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City ponders cash for creeks, street improvements

Penticton Creek needs a more organic look as identified in the city's downtown improvement plan. City council will discuss this and the possibility of two-laning downtown Main Street at Monday's council meeting.
July 22, 2013 - 12:06 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton Creek needs major repairs and city council has $624,880 available to begin the restoration work.

The natural creek was channelized in 1950 after a massive flood in 1942. It acted as a flood control tool since being upgraded but it has also damaged fish habitats and is now showing signs of degradation.

City council will vote to continue the work already identified as important by the community's downtown improvement plan. Kelowna's Mission Creek has been upgraded with a more naturalized solution which is the plan for Penticton's creek. It was lined with concrete slabs and has an industrial appearance.

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation will give $277,880 over four years to the restoration project. This will be combined with in-kind contributions and other funding sources to bring the total to $624,880.

The decision to reduce downtown Main Street to two lanes or make it and Martin Street two-way streets will be discussed — not decided — at Monday night's council meeting.

This decision to change the street was identified as a priority in the city's downtown revitalization plan. The cost for a two-way Martin and Main street could be as high as $2.7 million - and that's only for the intersection and signal changes. Street and underground improvements would be additional costs.

Veterans should get a free parking pass a veterans advocate said.

Alan Kidd would like Penticton city council to grant free parking for all vehicles displaying a current B.C. veteran license plate. He'll be making a presentation at the start of Monday night's council session.

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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