Highlights of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan board meeting

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2016-2017 Regional Board

At the Inaugural meeting of the Regional District Board, Kelowna Councillor Gail Given was elected as Chair and will serve for a third year.  West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater was elected as Vice-Chair.  The Regional District Board consists of 12 voting members representing the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas, the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the City of West Kelowna.  The Westbank First Nation is represented with a non-voting member. 

Water-Wastewater Fund Applications

The Regional Board has endorsed making two applications for funding to the Canada-BC Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.  The Board has committed providing up to $477,000 for a project to extend the Okanagan Lake outfall for treated effluent from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.  If approved, the total estimated eligible project cost is just over $2.8-million.  The second application commits $145,000 for the Regional District share for major storage, fire flows and treatment improvements to the Falcon Ridge Water System.  If senior government program funding is approved the total eligible costs for this project are estimated at $852,900.

Waste Reduction and Recycling Service

The Regional Board has received a Service Review report and continues to support the current delivery model for Waste Reduction and Recycling in the Central Okanagan.  The cost of the service has decreased approximately 60% since 2014 primarily due to the contract with Multi-Material BC for the collection and recycling of printed paper and packaging.  The region is currently updating its Solid Waste Management Plan which will provide a new set of solid waste targets, potential program initiatives and opportunities for the next ten years. 

Mosquito Control Program Review

The Regional Board has received a Service Review report and continues to support the present model of delivery for the Mosquito Control program.  The goal is to manage nuisance mosquitoes through environmentally-friendly larval reduction, public education and outreach as well as habitat modification such as through the annual collection of unwanted vehicle tires.  Annual costs of the nuisance mosquito control service are funded by the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and two small areas of the City of West Kelowna.  The District of Peachland contracted the service for 2016 by Council resolution.  The cost of the service has remained stable since 2012 and is expected to continue through 2020.

Regional Board Meetings

The following dates have been selected for upcoming meetings:

Monday, November 28th – 7:00 pm

Monday, December 12th – 7:00 pm

Residents are welcome to attend.

Meetings are held at the Regional District office – 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna (Woodhaven Board Room).  

Click here for audio of the November 10 meeting. Click here to see the schedule of 2017 Regional Board Regular Meetings.

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