May 29, 2014 - 4:36 PM
Gas Tax Funding Formula
Mayor Doug Findlater publically thanked MP Dan Albas for his efforts in lobbying for a change to the Gas Tax Funding formula, on behalf of the District of West Kelowna. The District of West Kelowna together with member municipalities of the Intermunicipal Services Advisory Board including the cities of Kelowna, Vernon, and Penticton and the board of the Central Okanagan Regional District, supported moving to a Tier 1 funding model which will have 75% of Gas Tax funding going to local projects at the municipal level, rather than to regionally significant projects, out of the individual municipality’s’ control. On May 22, the Federal Government and the Union of BC Municipalities announced the move to a Tier 1 Gas Tax distribution formula.
Council agreed to direct staff to work with BC Transit to review the current routes and frequency in concert with the full operational implementation of the RapidBus service and route changes. Council further directed staff to provide recommendations on the expansion or reduction of transit service as required for the 2015/2016 year.
Casa Loma Drainage
Council directed staff to draw underground storm drain plans which detail the properties that can have an underground storm system and those that must have a ditch system and also that staff review the capital costs of the projects with the intent of establishing a revised local service area (LSA) charge. The cost of the LSA charge will be reduced by the cost of the road upgrade, as this will come out of the District’s road rehabilitation budget. Residents in the area expressed concerns regarding the Casa Loma drainage projects that were installed in response to flooding activities in the area. Once final costs are determined, it will be taken to affected Casa Loma residents for consideration of the LSA.
Sewer Servicing Strategy
Council adopted the District of West Kelowna Sewer Servicing Strategy which is a comprehensive guide to provide properties in urban residential areas of the municipality that are currently on septic systems nearing their life expectancy. The strategy will be used by staff to determine future servicing requirements, costs, policies, recommendations and timelines to serve the community over the long term with a Municipal Sanitary Sewer Collection System.
Free WiFi at JBMAC
Council agreed to direct staff to provide a public free WiFi internet connection, on a trial basis, at the Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre. Stemming from requests from the public, an inexpensive solution has been found to provide WiFi in the workout area, patio area and viewing area of the facility. The free service will be provided until December 2014. The number of users will be tracked and staff will provide a report on the trial before the end of the year. Public WiFi is currently offered in City Hall, which requires a username and password, and at Royal LePage Place through the West Kelowna Warriors organization.
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