Highlights of November 22 Council meeting
RCMP updateKelowna RCMP Superintendent Kara Triance updated Council on 2021 Q2 and Q3 public safety and crime data. Supt. Triance told Council that calls for service in 2021 are exceeding 2019 and 2020 figures. Increases were noted in downtown disorder calls, mental health, overdoses, auto theft, break and enters, domestic violence, threats, and assault with weapon. Kelowna RCMP will continue with increased visibility in downtown, Rutland, and parks, and police will continue to collaborate with cross-sector partners (i.e., Interior Health) for citizens experiencing mental health and substance use issues.
Performing Arts Centre funding The future of Kelowna Community Theatre is subject to conversation in the community. Council heard an update around the long-range plan to replace the 60-year-old building, including a consultant’s report to identify and analyze funding options for a new Performing Arts Centre and look at the City’s next steps.
YLW parking fees Council agreed to parking fee increases at YLW effective January 5, 2022. The increases affect each location, including valet, curb meters, short-term, and long-term lots. As an example, parking meters will be $2.50 for 30 minutes, $23 per day in short term, and $15 per day in long-term parking. The increase is the first since Dec. 1, 2018.
E-scootersCouncil heard an update around this year’s Micromobility Permit Program and recommended changes for the upcoming permit season. Staff used several means to evaluate the program, including ridership data from e-scooter companies, a survey of e-scooter riders, community feedback, injury information from Interior Health and a community survey.
Sewer grantCouncil heard that the City has received more than $9 million through the ICIP-Green Infrastructure grant program to fund construction of sewer projects in three areas currently on septic: Central Rutland, Rio/Rialto and the Mission Creek crossing for future servicing of the Hall Road area. The funding will support sewer infrastructure expansion to replace more than 630 of the approximately 2,500 septic systems still in use in urban areas within our city limits.