations; air travel for two on Air Canada to Hawaii; tickets for two to any WestJet destination; air travel for two to Cancun with Transat Holidays/Nolitours; tickets for two with Alaska Airlines; a three-night stay under the Northern Lights with Air North, Yukon's Airline, and tickets for two on YLW’s newest air carrier Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Those who enter the draw also give back to the community by making a donation to a local charity. This year it is Arion Therapeutic Farm (www.arionfarm.org ), a 12.5-acre oasis where 13 different programs are offered for people with disabilities and their families. The farm welcomes up to 300 people per week and is staffed by 22 employees and more than 100 volunteers. The farm is pleased to announce that construction of its long awaited indoor riding arena will soon begin. The new building will ensure the weather no longer presents a challenge and valuable therapies can continue year round. They anticipate the grand opening will take place during their annual Winter Wonderland family event on Nov. 30/Dec. 1.

Prize ballots will be available at the draw table: $5 for one, $10 for three and $20 for five chances to win. Tax receipts are issued for all donations over $20. The draw for all prizes awarded by YLW will be made at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. All winners will be contacted by telephone on Saturday if they are not still at the airport and the list of winners will be posted on the YLW Facebook page.

Parking is free for this event in the long-term lot. Parking vouchers are required to be validated at the event.

For more information on the travel event and prizes visit ylw.kelowna.ca.

 

 

Thanksgiving hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Annoucement

To mark Thanksgiving, City Hall will be closed Monday, Oct. 14.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours Monday of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Council Highlights
Oct. 7, 2013

Advisory Committee vacancy filled

Council appointed Dr. Christian Brix as the newest member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Gordon Property

Council authorized a development permit for the proposed two-building commercial development of properties located at 1824 and 1810 Gordon Drive.

Third Quarterly Report

Council received an update on the City’s activities over the last quarter. Council heard that July through September of 2013 was the busiest quarter for construction since 2010, Kelowna International Airport had record-breaking passenger numbers, the Bernard Avenue revitalization entered into Phase 3a and Kelowna enjoyed a number of recreation and cultural events, including artsVest, Culture Days, Park & Play and Dancing in the Park.

Complete your regional travel survey
Help steer the Okanagan’s transportation future

Have you completed your Okanagan Travel Survey? Track your trips for one day and not only will you be entered to win great prizes but you’ll also benefit the United Way.

The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, have partnered to conduct the regional travel survey as daily travel pattern information will help design future transportation systems and corridors.

“Each person's input is important because the more people who respond, the better the quality of resulting information,” says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “We’re asking residents to log their trips for one day. Please take a few minutes and complete this important survey.”

The more people who complete their survey, the more accurate picture of how people travel in the region, allowing planners and engineers to design the most appropriate transportation system for the Okanagan. Your input will influence the way the transportation system is planned for the future.

As a bonus, every household that completes the survey is entered to win one of a number of prizes, including:

  • a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree,
  • three $1,000 shopping sprees,
  • $7,000 worth of gift cards,
  • a weekend for a family of four (including lift tickets, lessons, lodging, rentals, tubing, and skating) at Big White Ski Resort plus opening day lift tickets,
  • seasons tickets to West Kelowna Warriors, and,
  • 60 $25 gift certificates from Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurants.

Plus, every survey submitted supports the local United Way. For every completed survey, $1 will be donated to the local United Way (up to a maximum of $5,000).

“A survey of this type is key to future transportation and land-use planning decisions throughout the Okanagan. This snapshot of how people travel day-to-day will help us assess our current and future transportation needs,” says Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky.

Check your mail for your survey invite card. Households can also obtain an access code from www.OKTravelSurvey.ca, email (info@oktravelsurvey.ca) or by phone (1-877-778-8220).

New Air Service Between Cranbrook (YXC) and YLW
YLW Welcomes Pacific Coastal Airlines

                  

(Richmond BC) Pacific Coastal Airlines is pleased to announce the addition of a new regularly scheduled non-stop service between Cranbrook and Kelowna effective Monday, November 18, 2013.

The new flight will operate once every day except Saturday. It is scheduled to depart Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC) in Cranbrook at 3:10 P.M. MDT arriving at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) at 3:00 PDT. The aircraft will depart from Kelowna at 3:25 P.M. PDT, arriving in Cranbrook at 5:15 P.M. MDT.

“We are very excited about adding Kelowna to our list of more than sixty five destinations in British Columbia”, says Pacific Coastal Airlines’ Vice President of Commercial Services Spencer Smith. “The addition of this new route is an important part of our strategic development plan and evidence of our ongoing commitment to serving the transportation needs of British Columbia.”

Development and operation of the new route is supported through partnership between Pacific Coastal Airlines, Canadian Rockies International Airport, and Kelowna International Airport.

“This marks a significant advancement in air access, allowing strategic economic ties between the Thompson Okanagan and Kootenay Columbia Valleys to grow to new heights,” says Tristen Chernove, Managing Director Canadian Rockies International Airport. “For the length of my time in the Kootenay Rockies Region, Kelowna has remained one of the most requested flight destinations and I’m ecstatic to see this new route get off the ground.”

“Linking the Thompson Okanagan and the Kootenay Columbia Valley will be a huge benefit to both our regions,” says Chair of the YLW Airport Advisory Committee, City of Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “ Not only does this new air service with Pacific Coastal Airlines provide better business and tourism access to both our regions but this will also provide quick easy transportation to our medical facilities and specialists that many from the Cranbrook area are already using ”.

Announcement of the Cranbrook-Kelowna route follows the introduction of Pacific Coastal Airlines’ direct service between Cranbrook and Victoria which was implemented on October 2, 2013.

 

About Pacific Coastal Airlines

Operating from its administrative centre at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) South Terminal for almost forty years, Pacific Coastal Airlines currently provides regular scheduled flights, charters, and cargo service to more than sixty-five destinations in British Columbia.

Pacific Coastal Airlines’ seaplane base operates out of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and from there provides service to a large number destinations along the coast. It is also a major supplier of charter services to fishing lodges, government agencies, and the resource sector.

For more information visit www.pacificcoastal.com

 

 

Aircraft incident at YLW
Aircraft Veers Off Runway

At approximately 11:45 a.m., a student pilot from a local flight school flying a Cessna 172 was conducting "touch and go" training on runway 16. The aircraft veered off the runway and ended up in Mill Creek.

YLW Aircraft Rescue Firefighters are on scene. The pilot walked away from the aircraft and is receiving a medical assessment from BC Ambulance.

The runway is open and commercial flights in and out of YLW are as scheduled. Environmental measures are in place for Mill Creek located along the runway.

Media requesting photographs are requested to meet at Gate 30 which is adjacent to Nav Canada Tower along  Old Vernon Road.

 

 

Fire Prevention Week
Caution when cooking

Kelowna Fire Department is joining with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents about how easily kitchen fires can start.

During this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, Oct. 6-12, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires — most of which result from unattended cooking — and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest research from the non-profit NFPA, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen — more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

"Often when we're called to a fire that started in the kitchen, the residents tell us that they only left the kitchen for a few minutes," said Rick Euper, Fire and Life Safety Educator for the Kelowna Fire Department. “Sadly, that's all it takes for a dangerous fire to start. We hope that Fire Prevention Week will help us reach folks in the community before they've suffered a damaging lesson."

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least 1 metre away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.
  • Ensure your smoke alarm is working — test smoke alarms regularly and replace if more than 10 years old.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

2014 Arts and Culture Grants information workshops
Register for Oct. 8 & 10 workshops

Local, incorporated, non-profit organizations interested in applying for a 2014 Arts and Culture Operating, Project or Community Public Art grant are invited to attend a free workshop to learn about the changes being made to the 2014 application guidelines. These workshops will be held on Tuesday, October 8 and Thursday, October 10 and will introduce attendees to the program guidelines, application forms and evaluation process. Attendees will also have the opportunity to work through sample grant applications and evaluations to aid their understanding of what makes a successful application. 

“Last year, 33 local organizations received a combined $185,200 in grants to support their work,” says Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager. “We have more applications every year, so we strongly encourage all potential applicants to attend a workshop to help prepare their application and become a strong candidate.”

Grant funding will be confirmed for successful applicants in early February 2014. 

While the workshops are free, registration is required. Interested attendees can register by calling the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or by going online to the City’s recreation registration page at kelowna.ca/recreation.

Workshops will be held at the Okanagan Regional Library – Kelowna branch, located at 1380 Ellis Street. 

  • Tuesday, October 8 from 2 – 5 p.m. (barcode 133178)
  • Thursday, October 10 from 5 – 8 p.m. (barcode 133179)

Grant applications will be accepted until November 29 at 3 p.m.  

Guidelines and applications will be available online October 12 at kelowna.ca/culture.

 

New route, new road closures, transit impacts for Okanagan Marathon
Traffic Advisory

On Sunday, Oct. 13, various complete and partial road closures will be in place to accommodate the 2013 BMO Okanagan Marathon. Closures will last from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The marathon road race will affect vehicle traffic and transit schedules.

(PDF map of 21-kilometre course is attached; Link to course:)

http://www.okanaganmarathon.ca/files/OM_21k_route.pdf

North End (North of Highway 97) is closed to traffic, except local traffic allowed. Closures are in effect from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

  • City Park parking lot is closed from Oct. 8 to Oct. 16 to accommodate extensive set-up for marathon events
  • Abbott Street from Leon Avenue to Bernard Avenue, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
  • Lawrence Avenue from Abbott Street and Water Street, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
  • Bernard Avenue from Abbott Street to Mill Street, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
  • Mill Street from Bernard Avenue to Water Street – closed to all vehicle traffic, including local – road to open at 1 p.m.
  • Water Street from Mill Street/Queensway Avenue to Cawston Avenue, local traffic allowed
  • Cawston Avenue from Water Street to Ellis Street, local traffic allowed from 9 a.m.
  • Ellis Street from Cawston Avenue to Broadway Avenue – open to north and southbound vehicle traffic, expect delays; no parking on Ellis Street from Cawston Avenue to Recreation Avenue
  • Recreation Avenue from Ellis Street to Richter Street
  • Weddel Place from Richter Street to Gordon Drive
  • Richter Street remains open to vehicle traffic, expect delays
  • Gordon Drive north of Clement Avenue
  • Trench Place, Ethel Street, Bay Avenue and Jones Street, roads open at 12 p.m.
  • Manhattan Drive and Guy Street - open to local traffic only in a clockwise pattern; enter and exit at Bay Avenue, roads open at 12:30 p.m.

South End (South of Highway 97) closed to traffic; however, local traffic allowed. Closures are in effect from 7:45 a.m. until 2 p.m. unless noted.

Vehicles looking to access the south end of the city (south of Barrera Road/Casorso Road) are encouraged to use Gordon Drive to avoid road closures and delays. Pandosy Street will remain open; however, expect delays as runners cross at West Avenue and Swordy Road.

  • No access to Abbott Street from Highway 97. Vehicles traffic should turn right at Pandosy Street.
  • Abbott Street from Highway 97 to Gyro Beach – closed to southbound traffic only, northbound local traffic allowed.
  • Swordy Road from Lakeshore Road to Casorso Road – expect delays as participants cross Lakshore Road at Swordy Road; local traffic only
  • Casorso Road from Swordy Road to KLO Road – no northbound traffic; southbound traffic allowed, expect delays
  • KLO Road from Casorso Road to Gordon Drive
    • one eastbound lane closure, no impact on westbound traffic
    • participants will be crossing KLO Road at Campus Road East, expect delays (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Raymer Avenue from Gordon Drive to Pandosy Street – closed to eastbound traffic only
  • Richter Street at Raymer Avenue – participants will be crossing; expect delays
  • Tutt Street from Raymer Avenue to West Avenue – local traffic only
  • West Avenue from Tutt Street to Abbott Street – expect delays as participants cross Pandosy Street at West Avenue

Motorists are to observe all traffic controls advising of the road closures and watch for participants along the route.

Transit customers can expect delays for all routes serving Queensway Exchange and the Okanagan College area as well as minor routing detours on routes # 2 Northend (no service on Water Street from Doyle to Ellis). Bus stops this roadway segments will be closed for the duration of the event; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to the marathon on Sunday, there will be a 5 km race on Saturday, which will not impact traffic or transit. Motorists are asked to yield to participants running on pathways in City Park, Waterfront Park and Gyro Park throughout the weekend.

For more information, please visit the following sites:

Okanagan Marathon - okanaganmarathon.ca

Road Closures - kelowna.ca/roadreport

Bus schedules - bctransit.com/regions/kel or contact 250-860-8121

Council Highlights
Sept. 30, 2013

International Children’s Games highlights

Council received a presentation of highlights from the International Children’s Summer Games in August in Windsor, Ont. Kelowna has sent 162 young athletes and coaches to IC Games in Kelowna, Scotland, South Korea, Russia, and Windsor, participating in 13 sports.

District Energy update

Council received an update from FortisBC on the proposed District Energy System in downtown Kelowna. District Energy is 20-25 percent more efficient than natural gas, therefore using less fossil fuel to heat buildings and resulting in less carbon emitted. Council also approved the Definitive Operating Agreement and Supplementary Permitting and Fee Agreement between the City and FortisBC Alternative Energy Services to establish the District Energy System in downtown Kelowna with construction anticipated for 2014.

Cultural Grants

Council received an overview of the City’s 2014 Cultural Grants program, including Operating, Project and Community Public Art Grants. Two public information workshops at the Kelowna Library are scheduled for Oct. 8 and 10, 2013 to assist with the application process. New this year, Operating Grant recipients will receive detailed feedback about their applications and may be required to demonstrate improvement by the following year. Also new this year is support for Organization Development projects which can improve an organization’s effectiveness and community impact.

Appaloosa Pre-design

Council received an update from staff on the pre-design for water, sewer and roads in the Arab/Appaloosa Road area, and directed staff to report back with more economically feasible options for residents of that area.

Downtown Kelowna Bylaw

Council adopted the Kelowna Downtown Business Improvement Area Bylaw, setting their funding for the next five years.

Carpool Month

Kelowna City Councillors committed to carpooling during October for Carpool month and have challenged residents and other cities to do the same. For more information, visit carpool.ca.

 

Government partnership improves Kelowna transit service
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Infrastructure Canada
News Release

Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, joined Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country, Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission, Walter Gray, Mayor of Kelowna, and Mike Davis, chief operating officer and vice-president operations for BC Transit to celebrate the official opening of the new Rutland Transit Exchange and welcome three new Vicinity buses.

"Investments in public transit will keep Kelowna’s residents and visitors moving, contribute to productivity, and reduce the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions across the region," said Cannan. "Our government is proud to invest in infrastructure projects, such as the Rutland Exchange, as we focus on creating jobs, promoting growth and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada."

The Rutland transit exchange is part of the frequent transit network, and provides commuters with direct access to RapidBus service. The network offers riders service at least every 15 minutes, or more frequently, during peak hours. The new exchange is also part of the City of Kelowna’s revitalization program for the area.

In addition to the new transit exchange, three new Vicinity buses will be added to Kelowna’s regional transit system beginning this week. The environmentally friendly buses are designed to meet community needs and will improve access for people with mobility challenges. They also provide long-term fuel and maintenance savings for communities. Kelowna is one of six communities in B.C. to receive the new sleek and modern buses.

"Transit service is essential to supporting families and building strong communities," said Letnick. "In addition to the recent RapidBus expansion to the Westside, these new improvements will make taking the bus easier and encourage more people to ride the bus."

The Rutland transit exchange was funded through a $1.4-million contribution from the federal Gas Tax Fund, $2 million from the Government of British Columbia and $1.1 million from the City of Kelowna, for a total of $4.5 million.

"This project is the first major component in the revitalization of the Rutland Town Centre," said Gray. "The Rutland Transit Exchange and associated roadway and pedestrian improvements have made a tremendous improvement for the Rutland community, residents and businesses."

RapidBus service, once complete in summer 2014, will provide 30 kilometres of service between University of British Columbia Okanagan and West Kelowna. This will save transit users approximately 20 minutes travel time, making it easier and faster for families and commuters.

"This exchange, the new Vicinity buses and RapidBus all add up to better transit service for Kelowna area residents," said Davis. "BC Transit is pleased to have partnered with the federal, provincial and local governments to connect people to their destinations easier and faster than ever before."

The RapidBus project costs $46 million, with the Government of Canada contributing up to $10.9 million from the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component and another $6 million from the Gas Tax Fund. The Government of B.C. is contributing $23.9 million, the City of Kelowna $5.2 million and West Kelowna is contributing land.

The federal Gas Tax Fund transfer provides long-term funding to municipalities across the country to build and revitalize their local infrastructure. The Government of Canada has now made the GTF a permanent transfer and has proposed improvements that will see the GTF grow from its current $2 billion per year, while providing increased flexibility on how the money can be used to fund local infrastructure priorities. Discussions are underway with provinces and territories to renew the GTF agreements so that these improvements can be implemented as soon as possible.

Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund transfer to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in B.C., in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

Learn more:

For information on Kelowna RapidBus, visit: www.kelownarapidbus.ca

For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure, visit: www.infrastructure.gc.ca or follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng

For information on the Government of British Columbia’s Transit Plan, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/Transit_Plan/

For information on BC Transit, visit: www.bctransit.com/

For information on transit in the City of Kelowna, visit: kelowna.ca

Run for the Cure pedestrian advisory
Traffic Advisory

On Sunday, October 6, more than 2,000 people will participate in the Run for the Cure, a national fundraising event for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., participants will run and walk a one or five kilometre route, beginning and ending at City Park.

While this event will not close roads, motorists may experience delays at the following pedestrian crossings: Water Street at Queensway, mid-block crossing on Doyle Avenue and on Cawston Avenue, and Water Street at Sunset Drive.

Traffic control personnel will be visible along the downtown route.

On-street parking will be temporarily restricted from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following streets.

  • Abbott Street – two stalls on the west side between City Park entrance and the Rose Garden to accommodate a loading zone
  • Queensway – north side between Water Street and Pandosy Street to accommodate a wider walkway for participants (parking stalls will be coned to manage the corridor)
  • Doyle Avenue – south side from City Hall parking lot to the Library Parkade driveway to accommodate a wider walkway for participants (parking stalls will be coned to manage the corridor)

Drivers are asked to exercise caution while driving in downtown Sunday morning and to watch out for runners and walkers on the roadways and pathways.

For more information on the run, visit runforthecure.com.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

Dog park signs err on the side of caution
Temporary signs have been posted

Temporary signs have been posted at local dog parks alerting pet owners to reports of chemically laced bread being left on the ground.

Reports of contaminated buns or doughnuts and an odour of anti-freeze are unconfirmed by the City of Kelowna and Kelowna RCMP, but the temporary warning signs were posted as a precaution.

“The signs are going up just to make sure dog owners monitor their pets at all times,” said Parks Services Manager Ian Wilson. “We have investigated the reports but couldn’t confirm there was any contaminated bread left in the Glenmore or Rutland dog parks.”

Wilson says the RCMP have been made aware of the allegation and he urges pet owners to keep a lookout and to immediately report anything suspicious.

Kelowna Parks staff have followed up with a local veterinarian about a dog that was reportedly poisoned last weekend and the veterinarian indicated that testing showed no evidence of poison.

For more information about dog park locations, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Kelowna loves Culture Days
Public Service Announcement

The City of Kelowna, along with local artists, cultural organizations and community groups, is set to showcase the city’s local arts and culture scene during Culture Days, tomorrow through Sunday. Residents are invited to spend the weekend participating in more than 50 free events around town.

Culture Days kicks off on Friday and includes the Kelowna Culture Crawl. This self-guided, evening walking tour around downtown features artists from multiple disciplines exhibiting their work at studios, galleries, retail shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Visit heart school, located at 375 Bernard Avenue (above Starbucks on the corner of Bernard Avenue and Pandosy Street) from 6 to 10 p.m. for a list of participating businesses.

On Saturday, explore Kelowna’s cultural district with Culture Caching. This modern day scavenger hunt uses smart phones or Global Positioning System devices to find cultural treasures. Participants can enter to win prizes with each treasure found. Individuals and teams can register at the Arts Common between the Rotary Centre for the Arts and the Kelowna Art Gallery between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No smart phone, no problem; just bring a pen and paper with you.

The City and the Inspired Word Café present Culture Days Jam, Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Visit the Mary Irwin Theatre in the Rotary Centre for the Arts to see artists, dancers, musicians, spoken word artists and more perform to celebrate Culture Days and our creative city.

Cap off the Culture Days weekend with A Taste of the Seasons – Culture Days Showcase at the Kelowna Community Theatre on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. Get a sneak peak of the upcoming fall performances from Ballet Kelowna, Opera Kelowna, Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, Theatre Kelowna Society and Anna Jacyszyn.

Residents can view the complete list of activities and plan their Culture Days weekend using the Bright Spots activity locator at culturedays.ca. Use ‘Kelowna’ or your postal code to search for local events. 

 

October is Carpool Month
Many prizes to be won

Commuters are encouraged to give carpooling a try during the Okanagan’s seventh Annual Carpool event in October.

Okanagan residents could win one of five $100 fuel cards by visiting carpool.ca and joining in activities such as signing up for the first time, finding carpool partners, submitting carpool stories and more.

The carpool program is part of the Central Okanagan’s smartTRIPS program, which encourages residents to use alternative forms of transportation.

“Apart from lessening our impact on the environment, carpooling makes good economic sense for motorists,” says Active Transportation Coordinator Mike Kittmer. “At a time when people are really trying to watch their pennies, carpooling is an easy way to reduce costs on fuel, parking and vehicle maintenance.”

Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray has proclaimed October 2013, Carpool Month and Okanagan communities from Vernon to Oliver participate in the event. The program is not just for people who live within city limits; in fact, approximately 20 per cent of commuters drive in from communities outside of major centres. In areas where public transit might not be readily available, carpooling makes even better sense.

There are nearly 900 registered users of carpool.ca in the Okanagan. The user-friendly system is secure and free. As more and more people register, carpooling becomes a viable transportation alternative for commuters.

“It’s important to note that carpooling doesn’t require a large commitment,” says Anne Marie Thornton, Manager of Carpool.ca. “Our desire to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions tends to be secondary to our need for convenience, so consider carpooling once or twice a week to start.”

For more information on carpooling and reducing your vehicle use, please visit smartTRIPS.ca.

Council Highlights
Sept. 23, 2013

Awards at UBCM

Mayor Walter Gray shared information about three awards presented to the City of Kelowna at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention last week. The City won the UBCM Community Excellence Award for Best Practices for its mobile service request system. It received the Open for Business Award from the B.C. Small Business Roundtable and a Community Recognition Award from WoodWORKS! B.C. for the use of wood in the new Glenmore Landfill administration building.

National Culture Days

Council was presented with a poem by local spoken word artist Rawle James to raise awareness about Culture Days in Kelowna. Running Sept. 27-29, Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.

ALR Exclusion

Council supported an exclusion from the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) for the properties at 2025 Springfield Rd. and 2120 Cooper Rd., located across from Orchard Plaza, to facilitate the creation of a mixed use development.  If supported by the Agricultural Land Commission, this proposal could support residential units, as well as commercial and office space.

Collett Manor Extension

Council approved an extension for the final adoption of the rezoning of properties in the Hospital Health District proposed for a mixed-use development. The proposed Collett Manor Medical & Residential Facility would provide additional accommodation and office space in the area.

Okanagan Symphony

Council approved a five year lease to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Society for the use of the Knowles House for office and storage space.

 

Guisachan Road reopens between Gordon & Burtch
Traffic Advisory

Today after 2 p.m., Guisachan Road from Gordon Drive east to Burtch Road will reopen to motorists.

The road improvements have now been completed as part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

City collects awards at UBCM convention
Best practices, open for business and use of wood

City of Kelowna representatives met with provincial officials to discuss important local issues at the Union of B.C. Municipalities Association annual convention.

“We initiated a lot of conversations that we will continue to pursue as ministers return to business and we continue to push our priorities, such as a second crossing and better cost-sharing arrangements with the provincial government,” said Mayor Walter Gray.

“We don’t get a lot of opportunities to talk with and listen to ministers and deputy ministers, so we take full advantage of the opportunity when we can.”

City of Kelowna has an excellent reputation among provincial officials as a good partner, said Mayor Gray.

“We’re a growing city and we’re a progressive, innovative partner that always has its eye on sustainable infrastructure and practices,” he said.

Mayor Gray and Councillors Luke Stack, Maxine DeHart and Gail Given collected three awards at the conference that highlight the City of Kelowna’s innovative and sustainable approach to local government.

The City of Kelowna received the Open for Business Award from the B.C. Small Business Roundtable, which comes with a $10,000 cash award to invest in business enhancement.

“We strive for a small-business-friendly community climate in two ways. Internally, staff focus on improving the economic climate through red tape reduction, strategic investments, and process and customer service improvements,” said Mayor Gray. “And externally, we take a Team Kelowna approach -- we work through partnerships to help create a fully integrated support system to nurture and grow business and investment.”

The City of Kelowna also received a UBCM Community Excellence Award for Best Practices, which recognizes the City’s development of a mobile option for public requests for a service.

The Service Request System is an online tool that directs requests from members of the public to the appropriate person for action or information. Requests can be made by phone, computer and –- introduced earlier this year -- by mobile device.

The UBCM describes the award as an opportunity to showcase municipalities that ‘lead the pack’, take risks to innovate, establish new partnerships, question established ways of doing business and pioneer new customer service practices.

The City of Kelowna’s third award was from WoodWORKS! BC.

The City’s use of wood in the new Glenmore Landfill administration building was recognized with a Community Recognition Award from the Canadian Wood Council.

The City of Kelowna has a policy of considering the use of wood products in its building projects where appropriate, in an effort to support the local economy and the people who work in the B.C. lumber industry.

Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray said receiving these awards is gratifying and an indication of Kelowna’s commitment to economic and environmental innovation.

“Best practices and industry standards are great, but the City of Kelowna also wants to show leadership where it can. The UBCM awards recognize our efforts to be innovative and customer-oriented, and the WoodWORKS! Award shows our commitment to sustainable buildings and support for the local economy.”

Celebrate our vibrant city at Culture Days
Public Service Announcement

The City of Kelowna, along with local artists, cultural organizations and community groups, will ignite residents’ passion for culture during Culture Days, Sept. 27-29.

This fourth-annual, national event invites communities to showcase their local arts and culture scene by hosting free, participatory events, and encourages residents to make culture a daily habit.

“Kelowna has really stepped up to be part of the Culture Days national celebration,” says Sandra Kochan, Cultural Services Manager. “Our city is rich with cultural experiences for residents to discover. Culture Days showcases our vibrant arts scene and encourage residents to participate in culture year-round.”

This year, more than 40 artists and organizations will host free events around Kelowna, including spoken-word artist Rawle James who will introduce Culture Days to City Council on Monday, Sept. 23. Residents can then watch James perform at the Culture Day Jam on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Irwin Theatre.

The following are examples of Culture Days activities happening around Kelowna.

Friday, September 27

  • Culture Crawl throughout downtown Kelowna
  • Inspired Word Café at the Okanagan Regional Library
  • Nuit Blanche at the French Cultural Centre

Saturday, September 28:

  • Culture Caching in the Cultural District
  • Culture Days Dance Party at the Kinsmen Fieldhouse Hall
  • Let’s Make a Trade at Okanagan Heritage Museum

Sunday, September 29:

  • Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony at Kasugai Gardens
  • Cultural Performance Showcase at the Kelowna Community Theatre
  • 60 Artists in 60 Spaces at various locations around Kelowna

Residents can view the complete list and plan their Culture Days weekend by using the Bright Spots activity locator at culturedays.ca. Search for local events using – Kelowna – or your postal code to see what’s happening around town. 

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/culture.

 

Complete your regional travel survey
Help steer the Okanagan’s transportation future

Whether it’s to school, work or the grocery store, Okanagan residents make thousands of “trips” every day in our growing region. The Cities of Kelowna and Vernon, the Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland, and Lake Country, the Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan, have partnered to conduct a joint regional travel survey starting Sept. 23.

The Okanagan Travel Survey is a household-based survey for all residents of the Central Okanagan and City of Vernon (more than 91,000 households). Invitation cards with unique access codes will be mailed to households, inviting residents to participate. Watch your mail over the next few weeks for the Okanagan Regional Travel Survey, or visit www.oktravelsurvey.ca to find out more.  Households that have opted out of Canada Post’s flyer distribution can register online or call 1-877-778-8220 to receive their access codes.

The survey is easy to do – once information about each household, their family members, and vehicle information is provided, a day will be assigned in which each family member simply logs all the trips they make on a single day. The information provided will be kept completely confidential and will be reported only in aggregate statistics.

“The feedback we receive will help us plan our transportation systems to better fit residents’ needs,” says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “Through the survey, we hope to gain a better understanding of the travel behaviours of residents in Kelowna and other participating communities and thus help determine future transportation infrastructure and services. It’s important that residents complete the survey.”

The last similar survey was completed in 2007 and will be compared to this year’s survey results to identify trends and changes. Having accurate and up-to-date information on the travel patterns of residents will help communities, the Ministry of Transportation and BC Transit to assess current transportation needs, identify trends and develop transportation strategies and improvements.

“A survey of this type is key to future transportation and land-use planning decisions throughout the Okanagan. This snapshot of how people travel day-to-day will help us assess our current and future transportation needs,” says Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky.

Begin your survey once you receive your invite in the mail and be entered for a chance to win one of more than 100 prizes, including a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree, three $1,000 mini-shopping sprees, $5,500 worth of gift cards, a weekend for a family of four (including lift tickets, lessons, lodging, rentals, tubing, and skating) at Big White Ski Resort plus opening day lift tickets, seasons and FlexPack tickets to West Kelowna Warriors, and 60 $25 gift certificates from Kelly O’Bryan’s Neighborhood Restaurants.

Road closure for Run in Colour
Traffic Advisory

Saturday, Sept. 21, marks the first 5K Run in Colour race in Kelowna.

The fundraising event for Kelowna General Hospital will have runners pass through four colour stations located in parks throughout the city’s north end: Jack Brow Park, Sutherland Park, Knox Mountain Park and Walrod Park.

Runners will keep to the sidewalks, pathways and the road’s shoulder for the entire race. However, Water Street will be closed between Sunset Drive and the entrance to Prospera Place parking lot across from Lake City Casino from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate the race start, finish and vendors.

Additionally, there will be no parking allowed on the west side of Ellis Street (from Recreation/Manhattan to Central Avenue) between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. Vehicles parked along this section will be courtesy towed around the corner or across the street to ensure that the race course is clear for runners.

The Dolphins parking lot will be closed to the public on Saturday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public parking will be available in the library parkade.

Drivers are asked to exercise caution while driving in Kelowna’s north end on Saturday morning and to watch out for runners on the roadways and pathways.

For more information on the race, visit 5krunincolour.com and for more road closure information, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

 

More than one million passengers at YLW arrive a month early
YLW Passes One Million Passengers for 2013

Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has surpassed the one millionth passenger mark, the earliest in its history.

“This year, and especially this summer, has been phenomenal for air travel through YLW,” says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. “In 2005, we reached our first millionth passenger that year around December 10, last year it was mid-September. To top that number this year in August was a surprise, but it coincides with the great tourist season felt throughout the Valley this July and August.”

At the end of August, YLW passenger numbers reached 1,001,294 which is almost three per cent more than the same period in 2012. Since January, every month was a record breaking month. July and August became the busiest summer in YLW history with more than 14,000 more passengers combined flying through YLW.

“The tourist season in the summer is typically strong,” says Nancy Cameron Tourism Kelowna CEO. “However this summer we saw our tourist numbers increase right through to the end of Labour Day weekend.”

“So far this has been a great year for YLW and air service growth,” says Samaddar. “With new flights and destinations, we are bringing a lot more people to the Okanagan and we are giving those in B.C.’s Southern Interior more destination options from YLW. As we head into what is expected to be a busy winter travel season, we are looking forward to the outcome of 2013.”

Air North Yukon’s Airline recently announced it will continue to link the Yukon and the Okanagan year-round, so it’s no longer just a beach holiday travellers may be considering this winter.

Imagine taking in a dog sledding adventure or experiencing the mystical Northern Lights as a part of the Yukon experience. Three-day travel packages from YLW to Whitehorse are now on sale until Dec. 16, which includes flight and accommodations for $595 including fees and taxes.

It is also expected many North of 60 will take advantage of the year-round service to enjoy the four seasons of the Okanagan.

“Air service between the Okanagan and Yukon was launched on June 6, 2013 as a four-month trial,” says Samaddar. “Having this service available year-round now will provide great access to both our regions. Those in the Yukon can take advantage of our milder winters, our winter daylight hours, fantastic ski hill options and even the connections from YLW to our many sun destinations.”

For those thinking about squeezing into a swimsuit and a holiday to a warmer climate this winter, non-stop flights and destination options at YLW continue to grow:

  • Year-round daily service to Los Angeles on United Airlines remains a popular flight as it celebrates one-year at YLW this December.
  • Flights to Phoenix will start again on Oct. 26 with an increase to twice a week service on Saturdays and Mondays with WestJet.
  • Try your luck in Las Vegas with non-stop flights every Thursday and Sunday on WestJet beginning Oct. 27.
  • Los Cabos, Mexico flights begin Oct. 26 every Saturday on WestJet
  • Cancun, Mexico service begins Oct. 27 with WestJet on Sundays and Wednesdays with an additional Saturday flight by Transat Holidays starting on Dec. 21
  • Puerto Vallarta, Mexico proves to be another popular destination with Friday service on WestJet starting Oct. 25 and Transat Holidays every Friday as of Dec. 20
  • A new Mexico destination is added this year on Thursdays by Sunwing to Ixtapa/Zihuantanejo starting Dec. 19

To learn more about the winter sun destinations at YLW attend the airport’s annual Hot Sun Event on Saturday, Oct. 19 or visit the airport’s official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.

BACKGROUND

 Airlines serving YLW& its non-stop destinations: 

Serving 1.45 million passengers, YLW offers 66 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Air North, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Abbotsford, Victoria, Prince George, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Mexico.

Click here for historical Passenger Stats at YLW & for Destinations click here

YLW Hot Sun Destination Event

Saturday October 19th 11 am – 3 pm

The annual YLW Hot Sun Travel Event will be taking place.  The public is invited to this free event for a chance to explore, ask questions and even book their next tropical vacation. Feeling lucky? Enter for a chance to win one of the four amazing prizes up for grabs; travel vouchers for two to any WestJet destination, tickets for two to Cancun with Transat Holidays, Air Canada tickets for two to Hawaii and an all-inclusive holiday package for two to Ixtapa Mexico with Sunwing Vacations! Tickets for the draws will be sold for 1 for $5, 3 for $10 and 6 for $20.  All proceeds will be provided to Arion Therapeutic Farm in SE Kelowna and its “Raise the Roof” campaign.  The prize draws will take place after the event at 3 pm.

Council Highlights
Sept. 9, 2013

Superstore development

Council authorized a development permit for the expansion of retail space and parking at the current Superstore location. The development will include three new buildings, including a Keg restaurant.

Housing Agreements

Council directed staff to proceed with next steps to rescind all ownership Housing Agreements Authorization Bylaws. Given the current housing market, it is no longer difficult to find a re-sale stratified home at or below the City’s starter home price of $209,902.

Development Application Notification

Council endorsed a new policy to reduce the area for statutory development application notification, in exchange for a more reader-friendly “Get Connected” informational notice that would be distributed to a larger area.

Connecting Canadians Through Canada's Democracy Week
Elections Canada news release

Elections Canada is inviting Canadians to participate in Canada's Democracy Week from September 16 to 23, 2013. The week will include events and activities across the country.

This year, Canadians are being asked to celebrate the theme Connect with democracy. "Democracy works best when people feel an active sense of ownership," says Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Marc Mayrand. "Youth have proven to be perceptive and engaged citizens. Canada's Democracy Week is about celebrating what youth are doing to promote democracy in their communities."

Here are some highlights of this year's Canada's Democracy Week:

  • The National Democracy Challenge is back. The contest invites Canadian youth, aged 14 to 30, to submit a video, image or piece of writing that showcases democracy in action. Entries will be judged by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Rick Mercer and George Stroumboulopoulos, and the winners will receive prizes.
  • Events will be held with the University of British Columbia, the University of Manitoba, the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University, where students and panelists will exchange ideas about the importance of democracy and voting.
  • A public roundtable discussion featuring leaders in democratic engagement will be co-hosted by Institut du Nouveau Monde in Montréal.
  • Rep Day is being coordinated by CIVIX in several high schools. Elected representatives will visit classrooms to discuss current political issues with students.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada is launching a democracy module as part of its Keystone youth leadership program, and the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education is launching a youth civic education module to be delivered by future teachers at the Encounters with Canada program.
  • Following Canada's Democracy Week, on September 28, Mr. Mayrand will be speaking at the Power of the Arts National Forum hosted by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Carleton University, where he will discuss the importance of civic engagement.

Canada's Democracy Week is an Elections Canada civic education initiative that was first launched in September 2011. It is built around the United Nations' International Day of Democracy, celebrated worldwide on September 15.

Road closure on Guisachan Road for reconstruction
Traffic Advisory

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 a.m., Guisachan Road from Gordon Drive east to Burtch Road will be closed to thru traffic and a detour will be in effect to accommodate road and sidewalk improvements.

The road is scheduled to open Friday, Sept. 27, weather permitting.

Access to businesses and residences on Guisachan Road without alternate access will be maintained. Motorists are encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

Opportunities await at the Volunteer Fair
Public Service Announcement

The City of Kelowna and Kelowna Community Resources will host the 16th annual Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This one-stop-shop makes searching for the right volunteer opportunities easy. With more than 80 local, non-profit organizations in attendance, individuals can learn about organizations and how their personal involvement can make a difference in our community.

The Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair is being sponsored by the City of Kelowna, Kelowna Community Resources, Central Okanagan Foundation, United Way, Central Okanagan Foundation, Investors Group, Beyond 50 Magazine and ezRock 101.5 FM.

For more information, phone the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit the Kelowna Community Resources website at kcr.ca.

Bernard Ave revitalization to see additional phase
Revising the schedule for Phase 3

The City of Kelowna is revising the schedule for Phase 3 of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization due to the current labour dispute at FortisBC.

The third phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna’s “Main Street” began on Sept. 3 as scheduled, however only the area from St. Paul to Ellis streets including the Ellis intersection, is not affected by electrical utility works and will be completed this fall.

"It’s a regrettable situation, but to mitigate impact to businesses only the area where we know the work can be completed will be started,” said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services.

Completion of Phase 3a is scheduled for the end of November with the remaining section, from Pandosy to Ellis streets, to begin in early spring with Bernard Avenue completed in its entirety by June 2014.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the many projects happening downtown.

Bernard Avenue road closures
Traffic Advisory

Beginning Tuesday, September 3, at 5 a.m. Bernard Avenue from St. Paul to Ellis Streets will be closed to motorists to accommodate the utility replacement and streetscaping as part of the revitalization of Bernard Avenue.

The Ellis Street intersection will be closed to motorists and the truck route will be rerouted temporarily to Gordon Drive. Detour routes will be clearly marked and traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.

Access to businesses and pedestrian walkways is a priority and will be maintained. Pedestrian crossings located at St. Paul and on the west side of Ellis streets will be permitted when safe.

All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, routes serving downtown may experience delays due to construction. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedules and plan travel accordingly.

An amendment to the noise bylaw was granted by Council to allow extended construction hours of 6 a.m. to midnight. Occasional work may also occur outside of these times to minimize impacts on businesses and limit the time of active construction in the area.

Completion of the third phase of construction is anticipated at the end of November.

The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and motorists while construction is taking place. Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about the project.

Fall hours at Kasugai Gardens
Public Service Announcement

Summer is coming to an end and Kasugai Gardens will be returning to its fall hours of operation. Starting Tuesday, September 3, Kasugai Gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 31 when it will close for the season. 

Kasugai Gardens are located off Queensway, just east of City Hall. The walled garden provides a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden such as stone lanterns, pine trees, a waterfall and pond. The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981.

For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Kelowna firefighters wear pink for the cure
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This September, the Kelowna Fire Department will swap their typical uniforms for something a little more colourful.

Throughout September, all members of the Fire Department will be wearing pink t-shirts while on duty to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure.

“The Kelowna Professional Firefighter's Association is once again excited to partner with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research,” says Jason Picklyk, Kelowna Firefighter. “We are selling the pink shirts at Station 1 on Enterprise Way to raise money and awareness for this great cause. The shirts are of course pink and include the phrase Brave enough to wear pink, because we care.”

A minimum donation of $20 is being requested for a pink shirt. Anyone interested in purchasing a shirt can contact Jason Picklyk at 250-859-1517. All sale proceeds will support the Kelowna Professional Firefighter's Charitable Society's donation to this year's CIBC Run for the Cure.

The 22nd annual CIBC Run for the Cure takes place on Sunday October 6, at City Park in Kelowna. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure is the largest single-day, volunteer-led fundraising event for breast cancer in Canada. For more information, visit www.cbcf.org.

 

Road closures for first Wine Country Half Marathon
Traffic Advisory

On Saturday, September 7, up to 1,500 participants will compete in Kelowna’s inaugural Wine Country Half Marathon, the newest run in a series of destination races located in wine regions throughout the United States and now Canada.

The 21.1 kilometre race starts at 7 a.m. at The Vibrant Vine, making its way through East Kelowna, Lower Mission, South Kelowna and City Park, finishing at Waterfront Park.

To accommodate the event, parking restrictions and road closures will be in place leading up to and during the event. Minor transit disruptions are expected on route #1 Lakeshore between 8 and 10 a.m. with the temporary closure of two southbound bus stops at Cook and Truswell Roads.

Parking restrictions

  • The Dolphins parking lot will be closed to the public from Friday, September 6 at 8 a.m. – Saturday, September 7 at 1 p.m. The parking lot will only be accessible to permitted monthly parkers during this time.
  • The Water Street Boat Launch and parking lot will be closed to the public from Friday at 6 p.m. - Saturday at 2 p.m. to accommodate event set up, parking and runners approaching the finish line.
  • On-street parking on Water Street (west side only) from Sunset Drive to Cawston Avenue will be restricted on Saturday from 4:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. to accommodate shuttle buses transporting race participants. Vehicles parked along Water Street during this time will be courtesy towed to the parking lot located on the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue.

Road closures

Road closures will be in place on Saturday from 6:30 - 10 a.m. to accommodate the timed race; roads will reopen once the last runner has past. Motorists are asked to be cautious while driving through these areas as runners have the right of way through intersections during the race. RCMP, along with certified flaggers, will serve as traffic control personnel along the race route and all traffic controls and on-site personnel must be observed.

East Kelowna road closures (6:30 – 9 a.m.)

Roads will reopen in stages following the last runner.

Full road closures:

  • Pooley Road to Rose Road
  • Rose Road to McCulloch Road
  • MCCulloch Road to Hart Road
  • Hart Road to Spiers Road
  • Spiers Road to Todd Road
  • Todd Road to Grantham Road
  • Grantham Road to Todd Road

Lane closures:

  • Todd Road to Saucier Road (north side only)
  • Saucier Road to Takla Road (west side only)
  • Takla Road to Bedford Road (west side only)
  • Bedford Road to Dehart Road (west side only)
  • Dehart Road to Swamp Road (west side only)

Lower Mission traffic advisory (8 – 9:30 a.m.)

Roads will remain open. Motorists are reminded that runners have the right of way through intersections.

  • Swamp Road to Casorso Road
  • Casorso Road to Lakeshore Road
  • Lakeshore Road to Watt Road
  • Watt Road to Walnut Street
  • Walnut Street to Abbott Street

South Kelowna traffic advisory (8 – 10 a.m.)

Roads will remain open. Motorists are reminded that runners have the right of way through intersections.

  • Abbott Street to Wardlaw Avenue
  • Wardlaw Avenue to Chistleton Avenue
  • Christleton Avenue to Abbott Street
  • Abbott Street to Lake Avenue

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Attachment one: Rolling road closure map

 

 

 

 

Labour Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement

To mark Labour Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, September 2.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. giving you time to pick up your fall OgoGrow or GlenGrow - available at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. however the aquatic area will be temporarily closed from until September 7 for annual general maintenance. This closure will affect the main pool, children’s play pool, whirlpool and steam room. The aquatic area is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, September 8.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.

Knox Mountain Drive opens in time for long weekend
Public Service Announcement

Thanks to the cooler weather, the upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive will reopen to traffic on Thursday, August 29. Since August 1, residents and visitors have only been able at access the top portion of Knox by foot or bike as the result of an extremely high fire hazard.

“As much as we all love the hot summer weather, it is nice that the weather has cooled enough to reduce the fire hazard and allow us to open Knox to traffic,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “However, we do ask that park visitors still use caution while in the park.”

In addition to monitoring the park for fire hazards, City crews also work to preserve and maintain the most important and well-known natural area park in Kelowna. Work includes the reconstruction of the Apex Trail into the fall in order to preserve the park for future use.

“It is important that park users obey safety signs posted during construction, and follow the direction of workers to ensure safety and to protect the park,” says Stewart. “We are in the process of building a new section of trail and barriers have been installed to prevent users from using unsanctioned routes.”

Residents are reminded that campfires are not allowed in City or Regional District parks, and that smoking is prohibited in all natural areas. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

For more information on City parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.

Council Highlights
Aug. 26, 2013

Energy Diet

Council agreed to support FortisBC’s Okanagan Energy Diet and provide $25 per home, for up to 1,000 Kelowna homes that take part. The program contributes to the City’s commitment to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings by reducing energy consumption. For more information about the ener-vention, go to FortisBC.com/energydiet.

Airport Fees

Council approved amendments to the Airport Fees and Charges Bylaw that will allow the City’s Marketing and Advertising Agency of Record to sell ad space on the Airport’s behalf. Seventy per cent of the ad revenue will be paid to the airport.

Draft City Park Concept Plan

Council directed staff to work with Tourism Kelowna to explore ways to reduce the size of the proposed building, as well as its associated impacts and to report back to Council.

New affordable rental options coming to Kelowna
BC Housing news release

KELOWNA - Families and individuals with low to modest incomes will benefit from new affordable rental options, thanks to a new agreement between the B.C. government and City of Kelowna.

The development, which will create up to 90 apartments, is located at 1700 Chapman Place and will be part of the larger city-owned Central Green site in Kelowna.

"This development will give people a safe, affordable place to call home," said Premier Christy Clark. "I look forward to breaking ground, seeing construction begin, and making progress towards meeting Kelowna's housing needs."

A formal proposal call for a non-profit housing provider to build and operate the affordable housing stock on the site will be issued in late summer, with the successful proponent expected to be announced in fall 2013.

"The Central Green redevelopment presented a great opportunity for the province and city to work together again to deliver new affordable housing in Kelowna," said Rich Coleman, Minister Responsible for Housing. "This project builds on a number of successful partnerships we have had with the city."

"This project will support low to modest income families and individuals in our community, added Walter Gray, City of Kelowna mayor. "The need to incorporate affordable housing on the Central Green site was recognized as a priority when plans for the new neighbourhood were developed in consultation with Kelowna citizens."

The Province will work with the city and project partners to determine funding details once the project moves into the later stages of development. The City of Kelowna will contribute the land.

The new agreement between the Province and City builds upon an already successful partnership. The first partnership of this kind was an agreement in 2004 for construction of 36 supportive housing units. Another agreement in 2008 created 128 units at three new supportive housing developments for those most in need in Kelowna.

Quick Facts:

  • Since 2001, the B.C. government has invested $3.6 billion to provide affordable housing for low-income individuals, seniors and families. This year, more than 98,000 B.C. households will benefit from provincial housing programs and services.
  • In 2012-13, the B.C. government invested over $10.7 million to provide subsidized housing and rent supplements for more than 3,000 Kelowna households.

    About Central Green
  • The Central Green development is the old Kelowna Senior Secondary School site, at Harvey Avenue & Richter Street and is owned by the City of Kelowna. The site is vacant following the demolition of the old high school and is approximately five hectares in size.
  • The development will have multi-family developments, retail spaces, and commercial areas that will complement the existing downtown business sector.
  • There are six parcels available for development, a community park and one lot reserved for the affordable housing development which will have up to 90 units in one building.

Learn More:

To learn more about affordable housing in B.C., visit: www.bchousing.org

To learn more about Central Green, visit: www.kelowna.ca/cityprojects

City of Kelowna joins FortisBC PowerSense for an ener-vention
Kelowna residents get the skinny on energy savings

City Council is committed to helping Kelowna residents get the skinny on energy savings. At today’s meeting they agreed to support FortisBC’s Okanagan Energy Diet and provide $25 per home, for up to 1000 Kelowna homes that take part in the program.

FortisBC will provide Okanagan Energy Diet participants with a discounted energy assessment, energy saving products installed directly in their home, hands-on help applying for up to $6,000 worth of rebates, and if eligible, financing options to make energy efficient improvements to their home.

“The City is proud to be a municipal partner in the Okanagan Energy Diet,” said Kelowna Mayor, Walter Gray. “The program helps meet our community goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020 and also helps residents save energy dollars in their homes.”

Research for Kelowna’s 2012 Community Climate Action Plan identified that for 32 per cent of residents, the cost of making energy efficiency home upgrades is a barrier to reducing home energy use. This program provides, at a reduced cost, a step by step process for residents to take advantage of residential rebates for home upgrades that will result in long term energy savings.

“These energy diets have proven to be a very effective way to help customers make energy saving upgrades to their homes.” said Tom Loski, vice-president of customer service for FortisBC. “In fact, during our Rossland Energy Diet many participants reduced their energy use by 50 per cent or more.”

FortisBC’s Energy Diet specifically supports two goals as outlined in Kelowna’s Community Climate Action Plan. These include partnering with utility companies to implement community-based social marketing programs to encourage energy efficient upgrades, and reducing natural gas and electrical energy consumption in existing buildings by 3 per cent below 2007 levels.

The City of Kelowna joins other Okanagan communities such as Penticton, Keremeos and Osoyoos that will partner with FortisBC to provide residents with direct support in making home energy upgrades.

Quick Facts:

  • Participants will receive a home energy assessment and installation of energy efficiency products, such as: outlet insulation, a low flow shower head, and kitchen tap aerators, for $35- about 90 per cent off the regular price of $400. They can also use the FortisBC energy calculator (fortisbc.com/energycalculator) to compare the costs of different home heating energy sources and individual appliance energy costs.
  • A local energy coach will help customers through the process and offer energy-saving tips along the way.
  • Participants can access up to $4,000 in rebates from LiveSmart BC and up to $2,000 in rebates from FortisBC.
  • Some participants may qualify for loans for completing their energy upgrades. These will show up on their electricity bills, making re-payment simple.
  • Since it was founded in 1989, FortisBC’s PowerSense program has helped Southern Interior electricity customers save more than 445 gigawatt hours. That’s enough electricity to power 35,000 homes every year for twenty four years.

To learn more about the Okanagan Energy Diet and for details about the Kelowna ener-vention event on September 9, visit fortisbc.com/energydiet or call 1-866-436-7847. For more information on the City of Kelowna’s Community Climate Action Plan, visit kelowna.ca/environment.

Vote for Bernard Avenue as a ‘Best Place’ in Canada
Contest runs until September 23, 2013

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is hosting its annual competition to recognize Canada's truly special places, and the revitalized Bernard Avenue is in the running to win.

“What we have with Bernard Avenue is truly unique,” says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. “Residents and tourists alike gather and spend time downtown at a variety of outdoor cafes and shops. It’s really just a fantastic place to bring your family and spend time connecting with our City’s heritage and culture, and support local business.”

Residents are encouraged to vote for Bernard Avenue in the Best Streets category. There are four other streets in the running, from Malahat Drive on Vancouver Island to Saint Catherine Street in Montreal.

“We’re asking residents to vote and show their pride for our City,” says Mayor Gray. “Bernard Avenue has been transformed from a road to a destination.”

The contest runs until September 23, 2013 and you can vote for Bernard Avenue as a Best Place in Canada with one simple click here.

Temporary closure of Parkinson pool
Public Service Announcement

The Parkinson Recreation Centre’s aquatic area will be temporarily closed from August 26 through September 7 for annual general maintenance. This closure will affect the main pool, children’s play pool, whirlpool and steam room. The aquatic area is scheduled to reopen on Sunday, September 8.

Parkinson Recreation Centre customers are invited to use the aquatic facilities at H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre from August 26 to September 7. Customers must pre-register at Parkinson Recreation Centre in order to gain access to the 50 m pool, adult hot tub and steam room at H20. Alternatively, customers can have an extension added to their Parkinson Recreation Centre pass.

The City recognizes the inconvenience this closure will have on customers; however it is necessary in order to maintain a clean and safe facility. All other areas and programs at the Parkinson Recreation Centre will not be affected by the closure.

For more information, contact the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

Documentary – “Firestorm: Out of the Ashes”
Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters News Release

The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society would like to thank Ascent Films Inc. for the spectacular premier Friday evening of their documentary, Firestorm: Out of the Ashes. The film really does a great job to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Okanagan Mountain Forest Fire and received great reviews from the sold out crowd.

A special thanks to Director, Jiri Bakala and Writer/Producer, Melissa Johnson

DVD’s of the documentary will be available for a couple of weeks at the main fire station located at 2255 Enterprise Way between 8:00am and 4:00pm at a cost of $20.00 each, with all proceeds going to The Kelowna Professional Fire Fighters Charitable Society.

You can also purchase the DVD online: http://kelownafirefighters.com/store/.

Local company wins Kelowna RapidBus contract
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure News Release

KELOWNA - Emil Anderson Construction Inc. of Kelowna has been awarded a $4.8-million contract to expand RapidBus BC, providing transportation options for families and communities and creating jobs.

RapidBus BC provides passengers with faster, more frequent bus transportation. Since the service began in 2010, ridership has grown almost 10 per cent between downtown Kelowna and the University of British Columbia-Okanagan (UBCO).

"Improved transit service gets people home to their families faster, and allows more people to commute to work or school," said Premier Christy Clark. "RapidBus will provide a sustainable and efficient transportation network, save time, and encourage more people to take the bus."

Building on the success of RapidBus BC in Kelowna, the service will be expanded to West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation. The expansion includes building four transit stations and two transit exchanges, which will connect to the existing RapidBus service between downtown Kelowna and UBCO. Construction will start in September and is expected to finish in July 2014. Service is expected to begin in summer 2014.

"RapidBus will improve transit linkages and service for our region," said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "I am really happy to see that construction of the Gordon and Richter Stations along Highway 97 in Kelowna will commence later this year."

"The District of West Kelowna is pleased to see that construction will soon begin on two new exchanges in our community," said West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater. "We envision the exchange on Elliott Road will complement our efforts for Westbank Centre revitalization, and the Boucherie Exchange will service an important recreation and municipal hub as well as the students of Mt. Boucherie school."

The Government of Canada is contributing up to $10.9 million from the Building Canada Fund and another $6 million from the Gas Tax Fund towards the $46 million project. The government of B.C. is contributing $23.9 million, the City of Kelowna is contributing $5.2 million and West Kelowna is contributing land.

"Connecting the RapidBus from UBCO through the City of Kelowna to the Westside and through WFN lands will be a great benefit to our communities, members and residents," said Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie. "Westbank First Nation is proud to be a partner on this sustainable transportation initiative, which will bring environmental and economic rewards to the region."

"Awarding this contract is a major step forward for Kelowna's RapidBus - a service that will provide BC Transit's customers with a more efficient and effective transit system," said BC Transit president and chief executive officer Manuel Achadinha.

Learn more:

For information on Kelowna RapidBus, visit: www.kelownarapidbus.ca

 

BACKGROUNDER

RapidBus expansion projects in Kelowna

The first portion of RapidBus BC in Kelowna was completed in September 2010 and includes service between the University of BC Okanagan campus and Queensway in downtown Kelowna.

The direct service includes modern, attractive amenities, technology to extend green lights and real-time passenger information displays on the buses and at the exchanges.

The RapidBus expansion will include service to the Westbank First Nation and District of West Kelowna. The contract includes building:

  • Transit exchanges at Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain in West Kelowna.
  • Transit stations at Westside Road and Butt Road in Westbank First Nation.
  • Transit stations at Highway 97 and Gordon Drive and Highway 97 and Richter Street in Kelowna.

Construction will start in September and is expected to finish in July 2014. Once complete, the entire Kelowna RapidBus BC project will include six new or improved exchanges, four new stations, branded shelters and real-time passenger information displays.

Council Highlights
Aug 12, 2013

Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon

Council supported the request from Pacific Sport for a liquor license for the Destination Races Wine Country Half Marathon that will be held Sept. 7, 2014. Nearly 2,000 people are expected to run in this inaugural race, which begins at 7 a.m. at Vibrant Vines winery and finishes in Kelowna’s Waterfront Park with a Wine and Music Festival.

Kelowna Downtown Business Improvement Area

Council endorsed the renewal of the Kelowna Downtown Business Improvement Area and its annual fundraising through taxes charged on light industry and business class properties in the area. The main purpose of the association is to promote the businesses within the specified area by coordinating efforts for marketing and promotions, events and advertising.

Road and parking closures for Apple Triathlon
Closures in effect Aug 15 - 19

The 31st annual Apple Triathlon will take place in Kelowna on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. Leading up to and during the event, there will be a number of closures and transit changes throughout downtown, Kelowna North and Glenmore.

Motorists are asked to use caution this weekend and keep an eye out for athletes prior to and during the event as some will be familiarizing themselves with the course. Motorists are also encouraged to give themselves extra time or use alternate routes to avoid delays. All traffic controls and on-site personnel must be observed.

Thursday, August 15 – Monday, August 19

Parking lot closure (5 p.m. Aug. 15 – noon Aug. 19)

  • Dolphins parking lot (monthly permit holders can park in lot on Monday, August 19)

 

Friday, August 16

Parking restriction (5 – 8 p.m.)

  • Sunset Drive (entrance of Rotary Marsh to Bay Avenue to accommodate the Aquathon)

 

Saturday, August 17 - Sunday August 18

Road Closure

A 35-hour road closure is in effect on Water Street from Sunset Drive to Cawston Avenue from Saturday, August 17 at 4 a.m. to Sunday, August 18 at 3 p.m. This road closure is to accommodate the transition area during both race days. Access to Prospera and Delta Grand parking lots will be available after event hours.

Parking Restriction

Parking will also be restricted along the race route. Beginning at 5:30 a.m., vehicles parked along the race route in downtown Kelowna will be courtesy towed to the parking lot located on the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue. Vehicles parked in residential areas will be relocated around the corner or across the street to keep off the race course.

Transit Service

Transit service will be impacted on Saturday with significant impacts on Sunday with daily detours in effect from 6:30am to 1:30pm. Route 7 Glenmore and Route 2 North End will be re-routed.  Stops along Graham St, Water St and Ellis St to Bay St will be closed.  Route 2 will operate as a detour shuttle via Weddell, Gordon Dr, Cawston Ave in/out of the North End.

On Sunday, Route 2 North End will operate north and southbound on Richter St turning back via Broadway, Kingsway and Cambridge (no service to any Water or Ellis St stops). The 97 Express bus and all West Kelowna bound routes will have minor re-routing within downtown Kelowna and Route 7 Glenmore will have significant stop closures along Graham, Skyline, High Roads and all southbound Glenmore Rd stops (southbound riders to safely cross course and board along center median when bus approaches.

 

Additional weekend closures:

Saturday, August 17

Downtown/Kelowna North road closures (6 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

  • Water Street (west side only from Clement Avenue to the Water Street boat launch)
  • Cawston Avenue (north side only from Water Street to Ellis Street)
  • Ellis Street (Cawston Avenue to Recreation Avenue)
  • Recreation Avenue (Ellis Street to Richter Street)
  • Clement Avenue (Sunset Drive to Gordon Drive)
  • Graham Street (Clement Avenue to Coronation Avenue)
  • Coronation Avenue (Graham Street to Gordon Drive)
  • Gordon Drive (Coronation Avenue to Clement Avenue)

Parking lot closure (6 a.m. – midnight)

  • Water Street boat launch parking lot

Boat launch closure (6 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

  • Water Street boat launch (alternate boat launches available at Cook Road, Sutherland Park and Queensway)
  • Grand Lagoon Boat Locks

 

Sunday, August 18

Downtown/Kelowna North road closures (6 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

  • Water Street (west side only from Sunset Drive to Queensway Avenue)
  • Queensway Avenue (north side only from Water Street to Bernard Avenue)
  • Bernard Avenue (Queensway Avenue to Abbott Street)
  • Abbott Street (west side only from Bernard Avenue to Highway 97)
  • Clement Avenue (Sunset Drive to Ellis Street)
  • Ellis Street (Clement Avenue to Knox Mountain Drive)
  • Mt. Royal & Mountain (from Royal to View to Skyline/Clifton)
  • Skyline/Clifton (from Mountain to Royal)
  • Glenmore froma Ballou/Kane to Clement (west side only)
  • Clement Avenue (north side only from Spall Road to Graham Street)
  • Graham Street (Clement Avenue to Coronation Avenue)
  • Coronation Avenue (Graham Street to St. Paul Street)
  • St. Paul Street (Coronation Avenue to Cawston Avenue)
  • Cawston Avenue (St. Paul Street to Water Street)
  • Knox Mountain Drive (previous road closure for Knox Mountain Drive past the upper gate remains in effect after the event)

Glenmore road closures (6 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Roads will re-open in stages starting at 12:30 p.m.

  • Royal View Drive (south side only from Knox Mountain Drive to Mount Royal Drive)
  • Mount Royal Drive and Mountain Drive (Royal View Drive to Clifton Road)
  • Clifton Road (Mountain Avenue to High Road)
  • High Road (Clifton Road to Glenmore Road)

Parking lot closures (6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

  • Water Street boat launch parking lot
  • City Park parking lot
  • Yacht Club parking lot

Boat launch closures (6 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

  • Water Street boat launch
  • Queensway boat launch
  • Sutherland Park boat launch
  • Grand Lagoons boat locks

Alternate boat launch available at Cook Road

 

For more information regarding the event and its impact, visit:

Gordon Dr from Hwy 97 to Springfield closed for weekend
Public Service Announcement

Gordon Drive between Highway 97 and Springfield road will be closed to traffic on Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for final paving. Please use alternate access to the businesses and residences during this time.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

Road closure for first ALS Cycle of Hope
Traffic Advisory

On Sunday, August 11 up to 100 cyclists will embark on a 30 or 70 kilometer journey around Kelowna in the first ALS Cycle of Hope. This event will raise funds and awareness for families living with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

To accommodate the event, Groves Avenue, from Tutt Street to Pandosy Street will be closed on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. This closure is necessary to accommodate the start-finish line and celebration zone.

Starting at 7:30 and 8 a.m., cyclists will travel along Lakeshore Drive and throughout South and South East Kelowna. All cyclists will follow the rules of the road and are expected to complete the ride by noon.  Motorists are asked to be cautious of cyclists on the roads while driving through these areas.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Road closures for Downtown Kelowna Block Party
Traffic Advisory

The Downtown Kelowna Association is throwing the biggest block party in the Okanagan on Saturday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 12,000 people are expected at this free community event taking place on and around Bernard Avenue and Kerry Park.

The following road closures and on-street parking restrictions will be in effect on Saturday, August 10 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Abbott Street (Lawrence Avenue to Bernard Avenue)
  • Bernard Avenue (Abbott Street to Richter Street)
  • Mill Street (Bernard Avenue to alley north of Bernard Avenue)
  • Water Street (Lawrence Avenue to alley north of Bernard Avenue)
  • St. Paul Street (Bernard Avenue to alley north of Bernard Avenue)

Vehicles parked on these streets during the closure will be courtesy towed to the City parking lot located at the corner of Ellis Street and Doyle Avenue. North and south bound traffic will be permitted on both Ellis and Pandosy Streets.

In addition, the City parking lot at the corner of Mill Street and Kerry Park will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available at both the Chapman Parkade on Lawrence Avenue and the Library Parkade on Ellis Street.

Transit bus routes #1, #9 and #10 will be re-routed along Ellis Street and Pandosy Street in order to access the Queensway bus loop.

For more information about the Downtown Kelowna Block Party, visit downtownkelowna.com.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

 

 

BC Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement

To mark British Columbia Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, Aug. 5.    

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For events happening around Kelowna this weekend, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Risk of fire closes portion of Knox Mountain Drive
Closure in effect as of Aug 1.

The upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive will be closed as of Thursday, Aug. 1 due to an extremely high fire hazard. As a result, no vehicle traffic will be allowed past the upper gate until conditions improve.

Residents and visitors will be able to access the first lookout on Knox Mountain by vehicle over the long weekend; however individuals wanting to go further up the mountain will have to do so by foot or bike.

“It’s not surprising that at this time of year our parks are extremely dry and the risk of fire is high,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “While the entire park remains open to the public, we are limiting access by vehicle to the upper portion of Knox Mountain as a safety precaution. Park users are asked to be cautious while in the park.”

The Knox Mountain Drive road closure will remain in effect for the long weekend. Staff will monitor the situation and reopen road access as soon as it is safe to do so.

Residents are also reminded that campfires are not allowed in City or Regional District parks and smoking is prohibited in all natural areas.

Park users and park neighbours are asked to be vigilant. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

For links to City parks and beaches, see kelowna.ca/parks.

Campfire Ban in Central Okanagan Regional District
RDCO news release

Starting tomorrow all campfires will be prohibited throughout all Central Okanagan municipalities.

The ban takes effect at noon Thursday, August 1st and coincides with the similar action announced by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within BC Parks, Crown and private lands.  The ban will remain in effect until further notice.

As a result of extremely dry conditions and an extended period of hot, dry weather, local fire chiefs have decided to implement the total ban on campfires within all local government jurisdictions of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, including the City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.  Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna.  A campfire ban has been in effect for the District of Peachland since July 15th.

Open burning has not been allowed within any jurisdiction of the Regional District and member municipalities since April.

As well, local bylaws prohibit the use of any fireworks at any time throughout most areas of the Central Okanagan.   Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.

Violators could receive a fine and be charged the cost of the fire department response to a burning complaint.  Residents are encouraged to report anyone who is illegally burning by calling the Kelowna Fire Department Regional Dispatch Centre at 250-469-8577.

Gordon Drive from Hwy 97 to Springfield road closures
Traffic Advisory

Gordon Drive will be resurfaced within the next three weeks and roadway preparation work is already underway between Highway 97 and Springfield road.

Beginning today crews are working intermittently to prepare the road by cleaning, sweeping, sealing cracks and completing some minor shoulder repairs. Expect delays as short-term lane closures or detours will occur until the roadworks expected completion on Sunday Aug. 11.

On Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 5 p.m. to midnight, traffic pattern changes will be in effect. Two-way traffic will be maintained.

On Saturday, Aug. 10 and Sunday, Aug. 11 Gordon Drive will be closed entirely to traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for final paving. Please use alternate access to the businesses and residences during this time.

Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

The pavement management program prioritizes and determines how to upgrade and repair the roads surface based on various tests and software analysis that provide a numerical ranking for each road.

The 2013 asphalt and paving contract was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for approximately $2.5 million; the work is expected to be complete by October 2013.

The City of Kelowna thanks motorists, residents and businesses for their patience.  Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.

Gordon Drive from KLO to Ladner Road lane closures
Traffic Advisory

Gordon Drive between KLO and Ladner roads will be resurfaced within the next three weeks.

Beginning today, crews are working intermittently to prepare the road by cleaning, sweeping, sealing cracks and completing some minor shoulder repairs. Expect delays as short-term lane closures or detours will occur until the roadworks expected completion on Friday Aug. 16.

Lane closures will be in effect for north and southbound traffic from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 7, Aug. 15 and Aug. 16. Traffic pattern changes will be in effect and two-way traffic will be maintained.

Motorists can expect delays and encouraged to plan their commute.

For the purpose of public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

This work is part of the City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program which will re-surface approximately 19 kilometres involving nine different road segments.

Fall into fun with the new Activity Guide
Public Service Announcement

Summer is winding down and kids will soon be back at school. Extend the summer fun by registering the family for programs and activities that will keep them active throughout the fall.

The 2013 Fall Activity & Program Guide will be online Monday, July 29. Whether you are looking for after-school programs for the kids or language classes for yourself, there is something for everyone in the Fall Activity Guide. Check it out and discover exciting programs happening in your neighbourhood.

Fall registration starts August 6 at 7:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise below.

  • August 6: General Programs
  • August 8: Aquatic Programs
  • August 9: League Programs
  • August 9: Persons with a Disability Programs (9:30 a.m.)

To avoid line-ups, residents are encouraged to set-up their online registration in advance by calling 250-469-8800.

The 2013 Fall Activity & Program Guide is also available in print and can be picked up at the following locations starting July 30:

  • Glenmore IGA (11-1940 Kane Road)
  • H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre (4057 Gordon Drive)
  • Main Library Downtown (1380 Ellis Street)
  • Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way)
  • Rutland Arena (645 Dodd Road)

Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation.

 

Park, beach and road closures for Center of Gravity
Traffic Advisory

Public access to City Park will be restricted during the BC Day long weekend from Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4 for Center of Gravity. The public washrooms, water park, skateboard park, tennis courts and a portion of Hot Sands Beach will remain open and accessible to the public. Concerts will end nightly at 11:00 p.m.

Additional closures and restrictions will be in place to accommodate the event:

Beach volleyball courts, basketball court, sports field and a portion of Hot Sands Beach at City Park

  • Full closure from July 31 to August 5

City Park lakefront promenade (south end)

  • Walkway within the event site will be closed to the public from July 31 to August 5. Pedestrians are asked to detour around the event using the walkway which runs from the park tunnel, along the south end of the park to Abbott Street. (See detour map link below).

City Park parking lot

  • Partial closure from July 29-31 and on August 6
  • Full closure from August1-5
  • Alternate parking available at the Chapman Parkade on Lawrence Avenue

Abbott Street on-street parking between Bernard Avenue and Leon Avenue

  • Restricted parking on the west side of Abbott Street from August 2-4 to accommodate tour and shuttle bus service for the event.

Abbott Street between Bernard Avenue and Leon Avenue, and Bernard Avenue between Abbott Street and Water Street

  • Nightly road closure from August 2-4 from 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. to accommodate tickets holders exiting City Park.
  • RCMP will be on site to manage traffic flow.

The City of Kelowna, along with event organizers, will have staff scheduled to keep City Park and downtown clean throughout the long weekend. Help keep our community clean by depositing waste and recycling in the nearest provided receptacle.

Event information: www.centerofgravity.ca

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Attachment one: Center of Gravity road closure map

Attachment two: Center of Gravity walking detour map

Artful enhancements on Bernard Avenue
46 plates will be mounted on 23 light poles

Look up, look way up, at the new additions on Bernard Avenue’s light poles. Artistic metal fabricated plates created by local artist Crystal Przybille have been installed between Abbott and Pandosy Streets.

“This is really the crowning touch to the light poles,” said Pat McCormick, Public Art Coordinator. “A notable feature is that the stainless steel plates are back-lit so that the art illuminates at night.”

A total of 46 plates will be mounted on 23 light poles to reflect the three place-making themes also found in the other streetscape details along Bernard Avenue.

At the west end of the street, where the plate installation is complete, there is an aquatic theme. At the east end of Bernard, where plates will be installed later this week, the hillsides and grasslands of the valley will be showcased. And in between, where the plates are scheduled to be installed upon completion of the final construction phase, the theme highlights the cultural history of our community.

Submissions from six local artists were evaluated by members of the City’s Public Art Roster. A representative of the Downtown Kelowna Association also sat on the evaluation panel. Przybille also designed the tree grates found on Cawston Avenue and, more recently, the Father Pandosy sculpture. The light pole plates, as with Przybille’s other works, will be included with the City’s Public Art Collection.

For more information about the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and other projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

Resiliency Centre Established
Fire Department News Release

The Kelowna Fire Department has been told by the building owners of the Bristol Apartments on Franklyn Rd that ALL residents must vacate the building for an indefinite period of time. Following the fire, it was hoped that residents from the lesser damaged portion of the building could return.

The building owner has contacted most residents yesterday evening and is working on a plan to facilitate reentry to the building to remove contents as soon as it is safe to do so.

Help for Residents:

A ‘Resiliency Centre’ has been established with the joint support of the Canadian Red Cross, Salvation Army and community volunteers. Located at the Salvation Army Church at 1480 Sutherland Avenue, it will be open the following hours:

  • Friday until 7pm
  • Saturday 9am-11am
  • Monday 9am-7pm

Residents with unmet needs or those requiring special assistance with no other options are encouraged to seek out the assistance of the Canadian Red Cross at the ‘Resiliency Centre’. Support for residents may also be available through the Ministry of Social Development (residents should contact the local office) or through BC Housing (bchousing.org)

Starting today (Friday) the Salvation Army is also offering assistance to affected residents in the form of clothing and household goods that have been generously donated. Residents are asked to come to the ‘Resiliency Centre’ to access this support.

How the Public Can Help:

Public wishing to donate funds to assist the residents of BOTH recent apartment fires are encouraged to contact the local Canadian Red Cross office by phone at (250) 491-8443 and mention the “Kelowna Apartment Fires” fund.

Special Appeal to Landlords:

The Kelowna Fire Department is urging landlords that have available rental units to contact the local Canadian Red Cross office at (250) 491-8443 . The Red Cross will be assisting by matching available units with residents requiring accommodation.

The Kelowna Fire Department wishes to thank all the agencies and volunteers involved in assisting residents impacted by the recent fires.

Council Highlights
July 15, 2013
Lady of the Lake
Council received the farewell presentation from Miss Kelowna and the Kelowna Princess about their activities throughout the year. Highlights include pageants in Lytton, Penticton, Merritt, Oliver and Peachland, parades in Seattle, Penticton, Barrie, Grand Forks and Lake Chelan with Kelowna's Ogopogo float and attendance at a number of local events.

Okanagan Regional Library
Council received for information a statistical report from the Okanagan Regional Library. The report highlighted increases in registration and program attendance and spoke to the importance of literacy.

Quarterly Report
Council received the second quarter report for 2013. Highlights include new Bernard Avenue patios, cultural events including artsVest and the 38th Annual Civic & Community Awards, online engagement, and sustainability initiatives such as Adopt-a-Stream and Bike to Work/School Week. To view the report, go to kelowna.ca/cityhall.

Kelowna Family Y
Council approved an amendment to the Financial Plan to expand the Kelowna Family Y structural renovation project to include a renovation of change room facilities, which will be funded by the YMCA of Okanagan.

Interior Health Parking
Council forwarded the request for Royal Avenue properties to be rezoned for hospital parking to a public hearing on July 30.

Park concessions
Council endorsed the proposed activity concession at the south end of City Park, including stand up paddleboard (SUP), kayak, peddle boat and hydro bike rentals, and massage by Registered Massage Practitioners at Rotary Beach.

Kelowna United
Council endorsed the License of Occupation and Operating Agreement to Kelowna United Football Club for an artificial field on City-owned land.
More Mexico
Sunwing Announces Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo Service December 19
KELOWNA, BC - Options for winter getaways just got a whole lot sweeter with the introduction of Sunwing Airlines new flight series from Kelowna International Airport to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo beginning December 19, 2013. The flights will operate every Thursday until April 3, 2014 using a 189-seat Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

"We are pleased to offer another beach destination to our sun-seeking travellers," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "This service provides travellers with more resort options and new opportunities to experience Mexico this winter."

Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations, are Canadian affiliate companies based in Toronto, which have served Kelowna for the past five years, operating charters to Cancun, Mazatlan and San Jose del Cabo.

Ixtapa is located 200 km north of Acapulco, and just a short drive from the fishing village of Zihuatanejo. It is situated 15 minutes from the endless beaches of Troncones, and about 30 minutes from the fabulous beaches and wildlife reserve lagoons of Barra de Potosi. All are accessible by car, taxi or bus service.

In Ixtapa, hotels line up along a beautiful, wide, golden sand beach. Beyond the beach, visitors can take part in world-class golf and an abundance of watersports. Guests can experience a wonderful array of international cuisine, while sipping margaritas and marveling at the beautiful sunsets. Don't forget to pack your dancing shoes, as you will be swept away by the rhythms of the finest discotheques Mexico has to offer.

Zihuatanejo is less than 10 kilometres from Ixtapa and can be visited by a quick bus or cab drive. For a true sense of Mexican culture, meander through the cobblestone streets of this charming old fishing village and enjoy shopping at authentic Mexican markets.

There is a plethora of Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo tours and attractions from which to choose, including diving, snorkeling, fishing, sightseeing, hiking, sailing, island tours, magical sunset cruises, horseback trekking, and bird watching. There are two excellent golf courses within easy reach of the hotel district and each offers a very different golf experience. Both of these courses have reputations as being two of Mexico's best courses.

YLW is Your Link to the World by offering non-stop flights to seven of the top 35 hub airports in North America, serving over 1.44 million passengers in 2012. YLW offers 66 daily non-stop commercial flights on Air Canada, Air North, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Prince George, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles; plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Ixtapa/Zihautanejo, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.

Learn more about travel to Mexico and many other winter sun destinations at the annual Hot Sun event Oct 19, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at YLW.

For more information on YLW, visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca and Sunwing at www.sunwing.ca.
Tri Kids Triathlon parking and transit changes
Traffic Advisory
On Sunday, July 21, children from three to 15 years old will participate in the 2013 Tri Kids Triathlon at Mission Recreation Park.

To accommodate the event, a portion of the Mission Recreation Park parking lot in front of the Capital News Centre (CNC) will be closed to vehicles on Saturday, July 20 at 8 a.m. to Sunday, July 21 at 4 p.m.

While there will be no impact on transit routes or schedules, transit users will board at a temporary bus stop located in the CNC parking lot. Volunteers will be on site to redirect transit users and aid passengers onto the bus via the temporary ramp.

Access to the H20 Adventure + Fitness Centre and the CNC will be maintained through the Lequime Road entrance; however the entrance to H20 located off Gordon Drive will be closed Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Access to all sports fields will be maintained through the Lexington Road entrance; however a portion of the Ring Road will be closed on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate race participants.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Last call for City Park concept plan feedback
Online discussion closes at midnight on Mon. July 15
The City of Kelowna wants your feedback on the City Park Concept Plan before online discussion closes at midnight on Monday, July 15.

A concept plan has been developed to help envision the future of City Park. Proposed changes include: a dedicated picnic area, separated cycling and pedestrian pathways, separation of adolescent activity areas from children's activity areas, improved waterfront access (boardwalk and diving tower), enhanced recreational infrastructure to serve a wider range of activities, improved circulation and a designated market/vendor area.

To share your opinions, visit kelowna.ca/mycitypark, review the plan and complete the online survey.

The preferred concept plan is expected to be presented to Council in the next two months. Park redevelopment will be subject to the availability of funding and reviewed as part of the long-term capital planning process.
New informative plaques on heritage buildings
Details about history of Kelowna's oldest buildings
New descriptive plaques are being attached to local heritage buildings, providing details about the origins and history of Kelowna's oldest properties.

New plaques have been installed at Central Elementary School, St. Michael & All Angels Church, Rutland Elementary School, the Old Royal Bank, the Empress Theatre, the Kelowna Cemetery, the Copeland House and the CN Station. Revised plaques for the Laurel Packinghouse and the Downtown Fire Hall were also installed.

The work was undertaken by the Community Heritage Committee and City of Kelowna. Details about Kelowna's heritage buildings and their locations are available at kelowna.ca.

"As someone who grew up here knowing the history of these old homes, schools and businesses, I'm really pleased to see their stories on display for everyone to appreciate," said Mayor Walter Gray. "It's a credit to the Community Heritage Committee for taking on this project - doing the research and following through with City staff on installation."

The Community Heritage Committee continues to work on plans to research and identify further significant Kelowna properties in the months ahead.
Glenmore Rd resurfacing begins from Dallas to High Rd
Traffic Advisory
Glenmore Road, from Dallas Road to High Road, will be open to single lane traffic in each direction only from Monday, July 15 to Monday, July 29 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For public safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists away from the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. There may be delays for both northbound and southbound traffic and motorists' cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

The City's Mill and Fill Program extends the life of existing roadways by 20 years and creates a smooth ride by eliminating the effects of tire ruts and asphalt movement that develop over years of use.

This is accomplished by removing approximately 55 mm of existing asphalt through a process called cold milling, then refilling it with a suitable depth of new hot mix asphalt. The 55 mm of milled asphalt that is removed is recycled and used as a surface treatment on rural roads and lane ways throughout the city.

The City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program will resurface approximately 19 kilometres of asphalt involving nine different road segments. The pavement management program prioritizes and determines how to upgrade and repair the roads surface based on various tests and software analysis that provide a numerical ranking for each road.

The 2013 asphalt and paving contract was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for approximately $1.5 million. The work is expected to be complete by October.

Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.
Virtual Open House for City Park Concept Plan update
Open house panels online until Monday, July 15
Residents took time to share ideas for the development of an initial City Park Concept Plan - and now City staff want feedback on an updated version of the plan.

Some key changes include: improved picnic areas, separated cycling and pedestrian pathways, separated adolescent activities from children's amenities, improved waterfront access (boardwalk and diving tower), enhanced sporting infrastructure to appeal to a wider population, improved circulation within the park, minimized isolated spaces, maximized uses for a variety of park visitors and a designated market/vendor area.

A park pavilion building of approximately 16,000 square feet would accommodate year-round activity and community uses, including leased space for Tourism Kelowna, public washrooms, potential room rentals for functions and recreation programs.

An open house held June 27 introduced the plan. Next steps will see a summary of all community input analyzed for appropriateness, feasibility and suitability for the long-term vision for the park, followed by a presentation to City Council.

The open house panels are available online until Monday, July 15 at kelowna.ca/mycitypark.
Get your groove on at Dancing in the Park
Public Service Announcement
Summer is here and the time is right for Dancing in the Park. Friends, families, couples and individuals, including those with two left feet, are invited to Stuart Park for an evening of Dancing in the Park.

This free, family-fun event will be held every Wednesday night from 7-8:30 p.m., July 3 to Aug. 21. Qualified dance instructors will teach different dance styles including swing, hip hop and ballroom.

The third season of Dancing in the Park kicks off with Zumba on July 3.

Dancing in the Park Weekly Themes:
July 3 - Zumba
July 10 - Ballroom Dancing
July 17 - Hot Latin Nights
July 24 - Swing
July 31 - Line Dancing & Two-Step
August 7 - Hip Hop
August 14 - Groove Method
August 21 - Grand finale dance party

The City of Kelowna encourages Dancing in the Park participants to go green; use active transportation such as walking or biking and bring your own reusable water bottle.

For more information about Dancing in the Park, call the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit kelowna.ca/recreation or facebook.com/cityofkelowna under events.
Gyro Beach Parking Lot to close for Midsummer Run
Traffic Advisory
On Sunday, July 7, approximately 110 participants are expected to compete in the 17th annual Midsummer 8K Run. The race starts at 8 a.m. at Gyro Beach Park where runners will make an eight-kilometre loop to City Park and back. The race is expected to be finished by 9:30 a.m.

Participants will race from Gyro Beach Park, along Watt Road, Walnut Street, Cedar Avenue, Abbott Street, City Park and back. Although runners will stay close to the road shoulders, they will be given right of way through intersections during the race.

To accommodate the race, Gyro Beach Parking Lot will be closed to the public from 6 to 11 a.m. The overflow parking lot north of Gyro Beach will not be impacted and is available for public parking.

There are no road closures for this event but traffic control personnel will be along the route. Motorists are asked to be diligent while driving through the area.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Park & Play is coming to a park near you
Public Service Announcement
Park & Play, a free family-fun night taking place at parks around Kelowna, is kicking off its fifth season at Curlew Park in the Mission on Tuesday, July 2. From 5 to 8 p.m., the City's Park & Play crew will fill the park with fun games and activities for children and parents/guardians such as relay races, bouncy castles and sports.

Park & Play will visit many Kelowna parks throughout July and August. Check the schedule, bring the kids and get to know your neighbours at a Park & Play near you.


Loseth Park (Rutland/Black Mountain) - Monday, July 8, 15, 22, 29
Curlew Park (Kettle Valley) - Tuesday, July 2, 9, 16, 23
Matera Glen Park (Glenmore) - Wednesday, July 3, 10, 17, 24
Kinsmen Park (Central) - Thursday, July 4, 11, 18, 25
Mugford Park (Rutland) - Friday, July 5, 12, 19, 26
South Kelowna Centennial Park (South East Kelowna) - Monday, August 5, 12, 19, 26
Sumac Park (Rutland) - Tuesday, July 30, August 6, 13, 20
Golfview Park (Glenmore) - Wednesday, July 31, August 7, 14, 21
Gerstmar Park (Rutland) - Thursday, August 1, 8, 15, 22
Jack Robertson Park (Glenmore) - Friday, August 2, 9, 16, 23

Parents and guardians are reminded that they are responsible for the care and supervision of their children. They are also encouraged to use active transportation such as walking or biking and to bring their own reusable water bottles.

For more information about Park & Play, call the Parkinson Recreation Centre at 250-469-8800 or visit kelowna.ca/recreation or facebook.com/cityofkelowna under events.



Dougall Road to re-open following construction
Traffic Advisory
The Rutland Transit Exchange is in the final phase of construction.

Dougall Road in Rutland will reopen to traffic on the afternoon of Friday, June 28. The new Shepherd Road extension is expected to open next week.

The new Rutland Transit Exchange, located on Shepherd Road between Dougall and Asher roads, features an attractive public space with wide and creatively designed sidewalks, greenspace, new trees, seating areas and decorative lighting for comfort and safety. Over the next few months, some transit routes will be redirected into the new Rutland Transit Exchange.

Dougall Road North between Highway 33 West and Shepherd Road has been closed since April to facilitate relocating utilities from overhead to underground, road reconstruction, pedestrian improvements and streetscaping.

In July, construction on three new bus pull-outs on Highway 33 between Dougall and Hollywood roads will begin, along with bus stop improvements between Rutland Road and Dougall Road.

Background


This transit project, including the new Rutland Transit Exchange, bus pull-outs on Highway 33 and other associated roadway and utility improvements is a $4.55-million investment in Rutland.

The Rutland transit improvements are part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region. RapidBus is designed to improve travel time, reliability, passenger comfort and convenience. It features fast, direct service and modern, attractive amenities.

Kelowna RapidBus is a partnership between Transport Canada, the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and BC Transit. Its total cost is $44.5 million. For more information on the RapidBus project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for more information and to view the designs for the Rutland Transit Improvements Project.
Lawrence Avenue from Richter to Ethel streets reopens
Utility replacement complete
Lawrence Avenue from Richter to Ethel streets is now open to traffic.

Completion of the $1.35-million utility replacement included water and wastewater systems, improved storm sewer system, curb and gutter, traffic calming bulb-outs and landscaping.

Remedial work is expected to be completed by Friday, July 5.

A local service area streetscape improvement was included and these enhancements were paid for by the adjacent property owners.

The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and motorists during construction.

For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Canada Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Annoucement
To mark Canada Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, July 1.

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca .
Scheduled closures for Keloha Music & Arts Festival
Traffic Advisory
Waterfront Park will be open to ticket holders only starting Friday, July 5 at noon until Monday, July 8 at 2 p.m. to accommodate the festivities held during the 2013 Keloha Music & Arts Festival.

Public access will be available along Waterfront Park promenade from 6 to 11 a.m. during the festival. Park users are asked to use caution as event organizers prepare for daily activities.

Starting Thursday, July 4 at 8 a.m. until Monday, July 8 at 2 p.m., the Dolphins Parking Lot at Waterfront Park will be closed and on-street parking will be restricted Friday through Sunday along Water Street from Sunset Drive to the Waterfront Park crosswalk.

Public parking will still be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis St. and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Ave.

This year, event organizers will also provide bike racks for the environmentally-friendly festival-goers who wish to bike to the venue.

Normal traffic routes and regular transit service will remain unchanged during the event.

For the more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Kelowna property taxes due by July 2
Taxes paid at City Hall or online at banking institutions
Property owners are reminded that 2013 property taxes must be paid by midnight, Tuesday, July 2.

"Taxes can be paid in person at City Hall or online at banking institutions," says George King, Revenue Manager for the City of Kelowna. "City Hall closes at 4 p.m. and is closed for Canada Day on Monday, July 1, however deposit boxes are available at our front entrance as well as at the Doyle Avenue parking lot exit and at the Parkinson Recreation Centre."

Property taxes can be paid by cash, cheque, money order or debit card. Deposit boxes are emptied each evening.

Current taxes that remain outstanding after July 2, 2013 will be subject to a five per cent late payment penalty. A second five percent penalty will be applied to all outstanding taxes after August 6, 2013. Penalties are legislated under the Community Charter and are not discretionary.

City of Kelowna property taxpayers are invited to remove the stress from paying taxes by signing up to prepay through the City's Pre-authorized Withdrawal System (PAWS). Once 2013 taxes are paid, residents can sign up for prepayment of their 2014 taxes. Payments are calculated specifically for each individual and withdrawn monthly. There are no fees and participants earn monthly interest. Current PAWS participants do not need to reapply. Apply online at kelowna.ca/propertytax, call 250-469-8757 for more information or sign up at City Hall's revenue counter.

"On top of no fees and paying interest on your payments, the City of Kelowna's prepayment plan takes the guess work out of paying your property taxes," says King. "Noboday knows taxes better than we do. As the tax experts we can be sure that you are paying the right amount, everytime and on time."

For more information about property taxes, email revenue@kelowna.ca, call the Revenue Branch at 250-469-8757 or visit kelowna.ca/propertytax.
Council Highlights
June 24, 2013
Seasonal Light Display
Council approved a partnership with the Capri Rotary Club to trial a new seasonal light display. A maximum one-time contribution of $15,000 will help pay for electrical upgrades and operational costs that are not covered by sponsorship.

Development Application Notification
Council directed staff to adopt a more reader-friendly format for notifications. The statutory notification area will be changed to adjoining/abutting properties only, in support of the delivery of a more general Get Connected notice to the postal delivery route of the subject property.

Pleasantvale Rezoning
Council forwarded the rezoning of various addresses on Central Avenue, Richter Street and Cambridge Avenue to the July 16 public hearing.

Library Parkade
Council approved the development permit for the form and character of the proposed library parkade located at 1360 Ellis Street.

Emergency Mutual Aid
Council approved the renewal of the regional Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement between Kelowna, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland for another five-year term. The Agreement allows for emergency resources to be provided by parties outside the fire protection boundaries of the party requesting the emergency resources.

Fire Inspection Frequency
Council approved the recommendation to change the frequency of fire inspections based on a building's level of risk and compliance by occupancy classification. Night Club inspections will be reduced from four times per calendar year to two, Coffee Shops/Deli from twice per year to once every two years and Group Homes, Rest Homes and Hospitals from three to two times per calendar year.

Annual Report
Council received the 2012 Annual Report, Council Remuneration and Expense report, Employee Remuneration report and the schedule of Payment for the Provision of Goods and Services for information. For more information and to view the Annual Report, visit kelowna.ca/cityhall.

Paddle Centre
Council approved the Kelowna Outrigger Canoe Club Association to apply for a temporary use permit for the Kelowna Paddle Centre to be located at 3050 Abbott Street.

OCP Indicators
Council received the second Official Community Plan Indicators Report for information. Highlights include that more people are living close to parks, housing affordability continues to be an issue for many residents, crime rate are reducing, median incomes are increasing and recreational opportunities remain strong.
July long weekend events and road closures
Traffic Advisory
Summer is finally here and residents can enjoy the outdoor festivals and sporting events happening throughout the city. Two events are scheduled to take place this coming long weekend. Along with the events come minor delays and re-routed traffic.

2013 Masters Cycle Road Race & Criterium
On Saturday, June 29 and Sunday June 30, motorists are advised to yield to cyclists participating in the 2013 Masters Cycle Road Race and Criterium. Cyclists have the right of way during these races.

On Saturday, race participants will use a circuit route on Jim Bailey Road, Jim Bailey Crescent and Bubna Road. Race times are from 5 to 7 p.m. On Sunday, cyclists will race in South East Kelowna along Spiers Road, June Springs Road, Mathews Road, Balldock Road, Wallace Hill Road and Saucier Road. Race times are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There are no road closures for this event, but traffic control personnel will be on site and motorists are asked to be diligent while driving in the neighbourhood.

2013 Celebrate Canada Day
A number of road and parking restrictions will be in place in the downtown core during Canada Day on Monday, July 1. Motorists are asked to obey traffic control personnel at all times for the safety of the large number of pedestrians expected.

Starting at 6 a.m. on July 1, Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate Canada Day activities, though access to the Prospera Place parking lot will be maintained. Parking will not be available on Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Ellis Street, on Bernard Avenue in front of Kerry Park, or in the Mill Street Parking Lot. Water Street is expected to reopen at 11 p.m. The Dolphins Parking Lot will be closed from noon Sunday, June 30 to noon Tuesday, July 2. Monthly permit holders will be allowed to park in the Dolphins Parking Lot on Tuesday, July 2.

Fireworks are expected to take place at 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Knox Mountain Drive will close to vehicles at 8 p.m. on July 1, however pedestrians will have full access to the park until 11 p.m. Knox Mountain Drive will re-open Tuesday, July 2 at 9:30 a.m.

Buses will run on Sunday service holiday schedules all day for Canada Day. Residents are encouraged to take transit to the fireworks, and additional buses will be available on major routes to alleviate overcrowding. Following the fireworks, buses will be available at the Queensway Transit Station for extended service on major routes including the #1 Lakeshore, #2 North End, #7 Glenmore, #8 University, #10 North Rutland, #11 Rutland, #23 Lake Country and #97 Express.

Regular fares apply and children under 12 ride free when accompanied by an adult.

Transit service disruptions and traffic delays may occur throughout the day due to road closures. All Route 2 North End buses will detour from Water Street to Cawston Avenue to Ellis Street and then follow regular routing.

Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

City of Kelowna reports on 2012 year
We Are Kelowna
The City of Kelowna has released its 2012 Annual Report, entitled We Are Kelowna.

"The 2012 annual report provides a summary of our significant achievements and a detailed picture of the City's overall financial position," says Mayor Walter Gray. "Throughout 2012, we focused on priorities to grow the economy, enhance quality of life for residents and deliver on our plans."

From expanded transit services, increased water treatment capacity and upgraded sports and recreation facilities to improved roads, additional multi-use pathways and welcoming hundreds of sport competitions, conventions, events and festivals, we are furthering our goals.

"Kelowna boasts the amenities of a major city and is a truly great place to live," says Gray. "The efforts of our community and our staff in 2012 laid the foundation for continued growth and a vibrant future."

City expenditures in 2012 of $251.5 million were almost identical to 2011, however electrical utility bulk power costs were higher and general government costs lower than last year. The City budgeted to collect a total of $192 million in taxation revenues, 54 per cent of which was retained by the City of Kelowna. The remaining 46 per cent is levied by the provincial government to provide funding for schools, by the Regional District of Central Okanagan for shared services and by BC Assessment to cover the City's share of the costs associated with providing assessment information.

The City has historically relied on pay-as-you-go rather than debt-financing for major infrastructure needs wherever possible. The decision to construct major community facilities in the years ahead has necessitated this shift in strategy for financing purposes.

The change more appropriately assigns debt repayment to taxpayers who will benefit most over time. In 2012, 4.1 cents of each municipal tax dollar collected was budgeted for tax-supported debt servicing programs. Annual debt requirements are anticipated to increase above six cents over the next five years, based on the 10-year Capital Plan. Pay-as you-go capital project funding represented 16 per cent of the 2012 taxation requirement.

The 2012 tax increase averaged 1.1 per cent for all property classes and provided for existing service levels for most departments and increased provisions for protective services. This reflects the core corporate values in the development of a safe, vibrant and sustainable city.

The City of Kelowna has won numerous awards from the Government Finance Officers Association for its financial reporting. A limited number of bound copies are available and the entire report can be viewed at kelowna.ca/cityhall.
Summer Transit Schedule
BC Transit News Release
BC Transit and its local government partners in the Kelowna region are working together to match service levels with customer demand. During the slower, summer season transit service hours are reduced so that added service hours are available during peak ridership from September to June.

Effective June 30, 2013 Route #4 Pandosy/UBCO Express, Route #88 Special and other school-related trips are being seasonally discontinued for two months.

Full service on all routes resumes on September 3, 2013.

For more information on transit in the Kelowna regions please call 250.860.8121 or consult bctransit.com
Bike to School and Work was a hit
smartTRIPS News Release
The days of walking and cycling to school may be numbered - but during Bike to Work and School Week the numbers were big. From May 27 to June 2, many families gave walking and cycling to school and work a try.

More than 125,000 kilometres were traveled by bike and other active transportation options, like walking, during this year's Bike to Work and School Week. That is equivalent to traveling the distance across Canada nearly 50 times.

Almost 1,300 residents committed to a cycling commute by signing up for Bike to Work Week. The Central Okanagan has the third highest participation in Bike to Work Week in the province - behind Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria.

We are one of few communities that also offer Bike and Walk to School Week at the same time. "We saw a dramatic increase in participation among schools this year," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator. At least 28 schools in the Central Okanagan participated this year, and among those schools one-third of students walked or rode their bike during the week.

"It's so encouraging to see youth increasingly cycling and walking to school," says Dave Gibson, School Traffic Safety Officer for the Central Okanagan. "Walking and biking to school provides children with much needed physical activity, prepares them for learning and increases the safety of our school zones."

Every year, students in the Central Okanagan are taught cycling skills and safety leading up to Bike to Work Week, at Bike Rodeos. "This year, we delivered Bike Rodeos to more than 2,000 students in 14 schools throughout the region," says Gibson.

A number of events were held across the Central Okanagan to reward cyclists during Bike to Work and School Week. "The weather at the beginning of the week was unpredictable, but a record number of cyclists braved the rain to attend our events," says Kittmer. "Our sponsors and partners were amazing this year. With their help, we were able to offer more events in more areas of the community."

For more information about this year's Bike to Work and School Week and general cycling information, visit smartTRIPS.ca
City Park concept plan open house
Design option presented on June 27
A design option for City Park will be presented at an open house Thursday, June 27 near the Sails Plaza under the big white tent from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

"We're pleased with the outcome of the design process so far," said urban planner specialist, Patrick McCormick. "One of the main themes from the online engagement was around creating an active, safe and lively destination where people can come and enjoy a variety of experiences - from peaceful to active and fun. This concept plan reflects these types of uses."

Some important considerations of the park design were for safety, improved picnic areas and separating the types of activities, such as youth and children's amenities. Waterfront access and improved sporting infrastructure has been proposed to appeal to a larger population. The concept design improves the way people circulate within the park, minimizing isolated space and maximizing uses for a variety of park visitors.

The design plan will also show how future improvements to Kerry Park will be integrated with City Park and Bernard Avenue Streetscape. Residents will have a chance to see how these three important civic spaces may come together.

Staff aim to present a preferred concept plan for City Park to Council over the summer. Discussions will continue with various stakeholders over the next few years on funding opportunities for implementation and construction.

Residents unable to attend can provide feedback on the design option online from June 27 to July 15 at kelowna.ca/mycitpark.
Flood threat stabilized, weather determines risk factor
Keep a safe distance from local creeks
The water level of Mission Creek has dropped overnight and Lakeshore Road has reopened, but emergency personnel suggest keeping a safe distance from local creeks for the next few days.

"It's entirely weather dependent, but local creeks can rise quickly again over the next few days," said Kelowna Deputy Fire Chief Jason Brolund. "We recommend that people stay away from creek banks, which might have been undermined by the water, and that people keep their sandbags in place."

He said flows in Mission Creek remain high at 60 cubic metres per second. Flows yesterday exceeded 120 cubic metres per second.

Boaters on Okanagan Lake are reminded that a large amount of debris was deposited in the lake as a result of the storm and high run off levels.

Residents who have experienced flooding are advised to contact their insurance companies or visit www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca for more information. Information on what to do after a flood is also available at the Kelowna Fire Department's Enterprise Way station.

Brolund said many more properties would have been flooded without the new dike constructed along Mission Creek in 2011.

"The work has paid for itself many times over," said Brolund. "It's a great example of how directing response costs toward mitigation and preparedness pay off in the long term."

Just over 18 months ago, the province provided funding for the dike and work was coordinated by the City of Kelowna. Brolund says the high flows experienced in the last 24 hours on Mission Creek would have resulted in much more widespread flooding, along with large financial losses and response costs.

This morning, emergency crews are working with provincial authorities to address a property in the 11000 block of on Highway 33 in Joe Rich. A portion of the house and two trailers have been washed away, with one trailer is wedged under the bridge on Highway 33. Highway 33 remains open at this time.

No-charge parking on Small Shop Saturday
Public Service Annoucement
The City of Kelowna will waive on-street parking charges this Saturday in support of the Downtown Kelowna Association's Small Shop Saturday initiative.

However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

This is the second of three Small Shop Saturdays downtown this year. City Council approved the free parking days for April 6, June 22 and October 26.

For more information about Small Shop Saturday, visit the Downtown Kelowna Association website, downtownkelowna.com.
Lakeshore Road Now Reopen
Lakeshore Road is now reopened between Cook Road and Lexington Avenue. The road was temporarily closed last night due to high water levels in Mission Creek.





Lakeshore Road Closure
Due to High Water Levels
Lakeshore Road is temporarily closed between Cook Road and Lexington Avenue due to high water levels in Mission Creek resulting from the rain. Traffic is being rerouted onto Gordon Drive during the closure. City crews will continue to monitor creek levels.


Sand and sandbags are available at the Cook Street Boat launch and at the end of Radant Road for residents in the neighbourhood who may be impacted by high water levels.


The public is reminded to stay away from all creeks in the area due to high water levels.








Soggy sports fields now closed, reassessed Friday
Public Service Announcement
The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed all City sports fields and baseball diamonds, effective immediately, due to the wet weather.

All recreation activity on the fields has been suspended to prevent damage and to ensure the safety of field users.

The fields are now closed and will remain closed until further notice. City crews will monitor the fields daily and will re-open them when they are safe for use.

Please visit kelowna.ca/recreation for updates on field closures.
Keep Animals Out of Your Trash
RDCO News Release
This trash tip from the Regional Waste Reduction Office: Don't let your garbage become a feast for local wildlife!

"If you live in an area that's susceptible to wildlife, reduce your risk of conflict. Take responsibility for your trash" says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart. ""Bears and other animals have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they do find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but could also pose a risk to you and your family , or to themselves by attracting the unnecessary attention of conservation officers."

All garbage, yard waste and recycling carts need to be accessible for pickup and with lids unlocked for emptying between the hours of 7am and 7pm on the day of collection only. Putting carts out the night before or days before pickup is due, or leaving them out on a continuous basis will only add to the potential for critter trouble in your neighborhood.

The BC Conservation Foundation Bear Aware website also suggests keeping your garbage in a secured shed or garage until pickup day, and recommends not stockpiling or burying garbage. As well, it reminds that fish and meat remains should not be left outside and suggests freezing or keeping them in a cool place until they can be placed into the garbage on your collection day.

Stewart adds, "Many residents have had success with using bungee straps to secure the lid of their waste carts. Keep in mind though, any security devices you choose to deter wildlife from your trash must be released on the day of your collection so the lid can open freely and the container contents be emptied into the automated truck."

You're also reminded to take care with what you put in your backyard composter. Things like meat, fish, bones, cooking oil, grease, and dairy products should never be left outside or put into a compost bin, as this can unnecessarily attract wildlife to your backyard as well.

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the Bear Aware website: www.bearaware.bc.ca, or http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/bear_hm.htm.

For additional inquiries, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
Council Highlights
June 17, 2013
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Council received a presentation from the committee highlighting the growing importance of agriculture in Kelowna, effects it has on our economy, some of Kelowna's more pressing agriculture-related concerns and the role of the Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Tourism Kelowna Hotel Tax
Council approved the renewal of the Municipal & Regional District Hotel Tax Agreement with Tourism Kelowna. The two per cent tax is used for destination marketing to entice tourists to visit Kelowna.

RCMP building design
Council approved staff's request to access $200,000 from the RCMP Building Reserve to proceed with the preliminary design phase of the new RCMP building.
Parking lot, alley closed for National Aboriginal Day
Traffic Advisory
The parking lot on the corner of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue, and the alley between Ellis Street and Pandosy Street (400 block), will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 21 to accommodate a celebration for National Aboriginal Day.

This celebration will not impact normal traffic routes.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Library parkade expansion information session
Public Service Announcement
The City and Interior Health are working together to move a number of Interior Health's community services and programs onto Doyle Avenue in Kelowna's downtown.

The project encourages the development of the downtown area with higher density land use and upgrades for better, safer parking. Bringing nearly 800 jobs into the downtown area will also stimulate business, transit and housing in the area.

To accommodate the development and provide more weekend and evening parking the City is expanding the Library parkade and building a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property (Ellis Street Parkade).

You are invited to view design drawings and find out more about the Library parkade expansion including timelines and temporary parking requirements at an information session:

Thursday June 20, 4-7 p.m.
Okanagan Regional Library, 1380 Ellis Street


City representatives and the project architect will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects and for updates delivered right to your inbox, sign up for the City's e-Subscribe service under the topic "Parking Management".
Knox Mountain trail gets facelift
Public Service Announcement
The Apex Trail on Knox Mountain will be under construction beginning June 17.

Crews will install a new section of trail, timber steps, signage and rail fencing, along with other trail improvement work. Potential hazards during that time include debris and rock fall.

Visitors to the park are asked to obey signs posted along the trail and follow instructions of workers to ensure everyone's safety.

As outlined in the City's Knox Mountain Management Plan, this completes the front face restoration project.

For more information on the Management Plan, visit Park Projects at kelowna.ca/parks.
New Kelowna RCMP detachment commander
RCMP news release
The Commanding Officer of "E" Division, Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, and the District Commander of the Southeast District, Chief Supt Mike Sekela, are pleased to formally announce the appointment of Inspector Nick Romanchuk to the position of Officer in Charge of Kelowna RCMP Detachment, and congratulate him in his promotion.

Insp. Romanchuk brings a diversified portfolio of operational policing experience from his 22 years of service with the RCMP as well as extensive detachment command experience throughout southern British Columbia over the past 13 1/2 years. He is currently the Officer in Charge of Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment, responsible for providing a police service to the 15 municipalities and the majority of the two Regional Districts within the West Kootenay/Boundary area.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family. My wife and two daughters are very excited by the prospect of beginning the next chapter of our lives in Kelowna and enjoying all that the community has to offer," noted Insp. Romanchuk.

"The City of Kelowna is very pleased to welcome Nick Romanchuk to our community as Officer in Charge of the Kelowna RCMP detachment," says Mayor Walter Gray. "As part of the hiring committee I was able to see first-hand that Nick's leadership skills are proven, progressive and innovative. We are pleased Nick has chosen Kelowna to call home and lead our community safety efforts."
Insp. Romanchuk will be promoted to the rank of Superintendent in the near future as he assumes his duties as Detachment Commander of Kelowna RCMP.

Biography

Insp. Romanchuk, who was born and raised in Saskatchewan, joined the RCMP in 1991. After completing his Basic Recruit Training at Depot he was transferred to Lillooet, BC where he was stationed from 1991 to 1995. From there he was transferred to the Kamloops Sub-Division Customs & Excise Section where he investigated offenses against a number of Federal statutes. In 1998 he was transferred to the Southeast District Customs & Excise Section where he continued with this work.

In 1999, Insp. Romanchuk was promoted to the rank of Corporal and transferred to Nakusp Detachment where he served in his first position as a Detachment Commander. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and became the Detachment Commander in Lumby. He was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant in 2004 as the Detachment Commander at Trail & Greater District Detachment. In 2008, he was commissioned and promoted to the rank of Inspector as the first Officer in Charge of Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment; a detachment structure that he and his team built from the ground up.

"I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been entrusted with serving the City of Kelowna and surrounding communities as their Chief of Police. It is a responsibility that I do not take lightly. It is clear that the people who work at Kelowna Detachment, whether as police officers or in a variety of capacities that support our policing efforts, are extremely dedicated individuals and I look forward to joining with them to continue their efforts at improving the safety of our communities," stated Insp. Romanchuk.
Landfill compactor first of its kind in North America
State-of-the-art compactor will increase the life of landfill
The City of Kelowna's new waste compactor is helping the Glenmore Landfill think long-term by being environmentally and economically accountable. The state-of-the-art compactor will increase the life expectancy of the landfill by 10 to 14 years as it delivers maximum compaction in minimum time.

"Our new compactor uses the latest technology in waste management equipment which contributes to more efficient landfill operations," says Ken Muller, Solid Waste Supervisor. "The two-wheeled compactor is more efficient than the previous four-wheeled machine as it improves garbage compaction by 20 per cent, reduces work time by 33 per cent and decreases fuel consumption by 17 per cent."

Waste at the Glenmore Landfill is now compacted to a greater density more efficiently and cost effectively than ever before. Technology such as the Global Positioning System informs the operator in real time when the necessary level of compaction has been achieved. The landfill's carbon footprint is also reduced as it takes less pass-throughs to get the job done.

"It's really important to operate an environmentally-sustainable landfill," says Muller. "We have the tools and technology but residents must remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost. This, coupled with our new compactor, will help the Glenmore Landfill have a long lifespan and reduce the need for future landfills."

Kelowna is the only municipality in North America to use the state-of-the-art compactor. Designed and built in Finland, the compactor is also being used in Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Other municipalities recently visited the Glenmore Landfill to view the compactor and its benefits first-hand.

For more information about waste management programs at the City, visit kelowna.ca/waste.
Okanagan College transit exchange info session
June 19 at Kelowna Secondary School
The City of Kelowna will host a public information session on June 19 at Kelowna Secondary School.

The City is in the final stages of planning for a future KLO / Okanagan College transit exchange and associated roadway improvements. Public feedback from two open houses and results of transportation studies have been reviewed and incorporated into a design concept.

When: Wednesday June 19, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Kelowna Secondary School library


The City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan acknowledges KLO Road in the Okanagan College area as a priority corridor for multi-use and active transportation. Transit amenities, road infrastructure and pedestrian/cycling linkages in the area have been identified by the City and BC Transit as investment priorities.

The Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements project is part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.

For more information about this exciting transportation project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.
Council Highlights
June 11, 2013
Soccer Facility
Council endorsed staff's recommendation to continue negotiations with the Kelowna United Football Club for the construction and operation of an indoor/outdoor multi-use artificial turf facility to be located in Mission Recreation Park.
Family fun planned for weekend
Traffic Advisory
Families interested in longboarding or cars can take in two exciting events this Father's Day weekend.

Skylands Downhill
The Skylands Downhill longboarding race will take place Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 in the Skylands Subdivision off Rio Drive.

Wilden Ridge Drive and Upper Canyon Drive from Rio Drive to Wilden Ridge will be closed to traffic both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vehicle access to the Skylands subdivision will be restricted to ensure the safety of those participating in the event; however, there will be 10-minute openings twice an hour to enable residents and visitors access. The 10-minute openings are scheduled for 20 minutes after the hour and 10 minutes to the hour for the duration of the event.

Parking is available on Upper Canyon Drive North (new section) which is outside the race course. The Clear Pond parking lot will be used for overflow if required.

For a map of the course, road closures, schedule of road access and parking spaces, click Outdoor Event Notices on kelowna.ca/roadreport.

Father's Day Car Show
City Park parking lot will be closed on Sunday, June 16 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual Father's Day Car Show taking place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Traffic routes will be maintained in the downtown core as participants make their way into the park with their vehicles; however, there will be lane restrictions along Leon Avenue, Water Street, Pandosy Street, Lawrence Avenue and Abbott Street. Motorists are advised that there will be increased traffic in the area and traffic control personnel will be on-site.

On-street parking along the west side of Abbott Street from Bernard Avenue to Leon Avenue will be restricted 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Bernard Ave short-term closure for early final paving
Traffic Advisory
Beginning Thursday, June 13 at 7 a.m. Bernard Avenue from Richter Street and including the St. Paul street intersection will be closed until 5 p.m. to thru traffic for top lift paving.

On Friday, June 14 Bernard Avenue will require intermittent lane restrictions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to complete top lift on Bertram and St. Paul streets and line markings on the permanent asphalt.

This schedule is subject to change as paving is weather dependant and precipitation could cause delays.

Sidewalks will remain open, businesses will remain accessible and angle parking between St. Paul and Ellis streets will be available as usual.

Traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and pedestrians, the public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

With the early completion of the second phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street," there is an opportunity to expedite the project and complete final paving in the first phase which was originally scheduled for spring of 2014.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to see the complete phasing and learn more about the project.
Summit connects culture with the community
Register today for June 12 - 14 summit and workshop
Arts and cultural organizations in the Okanagan and beyond are invited to attend the 2013 Arts & Culture Summit, Wednesday, June 12 to Friday, June 14 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. This year's theme, From Volume to Value - Building Engagement, Capacity & Resilience, is designed to get organizations thinking about how they can expand their reach into the community and become stronger partners with their funders, supporters and audiences.

"Every two years we have the opportunity to bring together our creative community through the Arts & Culture Summit," says Sandra Kochan, Manager, Cultural Services. "This is a chance for cultural workers to step back from the everyday demands and spend a day or two thinking and strategizing at a higher level. At the last Summit in 2011, the most consistent piece of feedback we got was how much attendees appreciated a chance to spend time with each other talking about things that matter to them. The Summit is a place where new ideas have some room to take hold."

The first two days of sessions on June 12 and 13 are focused on how cultural organizations can expand their reach into communities. The Canada Council for the Arts is respected worldwide for the work it does supporting and celebrating Canadian arts and culture. A keynote presentation from Howard Jang, a Director of the Canada Council, will get organizations thinking about how their programming can be more meaningful for audiences and how their planning can be focused on positive community outcomes. Organizations can also learn more about the national Culture Days initiative, understand the importance of strategic recruitment for their Boards, and meet in a roundtable setting with federal, provincial, municipal and foundation funders.

A major feature at this year's Summit is the launch of artsVest™ for the Central Okanagan on Thursday, June 13, and the first full-day artsVest™ workshop on Friday, June 14. artsVest™ is a national sponsorship training and matching incentive program created by Business for the Arts and funded in the Central Okanagan by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Province of British Columbia, TELUS and the City of Kelowna.

Over the next 12 months, organizations will receive intensive training to build strategies and proposals designed to stimulate long-term sponsorship support from the private sector, and as an incentive, organizations are eligible for matching grants of up to $10,000. artsVest™ will operate in the Central Okanagan for 2013/2014 and is anticipated to inject approximately $300,000 of new money for Central Okanagan arts, culture and heritage organizations.

Pre-registration is required for the Summit. The $25 per day fee includes all sessions, lunch and an evening reception. The full Summit program, with more information about presenters and session descriptions, is available on kelowna.ca/culture.

Workshops for new plumbing code
Two one-day workshops, June 13 and 14
The City of Kelowna has partnered with Okanagan College to offer affordable training for new requirements in the B.C. Plumbing Code.

The City will host two one-day workshops, June 13 and 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at 100-2350 Acland Road. The cost is $125 per person per day. Payment must be submitted at the Building Department on the second floor of City Hall by June 10.

The workshops are specifically developed to provide cost-effective training for new water pipe sizing requirements brought into effect with the new B.C. Plumbing Code.

"We saw that no one is offering education on the new requirements and we wanted to provide some leadership and ensure our local builders, plumbers and plumbing officials in the Valley have an opportunity to learn about the new water pipe size calculations and other applicable rules," said Development Services Director Mo Bayat.

The workshop includes coffee and lunch.
Road closures to accommodate weekend events
Traffic Advisory
Summer in Kelowna unofficially starts earlier than most cities. Along with the sun comes an increase of events that help draw residents and visitors to our city and local parks.

This coming weekend, three events are scheduled to take place throughout the city giving residents of all ages something fun to enjoy outdoors. Along with the events comes minor delays and re-routing of traffic.

Fat Cat Children's Festival
The Fat Cat Children's Festival will introduce a new parade route along Cawston Avenue and Water Street.

During the Festival, Waterfront Park will be open to ticket holders only, Friday, June 7, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Minor delays are expected along the parade route. Motorists are asked to follow the direction of on-site traffic control personnel. On street parking will also be restricted. Cars parked in restricted areas will be courtesy towed to the parking lot at the corner of Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

Minor re-routing of transit buses may also be required to avoid Cawston Ave. and the North end of Water Street during the parade.

Additional closures:

June 7
6 a.m. - 2 p.m. On-street parking restrictions along the west side of Water Street from Sunset Drive to the cross walk between Waterfront Park and Prospera.

6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Waterfront Park parking lot (Dolphins)

June 8
6 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. On-street parking restrictions along parade route and marshaling area

8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Waterfront Park parking lot

7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Road closures along Coronation Ave. (St. Paul to east of Richter St.) and Richter Street (Clement Ave. to Cawston Ave.) for parade marshaling

9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Rolling road closures along Cawston Ave. and Water Street



Fresh Air Walk/Run for Women

The annual Fresh Air 5/10K Walk/Run for Women will take place Sunday, June 9.

East Kelowna Road, from McCulloch Road at KLO Road to Reid Road, will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. to accommodate a portion of the race.

Drivers are asked to be cautious and watch for runners along the route as participants will have the right of way during this timed event.


Motorcycle Ride for Dad
To help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, the motorcycle ride for dad will be riding through Kelowna on Sunday, June 9.

Riders will be leaving Banners on McCurdy Road heading along Hwy 97 to the downtown core before heading over the bridge into West Kelowna. To maintain the procession, Ellis Street (Hwy 97 to Lawrence Ave.), Lawrence Ave. (Ellis Street to Abbott St.) and Abbott St. (Lawrence Ave. to Hwy. 97) will be closed for approximately 15 minutes around 10:15 a.m.

Minor re-routing or delays of transit buses may also occur in the downtown core during this temporary closure.

For more information on road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Bernard Avenue Phase 1 gets early final paving
Traffic Advisory
Beginning Monday June 3, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., intermittent traffic interruptions will occur on Bernard Avenue from Richter to Ellis streets to raise manholes and prepare the road surface for top lift paving scheduled the following week, weather depending.

Traffic control personnel will be directing motorists. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

With the second phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" nearing completion ahead of schedule, there is an opportunity to complete final paving in the first phase which was originally scheduled for spring of 2014.

All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, with minor downtown routing adjustments. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedules.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction is taking place.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to see the complete phasing and learn more about the project.
It’s Happening - Bernard Avenue scheduled to reopen
May 31 after 5 p.m., weather permitting
The second phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue will reopen to motorists in its entirety on Friday, May 31 after 5 p.m., weather permitting.

"We are so pleased to reopen this phase ahead of schedule and in time for the busy summer season just as the businesses asked," said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. "We are really pleased with the performance and demeanor of the contractor, CGL construction. They really help to make a challenging project easier."

Remaining works will continue through June, including adding the public art components on the light standards and other minor esthetic improvements.

The traffic pattern has changed with the completed sections of Bernard Avenue now narrowed to two lanes from four, with a centre turning lane. Parking between Richter and St. Paul streets and Pandosy and Abbott streets is now parallel parking only. Temporary line markings from Pandosy to St. Paul streets connect the two completed sections with the same lane configuration.

Motorists and bike riders will now encounter the new shared lane markings or "sharrows" on Bernard Avenue. These markings indicate that a cyclist may ride in the traffic lane and assists them in correct positioning between traveling cars and parallel parked cars. Motorists are urged to drive carefully and be aware of all posted signage, particularly at St. Paul and Pandosy streets.

"It's great to see public and private investment making a mark on downtown Kelowna with two-thirds of the Bernard revitalization project now complete, the public pier and marina underway and Stuart park and parkade expansions planned to name a few," said Berry. "Downtown is really happening and we invite residents and visitors to see it for themselves."

Phase 3 of the Bernard Avenue revitalization is expected to begin following the Labour Day long weekend. Bernard Avenue will close to traffic from Pandosy to St. Paul streets September 3 and is scheduled to reopen in early December.

The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction was taking place.

Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the many projects happening downtown.
Council Highlights
May 27, 2013
Development Application Process Review
Council endorsed the report from staff, which outlines ways to improve aspects of the City's development application process to find a balance between being a regulator, encouraging new development and providing good customer services. Recommendations include ongoing monitoring, greater transparency and creating accountability to ensure consistent implementation.

Ellis Truck Route
Council approved the closure of the Ellis Street truck route to reduce industrial traffic through the developing pedestrian, commercial and residential areas of Kelowna's downtown core and cultural district. Existing truck routes on Spall Road and Gordon Drive will remain in operation. The City will work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to upgrade the intersection at Gordon Drive and Highway 97 to ensure safety and maintain traffic flow. Route closure and further intersection upgrades are expected to take place in 2014.

Transit Operating Agreement
Council received information about transit costs and approved this year's annual operating agreement. The City of Kelowna contributes $4.5 million of the estimated $6.4 million net Municipal Share of the regional Conventional Transit program.

Park Concessions & Vendors
Council endorsed the award of seasonal activity and food concession contracts to operate at City, Ben Lee and Waterfront Parks, and at Queensway Street. These contracts contribute to the City's commitment to find better ways to deliver services to our community.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Corporate Report
Council received the report for information, which provided details about corporate greenhouse gas emissions and projects planned or underway to reduce them. Projects include building and facility optimization and implementation of a fleet management system. The City's current GHG emissions are at the same levels as 2007 despite additions to the corporate fleet and building inventories to support services to our community, which has grown by 9 per cent since 2007.
City Park parking lot closed for Relay for Life
Traffic Advisory
City Park parking lot will have restrictions starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 to accommodate the Canadian Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life. The entire parking lot will be closed by noon.

This 12-hour overnight relay event will end at 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 2. City Park will be open to the public at 8 a.m. Sunday; however event suppliers and organizers will be exiting the park throughout the morning.

For the most up-to-date information on road closures and potential delays due to community events, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport under Outdoor Events Notices.
One-day dog park closure
Public Service Announcement
The off-leash dog park located at the Rutland Recreation Park (425 Hartman Rd.) will be closed on Sunday, June 2 to accommodate the Healthy Kids Day event hosted by the Kelowna Family Y.

The remaining off-leash dog parks in Kelowna will be open and owners are encouraged to visit them throughout the day. The two closest parks to the Rutland Recreation Park are located on Enterprise Way (2500 Enterprise Way) and at Ellison Fields (4680 Old Vernon Rd.).

For a complete list of on- and off-leash dog parks in the city, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray proclaims Bike to Work Week
May 27 to June 2, 2013
Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray attended this morning's Bike to Work & School Week breakfast event and officially proclaimed May 27 to June 2 as Bike to Work Week.

Bike to Work Week kicked off today at the Rotary Centre for the Arts with a fun breakfast event for cyclists. Despite the damp weather 230 cyclists came by for breakfast and the chance to win a new bike.

"It's great to see so many cyclists participating in this annual event," said Mayor Gray. "We are committed to making Kelowna a great community in which to walk and bike." Kelowna already has an extensive cycling network with more than 290 kilometres of on-street bike lanes and more than 35 kilometres of hard surface shared-use pathways. "This year, we will be extending the Rails with Trails pathway, building a pedestrian overpass and pathway to UBCO and improving visibility of cyclists through green pavement markings and new technology."

Daily Bike to Work Week celebration stations for cyclists will be happening all week throughout the Central Okanagan:
  • Tuesday, May 28 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Glenmore - 1150 Glenmore Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, West Kelowna - 2010 Daimler Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, West Kelowna - 525 Hwy 97

  • Thursday, May 30 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Mission Creek Regional Park, Central Kelowna - 2363 Springfield Rd.

  • Friday, May 31 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Landmark Centre, Stantec Station - 1632 Dickinson Ave.

  • Friday, May 31 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Original Joe's Restaurant, Mission - 2728 Pandosy St.


The Central Okanagan is one of 30 B.C. communities participating in 2013 Bike to Work Week. With over 200 teams registered so far this year, the Central Okanagan is the third largest participating community, following Vancouver and Victoria.

To register, or for more information about Bike to Work Week and cycling in Kelowna, visit smartTRIPS.ca/events.
Film production may disrupt traffic
Traffic Advisory
Movie crews will be filming "A Sister's Nightmare" on Tuesday, May 28 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at various locations throughout the city.

Traffic and parking may be affected at City Park parking lot including the entrance and the parking area north of the tunnel from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Traffic control personnel will be on site and disruption is expected to be minimal.

For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Kelowna Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast
Sunday, June 9
The Kelowna Fire Department will open its doors to the public Sunday, June 9, for a pancake breakfast and family fun day in support of the BC Burn Fund.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Kelowna Fire Hall at 2255 Enterprise Way, with the support of the Salvation Army, the YMCA-YWCA, and BC Firefighters' Burn Fund volunteers. Save On Foods is this year's major sponsor.

"This is a great event for families" says Kelowna Fire Chief, Jeff Carlisle. "We encourage everyone to come and have breakfast, meet Kelowna's firefighters and have some fun with the events and demonstrations."

In addition to the breakfast, visitors can watch several demonstrations such as auto extraction, high angle rescue and the fire safety house. Local celebrities will participate in the demonstrations as simulated victims. Other events include face painting, a bouncy castle, celebrity dunk tank, family games, popcorn and more.

The BC Firefighters' Burn Fund provides life saving, life supporting and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional firefighters in B.C. dedicate and donate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the BC Firefighters' Burn Fund does with its burn awareness, research and prevention programs.

All proceeds will go to the BC Burn Fund and all ages are welcome.
Bike to Work leads to biking at work?
smartTRIPS News Release
Cyclists across the Central Okanagan are starting to gear up for smartTRIPS Bike to Work and School Week, May 27 to June 2, 2013. The week-long event encourages cyclists of all levels to give commuter cycling a try. smartTRIPS will be rewarding all those who roll out on two wheels with fantastic prizes, including daily bike draws and gift certificates to local businesses.

Celebration stations will take place daily to provide extra motivation, with free refreshments from local sponsors, complimentary bike tune-ups from local bike shops and socializing. The Monday morning Urban Systems kick-off station will be at the Rotary Centre for the Arts from 6:30 to 8:45 a.m., where Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray will officially proclaim Bike to Work Week.

"Every year we have so much fun at the celebration stations, with great food, prizes and people," said Lindsay Eason, Bike to Work Coordinator. "We've had emails from workplace teams conveying their excitement and some teams take biking to work to a whole new level. Just for fun, the Acro Media team even tried some office tasks while riding."

There are more celebration stations than ever before, including:

  • Monday, May 27 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Rotary Centre for the Arts, Downtown - 421 Cawston Ave.

  • Tuesday, May 28 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, Glenmore - 1150 Glenmore Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, West Kelowna - 2010 Daimler Dr.

  • Wednesday, May 29 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, West Kelowna - 525 Hwy 97 S.

  • Thursday, May 30 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Mission Creek Regional Park, Central Kelowna - 2363 Springfield Rd.

  • Friday, May 31 6:30 - 8:45 a.m. at Landmark Centre, Stantec Station - 1632 Dickinson Ave.

  • Friday, May 31 3:30 - 5:45 p.m. at Original Joe's Restaurant, Mission - 2728 Pandosy St.


Many sponsors and schools have also started their own satellite stations throughout Kelowna, West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation.

"We have a fantastic group of sponsors and partners that support the program every year," said Eason. "It's great to be part of a program like this that brings our community together."

Interested participants can visit smartTRIPS.ca/events or email info@smartTRIPS.ca for more information or to help you plan your route to work or school.
Most city sports fields are now open
Public Service Announcement
The City of Kelowna has re-opened all City sports fields and baseball diamonds except for Mission Ball Diamonds 1, 2, 3 and 4 and Rutland Mini Diamond (R7). City crews will monitor the remaining fields daily and will re-open them when they are safe for use.

Please visit kelowna.ca/recreation for updates on field closures.
Wet weather closes sports fields
Public Service Announcement
The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed all City sports fields and baseball diamonds, effective immediately, due to weather.

All recreation activity on the fields has been suspended to prevent damage and to ensure the safety of field users.

The fields are now closed and will remain closed until further notice. City crews will monitor the fields daily and will re-open them when they are safe for use.

Please visit kelowna.ca/recreation for updates on field closures.
Come and play at Family Fun Day
Sunday, May 26 at Parkinson Recreation Centre
Get together with family and friends for an afternoon of fun at Family Fun Day at the Parkinson Recreation Centre on Sunday, May 26 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Children can participate in lots of fun activities including games, crafts, wall climbing and inflatable fun centres. Magician Gordon deRoos, PT the Clown and Kiki the Eco Elf will engage and entertain kids of all ages. Free swimming is also available from 1 to 4 p.m. at the indoor pool.

Help Family Fun Day go green. Bring your water bottle and we will provide cold, refreshing drinking water from Ecowater 2000. Ride your bike to the Parkinson Recreation Centre and check it, along with strollers, at the tennis courts free of charge so you can enjoy the event without carting them around.

Onsite parking at the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be limited during Family Fun Day. Extra parking will be available at the old Dr. Knox Middle School site next to the Apple Bowl; parking entrance is off Burtch Road.

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Kelowna Community Food Bank, which can be dropped off at the Information Station located near the front entrance of the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Family Fun Day is presented by the City of Kelowna's Recreation and Cultural Services, 99.9 SUN FM and AM 1150.
2013 Play On! Hockey road and parking lot closures
Traffic Advisory
CBC's Hockey Night in Canada's Play On! Hockey will host an outdoor 4-on-4 street hockey tournament on Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, May 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24, the Dolphins parking lot at Waterfront Park and Water Street from Cawston Avenue to Sunset Drive will be closed to traffic. Motorists will be asked to detour via Cawston Avenue, Doyle Avenue and Ellis Street.

Access will remain open to the Rotary Centre for the Arts, Prospera Place parking lot and Delta parkade.

Public parking will be available at the Library Plaza Parkade located at 1360 Ellis St. and Chapman Parkade at 345 Lawrence Ave.

The road and Dolphins parking lot at Waterfront Park will reopen Sunday, May 26 at 10 p.m.

Transit Route No. 2 will be rerouted during the course of the road closure. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

Event information is available online at playon.ca.

For the most up to date road closure information visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Extended summer hours for Kasugai Gardens
Gardens now open in the evening
Starting today, residents and visitors can enjoy Kasugai Gardens throughout the evening. From now until Sept. 2, the gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Kasugai Gardens are located off Queensway Boulevard east of City Hall. The walled garden provides a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden such as stone lanterns, pine trees, a waterfall and pond. The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981.

For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
Local Government Week begins May 19
Explore new ways to get involved in municipal affairs
The City of Kelowna wants residents to explore new ways to get involved in municipal affairs during Local Government Awareness Week, May 19 to 25.

"Our residents are especially interested in their local government and being part of the decision-making process," says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "This week, we're joining with municipalities across the province to encourage residents to continue to have their voices heard."

To encourage informed participation, the City has a public engagement RSS news feed accessible from kelowna.ca/getinvolved. During planning processes, the City seeks input on upcoming park, transportation, utility and community projects through open houses, workshops, surveys, online tools and social media.

"My Council and I are proud of the innovation exhibited by City staff in finding new ways to engage with the public," says Mayor Gray. "A great example is how staff have received information about the future of City Park - an online tool provides an interactive environment for residents and City staff to explore ideas for the future improvements of the park. City Park plans will evolve as a result of public input."

Online engagement platforms reduce barriers for residents who want the flexibility to be involved. Check out kelowna.ca/mycitypark to review the concept plan and ideas that have been submitted (submission deadline was April 26) and responses from City staff. This online engagement pilot tests the readiness of Kelowna residents to participate online in City-led initiatives. The online forum has shown early promise, with nearly 2,500 visitors, 179 ideas and 241 comments.

Residents will receive the annual City Views publication with their tax notices next week. The newsletter provides information on taxation and keeps residents up-to-date on City projects, including the changing face of Kelowna's downtown and waterfront, and opportunities for active transportation.

Residents can also stay informed by monitoring kelowna.ca, signing up for email updates through e-Subscribe or joining the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Kelowna City Council meeting agendas, minutes and highlights are posted on kelowna.ca, with Monday afternoon Council meeting audio broadcast live on Castanet.net and video recordings on Shaw Cable.

To discover more ways to get involved and connect with your City, visit kelowna.ca/getinvolved.
Council Highlights
May 13, 2013
Parking strategy
Council received the Parking Management Strategy Framework report from staff as part of the development of a city-wide strategy. The preliminary report, developed by Urban Systems Ltd., provides recommendations for parking management, financing and enforcement. The next phase will include consultation based on the City's guiding principles of public engagement to confirm issues, test recommendations and inform strategy development.

Recreation report
Council received the recreation report for information, which identifies potential recreation facilities that might be needed over the next 10 to 15 years. The report emphasizes investment in existing versus new facilities. Suggestions will be brought forward for inclusion in long-range planning.

Ballet Kelowna receives grant
Council approved the presentation of a $30,000 Professional Operating Grant to Ballet Kelowna.

artsVest Program
Council received information about the artsVest Program, a national sponsorship training and matching incentive program that is being brought to the Kelowna area with support from the City of Kelowna. The program will launch at the Arts & Culture Summit on June 13, 2013.

Capital Plan
Council endorsed the 2013-2020 Capital Plan, which strives to strike an affordable balance between capital projects that maintain current service levels, preserve existing assets and provide opportunity for growth and economic development. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/budget and view the Budget Process.
Victoria Day hours of operation at civic properties
Public Service Announcement
To mark Victoria Day, City Hall will be closed Monday, May 20.

The Glenmore Landfill will be open its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thinking of working in the garden over the weekend? Pick up your OgoGrow or GlenGrow at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.
City commences pavement management program
Approximately 19 kilometres will be re-surfaced
The City of Kelowna's 2013 pavement management program is underway. Approximately 19 kilometres will be re-surfaced involving nine different road segments.

The pavement management program prioritizes and determines how to upgrade and repair the road surface based on various tests and software analysis that provide a numerical ranking for each road.

Short-term lane closures or detours will be in effect. For safety and quality control, traffic control personnel will be directing motorists and local residents to stay off the newly treated road segments until they have sufficiently cured. The public's cooperation and patience will be appreciated.

City of Kelowna personnel have already begun preparing the selected road segments by cleaning, sweeping, sealing cracks, flushing and completing some minor shoulder repairs. Residents will be notified when resurfacing work is to begin in their area.

The 2013 asphalt and paving contract was awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Inc. for approximately $2.5 million; the work is expected to be complete by October.

Visit kelowna.ca\roadreport for current road construction information or to view the capital projects map.
Road closures for Rutland May Days parade
Traffic Advisory
This year's Rutland May Days parade will be held on Saturday, May 18. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Family Y parking lot on Hartman Road.

Rutland Road between McIntosh Road and Hartman Road will be closed, with rolling closures on Saturday May 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the parade. A detour route will be clearly indicated for motorists.

Parking will be restricted on McIntosh (Rutland Road to Dougall Road North) to accommodate the end of the parade.

Minor delays are expected and motorists must follow the directions of traffic control personnel during the road closure.

Transit service will be disrupted during the closure. Visit bctransit.com under Kelowna for route and schedule information.

For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Knox Mountain drive to close for hill climb
Traffic Advisory
Knox Mountain Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. Friday, May 17, to 3 p.m. Monday, May 20, to safely accommodate the annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb.

Knox Mountain Park will be open to ticket holders only on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. Closure of the dog park will be in effect during the event, with limited access on Friday and Monday. Public access to Paul's Tomb will be available via Poplar Point Drive.

For more information on the Knox Mountain Hill Climb visit knoxmtnhillclimb.ca.

For the most up-to-date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
Brevity Memorial Dedication Ceremony
Saturday, May 11 at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery
Members of the community are welcome to join with the Kelowna Chapter of The Compassionate Friends and Mayor Walter Gray for the 10th annual Brevity Memorial Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony will take place Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m. at Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery located at 1991 Bernard Avenue.

Parents, siblings, grandparents and other family members who have suffered the loss of a child for any reason are encouraged to attend.

The Brevity Memorial, installed in 2004, is dedicated to children whose lives have been cut short, as symbolized by the life-size bronze statue of two children playing on a tree stump.

The Brevity Memorial Statue and Ceremony are a partnership between the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery and the Kelowna Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an international organization dedicated to supporting bereaved parents and their surviving children.

For more information on the memorial ceremony, please contact the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery at 250-862-5518.
Alaska Airlines: 15 years and soaring at YLW
Alaska Airlines now connects Kelowna to over 90 cities
On May 10, 1998, Horizon Air landed its first 37-passenger Dash 8-200 at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) from Seattle. It was the first year-round scheduled service to the United States from YLW. At the time, annual passenger numbers were just under 800,000 and the airport was embarking on a $20-million terminal expansion project.

Today, Horizon Air, now flying as Alaska Airlines, connects to over 90 cities from Kelowna to Seattle (SEA). The carrier flies up to 76 passengers on a Bombardier Q400 turboprop twice a day to/from SEA (three times daily during the winter season). Currently, YLW serves nearly 1.5 million passengers a year and is undergoing the next phase of a $50.5 million airport expansion project.

"Fifteen years of service with Alaska Airlines has expanded our reach with tourism as well as with the business sector," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "We knew 15 years ago having this service was important to our region and today it's more important than ever as travel for work and leisure has become the norm due to lower fares and accessibility. Alaska Airlines is important part of the YLW family."

Although there have been many changes in the last 15 years at YLW, it is interesting to note the Mayor and members of Kelowna City Council in 1998 included Mayor Walter Gray and Councillors Andre Blanleil and Robert Hobson.

YLW will celebrate 15 years of service with Alaska Airlines by providing travellers flying on Alaska on Friday with a warm YLW send off, as well as hosting Horizon Air President Glenn Johnson in morning meetings with tourism and economic stakeholder groups.

Johnson will also be the keynote speaker at the Kelowna Chamber Luncheon, sharing his thoughts on the dramatic transitions over the past decade in the U.S. Airline industry and at Alaska Air Group, the parent company for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. The luncheon will be held at the Hotel Eldorado at 11:45 a.m. For tickets, contact the Kelowna Chamber.

For information about Alaska Airlines' service from YLW, visit ylw.kelowna.ca.
A new sense of place on Bernard Avenue
Unique design elements enhance the streetscape
Originating with a need to upgrade the aging utilities and roadway, the Bernard Avenue Revitalization has become an identity-establishing project.

Three themes are featured along Bernard Avenue, with unique design elements in each phase of the new streetscape evoking a distinct sense of place and the natural beauty of the area.

"The themes are derived from our local natural and cultural heritage with tributes to the First Nation people of this area," says Parks and Public Space Projects Manager Andrew Gibbs. "Placemaking draws on a community's assets, inspiration and potential to create vibrant public spaces that promote discovery and enjoyment, and enhance the community's attachment to public spaces."

At the east end of Bernard, the street emphasizes the hillsides and grasslands of the valley. The west end emphasizes the lake and our aquatic environment. And in between the theme highlights the cultural history of our community.

Specific features to note include:
  • Traffic bollards at the crosswalks inset with naturally rusting corten steel and cut out images relevant to the themes
  • Natural wood plates on the light posts
  • Natural basalt stone benches and pavers
  • Local animals and plants engraved in sporadically placed polished basalt pavers
  • Garbage cans, utility boxes and bike lockers uniquely wrapped with historical images
  • Gobo lights projecting images onto the sidewalk
  • Sidewalk etchings at pedestrian crossings
  • Thematic public art components built into the light standards

The Bernard Avenue project is a component of Downtown revitalization plans that include Phase 2 of Stuart Park, Kerry Park improvements, a public pier and downtown marina and new structured parking facilities.

For more information about the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and other projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
Fashion forward at YLW
North American Occupational Safety & Health Week
The average fashionista may not recognize these designer labels, but those working at YLW will recognize the protective clothing gear worn by members of the YLW community as they strut down the red carpet runway at the second annual Safety Fashion Show at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

The airport's Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee will host a safety fashion show and barbecue during North American Safety and Health Week at 10 a.m. on May 9 to focus employees, tenants and the airport community on the importance of preventing injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.

"At YLW, safety is our number one priority," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Our families have the right to expect us all to come home uninjured at the end of the workday. This will be achieved if we all make safety our business."

The media is invited to attend the event at 10 a.m. on Thursday May 9 at the Airport Fire Hall. Parking is available outside the brick combined operations building next to the airport terminal.
Council Highlights
May 6, 2013
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Council approved revised Terms of Reference for the Agricultural Advisory Committee and directed staff to prepare bylaw amendments that will ensure the public is given the opportunity to provide input to Council on appropriate Agricultural Land Reserve applications.

Final Budget
Council approved the 2013 Final Budget, resulting in a 2.74 per cent increase to maintain service levels within the City and cover a number of new priority projects. The 2013 tax rate translates to an additional $45.07 for the average Kelowna home owner with a property assessed at $455,910. For more information, visit kelowna.ca/budget.
Kelowna sets final tax rate at 2.7%
Council approved the final 2013 budget
Kelowna City Council approved the final 2013 budget on Monday, with a municipal tax increase of 2.74 per cent.

A tax rate of 2.74 per cent translates into an annual increase of $45.07 for the owner of an average $455,910 single-family Kelowna home. The Solid Waste Reduction fee for the Glenmore Landfill, which is charged on the annual tax notice, will increase by $9.38 for each residential property.

Taxation accounts for 24 per cent of the City of Kelowna revenues for 2013, with 76 per cent coming from sources such as grants, reserve funds, fees and charges.

Property tax will provide $104 million of Kelowna's overall $425 million budget. Municipal taxation funds police and fire services and is supporting the revitalization of Bernard Avenue, transit upgrades and park improvements.

For the past decade, the City has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award annually, most recently for the 2012 Budget. Presented by the Government Finance Officers Association, the award recognizes the City's achievement in meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

View the 2013 budget at kelowna.ca/budget.
YLW Links North of 60 with Air North
Travel non-stop to the City of Whitehorse
Experience the history of the Klondike Gold Rush or the majesty of the Yukon wilderness with non-stop flights from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to the City of Whitehorse on Air North, Yukon's Airline.

Seasonal service between the Okanagan and Yukon will begin June 6 and run until Oct. 15.

"This is great news," says YLW Airport Advisory Chair, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "We have the opportunity with Air North to make the Yukon more accessible and to bring the Yukon to the Okanagan. We each have two amazing regions, rich to explore."

The city of Whitehorse lies in the traditional territory of two First Nations?the Kwanlin Dun and the Ta'an Kwach'an ? and boasts a vibrant arts and cultural community. From May to September the Yukon enjoys round-the-clock daylight, giving long days to experience the Yukon's legendary wilderness.

"We've made travel between the Okanagan and the Yukon so much simpler," said Allan Moore, Director of Commercial Development for Air North. "It's a great combination of our amazing in-flight service, affordable fares, and the convenience of a single flight. We hope to see passenger demand increase this to year-round service."

Flight bookings can be made on-line at www.flyairnorth.com.

Serving almost 1.5 million passengers, YLW offers 66 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Air North, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Abbotsford, Victoria, Prince George, Whitehorse, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.

BACKGROUND

This summer, enjoy affordable fares and the convenience of a single flight between the Yukon and YLW. Seasonal service, Thursdays and Sundays, beginning 6 June, 2013.

Want to travel between Vancouver and YLW? This is your opportunity to experience authentic Yukon in-flight service between those two cities. Fly to Vancouver from YLW on Thursday and return on Sunday, beginning 6 June, 2013.

Thursday Service
  • From Whitehorse depart 5 pm to Kelowna arrive 7:15 pm

  • From Kelowna depart 8 pm to Vancouver arrive 8:45 pm

  • From Vancouver depart 9:30 pm to Whitehorse arrive at 11:45 pm


  • Sunday Service
  • From Whitehorse depart 5 pm to Vancouver arrive 7:15 pm

  • From Vancouver depart 8 pm to Kelowna arrive 8:45 pm
  • From Kelowna depart 9:30 pm to Whitehorse arrive at 11:45 pm


  • Introductory Fares

    Air North's introductory fares are available on a limited basis until 11:59pm PT on 14 May, 2013.

    To YLW from...
  • Whitehorse $130.33 ($99 + fees and taxes)

  • Vancouver $87.28 ($59 + fees and taxes)

  • Dawson City $313.03 ($233 + fees and taxes)

  • Inuvik $427.48 ($342 + fees and taxes)

  • Old Crow $424.33 ($339 + fees and taxes)


  • From YLW to...
  • Whitehorse $146.08 ($99 + fees and taxes)

  • Vancouver $97.78 ($59 + fees and taxes)

  • Dawson City $328.78 ($233 + fees and taxes)*

  • Inuvik $443.23 ($342 + fees and taxes)*

  • Old Crow $440.08 ($339 + fees and taxes)*


  • * Overnight in Whitehorse required. Accommodation not included.

    All fares above subject to availability.
    City connects residents to programs online
    Sign up for e-Subscribe today
    With the goal of becoming a more sustainable city, and the growing popularity of smart phones and tablets, the City of Kelowna has improved its online quarterly Activity and Program Guide and presented one lucky resident with a new iPad to help with the transition from paper to online viewing.

    On Friday, April 19, Janine Demidoff proudly picked up her first-ever iPad from City staff at the Parkinson Recreation Centre; a prize won through the City's Recreation e-Subscribe contest. Residents were encouraged to sign-up for the Activity & Program e-Subscribe feed by March 31. In addition to receiving the new online guide each quarter and regular recreation updates, residents who had signed up by March 31 would be entered to win an iPad.

    "The e-Subscribe system is really easy and it's very handy to have the guide delivered to my computer," says Demidoff. "I prefer using the online guide for viewing and registering for programs, and now with the iPad it is even easier to view the guide on-the-go."

    Recognizing that some residents still prefer the hard copy, the Activity and Program Guide is available for pick-up at the following locations.

    • Parkinson Recreation Centre
    • H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre
    • Rutland Arena
    • Glenmore IGA
    • Kelowna Library (Downtown on Ellis)

    The summer guide will be available online May 27 and for pick-up May 28. Meanwhile, spring program registration is still open for a number of programs including tennis camps and Bootcamp 4 Results.

    To view the guide or register online, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.

    Fly ‘n’ Vote at YLW
    YLW first Canadian airport to host advance voting
    Heading for a beach holiday or business trip and think you won't have time to vote in the B.C. provincial election? Now there's no excuse if you are flying through Kelowna International Airport between Wednesday May 8 and Saturday May 11.

    Kelowna International Airport (YLW) has been listed as an Advance Voting location by Elections BC for all B.C. residents, including those who are in and around the airport.

    "This is a very different event for an airport to host," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "However, it's an important occasion. This is a great opportunity to assist British Columbians no matter where they are from. Not only will this benefit travellers flying in and out of the airport, but we have almost 2,000 employees at the YLW Campus and with residents in Quail Ridge and around the airport in Ellison we are an ideal location for BC voters."

    YLW will be the only Airport in B.C. and the first Canadian Airport to host an advance voting location for a provincial or federal election.

    Voters may park in the short term lot for up to two hours free of charge. Simply bring in the parking voucher when voting and the voucher will be validated at the polling station.

    All B.C. voters can vote at YLW or any advance voting place in the province on Wednesday, May 8 through Saturday May 11, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (local time). All B.C. voters can vote at any general voting place in the province on Tuesday, May 14, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (Pacific Time).

    All voters must provide proof of identity and their residential address to receive a ballot or to register when voting. A list of acceptable types of identification is available from Elections BC at elections.bc.ca or 1-800-661-8683.

    YLW parking and flight information can be found on the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.
    Congratulations to our 2012 Civic & Community Award recipients
    Awards presented May 1
    The City of Kelowna is extending its sincere congratulations to all nominees and recipients of this year's 38th Annual Civic & Community Awards.

    The successful finalists were honoured this evening at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    The full list of award recipients is provided below:

    Teen Honour in the Arts
    Quinn Bates

    Honour in the Arts
    Anna Jacyszyn

    Young Female of the Year
    Kelsi Taron

    Young Male of the Year
    Eli McAlpine

    The Central Okanagan Foundation, Volunteer Organization of the Year
    Karis Support Society

    Woman of the Year - Sarah Donald - Treadgold Memorial Award
    Shaun Bos

    Man of the Year - Fred Macklin Memorial Award
    Ken Thompson

    Corporate Community of the Year - Small to Medium Business
    Loyal Hair Therapy

    Corporate Community of the Year - Large Business
    Interior Savings Credit Union

    Champion for the Environment - Individual
    Michael Ross

    Champion for the Environment - Business
    Best Western Plus, Kelowna Hotel and Suites

    Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    Hal Hennenfent

    Bryan Couling Memorial, Athletic Team of the Year Award
    OKM Senior Boy's Soccer Team

    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Female
    Olivia Johnson

    Augie Ciancone Memorial Award - Male
    Ryan Linttell

    Female Athlete of the Year
    Jen Woods

    Male Athlete of the Year
    Rostam Turner

    Anita Tozer Memorial
    Tim Schroeder

    Special thanks to the sponsors of this year's event for their generous support: Astral Media, Beyond 50 Magazine, Castanet, Central Okanagan Foundation, FortisBC, Grant Thornton, Kelowna Capital News, Kelowna Community Resources, Mark of Distinction, Prospera Credit Union and YMCA of Okanagan.

    For more on the Civic & Community Awards, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
    Drain winter pool water the right way
    Improper draining puts a strain on the environment
    As many residents are busy preparing their swimming pools and hot tubs for summer enjoyment, the City of Kelowna is reminding residents of the proper procedure to drain winter pool water without putting a strain on the environment.

    Residents are encouraged to consider the following when draining their pools and hot tubs.
    Drain to a dry area on the property over a long period of time

    • Discharge the water at a low flow rate
    • Make sure the water stays on the property
    • Stop draining if it starts raining
    • Salt water pools can drain directly into the sanitary sewer system


    "Knowing how to properly drain your pool or hot tub is important to help protect our water systems," says Mike Gosselin, Wastewater Treatment Supervisor. "Disinfectants keep pools and hot tubs clean from bacteria but can damage our water supply if they enter our storm systems as they flow directly into the lake."

    The Sanitary Sewer Storm Drain Regulation Bylaw restricts the discharge of residential swimming pool and hot tub water containing disinfectants such as chlorine, salt water and bromine to help protect the environment. If proper drainage is not possible, the water must be dechlorinated before being drained into the storm sewer system. When pool water containing these disinfectants is drained into the storm sewer system, they are then released into Okanagan Lake and local streams untreated.

    Storm sewers are the catch basins or grates on the road usually found by a sidewalk and drain into the storm sewer system. These connect directly into Okanagan Lake and local streams, therefore water flows into the lake untreated. Sanitary systems can be identified by their circular pipe with lid or a square container that, when opened, contains a pipe (the container may be marked with SEWER). The sanitary sewer system is directed to the City's Wastewater Treatment Facility and is treated before being released into the lake.

    Residents are asked to contact the City's Water Quality department before draining their pool or hot tub to ensure they are draining into the correct system. Improper discharge of contaminated water can result in a fine of up to $2,000.

    For more information call 250 469-8887 or visit kelowna.ca/utilities.
    Council Highlights
    Apr. 29, 2013
    United Way Giving Award


    Council was presented with the United Way Quantum Leap Giving Award for City of Kelowna staff involvement in the 2012 campaign. City staff surpassed 2011 numbers in staff involvement, awareness and fundraising activities, and contributed approximately $32,000 to the cause in 2012.

    Okanagan Car Share


    Council approved a one-time, one-year trial to provide three City parking spaces (two at Memorial Arena and one at the Osprey lot) to assist in launching the car share project, which aims to provide the benefits of vehicle ownership without having to own one, reduce single occupant vehicles on the road and is in line with the City's commitment to reduce greenhouse gases.

    Ellis Parkade Update


    Council received an update on the Ellis Street Parkade expansion project, including the need for additional funds to complete unanticipated geotechnical remediation. The shortfall will be funded by the Parking Reserve and be repaid over seven years through future parking and rental revenues.
    Glenmore Footprint Days 2013
    Traffic Advisory
    Glenmore Footprint Days 2013 will take place Tuesday, May 7, through Friday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    For four evenings in a row, Glenmore Elementary School families and neighbours will take part in different walks starting at 5:30 p.m. Participants will walk about five kilometres each night starting from the entrance of the school (960 Glenmore Drive) to promote healthy living lifestyles to children, showing them how fun it can be to stay active.

    Although roads will not be closed for these events, motorists may experience minor delays at road crossings, and are asked to follow the directions of course marshals and be cautious while driving.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.

    City staff, officials mark Day of Mourning
    In remembrance of people injured on the job
    Kelowna City staff and elected officials paused Friday to mark Day of Mourning in British Columbia.

    A crowd gathered at the City Yards facility on Hardy Avenue heard from occupational health & safety representatives, fellow staff members and acting Mayor Mohini Singh.

    "It is vitally important that we pause occasionally and remind ourselves about risks we are exposed to in our workplace," Councillor Singh told the crowd. "Thanks to efforts by Occupational Health & Safety staff - and your own individual care and attention - the City has a good safety record."

    Mayor Walter Gray issued a proclamation marking the day and municipal flags were at half-mast Friday in remembrance of people injured on the job. Flags at City Hall will remain at half-mast until after the provincial Day of Mourning ceremony on Sunday, April 28.

    WorkSafe BC reports almost 2,800 injury or illness claims are filed every week in British Columbia. It says 20 long-term disability claims are filed every working day and three fatalities are reported every week.

    As well, the number of fatalities has remained relatively constant over the last five years. Fatalities on the job have gone from a high of 160 (2008), to 121 (2009), to 143 (2010), to 142 (2011) to 149 last year.

    Construction and transportation sectors have the highest rates of fatalities. According to WorkSafe BC, of the 149 workplace fatalities in 2012, 31 were in the construction sector and 27 were in transportation. A further 86 workplace fatalities were attributed to occupational disease, mainly owing to previous exposure to asbestos.
    Council Highlights
    Apr. 22, 2013
    Drinking Water Week


    Council supports the BC Water and Waste Association's Community Water Challenge, from May 19 to 25, which encourages Kelowna residents to conserve water by reducing shower times, installing water-efficient fixtures, limiting lawn watering, turning off the tap when it's not in use and refraining from putting toxic substances down the drain.

    Regional Waste Reduction


    Council received the Regional Waste Reduction update for information. The report highlighted accomplishments from 2012, including commercial and transfer station diversion successes and installation of Routeware.

    Kelowna Museums Annual Report


    The Kelowna Museums Annual Report was presented to Council, highlighting their school programs, which reached 10,000 participants, and some of their major exhibitions, including Mary's Wedding, The Land is Our Culture and the fifth induction event of the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame.

    Central Okanagan Foundation Grants


    Council approved the distribution of the Community Social Development grants, and grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth.

    Aquatic Habitat Inventory


    Council received a report on the City of Kelowna's recently completed Aquatic Habitat Inventory. Grants from the Okanagan Basin Water Board and the BC Real Estate Foundation enabled the City to complete the project, including mapping of Kelowna's watercourses and analysis of their fish bearing capabilities, which can be used to inform land use planning and community education.

    Sterile Insect Release Program


    In order to continue to deliver area-wide enforcement of codling moth, Council approved a parcel tax levy on specific property tax rolls within the City of Kelowna.

    Tax Distribution Policy


    Council approved the Municipal Tax Distribution Policy for 2013, which establishes the tax class ratios that will be used in the preparation of the 2013 tax rates.
    Vaisakhi Parade rolling road closures
    Traffic Advisory
    The 3rd annual Vaisakhi Parade will take place Saturday, April 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Rutland Road N. will be closed from approximately 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to allow the parade to pass.

    Rolling road closures will also begin approximately 11:30 a.m. along Wallace Road, Sycamore Road, Friesen Road, McCurdy Road E., Keyes Road and Sumac Road to accommodate the parade and be in effect until 3:30 p.m.

    Truck route closure signage will be posted on Highway 33 and Highway 97 for Rutland Road. Detour signs for motorists using Rutland Road as well as traffic control personnel will be visible along the affected residential streets. Motorists may experience minor disruptions and are asked to be cautious while driving.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Kelowna Mayor and Council applaud volunteers
    April 22-26
    The City of Kelowna and its Mayor and Council celebrate Volunteer Week, running April 22-26, by taking a moment to recognize some of the groups and individuals who work hard to make Kelowna a great community.

    "Volunteers make our community," said Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray at today's Council meeting. "Whether devoting their time to events or causes, these community-minded volunteers make this city a great place to live and visit."

    Volunteer opportunities at the City of Kelowna include:

    • Adopt-a-Road - Private organizations, clubs and community groups can help the City keep Kelowna beautiful by volunteering their labour to pick up litter along the sides of roads.

    • Adopt-a-Stream and Yellow Fish Road - These watershed stewardship programs give organizations, families, individuals, clubs and community groups the opportunity to assist the City in keeping Kelowna's streams healthy.

    • Bike to Work Week - Residents can become a team leader and provide inspiration and motivation for coworkers to get involved, whether seasoned cyclists or first-timers. Visit smartTRIPS.ca for more information.

    • Kelowna International Airport - A number of opportunities are available at our airport, which include the Ambassador and Junior Ambassador Programs, manning the Tourism Kelowna Kiosk and being part of the Airport Watch. Additional details can be found at ylw.kelowna.ca.

    • RCMP - Groups like Citizen Patrol Teams make Kelowna a safer place. The 2012/2013 holiday season showed the impact of our volunteers with calls for service to mall parking lots reduced by 33 per cent and theft from motor vehicles reduced by 24 per cent.

    • Recreation & Cultural Services - Opportunities in recreation range from being a Community Access Assistant, working with persons with a disability and offering support and companionship, to being a program, special event or aquatic volunteer. Visit kelowna.ca/recreation to learn more.

    • Snow Busters - This goodwill program encourages residents to lend a hand after a snowfall and shovel sidewalks or driveways for their lesser-able neighbours. See kelowna.ca/transportation for more about snow and ice removal and the Snow Busters program.



    And there are many more opportunities within the community, offered by private organizations and public groups, to fit a variety of interests.

    For more information about volunteering with the City, visit kelowna.ca/getinvolved.
    Kelowna is about to get fresh
    NeighbourWoods tree pick-up is April 20
    The City of Kelowna has 450 trees ready for residents to pick-up at tomorrow's NeighbourWoods event. Once planted on homeowners' property, these trees will help the city live up to its exciting title of Canada's Freshest Smelling Location.

    The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City as it makes "greening" neighbourhoods affordable for residents. The program encourages citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest, which according to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis completed in 2007, showed Kelowna's tree canopy was at about 13 per cent. The recommended tree cover for our area is 25 per cent.

    Even residents who were not able to purchase a tree this year are encouraged to attend tomorrow's event where tree planting demonstrations will be taking place. City staff will also be on hand to answer questions about gardening as well as tree health and maintenance.

    Date: Saturday, April 20
    Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    Location: Mission Recreation Park Arboretum
    4105 Gordon Drive (enter off Gordon and Lequime)

    This year's NeighbourWoods program is being sponsored by Air Wick through the company's "Canada's Freshest Smelling Location" Facebook contest that ran online this past summer.

    For more information about Kelowna's NeighbourWoods event, visit "NeighbourWoods" on kelowna.ca/environment.

    Council Highlights
    Apr. 17, 2013
    Kelowna Art Gallery Annual Report
    The Kelowna Art Gallery presented its annual report to Council, highlighting a focus on community perspectives through the Just Imagine, Please Touch the Art and Canadian Mental Health exhibitions. In 2012, the art gallery also provided adult classes, partnerships with School District 23 and special programs such as Youth InSights and the Aboriginal Youth Program.

    Diamond Mountain Area Structure Plan
    Council approved an amendment to the area structure plan boundary and endorsed the public consultation strategy developed by the applicant team.

    Downtown Plan Update
    Council received the annual update on the Downtown Plan. Completed or underway initiatives include planting more street trees, detailed design of Phase 2 of Stuart Park, increased police visibility, public pier, improved lighting, review of the Ellis Street Truck Route, expansion and improvement to the Queensway Transit Exchange and creation of easy to use zoning and building codes to enable more pedestrian friendly construction.
    2013 construction projects outlined
    Major construction projects for 2013
    City staff gave a presentation Tuesday to local media on the major construction projects for 2013.

    Capital investments in facilities, parks, road and utilities will add up to more than $89 million in 2013, including major construction projects such as the Ellis Street Parkade, Rapid Bus Transit expansion and continuation of the Bernard Avenue Revitalization.

    The range of projects outlined include everything from road resurfacing plans to new linear parks, underground utility replacements and new facilities such new City Park washrooms.

    Images and descriptions of the 2013 Capital Projects are available at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    Updated information about major city projects is available anytime by clicking on the 2013 Capital Project Map link on the City Projects website page.
    Trail closed for maintenance
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna has temporarily closed Priest Creek trail at Balldock Road for approximately one week due to high water and flood mitigation work. The closure extends 350 metres from Balldock Road is now in place.

    Signs indicating the temporary closure are posted at the Balldock Road entrance and at the end of the affected area.

    For more information on other City trails and parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Open House for Lakeshore Road updated design
    Design plans for the proposed Lakeshore Rd upgrades
    The City and Urban Systems Ltd. will be on hand Thursday, April 18 between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Manteo Resort to introduce the preliminary design plans for the proposed Lakeshore Road infrastructure improvements between Richter Street and Lexington Drive.

    The design drawings show improvements to Lakeshore Road, including Mission Creek Bridge to meet the 200-year flood level, upgrades to the sewer main to accommodate for future growth in the area, continuation of the multi-use pathway and on-street bike lanes, and improved traffic flow and safety.

    Subject to funding and budget approvals, detailed design and construction of some sections of the proposed project may take place as early as 2014.

    For more information about this project or to subscribe to e-Updates for future phases, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    Residents share their ideas for My City Park
    Input received until April 26

    Ideas are being shared at a virtual open house for the City Park Concept Plan. Since the launch of the City's interactive community engagement platform on March 14, more than 1,650 visitors, 200 registered participants, 177 ideas and 150 comments have been received. "We would never experience this level of interaction at a traditional open house." said Patrick McCormick, project manager. "This platform provides members of the community the opportunity and flexibility to weigh in on topics that interest them and at the same time contribute some great ideas for the future of City Park." With the rise of information sharing through social media channels, the My City Park pilot initiative is hearing from a diverse audience, especially those 35 years of age and younger. My City Park topics include: senior, youth and family amenities, special events, sport and recreation uses, beachfront, heart of the park, and providing Tourism Kelowna with a vision for the shared community amenity. A key part of the process is status updates provided directly to the idea originator, hearing first-hand how their idea was considered. Ideas and comments are reviewed by staff and will be explored as part of the overall financial strategy, balancing immediate infrastructure priorities and looking ahead over the next 10 years. Visit kelowna.ca/mycitypark to join the conversation on the city's most historic waterfront park. Online input will be received until Friday, April 26. An open house will be held later in the spring to present the City Park Concept Plan.

    Seasonal service changes for Kelowna
    BC Transit News Release
    KELOWNA - BC Transit and the City of Kelowna are making two trial routes permanent seasonal service. The weekend late night #97 Express and #13 Quail Ridge were introduced in September 2012 and proved popular especially with students and staff at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) campus.
    In order to best maximize taxpayer contributions to transit service, #6 Glenmore-UBCO Express, the late night #97 Express and #13 Quail Ridge routes will be seasonally suspended from April 29 to September 2. The three routes will resume full service when school begins on September 3.
    Other routes will see minor adjustment, please consult bctransit.com or call 250 860-8121 for more details.
    Emergency Services dispatchers answer the call
    Celebrating exceptional service
    At the Kelowna Fire Department, City of Kelowna staff provide efficient, comprehensive fire emergency dispatch response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the Central and Okanagan Similkameen Regional Districts.

    Emergency Services Dispatch Week is April 8 - 14, a good time to learn more about the fire dispatch service and the men and women who are the first point of contact in an emergency.

    "This week, I am proud to recognize our team of fire dispatchers. They answer emergency calls 24/7 and use modern technology to support fire departments as they respond to emergencies in communities throughout the Southern Interior," says Kelowna Fire Department Deputy Chief Jason Brolund, who is responsible for Communications and Emergency Programs for the region.

    Fire dispatchers work hard to ensure that help is dispatched as quickly as possible during an emergency. To help them help you, always ensure that when calling 9-1-1 you stay on the line and follow these tips:
    - Do your best to stay calm and answer all questions. The questions from dispatchers may not seem relevant, but are important in helping get the first responders to you as quickly as possible.
    - Help the 9-1-1 dispatcher help you. Listen and answer the questions asked, helping the dispatcher to understand your situation and assist you with your emergency until the appropriate police, fire or ambulance units arrive.
    - Know the location of the emergency. Provide the most detailed location descriptions and address information that you can. Know the geographic area that you are in. Look for cross streets, landmarks, signs and buildings. Knowing the location is vital to getting the appropriate first responder out to you. Providing an exact address is critically important when making a wireless 9-1-1 call.

    "The role of the dispatchers is crucial to success in dealing quickly with a wide range of emergencies," said Brolund. Fire dispatchers are the first to learn of an emergency, gathering critical information and relaying it to responding firefighters, via radio, telephone and most recently via Internet connected computers onboard fire trucks.

    The Fire Dispatch Centre in Kelowna provides dispatch service for 28 Fire Departments consisting of 42 fire stations within the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan and Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) boundaries.

    Facts:
    "The dispatch center handled 32,113 Incident reports during 2012.
    "102,196 emergency and non-emergency telephone calls were handled in 2012.
    "240,899 radio transmissions were processed in the dispatch centre.
    "On average, 9-1-1 fire calls are answered in less than 6 seconds.

    Ski 2 Sea Race road closure
    Traffic Advisory
    The 33rd annual Ski 2 Sea Race from Big White to City Park will take place on Sunday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Peck Road in Rutland will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the bike-to-run transition. Up to 100 teams and soloists will race each other in a six-stage race spanning 95 kilometres.

    Traffic control personnel will be visible along the route and motorists may experience minor disruptions along Highway 33 to Garner Road, and where runners exit the Mission Creek Greenway at Lakeshore at Truswell Roads.

    For race information, visit ski2sea.ca.

    For the most up to date information on road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Sports fields now open
    Field maintenance schedule now online
    As warm weather approaches, many residents and sports leagues will use one of the 30 City sports fields to enjoy activities ranging from Frisbee to baseball. Yesterday marked the official opening of all City sports fields, including public washrooms which are now open until 8 p.m.

    Throughout the season, City staff perform routine maintenance that require field closures. Users are encouraged to go online to view the 2013 Sport Field Maintenance Schedule. Here, you will find the list of closures throughout the spring and summer months. Staying off fields during the closure means we can get back on them faster and have a better field to play on.

    To view the complete list of field closures, visit kelowna.ca/recreation
    Council Highlights
    Apr. 8, 2013
    Hiawatha Redevelopment
    A redevelopment plan for the Hiawatha mobile home park received Council approval. After a five-hour public hearing on April 2, Council had deferred its decision on the proposal until Monday. The 18-acre residential-commercial neighbourhood envisions 19 buildings including a hotel. Of the original 94 mobile homes on the property, 18 units remain. The developer, Westcorp Properties, has provided the remaining tenants with four relocation options to choose from during the year ahead. The tenants' options are to have Westcorp pay to relocate and hook-up the mobile home, have Westcorp buy the home, provide residents with an option to buy a housing unit in the new development, or have Westcorp provide residents with an affordable housing option with the assistance of the Seniors Outreach Services Society.

    Monaco Plan Revised
    Council gave first reading to a new proposal for the Monaco property at the corner of St. Paul Street and Doyle Avenue. The proposal calls for a mixed residential-commercial development, including a residential tower, a hotel tower and commercial uses such as a children's daycare and bike sharing service. The proposal will be discussed at a public hearing April 23 at City Hall.

    Zoning Bylaw Amendment Council approved an amendment to Zoning Bylaw 8000, clarifying details that define the allowable height of a building. The definition of how height is measured has been revised and diagrams have been included into the Zoning Bylaw for clarity. Dormer sizes and configurations were also amended in the bylaw. For more information about property development, click on Property Development at kelowna.ca/business.

    Egg addling controls goose population
    News Release
    In a continued effort to control the Canada Goose population in the Okanagan Valley, the Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is about to begin its annual egg addling program. Over the past six years, this program has prevented the exponential increase of the non-migratory resident goose population that inhabits the valley all year long.

    "While most communities along the valley are struggling with management of non-migratory Canada Geese, this program aims at reducing geese that are not a native species to this area," says Kate Hagmeier, coordinator of the Okanagan Goose Management Program. "Trained contractors have already been searching for pairs and nesting sites, and we hope to complete the addling program by the end of May."

    These geese are largely descendants of geese that were trans-located to the Okanagan in the 1960 and 70s as part of an introduction program. Young geese and eggs were brought here from different areas in Canada to encourage the creation of an Okanagan goose population.
    What was not foreseen at the time was the inability of these geese to migrate because they had no natural parents to teach them, and, like most of us, had the ability to adapt and thrive to the mild Okanagan climate which encouraged them to remain.

    The egg addling program involves shaking eggs or coating them with non-toxic biodegradable food-grade corn oil within 14 days of incubation to make them non-viable. The U.S. Humane Society supports this egg addling technique.

    Once addled, eggs are returned to the nest. Geese continue to incubate until they realize the eggs will not hatch. At this point, it is generally too late in the year to produce more eggs. Adults are not harmed and will continue with their regular life cycle.

    Since the program began in 2007, approximately 7,700 eggs have been prevented from hatching through this minimally invasive approach. Taking into account natural mortality of young through predation or nest failure, that is equivalent to approximately 5,800 fewer geese in the valley. The program also entails a preliminary nest locating component and an overall goose population surveys.

    In order for the program to succeed, new nests need to be identified. The public is asked to report lone geese, pairs of geese or nest locations on private or public land by emailing coordinator@okanagangooseplan.com or calling 1-877-943-3209. Information about the program is available at okanagangooseplan.com.

    The public is asked to keep away from goose nests and to avoid touching the eggs. The Okanagan Goose Management Program has secured a special permit from the federal government allowing crews from EBB Environmental Inc. and Wise Wildlife Control to addle goose eggs on public and private lands with the owners' permission. In the case of private lands, an authorization form is available on the program website.

    In addition to egg addling and population surveys, a grant from the Western Canada Turfgrass Association in 2012 contributed to a leg-banding program. Bird-banding is the practice of applying unique markers (bands) to the legs of birds. When a marked bird is observed by a birdwatcher or recovered by a hunter, data on age, survival, habitat use and migratory patterns can be retrieved and analyzed.

    "The data collected during the leg-banding program will help us to improve our understanding of the population and how different birds use the valley," says Hagmeier.

    Please help report lone geese, pairs of geese or nest locations on private or public land by emailing coordinator@okanagangooseplan.com or calling 1-877-943-3209. Information about the program is available at okanagangooseplan.com.

    The Okanagan Valley Goose Management Program is a partnership between the City of Kelowna, Central Okanagan Regional District, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, District of West Kelowna, City of Vernon, City of Penticton, Town of Lake Country, Town of Osoyoos, Town of Oliver, District of Peachland, District of Summerland and Glenmore Ellison Irrigation District.
    Dougall Road construction closure
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning on Monday, April 8, Dougall Road North will be closed between Highway 33 and McIntosh Road for ongoing construction of the Rutland Transit Improvement Project. Shepherd Road remains closed to traffic between Dougall and Roxby Roads.

    Pedestrian access to businesses and homes will be maintained throughout construction. Business and local parking will be available in the City parking lot located off Froelich Road across from the Outdoor Superstore, and on Roxby Road behind the "Better than Nature" store.

    Asher Road re-opens today, after being closed for the past month as part of this project.

    Background
    This project will see improvements on Dougall, Asher and Froelich Roads and the construction of the new Shepherd Road Transit Exchange. The proposed works will include underground utilities, utility relocation from overhead to underground, road reconstruction, pedestrian improvements and streetscaping.

    New bus pullouts on Highway 33 between Dougall and Hollywood Road will also be constructed this year, along with bus stop improvements between Rutland Road and Dougall Road.

    The project is a $4.55-million investment in Rutland, which includes a new transit exchange. Residents and visitors in Rutland can look forward to an attractive new public space featuring wide and creatively designed sidewalks, new trees, seating areas and decorative lighting for comfort and safety.

    The Rutland transit improvements are part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region. For more information on the RapidBus project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for more information and to view the designs for this project.
    Mayor accepts challenge from Kamloops
    Kelowna Rockets-Kamloops Blazers playoff series
    Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray has enthusiastically accepted a friendly challenge issued by Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar in anticipation of the Kelowna Rockets-Kamloops Blazers playoff series in the Western Hockey League Championships.

    On Friday, the day before the start of the best-of-seven Round Two series, Mayor Milobar suggested he would send a bottle of Kamloops wine to Mayor Gray if the Blazers lost the series. Mayor Gray picked up the challenge and promised a bottle of Kelowna wine to his counterpart if the Rockets lose.

    "I didn't know Kamloops made wine," said Mayor Gray. "I thought it was all hops and hay up there. However, as a big supporter of B.C. wines I'm very pleased to accept this challenge."

    Kelowna hosts the first two games of the series at Prospera Place, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.

    "In the unlikely event that the Rockets are not successful, my biggest challenge will be trying to choose from the nearly 40 wineries in the Kelowna area," said Mayor Gray.

    Kelowna finished nine points ahead of Kamloops in the regular season. The last time the Rockets and Blazers met in the playoffs was 2009, when Kelowna swept the series in four games.
    Section of Lakeshore Road closed Sunday
    Traffic Advisory
    Traffic on Lakeshore Road will be affected over the next four days as underground services are installed for a new commercial development.

    Connecting utility services to the new building at 3327 Lakeshore Rd. will require single-lane traffic on Lakeshore between Lanfranco Road and Richter Street starting Friday, April 5. Single-lane traffic will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday.

    On Sunday, the entire section of Lakeshore between Lanfranco and Richter will be closed.

    Residents of Watt Road, which intersects with Lakeshore Road between Lanfranco and Richter, will be permitted to travel south on Lakeshore to the detour route starting at Richter Street.

    Detour signs will be posted on Lanfranco Road and Richter Street for the duration of the work.

    Motorists can expect delays on this route and are encouraged to use alternate routes.
    No-charge parking on Small Shop Saturday
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna will waive on-street parking charges this Saturday in support of the Downtown Kelowna Association's Small Shop Saturday initiative.

    However, shoppers are reminded that posted time restrictions remain in effect. Vehicles can park for free, but posted time limits remain in effect so that convenient parking spaces are turned over for new customers.

    This is the first of three Small Shop Saturdays downtown this year. City Council approved the free parking days for April 6, June 22 and a date to be determined in October.
    FortisBC completes purchase of Kelowna electric utility assets
    FortisBC News Release
    FortisBC completed the purchase of the City of Kelowna's electrical utility assets on March 29, 2013 after the successful completion of public approval processes by both the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) and the City of Kelowna through its alternative approval process. For the past decade, FortisBC has operated and maintained the City of Kelowna's electrical utility assets. The completion of this transaction allows FortisBC to directly serve the approximate 15,000 customers formerly served by the City of Kelowna.

    "The successful transfer of the City's electrical utility to FortisBC is great news for the taxpayers of Kelowna and our utility customers," said Mayor Walter Gray. "Taxpayers will benefit from the long-term financial earnings resulting
    from the reinvestment of the proceeds and customers will receive safe and reliable electricity from an experienced owner and operator."

    "This transaction provides benefits to our new customers in the City of Kelowna and our existing customers throughout FortisBC's service territory by mitigating future rate increases and providing continuity of service in the Kelowna area," said John Walker, President and CEO of FortisBC.

    Customers formerly served by the City of Kelowna will continue to receive their bills as usual, but will move to FortisBC rates starting on April 8, 2013. FortisBC anticipates transitioning City of Kelowna customers to its billing system in 2014. For more information on the BCUC decision approving the transaction or on FortisBC, please visit www.fortisbc.com.

    Okanagan College Half Marathon lane restrictions
    Traffic Advisory
    On Sunday, April 7, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. more than 600 runners will participate in the annual Okanagan College Half Marathon and 10K running race. Participants will start at Okanagan College, (KLO Campus) run along Raymer Avenue to Ethel Street as they make their way downtown along the lakefront before returning to Okanagan College.

    Intermittent one-lane closures will be in effect for eastbound traffic between 7:55 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Raymer Avenue from Campus Way to Richter Street, and to southbound traffic on Ethel Street from Raymer to Glenwood Avenues. Possible minor disruptions in transit may occur along Ethel Street and Raymer Avenue.

    Traffic control personnel will be visible and motorists will need to watch for athletes along the route.

    Visit okanagan.bc.ca for route information.

    For up to date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Warm weather beckons cyclists
    News Release
    With spring's arrival comes warmer weather and longer days - and more people biking and walking on Kelowna's bike lanes and pathways.

    The City of Kelowna is currently out sweeping all bike lanes and most roadways. To make riding safer and more enjoyable, bike lanes in Kelowna are swept eight times a year. Kelowna continues to expand on its more than 290 kilometres of on-street bike lanes, more than 35 kilometres of hard surface shared-use pathways and many kilometres of gravel recreational pathways.

    There are exciting bike network improvements planned for 2013, including the expansion of the popular Rails with Trails pathway from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive.

    "The popularity of bike riding continues to grow in Kelowna as families and individuals incorporate cycling into their daily lives for both transportation and recreation." says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator the City of Kelowna. "We are committed to improving access to environmentally responsible modes of transportation that encourage healthier lifestyles."

    Take a trip downtown and motorists and bike riders alike will encounter the new shared lane markings or sharrows on Bernard Avenue. These markings reinforce that a cyclist may ride in the traffic lane and assists them in correct positioning between traveling cars and parallel parked cars.

    Bike rack availability is also on the rise with new racks and lockers now located along Bernard Avenue, within Pandosy Village and elsewhere downtown.

    Riders are encouraged to review the City of Kelowna's Traffic Bylaws that pertain to cycling. In particular, all riders are required to wear a bicycle helmet and cycling is not permitted on sidewalks.

    Motorists are asked to drive aware and to share all roads with cyclists. Parking or driving in bike lanes throughout Kelowna is not permitted and motorists should be mindful of these rules at all times.

    "If everyone is predicable and abides by traffic rules, it significantly reduces the risk of an accident," says Mike Kittmer, Active Transportation Coordinator. "We're going to see more residents taking to the streets by bicycle as well as more pedestrians as our city and region continue to grow. When everyone is aware of others we all make it to and from our destinations safely."

    An experienced cyclist himself, Kittmer says it is much more comfortable riding on the road with traffic when you know the rules and have a planned route. He suggests cyclists visit bikesense.bc.ca for a thorough explanation of bicycle safety and regulations. ‘When you follow the rules of the road, drivers respect you and are better able to interact with you safely."

    This year, Bike to Work and School Week is May 27 to June 2 and the community is encouraged to sign up to cycle to work or school with colleagues, family or friends. For more on Bike to Work Week and cycling in the Central Okanagan, visit smartTRIPS.ca.

    A map of cycling routes in Kelowna is available at all local bike shops or online at kelowna.ca/transportation.
    Knox Mountain Drive re-opens March 29
    Public Service Announcement
    The road leading to the summit of Knox Mountain Park will re-open to vehicle traffic on March 29. With the exception of sanctioned event closures, Knox Mountain Drive will be opened to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays during the warm seasons.

    Easter Sunday, March 31, Knox Mountain Drive will be open to vehicle traffic all day.

    As spring arrives in the next few weeks, park users are being reminded that all City parks, including City Park, Waterfront Park and the Parkinson, Rutland and Mission Recreation Parks, as well as Knox Mountain are smoke-free. Smoke-free zones include everything within park boundaries - including parking lots, pathways and the entrances to buildings.

    The smoke-free bylaw was established in February 2011to help reduce the risk of fire and associated littering from improperly disposed cigarette butts in parks and on beaches.

    For more information about Knox Mountain and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    NeighbourWoods trees are going fast
    Public Service Announcement
    The City of Kelowna opened registration for the 2013 NeighbourWoods program on March 15 and is close to selling out. Residents are encouraged to go online in the next few days to view the tree types and then register for their tree.

    Since 2010, residents have purchased 1,400 trees at discount prices through the program to plant on their properties. This year, 450 trees were made available at a cost of $30/tree, including taxes.

    The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City as it makes "greening" neighbourhoods affordable for residents. The program encourages citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest, which according to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis completed in 2007, shows Kelowna's tree canopy was at about 13 per cent. The recommended tree coverage for our area is 25 per cent.

    This year's program is being sponsored by Air Wick through the company's "Canada's Freshest Smelling Location" Facebook contest that ran online this past summer.

    For more information about the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/environment under NeighbourWoods.
    Easter hours of operation
    Public Service Announcement
    To mark Easter, City Hall will be closed Friday, March 29 and Monday, April 1.

    The Glenmore Landfill will be open throughout the weekend at its regular hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thinking of working in the garden over the weekend? Pick up your OgoGrow or GlenGrow at the Glenmore Landfill or the Commonage Road Compost Facility until 4 p.m.

    Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    For general information about the City and its services, please visit kelowna.ca.
    Implementation plan for Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan
    Joint news release
    Kelowna City Council endorsed an implementation plan presented by the Kelowna Joint Water Committee that will guide local water purveyors toward improved water quality and a more integrated water supply system.

    The implementation plan for the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan is designed to meet Provincial conditions for grant funding of city-wide water quality improvement projects.

    "This is an innovative and cooperative process to ensure potential local water improvement projects are prioritized to receive funding grants, standardize service levels between water purveyors and facilitates greater integration of local water systems," said Gordon Ivans, chair of the Kelowna Joint Water Committee.

    The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Interior Health Authority staff have reviewed and support the plan. A signed agreement will now be forwarded to the Ministry for confirmation that the implementation plan meets conditions for support.

    "This is the first agreement of its kind among water systems in B.C. and it has taken a lot of work by the technical committee representing the five major water utilities operating within the City boundary (BMID, City, GEID, RWW and SEKID)," said Kelowna City Manager Ron Mattiussi. "The objective is to provide the best overall water quality solutions for all Kelowna residents, and this is an important move in that direction."

    The technical committee's implementation plan identifies operational issues to work through together, along with capital project prioritization and financing considerations.

    "The focus for the KIWSP and implementation plan is to fund water quality and to streamline operational and decision-making processes, so that regardless of whatever form of water governance there may be in the future for our area, that the proper things are being done now," said Robert Hrasko, a KJWC member and Administrator of the Black Mountain Irrigation District.
    Knox Mountain Drive open early for Easter morning
    Traffic Advisory
    Knox Mountain Drive will be open to vehicle traffic all day Sunday, March 31, until 9 p.m.

    The road is usually closed Sundays until noon. The road is open to traffic Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    For more information about Knox Mountain and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Off-leash dogs need to be watched
    Respect wildlife in Knox Mountain Park
    City staff was recently made aware another off-leash dog chasing a deer in Knox Mountain Park - a seemingly growing trend at this time of year.

    "Knox Mountain Park, while used heavily by residents, is a wildlife area," says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. "Year round, wildlife is present in the park and the temptation to chase wildlife can prove too great for off-leash dogs. It's not just wildlife they chase but also other dogs and people who might not appreciate it."

    Knox Mountain Park is patrolled by the Regional District's dog control offices at least once daily, this includes a walking tour of the Paul's Tomb trail.

    The owners of pets that come into conflict with a wild animal are liable for a $345 fine.

    Kelowna's nine off-leash parks
    - Cedar Creek Park, 5200 Lakeshore Rd.
    - Duggan Park, 1494 Bernard Ave. (small dogs only)
    - Ellison Centennial Park, Old Vernon Road at the Ellison Firehall
    - Enterprise Way Dog Park, 2500 Enterprise Way behind the Shaw Cable building
    - Knox Mountain Park, fenced dog run located just inside the second gate
    - Mission Recreation Park, fenced area off Lexington Rd. near Mission Creek Greenway parking lot
    - North Glenmore Dog Park, across from the landfill
    - Rowcliffe Park (Central Green Park), 575-599 Harvey Ave.
    - Rutland Recreation Park, Hartman Rd.

    For more information about dogs in municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Earth Hour Challenge on Saturday
    Saturday, March 23
    Mayor Walter Gray has issued a friendly challenge to the residents of Kelowna to participate in Earth Hour to help raise awareness for the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour event, taking place Saturday, March 23.

    "The Earth Hour event is a practical and symbolic show of support for the environment," said Mayor Gray. "The City of Kelowna committed to turning off its lights at City Hall and Stuart Park - except safety lights and those that are hard-wired."

    Residents are encouraged to turn off electric lights and appliances for one hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

    Earth Hour is a global event highlighting the importance of conserving energy and working together to tackle climate change. It started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off for one hour. It has grown into a global symbolic climate change initiative. Last year, more than 6,950 cities and towns in 152 countries and territories switched off.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    Council Highlights
    Mar. 19, 2013
    Intermunicipal Transportation Bylaw
    Council endorsed an agreement to formally enter into a new intermunicipal transportation partnership known as the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO). This strategic partnership of local and regional governments in the Central Okanagan will coordinate the regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects in support of common regional policy, plans and interests (economic, social and environmental). Council directed the City Manager to work with his local and regional government counterparts to oversee and provide direction to the STPCO.

    Business Improvement Areas
    The 2013 budgets for the Downtown Kelowna Association and the Uptown Rutland Association were approved. Council authorized a levy on light industrial, and business/other properties within the local improvement areas that will provide the DKA with an annual budget of $679,000 and URBA a budget of $162,800.

    Small Shop Saturdays
    Council approved a Downtown Kelowna Association request for free parking to support Small Shop Saturdays. On-street parking downtown will be free April 6, June 22 and a Saturday yet to be determined in October. Posted time limits remain in effect for the free parking days, to encourage turnover of the spots to other shoppers.

    Parking Fee Changes at YLW
    Effective April 1, 2013
    Parking fees at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) are scheduled to change on April 1, 2013.

    On Oct. 17, 2011, Kelowna City Council approved an increase to certain airport fees, including vehicle parking fees which included an increase on April 1 in 2012 and 2013. However, with the elimination of the HST, parking fees will not increase as much as previously expected.

    "Our focus is to stay revenue neutral," says Airport Administration and Finance Manager Noreen Redman. "We've had it in our plan to increase the parking rates this year; it just became a little more complicated with changes in the HST."

    As of April 1, 2013 parking fee rates at YLW will be as follows:

    Short Term Lot: $1.50 for the first hour (includes the first 15 minutes free)
    $2.50 for each additional hour or part thereof to a maximum of $17 per 24 hours

    Long Term Lot: $1.50 per hour or part thereof (includes the first 15 minutes free), to a maximum of $11 per 24 hours and a weekly maximum rate of $52.

    Gold Pass: $845 for a six month pass for the short term lot

    Curbside Metres: $1.75 for 30 minutes

    North End Lot and North Airport Way: First 24 hours free and $7 for each 24 hour period or part thereof.

    On April 1 the HST will be replaced with a seven per cent PST and five per cent GST. Only GST is applicable to vehicle parking fees which is embedded in the airport's parking fee for ease of cash payment.

    A survey of YLW's fees and charges shows that YLW remains in the low range of similar sized airports such as Victoria, Prince George, Regina, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay, and Halifax.

    For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca
    Rails with Trails in Kelowna: phase two begins!
    Joint news release
    KELOWNA - Funding was announced today for Phase Two of the Rails with Trails pathway, a project that will complete a vital link in Kelowna's existing network of active transportation corridors.

    The Government of Canada is providing $1.46 million through the Gas Tax Fund transfer, and the Government of British Columbia is providing $1.52 million through BikeBC toward this nearly $3 million cycling infrastructure project.

    "Our government is pleased to support the Rails with Trails project to promote growth and healthy living in Kelowna," said the Honourable Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna - Lake Country. "Residents and tourists will have new opportunities to enjoy a safe, scenic and accessible pathway for years to come."

    The City will design and build the 4.5 metre wide pathway, extending the existing pathway 1.5 kilometres east, from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive. This builds on the success of the first phase of Rails with Trails, which runs from Gordon Drive to Spall Road.

    "Providing urban biking lanes is a priority for the Central Okanagan that MLAs Steve Thomson, Ben Stewart, and I share," said Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. "Phase Two of the Rails with Trails bike path represents a collaborative investment of nearly $3 million in funding. This shows what we can accomplish when all levels of government work together to meet the needs of the constituents we serve."

    The trail links employment hubs - such as downtown or the Landmark buildings - to where people live. It connects neighbourhoods, town centres and many of the recreational amenities in the city. Future phases will see this pathway extend from the downtown and cultural district to the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna International Airport and beyond as a non-motorized active transportation route.

    "This funding announcement provides the means to expand this very popular walking and biking route," said Walter Gray, Mayor of Kelowna. "Once this phase of the project is complete, there will be a continuous 19.5 kilometre ring of off-road pathways in and around our city centre. Urban trails like these provide safe alternative transportation routes for people of all ages and abilities."

    Since 2006, the Government of Canada has made unprecedented investments in infrastructure. Through the Gas Tax Fund alone, municipalities across the country have received over $10 billion in transfers for local priority initiatives. Making this fund permanent at $2 billion annually was part of Canada's Economic Action Plan - a plan to help create good jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity.

    Between 2006 and 2014, British Columbia will receive more than $1.56 billion from the Gas Tax Fund to improve local infrastructure. The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

    Cycling is a key component of the B.C. government's strategy for encouraging healthy living and addressing climate change, in conjunction with the Climate Action Plan and the Provincial Transit Plan. Twenty communities across British Columbia will share more than $7.36 million in BikeBC funding. This funding will go towards 21 projects to expand and build cycling lanes, trails, and paths, increasing physical activity and helping reduce greenhouse gases. This year's projects range from a new cycling track, new bike lanes, and intersection improvements.

    BikeBC is a cost-sharing program between the government of B.C. and local governments. This year's investment will help create more than $14.5 million in cycling infrastructure.

    For more information about Rails with Trails visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    For more information about BikeBC, visit: www.th.gov.bc.ca/BikeBC.

    For additional information about federal investments in infrastructure and to stay up-to-date with Web feeds, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca.

    To find out what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, growth and prosperity, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
    NeighbourWoods helps city remain fresh
    Registration opens today
    The City's NeighbourWoods program has grown new roots for 2013 allowing residents to apply for a tree beginning March 15. This year's program is being sponsored by Air Wick through the company's "Canada's Freshest Smelling Location" Facebook contest that ran online this past summer.

    "We weren't aware the contest was going on," says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor. "A representative from Air Wick contacted us in the fall to let us know that we had won the contest and were being awarded $25,000. We felt the best way to use that money would be share it with residents through our NeighbourWoods program."

    The NeighbourWoods program is an important residential planting initiative for the City as it makes "greening" neighbourhoods affordable for residents. The program encourages citizens and communities to grow and preserve our urban forest, which according to an Urban Forest Effects Analysis completed in 2007, shows Kelowna's tree canopy was at about 13 per cent. The recommended tree cover for our area is 25 per cent.

    "Air Wick strongly believes in supporting initiatives that make a difference in our communities, like the City of Kelowna's NeighbourWoods Program," said Indresh Kohli, Marketing Director Air Care from Reckitt Benckiser. "We look forward to helping the residents of Kelowna continue to grow and preserve their urban forest in 2013 through this contribution - and ensure that future generations can enjoy and benefit from the trees planted."

    Friends of and visitors to Air Wick's Facebook page were asked to vote for what they believed to be the freshest smelling location in Canada over the summer. After outvoting locations such as Tofino, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Quebec City and Algonquin Park, Kelowna was named the winner.

    "The contest was a great way for Air Wick to engage their friends while also having a positive impact on a community, our community. What we take away from this contest, aside from being able to run NeighbourWoods this year, is that residents and visitors respect our community and value the work we all do to keep it clean, safe and apparently smelling fresh." says Stewart.

    Since 2010, residents have purchased 1400 discounted trees to plant on their properties. This year, 450 trees will be available at a cost of $30/tree, including taxes.

    For more information about the NeighbourWoods program, visit kelowna.ca/environment under NeighbourWoods.

    Input being sought into City Park Concept Plan
    Pilot of new online community engagement tool
    The City of Kelowna has started work on a City Park Concept Plan and is asking residents to share their ideas to help shape the future of one of Kelowna's premier parks.

    "The timing for the development of the concept plan is ideal," said Terry Barton, Parks and Public Places Manager. "This process builds on the Downtown Plan and related projects such as the reconstruction of Bernard Avenue, Phase 2 of Stuart Park, and the public pier to mention a few. Input from residents will help prioritize improvements for City Park and we can determine what the financial considerations are for now and into the next 10 years."

    City Park is Kelowna's first major public park with more than 100 years of history. Investment to redevelop the park is seen as pivotal to the revitalization of downtown. Designing parks and open spaces for a variety of users, including youth, families and seniors, promotes activity in those spaces at different times of the day. Encouraging commercial and civic amenities provides more active use of the waterfront year-round.

    Council has approved the future site of the Visitor Information Centre and civic amenity on Abbott Street. Since that decision last fall, City staff and landscape architect consultant Perry and Associates have been working with community stakeholders on a concept plan for the park.

    Residents are invited to provide ideas through an online community engagement platform. Use of this community engagement tool is a pilot project for the City of Kelowna to test residents' readiness to participate online in City-led initiatives. Ideas and design sketches will be shown to generate community discussion with the aim of an iterative process as the design team works towards a preferred direction over the next few months.

    "Online engagement platforms reduce barriers for residents who want the flexibility to be involved," said Kari O'Rourke, communications consultant for the City of Kelowna. "It's like a virtual open house - residents, at their convenience, can learn more about the initiative, provide suggestions or second others' suggestions and have a role in shaping their community."

    Over the next six weeks, residents can view the preliminary concept plan and provide input by visiting the project website at kelowna.ca/mycitypark.

    A final concept plan will be presented at an open house in the spring.
    City continues to endorse living pesticide free
    Pesticide use regulation bylaw and the Pesticide Free education campaign
    2013 marks the fifth year of the City's pesticide use regulation bylaw and its Pesticide Free education campaign.

    "The Pesticide Free campaign helps residents make healthier yard maintenance choices," says Althea Livingston, Marketing and Communications Coordinator. "The education campaign is designed to assist with the implementation of our pesticide bylaw that regulates the use of cosmetic, non-essential pesticides on residential properties. The bylaw came into effect on January 1, 2009."

    The City will host four, free workshops April 27, May 25, June 12 and September 18 to ensure that information is provided directly to residents. The City's website, kelowna.ca/environment also features a number of different information brochures and fact sheets, answers to some frequently asked questions, plus helpful external links. Topics covered include managing pests, weeds, aphids, powdery mildew and fruit pests in residential yards. Another pamphlet explains how to read a pesticide label and determine which less toxic pesticides are permitted under the bylaw.

    A pesticide expert is also available to answer questions from residents who are dealing with a pest or weed problem and need advice. Residents can email pesticidefree@kelowna.ca or leave a voicemail on the Pesticide Free Hotline at 250-469-8881.

    The City of Kelowna Park Services Department has reduced its pesticide use over the last 12 years, with the majority of pest management activity now being done through proper design and the use of horticultural practices, as well as through mechanical, biological and cultural controls.

    Provincial regulations currently allow cosmetic pesticides to be sold by retailers. However, some local retailers have opted to voluntarily take them off their shelves to support the numerous pesticide bylaws in Canada.

    There are some exemptions to the City's bylaw including certified pesticide applicators, backyard fruit trees, pests that transmit human diseases, noxious weeds, noxious insects, City of Kelowna lands and less toxic pesticides such as acetic acid, dormant oil and safer soaps.

    Year round disposal of pesticides and other hazardous materials with a corrosive, poison or flammable symbol on the label is available at the Battery Doctors at 1972 Windsor Rd. For more information about hazardous waste disposal call Battery Doctors at 250-860-2866, or visit www.regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

    For more information about the City of Kelowna pesticide bylaw, Pesticide Free education program and alternatives to chemicals, visit the Pesticide Free pages at kelowna.ca/environment.
    Council Highlights
    March 11, 2013
    38th Annual Civic & Community Awards


    Council received details of this year's Civic Award finalists. Tickets sales began March 11 for the gala, which will be held Wednesday, May 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    Official Community Plan Bylaw Amendment


    Council considered the application for a text amendment to OCP designations in the current Hiawatha Park area, which include expanding Mixed Use Tourism and Multiple Unit Residential - Medium Density 2 designations, adding Multiple Unit Residential - High Density designation, and removing the Multiple Unit Residential - Low Density designated area. The OCP amendment is for both future land use designation boundary changes in addition to a building height amendment to 11 stories proposed. This would be facilitated by the corresponding CD24 zone that is proposed for the comprehensive site planning of the parcel.

    Transit Ridership


    Council received information from staff about transit ridership by route. The success of the Quail Ridge and late-night 97 Express route trials, mainly made possible by the 2011 UPASS referendum at UBC Okanagan, became permanent service additions. Council also approved planned route adjustments for the coming year.
    City announces Civic Awards finalists
    Awards presented Wednesday, May 1
    In just under two months, the City will name the recipients of the 38th Annual Civic and Community Awards; a decision that will prove just as difficult as selecting this year's category finalists, which were announced today. The Civic and Community Awards are the City of Kelowna's premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through 12 categories and 17 awards.

    "We are pleased with the exceptional nominations received in each of our award categories this year," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "Kelowna is a great place to live not only because of our surroundings but more so because of the people who live and work in this community. The awards capture how inspired we are as a community and highlight our residents, businesses and organizations that have made a significant difference by enhancing the lives of others and making our city a better place to live."

    New for the 2012 awards is the addition of the Champion for the Environment category, which will be awarded to an individual (youth or adult) and a Kelowna business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions.

    2012 award finalists by category are:

    Fred Macklin - Man of the Year
    Paul Demay
    Roy Gillespie
    Ken Thompson

    Sarah Donalda-Treadgold - Women of the Year
    Shaun Bos
    Heather Karabelas
    Laura Thurnheer

    Young Male of the Year
    James Casorso
    Eli McAlpine
    Raphael Nowak

    Young Female of the Year
    Mary Bunka
    Brianne Moore
    Kelsi Taron

    Central Okanagan Foundation - Volunteer Organization of the Year
    Karis Support Society
    Kelowna Christian School
    Kelowna Community Foodbank

    Corporate Community of the Year Award
    Small /Medium Business
    Cupcasions
    Illuminate Skin Care and Esthetics
    Loyal Hair Therapy

    Large Business
    Interior Savings Credit Union
    Rona Home and Garden
    Valley First Credit Union

    Honour in the Arts
    Shaun Bos
    Anna Jacyszyn
    David LaHay

    Teen Honour in the Arts
    Quinn Bates
    Benn Klick
    Konar Sanderson

    Female Augie Ciancone Memorial
    Olivia Johnson
    Jenna Rever
    Cayte Wilson

    Male Augie Ciancone Memorial
    Ryan Lintell
    Scott Marshall
    Rostam Turner

    Bryan Couling Memorial
    Okanagan Athletics, Senior Baseball Team
    OKM, Senior Boys Soccer Team
    UBCO Heat, Women's Golf Team

    Bob Giordano Memorial
    Marilyn Hedman
    Hal Hennenfent
    Julie Neville

    Male Athlete of the year
    Paul Duffield
    Aaron Stroda
    Rostam Turner

    Female Athlete of the Year
    Madison Arnold
    Chandler Proch
    Jen Woods

    Champion for the Environment
    Individual
    Christian Brandt
    Michael Ross

    Business
    Best Western Plus
    Holiday Park Resort
    Kelowna Toyota

    Award recipients from each category will be revealed on Wednesday, May 1 as part of the gala ceremony taking place at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    Tickets will be available March 11 at a cost of $25 per person. To purchase tickets, please contact the Cultural Services office at 250-469-8811.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
    Pesticide registry deadline approaching
    March 15 deadline
    The deadline for Kelowna residents to register with the City of Kelowna's Pesticide Notification Registry is Friday, March 15.

    The Pesticide Notification Registry is for residential property owners in Kelowna who wish to be informed when pesticides are scheduled to be applied on abutting properties.

    The City encourages residents to register online at kelowna.ca/environment, providing their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day-before notification and reasons for registering.

    Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556, faxing 250-862-3314 or mailing applications to the City of Kelowna Development Services, 1435 Water Street Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J4.

    For more information, to register online or to inquire about Pesticide Free educational items, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    Real Estate Board and Fire Department Launch Smoke Alarm Awareness Campaign
    Collaborative public safety
    Kelowna, BC - The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) and the Kelowna Fire Department are pleased to declare March as "Smoke Alarm Awareness Month."

    "We are delighted to announce OMREB's partnership with the Kelowna Fire Department to launch a collaborative public safety effort between REALTORS, fire fighters and home owners," says OMREB's incoming President Karen Singbeil. "Working to promote the importance of functioning smoke alarms to help keep families safe in case of fire in their homes is a worthwhile community endeavor."

    With support from a number of provincial and local agencies, the BC Fire Chiefs 'Association has launched a smoke alarm campaign with the goal to reduce the loss of life due to fire. Many fire services in the province have initiated various programs throughout the year to get this message out - engaging a number of industries with the hope that the initiative eventually becomes a provincial level program.

    "The Kelowna Fire Department is grateful to the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board and its membership for partnering with us and assisting fire safety personnel in educating the public about smoke alarms," says Kelowna's Deputy Fire Chief, Thomas Doherty. "With 700 REALTORS® helping to get the word out in Kelowna, this local program will help prevent deaths and reduce annual fatalities from residential structural fires in the city."

    Kelowna Campaign


    The purpose of the Kelowna campaign is to get home owners thinking and talking about smoke alarms with the help of REALTORS® to ensure that they have functioning alarms in their homes. The Fire Department supplied copies of the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs brochure, "How to Stay Safe at Home", that has been distributed to Kelowna real estate offices to be included with listing documents and left with home sellers as a community service in March.

    To download a copy, visit: http://www.omreb.com/files/SmokeAlarmBrochure.pdf

    During the month of March, OMREB and the Kelowna Fire Department are also running a full-page colour ad on the back cover of the Central Okanagan editions of OMREB's MLS® Review publication to urge home owners to make sure all smoke alarms are working properly and have fresh batteries.

    While the pilot campaign focuses on Kelowna, the partners hope that it can expand to West Kelowna and other communities in the Central Okanagan through partnerships with their local Fire Departments, and eventually roll out Board-wide to include the North Okanagan and Shuswap for the full support and participation of OMREB's 1,000 member REALTORS®.

    Spring Forward Sunday


    With the daylight savings time change happening at 2 a.m. this Sunday (March 10th), the Kelowna Fire Department wants to remind residents that this is a good time to change the batteries in all of their home's smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and to ensure they are functioning.
    "To stay safe, replacing batteries in all smoke alarms should be done at least once a year, and changing them while updating the time on all of your clocks serves as a great reminder," notes Deputy Chief Doherty. "In addition, smoke alarms should be tested once a month, and if an alarm ‘chirps' warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away. Also check the date of manufacture. If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced.

    Smoke Alarm Facts


    Research by the University of Fraser Valley revealed that almost 70% of houses that caught fire in British Columbia did not have a functioning smoke alarm. Working smoke alarms increase your likelihood of surviving a fire by 74%.

    A recent three-year campaign that reached more than 30,000 of the highest fire-risk addresses in the City of Surrey demonstrated the following:

    • Rates of fires per 1,000 dwellings reduced in the visited addresses by over 60% relative to controls

    • Smoke alarm activation in the event of a fire increased by almost 170%

    • The frequency at which fires were contained to the object of origin increased by over 250%

    • The average dollar loss incurred per fire reduced by over 40%.



    "Overall, as a result of this program, there were fewer residential structure fires, and those that did occur were smaller and resulted in lower dollar loss," Doherty explains. "In addition, residents were alerted more often by functioning smoke alarms."

    Smoke Alarm Tips

    • Install one smoke alarm per floor and outside sleeping areas in your home - or inside each bedroom if your loved ones sleep with doors closed. The new 2012 BC Building Code requires a smoke alarm be installed in each bedroom as well for any new construction.

    • Never take down an alarm or remove batteries to silence a nuisance alarm caused by cooking or shower steam.

    • Install smoke alarms with a "hush" button - simply push button to stay safe while you clear the air.



    The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board is comprised of 1,012 member REALTORS® and 93 real estate offices in the Southern Interior of BC, and the Board area covers the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap - from Peachland to Revelstoke. The Central Zone of OMREB covers an area from Peachland to Lake Country and east along Highway 33 to Westbridge (including the Christian Valley).
    Crews are ready to sweep our streets clean
    Spring cleaning
    It's that time of year - the snow has stopped falling and City crews are ready to prepare the roads for spring activity. As crews begin their work, they are asking residents for help to get the work done properly.

    The spring sweep is particularly important to remove sand and dirt left on roads and bike lanes over the winter. To make the most of the spring sweep, residents are asked to keep their vehicles and basketball hoops off streets wherever possible, so that sweepers can fully clean the street in one pass. If it rains, sweeping will be postponed until road conditions dry out.

    Road signs will be set up in each neigbourhood to let residents know the street sweepers are coming and to give people time to move their vehicles.

    The City is committed to quality customer service and the safety of our residents. Together with hired contractors, City crews rid the streets of sand, keeping streets safe for motorists and cyclists. Sweepers will be operating 20 hours a day cleaning a total of 1,600 kilometres of road, including bike lanes.

    Visit kelowna.ca/transportation for more information.
    Be Mobile with YLW!
    YLW Mobile Web App
    Get connected to Kelowna International Airport (YLW) with the YLW mobile web app.

    The official YLW mobile web app puts the airport in your pocket. Travel planning tools, parking information, retail services and more - it will help travellers experience an easy journey to and through YLW.

    With almost 1.5 million passengers flying through YLW in 2012, this number almost doubles when friends and family picking up or dropping off passengers are accounted into the mix of those accessing airport information and services.

    "Travellers today are rarely without a mobile or electronic device," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Being able to access flight information easily has become a travel necessity."

    Whether you're a frequent flyer or a first-time visitor, the YLW mobile web app puts the information you need on the move right at your fingertips.

    Some of the helpful features include:

  • Live flight updates on demand
  • Parking rates and information
  • Full shop and restaurant listings
  • Links to airlines serving YLW for bookings and check-in
  • Mobile pages available in English and French

    The YLW mobile web app can be used on a wide variety of devices, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphones and tablets.

    To access the YLW mobile web app go to ylw.kelowna.ca/mobile.
  • Council Highlights
    March 4, 2013
    Electrical Utility Change


    Council directed staff to publish notices of the proposed disposition of the interests in land arising from the sale of the City's electrical utility assets by the City of Kelowna to FortisBC.

    Housing Strategy


    Council received an update on implementation of recommendations in the Housing Strategy.
    Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements Open House
    News Release
    The City and its design consultant, Stantec Consulting, will host an open house on March 6 at Okanagan College.

    This is the second open house to gain public input into design plans for transit improvements at Okanagan College and associated improvements on KLO Road. At this open house, Stantec will provide results from our transportation study and design concepts.

    When: Wednesday March 6, 5 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna - Centre for Learning Atrium

    The City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan acknowledges KLO Road in the Okanagan College area as a priority corridor for multi-use and active transportation. Transit amenities, road infrastructure and pedestrian/cycling linkages in the area have been identified by the City and BC Transit as investment priorities with construction anticipated in the summer of 2013.

    The Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements project is part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.

    For more information about this exciting transportation project, visit kelowna.ca/transit.
    Waterfront promenade affected by construction
    Public Service Announcement
    Construction activity along the downtown waterfront will affect cyclists and pedestrians who use the waterfront promenade.

    The Water Street Senior Centre is being demolished today to make way for Phase 2 of Stuart Park. Park construction is scheduled for the autumn of 2013 and will carry over into 2014.

    Westcorp Properties has started construction of a new pier and marina project at Kerry Park. Pile driving is underway for the commercial pier, home of the tour boats currently located at the end of Bernard Avenue.

    Construction in Kerry Park starts this week to provide utility services to the new pier. For the next two months the public can expect to see construction work and changes underway in Kerry Park and along the waterfront promenade as the pier and marina is developed.

    Pedestrians and cyclists are asked to respect the construction boundaries and follow the signs and detour routes that are provided for their safety.
    Uptown Rutland transit improvements
    Traffic Advisory
    The first phase of construction on the Rutland transit improvements is scheduled to restart on Monday, March 4, beginning with utility work on Asher Road.

    Work started last fall but was suspended in December due to weather conditions.

    Once the Asher Road construction is complete, near the third week in March, construction will shift to Dougall and Shepherd roads. During that phase of construction, Dougall Road North between Highway 33 West and Shepherd Road will be closed.

    Pedestrian access to businesses and homes will be maintained throughout construction. Parking will be restricted, however motorists will be directed to designated parking areas.

    This project will see improvements on Dougall, Asher and Froelich Roads and the construction of the new Shepherd Road Transit Exchange. The proposed works will include underground utilities, utility relocation from overhead to underground, road reconstruction, pedestrian improvements and streetscaping.

    New bus pull outs on Highway 33 between Dougall and Hollywood Road will also be constructed this year, along with bus stop improvements between Rutland Road and Dougall Road.

    The project is a $4.55-million investment in Rutland, which includes a new transit exchange. Residents and visitors in Rutland can look forward to an attractive new public space featuring wide and creatively designed sidewalks, new trees, seating areas and decorative lighting for comfort and safety.

    The Rutland transit improvements are part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region. For more information on the RapidBus project, visit kelownarapidbus.ca.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for more information and to view the designs for this project.
    Stuart Park ice can’t take the heat
    Public Service Announcement
    The skating rink at Stuart Park will close this afternoon, a day earlier than previously announced.

    "The ice is too soft as a result of the sunshine and mild temperatures we're getting during the day," said Building Services Manager Martin Johansen. "We had hoped to keep it open until Thursday, but it's just not feasible."

    A City of Kelowna crew will begin removing the ice this afternoon and evening.

    Those who love skating can continue by visiting other skating facilities, including Memorial Arena, Rutland Arena and the Capital News Centre during public skating times.

    For skating schedules, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Order a Composter, Cut Your Garbage in Half!
    RDCO news release
    Here's your chance to cut your garbage in half and do your yard a huge favor this gardening season with a new backyard composter.

    The Regional Waste Reduction Office is once again offering subsidized Earth Machine backyard composters for $40 (tax included), a big savings from the regular $100 retail price. But you'll need to pre-order a composter online if you want one. The pre-order sale runs Friday March 1st through Thursday March 28th, with composters ready for pickup in your community in May. Orders can be placed by visiting regionaldistrict.com/compostersale.

    "We're doing a pre-sale again this year to make sure anyone who wants a composter gets one. We've found people seem to like this option better than the big one day one location only sales of the past where it's first come, first serve and then they're gone," says Stewart. "Once you place your order, we'll bring the composters to pre-arranged locations in your community in early May to make it easier for pickup. "

    Stewart adds one third to one half of household waste is easily compostable. ‘If you recycle and compost you could be putting as little as one or two grocery bags worth of garbage out for collection a week, far less taxing on our one remaining landfill. And by adding nutrient rich compost to your garden, it's pay dirt for your soil, greener grass, healthier flowers, more robust fruits and veggies."

    This year's pre-order sale features a few options. "Backyard composting doesn't suit everyone, so we're also offering the Green Cone 'food digester'. If you have no use for finished compost, this unit is low maintenance, take all types of food waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps, cooked and uncooked meat, fish, bones and dairy products, and can also handle pet waste. We'll also have worm bin composters available, which are the perfect model for apartment or condo dwellers."

    For details on the composter sale, to place your order, view your payment options-including this year's online payment feature, or simply to find out more about which model is best for you, visit regionaldistrict.com/compostersale or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.
    Kasugai Gardens to reopen for the season
    Friday, March 1
    Stuart Park skating rink will be closed for the season Friday, but Kasugai Gardens will be open, a sure sign that spring is around the corner.

    The Japanese garden located off Queensway Boulevard east of City Hall is open daily starting March 1, and closes Oct. 31 to allow maintenance over the winter.

    Kasugai Gardens provides a tranquil environment featuring traditional elements of a Japanese garden such as stone lanterns, pine trees and a waterfall and pond. The gardens were completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, sister cities since 1981.

    For more information about city parks and public spaces, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Lawrence Avenue Utility & Streetscape Improvements
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning Monday, March 4 Lawrence Avenue from Richter to Ethel streets will be closed to thru traffic until the end of July.

    The road closures will be in effect to accommodate utility replacement. The replacement includes both water and wastewater systems. The road way will be improved with a storm sewer system, curb and gutter, traffic calming bulb outs and landscaping.

    The $1.35 million project includes a local service area streetscape improvement and these enhancements are being paid for by the adjacent property owners.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for up to date road work, road closures and potential delays.
    Yard Waste Pick Up Back On!
    RDCO news release
    Another sign that spring is on the way, it's time to start filling up your yard waste cart!

    Starting this Friday, March 1st, all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection will benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.

    Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pick up).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to the Living Greener Calendar at regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the convenient smartphone app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp. This gives you the information of the Living Greener Calendar in the palm of your hand!

    Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, "Last year alone we collected almost 14,000 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill."

    Stewart adds, "Collecting yard waste separately not only gives us the chance to compost all this yard waste, it also saves valuable landfill space, and reduces unnecessary traffic congestion at the landfill. Your collected yard waste is turned into compost known as GlenGrow, great for amending your garden soil, so it's most important to keep the yard waste free of any plastic or garbage."

    You're reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. Please make sure that you don't put any garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth, or kitchen scraps into the yard waste cart.

    Accepted items include:

    • Leaves, needles

    • Wood chips, bark

    • Fruit droppings

    • Grass clippings

    • Branches and pruning's up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

    • Garden plants



    Up to two additional 360 litre yard waste carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional yard waste carts and collection options, contact your municipality or follow the links at regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

    To purchase GlenGrow compost please call 250.469.8868.
    One week left to skate at Stuart Park
    Ice rink closes March 1
    With warmer weather on its way, it will become difficult to maintain the ice at the Stuart Park skating rink. As a result, the City has scheduled to close the Stuart Park ice surface by March 1.

    Residents have been enjoying the rink since Nov. 30 and are encouraged to get the last few outdoor skates in before spring weather conditions require the rink to be closed.

    Those who love skating can continue by visiting other skating facilities, including the Memorial Arena, the Rutland Arena, and the Capital News Centre during public skating times.

    For skating schedules, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Parkinson Recreation Centre celebrates 40 years
    Customer appreciation day
    The City of Kelowna's Parkinson Recreation Centre might be the oldie in town but it's still a goodie. On Thursday, Feb. 28, the Parkinson Recreation Centre will celebrate 40 years of providing recreational opportunities to the community.

    "A lot can, and does, change in a city over 40 years but our goal of providing recreational opportunities for the community has not," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "While we are celebrating the presence of the Rec Centre in the community, we are also celebrating a community that has been adopting and embracing a healthy, balanced lifestyle."

    Since the facility opened, recreation and cultural programming has expanded into all corners of the City, reaching residents in their local neighbourhoods. Programs such as Park and Play, Dancing in the Park, and Neighbourhood Walks make activity accessible and fun for residents of all ages.

    City staff will host a customer appreciation day on Thursday, Feb. 28 as a thank-you to members for their commitment to their health. Residents who are looking to get active, or maybe start on postponed New Year's resolutions, but are not yet members of the Parkinson Recreation Centre, are encouraged to drop-in on the 28th and try out the pool (public swim hours) and fitness centre, free of charge.

    The City's Program and Activity Guide has gone online and is no longer being delivered to homes.

    Residents can sign-up for the City's e-Subscribe email service to have the Guide delivered to their inbox, along with other recreation news, at kelowna.ca/recreation. Sign-up by March 31 and be entered to win an iPad - great for viewing the online guide. Any resident who has already signed up will be automatically entered. The winner will be contacted and announced mid-April. Hard copies of the guide are still available for pick-up at designated locations.

    Watch for the Spring Activity and Program Guide online Feb. 26 at kelowna.ca/recreation. Registration starts the week of March 5.

    For more recreation information, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Mayor updates Chamber members on City plans
    State of the City address
    Mayor Walter Gray addressed a packed ballroom at the Capri Hotel Wednesday, outlining City accomplishments from the past year and describing Council priorities for the year ahead.

    The Mayor's annual "state of the city" presentation to a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce lunch meeting emphasized Council's pragmatic leadership in the first year of its mandate, and efforts to deliver on plans to grow the local economy.

    "Council's attitude and focus on providing the best service we can was behind the hiring of a Business Liaison for the Bernard Avenue Revitalization project and Council's decision to create an Executive Director of Business Development as the go-to person at City Hall for the business community," Mayor Gray said.

    The mayor described City plans to invest $89.7 million in capital projects this year. Some of the biggest projects include the $4.5 million in Rutland transit improvements on Highway 33, Dougall Road and Shepherd Road, $22 million for Kelowna International Airport upgrades and expansions, and $3 million for Phase 2 of Rails With Trails - a 1.5 kilometre extension of the path from Spall Road to Dilworth Drive.

    Mayor Gray told the crowd the City is looking years into the future to plan for a second crossing of Okanagan Lake.

    "We need to start planning now for the next 10 years and work with the next provincial Minister of Transportation Infrastructure to get a second crossing in their planning cycle. Because we know it's only a matter of 10 to 14 years before the highway leading to the Bennett bridge is back to the gridlock we used to experience with the old bridge."

    The mayor also provided updates on developments at Central Green, the new Interior Health Authority headquarters downtown, Pleasantvale senior housing and the $5 million investment in a public pier and commercial wharf by Westcorp Properties.
    Drop by to get connected and have your say
    Engaged communities are strong communities
    The City of Kelowna wants residents to help shape its public engagement practices around projects, policies and initiatives.

    "We know that engaged communities are strong communities," says Mayor Walter Gray. "We're looking for ideas from residents on how we can make it easier for them to have their say in City-led initiatives."

    Residents will have an opportunity to have their say on how the City should conduct public engagement activities by sharing their insights and ideas to help inform a policy and procedures to improve engagement practices.

    Information tables will be hosted by staff in various locations across the city and residents are invited to stop by:

    -Friday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre

    -Tuesday, Mar. 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Family Y in Rutland

    -Orchard Park Mall on Friday, Mar. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 9 from noon to 4 p.m.

    Residents can also complete an online survey to express opinions. Visit kelowna.ca/getconnected to take the survey beginning Friday, Feb. 22. The survey closes on Friday, March 22. Hard copies of the survey will be available at City Hall for people without computer access. Survey respondents will be eligible to win one of three family day passes for the H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre or Parkinson Recreation Centre.
    Council Highlights
    Feb. 18, 2013
    National Energy Award


    The City of Kelowna received a national award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, recognizing two plans the City developed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. One plan outlines what the City of Kelowna as an organization will do and the other plan outlines broader community objectives.

    Heritage Grants


    Council directed staff to increase funding for the City of Kelowna Heritage Grants Program to $35,000 from $30,000 in the 2014 Budget.

    UBCM Host Bid


    Council directed staff to submit a bid to host the 2014 Union of B.C. Municipalities convention, which is attended by approximately 1,700 municipal staff and elected officials.

    SILGA Resolutions


    Council discussed and approved two resolutions for the Southern Interior Local Government Association. One expresses concern with proposed changes to beach water quality sampling procedures. A second resolution asks SILGA to encourage changes to the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act to provide police Officers with the legislative tools to enforce excessive noise laws for motorized vehicles.
    Fintry Queen continues to seek dock locations
    Pursuing other Okanagan opportunities
    After a detailed review of a request to dock the Fintry Queen at City Park, City Council has decided not to pursue the proposal.

    "We know a lot of people in Kelowna like the history associated with the Fintry Queen - and so do we - but what we're deciding on is whether building a dock to accommodate this business is in the best interests of taxpayers and people who want to use this portion of the waterfront," said Mayor Walter Gray.

    The Fintry Queen's new owner, Andy Schwab, was disappointed by the decision, but is confident the iconic passenger vessel will find other suitable docking locations in Okanagan Lake communities.

    "This is an opportunity for the Fintry Queen to go somewhere else and be something else," said Schwab.

    Those supporting the Fintry Queen were diligent in their detailed request to build a dock near the old Aquatics area of City Park, said City of Kelowna Property Manager, Ron Forbes. Discussions were very thorough, said Forbes, but after reviewing all the options, there wasn't a suitable place on public property to be home base for a passenger boat this big.

    "The City appreciated Andy's cooperation in getting the Fintry Queen moved from the downtown pier and his investment in the moorage facility in Sutherland Bay," said Forbes. "We've had a good working relationship with Andy and wish him the best in securing a permanent moorage location."

    Schwab said he is pursuing opportunities already in motion in other Okanagan communities.

    "We trust City Council to make the right decision," said Schwab. "Given the new marina development and all the changes, we can appreciate they want to see their vision completed before making further commitments."
    City nets national Sustainable Community Award
    Corporate & community plans aim to reduce emissions
    Kelowna's plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are getting noticed nationally.

    "The Federation of Canadian Municipalities presented us with a Sustainable Community Award," said Mayor Walter Gray. "It was an honour to be among just 12 municipalities across the country to receive an award."

    The award, in the Energy category, recognizes two plans that the City developed to tackle greenhouse gas emissions - one outlines what the City of Kelowna as an organization will do and the other is a broader community plan.

    The Community Climate Action Plan identifies actions to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent below the 2007 levels by 2020. The Plan also addresses the community's desire to create a compact and walkable community, which residents have been asking for through citizen surveys and input into the Official Community Plan. Over half of the actions in the Plan are aimed at reducing transportation emissions, the largest greenhouse gas source in Kelowna. Some of these programs and projects are already underway, including:


    -The smartTRIPS neighbourhood program, which is an individualized active transportation program that was piloted in the Pandosy neighbourhood in 2012. It will debut in the Springvalley area later this spring.

    -The expansion and improvement of the City's active transportation networks. More than 655 metres of new sidewalk, 1,353 metres of new gravel trails and 1,100 metres of improved bike lanes were added in 2012.

    -The Bernard Avenue Revitalization project, which will see a more pedestrian friendly downtown once work is complete.


    The City also developed a Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Plan, which provides direction to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 22 per cent below 2007 levels by 2017. In 2012 efficiency upgrades such as lighting, boilers, ventilation and heat recovery were implemented in several City facilities as part of the plan. Additionally, the City has been making improvements to its vehicle fleet by reducing idling, improving routing efficiencies and by incorporating bicycles into the fleet.

    Each year the Federation of Canadian Municipalities celebrates best practices in sustainable community development with the Sustainable Community Awards. Kelowna received the award at the Feb. 13, Sustainable Communities Conference in Winsor, Ont.

    For more information about the City's plans or to watch the Federation of Canadian Municipality video highlighting Kelowna's efforts, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    See sights, sounds of England with Air Canada and YLW
    YLW's Annual European Travel Event
    With one short connection, flying from Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to Europe is easy and convenient - and YLW wants to show how easy it is.

    On Saturday, Feb. 23, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., the public is invited to attend YLW's annual European Travel Event.

    Air Canada and Lufthansa Airlines, Transat Holidays, Air Canada Vacations, travel agencies and tour operators all promoting European travel destinations and experiences will have information booths on display in the airport terminal. Learn about flight specials, Mediterranean cruises, accommodation options and bicycle tours through Europe. Slide presentations will also be held in the Airport boardroom.

    If that's not enough reason to attend, YLW and Air Canada will give away a flight for two to London England, as well as other door prizes including a $500 travel voucher with Transat Holidays and a $200 travel voucher from Air Canada Vacations.

    To enter for a chance to win your European holiday, entry forms will be available. Purchase one for $5, 3 for $10 and 6 for $20. YLW is also accepting donations of used eyewear - one entry form for up to five pairs of glasses, two chances to win for more than six pairs of used eyewear. All money from this draw and the donated eyeglasses will be provided to this event's charity: Catherine Goheen's The Gift of Vision.

    Catherine Goheen, founder and owner of Dr. Specs Optical in Kelowna and Penticton, has donated her time and passion to dispense used eyeglasses and frames to those in need in developing countries - 18 Eye Glass Missions so far. Read
    Catherine's story here
    and how you can help.

    The draw for the prizes will take place at 3 p.m. near the end of the event. Those who have entered do not need to be present at the time of the draw to be eligible. Parking in the long-term lot is free for those attending the European destinations event. To qualify for free parking, parking vouchers must be validated at the event.

    For more information, visit the airport's website at ylw.kelowna.ca and click on Contests.
    Register for pesticide spray notification
    Register for Pesticide Notification before March 15
    Kelowna residents who wish to be informed when pesticide spraying occurs close to their homes are asked to register with the City of Kelowna's Pesticide Notification Registry before March 15.

    "Since certified applicants are still able to apply chemical pesticides, we want to make sure residents have the option of knowing when spaying is taking place in their area," says Environment and Land Use Manager, Todd Cashin. "This is a valuable service for those who want to minimize their exposure to pesticides."

    Residents must sign up each year for the registry to be kept accurate and up-to-date. Those included in the 2012 registry must register again if they wish to be included in this year's notification program.

    The City's pesticide bylaw came into effect Jan. 1, 2009 and it restricts the use of non-essential pesticides by homeowners on residential properties. Pesticide applicators who are provincially certified can apply to be exempt from the bylaw.

    Registrants are notified by commercial spray operators on the day before or the same day as the pesticide is applied to abutting residential properties. The registry notification does not cover pesticide application on agricultural properties.

    Residents can register online at kelowna.ca/environment, by providing their name, street address, postal code, phone number, email address, preference for same-day or day before notification and reasons for registering.

    Alternately, residents can register by calling the Commercial Pesticide Notification Registry Hotline at 250-469-8556, faxing 250-862-3314 or mailing applications to the City of Kelowna Development Services, 1435 Water Street Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J4.

    For more information, to register online or to inquire about Pesticide Free educational items, visit kelowna.ca/environment.
    New, improved trees for new, improved street
    Public Service Announcement
    Trees being removed as part of Phase 2 of Bernard Revitalization will be replaced with a species more appropriate for urban settings.

    In all, 36 trees will be removed between Abbott and Pandosy streets. The trees were evaluated prior to the start of the project. The removal of many of the trees was made necessary by the need to improve sidewalk drainage and pedestrian circulation.

    Additionally many of the trees, planted in concrete planters that have severely restricted root growth, had reached their maximum size and were beginning to decline in health.

    Approximately 50 new trees will line Bernard Avenue in the Abbott to Water phase, as can be seen in Phase 1 from Richter to St. Paul.

    To ensure the new trees get the best start for a long and healthy life, structural soil is being used because it can be compacted for strong pavement design while providing considerable soil volume and permitting healthy, normal root growth.

    About 140 new trees will be planted along Bernard Avenue in total from all phases, while about 70 will be removed.
    The new trees for Bernard Avenue are called Skyline Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos inermis). It is an adaptive, fast growing deciduous tree that is cold hardy and low maintenance. Its canopy features fine leaves that filter light and is less of a barrier when looking outside from office or residential buildings. It is seedless, drought-tolerant once established and adaptable to city environments.

    This photo shows how the root systems of the trees on Bernard Avenue are impacted by concrete planters.

    For more information about Kelowna's trees, click on the Urban Forestry link at kelowna.ca/parks.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects under Bernard Avenue Revitalization for more information.
    Family Day Transit Service
    BC Transit News Release
    KELOWNA - BC Transit, the City of Kelowna, the District of West Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan wish all of their customers a happy Family Day. This new statutory holiday falls on the second Monday in February and will affect transit schedules.

    On February 11, 2013, Kelowna Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule.

    For more information, ask your driver for a rider's guide or consult BC Transit's website or call 250 860-8121.
    Council Highlights
    Feb. 4, 2013
    Cultural Grants


    Council approved $175,000 in operating and project grants to arts, cultural and heritage organizations. Operating grants worth $110,000 were announced for 16 organizations, along with $65,000 in project grants for 13 groups.

    Dog Parks


    Ten existing parks were added to the list of designated on-leash dog parks. Council approved the new locations, adding 5.5 km of on-leash routes and bringing the total number of on-leash dog parks in Kelowna to 93.
    Firefighters answer call for burn awareness
    Public Service Announcement
    The 17th Annual Burn Awareness Week program by the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters runs Feb. 3 to 9.

    Through resources available online at burnfund.org, the program teaches kids to be responsible for their own safety, and helps make their families aware of potentially harmful situations.

    To encourage student participation, the Burn Fund runs the annual Burn Awareness Week Poster Contest for students in Kindergarten to Grade 7. Details are available at burnfund.org.

    Every entrant receives a participation prize and fifty students will win money for their elementary school or B.C. Ministry of Education sanctioned distance education facility.

    There are seven regional prizes, including a $1,000 Grand prize and six $500 Regional prizes. Regions are the Lower Mainland (three winners), Vancouver Island, Kootenays, Northern BC and the Okanagan (one winner for each area).

    Forty-three students win runner-up prizes of $50 each for their school or distance education facility. Complete prize details, rules and regulations are available online at burnfund.org.

    The Burn Fund is a registered charity established in 1978 by the BC Professional Fire Fighters Association. It provides life saving, life supporting, and life enriching services to the people in British Columbia. More than 3,800 professional firefighters in B.C. dedicate their time and skills to support burn survivors and increase the public's knowledge about fire and burn safety issues through the work the Burn Fund does with its Burn Awareness, Research and Prevention programs.
    Northwestern Air expands its YLW reach
    Service increases to five days a week
    Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. is becoming a more familiar face at Kelowna International Airport (YLW). On March 3, Northwestern Air will offer service five days a week between YLW to Abbotsford, B.C and Red Deer, Alta.

    "This is great news for our passengers," says YLW Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "The more we can expand our inter-provincial reach the better. We have seen strong passenger loads on Northwestern Air and are pleased they have confidence in the market to increase their service to Red Deer and expand into Abbotsford."

    Last April, Northwestern Air began twice-a-week service between Red Deer and YLW. "When we started service last year, it was always our plan to increase our flights to YLW," says Northwestern Air President Terry Harrold. "We've built a strong business case and it is nice to see the passenger demand for this air service, adding Abbotsford just made sense".

    Flight bookings can be made on-line beginning Feb. 1, 2013 at www.nwal.ca.

    Serving over 1.44 million in 2012, YLW will now offer 66 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Abbotsford, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

    For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.


    Background
    Northwestern Air Lease Ltd. new scheduled service between Red Deer - Kelowna - Abbotsford, effective March 3, 2013

    Sundays
    Location/Depart/Arrive/Location


    Red Deer (YQF)/2 pm (MT)/2:15 pm (PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/2:45 pm (PT)/3:30 pm(PT)/Abbotsford (YXX)


    Abbotsford (YXX)/4 pm (PT)/4:45 pm(PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/5:15 pm (PT)/7:30 pm (MT)/Red Deer (YQF)


    Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

    Location/Depart/Arrive/Location


    Red Deer (YQF)/7 am (MT)/7:15 am (PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/7:45 am (PT)/8:30 am (PT)/Abbotsford (YXX)


    Abbotsford (YXX)/9 am (PT)/9:45 am (PT)/Kelowna (YLW)


    Kelowna (YLW)/10:15 am (PT)/12:30 pm (MT)/Red Deer (YQF)

    MT - Mountain Time
    PT - Pacific Time

    One Way Fares


    YQF to YLW - Full fare including fees and taxes $270.90
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $228.90

    YLW to YQF - Full fare including fees and taxes $270.90
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $228.90

    YQF to YXX - Full fare including fees and taxes $342.30
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $289.80

    YXX to YQF - Full fare including fees and taxes $331.00
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $270.00

    YLW to YXX - Full fare including fees and taxes $245.28
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $222.28

    YXX to YLW - Full fare including fees and taxes $234.08
    Tier 1 including fees and taxes (4 seats) $211.68
    Phase 2 Bernard Avenue Revitalization begins
    Traffic Advisory
    Beginning Monday, Feb. 4, at 5 a.m., Bernard Avenue from Abbott to Pandosy streets will be closed to motorists to accommodate utility replacement and streetscaping for Phase 2 of the Bernard Avenue revitalization.

    With the closure of Abbott Street at Bernard Avenue, commuters are advised to use alternate accesses to Downtown. Abbott St. will have a dual right-turn lane onto Leon Ave. and detour routes will be clearly marked. Traffic safety personnel will be on site directing traffic.

    All transit routes into and out of the Queensway transit station will continue as usual, routes serving downtown may experience delays due to construction. Visit bctransit.com/regions/kel for schedules.

    Access to businesses and pedestrian walkways will be a priority and maintained whenever possible. Pedestrian crossings located at Mill St. and Water St. will be permitted when safe.

    An amendment to the noise bylaw was granted by Council to allow extended construction hours of 6 a.m. to midnight. Occasional work may also occur outside of these times to minimize impacts on businesses and limit the time of active construction in the area.

    The $11-million project was contracted to CGL Contracting; Focus Corporation is the contract administrator. Completion of the second phase of construction is anticipated by the end of June.

    The City of Kelowna appreciates the patience of residents, businesses and motorists while construction is taking place.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects to learn more about the project.
    Last call for civic award nominations
    Nominations close Feb. 1, 2013
    The deadline to submit nominations for the 38th Annual City of Kelowna Civic and Community Awards is approaching.

    If you know an outstanding Kelowna citizen, volunteer, athlete, artist or business - nominate them today. The awards honour individuals and organizations for outstanding contributions and achievements in 2012 that directly benefited the Kelowna community.

    New for 2012, the City has added the Champion of the Environment award, which will be awarded to an individual and a business whose actions and achievements have shown outstanding environmental leadership or innovative environmental contributions.

    The Civic & Community Awards is the City's premier awards event dedicated to recognizing volunteers, artists, athletes and business leaders through ten categories and 15 awards including:

    - Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    - Bryan Couling Memorial - Athletic Team of the Year
    - Male & Female Athlete of the Year
    - Young Male & Female of the Year
    - Teen Honour in the Arts
    - Honour in the Arts
    - Corporate Community of the Year (small to medium and large)
    - Man & Woman of the Year
    - Central Okanagan Foundation Volunteer Organization of the Year
    - Champion for the Environment (Individual and Business)

    Nominations will be accepted until noon on Friday, Feb. 1. Nomination forms are available at kelowna.ca/residents, City Hall, Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, local libraries and the Kelowna Family Y. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way) to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

    Individuals with questions regarding the nomination form are asked to contact Amber Gilbert at 250-469-8967 or agilbert@kelowna.ca.

    Finalists and award recipients will be honoured at a Gala Ceremony Wednesday, May 1 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Tickets will be available March 4 by calling the Cultural Services office at 250-469-8811.

    Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council Summit Yields Strong Results
    Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council release
    Initial summit sees linkages in education, medicine, entrepreneurship and tourism.

    SCOTTSDALE, AZ- January 18, 2013

    Much more than the Great Sonoran Desert, dramatic landscapes and endless tourism opportunities link the cities of Kelowna and Scottsdale as it turns out.

    Following a three-day series of intensive meetings, presentations and round table discussions, Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council (KSBC)-sponsored leading-edge education, medical research, entrepreneurship and tourism initiatives are already under way.

    The KSBC Scottsdale delegation visited Kelowna last September and toured a variety of Okanagan businesses as well as meeting with many community and business leaders. The visit of the Kelowna delegation to Scottsdale this week is already cementing relationships and driving business connectivity forward.

    The Kelowna Scottsdale Business Council's Mission is to assist and facilitate the commercial and social interaction of individuals, companies, and organizations in pursuing cross-border relationships to increase business, and support trade growth and investment.

    "These initiatives are about much more than a conventional ‘sister cities' approach," says Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, who was invited to the Summit. "We want to realize on real-life, collaborative partnerships that benefit both cities - right away." he added.

    Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane emphasized that "This summit is all about business and driving relevant connections to bring the synergy together quickly and practically."

    The intensive schedule included presentations by John Taft of RBC, and Mark Dewane, president of the Scottsdale Business Development Forum, who spoke on the value of cross border alliances between the two regions. The tour portion included visits to DIRTT Environmental Technology, which maintains offices and factories in both Kelowna and Phoenix. Other visits included the Scottsdale Cure Corridor and the famous Mayo Clinic, as well as Scottsdale Airpark.
    One of the most important meetings, however was an early Friday morning video conference between Mayor Gray, Dr. Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of UBC Okanagan, and Janice Kleinwort, Jim Cook and Todd Hardy, senior representatives of Arizona State University Skysong.

    Common ground was quickly found in Entrepreneurship programs, The North American Law Degree, and possible participation in the recent ASU and Mayo Clinic's plans for a joint Medical School in Scottsdale. The Entrepreneurship programs in particular were cited as the area of most interest and likelihood of early progress.

    Residents of both cities can expect to see consumer-driven benefits as early as this spring. Recognizing opposite tourism seasons, The M Club golf properties organization is already in discussion with several Okanagan golf clubs, including Predator Ridge, to arrange advantageous reciprocal usage. It is expected that a number of golf clubs and resorts in both Scottsdale and Kelowna will enable this program to expand over time.

    Following the conclusion of their business meetings, and repaying the winery tours that the Scottsdale delegation enjoyed so much last summer, Scottsdale Mayor Lane and Craig Jackson, owner of the famous Barrett Jackson automobile auction, treated the attendees to a tour.
    The numbers keep climbing at YLW
    Record breaking year
    New destinations, new airlines and a swell in passenger numbers made 2012 a record-breaking year for Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

    "We've have seen strong and consistent passenger growth in 2012," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Two new air carriers, two new destinations and more partnerships with our travel and business stakeholders have helped YLW reach over 1.4 million passengers."

    With 10 of the 12 months in 2012 breaking all-time highs at YLW, passenger numbers reached 1,440,952 which is 3.65 per cent above 2011 passenger total of 1,390,187.

    "Although they were still busy months, May and December were the only two that did not break previous monthly records," says Samaddar. "August was the busiest month of the year, with 131,101 passengers using YLW which was 5.8 per cent ahead of August 2011 and 3.17 per cent ahead of the previous record-breaking August in 2010."

    In April, Northwestern Air began twice-a-week service to Red Deer, Alta., and in December United Airlines kicked off daily service to Los Angeles, Calif., (LAX) with WestJet also offering weekly seasonal service to LAX from November to April.

    YLW now offers 64 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, plus seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun, and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos.

    For more information on YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca

    Council Highlights
    Jan. 14, 2013
    Parking Permit Program
    Council approved amendments to the Residential Parking Program, including a new policy and bylaw updates to improve parking enforcement efficiency. The changes come into effect Feb. 1 for all residential areas with time-restricted parking. Residents with valid permits in these zones are exempt from the posted time restrictions. Motorists visiting in these zones must conform to the one- or two-hour parking restrictions. These program updates will create more parking opportunities for residents living in areas that experience high volumes of visiting vehicles, such as around Prospera Place or Kelowna General Hospital.


    Mobile Service Requests
    Council received information about a new mobile communications option for residents to provide city staff with a photo and specific location of a problem, such as graffiti. The Service Request system is available at kelowna.ca/mobileSR and is compatible with smartphones and smart devices, including iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, tablets, and iPads.
    Bernard traffic unaffected by Kerry Park work
    Phase 2 underway
    Before Phase 2 of Bernard Avenue Revitalization between Abbott and Pandosy streets starts in February, some work is already underway in the area around Kerry Park.

    Bernard Avenue remains open for motorists while storm drainage improvements at Kerry Park occur. A safety barrier has been erected in the park to partition the area where work is being done.

    The sidewalk on Bernard Avenue along Kerry Park will be closed. Two-lane traffic is expected to remain on Bernard Avenue as ground conditions permit, with intermittent interruptions as machinery crosses the road to the park.
    Westcorp Properties Inc. will also begin work on the new public pier and marina next week with the removal of the pilings anchoring the existing commercial dock at Kerry Park.

    Pile driving for the new pier and marina will follow once removals are complete.

    The majority of this work will occur primarily from the lake side, but movement of equipment may cause intermittent pedestrian delays or a temporary detour on the waterfront promenade.

    Find the most up-to-date information about the project at kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    A new way to connect with the City
    Service Request system has gone mobile
    The City of Kelowna Service Request system has gone mobile. The Service Request system, previously available on the City website, is now available for smartphones at kelowna.ca/mobileSR.

    "For example, if you see something in need of repair such as graffiti, just snap a photo with your smartphone and using our Mobile Service Request system you can notify the City immediately," says Clint McKenzie, Performance Improvement Consultant for the City. "Residents can connect with us on the go."

    The Mobile Service Request System makes it easy for citizens to request a broad range of services. From pothole repair to tree maintenance to snow and ice removal, the Service Request system helps residents connect with the City.

    "It's fast and easy to use for residents, and very specific because of the ability to include a photo and select an exact location on a map," added McKenzie. "This allows our staff to get a really good idea of what's happening in the community and prioritize staff resources appropriately."

    The mobile site kelowna.ca/mobileSR is compatible with smartphones and smart devices, including iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, tablets, and iPads.
    Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements Open House
    Series of public consultation sessions
    The City and its design consultant, Stantec Consulting, will host a series of public consultation sessions about transportation improvements at Okanagan College.

    The first open house will be on Jan. 17 at Okanagan College. Information about the project will be available and the project team will collect feedback on current challenges and future opportunities.

    When: Thursday January 17, 5 - 7 p.m.
    Where: Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Rd., Kelowna - Centre for Learning Atrium

    The City of Kelowna's Official Community Plan acknowledges KLO Road in the Okanagan College area as a priority corridor for multi-use and active transportation. Transit amenities, road infrastructure and pedestrian/cycling linkages in the area have been identified by the City and BC Transit as investment priorities with construction anticipated in summer 2013.

    The Okanagan College transit exchange and KLO Road improvements project is part of BC Transit's RapidBus Phase 2 and 3 Project, which includes creating and upgrading transit facilities throughout the region.

    This is the first step in the public consultation process for this project. At future events, the project team will present some potential options for consideration based on public feedback and technical input from the design consultant. The final step will be to present the recommended design.

    For more information about this exciting transportation project, visit kelowna.ca/transit.
    Kelowna citizens receive Queen’s medal
    Stuart, Leathley and Budd
    Three Kelowna residents have received Diamond Jubilee Medals commemorating Queen Elizabeth's 60th anniversary on the throne.

    Council nominated the three recipients and presented them with their medals at Monday's meeting.

    Former Kelowna mayor Jim Stuart, Kelowna General Hospital Auxiliary volunteer Chrissie Leathley and philanthropist Thomas Budd are among people across Canada being recognized for their outstanding efforts to improve our community.

    "Jim Stuart, Chrissie Leathley and Thomas Budd - in their individual ways - have devoted themselves to making Kelowna a better place," said Mayor Walter Gray. "They are generous, giving people who care about our city and tirelessly contribute to its betterment."

    Jim Stuart dedicated 31 years to local government as a member of Kelowna City Council, including 10 years as mayor, and 15 years as chairman of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. His community involvement also includes volunteer work with Kelowna General Hospital, B.C. Tree fruits, and the B.C. Transit Authority.

    Chrissie Leathley is described as the KGH Foundation's "ultimate volunteer" who has 77 years of commitment to the hospital. She started her involvement as a student at the Kelowna Hospital School of Nursing in 1935 and was among the group that organized the Kelowna Hospital Auxiliary in 1963. She continues her work on behalf of the hospital and its patients today.

    Thomas Budd is a community leader who created a charitable foundation after retiring as an investment banker in 2008. He has provided more than two dozen local non-profit societies with funding to support community needs. The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation supports and inspires others to do their best. The foundation also cares for children in other countries through War Child Canada, East Meets West orphanage in India and the Watoto Mission for Children in Uganda.

    The commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The office of the Governor General of Canada oversees the medal approval process.

    During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians are being recognized.
    Waste Collection in Snowy/Icy Conditions
    RDCO news release
    The Regional Waste Reduction Office would like to remind you during snowy conditions, garbage collection can be affected. It may also be necessary to alter the regular placement of your garbage and recycling carts to ensure the collection vehicle can reach them.


    • During snowy or icy road conditions, your garbage and recycling collection may be delayed. Residents whose garbage or recycling has not been picked up should continue to leave it out for collection, and the waste haulers will pick it up as soon as possible. (Do not bring your carts back in until they have been emptied to ensure your collection is not missed.)

    • Find or clear an unobstructed site to put your carts out for collection. (Please note: It is the responsibility of the resident to clear appropriate space at the curb/roadway in front of their property for placement of carts. Private or easement roads that are not City property are the responsibility of strata's and resident to maintain. Unmaintained easement roads may result in delayed pickup.)

    • Put carts as close as possible to the street, without obstructing the street, sidewalk or bike lane. (Often placing your carts on either side of your driveway allows for greater ease for the collection trucks and for you.)

    • Keep carts off the travelled portion of the roadway so as not to interfere with snow plows- do not place carts in a location where the snowplow will hit them. The cart should be no closer than three feet from any obstacle, parked car, or other cart - an arm's length spacing is required between each cart. (When considering cart placement, it's important to note the automated arm on the collection truck can only reach a maximum of eight feet from the truck, and up to one foot off the ground.)

    • Do not place carts behind or on top of snow banks.

    • Please have your carts out for collection by 7 a.m. (Avoid placing your carts out the night before collection and bring them away from the road as soon as possible, to avoid interfering with snow plows often working in the very late and early morning hours to clear our roadways.)

    • Clear your cart of snow and ice to ensure the lid opens when cart is tipped.

    • General Safety: As the waste collection carts are equipped with wheels, please use extra caution when wheeling them in snowy and icy conditions.



    To view a short video or for more information on proper placement and how to handle your carts in winter conditions visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle and click on the link to Winter Cart Placement video.
    2013 Community Grants Information Session
    Joint news release
    In 2013, the Central Okanagan Foundation will administer $80,000 in Community Social Development Grants and $22,000 in Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth on behalf of the City of Kelowna.

    The Central Okanagan Foundation encourages registered non-profit organizations interested in applying for Community Social Development Grants to attend an information session on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the Pacific Safety Products Boardroom at the Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave.

    The session will cover eligibility requirements and the application process. Program updates that could impact the application process and evaluation will be reviewed. To register, please contact Cheryl Miller, Grants Manager, Central Okanagan Foundation at cheryl@centralokanaganfoundation.org or 250-861-6160.

    Community Social Development Grants assist registered, non-profit societies and community organizations in the delivery of innovative, prevention-oriented programs designed to improve the quality of life for residents in Kelowna.

    Grants to Address the Sexual Exploitation of Youth fund programs that directly address sexual exploitation issues for those under 19 years of age in Kelowna.

    To download the application form, please visit kelowna.ca/grants.

    Completed applications are due Friday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. and should be dropped off at the Central Okanagan Foundation office located at 217-1889 Springfield Rd.
    Travel Advisory Due to Weather
    Snow Fall Warning
    Due to the snow fall warning which may affect flights in and out of Kelowna International Airport (YLW), passengers expecting to travel from YLW the remainder of the day are asked to check with their airline or visit the airport's web site at ylw.kelowna.ca for Arrival and Departing flight information.


    Making the roads safer for everyone
    City crews are out clearing streets
    As the snow continues to fall in Kelowna, the City of Kelowna is reminding residents that crews are out clearing the roads and to use caution while driving throughout the city.

    Kelowna streets are cleared on a priority basis. Priority one includes arterial roads such as Gordon Drive. Priority two is classified as collector roads, such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centres and emergency vehicle stations. Priority three includes local roads within neighbourhoods and priority four includes laneways.

    Property owners/occupiers are reminded of their reponsibility to clear snow from sidewalks adjacent to their property. The City may perform an in-kind service only when resources are available and may plow sidewalks to one plow width; however, this does not relieve the property owners/occupiers of their responsibility to clear sidewalks along their property.

    During this time of year, many Kelowna residents can find it difficult to keep sidewalks free of snow and ice. The City's Snow Busters Program encourages residents to lend a helping hand and aims to recognize those who help without being asked or expecting something in return. Residents can nominate their Snow Busters online at kelowna.ca/transportation, by email at snowbusters@kelowna.ca, or can send a letter to City of Kelowna Snow Busters Program, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 1J4.

    For regular inquiries and emergency plowing or sanding after regular business hours, please call 250-469-8600, option 1.

    For more information about snow removal, visit kelowna.ca/transportation.
    Aircraft Incident at YLW
    WestJet Flight to Edmonton
    At approximately 7:58 am, January 7 2013 WestJet flight 150 to Edmonton, AB was departing the main apron at gate 7 when the nose wheel of the aircraft slid off the apron at Kelowna International Airport (YLW).

    There are no injuries. YLW's Aircraft Rescue Firefighters (ARFF) are assisting to unload passengers. WestJet guests will be rebooked on later flights as the aircraft undergoes a mechanical review.

    Over the last couple of hours YLW has had short intermittent closures of the runway due to heavy snowfall and limited visibility. Due to the limited visibility this morning YLW is experiencing some delayed and cancelled flights. Passengers using YLW today are asked to check the status of their flights at ylw.kelowna.ca.

    Smoke Alarms Save Lives
    Kelowna Fire Department at Food Bank
    The Kelowna Fire Department is kicking off a campaign to let residents know that installing and maintaining fire alarms in homes saves lives and reduces fire damage in the event of a house fire.

    "Every Thursday in January, we'll be at the Kelowna Community Food Bank between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., educating customers on the importance of smoke alarms and how to test them," said Thomas Doherty, Deputy Fire Chief.

    Kelowna Food Bank customers will be asked to go home and test their smoke alarms and then fill out and return a survey indicating whether they have a smoke alarm present and whether or not it is functioning. For those that respond that they do not have a smoke alarm or that it is not working, a Kelowna Fire Department member will install one free of charge. As an additional incentive, those who return the survey will also be entered into a draw to win one of five, $100 gift cards for groceries.

    The Kelowna Fire Department's smoke alarm campaign follows new research from the University of the Fraser Valley that revealed almost 70 per cent of houses that caught fire in British Columbia did not have a functioning smoke alarm. This research predicted that working smoke alarms could reduce annual fire deaths in British Columbia by as much as 32 per cent. The findings also indicated that the province's most vulnerable populations - such as children and the elderly - face the highest risk of dying in a residential fire.

    The study of almost 50,000 fires in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario from October 2006 to 2011 showed:
  • The death rate per 1,000 fires was 74 per cent greater without a working smoke alarm.
  • Greater risk of fatality from residential structure fires for households with at least one young child, older adult, or person with disability; rental units; and households in low-income areas, rural communities and First Nations reserves.
  • Fire damage was reduced by 19 per cent when a working smoke alarm was present.

    "In light of this new research, we want to make sure that all Kelowna homes have working smoke alarms," said Doherty. "We're starting with Kelowna Food Bank customers but we'll be out all year talking with residents and helping them get alarms installed and functioning their homes."

    For more information about fire prevention visit kelowna.ca/fire.
  • New pedestrian signal on Kane Road
    Activated January 3
    On Thursday, January 3 a new pedestrian signal will be activated on Kane Road at Drysdale Road.

    Drivers are asked to use caution and watch for pedestrians crossing at the new light.

    Visit kelowna.ca/roadreport for up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays.
    New B.C. Building Code includes Kelowna idea
    Effective Dec. 20
    A new building classification put forward by the City of Kelowna is now included in the B.C. Building Code.

    The 2012 B.C. Building Code came into effect Dec. 20, including a new designation of Residential Care for assisted living facilities that cater to the needs of the elderly. Under the previous building code, there was no specific building classification for seniors who live in facilities that provide care and food services.

    "It was an initiative originally started by City Manager Ron Mattiussi when he was Director of Planning Development and was made possible by the City's direct involvement in the provincial committee," said Director of Development Services Mo Bayat.

    The revised B.C. Building Code, B.C. Plumbing Code, and B.C. Fire Code came into effect Dec. 20. New building permit applications must comply with the requirements of 2012 building code. Building permits submitted before Dec. 20 will be governed by the 2006 edition of the B.C. Codes.
    Examples of changes to the building code include a requirement for interconnected, or hard-wired, smoke alarms in every bedroom, as well as new requirements for radon soil gas mitigation.

    The new B.C. Building Codes is available for purchase at www.bccodes.ca.

    The City of Kelowna Development Services Department will highlight the changes in a presentation to the members of Kelowna chapter of Canadian Home Builders Association in January.
    New camera shows rink conditions
    Stuart Park ice rink
    Skaters, young and young at heart, have been enjoying the outdoor rink at Stuart Park since it opened earlier this month. With the growing popularity of the rink, the City of Kelowna has installed a camera that will feed to its website allowing residents and visitors to view rink conditions before heading downtown to skate.

    "We want people to get active this winter and we know that it can be disappointing to come downtown only to find the rink closed or is too busy to skate," says Director, Recreation and Cultural Services Jim Gabriel. "This can be especially frustrating for those who are just learning to skate or have young skaters."

    The camera, mounted above the maintenance building in the park, is high enough to provide a bird's eye view of the area, allowing residents to see if the rink is closed for maintenance (roughly 15-20 minutes and will be indicated by signs at each corner of the rink), closed for the day (indicated by two yellow signs in the middle of the rink), or how many skaters are on the ice.

    The City's intent is to provide added customer service for residents and visitors. Providing camera views is not new. Locally, residents can view traffic going in and out of town over the W.R. Bennett Bridge and can look at highway conditions through provincial cameras.

    Once the ice surface is removed in February or March, the camera will remain in place; however, the feed will be turned off and removed from the website.

    For individuals looking to skate indoors, Rutland Arena, Capital News Centre and Memorial Area offer public skating times. Skate rentals are available for use at Rutland Arena and Capital News Centre.

    Over the holiday season, view Stuart Park Ice Rink conditions and arena schedules at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Firefighters chip trees for donation
    BC Professional Firefighters PSA
    BC Professional Firefighters are supporting the B.C. Burn Fund with a Christmas tree chipping service.

    Firefighters from Kelowna and West Kelowna have teamed up with Cody Tree Services, 4Less Disposal and Okanagan Portable Sign Rentals to chip trees in exchange for a donation to the B.C. Burn Fund.

    All donations go to the fund, which provides life saving, life supporting and life enriching services to people in British Columbia.

    The service will be offered Jan. 5 and 6 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kelowna Fire Department stations at 2255 Enterprise Way and 619 DeHart Rd., and at the West Kelowna Home Deport at 3550 Carrington Rd.

    Tinsel, ornaments and any other decorations must be removed from the tree before it can be chipped.
    The Okanagan Welcomes United Airlines
    Inaugural United Airlines flight from Los Angeles (LAX)
    Politicians, business leaders and tourism officials throughout the Thompson Okanagan were at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) to celebrate the inaugural United Airlines flight from Los Angeles (LAX).

    "This is an important milestone for YLW and the entire Okanagan," says the Chair of the Airport Advisory Committee, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray. "This opens the doors for a greater business reach while giving the leisure traveller more opportunities to head south, as well as to bring those not from the Thompson Okanagan here to experience what our region has to offer."

    While invited guests waited for the arriving flight, guest speakers such as Lane Merrifield, Executive Vice President Disney Interactive Worlds and Co-Founder of Club Penguin, and Anthony Lewis of Vibrant Vines Vineyard spoke to the crowd about the benefits the United daily flight has to the business community.

    "The Vibrant Vine is a strong believer in that the whole is greater than the sum. Together we should focus on building and strengthening relationships within the wine, ski and golf industries. The only thing that can stand in the way of reviving an ongoing flood of Los Angeles tourists is if we don't work together and properly market and package our products in a way that makes it easy to experience all that our amazing area has to offer."
    Political leaders representing the Thompson Okanagan praised the expanded air service including B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Mary Polak, "Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to bring this new service to the Thompson Okanagan, and thank you to United Airlines for believing in Kelowna and B.C. as a great place to do business."
    "This daily flight represents a huge economic impact to the region," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "On average, each daily flight to LA provides 16 person years of employment and $1 million in wages annually. As the airport continues to provide air service to more destinations, the ripple effect of the economic benefit will be felt from Osoyoos to Sun Peaks to Revelstoke."

    As one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada, YLW's total economic impact is 2,730 jobs and $610 million in total economic output to the province. Serving 1.4 million passengers in 2011, YLW offers 64 daily non-stop commercial flights with Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Central Mountain Air, Northwestern Air, WestJet and United Airlines to Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Toronto, Seattle, and Los Angeles, including seasonal service to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun; and sun destination charter services by Transat Holidays and Sunwing to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos as well.

    For more information on YLW and airport news visit ylw.kelowna.ca and to view some photos from the event check out our facebook page.



    Council Highlights
    Dec. 17, 2012
    Revitalization Tax Exemption


    A new building under construction on Lawrence Avenue will take advantage of a City of Kelowna revitalization tax exemption bylaw. Council approved the Revitalization Tax Exemption for the project, under which the municipal portion of taxes will be exempt for up to 10 years on the improvement portion of the new four-storey building.

    Electrical Utility Rate


    Council received information on the increased cost for wholesale power and the 2013 electrical rates increase. Council approved an average annual rate increase of 6.5 per cent to the City's electrical utility rates for residential customers, municipal and school customers. The wholesale rate was established by FortisBC and approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission. The new rate comes into effect in February, 2013.
    Lawrence property builds on incentive program
    City of Kelowna tax exemption
    A new four-storey building under construction on Lawrence Avenue will take advantage of a City of Kelowna tax exemption and is expected to be complete during the summer of 2013.

    Worman Commercial purchased the property at 265 Lawrence Ave. from the City of Kelowna and will build a red brick commercial building with FH & P Lawyers as its anchor tenant.

    "This building will be a great addition to the downtown and it's great that the Revitalization Tax Exemption played a part in getting this project underway," said Jordan Hettinga, Real Estate Services Manager.

    Builders who take advantage of the City's Revitalization Tax Exemption program downtown or in the Rutland business district can be exempt from paying up to 100 per cent of the municipal share taxes for up to 10 years on the improvement portion of the project.

    Through the agreement process, Worman Commercial has committed to development timelines, building size and some design features requested by the City.

    "Getting redevelopment started in this area was a priority for Council, so it's encouraging to see property developers and business owners getting involved," said Mayor Walter Gray. "There are good opportunities for redevelopment on Leon and Lawrence, plus we're beginning to see more interest in general throughout the downtown."

    The Revitalization Tax Exemption Bylaw was amended in 2011 as an incentive for property owners to invest in new projects that energize urban centres.

    Exemptions were also approved earlier this year for Troika Developments at 554 Leon Ave. and Davara Holdings' project near the corner of Leon Avenue and Bertram Street.
    Holiday Travel Tips from YLW
    Travel happy this season
    Can holiday travel be merry and bright? At Kelowna International Airport (YLW) we think so. Between December 15 and January 6 are some of the busiest travel days at YLW and at airports around the world. Here is some travel information to help you be prepared for one of the busiest travel times of the year:

    Before you leave home, please remember to:

    • Make sure you have all of your documentation required to travel. Requirements can vary depending on whether you are travelling domestically or internationally so you might want to check with your airline. Be sure to have government issued photo identification for all flights. Note that all passengers, including Canadian and U.S. citizens, are required to present a valid passport when travelling by air between Canada and the United States.
    • Specific documentation may be required for children under 18, especially if they are not being accompanied by a parent or guardian. Confirm details with your airline or visit the Government of Canada Travel Website for more information about travelling with children.
    • If you are not a Canadian or American and you are travelling to the United States, please apply for ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization). ESTA is an on-line application system developed by the United States government to pre-screen travellers before they are allowed to travel into the United States. There is a computer available at the airport in the Airport Ambassadors' office between 7:30 am - 8 pm however, it is best to apply in advance of your travel.
    • Airlines may be strictly enforcing baggage limitations. Please check with your airline to confirm your flight and verify that your luggage is within the size and weight restrictions for both carry-on and checked baggage. Baggage fees may be applicable and collected upon check-in.
    • If you are travelling with pets, check with your airline because some carriers may have a pet embargo over parts of the holiday season.
    • Most major airlines offer customers the option of saving time by checking-in for their flights on-line up to 24 hours before departure. Click here to access on-line check-in from our website.
    • Click here to access the airlines serving YLW


    ARRIVE EARLY

    • Give yourself some extra time to park, check your baggage and clear security screening. If you are bringing your own vehicle please be reminded that the Kelowna International Airport does not accept parking reservations, however Valet services are available. Click here to fill out the on-line booking form.
    • If the regular parking lots are full when you arrive, please follow the directions of parking attendants who will guide you to our overflow parking lots.
    • For more information on parking options at YLW and parking rates click here
    • Consider getting a family member or friend to drop you off at the airport or use a shuttle or cab options. Click here for our recommendations


    SECURITY SCREENING

    Travellers are reminded to keep in mind security measures when preparing to travel. For the most current regulations regarding carry-on and checked baggage, please visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA). The following are some suggestions to help you move through pre-board security screening:

    • Pack you own bags and try to travel light. Use CATSA's Pack Smart on-line tool to help you with your packing questions
    • If you are travelling with gifts, it is recommended that they be unwrapped. If you are taking a wrapped item, it is best to place it in your checked baggage.
    • Make sure you travel with government issued photo identification.
    • Remember to put identification tags inside baggage as well as outside in case your tag comes off.
    • Laptops, cell phones, and other electronics should have identification on them.
    • Liquids, gels, and aerosols are permitted through pre-board security screening at Canadian airports provided that the items are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less, and that the containers fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre (1 quart). One bag per passenger is permitted. Anything larger than that should be packed in your checked baggage as there is no size or bag restrictions for liquids and gels packed in checked baggage.
    • Knives or knife-like sharp objects will not be permitted through pre-board screening. Ensure no sharp objects, such as scissors, are in your carry-on bag. Take time when packing, and avoid bringing anything that could be interpreted as a weapon or a dangerous item.
    • Travellers bringing electronic equipment as carry-on baggage should be prepared to declare them and demonstrate that they are in working order.
    • Sports equipment such as skates, skis, snowboards, ski poles, hockey sticks and golf clubs are not permitted as carry-on items and must be transported as checked baggage.
    • Avoid bringing non-permitted or dangerous goods by checking CATSA's permitted and non-permitted items list . Get to boarding gate a little early if you have a wheelchair or stroller or require a little extra time to board.


    Have some more questions? We've added more travel tips here.

    On behalf of the staff and tenants of YLW - Kelowna International Airport, we wish you safe travels and the very best of the holiday season!
    Changes to Holiday Garbage and Recycling Collection
    Regional Waste Reduction Office release
    With Christmas Day and New Year's Day falling on Tuesday this year, pick- up schedule for your garbage and recycling will jump one day ahead for both of those weeks.

    For example, if your regular collection day is Tuesday, your garbage will be picked up on Wednesday instead. If your regular collection is Friday, your pickup will take place on Saturday for the weeks of Christmas and New Year's only. Monday collection days are not affected, only residents with collection Tuesday through Friday are affected. All collections return to the normal Monday through Friday schedule on Monday, January 7th.

    Please place your garbage and recycling carts at the curb by 7 a.m. and ensure the lids are completely closed.

    Recycling:


    Remember to put all wrapping paper (except foil), flattened boxes and cartons into your recycling cart for curbside pick- up, or take to your nearest recycling depot. Keep the recycling spirit going by saving all shiny and foil wrapping paper and cards, ribbons and bows for re-use.

    Recycling and Landfill Operations:

    • The Glenmore Landfill and Recycling Depot, Glenmore Road
      (7:30am-4:45pm, closed Dec 25th, 26th, and Jan 1st)
    • The Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Asquith Road (7:30am-4:00pm Friday thru Monday)
    • Kirschner Road Recycling Depot (8am-6pm, closed Dec 25th and Jan1st)


    For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
    Council concludes provisional budget review
    2013 tax increase of 2.58 per cent
    Kelowna City Council reviewed the provisional budget submitted by staff Monday, setting a tax increase of 2.58 per cent for 2013.

    Council sets the tax rate requirement after reviewing the 2013 Financial Plan to determine which projects to fund and which projects to defer or cancel.

    A final budget document will be presented to Council in May, after carryover items from 2012 are calculated.
    The 2.58 per cent tax increase works out to a $42.43 increase in 2013 for the owner of an average $454,000 home.
    Proposed operating expenditures for 2013 of $101.6 million include the addition of four new RCMP members and maintaining core services. Total capital project funding for 2013 is $89.7 million.

    The general fund capital program includes projects such Phase 2 of Bernard Avenue revitalization and Stuart Park Phase 2.
    Council Highlights
    Dec. 10, 2012
    2013 Financial Plan


    A summary of the 2013 Financial Plan was presented to Council in advance of detailed provisional budget deliberations on Dec. 13. Council received information about forecasted operating revenues and expenses, along with descriptions of anticipated capital spending plans for 2013. Council will finalize the 2013 budget in May.

    Festivals Kelowna


    Council approved a one-year extension of the service agreement with Festivals Kelowna.

    Ponds Playground


    Council approved an equal partnership with the developer of the Ponds to design and construct a new community park playground, with a maximum contribution of $40,000 each from the developer and the City, with an additional $1,000 from the City for 2013 operations and maintenance.
    Holiday hours for City facilities
    Essential services remain in operation
    City Hall will be closed for the holidays from Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, reopening Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Essential services such as police, fire, water, wastewater treatment and snow removal will remain in operation.

    "City facility holiday closures are planned around a time when there is low demand for services," says Stu Leatherdale, City of Kelowna Human Resources Director. "Ultimately, these closures save operation costs for the City and give staff some time to be with their families."

    The Civic Operation's call centre will remain open to telephone inquiries at 250-469-8600 regarding water, sewer, parks, roads and snow removal, as well as to process after hours and emergency calls.

    Parkinson Recreation Centre will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The centre will be open on New Year's day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Glenmore Landfill will be closed Christmas, Boxing and New Year's days.

    Business licence renewal payments are due January 15, 2013, and can be renewed online or by mail when there are no changes to an existing licence.

    "City Hall will be closed, but in many ways business can carry on as usual," says Leatherdale. "As in previous years, business owners can go online to kelowna.ca/onlineservices and make business licence renewal payments before the January 15 deadline."

    Residents and visitors can check out the BC Transit website (www.bctransit.com/regions/kel/) for holiday schedules. Transit will be available with reduced service on December 25, 26 and January 1. All other days will operate on their normal schedules.

    Visit kelowna.ca for more information on hours of operations for City facilities over the holidays.
    Provisional budget deliberations set to begin
    Review of plan on Dec. 13
    Council will review the 2013 provisional Financial Plan during an all-day public meeting Dec. 13 at City Hall.

    The City Manager has recommended a 2.54 per cent tax increase for 2013 after reviewing all the requirements for 2013.

    "My goal is to maintain existing core services while providing for the maintenance requirements of existing infrastructure," said City Manager, Ron Mattiussi. "It's important to continue to provide services, infrastructure and other amenities consistent with Council priorities, but reflective of the current economic climate."

    The tax demand for 2013 is based on a number of current factors, including increasing RCMP staff to a level appropriate to Kelowna's needs. Twelve RCMP staff position were added to the City's budget in 2012 and four more RCMP members will be added in 2013.

    The commitment to protective services has resulted in Council approving a 1 per cent tax increase just to support additional police and fire services.

    After Council spends the day reviewing and questioning staff submissions for the 2013 provisional budget, it will establish the tax rate. Carry-forward budget items from 2012 will be calculated in the New Year and a final tax rate will be set in May.

    In 2012, Kelowna had the fourth-lowest property tax and user fee charges among B.C. cities with populations greater than 75,000. Last year's rate increase was 1.1 per cent and the average tax increase in Kelowna over the last three years is 1.7 per cent.

    Last year's total municipal tax and user fees (before the Home Owner Grant) for an average Kelowna house was $3,653 - 29 per cent below the average of the 17 largest cities in B.C.

    Taxes collected from property owners accounted for less than a quarter of the City's $419 million in revenues for 2012. User fees, charges, reserve accounts and grants brought in 76 per cent of revenues.

    More background and information about the budget process is available at kelowna.ca/budget.
    Tenth anniversary of Santa sleigh bus
    Decorated bus picks up for needy
    Residents are invited to the annual kick-off of the Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus, which will take place outside of City Hall (on Queensway beside the Bennett Clock and fountain) on Monday, December 10 at 4 p.m. Kelowna's Mayor and Council are expected to be in attendance to take part in the festivities.

    "The Salvation Army is very grateful to the partnership that we have with the Santa Bus," says Major Ron Cartmell of The Salvation Army. "Year after year, they continue to assist us in raising money and raising awareness of the needs within the community. With the help of the community, we are able to provide Christmas food and toy hampers for more than 1,000 children at Christmas time and 6,000 individuals throughout the year."

    This event will be the kickoff to the tenth annual celebration of the Kelowna Regional Transit Santa Sleigh Bus. The beautifully decorated bus will collect toys, food donations and money for the Salvation Army at schools and various locations throughout Kelowna, Peachland, West Kelowna and Lake Country.

    In the previous nine years, thanks to the generous support of residents, more than $159,000 has been raised in toys, food and cash for this cause.

    It’s Happening - Bernard Avenue reopens Friday
    First phase nears completion
    The first phase of the $14-million revitalization project on Kelowna's "Main Street" is nearing completion and Bernard Avenue will reopen to motorists on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m.

    "We are really pleased with the outcome," said Bill Berry, Director of Design & Construction Services. "The first phase from Richter to St. Paul streets was completed on time, with the old utilities replaced, wider sidewalks, new trees, lighting and benches."

    Remaining works may continue through December and next spring, including adding the public art components on the gateway feature at Richter Street and other minor streetscape esthetic improvements. Temporary ramps at crosswalks are in place until top lift paving is completed. Final streetscaping treatments from St. Paul to Ellis streets are scheduled as part of Phase 3 which will begin next fall.

    The traffic pattern on Bernard has changed and a new temporary merge area is present at St. Paul Street, where Bernard Avenue narrows to two lanes from four. Parking between Richter and St. Paul streets is now parallel parking only. Motorists are urged to drive carefully and be aware of all posted signage, particularly at St. Paul and Richter streets.

    Look for storm drainage improvements at Kerry Park to begin in January, as part of the Bernard Avenue Project. Depending on weather, the Phase 2 Bernard Avenue road closure from Abbott to Pandosy streets is expected in February and completion is scheduled for June.

    The City of Kelowna thanks residents, businesses and motorists for their patience while construction was taking place. Be sure to see it for yourself!

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for the most up-to-date information and to learn more about the project.
    Council Highlights
    Dec. 3, 2012
    Springfield Road Speeding


    Council endorsed the "green wave" plan to control vehicle speeds on Springfield Road. The City of Kelowna, ICBC and the RCMP have partnered on the Engineering, Education and Enforcement integrated plan for Springfield between Rutland Road South and Durnin Road. Motorists will see speed reader boards, painted ‘50' speed boxes on the road and traffic signs noting that vehicles travelling the speed limit during peak commuting hours are more likely to hit green lights at intersections.
    Trees of Memories in Kelowna Memorial Park
    Come place an ornament on a tree Dec. 8 to Jan. 8
    Remember a loved one's life this holiday season at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery, where two Tree of Memories will be available for visitors to place an ornament in honour of their loved ones.

    The first tree will be located under the dome by the Promontory Green Interment Garden, while a second tree will be displayed at the Bennett Memorial Circle in the centre of the cemetery.

    "The Trees of Memories give family and friends a unique occasion to celebrate a loved one's life during the holidays," says Norm Ryder, Cemetery Manager. "We hope this will help bring a little peace during this special time of year."

    Visitors can place an ornament on either tree between Saturday, Dec. 8 and Tuesday, Jan. 8, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery is centrally located at 1991 Bernard Avenue(intersection of Bernard Avenue and Spall Road).

    Ornaments from previous years are placed on the memorial trees as a perpetual memory. Those who want to keep their ornaments should retrieve them after Jan. 8 by contacting the Cemetery office at 250-862-5518.

    The Trees of Memories program has been offered annually since 1998.

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/cemetery.
    Road safety on Springfield gets the Green Wave
    Launching Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
    City Council heard today speeders will need to put the brakes on when travelling along Springfield Road with the launch of the "Green Wave" initiative.

    Motorists will see speed reader boards, speed limits painted on the road and traffic signage beginning Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. as the initiative officially rolls out.

    Together with ICBC and the RCMP, the City of Kelowna is continuing to improve road safety on Springfield Road from Rutland Road South to Durnin Road using engineering, education and enforcement as tools to improve road safety.

    "The Green Wave is an initiative that rewards motorists who adhere to the speed limit with green lights during morning westbound and evening eastbound peak travel times," says Fred Wollin, City of Kelowna traffic operations supervisor. The signal timings affect intersections from Ziprick to Hollywood roads. "It's anticipated motorists will adjust their travelling behaviour if they realize they'll be speeding only to be faced with a red light."

    For those who live near and travel on this corridor every day, Springfield Road has been a focus of safety and operation improvements over the past five years to reduce speed and collisions along the corridor.

    "We're pleased to be a partner in this initiative to help keep drivers along Springfield Road safe," said Sonny Senghera, ICBC road safety manager. "Speeding is the leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. and when combined with the poor weather conditions at this time of year, dramatically increases your risk of crashing. Slow down and allow extra travel time so you get home safely."

    On average, there are 63 crashes a year on Springfield Road (based on 2008 - 2011 data) many of these crashes are speed-related. "We will be implementing continued enforcement along Springfield Road, which will coincide with both engineering and education initiatives to increase the safety of that particular corridor," says Constable Kris Clark, media relations officer for the Kelowna RCMP.

    To learn more about the initiative, visit kelowna.ca.
    Recognizing those who go the extra mile
    Civic Awards nominations accepted until Feb. 1, 2013
    The City of Kelowna is calling for nominations for the 38th Annual Civic and Community Awards. The awards recognize individuals, groups and organizations for their outstanding contributions and achievements in 2012 which directly benefited Kelowna.

    Earlier this year, 12 individuals and four groups were presented with civic awards for their outstanding work in the community in 2011.

    "The awards recognize those who make a difference in our community. I encourage you to nominate that special someone from your organization or your neighbourhood who is deserving of an acknowledgment," says Jim Gabriel, Director of Recreation and Cultural Services. "There are also awards specifically for volunteers and businesses who play a key role in helping us provide and maintain a wide variety of services in Kelowna and those people need to be recognized as well for their commitment."

    Nomination categories include:

    • Bob Giordano Memorial Award
    • Bryan Couling Memorial - Athletic Team of the Year
    • Male & Female Athlete of the Year
    • Young Male & Female of the Year
    • Teen Honour in the Arts
    • Honour in the Arts
    • Corporate Community of the Year (small/medium and large)
    • Man & Woman of the Year
    • Central Okanagan Foundation Volunteer Organization of the Year
    • Champion for the Environment (individual and business)


    Nominations are being accepted until noon on Friday, February 1, 2013. Nomination forms are available online at kelowna.ca/residents or for pick-up at City Hall, Parkinson Recreation Centre, Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, local libraries and the Kelowna Family Y. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parkinson Recreation Centre to the attention of Amber Gilbert.

    Finalists and award recipients will be honoured on May 1, 2013 at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

    For additional information, visit kelowna.ca/residents.
    Stuart Park rink ready for skaters
    Rink open early
    Now is the perfect time to get those skates sharpened, pull on your toque and get ready for some free family skating at Stuart Park starting at 4 p.m. today.

    "Nothing says winter holidays in Kelowna like watching the Downtown Light Up at Kerry Park or drinking a hot chocolate while enjoying a late evening skate at Stuart Park," says Jim Gabriel, Recreation & Cultural Services Director. "The outdoor skating rink provides a fun and affordable opportunity for residents to stay active during the winter months. It's also a gathering place in downtown Kelowna."

    The rink will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ice maintenance permitting) and will be periodically monitored by security contractors. Signs posted around the rink explain the regulations for rink users, such as no hockey games.

    The ice surface will be flooded at regular times each day by an ice resurfacing machine. If temperatures become too warm or the ice quality is affected by midday sunshine, the rink will be temporarily closed until conditions improve.

    The City of Kelowna's public skate schedule hotline is 250-469-8800 (option 4). Skaters are urged to call the hotline, particularly when weather conditions change, to find out the status of the ice at Stuart Park.

    Public skating schedules for all City-operated facilities are available at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Have fun and stay active this winter
    Public Service Announcement
    Registration for City of Kelowna winter recreation programs starts Dec. 4. The latest Activity & Program Guide came out Tuesday and is now available online, offering you a sustainable option to search and register for your favourite recreation programs. You can also get a hard copy at one of the pick-up locations listed below.


    • H2O Adventure + Fitness Centre

    • Main Library Downtown

    • Parkinson Recreation Centre

    • Glenmore IGA

    • Rutland Arena



    Winter registration will start at 7:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise below.

    • December 4: General Programs

    • December 6: Aquatics

    • December 7: Leagues

    • Programs for persons with a disability (9:30 a.m.)



    To avoid line-ups, we encourage people to set-up their online registration account in advance. Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Downtown is ready to sparkle for the season
    Traffic Advisory
    On Saturday, Dec. 1, residents and visitors are invited to join the Downtown Kelowna Association for their annual Light Up! celebration, taking place at Kerry Park from 5 to 7 p.m.

    To accommodate this celebration, which includes programming in Stuart Park by Festivals Kelowna from 1 to 5 p.m., Mill Street will be closed between Bernard Avenue and Water Street from 1 to 8 p.m.

    Kerry Park parking lot will also be closed from 12 to 8 p.m.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
    Valet parking arrives at YLW
    Starting Dec. 1, valet parking services will be offered at YLW
    Parking options at Kelowna International Airport (YLW) have just gone up a notch. Starting Dec. 1, valet parking services will be offered at YLW.

    "We are always looking for opportunities to make a positive impact for travellers using our airport," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Valet parking is one of those added services that, for the right passenger in a hurry, with special needs or with their hands full, can make a positive difference."

    For a fee added to the daily or weekly long-term parking rate, passengers arriving by personal vehicle can drive to the Valet kiosk at the south entrance of the terminal building. Once the vehicle keys are handed to the attendant and flight information is provided, the passenger is free to catch their flight. When the passenger returns to YLW, whether gone for the day, two weeks, or longer, their car will be waiting for them near the valet kiosk.

    As an introduction to the new service, the valet parking rate will be $10 in December and on January 1 the fee will increase to $15. This service fee will be added to the final parking cost at the end of the daily or weekly long-term parking rate.

    Royal Star Enterprises provides the parking services at YLW. In addition to the valet service, Royal Star staff also provide the free courtesy ride to and from the terminal for passengers who park in the long-term lot.

    For more information on valet parking and additional parking rate information, visit ylw.kelowna.ca or call Royal Star Enterprise at 250-765-5612.
    McKinley Road safety improvements complete
    Traffic Advisory
    The McKinley Road safety improvements are now complete.

    Improvements began Oct. 3, increasing the curve radius from 40 metres to 60 metres, straightening and adding a larger curve at the start of the reservoir, widening travel lanes to 3.5 metres with a one-metre shoulder and installing precast concrete barriers adjacent to the reservoir.

    The $458,000 project was completed by OK Excavating and was delivered on time and on budget.

    To learn more about other City initiatives or projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.
    Council Highlights
    Nov. 26, 2012
    Lawrence Avenue Improvements


    The results of a successful property owner initiated Local Area Service Petition were received by Council. After receiving the Certificate of Sufficiency from the Office of the City Clerk, Council approved a loan authorization bylaw for improvements to Lawrence Avenue between Richter and Ethel streets. A majority of property owners approved curb and gutter installation, storm water collection system, streetscaping and traffic calming features to be constructed when required underground utility replacement occurs.



    Fire Department Strategic Plan


    Council received a report on the 2012-2022 Fire Department Strategic Plan and referred it back to staff for further discussion with Council.
    Japanese delights benefit sister city association
    Public Service Announcement
    The delicacy of Japanese calligraphy, the grace of martial arts and the power of Taiko drummers will be on display during a fundraiser Dec. 2 for Kelowna Kasugai Sister City Association.

    The association's Taste of Japan 2012 fundraiser will also feature food, tea, origami and many other demonstrations of Japanese culture at Parkinson Recreation Centre, 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2.

    Tickets for the event are $2 and will be available at the door, or in advance from Komatsu Japanese Market, 1855 Kirschner Rd.

    Kelowna's sibling relationship with the city of Kasugai began in 1981 and has grown through the years to include cultural and business exchanges.

    Learn more about Kasugai and the Sister City relationship at kelownakasugai-sistercity.com.
    Stuart Park rink almost ready for skaters
    Get ready for some winter fun. Stuart Park opens Dec. 1
    Winter is here and now is the perfect time to get those skates sharpened, pull on your toque and get ready for some free family skating at Stuart Park starting Dec. 1.

    "Nothing says winter holidays in Kelowna like watching the Downtown Light Up at Kerry Park or drinking a hot chocolate while enjoying a late evening skate at Stuart Park," says Jim Gabriel, Recreation & Cultural Services Director. "The outdoor skating rink provides a fun and affordable opportunity for residents to stay active during the winter months. It's also a gathering place in downtown Kelowna."

    The rink will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (ice maintenance permitting) and will be periodically monitored by security contractors. Signs posted around the rink explain the regulations for rink users, such as no hockey games.

    The ice surface will be flooded at regular times each day by an ice resurfacing machine. If temperatures become too warm or the ice quality is affected by midday sunshine, the rink will be temporarily closed until conditions improve.

    The City of Kelowna's public skate schedule hotline is 250-469-8800 (option 4). Public skating schedules for all City-operated facilities are available at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    City ready to clear the way this winter
    Help us make this winter a safe one.
    With our first taste of snow behind us and the forecast calling for more snow to hit the valley in the days ahead, the City's snow removal and sanding crews are prepared to tackle whatever Mother Nature has in store for us this winter.

    "Our trucks will be out and geared-up to deal with the white powder and our crews are committed to making the city safe for everyone during the winter months," says Stephen Bryans, Roadways Supervisor.

    Throughout the season, streets will be cleared on a priority basis. Priority 1 includes main roads such as Gordon Drive. Priority 2 includes collector roads, such as Richter Street, bus routes, school zones, town centres and emergency vehicle stations. Priority 3 includes local roads within neighbourhoods and priority four includes laneways.

    The City reminds residents they are responsible for removing snow and ice from driveways and sidewalks along their property.

    During this time of year, some Kelowna residents find it almost impossible to keep sidewalks free of snow and ice.
    The City's Snow Busters Program encourages residents to lend a helping hand and aims to recognize those who help without being asked or expecting something in return. Residents can nominate their Snow Busters online at kelowna.ca/transportation, by email at snowbusters@kelowna.ca, or can send a letter to City of Kelowna Snow Busters Program, 1435 Water Street, Kelowna BC V1Y 1J4.

    For regular inquiries and emergency plowing or sanding after regular business hours, please call 250-469-8600, option 1. For more information about snow removal, to download the Snow Removal Priorities Map and view Snow Safety Tips, visit kelowna.ca/transportation.
    City celebrates opening of new multi-use centre
    Programs now available at Parkinson Activity Centre
    The doors of the Parkinson Activity Centre officially opened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony, facility tour and sneak peek at the new equipment and recreational space.

    The two-storey building owned by the City of Kelowna will provide the community with additional recreation opportunities and serve as the new home to the Senior Centre Society.

    "Kelowna residents can now enjoy all the benefits this new facility has to offer," says Don Backmeyer, Sport & Event Development Manager. "Not only will it help create new recreational and social opportunities for members of the Senior Centre Society, but it will also help build a strong and vibrant community through healthy active living options."

    The Parkinson Activity Centre is a multi-use facility that includes a main hall, commercial-grade kitchen, activity room, meeting room, as well as a computer and billiard room for the Senior Centre Society's use exclusively. The facility, to the Parkinson Recreation Centre, will offer convenient transit services, improved security and access to both indoor and outdoor recreational amenities.

    Activities and programs previous offered at the Water Street Senior Centre have been re-located to the Parkinson Activity Centre. Starting in January 2013, the City of Kelowna's Recreation and Cultural Services department will also offer new programs out of the facility.

    For program registration or more information about the Parkinson Activity Centre, visit kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Mayor turns shovel for new pathways
    Construction of new walking trails
    Mayor Walter Gray was in Black Mountain Wednesday afternoon to kick off the construction of new walking trails.

    "These trails will provide the community with an opportunity to explore and enjoy the natural environment of Black Mountain," said Mayor Gray. "There will be sweeping views from the trails. You can see everything from Mission Creek Canyon, right down to Okanagan Lake."

    This project is a fifty-fifty partnership between the City of Kelowna and the developer, Melcor Developments Ltd. This cost-effective partnership supports the development of trails as outlined in the City of Kelowna Official Community Plan and neighbourhood plans.

    "I am looking forward to seeing the finished project in May 2013," the Mayor added.

    For more information on the Official Community Plan, visit kelowna.ca/OCP.
    Cultural grants deadline approaching
    Send us your application before Dec. 7.
    Friday, December 7 is the deadline to apply for a grant through the City of Kelowna's Arts, Culture and Heritage Grants programs. Last year, the programs provided $195,000 to local organizations to increase awareness and accessibility of arts and culture in Kelowna.

    Non-profit organizations can apply for grants through three categories:

    Operating Grants: These grants are available to arts, culture and heritage organizations incorporated for at least one year. They support the operations of the organization, and are not to be used for startup, events, or capital projects.

    Project Grants: Grants are available to community organizations planning an arts, culture or heritage project, festival or event in 2013. Eligible organizations are not required to be from the arts, culture or heritage sector.

    Community Public Art Grants: Grants are available to organizations to support public art projects featuring collaborative work between community groups and artists.

    Grant applications are reviewed by independent committees. Grant recommendations are presented to Council in February 2013.

    Eligible non-profit organizations must submit their completed applications to the Cultural Services office located at 105-1014 Glenmore Drive, by 3 p.m. on Friday, December 7.

    Guidelines, instructions and application forms can be found at kelowna.ca/culture.
    Boundary relocation discussions update
    No moves planned at this time
    Information about the City boundary review underway since July was presented to Council Monday.

    Having done its due diligence and considered its options in reviewing boundary rationalization and relocation, Council has decided not to proceed at this time with any boundary moves.

    As well, Council directed staff to set aside the boundary adjustment discussion with Lake Country for now.

    "The City is not interested in expanding its boundaries for the sake of expanding," said Mayor Walter Gray. "Certain conditions have changed since Council first asked staff to review options. Meanwhile, other work more closely aligned to Council Priorities will take precedence at this time."

    Council decided it will adhere to its normal practice of only considering formal applications from individual property owners to adjust the City boundary.

    The analysis and information gathered during this exercise will be useful in the event of subsequent governance or incorporation studies where the City is invited to participate

    Bernard sidewalks more than just concrete
    Pedestrians have more room
    The new sidewalks taking shape on Bernard Avenue offer the first visible clues to how the street is changing to become a more attractive and exciting "people place."

    As Phase 1 of the revitalization project nears completion, the first sections of new sidewalks are in place. The wider sidewalks are among the most important changes happening during this $14-million project.

    "The overall vision for Bernard Avenue is to make it safer and more inviting for pedestrians to get around and spend time exploring the area," said Pat McCormick of the City's Infrastructure Planning department.

    The generous seven-metre-wide sidewalks include textural and visual cues to create three distinct "zones" with specific purposes.

    • The middle zone is a two-metre-wide, unobstructed corridor for pedestrian movement.

    • A furnishing zone for benches, trees and lights is located between the middle zone and the road.

    • A merchants' display zone lies between the middle zone and the buildings.

    In the interest of making the street accessible to all citizens, the textural cues in the sidewalk will make them easier for visually impaired persons to safely navigate. Texture changes in the surface of the sidewalk will help them stay within the boundaries of the middle zone, or when they're approaching a crosswalk.

    The functionality of the sidewalks for people of all abilities will be matched by esthetic enhancements that will contribute to a streetscape that everyone will enjoy discovering when the work is complete.

    The Bernard Avenue project is a component of Downtown revitalization plans that include Phase 2 of Stuart Park, Kerry Park improvements, a public pier and downtown marina and new parking infrastructure.

    For more information about the Bernard Avenue Revitalization and other projects, visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects.

    It hasn’t disappeared, it’s just online
    Get your copy of the Guide starting Nov. 27.
    On November 27, the City of Kelowna's Activity and Program guide will be available online, offering you a sustainable option to search and register for your favourite recreation programs.

    Starting with the 2013 winter guide, the City will be reducing the quantity of guides being printed, meaning it will no longer be delivered through your local newspaper. Residents will be able to get a copy of the guide online at kelowna.ca/recreation or sent directly to their inbox by signing up for e-Subscribe on the City website. Hard copies will also be available for pick-up at the following locations.

    • H2O Adventure & Fitness Centre (4057 Gordon Drive)
    • Main Library Downtown (1380 Ellis Street)
    • Parkinson Recreation Centre (1800 Parkinson Way)
    • Rutland Arena (645 Dodd Road)
    • Glenmore IGA (11-1940 Kane Road)

    With over 35,000 hours of programming each year, the guide has lots of exciting programs being offered right in your neighbourhood.

    Winter registration starts December 4 at 7:30 a.m. unless noted otherwise below.

    • December 4: General Programs
    • December 6: Aquatics
    • December 7: Leagues (7:30 a.m.)and Programs for persons with a disability (9:30 a.m.)

    To avoid line-ups, we encourage people to set-up their online registration account in advance. Additional program information and registration is available in person at the Parkinson Recreation Centre, by phone at 250-469-8800 or online at kelowna.ca/recreation.
    Recycle your old Christmas lights
    Regional District Public Service Announcement
    If you're putting up new LED lights this year, don't throw your old light strings in the garbage. Recycle them by taking them to a recycling depot near you.

    "Last year's Christmas light recycling program alone collected over ten and a half tonnes of light strings, enough to fill a 53 foot semi," says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District. "That's a huge amount of material that was repurposed into new product, instead of taking up space in our landfill."

    Stewart adds you don't have to remove the bulbs from the strings before recycling, and power cords are also accepted as part of the program, now into its seventh year. "Recycling your old light strings instead of tossing them out is simply good sense, environmentally and financially. By upgrading your lights, you'll be saving energy and money on your electricity bill, as LED (light emitting diode) lights use up to 95 per cent less energy than regular Christmas lights and last at least ten times longer. Plus, LED lights produce very little heat, so they reduce the risk of fire, which is essential for your family's safety."

    Stewart says the strings brought to the depots are picked up by Planet Earth Recycling Ltd, and eventually end up at Davis Trading in Vancouver , where they're baled and exported for processing and the copper is recovered for new use in wiring and plumbing.

    Recycling Depots are located at:


    • Kirschner Depot, 1988 Kirschner Rd, open daily from 8am-6pm
    • Westside Residential Recycling Center, Asquith Rd, open daily from 7:30am-4:00pm
    • Glenmore Landfill, 2105 Glenmore Rd, open daily from 7:30am-4:45pm
    • Planet Earth Recycling Ltd., 2035 Louie Drive, open Monday thru Saturday 8:00am- 4:30pm

    For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
    Bus stop at KGH to change location
    Interior Health Public Service Announcement
    Please be advised that the southbound bus stop at KGH will be moving effective November 19, 2012 to accommodate construction of the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre.

    Presently, the bus stop is situated south of the main Centennial Building entrance. It will be temporarily relocated to just north of the Centennial Building entrance, on the west side of Pandosy Street, on November 19.

    The new location will be used for approximately 12 - 18 months until a new bus stop is completed near the present location.
    Knox Mountain Drive closes for winter season
    Public Service Announcement
    The road leading to the summit of Knox Mountain Park will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 9 p.m. today. The park will remain open to pedestrians from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

    Knox Mountain Drive closes from the base parking lot as driving conditions become increasingly hazardous. Due to the winding nature of the road, and snow and ice, the road will remain closed to public vehicles until the spring.

    For more information about Knox Mountain Park and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Hartwick Park playground upgrade
    Public Service Announcement
    Access to Hartwick Park will be limited this month as crews remove an existing playground and furnishings and replace them with new equipment, fencing and a park sign.

    This Glenmore neighbourhood park at the corner of Lambert Avenue and Clifton Road will be under construction, weather permitting, throughout November.

    Park users are asked to respect the signs, fences and barriers in the park to ensure their safety and timely completion of the park.

    More information about City of Kelowna parks is available at kelowna.ca/parks.
    Council Highlights
    November 5, 2012
    Water Quality Project

    Council authorized the mayor to write a letter of support the South East Kelowna Irrigation District application for senior government funding for a water quality improvement project. The project was identified as one of the highest priorities in the Kelowna Integrated Water Supply Plan, a coordinated technical document recently completed by the Kelowna Joint Water Committee.

    Free Downtown Parking

    Free on-street parking downtown was approved by Council for five Saturdays in December. For the 19th year, the City of Kelowna has waived parking charges on December Saturdays at the request of the Downtown Kelowna Association. Posted time limits and all other parking restrictions will still apply to the free parking spots, to allow more customers to take advantage of free parking.
    Remembrance Day parades
    Traffic Advisory
    Roads in downtown Kelowna and Rutland will be temporarily closed for Remembrance Day parades on Sunday, Nov. 11 between 10:15 a.m. and 12 p.m.

    The Royal Canadian Legion Parade downtown will mean the closure of:
  • Mill Street from Queensway Avenue to Bernard Avenue
  • Bernard Avenue from Water Street to Abbott Street
  • Abbott Street from Bernard Avenue to Lawrence Avenue
  • Lawrence Avenue from Abbott Street to Ellis Street
  • Ellis Street from Bernard Avenue to Lawrence Avenue

    The closures on Mill Street, Bernard Avenue and Abbott Street will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. as veterans march to the Cenotaph in Veendam Gardens in City Park. Following the ceremonies, the parade will proceed up Lawrence Avenue to Ellis Street between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. The intersection of Lawrence and Pandosy will be closed to traffic during this time, with the exception of transit buses. Parking will be prohibited along all these routes.

    The Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans Parade in Rutland will involve the closure of:
  • Dougall Road North and South, from McIntosh Road to Gray Road
  • Gray Road, from Dougall Road South to Pemberton Road
  • Pemberton Road, from Gray Road to Lions Park.

    Ceremonies will take place at the Cenotaph in Rutland Lions Park. Expect minor delays as veterans cross at Highway 33 and Dougall Road before and after the ceremony in Lions Park.

    RCMP will provide traffic control for both parades.

    Kelowna Regional Transit employees will also pay their respects with one minute of silence at 11 a.m. All transit drivers will ensure their buses are safely pulled over to the curb and parked during this period.

    The public is reminded City Hall will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 in remembrance. The Glenmore Landfill will be open regular hours, 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and the Parkinson Recreation Centre will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 and 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12.

    For more information about road closures, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
  • Sprucing up Roxby plaza for holidays
    Public Service Announcement
    Rutland's Roxby Centennial Plaza is looking to sparkle this winter with lights and decorations. The City of Kelowna is asking the public to donate a large evergreen tree to become the focal point at the Plaza but also a gathering place for the community during the holiday season.

    The City's Park Services branch is putting out a call for residents who want to donate a live 30- to 40-foot-tall spruce or fir tree for the plaza's festive display. Anyone interested in donating a tree can leave their name, address and phone number with the Parks Services office at 250-71-PARKS (250-717-2757). Only those with a suitable tree will be contacted.

    For more information about Park Services, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Dilworth water main break being repaired
    Traffic Advisory
    Dilworth Drive will be down to single-lane traffic this morning as city staff are on the scene of what appears to be a broken 12-inch water main on Dilworth Drive between Summit Dr and Glacier Crescent.

    Staff are currently working to determine the exact location and extent of the break

    Motorists can expect delays on Dilworth Drive as repairs are carried out.
    City looking for wood chip drop sites
    Public Service Announcement
    With fall well underway, City crews have ramped-up pruning trees on city streets and have wood chips available to the public.

    The City composts wood chips and other yard waste to make the GlenGrow product used as a top dressing or to improve soil condition. This year, due to a large quantity of wood chips on hand, the City is looking for non-residential drop sites, such as farms and orchards, located within city limits, where property owners can easily access this sustainable product for use on their property.

    Wood chips make great mulch and can be used to improve tree health and keep roots cool, retain moisture in soil, suppress weeds and even increase yields in orchards. They can be use as bedding material for horses and other livestock.

    Drop sites must be within city limits and able to receive a minimum of 15 cubic metres per load. Farmers, landscapers or orchardists interested in receiving wood chips free of charge are asked to contact the City's Park Services office at 250-71-PARKS (250-717-2757).

    For more information, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Council Highlights
    October 29, 2012
    Electrical Utility AAP

    Council received the results of the Alternate Approval Process (AAP) for the Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity. A total of 91 signatures under the AAP were received, well below the 9,484 signatures (10 per cent of the voting population) required to halt the sale of electrical utility assets to FortisBC. Fortis will now submit an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission for approval to buy the utility.

    Downtown Parkades AAP

    Results of the Alternative Approval Process related to funding for the downtown parkades were received by Council. This Alternative Approval Process was to seek citizen approval to borrow $15 million to expand the Library parkade and construct a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property. The number of petitioners opposed to the borrowing was 165, or less than 0.2 per cent of electors. This is below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484) needed to defeat the borrowing bylaw, so the project will proceed.

    Parkinson Activity Centre

    Council endorsed a service delivery agreement with the Water Street Senior Centre Society. The new agreement identifies roles and responsibilities for the City and the Society at the new Parkinson Activity Centre. The new agreement sets out the use of shared space in the multi-age facility, along with the space dedicated for the exclusive use of the Society.
    Kasugai Gardens closing for winter
    Public Service Announcement
    Kasugai Gardens will close its doors for the season starting Nov. 1 and is expected to reopen March 1.

    Located off Queensway Avenue, behind City Hall, Kasugai Gardens was completed in 1987 to symbolize the friendship between Kelowna and Kasugai, Japan, which have been sister cities since 1981.

    For more information about Kasugai Gardens and other municipal parks, visit kelowna.ca/parks.
    Kelowna Electrical Utility Restructuring Opportunity
    Council receives electoral assent
    City Council received electoral assent Monday, Oct. 29, for the City to proceed with an agreement to sell its electrical utility assets to FortisBC Inc.

    Electoral assent was granted through an Alternative Approval Process. The number of petitioners opposed to the agreement was 91, or less than .1% of electors. This is below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484 residents) required to halt the process.

    This was the first of many steps required for the City to become a utility investor instead of a utility owner. FortisBC Inc. will now submit an application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to seek approval for the purchase of the City's electrical utility. BCUC's review of the proposed transfer will include a public process.

    If successful, the proceeds received by the City for its utility assets will be invested in Fortis Inc. to generate long-term returns for City taxpayers equal to or greater than the return the City could earn through continued ownership of the utility. The City's proposed investment in Fortis Inc. will require the approval of the Inspector of Municipalities.

    Visit kelowna.ca/cityprojects for detailed project information.
    Air Canada, United Airlines partners on new LAX flights
    Daily United flight to LAX is partnered with Air Canada
    When you board the new daily United Express flight to Los Angeles in December, it will be on UA5583/ AC3940.

    Effective Oct. 25, Air Canada began selling the new LAX service to/from YLW at aircanada.com as an Air Canada flight on a codeshare basis. UA5583/AC3940 departs YLW every day at 8 a.m. arriving at LAX at 10:51 a.m. Leaving LAX every day at 6:40 p.m. arriving in YLW at 9:44 p.m. is UA6248/AC3939. These flights are all operated by United Airlines using a 66-seat Bombardier CRJ700 with business class and extra-legroom economy seating.

    "This will be a benefit to the consumer," says Airport Director Sam Samaddar. "Both Air Canada and United Airlines will be able to promote the route with Skywest Airlines as the actual operating carrier. Worldwide, consumers will be able to book the flight on either the Air Canada or United Airlines websites (or through a travel agency) as a non-stop flight and continue to collect the mileage points they are used to collecting with either airline. This will allow for seamless connections to many points within the United Airlines system as an Air Canada flight throughout your journey. For example, you can fly from YLW to Albuquerque (ABQ), NM on AC3940 connecting to AC4462 and the airfare is a very competitive single air carrier tariff rate."

    In additional news, the start of the daily service on United Express between LAX and YLW will begin a day earlier than originally planned with flights from LAX to YLW commencing on Dec. 18 and those from YLW to LAX starting on Dec. 19. The new air service on United Express between Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and Los Angeles (LAX) was announced July 10 as daily service. By mid-August the United Express service was increased on Saturdays between January and April with an additional frequency that departs YLW at 5:10 p.m. arriving LAX at 8 p.m. and departing LAX at 1:30 p.m. arriving YLW at 4:34 p.m.

    Next week, WestJet launches its new seasonal YLW to LAX Saturday service on Nov. 3, WS1930 at 4:35 p.m. arriving at 7:30 p.m. that will operate until April 27.

    For more information regarding air service at YLW visit the airport's official website at ylw.kelowna.ca.



    For more information, contact:


    Jenelle Hynes
    Marketing & Media Relations
    Kelowna International Airport
    250-765-5125 ext 207

    Rahsaan Johnson
    Public Relations
    United Airlines
    rahsaan.johnson@united.com
    www.united.com.


    Angela Mah
    Corporate Communications
    Air Canada
    (604) 270-5741
    www.aircanada.com.

    Alternative Approval Process results
    Going to Council Oct. 29
    The Office of the City Clerk validated the results of the Alternate Approval Process for the sale of the Kelowna Electrical Utility assets to FortisBC Inc.

    The number of petitioners opposed to the agreement was 91 or less than .1% of electors. This is below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484 residents) required to halt the process.

    Results of the Alternative Approval Process for the downtown parkades were also validated by the Office of the City Clerk.

    This Alternative Approval Process for a borrowing bylaw of $15 million to be used for an expansion of the Library parkade and construction of a new parkade on the Memorial Arena property received an insufficient number of petitions opposing the project. The number of petitioners opposed to the borrowing was 165 or less than .2% of electors. This is again below the 10 per cent of electors (9,484) needed to defeat the borrowing bylaw.

    Both Alternative Approval Processes concluded at 4 p.m. today.

    City Council will receive a Certificate of Sufficiency for each process on Monday, Oct. 29, during the afternoon Council meeting. The sufficiency reports are available online at kelowna.ca/council.
    Go Paper Free, WIN an iPad!
    Regional District of Central Okanagan News Release.
    Tired of all that paper building up around your home, want to reduce the clutter and get organized? The Regional Waste Reduction Office can help with the launch of a new Paper Free Home campaign, which promotes eliminating unnecessary waste and using less paper. Plus, if you sign up to take the Paper Free Pledge, you could win one of three new Apple iPads being given away in time for Christmas!

    Waste Reduction Supervisor Peter Rotheisler with the Regional District says residents in the Central Okanagan have a great track record when it comes to recycling, but the recycle model still involves generating waste, then having to collect, transport and process it. "Eighty five per cent of the material collected from the curbside recycling program is paper and the net cost of this program to residents in the Central Okanagan is more than two million dollars annually. Recycling is expensive and there's a simple way of significantly reducing these costs by going paper free or reducing the amount of paper you consume."

    The Waste Reduction Office conducted a pilot project in the summer of 2012, where 16 homes from Peachland to Lake Country volunteered to collect all the paper delivered to their home for an entire month, including newspapers, door hangers, flyers and everything in their mail box. At the end of the month the average home had collected 13 pounds of paper, the highest home collecting 25 pounds, the lowest 1.6 pounds. A few of the homes that were already paper free were on average collecting only 2.2 pounds of paper.

    Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says, "Just imagine how much paper could be reduced if every household took even a few steps to become paper free! It can cut down on clutter, help you get organized, even free up more space in your recycling cart. Imagine knowing exactly where your bills are stored without wading through stacks of paper cluttering your coffee table or countertop. Going paper free means you're not handling a mountain of flyers, ads or bills. Reducing your paper also means when it's time to find that permission slip for your child's school or the receipt from that new DVD player you'll be able to find it because it's not lost in a pile of paper clutter!"

    The Paper Free Home campaign features seven easy steps to go paper free. Plus, Stewart says, by completing a pledge to complete at least five of the seven steps, residents can enter to win one of three new Apple iPads being given away by December 15th 2012. "iPads are hugely popular right now, plus the ultimate tool for a paper free home, giving you the ability to read your news online, pay your bills online, and receive your paperless bills and e-statements. They fit perfectly with the push to go paper free!"
    The Seven Steps to Go Paper Free:

    1. Use No Flyers or Junk Mail Stickers or Signs
    2. Remove your name from addressed ad mail lists
    3. Switch to reading news and flyers online
    4. Switch to Electronic Bills, On-line Banking and eStatements. Pay your bills on-line through your bank.
    5. Switch to online Yellow Pages
    6. Reduce paper in