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DWK receives flurry of winter road maintenance complaints

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January 24, 2013 - 11:51 AM

Residents are sending the message to the District of West Kelowna they are unhappy with current winter road maintenance.

There have been 1,140 calls or emails since the changeover Dec. 7 to a new snow removal and maintenance contractor AEL, a division of HMC Services Inc. HMC president Joe Wrobel indicated the company has faced a few more complications in West Kelowna than experienced in other areas it services, but is very interested in receiving concerns from the public and will work with the district and AEL to improve the level of service provided.

West Kelowna thinks it's time to make it easier to get a cold one at arena events.

Alcohol is currently served at Royal LePage Place during West Kelowna Warriors hockey games through a special occasion liquor licence that must be obtained prior to each event. The city directed staff to develop a primary license system so arenas can avoid the repetitive process. Changing the policy to a more static system will make it easier for the arena to choose to serve alcohol during other events held.

A new municipal alcohol policy is subject to B.C. Liquor Control and Licensing Branch's approval, however B.C. Health Communities in partnership with the B.C. Ministry of Health is offering grants to jurisdictions creating a municipal alcohol policy.

Council adopts the District of West Kelowna Water Conservation Plan.

The plan was developed to provide data and recommendations towards the efficient use of the district's water resources. The goal of the plan is to reduce consumption and the associated costs of operating, maintaining and upgrading the district's five water utilities. A district-endorsed water conservation plan is a condition of funding received under the Building Canada Fund for the recently completed sewer servicing strategy. The water conservation plan will make up part of the master water plan which is currently under development.

Rates have been established for a bulk water station installed at the northwest corner of Shannon Lake Road and Asquith Road.

Commercial and residential customers will have to sign up for an account to use the station and will receive a pin number to be used at the facility. Customers will receive a monthly invoice for water used. Residential customers will be charged a $25 setup fee and commercial and non-resident customers will be charged a $50 setup fee and the water rate is set at $.82 per m3. The station cost $99,000. It should be operational by Feb. 4.

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