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Council Highlights - April 18, 2017

West Kelowna Council Meeting Highlights
April 18, 2017 

Soccer Dome

Council was advised that the Westside Youth Soccer Association received a grant from the Province of BC to be put towards the construction of a soccer dome in the community. The City will contribute $137,000 for planning and design and $333,000 for construction, as well as the land for the dome. The entire project is estimated to cost $1.5 million. Staff will work with representatives of the association to determine best location and report back to Council. 

Wine Trail Phase 2 

Council was provided an update on the design and construction timeline for Phase 2 of the Wine Trail Upgrade to Boucherie Road. The road upgrade project, estimated to cost $5 million, and related watermain replacement project, estimated to cost $1.25 million, is in the final stages of design with ICBC reviewing the proposed upgrade for safety considerations. Construction is expected to take up to one year and the current busy construction market is expected to yield unfavourable pricing. Instead, staff are proceeding with the tender of the road construction and watermain works in the winter to achieve the best pricing, with construction to commence in 2018.

East Boundary & Casa Rio Lift Stations

Council awarded construction of the East Boundary and Casa Rio Lift Stations upgrades to Maple Reinders. The project has been tendered for $1.46 million. The structures require upgrades according to the BC Building Code. The City has received a grant through the Government of Canada’s Clean Water and Waste Water Fund of $648,000 for the project.

Menu & McCallum Road Gates

Council directed staff to keep the gates closed at Menu Road/Pinot Gris Drive and McCallum Road/Pinot Noir Drive and to further investigate the merits of an automated gate at the Menu Road/Pinot Gris Drive location and bring a budget request to Council if warranted. An automated gate would allow emergency access and public works vehicles through the gate. The opening of the gates for through traffic was not recommended as Menu and McCallum Roads are both geometrically constrained and upgrading them to collector road design standard is not feasible.

City Entrance Signs

Council approved $18,700 for two cedar wood City Entrance Signs with upgraded vandal-proof solar lighting. The City’s current signs, made of metal panels with printed plastic wrap, are peeling and cracked and in need of repair. The solar lighting system has also been vandalized on many occasions. The new signs will be more robust and visually pleasing from both sides. The signs will be made by City staff, who have constructed several smaller versions which are located at parks throughout the community.

Draft 2017 to 2026 Financial Plan Amendments

Council rescinded third reading of the Financial Plan Bylaw 0238, 2017 and gave third reading as amended after approving amendments to its capital budget, 2016 capital carryforward and operational budget items. The proposed tax rate remains at 3 percent. The budget is expected to be adopted before May 15 in keeping with provincial legislation.

2017 Citizens’ Survey

Council agreed to distribute the 2017 Citizens’ Survey to 1,000 randomly-selected West Kelowna property owners with the deadline for return of May 31, 2017. This is the City’s tenth annual survey which is the only anonymous, statistically-accurate polling of West Kelowna citizens. As well as mailing to 1,000 property owners, the City will make the survey available on its website for any member of the public to print and complete and copies will be available at Municipal Hall.

Key Business Award Sponsor

Council agreed to sponsor the Community and Public Service Award of $1,000 as part of the Greater Westside Board of Trade’s 2017 Key Business Awards. The award will be presented during the awards gala on November 2, 2017.

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