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Penticton councillors gotta go for second washroom downtown

Penticton City Council approved the purchase and installation of a new washroom facility for the downtown core at yesterday's regular council meeting, March 21, 2017.
March 22, 2017 - 2:30 PM

PENTICTON - Penticton’s downtown core will see the installation of a new public washroom facility later this year.

General Manager of Infrastructure for the City of Penticton, Mitch Moroziuk, received unanimous approval from City Council at the March 21 regular meeting to place a durable, pre-cast concrete, gender-neutral washroom unit in the city-owned parking lot behind the 200 block of Main Street, just back of Starbucks.

The washrooms will be unheated, but heat traced plumbing lines will be installed. The washroom is expected to be closed during winter months and porta-potties provided for use during the winter season.

The city has budgeted $75,000 for the unit, which costs $48,000 before fixtures are added.

The building is designed to be vandalism resistant.

Moroziuk says the city sourced out suppliers and issued a request for proposal in September. Operating hours are still under discussion, but Moroziuk suggested it would be open as much as possible in the summertime.

The recommendation came from a motion following a meeting of the Downtown Revitalization Sub-Committee on March 10.

The washrooms are expected to be in place by May 30.


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