Highlights of May 14 Council meeting
Civic election planning
Council appointed the Chief Election Officer, and gave first three readings to its General Local Election bylaws in preparation for the province-wide Oct. 20 municipal elections. The bylaws continue to provide for multiple voting opportunities including advanced, special, mail ballot, and additional general voting, as well as same day voter registration and the use of automated vote counting machines. The changes include reducing the number of nominators for a candidates nomination to 10 from 25; and the use of the voter assist terminal at Parkinson Recreation Centre for the election, rather than City Hall.
More snow routes and improved snow removal were approved by Council, after staff determined that increased snowfall resulted in more service requests for snow and ice clearing this past winter. The additional snow routes are in the Black Mountain, Kirschner Mountain and Academy Way neighbourhoods.
Clean drinking water in Southeast Kelowna
Council approved a budget amendment to cover a $22-million project shortfall for Kelowna Integrated Water Project – Phase 1. The $86-million project is partially funded by a $43.9-milion provincial and federal grant. The project will see clean drinking water supplied to Southeast Kelowna and a reliable, resilient source of water for agricultural in the South Mission. Construction will start this July. An open house with details on financing and preliminary construction plans is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 between 3pm-7pm at East Kelowna Hall, 2704 East Kelowna Road.
For more information about Council, meetings and agendas, visit kelowna.ca/council.