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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – May 9, 2013

May 13, 2013 - 10:59 AM

Sustainable Transportation Partnership

The Regional Board has given approval to a new inter-municipal partnership that will coordinate a regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects.  Earlier this year, local governments gave their approval to a memorandum of understanding indicating their participation in the Sustainable Transportation Partnership.  The goals of the partnership are to establish unified region-wide policies and strategic plans for all modes of transportation, improve responsiveness and accountability, reduce costs and improve efficiencies on transportation issues and provide a collective voice to communicate regional transportation initiatives to senior levels of government.

Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement

The Regional Board has approved Regional District participation in a Central Okanagan Emergency Mutual Aid Agreement.  All fire departments in the region have signed onto this five year agreement which allows the provision of and cost recovery for emergency resources, when requested by another participating fire department.  It replaces the previous agreement signed in 2008 and reflects the current costs of providing various fire equipment and services.

SPCA Agreement Renewed

The Regional Board has approved renewing a Memorandum of Understanding with the SPCA.  The three year agreement sees the Society provide shelter and education services and a spay and neuter program for cats and dogs, as well as adopting out dogs that haven’t been claimed by their owners from the RDCO Dog Pound.  The Regional District provides $67,000 a year to the Society for those services.

Service Reviews Committee Report

In 2012, the District of West Kelowna requested the Regional Board conduct an informal review of Regional District services from which the municipality wished to withdraw.  A committee has completed its review and provided several recommendations which the Regional Board has adopted. 
Following adoption of the appropriate amending bylaws effective December 31st this year, the Regional District will no longer provide enforcement of the Noxious Weed and Insect Control services to the municipality. In addition, a request will be made to the Sustainable Transportation Partnership to assume responsibility for the Regional District’s Air Quality Program. Through the Sustainable Transportation Partnership, the City of Kelowna and District of West Kelowna will no longer be part of the RDCO Transportation Demand Management Service.  The Partnership will assume this service at the City of Kelowna.  As well, the Regional Board has also endorsed participation of all partners in funding the operation and programs provided by the Economic Development Commission.

Regional Board Meetings

Regional District office – 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna (Woodhaven Board Room).  Residents are welcome to attend.

• Monday, May 27th – 7:00 pm
• Thursday, June 13th – following 8:30 am Governance and Services Committee meeting

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