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Council adopts wait-and-see attitude toward on-street parking issues at Penticton hospital

Council opted to delay a discussion regarding on-street parking issues near the hospital pending completion of the new patient care tower and the adjoining parkade.
August 22, 2018 - 1:30 PM

PENTICTON - The city’s transportation committee wants to get a dialogue going between City Council and Interior Health to discuss parking congestion at Penticton Regional Hospital.

The transportation advisory committee has recommended the city send a letter to the health authority to initiate discussions around developing alternative modes of transportation, promoting a healthy community and address parking and traffic concerns arising from construction of the new patient care tower.

Council discussed the recommendation at its meeting yesterday, Aug. 21.

City infrastructure manager Mitch Moroziuk said the committee wants to work with the health authority to find alternative means for hospital employees to get to the hospital, thereby reducing on-street parking issues.

Coun. Helena Konanz said the issue was about employees having to pay to park, suggesting the issue would sort itself out with the completion of the hospital parkade.

Coun. Judy Sentes asked if the committee recognized the parkade was coming, suggesting the problem was a temporary one, while Mayor Andrew Jakubeit said he saw no problem in sending Interior Health a letter to create a discussion over the possibility of creating alternative modes of transportation.

Council decided to wait and see if the residential streets continued to be congested after the new hospital parkade is built, and took no action on the recommendation.

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