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Kelowna city council highlights: June 23, 2014

June 25, 2014 - 2:47 PM

Award for Financial Reporting
Council received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Award for Financial Reporting for the City of Kelowna’s 2012 Annual Report. Since 2002, the City of Kelowna has received the Canadian Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting for preparing comprehensive annual financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure.

Our Rutland update
Council received an update and endorsed the final project selection for the Our Rutland project. Through community engagement, it was determined that $110,000 will be used to facilitate a public market space through capital  improvements to Roxby Park. The Rutland Parks Society will facilitate the operations and coordination of market activities.

2013 Annual Report & remuneration
Council received the 2013 Annual Report (online at, containing annual financial statements and details about City Council and staff remuneration. The total employee remuneration for 2013 has increased by approximately $2.1 million to $61.0 million. This increase is due to annual incremental contract increases in 2013, including $1 million in retroactive wage payments to IAFF members.

South Pandosy Parking Strategy
Council approved the introduction of pay parking and time restrictions in the South Pandosy business district, improving availability of parking for customers and visitors to the area. Consultation with key stakeholders and the public influenced staff’s development of the area’s parking strategy.

Pandosy Waterfront update
Council received an update on the financial implications and timing of implementation for Refined Option 1, a design for Pandosy Waterfront generated by charrette participants. Staff were directed to bring forward zoning and Official Community Plan amendments for City-owned properties in the area, with the caveat that the Meikle Road property not be sold unless there were plans to consolidate it with the other adjacent properties for development. Council also confirmed its support for inclusion of the Kelowna Paddle Centre on the site. For more information, visit

Transit Ridership update
Council received a report covering transit performance by route for 2013, and fall 2014 service changes, including information about the reinstatement of seasonal service, new route on Gordon Drive and realignment of route 8 to directly serve Kelowna General Hospital.

Kelowna Library Parkade Expansion
Council received an update on construction of the addition to the existing Library Parkade, the proposed timeline for the Ellis Parkade and options for monthly parking in the area.

2014 Election
Council gave first three readings to the 2014 general local government election bylaws and appointed Karen Needham Chief Election Officer. General voting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15. For election updates, voting opportunities and more, visit often.

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