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Changing street names, considering new taxation topics at city council meeting

Penticton city hall will decide on renaming a street at its Tuesday council meeting.
July 02, 2013 - 2:56 PM

PENTICTON - What's in a name is at the heart of two people's opinions on renaming a street.

Some want to change Robinson Street to Backstreet Boulevard and some do not. Penticton's leadership will decide on the matter at Tuesday's council meeting.

Jason MacAndrew suggested renaming both portions of the road currently named Westminster Avenue East and Robinson Street to Backstreet Boulevard. He said keeping one part of the road Westminster and naming the other half Backstreet would only continue the confusion. Having one name for both portions would make things simpler.

Bruce Horton said keep the roads as they are. He said he was shocked when he heard Robinson Street is considered a back street by some. He added the modern way to find businesses is with Google Maps but it could be years before Google updates its street names.

TAXATION ON BEAUTIFICATION

A quarter of downtown improvements will be paid with a service tax on businesses that would benefit.

Westminster Avenue West and Martin Street will get $1.25 million to renovate sidewalks and streets, with 25 per cent paid from another reserve and recovered through new taxation.

The project would improve roads, add decorative street lighting, street furniture, new trees and flex parking possibilities.

Businesses and those affected by the project could defeat this proposed bylaw through a petition. A petition would need 50 per cent of the property owners, representing 50 per cent of the assessed value of the properties affected.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca , call 250-488-3065 or tweet @shannonquesnel1

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