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West Kelowna council highlights: February 10, 2015

February 12, 2015 - 3:12 PM

Strategic Priorities 2014 Final Update
Council was provided a final update on its 2014 Strategic Priorities and activities undertaken in the fourth quarter (October to December). Highlights of this quarter include:
·         Westlake Road grand re-opening
·         2014 Local Government Election administration
·         New Council orientation and inaugural meeting
·         Westlake/Hudson RapidBus transit stations constructed
·         Creation of West Kelowna online business directory as part of new website launch
·         Carriage Houses public consultation initiatives
·         Special events including Halloween Howl and Winterfest
·         Faulkner Lift Station construction nearing completion

Economic Development Committee
Council provided input into the Terms of Reference for the establishment of an Economic Development Committee. The committee will provide advice to Council on matters relating to the local economy and business issues. The committee will help identify economic development opportunities within the District of West Kelowna and provide advice and support on annual economic development strategies and activities. Staff will incorporate Council’s recommendations into the Terms of Reference and bring a report back to Council.

Grants In Aid
Council approved $76,136 in Cash Grants In Aid and $269,418 in Non-Cash Grants In Aid for 2015. Council agreed to support early approval for 2015 Grants In Aid, which means recipients may receive grants before adoption of the final budget.

2015-24 Financial Plan
Council gave first reading to the District of West Kelowna Financial Plan Bylaw which includes a 2.4% tax increase for 2015. The draft plan will be taken for public consultation at an Open House planned for Wednesday, March 4 at the Westbank Library from 5 to 8 p.m.

Early Capital and Staff Requests
Council authorized staff to proceed with several capital expenditures and staffing requests in advance of the final adoption of the budget in April. At its meeting February 5, Council supported the addition of 11 staff positions and early approval allows the District to begin recruitment immediately. Council also gave early approval to capital requests that, if delayed, could cause operational inefficiencies. Included in early capital project approvals are:
·         Westbank Cemetery upgrades and expansion - $805,000
·         Road rehabilitation and pedestrian improvements - $750,000
·         Drainage improvements on Ponderosa Road - $375,000
·         Keefe Creek drainage improvements - $295,000
·         Traffic Calming construction - $640,000

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