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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Item - COW Director Jim Edgson - 45 million to upgrade Westside Road, and all about the Westside Road Improvement Committee because this was a Director item.

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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Nothing was mentioned in the Agenda about Director Item - COW Director Jim Edgson - 45 million to upgrade Westside Road, and all about the Westside Road Improvement Committee, because this was a Director item.

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.pdf icon October 9, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be October 27th, 2014.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

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Millions pumped into Westside Road
by Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Oct 5, 2014

Major work is expected along what some residents have classified as B.C.’s worst road.

The provincial government announced Friday that it’s proceeding with $45 million in upgrades along Westside Road over five years.

“The Westside Road improvement committee has been working on this since 2003,” said Jim Edgson, the North Westside Road electoral area director, who has been active with the residents’ committee.

“With $10 million already been spent, this additional $45 million is certainly welcome.”

Among the concerns about Westside Road are it’s narrow, windy and vehicles can plunge down the steep bank into Okanagan Lake.

“For too many years now Westside Road has been on the BCAA worst roads list and our government is going to fix that,” said Premier Christy Clark and Westside-Kelowna MLA, during Friday’s press conference.

“We made a commitment to improve safety and reliability on Westside Road, and we’re delivering.”

Not all of the $45 million is earmarked yet, but $10 million involves two new construction projects.

Emil Anderson Construction, of Kelowna, has been awarded the contract for improvements from Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse.

This 800-metre section of Westside Road will be widened to have 3.6 metre- wide lanes with paved shoulders, roadside barrier and rockfall protection measures. Construction began in late September and will be completed in fall 2015.

A second project at the north end of Westside Road will see an 8.7-kilometre section resurfaced between the Highway 97 junction and Skookum Mine Road, about 10 kilometres northwest of Vernon.

Okanagan Aggregates, of Armstrong, won the contract and is scheduled to start work in early October and be finished by the end of the month.

“Anything that improves Westside Road is a positive step,” said Bob Fleming, BX-Swan Lake director, whose jurisdiction goes partially down the west side of Okanagan Lake.

“It will make it a lot easier to travel.”

Fleming also believes improved conditions on Westside Road could increase use and ease some of the pressure on Highway 97 through Vernon and other valley communities.

Construction and paving may require intermittent delays for traffic as well as scheduled closures of Westside Road for short periods of the day.

While at the press conference in West Kelowna Friday, Fleming lobbied for projects in his area, including safety improvements at Highway 97 at Stickle Road and the highway and Bernie Road.

“There were a lot of Ministry of Transportation officials there, as well as cabinet ministers and the premier,” said Fleming.

“I want to keep reminding them that they haven’t covered all of the bases yet.”

$45M for Westside Rd.
Castanet.net - by Trevor Rockliffe | Story: 124123 - Oct 3, 2014


Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet

The province has committed $45M for improvements to Westside Road over the next five years
One of the worst roads in the province according to surveys conducted by BCAA will be getting a major facelift.

Premier Christy Clark used a gravel pit in West Kelowna as a back drop on Friday to announce an investment of $45M over the next five years to make Westside Road safer.

"Westside Road is a beautiful, beautiful Road. It's one of the most beautiful roads in a province that has so many beautiful places to go," says Clark in making the announcement.

"But, for too long, it's also had a bad reputation as a very dangerous road."

The announcement brings to about $55.3M the province has invested in the road since 2008.

Today's announcement involves two new construction projects with a total estimated cost of $10 million. Emil Anderson Construction Inc. of Kelowna has been awarded the contract for improvements from Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse.

This 800-metre section of Westside Road will be widened to have 3.6 metre-wide lanes with paved shoulders, roadside barrier and rockfall protection measures. Construction began in late September and will be completed in fall 2015.

A second project at the north end of Westside Road will see an 8.7- kilometre section resurfaced between the Highway 97 junction and Skookum Mine Road, approximately 10 kilometres northwest of Vernon. Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. of Armstrong won the contract and is scheduled to start work in early October and be finished by the end of the month.

"Resurfacing the northern segment of Westside Road will benefit commuters to and from the Vernon area, and provide a smoother more comfortable ride for residents, tourists and everyone who is headed to the variety of recreational sites along Okanagan Lake," says MLA Greg Kyllo.

Construction and paving may require intermittent delays for traffic as well as scheduled closures of Westside Road for short periods of the day.

Outgoing Regional District West Director, Jim Edgson, a long time advocate for improvements to Westside Road, was thrilled with the announcement.

Edgson says he hopes once this work is complete over the next five year, only regular maintenance and upkeep will be required on the roadway.

While he is leaving regional politics, Edgson says he will remain part of the Westside Road Improvement Committee until such time as the work is complete.

Province promises millions in upgrades in West Kelowna
globalnew.ca - By Lauren Pullen - October 3, 2014

WEST KELOWNA — Premier Christy Clark has made two multi-million dollar promises in West Kelowna.

Clark announced Friday the province will invest $45-million over the next five years to improve safety on Westside Road.

The notorious road has claimed numerous lives over the years and topped the list of BCAA’s annual “Worst Roads in the Province” again in 2013.

READ MORE: Westside Road back to #1 worst in province

Friday’s announcement involves two major construction upgrades worth $10-million, contracted to a pair of local construction companies.

The first project involves widening an 800-metre section of Westside Road from Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse, adding paved shoulders, roadside barriers and rockfall protection measures. Construction for that project started in September and is slated to finish sometime this fall.

The second stretch of road receiving an upgrade is an 8.7-kilometre section between the Highway 97 junction and Skook Mine Road, near Vernon. Work there is expected to start in early October and finish by the end of the month.

Clark also announced the province is giving the district an $8.7-million land grant to help build a new municipal works yard.

“Through the Sponsored Crown Grant program, the Province has offered the District of West Kelowna a five-hectare parcel of Crown land at the junction of Bartley and Stevens Road,” says Premier Clark.

“After extensive negotiations with the Province, Westbank First Nation is pleased to say that it supports the offering of a sponsored Crown grant to the District of West Kelowna. We believe that WFN’s interests are being properly addressed,” says Chief Robert Louie. “We look forward to working with the Province on reconciliation of our interests.”

.pdf icon September 29, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Item - Jim Edgson saying that they are relocating poles at Jenny Creek for road upgrades to Westside Road

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.pdf icon September 29, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon There is nothing in the Agenda about about Director Item - Jim Edgson saying that they are relocating poles at Jenny Creek for road upgrades to Westside Road because this was a Director Item.

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.pdf icon September 29, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be October 9th, 2014.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2)

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Westside Road
Vernon Morning Star - Sep 24, 2014

On Aug. 20, there was an informative report on a north and central Okanagan traffic services road block.

It was on the Vernon end of Westside Road. This showed the despicable attitude of many drivers with which we share the roadways.

This is frightening.

My only objection is the editorial staff allowed another two slams against Westside Road. It was totally uncalled for in this report.

I have been driving this road both north and south for 15 years and I find no real basis for these specific slurs.

Carl Dickson
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Westside Road check busy
by Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star - Aug 20, 2014

One of the most notorious roads in the province raised more eyebrows Sunday.

Members of the RCMP’s North and Central Okanagan Traffic Services conducted a traffic stop on Westside Road near the Vernon end Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

During this early morning road check of a road consistently ranked as one of the worst in B.C., officers recovered stolen property, dealt with three impaired drivers, several prohibited drivers, drugs and other violations.

“The public is reminded that even at early times of the day, the police are actively searching for those individuals who might be driving impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

“We are concerned, yes, that three people were caught impaired on this road before 1 p.m.”

Over the past week in the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment area, three 24-hour driving prohibitions were issued: two for drugs, one for alcohol. One three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) was issued, and seven cases of possible impaired driving were investigated, six of which resulted in 90-day IRPs and one motorist was arrested for impaired driving.

Eight vehicles were impounded over the past week.

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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Corporate Services:

002 - Administration
Strategic Community Investment Funds of $79,415 were received. SCIF funds continue to minimize tax rate increases by supporting and offsetting general corporate services administrative costs, and administrative projects which have included Strategic Planning, ortho photo updates, service reviews, service agreement reviews, energy efficiencies, building improvements and working toward meeting economic and climate change targets.
Fringe Area Planning, Ellison Transit Service and Parks Service reviews are underway. Air Quality review will also be completed as part of the implementation of a regular service review 5 year cycle.
RESOC continues to review the Regional Rescue Service. Final approval of Amendments to Westbank First Nation (WFN) Agreements for inclusion in Crime Prevention, Economic Development Commission and Air Quality Program services are under consideration by WFN. RCMP Community Policing Office leased space in Administrative offices main floor effective spring 2014. Reporting to the Director of Community Services, the Fleet and Facilities Manager position was filled effective
September 8, 2014.

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Corporate Services:

050 - Transportation Demand Management
The Regional Board approved the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Inter-municipal Service Agreement. Through the formal agreement, local and regional governments in the Central Okanagan will work together on transportation initiatives and projects that support common regional policy, plans and interests. The City of Kelowna will manage the agreement; the electoral areas will continue to participate in Transportation Demand Management initiatives.

102 - Air Quality Monitoring
As a result of the informal service review, the Air Quality service will likely eventually be considered as part of Sustainable Transportation Partnership. An official call for proposals for a 2014-2015 Woodstove Exchange Program is scheduled for September. The provincial Woodstove Exchange program and the $250 rebate was not offered in 2014. The Regional District, in coordination with the industry and participant retailers, will continue to promote wood stove exchanges in the region. To June 30, 2014, 7,274 cubic metres were chipped for Agricultural Wood Waste Chipping Program.
Open Burning Program: the online option to verify if the open burning conditions are met has been operational though 2014 and promoted through the open burning phone line. A total of 1,353 burning permits were issued during the 2014 season, 34% within the City of Kelowna and 32% within the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The Districts of Lake Country, West Kelowna and Peachland make up the remaining 34%.
Gas Tax Funding of $38,000 was approved in 2012 for a review and update of the Regional Air Quality Management Plan originally released in 2007. Funds in the amount of $12,000 were also provided from the Ministry of Environment. The Phase I report was presented February 14, 2014, to the· Governance & Services Committee and Phase II of the update has included an online public engagement and media campaign. Input generated was reviewed and incorporated in the Phase II report.
For better understanding of the plan, the Regional Airshed Management Plan name was changed to Central Okanagan Clean Air Strategy. Final reporting is underway.
Through all the programs and activities of the Air Quality Department and other Transportation Demand Management Programs, approximately 96.8 tonnes of particulate matter, 199 tonnes of Carbon monoxide and 25.5 tonnes of Green House Gas-Carbon Dioxide equivalents were not released into the air to June 30, 2014.

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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Bus service expansion
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story: 121707 - Aug 27, 2014

Central Okanagan bus users can expect new routes and expanded service hours as phase two of the RapidBus project wraps up.

According to BC Transit, some major improvements are coming to the Kelowna Regional Transit System starting August 31, 2014.

RapidBus service will extend to Westbank Centre in West Kelowna and new routes will be introduced in the City of Kelowna and the District of Lake Country. Peachland will be getting improved evening service and 15,000 annual service hours will be added to better serve transit customers in the region.

New RapidBus exchanges are opening at Mount Boucherie and Westbank Centre, with real-time passenger information.

A new 'Route 5 Gordon' will provide a two-way direct connection via Gordon Drive to downtown Kelowna, the RapidBus corridor on Highway 97, the Capri Shopping Centre, Okanagan College and the Mission Recreation Centre.

As well, 'Route 8 University' will be realigned to deliver a direct connection to Kelowna General Hospital and Okanagan College.

In Lake Country, a new 'Route 32 The Lakes' will connect Lake Country Town Centre with The Lakes neighbourhood during weekday peak periods. The new route hopes to support current and future residential and commercial growth in the area.

The 'Route 22 Peachland' will boast improved evening, Sunday and holiday service. And the route will now link to the new Westbank Centre transit exchange, improving regional connectivity.

BC Transit says these fall service changes reflect the goals outlined in the Central Okanagan Transit Future Plan and the 2014 RapidBus Service Change Plan.

“The additional 15,000 annual service hours will go a long way towards meeting the public transportation needs of Kelowna,” says MLA Norm Letnick.

“It’s great to see such a positive response to the Kelowna transit system with more riders, more routes and more connections,” adds MLA Steve Thomson.

For more information on the Kelowna Regional Transit system check out all the details here.

.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Item - Jim Edgson about a private shuttle service for the Kelowna Airport because it was a Director Item

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.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Nothing was mentioned in the Agenda about Director Item - Jim Edgson about a private shuttle service for the Kelowna Airport because it was a Director Item

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.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that Kelowna Tourism has posted a brochure regarding the new signage on Westside Road on their website.

A discussion ensued regarding a private company which has started a shuttle between the South Okanagan communities (Oliver, Osoyoos) and the Kelowna airport. The idea for a shuttle started at the Okanagan South Chamber working on transportation issues between the south and the airport. Their business plan does not rely on local government funding, it is a private industry.
A question was raised regarding what's happening with the Via97 initiative which started years ago-a tourism initiative between the Washington and the Okanagan Valley for Highway 97.

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT staff be directed to request an update for the Board on the Via97 initiative;
AND FURTHER THAT information regarding the new private shuttle service operating between South Okanagan communities and Kelowna's airport be forwarded to the STPCO (Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan) for their information.

CARRIED (Opposed: Ophus, Given, Stack, Dehart, Fielding)

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.pdf icon July 28, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Westside Road because this was a Director Item.  Usually Director Items are the last thing on the RDCO's agenda during a meeting so Director Items are usually the last thing you hear on audio.

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.pdf icon July 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Item - Director Edgson - Westside Road Closures for blasting come middle of Sept 2014, so we will tell you what we heard on the audio.

As soon as the $9 million dollar tender is awarded supposedly in the middle of September 2014, Westside Road will be closed for blasting an 800 meter section south of Wilson's Landing.  Starting in the middle of September 2014, Westside Road shut downs are proposed to be from 9:30am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 2:30pm to allow for the school buses.  Westside Road will be closed every day except statutory holidays from the middle of Sept 2014 until sometime after June 2014 when construction is expected to slow but continue into the new year, and that the construction is expected to last at least one year, "and from there we will see what happens after that" Director Edgson said.

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

9. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that the Ministry of Transportation has begun upgrades to Westside Road. Shutdowns will occur on Westside Road for further blasting. It is anticipated the $9mil project will take approximately a year to complete.

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Westside Road Open House

July 10, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm

at

Wilson's Landing Fire Station
2396 Westside Road

July 10, 2014 open house re: Westside Road widening Waterfront Farm to Blue Grouse Road
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2nd crossing "8 years away"
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story: 118511 - Jul 4, 2014

Kelowna's long awaited second crossing could be here in only eight years.

Thats according to BC's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone who says the second crossing project is currently in the second phase of planning.

“A project of this size typically takes about a decade from beginning to end. Now, we are in year one or two already so theoretically we could see a second crossing in another eight years or so,” says Stone.

“We've got at least 6 to 12 months here of just getting out and talking to everybody in this region and asking 'What do you think about this second crossing? And 'Where do you think it should be?'”

Stone says the government is committed to spending millions of dollars in the Okanagan improving our roads. This will include their ongoing work widening Hwy. 97 from Lake Country through Kelowna to the bridge but he says the big project is that second crossing.

“The second crossing represents the single largest capital investment that we will be making in the Okanagan over the next 10 years,” says Stone. “There are a lot of things to consider. Do we do road work on either side of the new bridge, or is it just a bridge, or is it a bypass around West Kelowna that bypasses Peachland as well. Are we doing six lanes through West Kelowna?”

Phase two will be completed within the year and then the next phase will be narrowing down the cost of the project and finding out where the money is coming from.

Stone says they need to consider whether the project will be either publicly funded, a private-public partnership or funded by tolls on the bridge. But before all that, there is a lot of work to do.

During his meeting with the Greater Westside Board of Trade the second crossing wasn't the only hot topic.

Stone was grilled about intersections like Hudson and Hwy. 97, and Boucherie and Hwy. 97 where whispers of overpasses have been heard for years. Stone says at this point there is no plan in place for either.

“It is really hard to say because a key consideration is what is on either side of those intersections and what is going to happen with a second crossing.”

Another talking point was Wednesday's announcement that the BC Government is increasing speed limits on several sections a BC highway, a decision that received no support from RCMP or the trucking association. Stone says although they respect their opinions they still feel it is the right course of action.

“They have come to a different conclusion I think quite sincerely in terms of what they believe should be done with speed limits and we respect that. But, on balance, the technical analysis and safety analysis we have done through the ministry and looking at a growing body of evidence around North America we feel the changes in speed limits we are making are the right thing to do to make our highways as safe as possible,” defends Stone.

He notes that only 15 per cent of BC's rural highways are being changed. Of the 47,000 kilometres of highway in our province, 9,100 kilometres were considered for potential change and only 1,300 kilometres are being changed.

“It is only a small amount that is being changed and for the most part it is highways like the Coquihalla that are beautifully engineered four-lane highways that can absolutely handle an additional 10 km/h speed limit increase,” says Stone.

The other major local announcement was that the government will fund a $5 million barrier for the highway between Oyama and Vernon. Stone says he is aware of the “killer highway” and the government had to act.

“We are absolutely familiar that there have been a number of fatalities on that stretch and one very recently so that is why we announced Wednesday that while the speed limit on that entire corridor is going to go up, that will only happen after we have first installed the median barrier along that entire stretch that doesn't exist there today,” says Stone.

He says the increasing volume of traffic in the area was also part of the reason. With an average of 20,000 vehicles per day using that corridor, a number increasing every month.

“We are seeing an increasing number of cross-over collisions or head-on collisions. So considering those two things it is a pretty compelling case for installing a median barrier to keep motorists that much safer.”

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Another bridge by 2022?
Friday, July 4, 2014 - by Steve MacNaull - Kelowna Daily Courier

Transportation minister Todd Stone was in the Okanagan this week outlining B.C.'s plans for a second bridge over Okanagan Lake and improvements to Valley highways.

Making a decision, planning and building a bridge is slow work.

That’s why a second crossing over Okanagan Lake in Kelowna has been discussed for decades and won’t become reality until at least 2022.

Provincial transportation minister Todd Stone toured the Okanagan this week.

While he discussed highway improvements, intersections, overpasses, interchanges, road maintenance and speed limits, the topic of another bridge over Okanagan Lake had to come up.

“A project of this magnitude usually takes a decade from beginning to end,” said Stone, after a Greater Westside Board of Trade breakfast.

“We’re two years in now because we’d already done phase one to determine a second bridge is needed.” That leaves eight years for phases two, three and four. Phase two, the planning stage, is just getting under way.

The ministry will be collecting input on where the bridge should go, what it will look like and how many lanes it should be.
It’s been assumed a second bridge would come from the Westside to Kelowna’s industrial North End and act as a bypass for motorists continuing on Highway 97 who don’t want to stop in Kelowna.

Such an option would complement the existing and relatively new five-lane Bennett Bridge, which connects the Westside to downtown Kelowna as the lake’s narrowest part.

No lane count on a second bridge has been determined and no design has been finalized.

Phase three consists of tallying the cost of the bridge, securing financing and setting a timeline.

The Bennett Bridge cost $144 million five years ago, so it can be assumed another bridge will only cost more.

Once a final decision is made to go ahead and the taxpayer money committed, it will probably take two years of construction. That means the first car wouldn’t cross the bridge until at least 2022.

There’s also the option of some sort of public-private partnership to fund construction.

“It will be the single largest capital investment this region has ever seen,” said Stone, who is also the MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson.  Not that a lot of money hasn’t already been spent on transportation in the Valley. Stone estimates in the past 10 years, the government has put $643 million into Okanagan transportation infrastructure.  The Bennett Bridge was a big part of that, but there’s also been substantial spending on improvements and widening of Highway 97, Highway 33, Okanagan Connector, Coquihalla and Trans Canada.

Spending will continue to upgrade Westside Road and six-lane Highway 97 from Highway 33 to Edwards Road in Kelowna.

“Transportation is all about movement of people and goods,” said Stone.  “Transporation is also about economic development. That’s why we have to have a strong and growing economy so we have the money to invest in transportation.”

As such, Stone is touting liquified natural gas development in the province’s north as a boom that will require new transportation links and generate wealth for B.C.

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We've got the worst roads in BC
Castanet.net - by Carmen Weld | Story: 117092 - Jun 12, 2014

Once again the Okanagan holds the dubious distinction of having the worst road in the province.

In years past the British Columbia Automobile Association’s (BCAA) annual “Worst Roads” survey had named Westside Road as the worst offender of all, but this year it was Silver Star Road near Vernon that claimed 'top spot' or bottom depending how you look at it.

In fact in the fourth annual “Worst Roads” survey five out of the top 10 worst roads in the province are in the Okanagan.

“The Okanagan has a real winter so you do start to get more pot holes and crumbling pavement and the top roads in the Okanagan (Silver Star and Westside Road) were both chosen for their potholes and crumbling pavement,” explains Ken Cousin, BCAA’s associate vice president of Road Assist.

Okanagan roads identified as the top four were Silver Star Road in top spot, followed by a section of Westside Road, Cosens Bay Road in Coldstream and another section of Westside Road. The fifth Okanagan road on the list was another section of Westside Road that landed in ninth place.

This year BCAA's survey also hit record numbers.

“The total number of votes this year was just under 6,200, which is triple last years and a couple thousand more than we have ever had so there was lots of interest from the public in making our roads safer,” says Cousins.

In the 2014 survey motorists, cyclists and pedestrians identified a record 1,277 separate stretches of road across the province that they feel are unsafe or difficult to navigate, including a bunch right here in the Okanagan.

“175 stretches of roads out of the 1,277 suggested were in the Okanagan, with 27 near Kelowna, eight stretches near West Kelowna, 25 stretches near Vernon and 14 stretches in the Enderby area,” says Cousins. “All up from last years numbers that saw only 16 near Kelowna and only 9 near Vernon.”

He says Okanagan residents are actively trying to see change and this year cast 1,659 votes, more than triple the numbers they saw voting last year.

“This says to me that British Columbians want a way to express their road frustrations and appreciate the opportunity to have their say,” says Cousin.

Silver Star Road had made the list before but never has been named the worst. Acting GM for Silver Star Mountain, Brad Baker, isn't sure how to feel about that.

“Being named the BCAA Worst Road in BC is a double edge sword,” says Baker. “It’s a dubious distinction, but our priority is the safety of our guests, our employees and our residents.”

He says they are primarily concerned with winter maintenance and snow removal but there are year long problems that exist.

“The deteriorating asphalt surface in a concern,” says Baker who adds that it has coincidentally had some attention since the start of this survey with two separate crews patching it on Thursday.

“The spray patching they are doing may be filling some of the cracks and potholes but it certainly isn’t a great surface left behind, sections are still very rough.”

He adds that Silver Star is a community and one of Vernon’s economic engines and he feels their road should be a safe and a pleasant experience to drive on a daily basis.

Cosens Bay Road in Coldstream is a new Okanagan member of the top roads. It received over 240 votes noting pedestrian and cyclist safety which Cousin says is a huge amount of votes for that category of concern.

BCAA says the survey is not meant to criticize government but bring to light roads that need some more attention, noting the worst road leader in years past, Westside Road, has moved down a notch.

“Last year the BC Government did invest $6.5 M in realigning and repaving and creating slow-moving vehicle pull outs on Westside Road but it still made our list, because there is still work to do, but they are making some improvements,” says Cousins. “The intent of the survey is to make sure certain roads are not overlooked and it is a forum for motorists to get the word out that these roads matter to them.”

Accidents and road concerns in the Okanagan are often met with a plethora of community comments that allude to the fact that the road isn't the problem, the driver is, and Cousins says there is some truth to that.

“It is a lot about driving to the conditions and driving safely,” says Cousins. “Road improvements can help but you can work and design and build roads anyway you want and if people chose to not drive them properly or safely then it is still not going to work.”

In the coming weeks, BCAA will share the complete survey results with municipalities, the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and other road authorities to encourage improvements.

You can visit BCAA’s website, bcaa.com/worstroads to see the 2014 Top 10 “Worst Roads” list and get tips on how to stay safe on the road when faced with issues such as dangerous potholes, traffic congestion or roads shared by motorists and cyclists.

“We all play a role in being safe on our roads. For drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, it’s about being mindful, following the rules of the road and watching your behaviour,” says Cousins.


Photo: Contributed - BCAA

2013 Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek, Westside Road Improvements, BCMoTI Contract $830,000 + Site 1 Pull Out and Westside Road Pavement Improvements (Extra Work Order)

2013 Cinnabar Creek, Westside Road Re-Alignment, BCMoTI Contract $550,000 + Site 3 - Wilson's Landing Pull Out (Extra Work Order)

Source: LinkedIn.com Quincy Burr

.pdf icon April 28, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

c) Westside Road Upgrades - The Ministry of Transportation has assigned a project manager for upgrades to the Westside Road. Road upgrades continue.

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Commute delays on Hwy 97
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore | Story: 113161 - Apr 15, 2014

Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet
Commuters travelling between West Kelowna and Kelowna will be hit with more construction delays.

Traffic pattern changes and a construction speed zone will come into effect the last few days of April, on Highway 97 between the Campbell Road Interchange and Westside Road.

The change includes realignment of all five lanes to facilitate construction of the Sneena Road overpass. Cycling lanes will be maintained.

Construction is expected to continue through to mid October.

Starting the week of April 27 crews will begin shifting traffic onto the temporary alignment.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, transition to the temporary alignment will result in short-term changes to traffic patterns throughout the week and will require temporary lane closures in both directions.

"Wherever possible, lane closures will be scheduled during evenings and non-peak daytime hours to minimize disruption to highway traffic," says MoTI spokesman, Robert Adam.

"A 50km/hour construction speed zone will be in effect during this period and will remain in effect until construction of the overpass is complete."

Once the traffic has been shifted onto the temporary alignment, all five lanes of traffic will be maintained for the duration of the construction period.

This is the fourth time in the last seven years commuters have been faced with construction along the stretch of highway between the William R. Bennett Bridge and Nancee Way.

Previous projects included the Campbell Road Interchange, Westside Road Overpass and Nancee Way Overpass.

2nd crossing?
by Castanet Staff | Story: 112789 - Apr 9, 2014

$2M over the next three years.

That's how much the provincial government has earmarked to start the planning process for a second crossing over Okanagan Lake.


Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone made the announcement in the legislature last week.

According to MoTI staff the planning study will include a "significant technical investigation as it examines potential route corridors and engages the public in consultations on the future transportation needs of the Central Okanagan."

While campaigning in the Westside-Kelowna byelection, Premier Christy Clark stated that one of her priorities is planning for a second crossing.

And late last summer, she asked Stone to begin that process by reaching out to both Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray and West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater.

It appears the province is taking the next step.

Information Castanet received from MoTI staff indicates the province is beginning to update previous engineering work and will 'initiate a transportation study of the Central Okanagan'.

"Extensive community consultation is also planned, to ensure we have a clear understanding of the needs, and options to meet them, to support such a large investment in the Okanagan.

We are at the very beginning as we explore just exactly what this project could look like," stated MoTI staff in an email to Castanet News.

Poll
Do you believe a 2nd crossing of Okanagan Lake will be built within the next 20 years?

When we looked the poll said:
72.41% Yes
27.59 % No
Total 935 votes

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.pdf icon March 24, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Sustainable Transportation Partnership

The Regional Board has approved the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Inter-municipal Service Agreement. The formal agreement will see each of the local and regional governments in the Central Okanagan working together on transportation initiatives and projects that support common regional policy, plans and interests. The inter-governmental partnership will result in coordinated efforts to achieve a more sustainable system for all modes of transportation in order to support the region’s economy, social network and environment. The partnership will also help improve responsiveness and accountability on transportation matters while ensuring a more cost-effective use, operation and expansion of the region-wide transportation system. Each municipality will also be asked to approve the agreement.

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6.2 Sustainable Transportation Partnership Intermunicipal Service Agreement (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 18, 2014 outlined that in 2012 the Regional Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding for a sustainable transportation partnership with Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, Westbank First Nation and the electoral areas. Staff was directed to develop an agreement for this partnership, The Regional District electoral areas are included in the agreement for the service of Transportation Demand Management only.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Intermunicipal Service Agreement.

CARRIED Unanimously

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that Kelowna Tourism has finished the mapping on Westside Road and signage has been developed and will be installed shortly.

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

8.1 Director Edgson noted that the MOTI has given permission for signage along Westside Road.

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7.5 Regional District of Central Okanagan Transportation Demand Management Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Transportation Demand Management Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013 be adopted this 9th day of December 2013.

CARRIED

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Latest Westside Road project complete
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna - Story: 103573 - Nov 27, 2013

Westside-Kelowna MLA Christy Clark at a news conference announcing improvements to Westside Road back in July.

Paving work has been completed on a project announced by Christy Clark the morning after she was voted in as MLA for Westside-Kelowna.

Crews recently finished intermittent paving of a five kilometre stretch of Westside Road between Jenny Creek and Caesar's Landing.

Cost of the project was $1M.

Crews also completed paving of a one kilometre stretch of the road between Bear Creek Park and Traders Cove.

These were in addition to $5.5M in work already completed this year on a road voted the most dangerous in the province two years in a row in a survey conducted by BCAA.

Other projects completed on Westside Road in 2013 include a northbound and southbound pull-out lane and re-alignment and widening from Blue Grouse to Jenny Creek, and realignment and widening with concrete roadside barrier installation at Cinnabar Creek.

Total cost of the projects was $6.5M.

“When I became the MLA for Westside-Kelowna, I promised we would work to make improvements to Westside Road,” says Clark.

“While there is more work to do, we have made significant progress in just a few months.”

.pdf icon November 25, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that he has had discussions with Kelowna Tourism and will work with them to add Westside Road and the new signage to their tourism mapping going forward.

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Revised Regional Grant-in-Aid Policy
The Regional Board has approved a revised policy for considering Regional Grant-in-Aid requests. Among the updates, organizations must submit financial statements and a program budget with their applications and organizations that receive funding from a Regional District service will not be eligible for Regional Grant-in-Aid funds. The Board requested the review of the policy as it was concerned about the increasing number of applications and the growth in the amount of funds requested.

Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid
The Regional Board has approved the following Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid:
- Westside Road Improvement Committee - $1,500 in 2013 and $3,500 in 2014 for Historic Westside Road theme route community marking-naming signs

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9. NEW BUSINESS

9.1 Central Okanagan Electoral Area West Grant In Aid ($1,500 in 2013 and $3,500 in 2014) to the Westside Road Improvement Committee for Road Signs along Westside Road (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approve a Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant in Aid up to $5000 ($1,500 in 2013 and $3,500 in 2014) to the Westside Road Improvement Committee for the placement of Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure approved Road Signs in seven locations along Westside Road with Central Okanagan West from Traders Cove in the south, to the northern boundary of Central Okanagan West for the main purpose of enhancing the response times of Emergency Responders through the 911 system.

CARRIED

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6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 RDCO Transportation Demand Management Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 1, 2013 outlined the service review process by the Regional Board for the regional service of Transportation Demand Management. District of West Kelowna and the City of Kelowna have requested to be removed from
the establishment bylaw in light of the development with all Central Okanagan local governments agreeing to participate in the Sustainable Transportation Partnership in the Central Okanagan.

FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Transportation Demand Management Service Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1335, 2013 be given first, second and third readings and forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.

CARRIED

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10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

b) CN Rail
It was noted that CN Rail has provided a Notice of Discontinuance of a Railway Line in the Central Okanagan. The rail will continue in the North Okanagan from Campbell Creek to Lumby. The remainder of the rail track may be abandoned. Directors Gray and Baker noted they are well aware of the issue in the City of Kelowna and Lake Country. Lake Country has it in their
OCP as a transportation corridor but does not have it currently zoned. Kelowna assures they have the sole authority for zoning. Rails for trails discussion has occurred over the years. NORD is also well aware of the issues and are keen to keep it as a recreation network and transportation corridor.

EDGSON/STACK
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to register the District's wish to preserve the corridor and in due course enter into discussion with other parties around this being of an inter-regional interest for a potential recreation/transportation corridor.

CARRIED

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Public to have say in B.C. highway speed-limit review
Transportation Friday, October 4, 2013

KAMLOOPS - The government of B.C. is reviewing speed limits on longer stretches of provincial highways between communities, and will be seeking public input starting this November as part of the process.

Public input, along with information gathered through a technical review of provincial highways, will be considered to identify areas where speed-limit changes would be appropriate.

The initial technical review is already underway. This work includes an evaluation of the latest research from around the world, as well as specific characteristics of B.C. highways, such as travel speed, safety history and the volume and mix of traffic.

Public engagement is an important part of the speed-limit review, and British Columbians will be able to have their say on rural highway speed limits at public forums in communities around the province, as well as through social media and online feedback. Forums will be held in Kamloops, Chilliwack, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Vancouver, Kelowna and Cranbrook starting in November, with additional communities added as necessary.

At the same time, government will be seeking public input as it reviews how to reduce the risk of wildlife-related crashes on rural provincial highways, and reviews how to best ensure the safe movement of slower vehicles.

The ministry will also be seeking input from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, ICBC, police and other key stakeholders. Practical recommendations from this review and a strategy for implementation will be ready in early spring 2014.

Quote:

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone -

"This review will build on the good work done on speed limits over the years by involving the public in the discussion. We want to ensure those travelling on our highways can do so as safely and efficiently as possible, and we're interested in what British Columbians have to say as our review of speed limits and other important safety issues moves forward."

A backgrounder follows.

BACKGROUNDER

Public input sought on highway safety issues

Starting this November, British Columbians will have a say on various highway safety issues. The outcome of the review will be recommendations for speed-limit adjustments to longer sections of rural highway between communities, as well as recommendations related to improving vehicle flow and preventing wildlife-related collisions.

Initial technical work is underway. The public input component of the review will happen starting this November, with technical work completed through the winter and recommendations due in spring 2014.

Speed-Limit Review:
•Public input will be sought on which highway corridors should be considered.
•The technical review includes an assessment of current travel speeds, safety history, highway alignment and traffic volume and mix.
•The review will also consider the feasibility of speed-management strategies such as seasonal speed limits and speed limits by vehicle type.

Slower Vehicles Review:
•Vehicles impeding other vehicles, (e.g. in the left lane, recreational vehicles, when towing, etc.) reduce the efficiency of the highway system and can cause driver frustration.
•Public input will be sought on what is considered a slow vehicle and corridors of concern.
•The review will examine various means of ensuring the safety of slower drivers while improving the efficiency of the highway. Best practices in signing, public education, enforcement and availability of pull-out facilities will be reviewed.

Wildlife-Corridor Review:
•Wildlife on the highway can pose a serious hazard to motorists in British Columbia.
•Public input will be sought on corridors of concern and areas where warnings could be enhanced.
•The review will identify practices that could be implemented to reduce wildlife collisions, and on which highway segments. Examples of key areas for examination include: advisory signs, wildlife-advisory speeds and the use of advanced technologies to detect and deter wildlife.

This review will build on the work done during the last review in 2003. Since 2003, the ministry has used the principles outlined in the report to make modifications to speed limits around the province including some increases on major highways such as Highway 1. The 2003 report is available on the ministry's website at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/publications/eng_publications/speed_review/index.htm

Contact:

Kate Trotter
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

Transportation Minister revs up B.C. speed limit reform debate
By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News - October 04, 2013

Speed limits could go up – or down – on some provincial highways as a result of a review announced by B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone.

Transportation Minister Todd Stone wants B.C. residents to weigh in on a potential increase in highway speed limits now under consideration.

Stone announced the formal review of speed limits Friday in Kamloops although he had previously indicated it was coming and technical work is already underway.

The Coquihalla Highway already has a speed limit of 110 kilometres per hour but traffic there does an average speed of 118, while drivers routinely exceed the posted limit of 90 or 100 on many other provincial highways.

"There's no question the Coquihalla is a prime candidate for an adjustment in the speed limit," Stone said, also listing sections of Highway 1 in the Lower Mainland and around Kamloops as well as the Cariboo Connector towards Prince George.

It's been a decade since B.C. last reviewed speed limits.

Stone said any increases would involve mainly rural provincial highways between communities, not highways in urban areas of the Lower Mainland, although which specific corridors to adjust will be subject to public input.

He said a higher speed limit in some stretches of highway has been made possible by billions of dollars in major road upgrades since the last review in 2003, including 180 additional kilometres of four- or six-lane highway.

He also said vehicles are "much safer today than 10 years ago" as a result of traction stability control, anti-lock brakes and other improvements.

Stone cited a 28 per cent drop in injury-causing collisions since 2003.

And he said research increasingly suggests the greatest danger isn't necessarily speeding itself, but driving at a much different speed than most other drivers.

A minority of 15 per cent of drivers who don't keep up with the flow or who speed excessively are at greater risk of a crash than the other 85 per cent of drivers who may be going somewhat over the posted speed limit, he said.

Stone stressed decreases in the speed limit are also possible.

"This review is not about increasing speed limits, it's about making sure we have the right speed limits."

And he said there will be "no Autobahn" in B.C. where speed limits are lifted altogether.

"I am not interested in making any changes that are going to compromise the safety of motorists."

He said one option could be variable speed limits that are higher in the day and lower at night.

The review will pull in fresh research from around the world, and closely consider factors unique to B.C., like its geography and high mountain passes.

The risk of crashes with wildlife will also be a key consideration.

Bright signs that warn of wildlife at night – potentially activated by sensors that detect animals near the highway – are among various options the ministry will consider to counter that risk, particularly on highways where posted limits might rise.

Stone said other technologies being tried elsewhere include automated sirens that scare wildlife off roads in areas where they pose a frequent hazard.

The speed limit review aims to generate recommendations by next spring, when the Legislature reconvenes.

Public forums on the issue will be held in Kamloops, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Cranbrook and Kelowna starting in November, with potentially more sites still to be added.

One group advocating for higher speed limits is Sense BC, which was behind a recent viral video making the case for change:

Sense BC's Ian Tootill said even a 10 kilometre an hour increase on the Coquihalla to 120 wouldn't be enough to match the prevailing speeds in summer.

"I'm not suggesting the Coquihalla should be 150 or 160 but it shouldn't be 120," he said.

Tootill argues speed limits should be set at the upper end of what's safe – allowing those who can drive that speed to legally do so – while most motorists would go slower.

Others reacting on social media argued faster speeds would compromise safety and burn more fuel.

Some cities have also advocated for a lower default speed limit on urban streets of 40 kilometres per hour instead of 50, but that idea was defeated by a majority of delegates at last month's Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.

.pdf icon September 23, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Tour of Sterile Insect Release Facilities - it was noted that various directors have taken up the offer of SIR staff to tour their facility in the South Okanagan.

b) UBCM Resolutions - it was noted District of West Kelowna and Kelowna had support for their various resolutions to UBCM.
One of the issues raised at UBCM was the lack of a market to recycle fibreglass (derelict boats are sitting around the province, particularly in the Lower Mainland) and what can be done with them. The question was raised whether our waste reduction staff is aware of any programs.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT staff be directed to comment on whether they are aware of a market for recycling fibreglass, particularly in regards to derelict boats.

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UBCM rejects lower 40km/h default speed limit
By Jeff Nagel - BC Local News - September 20, 2013

Local government representatives vote on a long list of resolutions at their convention in Vancouver Thursday.
UBCM photo

B.C. communities won't push to lower the default speed limit to 40 kilometres per hour on residential streets.

Victoria councillors argued that pedestrian safety is paramount, but delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention defeated their motion Friday.

Cities can still vary local speed limits from the 50 km/h default on a street-by-street basis, but proponents of the lower limit also hoped the province would cover the cost of changing signs.

Advocates had warned that unless cities sign every alley and laneway at lower speeds, drivers can legally roar through them at 50 km/h.

Opponents said enforcement is the real problem.

"You can reduce the municipal speed limit to 10 kilometres per hour – it's not going to help," said Thompson-Nicola Regional District director Ken Gillis.

He said B.C. cities need a different way to ticket traffic violators without using costly and highly trained police officers.

Comox Mayor Paul Ives said it was "wishful thinking" to believe the province would pay for sign change costs and said the shift to a 40 km/h default would confuse drivers.

"We don't want this. I'm sure many other municipalities don't want this," Cache Creek Mayor John Ranta said.

"If you take it to extreme, if we keep going slower and slower and slower in the name of safety, eventually we will all grind to a halt."

Kelowna waits to get its second bridge
NEWS1130 - Renee Bernard September 21, 2013

The mayor is confident a second crossing over Okanagan Lake is still a priority

KELOWNA (NEWS1130) – With news that a bridge will replace the aging Massey Tunnel, there may be other BC communities wondering when it will be their turn to get new spans.

But Kelowna’s mayor is confident a second crossing over Okanagan Lake is still a priority.

Currently, the William R. Bennett Bridge is the only one delivering Highway 97 traffic between West Kelowna and the city of Kelowna.

It’s prone to congestion and when there’s an accident, drivers have no alternative.

Mayor Walter Gray is confident the funds will be there for a second crossing.

“It was very progressive of Premier Clark to announce that the province would start studying the options and work towards a new bridge when needed, which would be in about 12 years from now,” he notes.

He says what’s more urgently needed is an extension of Highway 33 into the northern part of the city. The highway right now extends eastward out of the city.

The highway would be instrumental in feeding traffic to a new bridge, which would likely be located north of Kelowna’s downtown.

.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

050 - Transportation Demand Management
The Regional Board approved participation in the Sustainable Transportation Partnership, an intermunicipal partnership that coordinates a regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects. Through the Sustainable Transportation Partnership (STPCO) the City of Kelowna and District of West Kelowna will no longer be a part of the RDCO Transportation Demand Management service. The STPCO will assume this service at the City of Kelowna.

Bike to Work / School Week occurred May 27 to June 2,2013 and 12 Bike Rodeos were hosted in area Elementary Schools. Transit summer service reductions were implemented with service reinstatements scheduled for September. A new Rider's Guide is to be released September 4th. Transit Advertising Franchise bus shelter audit has been completed. Kelowna General Hospital TOM Plan is ongoing; a HPASS to be created with the 2014 transit expansion. SmartTRIPS Neighbourhood Travel Program: Springvalley Neighbourhood started April 6th has been completed. The program survey is to be finished and followed by the final report.

083 - Westside Transit Services
Project federal gas tax funding of more than $4.4-million was approved by the Board to be allocated toward the local government share for the purchase of new transit buses or debt servicing on buses within the Regional Transit System.

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6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report - Year-to-date June 30, 2013

The quarterly measures report, year-to-date June 30, 2013, Executive Summary was presented for information. Staff highlighted areas of note including:
• At the end of June budgets are on track. Budget revision will come forward in regards to capital costs.
• Restructuring of staff has occurred - existing and new staff.
• Trepanier Fire - paid on call reimbursement has been received from Ministry of Forests. Surplus has been reflected in revenues. The past practice is to top up paid on call wages to $30 for incident and budget remainder into reserves. Reimbursement is reflective of what other fire departments are paid for response. The question was raised whether it sets a precedent to reimburse paid-on-call at this rate? The question was raised whether the Board need to approve a policy change or is this administrative in nature? Staff noted this is within the existing budget. Need to be consistent across other communities, staff to confirm that it is consistent in the region.

OPHUS/ZIMMERMANN
THAT staff provide a report to the Board on the policy for reimbursement of paid on call emergency response for fires such as the Trepanier Fire, confirming the practice for reimbursement is consistent in the region.

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Talks starting on second crossing
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna - Story: 98287 - Sep 12, 2013

Premier Christy Clark is making good on one of her election promises.

While campaigning for the July 10 Westside-Kelowna byelection, Clark promised to begin discussions on a second crossing over Okanagan Lake.

“I believe it’s time for us to start planning a second crossing. Let’s get to work on it now,” Clark stated during an all-candidates forum at the Westbank Lions Hall.

During a media scrum following Wednesday's RapidBus announcement, Clark said that time is now.

"I have instructed (Transportation & Infrastructure Minister) Todd Stone to make sure to meet with Mayor Walter Gray and Mayor Doug Findlater about a second crossing," Clark stated Wednesday.

"I said when I ran in the byelection that we wanted to get on with that and that we were going to begin meeting in September so we could begin the consultation. Todd is going to begin that outreach with the mayors to make sure we can get on with it."

She expects the minister to be in touch with both mayors over the next few days to see when they are available.

"I want to get on with that consultation because it could take a while to get it right. The people of Kelowna and West Kelowna need a second crossing."

The premier also touched on other topics during her brief scrum with local media, including:

Rumoured 26% BC Hydro Rate Increases

"That's not the case. What we've seen is an early draft from BC Hydro that has never even made it to the desk of anyone in government. WAC Bennett asked a generation of British Columbians to invest in building infrastructure to grow our economy and open up our province. They did that. Now we are doing the same thing - we are growing our economy, creating a new industry in the province that is going to change the face of the place for a generation. We are doing it with the infrastructure that WAC Bennett built. First, we need to acknowledge we have to improve that infrastructure but second, the last time I became premier in 2011 the first thing BC Hydro did was plop a proposal for a 50% rate increase on my desk. We hammered it down to something much, much smaller. We are going to do that again, I promise you."

Additional Fees on Smart Meters

"If you choose not to take the meter - I want people to have a choice. That it's not forced on people. But, at the same time, if you want to make that personal choice, it's really not fair to ask 98 or 99 per cent of the rest of the ratepayers of the province to pay for that for you. What BC Hydro is doing is giving you the right to make that choice and asking you to pay for it rather than asking other people to pay your bill for you."

Increasing Speed Limits

"I don't have a specific answer on how long it would take except I hope we could get this done in the next few months. At least get a proposal out there for people. There was a report done in 2003 that looked at this across the province and came up with some really good recommendations - almost none of which were acted upon. We can start there. A lot of the work has already been done and then update that for the last decade. We have a place to work from that should speed it up a little bit.

Cancellation of Fall Legislative Sitting - Agenda for touring MLA's

"Liquor review policy. For example we have a 100-year-old liquor act, which people in small business complain, I think legitimately and vociferously, about. And, it doesn't work for consumers either. It's expensive, it's bureaucratic. We need to figure that out and there hasn't really been a government that has had the courage to do that in the past because it's pretty controversial.

"Ground water. How do we protect our ground water here in British Columbia. We've heard a lot about that. Again, it's a century old act, it hasn't been updated. We need to update it and fix that for people.

"Those are some of the questions we will be asking. The finance committee and other committees of the legislature will be out talking to people. And, new MLA's who have never been in the legislature before went straight from getting elected to going and taking their seats as we passed a balanced budget in a very rare summer session. I want to give them a chance to get their feet on the ground as well and make sure they are doing the thing that is most important for any of us, serving their constituents."

Accusations By NDP Of Avoiding Debate

"Here we are busy governing and I look over at the NDP and all I see is a lot of politics. I know they will say a lot of things as they fire across their volleys, not at us, but at each other and in the meantime I am going to get on with governing. So, that's why I met with union leaders the other day because they need to be a part of this. That's why I'm meeting with business leaders on a regular basis and citizens, making sure that everybody is a part of the change we want to bring to British Columbia and building our economy."

Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson has meetings with the Ministry of Transportation every 3 months, next meeting with Ministry is Sept 30, 2013

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Fintry Provincial Park

The Regional Board has adopted resolution to approach the Provincial Government to initiate discussions regarding a possible land swap within Fintry Provincial Park. In 1995, in an agreement with the Province, the Regional District contributed $2-million to purchase a 129.5-hectare property above Westside Road which is included as part of the Provincial Park. The Regional Board has asked staff to begin talking with the Province to see if that property could be exchanged for a lowland field property within the park in order to explore a possible agricultural use that would be in keeping with the history of the former Dun-waters Estate.

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.pdf icon July 18, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

8.1 Westside Road
Director Edgson noted that the MOTI is in the process of paving sections of Westside Road. The Province has approved further funding for upgrading of the road. He is looking at options for signage along Westside Road and will bring information forward in the future

8.2 Fintry Fair
Director Baker noted that the Fintry Fair was held last Sunday. It was noted that many volunteers are aging and that there is a need for 'other' revenue streams for the Friends of Fintry Society. More emphasis of Regional District ownership is needed, and getting it back to a working farm which has been discussed in the past. It would be difficult for this to occur in the upper portion of the park and it was questioned whether discussions should be raised with the Province for consideration of this and a possible land swap.
Discussion occurred regarding whether it is time to approach the Province to initiate discussions regarding a possible land swap within Fintry Provincial Park.
The Regional District had an agreement with the Province, and contributed $2million, to purchase a 129.5-hectare property above Westside Road which is included as part of the Provincial Park.

It was questioned whether the time is right to begin talking with the Province and to see if that property could be exchanged for a lowland field property within the park in order to explore a possible agricultural use that would be in keeping with the history of the former Dun-waters Estate. It was noted that there will be many issues for consideration by the Board, including costs, but that the concept is worth exploring.

BAKER/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to initiate discussions with the Province for consideration of a land swap within the Fintry Provincial Park including whether the Regional District's park component could be exchanged for the lowland field property for the purpose of reintroduction of active agriculture farming on the land.

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BC Ministry of Highways Fact Sheet

BC Highways Web Cams
Traffic and Road Conditions
Border Crossing Info
Travel Info
Wildlife Collision info
How to claim for damage you may have sustained due to roads
Winter Tire Info
Election Sign Alongside a Hwy Info
Hwy Maintenance Contractor Info
Traffic Sign Info
Pavement Marker Info
Hwy Pass elevation Info
Traffic Control Devices
85th Percentile Speed Limit Info
etc.

Ministry of Transportation - High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (HOV) Evaluation Summary

For more information about the Westside Road Interchange Project, please go to www.westsideroadinterchange.ca or contact Evelyn Lube, Westside Road Interchange Project Communications at (250) 864-7395 or by email at elube "at" shaw.ca
Thank you for your ongoing cooperation.

Evelyn Lube
Westside Road Interchange Project Communications
Phone: (250) 864-7395 Email: elube "at" shaw.ca

Land swap priority for Louie
Kelowna Daily Courier - Tuesday, 03 September 2013 - by Don Plant

Chief Robert Louie has been elected to a 10th term at the helm of the Westbank First Nation.

Chief Robert Louie's main priority in his new term is to negotiate a land swap with the province that could expand the Westbank reserve by more than 900 acres.
The re-elected chief, who won Friday's band election, is eying a parcel of Crown land in exchange for the widening of Highway 97 and the highway's Westside Road interchange.
The land is farther from West Kelowna than the 700 acres near Rose Valley that the Westbank First Nation first sought in talks with the provincial government in 2012.
The deal later collapsed when Forests Minister Steve Thomson backed away from handing over title amid public uproar over its location.
"We need to settle the land replacement," Louie said Tuesday. "We have located alternate land . . . We suspect it will be considerably bigger than the initial Rose Valley lands."
The band must make final arrangements with the province before the land swap goes to public consultation. Until then, Louie is reluctant to specify where the parcel is or its size. But he suggested it could be larger than 900 acres.
Under the band's constitution, its land base can't shrink. By providing eight acres of reserve property for the highway widening and interchange, the province must compensate with land elsewhere.
"We've already lost thousands and thousands of acres. The way our constitution and our self government is structured, we cannot lose land. So as a result, the province must provide lands acceptable to us to add to our reserve land base," Louie said.
West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater criticized the original deal as one-sided. The district was concerned the band might develop the 700 acres, which could jeopardize water quality in the Rose Valley reservoir, which serves thousands of West Kelowna residents.
Louie, 61, received 59 per cent of the votes in his bid for re-election against challenger Roxanne Lindley. He begins his 10th term as chief since 1986, with an eight-year gap in the 1990s.
Another of his goals is to start construction of a $125-million private hospital, a destination surgical centre that could attract wealthy Canadians, foreigners and aboriginal people. Louie expects ground to be broken next month and the hospital to open by early 2016.
The band's main accomplishment during Louie's last three-year term was completion of the $41-million interchange project, he said. He's also proud of two shopping centres built on reserve land on the Westside.
Twelve band members were competing for four councillor positions in Friday's election. Christopher Derickson, Mike De Guevara and Mic Werstuik were re-elected. Brian Eli, a former chief and veteran councillor during previous terms, was elected.
"I've got a very strong council, a very experienced council," Louie said. "I'm pleased with the experience they bring to bear, so there's no long-term training."
The band has 742 members and 559 eligible voters. Of the 335 ballots cast Friday, 332 ballots counted.
The chief and council were sworn in Tuesday.

Blue Divider Line

Vernon bypass sought
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - August 14, 2013

One politician insists an alternate route must be found before Vernon is paralyzed by permanent grid-lock.

Coun. Bob Spiers told his colleagues Monday that a bypass around Vernon is needed and he is suggesting the west side of Okanagan Lake.

“It could be a potential long-term bypass,” he said of the option which could see traffic not needing to stop in Vernon diverted off Highway 97 altogether.

The options for the west side of Okanagan Lake could include the existing Westside Road or a new high-elevation road from the Okanagan Connector, near Peachland, to Highway 97, near O’Keefe Ranch.

Spiers says he is increasingly concerned about traffic volume in Vernon.

“We are getting more and more traffic right through town. The truckers would prefer not to come right through town.”

A long-standing concern is that a large truck could go out of control on Hospital Hill and careen into downtown Vernon, placing residents at serious risk.

While the west side of Okanagan Lake is outside of Vernon’s jurisdiction, Spiers says such a transportation corridor should be supported in the city’s official community plan and the provincial government should be made aware of the concept.

The issue of an alternate route has been on the backburner since 2008 when a majority of then-council voted to shelve a proposed western bypass, which would have gone through Mission Hill, Okanagan Landing and Bella Vista neighbourhoods before linking back up with the highway at Swan Lake.

Instead, the city decided to focus on long-term traffic issues through aggressive transportation demand management, such as transit, walking and bicycling.

Spiers, who was not on council in 2008, believes scrapping the western bypass was a mistake.

“If we had kept it in the plan, it still would be possible,” he said.

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11. DIRECTOR ITEMS

a) Director Edgson noted that Westside Road improvements continue and are welcomed by the community.

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Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson is having meetings with Ministry every 3 months, next meeting with Ministry is Sept 30, 2013

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

8.1 Westside Road

Director Edgson noted that the MOTI is in the process of paving sections of Westside Road. The Province has approved further funding for upgrading of the road. He is looking at options for signage along Westside Road and will bring information forward in the future

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Westside Road gets Premier attention
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna Correspondent - Story: 94933 - Jul 11, 2013



Photo: Wayne Moore - Kelowna Correspondent - Castanet

Premier Christy Clark, pictured with construction workers, points to an additional $1M to pave a 15km section of Westside Road

It didn't take long for Premier Christy Clark to make good on one of her campaign promises.
 

OkanaganLakeBC.ca says:  This makes sense.. we don't get any more road improvements after the by-election than what had already been planned!!!  Christy Clark is trying to bamboozle people into believing that this decision made about this Westside Road improvement of this type of magnitude could happen overnight, and that this is part of her election promise.  Christy Clark lier was elected July 10, 2013 and the very next morning she is trying to say that this was her campaign promise.  Living up to your LIES, YOU ARE CHRISTY CLARK!!!! That was great that you banned someone for posting the Gasland video that is on You-Tube to your facebook page.  We know your plan is to frack up BC with your natural gas jobs plan you are going to fix Westside Road with!!!   http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/projects/westside_w-kelowna_vernon/documents/WSR_BlueGrouse-JennyCrk _StoryBoards.pdf 

Ministry Transportation and Infrastructure
Steve Sirett
Program Manager
Okanagan-Shuswap
Phone: 250-712-3666


Photo: Contributed
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Less than 24-hours after she was elected MLA for Westside-Kelowna, Clark was on Westside Road Thursday morning with a $1M commitment.

Throughout the campaign Clark continually stated it was not acceptable that Westside Road was considered the worst road in the province in a poll conducted by BCAA.

She vowed to change that.

"Today we are announcing an additional $1M in improvements to Westside Road. Later this month, patching and paving work will begin on a 15 kilometre section between Jenny Creek and Caesar's Landing," says Clark.

"We are building on the $10.3M that has been invested since 2008. - $6.5M invested in 2013 alone, including the $3M that is almost completed."

Clark credited former Westside-Kelowna MLA, Ben Stewart with making sure the previous projects were funded and further promised that, with the help of Stewart, they would ensure these were not the last improvement projects on the road.

"We are going to keep working until we can say that Westside Road is as safe as it is scenic," says Clark.

She agreed with local residents' concerns that the toughest and most dangerous portions of Westside Road have not been tackled and pledged to begin work on those sections of road right away.

"My task over the next four years is to attack that part of the plan and make sure we are taking on some of the hard parts," says Clark.

"Yes, it will be more expensive but this is not a safe road as it stands. It is not a safe enough road. We need to make it safer."

That statement by the premier, more than the $1M paving project, was music to the ears of Okanagan East Regional Director, Jim Edgson.

OkanaganLakebc.ca says:
Castanet.net can't even get the area Director correct, that would be Central Okanagan West, not Central Okanagan East!!!


"What I am encouraged by is this - it is now out in the media that this is going ahead. They don't take these things lightly because they have to spend timer and money to do that planning," says Edgson.

"I am extremely excited the planning is going ahead because if it wasn't going to go ahead we would have known that today. That planning is going on now."

Edgson, a prominent member of the Westside Road Improvement Committee, says the work won't come cheap.

"It's going to be in the 10's of millions of dollars," says Edgson.

The premier could not commit to a time frame as to when any work on the more dangerous sections north of Pine Point could or would begin.

Clark adds more cash for work on Westside Road
AM 1150 - 7/11/2013

A day after winning a byelection in Westside Kelowna, Premier Christy Clark announced an additional one million dollars in funding for a 15 kilometres portion of Westside Road.

Clark says the cash is on top of the 10.3 million dollars that has been spent on Westside Road improvements since 2008.

"We are going to be keep working until we can say Westside Road is as safe as it is scenic."

Westside Road was voted the worst road in the British Columbia Automobile Association's third annual "Worst Roads" survey.

Local resident Isabel Pilato lives along Westside Road and often rides her motorcycle along it.

"Any money towards Westside Road is welcome, but I don't want this to be a dangerous goods route to avoid Kelowna. I want this to be a lovely scenic route that people can drive at a reasonable speed and enjoy the view.

The patching and paving work that Clark announced Thursday is from Jenny Creek to Caesars Landing.

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The section of Westside Road Christy Clark is going to repair isn't the section with no shoulder but the section where they just want to take out corners so people can drive faster and take out the deer with them, as always. That section with no shoulder will never be fixed with her at the helm!!
They keep spending on the cheapest fixes so they don't have any money left to fix the dangerous parts!!!

And the part that they are fixing is the part that the big trucks broke up from taking out the last corner.

Many feel Westside Road is the most dangerous roadway in the province. What do you believe the biggest problem is with Westside Road?

Speed and road quality are equally the problem: 56.37%
Motorists speed more than road quality:  35.42%
Road quality more than motorists: 8.21%
 

Speed and road quality are equally the problem: 522
Motorists speed more than road quality: 328
Road quality more than motorists: 76

Total Votes: 926

Source: Castanet.net poll July 4, 2013

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163km/h in a 70km/h zone
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Kelowna Correspondent - Story: 94604 - Jul 4, 2013

Is it the road itself or the driving public that makes Westside Road so dangerous?

Over the Canada Day long weekend, RCMP conducted speed enforcement on the road, voted 'The Most Dangerous Road in BC' in a recent online survey conducted by BCAA.

Cst. Kris Clark says police continue to see dangerous speeds and aggressive driving on Westside Road despite the winding stretch of asphalt being well known as a treacherous roadway.

Sunday's enforcement echoed those concerns.

Clark says two motorcycles were observed speeding excessively - the highest at 163 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.

Both motorcycles were impounded for 7 days and the drivers fined under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Another man was stopped for passing illegally and found to be driving while prohibited. His vehicle was impounded and he was released roadside with a future court date.

"Every road is dangerous because you have motorists on them and motorists can be unpredictable," says Clark.

"You drive to your ability and, if your ability dictates you can only do 50 km/h then that's appropriate. You are increasing your risks of serious injury and crashes by increasing your speeds on a road that is well documented as being dangerous."

Clark says the braking distance is proportional to the square of the speed – which means that it increases considerably as speed increases. Add in the distance your vehicle travels while you react to that car, pedestrian or unforseen road obstruction and you dramatically increase your risk of being involved in a casualty crash.

The higher your speed, the higher your risk of serious injury.

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Westside-Kelowna NDP candidate slams Liberals over state of local roads
By Alistair Waters - Kelowna Capital News - June 27, 2013

Westside-Kelowna NDP candidate Carole Gordon says it's time there was a plan for improving traffic and roads in the riding on both sides of the lake, and she is calling on her Liberal opponent in the upcoming byelection, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, to commit to such a plan.

"For year's Christy Clark's government has ignored traffic problems and bad roads that people here face on daily basis," said Gordon. "Westside Road was just named the worst road in B.C. for the second year in a row, traffic is backed up every day to get across the bridge and nothing has been done to address concerns about the couplet in Westbank," said Gordon Thursday.

She said she has been hearing complaints from residents of the riding about the condition of roads here since she first ran for the NDP prior to the last provincial election May 14. Gordon was one of the first NDP candidates nominated and started to campaign last year.

“Like everyone else, I’ve driven these roads for years and am tired of being stuck in traffic,” said Gordon, who is an elementary school teacher who lives in Kelowna and, at one time, taught in Peachland.

“Christy Clark has never lived here and her government has ignored these problems. She is out of touch with our community and ordinary British Columbians. This by-election, voters have a chance to elect an MLA who lives here and who won’t take their issues for granted.”

While the Liberal government of Clark's predecessor, former-premier Gordon Campbell, built the five-lane W.R. Bennett Bridge to replace the former three-lane Okanagan Lake Floating Bridge and has made improvements to Westside Road in recent years, Gordon said that is not enough.

While she acknowledged the bridge has helped, she said problems on the highway both sides are now leading to traffic jams on the bridge during morning and afternoon rush hours. She pointed to bottlenecks at Highway 97 and Boucherie Road on the Westside and at Abbott Street and Highway 97 on the Kelowna side.

She said with all the money being invested in the downtown area of Kelowna, traffic movement on the highway and across the bridge is critical.

She also noted that West Kelowna council recently dropped its plan to deal with the couplet through Westbank and said that was because the province was, in her words, "not wiling to come to the table."

Another transportation issue that needs to be addressed is a second crossing of the lake, said Gordon. Work should start now on identifying a crossing point and corridors to that point on both sides of the lake, she added.

Gordon said she plans to raise the issue of roads and traffic here with Clark when the two square off, along with the six other byelection candidates, in a debate July 4.

The Westside-Kelowna byelection will be held July 10.

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.pdf icon May 27, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regionally Significant Program Funding

The Regional Board has received a letter from the Union of BC Municipalities that Gas Tax Funding has been approved for a Regional District proposal submitted under the Regionally Significant Project Fund. The Regional District will receive just over $4.4-million as the local government share toward the purchase of new or replacement transit buses or debt servicing on buses within the Kelowna Regional Transit system fleet.

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6.2 UBCM - Approval of Regionally Significant Project Funding ($4,402.420) (for information)

OPHUS/GRAY
THAT the April 22, 2013 letter from UBCM confirming approval for the Regionally Significant Project funding of $4,402,420 towards the purchase and debt repayment for buses for the Kelowna Transit System be received for information.

CARRIED

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Moritz v. HMQ Province of BC, 2009 BCPC 357 (CanLII)
Date: 2009-11-20
Docket: 0832723
URL: http://canlii.ca/t/27thl
Citation: Moritz v. HMQ Province of BC, 2009 BCPC 357 (CanLII)

[132] A government decision to build or upgrade a road, or to provide or not provide a certain level of maintenance on a road, is a policy decision. It may be successfully attacked only if it is not made in good faith – if it is not a reasonable exercise of the bona fide discretion of government.

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From: North Westsider
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 12:34 AM Pacific Standard Time
To: Tekano, Murray TRAN:EX
Cc: Diane Baldwin <zoeandus "at" telus.net>
Subject: Westside Road Construction


To Ministry of Transportation Murray Tekano:

I see your working on Westside Road wrecking it at the Kelowna end. I don't see how that corner your taking out is any more dangerous than the three sections falling into Okanagan Lake? Thank goodness for small miracles that the WFN gravel pit that was proposed to go in beside LaCasa didn't go in. Just look at what the big trucks are doing to all those sections where the Ministry has put up poles and signs warning of broken pavement.

I would be more worried about vehicles going off the broken pavement on at least three non-shoulder sections on the Lake side that the Ministry is not working on, than where the Ministry is currently fixing up.

Wouldn't 4 warning signs be sufficient for that corner your currently working on taking out?

Tonight I saw some nice bright signs on Otter Lake Cross Road that I couldn't miss .. each sign was across the road from each other saying slow to 50 km per hour. These signs were just North of Tolko Mill Armstrong, and just north of the railway tracks at Tolko. There were bright orange reflective type poles holding the two signs. Wouldn't two bright warning signs on opposite sides of the road be sufficient for that corner the Ministry is currently taking out. In my opinion that corner helps people to slow down, which in turn helps to keep Westside Road safe and keeps animals from being hit.

I don't believe bright signs can fix Westside Road where those three sections are falling into Okanagan Lake, because there is no room for error there.

I believe some blasting is in order for those three sections falling into Okanagan Lake that I mentioned, as there is rock facings that need to be blasted out to make the road wider there. The Ministry has to do some thing about Westside Road falling into the Lake.

Instead of spending money on what your working on, if there isn't enough money to fix the sections falling into Okanagan Lake now, maybe wait a few years and save some money up instead of spending it on parts that don't need fixing.

I believe that the Ministry is wasting money taking out that corner that is currently being worked on. I know of a more dangerous corner that big trucks have a hard time manoeuvring. Specifically that very narrow corner with the cement barricade on the Lake side where you see scrap marks on the cement barricade from vehicles hitting it because its so narrow.

Thank you
North Westsider

CC: North Westside Road Ratepayers Association President Diane Baldwin.

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Hello North Westsider:

I am writing further to your email on February 21st, 2013, to Murray Tekano. Murray has asked me to respond on his behalf as I have been closely involved in this project.

I understand your concerns with the broken pavement that has arisen since the most recent construction began. This damage was large in part due to the warm temperatures recently and the frost coming out of the ground, some restrictions have been placed on construction truck hauling and we will continue to closely monitor the condition of Westside road during construction. Our maintenance contractor will be repairing these areas starting February 21st, 2013 and the temporary warning signs identifying these damaged areas will be taken down.

I appreciate your questions and concerns regarding our current works and other sections along Westside rd.

The project we are doing at Cinnebar creek is to address an unsafe, sub-standard curve and bring that section up to our current standards and a 70km\hr speed zone that is in line with other recent improvements along Westside rd. Although signage is appropriate in some instances, improving alignment and road widths is always the safer long term option when the funding is available.

I am not aware of any sections of Westside rd that are falling into the lake as you have mentioned, however, the three sections I believe you are speaking about have been reviewed by Ministry staff. As I am sure you are aware, construction in this location will be quite costly and difficult and as with all of our projects it is funding dependant. As part of our ongoing improvements to Westside rd, a project at the north end of this section from Blue Grouse to Jenny Cr is set to begin in the next few weeks and we will continue to assess this section for the possibility of future projects as funding becomes available.

If you have any more questions or concerns please feel free to contact me directly at 250-712-3666 or by email at steve.sirett "at" gov.bc.ca

Thank you for taking the time to write.

Sincerely
Steve Sirett
District Program Manager - Okanagan Shuswap
Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure
#300 – 1358 St. Paul Street
Kelowna BC
V1Y 2E1

Office: 250-712-3666
Cell: 250-878-1834


CC: Murray Tekano

CC: North Westside Road Ratepayers Association President Diane Baldwin.

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Hello Steve:

Can you please direct your attention away from what you are doing and fix the 3 problem area's I have described that are falling into the Lake (real problems)?

The Ministry is not going to have any funding to fix the real problems, the way the Ministry is spending it!!!

Thank you
North Westsider

cc: North Westside Road Ratepayers Association President Diane Baldwin

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Nancee Way and Sneena Roundabout Construction schedule

Nancee Way and Sneena Roundabout Construction schedule
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.pdf icon January 17, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Handi Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313

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Being a bylaw to repeal the Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419,1990
WHEREAS the Regional District of Central Okanagan has adopted the "Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419, 1990 and Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 965, 2002 and 1263, 2009";
AND WHEREAS the Westbank First Nation (as part of Central Okanagan West Electoral Area) has expressed a desire to assume responsibility for Handi-Dart Transit Services within their boundaries and the Regional Board has agreed to this;
AND WHEREAS Director of Central Okanagan West Electoral Area has consented in writing to the adoption of this Bylaw;
NOW THEREFORE the Regional District of Central Okanagan, in open meeting assembled, enacts as follows:
1. That Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419, 1990 be repealed;
2. This Bylaw may be cited as Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313, 2012.

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RE: Withdrawal of WFN from local Services Agreement Schedules D and E (Handi-Dart Transit and Westside Transit).
This will confirm to the Regional District of Central Okanagan that effective April 1r 2012, Westbank First Nation has contracted directly with BC Transit for the provision of transit services previously provided through the Local Services Agreement with the Regional District under Schedules D and E.

Effective April 1, 2012, Westbank First Nation will remit payment for this service directly to BC Transit. WFN hereby request that the Regional District adjust their budget allocation· under the service agreement to accommodate this change;
specifically charge WFN for January, February and March transit service in the allocation, and remove transit charges from April 1 onward.

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5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313,2012, Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

BASRAN/GIVEN
THAT RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313, 2012 be adopted this 17th day of January 2013.

CARRIED

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Regional Gas Tax Funding Reassigned

The Regional Board has approved reassigning federal Regional Gas Tax funding for transit improvements in the District of West Kelowna. The more than $3.5-million will be transferred to the municipality from the City of Kelowna in order to construct a new Westgate Road transit exchange in the District as part of the Rapid Bus project. The funding had previously been approved with the Regional District prior to the incorporation of West Kelowna in 2007. In addition, staff will work with the Union of BC Municipalities which administers the federal Gas Tax funding agreement and West Kelowna to prepare a new funding arrangement with the West Kelowna local government.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Reassignment Of Regional Gas Tax Funding To District Of West Kelowna

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Recommendation:
THAT the Regional Board approve of the reassignment of three million five hundred and ninety thousand dollars ($3,590,000) in federal Gas Tax funding from the City of Kelowna to the District of West Kelowna for completion of infrastructure associated with Phase 2 of the Rapid Bus project;
AND THAT the Regional Board endorse the change of a proposed transit exchange from along Stevens Rd to along Westgate Rd and next to Hwy 97.
AND THAT the Regional Board support a request to the Union of BC Municipalities for an extension of the deadline for using the Gas Tax funding from September 30th, 2013 to December 31st, 2014.

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6. NEW BUSINESS

6.1 Reassignment of Regional Gas Tax Funding to the District of West Kelowna (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 8, 2013 outlined that in 2007 UBCM approved funding for infrastructure associated with the Rapid Bus service operating between the Westbank Town Centre and UBC-Okanagan campus. Of the $10.5M approved, $3.59M was related to proposed transit infrastructure within the District of West Kelowna. At that time, the City of Kelowna agreed to
administer the government funding as West Kelowna had not yet incorporated.
Since that time incorporation has occurred, as well the area of proposed improvements has significantly changed.
Staff provided a brief review of the background. There is an agreement in place for gas tax funding which was approved as part of the region's Smart Transit Plan. A capital plan was produced in 2006 and the funds approved in 2007. Phase 1 started in 2008 in Kelowna and was completed in 2010. Phase 2 of the plan is within West Kelowna boundaries. Since the application was made, priorities have changed and amendments are required as the infrastructure will be located with the boundaries of West Kelowna. In addition, the current agreement expires in 2013 and an extension for the completion of the projects is required to the end of 2014.

FINDLATER/GIVEN
THAT the Regional Board approve of the reassignment of $3,590,000 in Federal Gas Tax funding from the City of Kelowna to the District of West Kelowna for completion of infrastructure associated with Phase 2 of the Rapid Bus project;
AND THAT the Regional Board endorse the change of a proposed transit exchange from along Stevens Road to along Westgate Road and next to Hwy 97;
AND THAT the Regional Board support a request to the Union of BC Municipalities for an extension of the deadline for using the Gas Tax funding from September 30, 2013 to December 31, 2014.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon December 10, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon Item 7.1 Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1312, 2012

BYLAW NO. 1312
Being a bylaw to repeal the Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 376, 1990

WHEREAS the Regional District of Central Okanagan has adopted the "Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 376, 1990," and as amended by Bylaw No. 722, Bylaw No. 765, Bylaw No. 935, Bylaw No. 966, and Bylaw No. 1264;

AND WHEREAS the District of Peachland has expressed a desire to assume full responsibility for Urban Transit Services within their boundaries and the Regional Board has agreed to this;

AND WHEREAS the Westbank First Nation has expressed a desire to assume full responsibility for Urban Transit Services within their boundaries and the Regional Board has agreed to this;

AND WHEREAS the Director of Central Okanagan West Electoral Area has consented in writing to the adoption of this Bylaw;

NOW THEREFORE, as there are no other participants in the establishment bylaw, the Regional District of Central Okanagan, in open meeting assembled, enacts as follows:
1. That Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 376,1990 be repealed;
2. This Bylaw may be cited as Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1312, 2012.

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CONSENT
I, the undersigned Director of Central Okanagan West Electoral of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, hereby consent to the "Regional District of Central Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1312,2012".

Jim Edgson
Central Okanagan West Electoral Area

Dated at Kelowna, B.C. this 30th day of October 2012

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7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

7.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1312,2012, Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1312,2012 be adopted this 10th day of December 2012.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 26, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about West Kelowna withdrawing from some services provided by RDCO.

(Economic Development Commission, Regional Planning, Transportation Demand Management, Noxious Weeds and Insect Control, Air Quality)

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6.4 District of West Kelowna re: Participation in Regional District Services (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The District of West Kelowna's letter of November 14, 2012 outlined Council's request to initiate an informal review of West Kelowna's participation in Economic Development Commission and regional planning; as well as initiate discussions regarding withdrawal from Transportation Demand Management (TDM), Noxious Weed Control, Noxious Insect Control and Air Quality services.
The letter included a request to facilitate changes prior to adoption of the 2013 Financial Plan.
The Board noted that to cease funding before the next budget year would not be reasonable. Discussion will need to occur with the other service partners and decisions made whether the District can withdrawal from the service, and if so whether to 'pare down' or stop a service entirely. Concern was expressed that withdrawing from regional services impacts the partners and, as example air quality impacts all residents in the valley and beyond.
Staff noted that the Ministry has been contacted with regard to 'dispute resolution' to determine how issues would be resolved--what would the framework be should there be disagreement. Staff will need to determine the amount of work it will take to properly review the request and, if required, the Board will need to further determine priorities for the CAO for the remainder of his secondment.

BLANLEIL/GRAY
THAT the November 14, 2012 letter from the District of West Kelowna regarding the notice for an informal review of participation in the Economic Development Commission and regional planning, and withdrawal of service from Transportation
Demand Management (TDM), Noxious Weed Control, Noxious Insect Control and Air Quality services be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the Chief Administrative Officer be directed to prepare a timeline and process for consideration of the request by the District of West Kelowna and report back to the Board in due course.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 8, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Finance & Administrative Services

6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report (Year-to-Date - September 30, 2012)
Staff report dated November 1, 2012 outlined the program measures report year to- date September 30, 2012. Staff highlighted the executive summary comments.

- Corporate Services
o Recruitment process for new CAO has begun

- Waste Reduction
o Launch of paper reduction program
o Commercial waste quantities reduced by 2.8%
o Curbside collection radio frequency identification system
  • 1331 non-compliant customers identified and contacted, only 52 reoffenders
o Recycling - market downturn, budget effect

- Environmental Services
o Falcon Ridge Water - exploratory drilling for a new well
o Trepanier Bench Water - fire effects - 110 risk evident
o Leak Detection program for Westshore Water resulted in 43% reduction, and at Killiney Beach 20% of m3 pumped
o RDCO lift stations/collector systems - all pumps being investigated for deterioration
o Killiney Beach Water - reduction to scope of upgrade
o Reduced clerical staff by 0.5 FTE
o WWTP - Stage 3 design work completed.

- Information Systems
o MOU Lake Country has yet to sign the agreement. Concern regarding 2013 impact to partners if Lake Country does not sign on.

- Development Services
o School site acquisition
o Inspection Services - staff reduction
o Dog Control- review report received in October. Implementation plan will be coming forward for Board consideration.
o Noxious insect control - low complaint numbers.

- Protective Services
o Trepanier Fire
o Black Mountain grass fire
o Wilsons Land Volunteer Fire Department - volunteer fire chief leaving

- Regional Rescue
o 4 total EOC activations, 27 ESS activations
o Operation exercise - Sept 13
o Review of service is under way

- Parks Services
o Parkland acquisitions - 3 properties closed
o Mission Creek - upgrade to playground
o Trepanier Creek Greenway fire
o Bear closures
o Interpretation programs 8% increase in participants

- Crime Stoppers
o Vehicle donated to the program
o Sponsorship packages being developed
o Tips provided lead to info on two major homicides

- EDC
o Recruitment of United Airlines flights into Kelowna
o Export development - increased interest from China

- Purchasing
With the hiring of a purchasing manager, total quantifiable savings to date are $201,902, including risk reduction to RDCO, time savings for managers and staff and stronger contracts.
It was noted that the full report is in the Board's Reader file.

Discussion
-It was noted that West Kelowna is interested in receiving further information on the RFID program and staff will update Council in the future.
-West Kelowna will look at trunk lines in the near future. It's a low priority for them.
-School site acquisition - approved by the Province, developers will be required to pay a fee in the future.
-Information provided to Kelowna for review of boundary extension.
-What are the financial implications of reduced recycling and reduced income is there a way to offset costs? Staff is focusing on reduction programs (paper free program) paying less processing costs when it ends up in the recycling bins - it's the only thing that can be done to offset costs. Material is not being returned to the landfill. There is no shutdown for recyclables. The material that is recycled here is sent to relatively local markets (not China) plastics go to the Lower Mainland, paper to Washington. We can stockpile if required but there is no ability for reduced transportation costs as we use local markets. Where does the money go for electronics? The Electronics Stewardship of BC - they run the program, collecting, marketing, hauling, processing and they fund depot operations.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures report year-to-date September 30, 2012 be received for information.

CARRIED

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6.2 Briefing on 2013-2017 Financial Plan & Overview of the Process

Staff report dated October 30, 2012 outlined general impacts to consider during the 2013-2017 Financial Plan discussions. Full reporting will be completed through the budgeting process beginning in February. General impacts for 2013 were highlighted as a heads-up for the budgeting process.

BAKER/CONDON
THAT the 2013-2017 Financial Plan overview be received for information.

CARRIED

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Westbank First Nation Handi-Dart Request

The Regional Board supports a request from the Westbank First Nation to establish its own Handi-dart service Operating Agreement with BC Transit. The Board has agreed to repeal RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419 which saw the Regional District provide the service on WFN reserves. The Board has now given three readings to an Amendment Bylaw No. 1313 to reflect the service change. Once approved by the Province, the amendment bylaw will be considered by the Regional Board for adoption.

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6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 Repeal RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 30,2012 outlined the need to repeal the current RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Bylaw which currently only applies to the lands within Westbank First Nation (WFN). WFN has requested that they want to establish their own Annual Operating Agreement with BC Transit, and BC Transit has agreed to this.

FINDLATER/GIVEN
WHEREAS Westbank First Nation by way of their letter of July 30, 2012 confirmed that they wish to establish their own Operating Agreements with BC Transit effective April 1, 2012;

THEREFORE, the Regional Board agrees to the request of Westbank First Nation and directs staff to forward a bylaw to repeal the RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419.

CARRIED

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FINDLATER/GIVEN
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313 be given first, second and third readings this 8th day of November 2012

CARRIED

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Westside work drives debate
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - November 23, 2012

Upgrades are moving ahead for Westside Road but some residents are not satisfied.

The provincial government has announced $4.5 million will be spent on realigning, widening, shouldering and installing barriers along two kilometres, 18 kilometres north of the Kelowna end of the road.

“It’s too little,” said Allastair Fergusson, with the North Westside Ratepayers Association.

Fergusson believes there are other areas of Westside Road that require more attention than the two sites selected.

“There’s one area by LaCasa that’s twisty and broken up and if you meet a logging truck, you have to stop because there’s not room to pass,” he said.

Among the concerns is that development could lead to increased traffic.

“It is a strange coincidence that all of these improvements are coinciding with the application and pending approval for a gravel pit,” said Diane Baldwin, with the ratepayers association.

The association wants more effort to bring all of the road up to a sufficient level to improve safety.

“We realize there’s a cost involved but there’s been a lot of deaths,” said Fergusson.

“If there are constant gravel truck trips, there will be more (fatalities).”

Jim Edgson, regional district director, is satisfied with a staged approach to improvements along the road based on the cost and geographical challenges.

“I am extremely happy. We’ve seen a leap forward in the planning and implementation process,” he said.

“Westside Road is in need of upgrading over the next years and the Ministry of Transportation has a plan in place.”

Edgson also gives the ministry credit for improving communication with residents.

“We have seen a ramp-up in the ministry informing us of their plans,” he said.

The current project will include realignment of 280 metres of narrow two-lane road with two inferior curves and the replacement of a Cinnabar Creek culvert.

Paving is due to be completed by April, with the entire project done by May.

“These projects will make a significant difference for drivers,” said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

“The demands of a fast-growing community have taken their toll on infrastructure designed for far fewer people. We’ve announced positive and decisive steps to correct that.”

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.pdf icon October 22, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Proposed Greyhound Route Reductions
The Regional Board will send a letter to the BC Passenger Transportation Board expressing disappointment over proposed route frequency reductions by Greyhound Canada. The Board believes the decrease in bus service will further erode transportation services for rural communities. In light of these proposed changes and past Greyhound service reductions, the Board will send a letter to the Province requesting a review of the monopoly on bus transportation with a focus on local solutions.

Local Transit Service Bylaw
The Regional Board has given three readings to a proposed bylaw that would amend the Local Transit Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 376. The amendment removes the Regional District from providing transit services on behalf of the District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation. Both local governments have indicated to the Regional District that they wish to form their own transit operation agreements with BC Transit.

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7. CORRESPONDENCE

7.1 Greyhound Canada Transportation re: Proposed Change in Route Frequency (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC's letter of October 10, 2012 outlined the company's plan for a reduction in Greyhound service for routes between Kelowna and Penticton, Kelowna and Alberta Border and Hwy 3, and Kelowna and Vancouver.

Concern was expressed that the company is reducing service because the economics aren't working. It's not low cost transit and little has been done over the years to make bus transportation viable. In discussion, questions were raised whether a company should be forced to run more service that doesn't work and isn't profitable, has a monopoly on the service without
competition, and it seems Greyhound is getting down to the point where it's a package-delivery service rather than a public transportation service.

GRAY/BLANLEIL
THAT the correspondence from Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC regarding an application with the BC Passenger Transportation Board for a reduction in bus service affecting residents in the Central Okanagan be received.

DEFEATED (tie vote)

GRAY/STACK
THAT a letter be sent to the BC Passenger Transportation Board expressing disappointment regarding the proposed reduction of Greyhound Canada Transportation service and the continued erosion to rural communities;
AND FURTHER THAT a letter be sent to the Province requesting that in light of the proposed cutbacks in bus transportation and prior cutbacks in Greyhound service routes, that the monopoly on bus transportation be reviewed with a focus on local solutions.

CARRIED

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11. NEW BUSINESS

11.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1312, 2012, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated October 15, 2012 outlined that notice has been given from the District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation that they wish to establish their own Operating Agreement with BC Transit.

FIELDING/EDGSON
WHEREAS The Corporation of the District of Peachland by way of their letter to the Regional District dated September 25, 2012 confirmed that they wish to establish their own Operating Agreement with BC Transit effective April 1, 2013;
AND WHEREAS Westbank First Nation by way of their letter of July 30, 2012 confirmed that they wish to establish their own Operating Agreement with BC Transit effective April 1, 2012;
THEREFORE, the Regional Board agrees to the request of The Corporation of District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation and directs staff to forward a bylaw to repeal the Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 376.

CARRIED
EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1312, 2012 be given first, second and third readings this 22nd day of October 2012.

CARRIED

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Regionally Significant Projects Approved

The Regional Board has received a letter from the Union of BC Municipalities outlining approval of Federal Gas Tax funding for several Regionally Significant Projects totalling more than $3.5-million. Among the projects approved for Gas Tax funding:

• Regional Active Transportation Project - $2,247,315
• Septic Treatment Upgrades Project - $780,000
• Upgrade and provide backup Centrifuge at Regional Septage Treatment facility - $317,900
• Regional Household Travel Survey - $150,000
• Review and update Regional Air Quality Management Plan - $38,000

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.pdf icon Item 7.3 UBCM Regionally Significant Fund Application Approvals

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At its October 4, 2012 meeting, the Gas Tax Agreement's Management Committee made funding decisions for the Regionally Significant Project Fund applications. I am pleased to advise that your applications for the following projects have been
approved for RSP funding of the lesser amount indicated or 100% of the actual eligible costs of each approved project:

Regional Active Transportation Project, $2,247,315.00
Regional Housing Strategy Project, $150,000.00
Air Quality Management Project, $38,000.00
Septic Treatment Upgrades Project, $780,000.00
Centrifuge Project, $317,969.00

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7.3 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) - Approval of Regionally Significant Project Fund Applications (for information only)

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT the October 12, 2012 letter from the Union of BC Municipalities confirming approval of the Regional Significant Project Funding for the following projects be received:

• Regional Active Transportation Project $2,247,315
• Regional Housing Strategy Project (Household Travel Survey) - $150,000
• Air Quality Management Project - $38,000
• Septic Treatment Upgrades Project - $780,000
• Centrifuge Project - $317,969

CARRIED

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Minor upgrade to Westside Rd.
Castanet.net - by Trevor Rockliffe - Story: 83563 - Nov 21, 2012

Driving on Westside Road is about to become a little safer upon completion of an infrastructure upgrade. The project involves the re-aligning, widening, shouldering and installation of barriers for a total of approximately two kilometres at two separate sections of Westside Road.
• The project will improve safety by removing 30 km/h curves, widening the roadway to include paved shoulders and installing concrete barriers.
• Paving is due to be completed by April 2013. Subject to paving plant availability, the entire project is due to be completed by May 2013.

“These projects will make a significant difference for drivers in West Kelowna. The demands of a fast-growing community have taken their toll on infrastructure designed for far fewer people. Today, we’ve announced positive and decisive steps to correct that,” says Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

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The 'Way' on Hwy 97 is almost clear
Castanet.net - by Grant Scott - Story: 81412 - Oct 5, 2012

Construction-weary motorists will be pleased to find out another milestone has been completed on the Westside Road Interchange project.

Fresh lines were painted on Highway 97 near Westside Rd. as completion of the Nancee Way overpass draws near.

Since work began on the building of the William R. Bennett bridge in 2005, commuters travelling between Kelowna and the Westside have driven through some type of construction zone on a continual basis for over seven years..

Now the end is almost in the rear view mirror.

Motorists were greeted by freshly painted lines on the stretch of highway near the new Westside Road overpass, signaling that the Nancee Way overpass is almost complete.

"We should be moving the traffic back on to its final and pre-existing alignment on Highway 97 by the middle of November," says project spokesperson Evelyn Lube.

"We've got the workers continuing to build the overpass...crews are working six days a week."

Lube added they expect the entire project will be complete by the end of December.

"The key parts are the opening of the (Nancee Way) overpass, so you'll be able to travel underneath there, and the re-alignment of Highway 97, so those will be completed by the middle of November."

The completion of the Nancee Way overpass will also affect the merge lane coming onto the highway off of Westside Road.

"You'll see a longer on-ramp onto Highway 97. And you'll no longer see the 'wow' in the road any more, it'll be nice and straight, like it was before," says Lube.

However, the 60 Km/h speed limit will remain in effect for the remainder of the year.

"There will still be workers in close proximity to the highway on both sides, so that will stay in place until the project is completed at the end of December."

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.pdf icon August 20, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regionally Significant Gas Tax Fund Projects

The Regional Board has approved submitting three Regionally Significant projects to the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) for consideration and approval through the Central Okanagan share of Gas Tax Funding. Of the total $8.7-million in Regionally Significant Project funding for the Central Okanagan, almost $506,000 hasn’t yet been allocated. The Board proposes spending $317,969 to upgrade and provide a backup centrifuge at the Regional facility that treats septic tank waste; $150,000 for a Regional Household Travel Survey and Analysis and $38,000 to review and update the Regional Air Quality Management Plan.

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Agenda No: 6.1
Mtg Date: Aug. 20, 2012

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Chief Administrative Officer
DATE: August 16, 2012
SUBJECT: Regionally Significant Gas Tax Fund Projects

REGIONAL DISTRICT of CENTRAL OKANAGAN Regional Board Report

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the Board approve the following projects be forwarded to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) as eligible Regionally Significant Projects (RSP) utilizing the remaining $505,969 of funding available for the Central Okanagan Region:

• Central Okanagan Regional Household Travel Survey and Analysis - $150,000
• Central Okanagan Air Quality Management Plan: Review and Update - $38,000
• RDCO Centrifuge Upgrade - Septic Treatment Facility - $317,969;

AND THAT staff report to the Board as projects making up the Central Okanagan's $8,722,420
allocation are approved through the Gas Tax Management Committee administered by UBCM;
AND FURTHER THAT staff prepare a report to the Board with a recommendation for funding of
the shortfall of approximately $42,000 related to Centrifuge Upgrade.

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2. ADDITION OF LATE ITEMS

It was noted that the BC Transit review has been received and will be discussed at an upcoming CAOs meeting with feedback coming back to the individual municipal contract holders.

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6. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

6.1 Regionally Significant Gas Tax Fund Project Approval (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated August 16, 2012 outlined the Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funds (RSP) remaining from the approximate $8.7mil allocated for the Central Okanagan. These funds must be allocated by the Regional Board prior to September 31, 2012. Staff from the RDCO and partner municipalities met to review various projects and have agreed to the three recommendations.

These are regional priorities, not necessarily municipal priorities.

The centrifuge upgrade for the regional septic facility in Lake Country is estimated at $600,000. There is $240,000 in reserve funding leaving a shortfall of approximately $42,000. At a future meeting staff will provide options for consideration of this shortfall. The request for the septage upgrade is for a secondary process. It is imperative to have a backup as this is the only
plant that serves the entire Central Okanagan. There will always be properties throughout all areas of the Central Okanagan that will be served by septic, not sewer. If the plant goes down there is currently no backup. The upgrade is budgeted in the 5-Year Financial Plan.
Concern was expressed that the Board is not fully aware of the complete plan for the septage facility noting the Board had discussed that the service should be self-funding operationally but that it would not be possible on a capital basis. Further information needs to be shared on the long-term plans for the facility.

Staff reviewed the requirements for an updated travel survey which will provide data for different modes of transportation (ie: time, purpose, mode) and comparing the results over time. This will be the third analysis completed-the
first in 1996 and the second in 2007 (which was co-funded by the City of Kelowna and Vernon).

Although there is no longer a valley-wide Airshed coalition, the Central Okanagan's air quality management plan requires updating and fits within the criteria of the RSP funding guidelines.

It was noted that the current criteria for the RSP funding is under Tier 2 funding and that cannot be changed for this phase of the federal gas tax funding.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Board approve the following projects be forwarded to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) as eligible Regionally Significant Projects (RSP) utilizing the remaining $505,969 of funding available for the Central Okanagan Region;

• Central Okanagan Regional Household Travel Survey and Analysis - $150,000
• Central Okanagan Air Quality Management Plan: Review and Update $38,000
• RDCO Centrifuge Upgrade - Septic Treatment Facility - $317,969.

AND THAT staff report to the Board as projects making up the Central Okanagan's $8,722,420 allocation are approved through the Gas Tax Management Committee administered by UBCM;
AND FURTHER THAT staff prepare a report to the Board with a recommendation for funding of the shortfall of approximately $42,000 related to the Centrifuge Upgrade.

CARRIED (opposed Findlater, Ophus, Hanson, Blanleil)

FINDLATER/OPHUS
THAT staff be requested to provide a detailed report to the Board on the regional septic service and facility upgrade to include the proposed capital and operating funding requirements.

CARRIED (opposed Basran)

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There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Peachland opting out of transit with the rest of the Regional District and negotiating service directly with BC Transit.

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Agenda No: 6.1
Mtg Date: Jun. 23, 2012

The Corporation of the District of Peachland

Regional District of Central Okanagan
Attn: Paul Macklem, Interim CAO
1450 KlO Road
Kelowna, BC, V1W 3Z4

Dear Paul Macklem:

Re: Be Transit Service Agreements

The District of Peachland is moving towards managing the BC Transit servicing agreements (BC Transit Service Agreement, Master Operating Agreement and Annual Operating Agreement) directly with BC Transit, effective March 31, 2013. Please accept this as a formal request for the RDCO to designate the District of Peachland as the provider for these agreements.
Additionally, we would like to request that if there is any residual funding remaining with the Regional Distinct for transit services after the agreement has been transferred, that they be returned to the District of Peachland.

Your cooperation in this project is appreciated, and please let me know if there is anything Peachland Staff can do to help assist with this request.

Sincerely,
Keith Fielding
Mayor, District of Peachland

cc. Peachland Council
Elsie lemke, CAO
Steve Harvard, Senior Regional Transit Manager,Southern Interior BC Transit

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6. CORRESPONDENCE

6.1 The Corporation of the District of Peachland re: BC Transit Service Agreements

District of Peachland letter of June 4, 2012 gives notice that the District is moving towards managing its own BC Transit service agreement effective March 31, 2012. Staff will be preparing a bylaw amendment for Board approval.

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT the June 4, 2012 letter from the District of Peachland providing notice that the municipality is moving to manage its own BC Transit service agreement effective March 31,2012 be received.

CARRIED

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$2.2 MILLION for CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

.pdf icon July 12, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Regional Active Transportation Master Plan
The Regional Board has endorsed the Regional Transportation Master Plan. It was developed in consultation with local governments across the region and presents a unified vision of a safe and convenient future primary route and secondary connector system for cyclists and pedestrians linking key destinations across the region, parallel to the main highway 97 and 33 routes. The plan envisions a phased development starting first with good pedestrian and cycling linkages within each local government, then shifting to complete the regional connections. Just over $2.2-million in Regionally Significant Projects federal Gas Tax Funding will be distributed (based on population) to each local government in the Central Okanagan for identified priority active transportation infrastructure work as part of the primary Active Transportation network.

Regionally Significant Bus Purchase
The Regional Board has agreed to allocate more than $4.4-million in Regionally Significant Project federal gas tax funding toward the local government share for the purchase of new transit buses or debt servicing on buses within the Kelowna Regional Transit system fleet. With the Regional Board endorsement, an application will be submitted for approval of the Union of BC Municipalities, which administers the Canada-BC Gas Tax Funding program.

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7. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of July 12, 2012

a) Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding Approval- Regional Active Transportation Master Plan (All Directors - Unweighted
Vote)

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board endorse the Regional Active Transportation Master Plan, as prepared by the City of Kelowna Regional Services Department, and refer the Plan to local governments for possible public consultation and final approval;
AND THAT the Regional District include the Regional Active Transportation Master Plan in its consultations on the Regional Growth Strategy;
AND FURTHER THAT the implementation of the Regional Active Transportation Plan be referred to the Sustainable Transportation Partnership for oversight and as a basis for seeking senior government funding.

CARRIED

OPHUS/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the $2,247,315 allocated by the Regional Board from the Regionally Significant Projects - Gas Tax Funding for active transportation planning and projects, be applied to local governments in the Central Okanagan for priority regional active
transportation improvements, on the basis of the 2011 Census population distribution.

CARRIED

b) Regionally Significant Gas Tax Funding Approval- Regional Bus Purchase and Debt Service Reduction (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/OPHUS
THAT the $4,402,420.00 allocated by the Regional Board from the Regionally Significant Projects - Gas Tax funding be applied towards the local government's share of new transit bus acquisition or debt servicing on transit buses within the Kelowna Regional Transit System;
AND THAT the Regionally Significant Project application be submitted to UBCM for approval;
AND FURTHER THAT the funding agreement with UBCM be assigned to BC Transit.

CARRIED

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Overpass completion delayed
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 78026 - Jul 18, 2012

The first section of the new exchange is back to normal after part of the overpass came down just after it was opened.

The Nancee Way Overpass will be delayed by two months.

Wall fascia panels, the root cause of a partial collapse of the north wall of the Westside Road Overpass is also responsible for the delay in completion of the overpass.

The second overpass at Nancee Way was scheduled for completion sometime in October, however, project spokesperson, Evelyn Lube, says it will now be mid to late December before construction is finally complete.

The overpass represents the final phase of the $41M Westside Road Interchange.

Traffic is backing up heading into West Kelowna as new construction for the Nancee Way overpass is delayed.

Lube says the same panels, from the same supplier, used in the Westside Road Overpass are being used in the Nancee Way Overpass.

"They (wall panels) had to be re-ordered and they had to be re-tested. There was some additional testing that was required before we could begin construction on the wall," says Lube.

"The issue has been addressed. They (wall panels) have been delivered to the site so you will see work happening on the east side of Highway 97 while they place those panels."

That has forced a delay in the project for a couple of months.

While it appears as if the construction site at Nancee Way below Highway 97 South has been idle for several weeks, Lube says that isn't totally correct.

"Even though it may not be apparent while you travel along Highway 97 work is continuing on the project. It has not stopped," says Lube.

"The only work we could do was the excavation part and the utility work."

Lube says everyone from the motoring public to the contractors themselves want to see the project complete as quickly as possible.

"We had to do our due diligence to make sure things are going to proceed and the end product is safe."

While any road construction project is weather dependent, Lube says they are on schedule for a late fall opening.

She adds they are always looking for efficiencies which will move the project along a little quicker.

As for traffic flow, Lube says motorists will continue to utilize the temporary travel alignment until mid November when the excavation is complete and the alignment can be moved over to the permanent one.

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Facelift underway on Westside Road
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 76291 - Jun 8, 2012

Work has begun on a series of safety improvements to Westside Road.

The improvements include 5.5km of paving as well as construction of three new vehicle pullouts.

Okanagan Aggregates was awarded a $1.2M contract for the paving work which will include three key stretches of Westside Road:
• Near La Casa: starting 400m north of Barcelona Road and continuing north for 1 km.
• Near Parker Cove: starting 400m south of Whiteman Creek Bridge and continuing north for 1.5 km.
• Near Little Kingdom: starting 700m south of Six Mile Road and continuing north for 2.9 km.

The three new pullouts are on top of three added a year ago. These include:
• 1.5 km north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road near Pine Point, southbound.
• 7.4 km north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road; approx. 400m north of Wilson Landing Fire Hall, northbound.
• 11 km north of Bear Lake Forest Service Road at Dimitri Creek; approx. 5 km north of Wilson Landing. The pullout is southbound, and the project includes straightening the curve to improve safety.

"There are many year-round residents who live along Westside Road and, in the summer, the traffic increases as tourists take advantage of the many resorts, Bear Creek Provincial Park and Fintry Provincial Park," says Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

"This work will address safety concerns by improving the road condition in three key areas. The vehicle pull-outs will give recreational vehicles the chance to move over so traffic doesn't back up."

Road signs will also be upgraded and additional corner markers and reflective road delineators added between Bear Creek Road and Highway 97 at O'Keefe Ranch.

Recently, Westside Road was named the worst road in the province in a survey conducted by the BC Automobile Association

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B.C.'s worst road gets $1.35 million in improvements
By Wade Paterson - Kelowna Capital News - June 08, 2012

Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart announces the province's plan to begin a $1.35 million improvement to Westside Road.

New pullouts and 5.5 km of road resurfacing are the latest steps that the province is taking to improve the safety of Westside Road.

The project will cost the province $1.35 million and will be completed by late fall.

"It's a start," said Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart.

"I think it's pretty clear that the magnitude of rebuilding Westside Road is in the neighbourhood of hundreds of millions of dollars. The reality is that our first priority is to improve the existing road."

The portions that will be improved are: Near La Casa, starting 400 metres north of Barcelona Road and continuing north for one km; near Parker Cove, starting 400 metres south of Whiteman Creek Bridge and continuing north for 1.5 km; near Little Kingdom, starting 700 metres south of Six Mile Road and continuing north for 2.9 km.

"These are the most targeted, specific safety improvements that the government can deal with in term of its financial ability.

"We made improvements last year, this year we're making more and there are further announcements to be made on this corridor, hopefully in the coming months."

Three new pullouts for slow-moving vehicles and highway signage improvements will also be made this year.

"The vehicle pullouts will give recreational vehicles the chance to move over so traffic doesn't back up. . .the signage is for (drivers') own safety to not overdrive the road."

Westside Road was named B.C.'s worst stretch of pavement in the British Columbia Automobile Association's 2012 campaign to identify the worst road in the province.

Stewart said that these improvements have been in the works for some time and are not a reaction to the survey.

Murray Tekano, district manager for the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, said that sharp curves and pavement width are the top concerns that most people have with Westside Road.

He added that barriers may be part of future improvements to the road.

"Roadside barriers are usually set on asphalt. They absorb energy when something hits it by moving the barrier instead of putting all that energy into the vehicle. So to put down a roadside barrier, we have to have a wide enough road width that the barrier can be put on it," said Tekano.

"Where we can do widening like that, then we would do that. But we're also looking at alternate barrier systems. Our ministry has been using cable barrier systems. . .we may be looking at systems like that on this roadway as well, but it still has to go through some engineering reviews."

wpaterson "at" kelownacapnews.com

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.pdf icon May 28, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Director Item - Director Jim Edgson audio about fixing Westside Road and about having another Water Rates meeting June 19, 2012 for the North Westside Road area.

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Kelowna mayor suggesting banning motorcycles from downtown
AM 1150 - 6/6/2012

The mayor of Kelowna says the downtown will be much quieter in the future if he has anything to say about it.

Many residents have complained about the noise motorcycles make while cruising along Bernard Avenue.

Walter Gray suggested that if 14 million dollars is being spent to make the area more pedestrian friendly, why not ban motorcycles all together.

"I'm wondering if we should just push this envelope for Bernard Avenue as a start and simply ban motorcycles from it".

Gray says the province is dragging its heels on legislation allowing municipalities to enforce a noise bylaw.

Gray has written the premier expressing his concern.

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Westside MLA says road repairs are costly
Vernon Morning Star - by Wade Paterson - May 13, 2012

Results from a B.C. Automobile Association survey indicated something that some residents and tourists have been saying for years: Westside Road is the worst in the province.

Although Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart questions how scientific BCAA’s survey is, he said that Westside Road improvements have been his top priority since getting elected.

“I don’t dispute the issues that the residents on Westside Road have with road safety. I drive the road all the time. I’m not a resident out there, but I regularly drive out there and I do check things out,” said Stewart.

He said that to improve the road to the level that many Westside Road residents are hoping for, it would cost in excess of $100 million.

The MLA said that surveying has been done along the road and the worst areas identified match up with the areas of concern brought forward by the Westside Road Improvement Committee.

According to Stewart, just under $1 million has already been spent on road widening and pullouts.

“A lot of tourists that come to the Okanagan visit Bear Creek Provincial Park or Fintry Provincial Park. Those people don’t drive that road every day and (often) have trailers or motor homes.

“In order for them to not have traffic backed up and people taking unsafe chances, we’ve put in mandatory safety pullouts so that they pull over.”

And more improvements will be forthcoming this year.

“There’s another long section of about six kilometres that’s going to be rehabilitated this year. . .we’ll make the official announcement once the contracts are let.”

Along with the rehabilitation to a stretch of road, Stewart said that more safety pullouts and enhanced road safety signage will be put in place.

Stewart drove Westside Road with Blair Lekstrom, the minister of transportation, a couple of months ago.

“The problem is that the magnitude of the repairs is going to be significant. In the near term, we need to look at more creative ways at creating roadside safety barricades and doing the widening in the absolute most dangerous spots,” said Stewart.

“We are going to get some of the worst and most offending corners and grades and dangerous spots looked into and we’re going to come up with what I hope is a plan at some point time during this year.

“It’s not going to be the Cadillac version, it’ll probably be down the list from that. But it’s going to be something that I’m hopeful will be able to give people confidence that we are looking out for their road safety issues.”

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MLA says more improvements will come to Westside Road
By Wade Paterson - Kelowna Capital News - May 09, 2012

Last week, results from a British Columbia Automobile Association survey indicated something that some West Kelowna residents and tourists have been saying for years: Westside Road is the worst in the province.

Although Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart questions how scientific BCAA’s survey is, he said that Westside Road improvements have been his top priority since getting elected.

“I don't dispute the issues that the residents on Westside Road have with road safety. I drive the road all the time. I'm not a resident out there, but I regularly drive out there and I do check things out,” said Stewart.

He said that to improve the road to the level that many Westside Road residents are hoping for, it would cost in excess of $100 million.

The MLA said that surveying has been done along the road and the worst areas identified match up with the areas of concern brought forward by the Westside Road Improvement Committee.

According to Stewart, just under $1 million has already been spent on road widening and pullouts.

“A lot of tourists that come to the Okanagan visit Bear Creek Provincial Park or Fintry Provincial Park. Those people don’t drive that road every day and (often) have trailers or motor homes.

“In order for them to not have traffic backed up and people taking unsafe chances, we’ve put in mandatory safety pullouts so that they pull over.

And more improvements will be forthcoming this year.

“There’s another long section of about six kilometres that’s going to be rehabilitated this year. . .we’ll make the official announcement once the contracts are let.”

Along with the rehabilitation to a stretch of road, Stewart said that more safety pullouts and enhanced road safety signage will be put in place.

He said he drove Westside Road with Blair Lekstrom, the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, a couple of months ago; therefore, the province is also aware of the lack of barricades in unsafe areas.

“The problem is that the magnitude of the repairs is going to be significant. In the near term, we need to look at more creative ways at creating roadside safety barricades and doing the widening in the absolute most dangerous spots.

“We are going to get some of the worst and most offending corners and grades and dangerous spots looked into and we're going to come up with what I hope is a plan at some point time during this year.

“It's not going to be the Cadillac version, it'll probably be down the list from that. But it's going to be something that I'm hopeful will be able to give people confidence that we are looking out for their road safety issues.”

wpaterson "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Transportation brings govt's together
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 75026 - May 10, 2012

Municipal and regional governments from across the Central Okanagan have formed a new partnership focused on regional, sustainable transportation interests.

Regional District of Central Okanagan board chair, Robert Hobson with mayors of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country along with Westbank First Nation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the goal of working together to identify and address long-term transportation issues.

"Transportation issues are top of mind for all residents across the Central Okanagan. They are also an important part of local government official community plans and our Central Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy, which is being updated," says Hobson.

"This new partnership brings all of our interests to the table in dealing efficiently and effectively with transportation matters, so that we can find common solutions and apply them from one end of the region to the other."

Among the benefits identified in this new partnership:
• The establishment of unified regional policies and strategic transportation plans
• Improve responsiveness to Central Okanagan residents and local elected officials
• Potentially reduced costs through regional efficiencies, reduced duplication, sharing of resources, survey data, best practices and funding
• Providing a means to measure and monitor regional benefits and implications of transportation decisions
• Creates a forum and collective voice to effectively communicate with senior governments.

Staff from each local government will work together in crafting more formal agreements for the; structure, funding and operation of the sustainable transportation partnership.

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.pdf icon May 10, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of May 10, 2012 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

10.1 BC Transit - Transit Future 25 Year Plan

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan endorse the 'Transit Future Plan - Central Okanagan Region', as the guiding document for expansion of public transit service within the region over the next 25 years.

CARRIED

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10.2 Enhanced Transportation Partnership - Approval of MOU between local governments of the Central Okanagan for a Sustainable Transportation Partnership.

FINDLATER/GRAY
THAT the Regional Board approve the Memorandum of Understanding between Local Governments of the Central Okanagan for a Sustainable Transportation Partnership subject to development of an Inter-local Agreement to more formally establish the new partnership;
AND THAT the Regional District's Chief Administrative Officer be directed to work with his counterparts with local and regional governments in the Okanagan to draft an Inter-local Agreement for Sustainable Transportation Partnership;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board Chair be authorized to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.

CARRIED

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Westside Road worst in BC
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 74737 - May 4, 2012

Westside Road is #1 -- as in the number 1 worst road in BC.

That according to a survey of the top 10 worst roads in the province conducted by the BC Automobile Association (BCAA).

Nearly 3,500 people responded to the three week survey.

Of those who selected Westside Road, 87 per cent cited potholes and crumbling pavement for the reason the roadway was so bad.

Westside Road finished 18th in the province in the 2011 BCAA survey.

The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued an 'Invitation To Tender' for paving work on three sections of Westside Road.

The bidding process will end May 17.

Ministry spokesman, Murray Tekano, says he expects paving work on the three sections to take place over the next few months.

Tekano says about 5km of the roadway will be taken care of this summer.

"One is near La Casa, one up near Whiteman Creek north of La Casa and a location called Little Kingdom," says Tekano.

"Those are areas that have significant pavement distress and have on our plan for resurfacing."

Tekano says road safety is always the ministry's top priority and they recognize Westside Road is one that needs attention.

Last year a number of sections of Westside Road were identified that need attention and, as money becomes available, those areas will be looked after.

"I can't speak to large projects because those are not on the books for Westside Road but we certainly are going to tackle those problematic areas."

Tekano says the roads placement on the BCAA list is something that is important to recognize and something his ministry does take seriously.

"It is important for people to know that we do hear from the community a lot and it's important for us to hear that input," adds Tekano.

"MLA (Ben) Stewart has been advocating for these improvements as well. We want people to know that is an important contact for us as well."

The top 10 includes four roads in Prince George.

The number one complaint among motorists, pedestrians and cyclists who took the survey were potholes and crumbling pavement.

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Westside Road voted the worst in BC
AM1150 - by Hayley Cooper - 5/3/2012

The conditions of Westside Road are being voted the worst in BC.

The BC Automobile Association is out with its 2012 rankings of the worst roads in the province, as voted on by residents, and the stretch of road has taken the top spot with potholes and crumbling pavement cited as major concerns.

Westside Road was ranked 18th last year.

Rounding out the top three are two roads in Prince George.

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A round table for Mayors
Castanet.net - by Grant Scott - Story: 74400 - Apr 27, 2012

The four member municipalities of the Inter-Municipal Services Advisory Board - Kelowna, West Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton - are continuing their work on common municipal issues including transit governance, the Okanagan Basin Water Board and environmental permitting.

The board is made up of the four municipal mayors and chief administrative officers.

On Friday, April 20, Kelowna Mayor Walter Gray, Vernon Mayor Robert Sawatzky, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton met to plan ahead for the rest of 2012.

“By continuing to work together, the four municipalities are able to address areas of mutual concern, which will be a benefit to all the citizens of the Okanagan Valley,” says Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton.

In the past, that has included agreement on a common Safe Premises bylaw to handle properties found to be cultivating illegal drugs, the launching a Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System and lobbying for continued support of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of the RCMP, dedicated to organized crime activity.

This time around, the group discussed partnership opportunities with BC Transit, which is considering implementing a three-person panel to work with municipalities on planning.

The Mayors agreed that larger centres would like to work in tandem with its provincial transit partner, making the panel available to assist smaller centres with planning.


The group also noted it is looking forward to the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s strategic planning session scheduled for early June, and would call on municipal peers at the coming Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA) convention in Revelstoke to offer the OBWB suggestions and recommendations for consideration during its planning process.

Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton also broached the topic of environmental permitting issues relating to the reconstruction of streamside infrastructure, such as dike systems.

The City of Penticton will take the lead on the matter, writing a letter to senior government to review the lengthy and often costly process required before municipalities are able to conduct needed repairs.

Mayors Gray, Sawatzky, Findlater and Ashton signed two joint letters at the meeting: one to Premier Christy Clark seeking funding support for private landowners for forest fire mitigation and the other to the Union of BC Municipalities seeking a change in how funds are allocated under the Gas Tax Agreement.

Ongoing concerns that impact all member municipalities were also discussed, including enforcement of lakeshore zoning regulations and the RCMP policing agreement.

Inter-Municipal Services Advisory Board meetings are held quarterly and alternate between municipalities. The four mayors represent more than 80 per cent of the Okanagan’s population.

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.pdf icon April 12, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6.2 Enhanced Transportation Partnership Initiative - Ron Westlake - Director Regional Services, City of Kelowna Ron Westlake provided an update of the enhanced transportation partnership initiative including:

-The Province has announced an external review of BC Transit. Local governments across the Province have expressed concern on how BC Transit is managed and lack of local autonomy. The committee will be touring the province for staff and elected officials input.

Regional Sustainable Transportation:
-Smart Transit Plan and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project started at the RDCO
-Local government plans tied to this - OCP, active transportation, marketing with air quality and TDM program
-Proposal by BC Transit for a regional transit commission with the City of Kelowna, West Kelowna and City of Vernon was not agreed to by the municipalities.
-Municipal CAOs continue to meet on an enhanced transportation partnership
-Current regional system is administratively fragmented - not multi-modal, issues range from funding to governance
-Daily transit mode share 87% by vehicle, 2% by transit
-Solutions are limited within current governance structure
-There is a need to develop an affordable long-term sustainable transportation plan

Changes/Challenges in Transit Service Delivery highlighted:
-Timeline for BRT
-Smart Transit plan
-BRT capital plan (provincial funding in 2010 of $11 mil)
-Phase 1 of the BRT launched: Kelowna to UBC, Phase 2 & 3 (West Kelowna to Kelowna and further infrastructure)
-project definition report 2011-2012 (BC Transit) $43mil in funding, approx $37mil in new funding
-Conventional and Community Transit Costs reviewed - BC Transit costs have gone up significantly and local governments have no control over these costs.
-Challenges with BC Transit reviewed - delivery of service is not responsive to community needs. In the past, as provincial funding was increased, transit ridership increased. As funding decreased, ridership decreased.
- Issues are common to other regions in BC.
-Kelowna Transit is the largest transportation system outside the lower mainland.

Current governance model and proposed governance enhancement model outlined
- Progress to date
o Local input and review is underway with the municipal CAOs
o Input and acceptance in principle to be forwarded to local Councils for input and decision
o MOU developed, CAOs to continue to work on inter-local agreements
o Presentation to panel reviewing BC Transit

Discussion:
-Local government needs to be fully involved.
-Is it possible to manage under a single contract?
-How would the new proposal be funded? Two sources of funding could be considered: TDM program and local administration fund that RDCO contracts to the City of Kelowna.
-Would like to see Lake Country and Peachland join TDM program.
-WFN and Peachland are involved through the RDCO and are currently looking at having their own contract with BC Transit.
-The key is governance model.
-Briefing for the BC Transit panel is being prepared--will be circulated to CAOs for review.
-KPMG has done an audit of BC Transit - administrative costs shifted throughout the province.
-Regionally Significant Funds are being dedicated to buses and active transportation models. Waiting input from municipal CAOs before RDCO can apply for the funds - final deadline September 2012.
- Need a 'made in the Okanagan solution' amongst the members ie: regional cooperation, prioritizing routes, handling local finances, we have capacity to have local staff to route planning and local plans.
- Look at it from a long-term perspective. No taxation without representation.

Next Steps
-recommendation to local governments to approve non-binding MOU
-presentation panel reviewing BC Transit
-CAOs to continue to work on inter-local agreement(s)

OPHUS/GRAY
THAT the presentation on the Enhanced Transportation Partnership Initiative be received

CARRIED

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Council turns to road safety
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 73193 - Mar 30, 2012

Complaints by residents and West Kelowna Council about the need for more left turn lights along Highway 97 has not fallen on deaf ears.

A crash at Ross Rd. and Hwy 97 March 3 claimed the life of a West Kelowna woman

Staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) stood before West Kelowna Council earlier this week with a strategy for implementation of left turn signals along the highway corridor which snakes its way through municipal and Westbank First Nation lands.

MOTI ranked six intersections in descending priority levels:

1. Butt – left turn signal installation underway (working with WFN and local developments)

2. Bartley (all directions)

3. Gellatly/Gossett (all directions)

4. Westlake/Hudson (side street)

5. Daimler (side street - optional)

6. Ross – no improvements suggested at this time

West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater, says council didn't agree with all of the recommendations put forward by MOTI, but adds some they could probably accept.

"Not all of them are even listed. There are some uncontrolled ones like Bering and Grizzly that we think they need to look at in some way to make them safer as well."

Findlater says the ministry suggested a 50/50 cost sharing formula with the municipality.

With a potential cost of, perhaps $50,000 per intersection coming back to the municipality, Findalter says staff will parallel their data with financial information and come up with their own list of priority intersections.

"Our staff will prioritise these things and bring something back to council. I'm confident we'll be able to get at least a couple of them going."

Meantime, Findlater did caution residents that the ministry made it clear not to expect traffic measures at all six intersections identified.

"Their mandate is to move traffic," adds Findlater.

"If you had some form of advance turn signal at all six plus the seventh already (Hudson and Westlake) and the eighth at Boucherie, you would be slowing traffic down substantially."

Findlater says the left turn light recently installed at Hudson and Westlake has been working very well.

The public outcry for better traffic measures is in response to several serious and fatal crashes in recent years.

The most recent claimed the life of a West Kelowna woman on March 3 at Ross Road and Highway 97

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.pdf icon February 17, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 1 Budget Presentation.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1a Budget Piechart.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1b Budget Summaries.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1c Tax Requisitions and Rates.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2 Financial Plan Contents.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2a Environmental Services - Engineering.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2b Environmental Services - Waste Management.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3a Development Services - Planning.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3b Development Services - Protection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3c Development Services - Inspection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 4 Parks Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5 Finance and Administration.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6 Corporate Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6a Corporate Services - Policing Liaison Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 7 Economic Development Commission.pdf

.pdf icon Item 8 Regional Board.pdf

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2.3 2012 Budget Review

Marilyn Rilkoff began a review of the 2012 budget. The question was raised regarding FTE's (full-time equivalents) and whether the cost is applied to the department they report to or the service. FTE costs are allocated to individual services. If you participate in a service you pay a portion of FTE.

Westside Transit services
- WFN and Peachland costs down slightly. WFN and Peachland are looking at obtaining their own operating agreements with BC Transit.
Ellison Transit Service
- Can we increase the service or do away with it? It's of little value the way the service is currently being provided.
HANSON/EDGSON
THAT staff be directed to contact BC Transit to provide options for increased service to the Ellison transit service.
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Overpass repairs almost over
by Castanet Staff - Story: 70745 - Feb 9, 2012

Work will begin this week on the final phase of repairs to the Westside Road Interchange retaining walls.

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced on Wednesday that Ledcor, the contractor for the Westside Road Interchange project, is starting the process to attach the finishing panels, and they anticipate repairs will be complete by mid-March.

The final phase of repairs to the Westside Rd Interchange are set to begin.

The first phase of repair works at both the west and east abutments is complete, and involved the preparation of a mounting surface for the finishing panels.

Work included removing all the panels under the abutments on both walls, preparing soil and placing shotcrete on the exposed face of the soil to prevent weathering.

Ministry officials say the wall failure was a unique event, and the retrofitting of the panels is a complex process. As a result, to design a repair that ensures quality and durability required more time than anticipated.

The ministry recognizes and thanks West Kelowna and area residents, as well as other users of the highway, for being extremely patient throughout this process, and they can rest assured that their safety is the ministry's utmost concern.

On November 20, 2011, the facing panels of the west abutment retaining wall at the Westside Road Interchange collapsed.

The Province engaged Buckland and Taylor Ltd., an internationally-renowned bridge engineering firm, to investigate the cause. Their testing of materials from the site has determined embrittlement at the bends in certain steel reinforcement bars connecting the concrete facing panels was a contributing factor in the collapse.

The investigation is not over however, and research into the failure is continuing. A detailed geotechnical analysis is still to come along with further materials testing, analysis of soil settlement, mapping of the failure areas and analysis of findings from taking apart the opposite wall to learn about other factors that may have contributed to the collapse.

Current traffic patterns will remain in place until further notice. The ministry will continue to ensure that any traffic pattern changes take into consideration hockey games and other community events.

Investigation into wall collapse at Westside Road Interchange should be complete in a couple of months
AM1150 - Hayley Cooper - Feb 8, 2012

The Ministry of Transportation is expecting to know within the next couple of months what caused a wall at the Westside Road Interchange to collapse.

District Transportation Manager, Murray Tekano says they do know there was a failure of a component that allowed the panels to come loose with other factors being evaluated.

Tekano says repairs are entering the final stage and says they've been going smoothly since the wall collapsed November 20th.

"The contractor is going to be constructing a new facing system, which will replace the components that failed. It will basically be attached to the shotcreted concrete material and form a new facing for the wall."

Repairs should be complete by mid-March.

Tekano says drivers should be aware of periodic lane closures during the final phase of repairs.

Repair work on the Westside Road Interchange entering final stage
AM1150 - Hayley Cooper - Feb 8, 2012

Repair work on the collapsed wall at the Westside Road Interchange should be complete by mid-March.

Construction crews are entering the final phase of repairs, attaching the finishing panels.

The first phase of repairs, which started shortly after the wall collapsed on November 20 included preparing the mounting surface for the panels and placing shotcrete on exposed surfaces.

An investigation into what caused the wall to collapse is still ongoing.

Current traffic patterns will remain in place.

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Cause of collapse still unknown
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 69790 - Jan 16, 2012

Still no word from the province as to what caused a portion of the Westside Road Interchange overpass to collapse.

Investigators survey the damage at the site of the retaining wall collapse back in November.

Part of the retaining wall below the north side overpass collapsed November 20, just three weeks after it opened.

The overpass itself has been closed since that date and traffic re-routed while crews work on fixing the problem.

Speaking before West Kelowna council in mid December, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, stated the official cause should be known in a couple of weeks.

That was a month ago.

Ministry officials say we'll have to wait a while longer.

"This is a complex investigation involving testing of the materials used, analysis of soil and settlement and findings from taking apart the other wall," ministry officials stated in an email sent to Castanet News Friday.

"The investigation is ongoing. It is important to not rush professional analysis."

Following the collapse of the retaining wall, the ministry engaged Buckland and Taylor Ltd., an internationally renowned bridge engineering firm to investigate the cause.

"We have some preliminary findings from Buckland and Taylor and are expecting an interim report shortly," officials stated.

"We expect to be able to share more soon."

Meantime, ministry officials also expect to provide a technical update on the status of repairs sometime this week.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 United Way Transit Pass Request.pdf

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Quotes from agencies surveyed in 2011:

"Our clients require bus tickets to attend ESL classes. This is crucial because without English, they are unable to find work or communicate with others, and are in danger of becoming isolated. Some come as refugees who have no support system and no resources."
Kelowna Community Resources

"We put a limit on the tickets to 4 per person per month, and since there was a shortage in the summer, we limited it to 2 per month. The tickets are given to persons attending medical appointments who have no way to get home."
Canadian Mental Health Association

"Poverty limits options. More and more people losing jobs, or facing a reduction in working hours, means that others can't help out as much as they have in the past. People have fewer "natural" supports and turn to social services. We experienced an increase in women seeking bus passes and services when the Drop-in Centre closed, and when the Women's Resource Centre closed."
Elizabeth Fry Society

"Affordable rent in the Kelowna area tends to impact our clients as they are looking in areas outside Kelowna, such as Lake Country, West Kelowna and Peachland. Some services (Living Positive and Salvation Army) have also moved to Rutland recently."
NOW Canada

"Since 2009 the number of people accessing our Outreach Ministry has doubled. We noticed an initial increase when the Kelowna Drop-In Centre closed. This increase is also a result of ongoing challenges to find affordable housing in Kelowna, cut-backs in other services our clients previously accessed (Women's Resource Centre), and the fact that levels of income assistance for unemployed, under-employed and those with disabilities have not increased while the cost of food, housing and fuel continue to rise. Our clients live as far away as Peachland and Winfield/Lake Country and we have issued bus tickets for people to travel as far away as Vernon and Peachland for medical appointments and work."
First United Church

"We have more people in need every month. More young and old people in need. I could easily use 100 tickets per month, or bus passes for the seniors."
Lake Country Food Bank

"The tickets are for emergencies - I need to get to work, I need to go look at a place to rent, I need to go to the doctor, I need to get home (more for women at night), etc."
Kelowna's Gospel Mission

"We never seem to have enough to meet client needs but summer is easier because clients are more able to walk or bike in the warmer weather. Winters are more challenging because clients often don't have appropriate clothing. We greatly appreciate this resource and United Way always advocating for our clients' needs. THANK YOU !!"
John Howard Society

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6. Transit

6.1 Request from the United Way for an increase in the number of transit passes Staff report dated January 4, 2012 provided a review of the transit passes which have been provided to the United Way since 2001. The Kelowna Regional Transit System has had a partnership with the United Way to provide transit assistance for people experiencing poverty. Currently United Way receives 700 single ride adult tickets each month for distribution to their participating agencies. The agencies distribute to qualified individuals. In 2012 the United Way is requesting an increase in tickets to 850 per month.

Harry Grossman, Executive Director of the United Way and Avril Paice, Director of Community Investment, provided a review of the program.

Keith Grayston addressed the committee reviewing the partnership. Value of the tickets is about $20,655 per month but the actual cost to the system is very minimal, perhaps nothing. Concern with a program such as this is tickets are sold to various provincial ministries and don't want to download to other governments.

United Way is left with the decision of what agencies and amount of tickets each agency is provided.

It was noted there is support for the day pass option in off peak hours and the United Way will continue to work with City staff to review program.

Fare box technology does not currently have the ability to have time of usage option.

FIELDING/EDGSON
THAT the Governance & Services Committee receive the report from the Director of Financial Services, City of Kelowna dated February 4, 2012 and the United Way report dated October 17, 2011 regarding United Way Transit Partnership and the request for an increase in transit passes for 2012;
AND FURTHER THAT the Finance Directors of each local Kelowna Regional Transit contract provide a memorandum to the Director of Financial Services, City of Kelowna indicating their position on expanding the transit partnership with the United Way by 150 transit tickets per month.

CARRIED

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United Way Transit Ticket Request

The Regional Board has agreed to ask each participating local municipality in the Kelowna Regional Transit System whether they support a request from the Central Okanagan United Way. The organization is asking for 150 additional Kelowna Regional Transit tickets each month. The United Way has been receiving 700 single ride adult tickets each month that are distributed to participating agencies in order to assist clients access essential services or meet other emergency transportation needs. There’s minimal cost to this successful program which has been in place since 2001.

Request for Highway 33 Safety Meeting

The Regional Board has agreed to ask for a meeting to discuss traffic safety and enforcement concerns related to Highway 33 through the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. Director Patty Hanson says there have been a number of accidents along this section of the highway and residents are concerned about speeding and related safety issues. The Board Chair and area director will request a meeting with representatives from the Kelowna Rural RCMP and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to discuss the concerns and possible options.

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Agenda NO: 6.1
Mtg Date: Jan 13, 2012

REPORT TO REGIONAL BOARD

Date: January 4,2012
File: 1405·50
To: Chairman, Central Okanagan Regional District
From: Director, Financial Services
Subject: United Way Transit Partnership

Recommendation:
THAT the Regional Committee receive the report from the Director, Financial Services, City of Kelowna, dated January 4, 2012 and the United Way report dated October 17, 2011;
AND THAT the Committee request the Finance Directors of each local Kelowna Regional Transit contract municipality to provide a memorandum to the Director, Financial Services, City of Kelowna, indicating their Council/Board's position on expanding the transit partnership with the United Way by 150 transit tickets per month.

Purpose:
To request approval for expanding the transit assistance program with the United Way.

Background:
Since 2001 the Kelowna Regional Transit system has had a partnership with the United Way to provide transit assistance for people experiencing poverty. The United Way currently receives 700 single ride adult tickets each month for distribution to their participating agencies. The agencies then distribute the tickets to qualified individuals to help them access essential services or meet other emergency transportation requirements, The United Way then reports to the City of Kelowna on a quarterly basis to account for tickets distributed.

The 700 tickets each month would cost $17,010 annually if purchased by these agencies or individuals. The additional 150 tickets per month being requested would cost $3,645 annually if purchased for a total program cost of $20,655, We can assume that many of these individuals would not purchase tickets due to their financial hardship so the revenue loss would be considerably less than that number. Although we cannot be certain, there is also an assumption that many of these trips are taken at off-peak times when the buses are not at capacity.

Although the increase of 150 tickets per month is a substantial increase the areas being targeted for the additional tickets is mainly outside the City of Kelowna central area (where most of the services and agencies are headquartered) and this provides support to new clients that had been missed previously, This increases the scope of the program and reaches some of the areas that are not currently being served.

The United Way is a valuable partner in the provision of transit assistance to those that can not afford the service. Their administration saves municipal resources in having to deal with requests for assistance. A further side benefit of the program is the introduction of transit service to people that may go on to become regular customers in the future.

For these reasons, along with the minimal cost impact of a very successful program, support for this expansion is being recommended.

Considerations not applicable to this report:
Internal Circulation:
Legal/Statutory Authority:
Financial/ Budgetary Considerations:
Personnel Implications:
Legal/Statutory Procedural Requirements:
Existing Policy:
External Agency / Public Comments:
Communications Comments:
Alternate Recommendation:

Submitted by:
K. Grayston, Director, Financial Services

Program Snapshot
• Currently, United Way distributes 700 bus tickets per month, or 8400 per year.

2011- 2012 Request from United Way
3. We further request consideration for an increase in the number of tickets from 8400/year to a total of 10,200 tickets per year.

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9. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

9.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of January 12, 2012

a) Request from the United Way for an increase in the number of transit passes (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board receive the report from the Director of Financial Services, City of Kelowna dated February 4, 2012 and the United Way report dated October 17, 2011 regarding United Way Transit Partnership and the request for an increase in transit passes for 2012;
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District approves the increase in transit passes of 850 per month to the United Way.

CARRIED

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10. DIRECTORS ITEMS

b) Safety Concerns on Hwy 33

Concern has been raised with regard to the speed limits, traffic volume and number of accidents on Hwy33 through the Joe Rich area. Director Hanson has asked that a meeting with the Ministry of Transportation and RCMP be arranged to discuss speed limits, more signage, Big White traffic, more representation from the RCMP, etc.

HANSON/BASRAN
THAT Chair Hobson and Director Hanson meet with the Ministry of Transportation and RCMP to discuss concerns raised in regard to the speed limit on Hwy 33 (Joe Rich area) and enforcement in an attempt to resolve issues raised by residents of Joe Rich.

CARRIED

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School board worried about gravel trucks
AM 1150 - 1/13/2012

Central Okanagan school trustees are worried about the potential for disaster when it comes to gravel trucks and children sharing the same road.

School District 23 has asked the provincial government to intervene in the operation of the Westcan Gravel Pit on Westside Road.

The board, in a letter to the Ministry of Energy and Mines, is asking that gravel trucks be banned from Westside Road in the mornings and afternoons when school kids and school buses are using Westside Road.

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Kelowna Regional Transit Fare Increase

On Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, Kelowna Regional Transit cash fares will increase 25 cents to $2.25. Monthly passes and sheets of 10 tickets will also be affected by the increase.

“It has been more than four years since the last fare increase,” says Ron Westlake, City of Kelowna Director of Regional Services. “These regular transit fare increases are necessary to cover increasing operating and fuel costs as well as improvements to service.”

Since the last fare increase in 2007, transit service hours have increased by 21 per cent and 22 buses have been added. This includes introduction of the #97 Express Rapid Bus from downtown to UBC Okanagan (UBCO), #4 from Pandosy to UBCO and #6 Glenmore to UBCO, plus increased service frequencies and duration on many other routes.

The Jan. 1 transit fare increase is in line with fares in similar-sized communities, such as Kamloops, Nanaimo ($2.25 for single trip cash fares) and Victoria ($2.50).

New Kelowna Regional Transit fares as of Jan. 1, 2012:

Cash Fare – Adult $2.25
Cash Fare – Senior and student (to Grade 12) $2
Ticket (sheet of 10) – Adult $20.25
Ticket (sheet of 10) – Senior and student (to grade 12) $18
Monthly pass – Adult $60
Monthly pass – Senior $42
Monthly pass – College $48
Monthly pass – Student (to Grade 12) $38
“If you have an existing transit ticket, you can continue to use them in the New Year,” says Westlake. “Just supplement your ticket with 25 cents at the fare box when you board each bus.”

Notices regarding the fare increase have been posted on Kelowna Regional Transit buses. The Riders Guide will not be revised at this time, as there are no changes to routes or schedules.

Kelowna Regional Transit is a partnership between the City of Kelowna, BC Transit, Districts of West Kelowna, Peachland and Lake Country, Westbank First Nation and the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

For more information on transit routes, schedules and fares, visit www.bctransit.com/regions/kel.

(December 27, 2011)

Source:  RDCO's What's New

Westside Road hot topic at MLA Stewart's open house
By Wade Paterson - Kelowna Capital News - December 20, 2011

Before his constituents get too busy with the holidays, Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart hosted a couple open houses to meet with the people of his riding, hear their concerns and answer questions.

Tuesday's open house, held at the Kelowna Senior Citizens Society Club 17, was directed at the members of Stewart's constituency who live east of the bridge.

"I want to be accessible to everybody. We had one on the Westside last week, at the Lions Hall. The one this week is in downtown Kelowna," said Stewart.

"I think a lot of people in the downtown area of my riding don't realize that the riding stretches from the lake all the way out to Spall Road, from Knox Mountain down to the hospital."

Although the open house was held in Kelowna, Stewart said a number of people came armed with their concerns about Westside Road.

"There is a big delegation here from Westside Road. A lot of them either have property out there and live downtown or they have driven over here. The big question in everybody's mind is road and safety improvements."

Stewart said he is well aware of the concern and has already been presenting the case to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom.

"On Tuesday, Minister Lekstrom (and I) physically drove the road from Vernon right through to the Westside. We had the chance to go with two key people in the ministry that are responsible for this area: Murray Tekano and Norm Parkes."

Stewart said that the group examined the road safety improvements that have already started, the resurfacing issues and the width of the road.

"The ministry is aware that the road is too narrow in some cases. I'd like to see some cement safety improvements or barricades put up, but they can't put them on unless they widen the road."

According to Stewart, in the past, the province has stated that the road has too low an amount of traffic to justify doing significant improvements; however, he is optimistic that Tekano's staff and resources in the ministry will make it a priority.

“Road safety comes first on my mind; we need to improve that.”

wpaterson "at" kelownacapnews.com

Interchange repairs will take months
Castanet.net - by Grant Scott - Story: 68047 - Dec 2, 2011

It will be months before the repairs to the retaining walls at the Westside Road Interchange are completed and the overpass is re-opened to traffic.

Kevin Baskin, Chief Bridge Engineer for the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, visited the site on Friday and provided an engineering update on the investigation into the retaining wall collapse and subsequent repairs. Those investigations have shown problems on both sides of the overpass.

The WFN's Evelyn Lube, B.C. Ministry of Transportation Chief Bridge Engineer Kevin Baskin and Ministry Transportation Manager Murray Tekano were on hand Friday to provide an update on repairs to the Westside Road Interchange.

"Safety continues to be our top priority at the bridge," says Baskin. "Monitoring of the bridge abutments continues to show no movement. Temporary supports are also in place as an additional safety precaution. The bridge remains safe."

However, Baskin did admit that this is the first time ever anywhere in North America that this particular retaining wall system has failed in this manner.

"Because of this anomaly, engineers are taking a thorough and methodical approach to our investigations. We need to pinpoint a cause and we need to get it right."

To that end, the ministry has retained a world renowned bridge design firm to carry out an investigation of the design failure.

"At this point the investigation is on going and no conclusion on the cause of the failure has been reached," says Baskin.

Experts are focusing on the failure observed in the soil reinforcement bars where they are bent to hook into the connection at the back of the panels.

Adding to the delay is the fact that during their investigation, engineers found a similar defect in the wall at the east abutment of the bridge. Repairs on the east abutment will start once the work on the west abutment is finished sometime in January, 2012. Those repairs are expected to take months to complete.

The contractor, Ledcor, will repair and bear the cost for the affected retaining walls on both sides of the Interchange, and is working around the clock to complete the repairs as quickly as possible.

Motorists on Highway 97 can expect single-lane closures in both directions under the Westside Road overpass nightly between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. until further notice.

"That will be consistent throughout these repairs," says the Ministry's District Transportation Manager, Murray Tekano. "During the day it will be fully opened."

In consultation with community leaders, the ministry will ensure that the contractor takes into consideration hockey games and Christmas events when planning any traffic pattern changes.

The overall value of the Westside Road Interchange project is $41.8 million, with funding from the provincial and federal governments. Baskin could not provide an estimate of the cost of repairs.

The project opened to traffic on Oct. 29, 2011. The Ministry is reluctant to offer any possible date for when it will re-open.

As for the work on the Nancee Road underpass, WFN Project Spokesperson Evelyne Lube says that work will continue.

"The contractor (Ledcor) is doing what they can to make up the time. We're very focused on getting this work done, understanding that the work they would have been doing is going to be delayed while these repairs are happening. The contractor's committed to Westbank First Nation to make up as much time as they possibly can. We're still anticipating that we'll have the underpass open in the fall of 2012."

UPDATE

For Immediate Release
2011TRAN0101-001521
Nov. 22, 2011
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

TRAFFIC ADVISORY
Two lanes will open in each direction on Highway 97

WEST KELOWNA – Highway 97 at Westside Road will reopen to two lanes of traffic in each direction under the Westside Road structure at 2 a.m. Wednesday, in advance of the morning commute.

Motorists should plan on additional time for their commute and are reminded that a construction speed zone is in effect.

The Westside Road underpass structure remains closed until further notice. Local traffic is encouraged to use alternate routes to access Highway 97.

Please watch for crews and equipment working in the area and obey all traffic signage and flag persons.

Check DriveBC for updates and traffic advisories at: www.drivebc.ca

and follow DriveBC on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/drivebc

The ministry would like to thank travellers for their patience during the recent travel delays.

Contact:
Jeff Knight
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 480-9339

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Westside Road — West Kelowna to  Highway 97 North of Vernon

Project Scope
•Approximately 65 km along the west side of Okanagan Lake from West Kelowna to Highway 97 near O'Keefe Ranch.
•The annual average daily traffic is approximately 1000 vehicles per day.
•Summer average daily traffic south of Bear Creek Provincial Park is approximately 2500 vehicles per day.
•Ongoing community group input from Westside Road Improvement Committee and Wilson Landing Committee.
•Program of minor rehabilitation projects undertaken to surface condition and alignment issues.
•Varying levels of investment - over $12.9 million between 2000 and 2010.

Phase 1 - West Kelowna to La Casa

Work Completed
•Survey completed using LiDAR technology.
•Preliminary assessment of alignment and cross sections issues - 12 segments.
•Engineering review of slow moving vehicle impacts on traffic operation.

Work Underway
•Engineering design of slow vehicle pullouts and updated sign installations.

Work Planned
•Geotechnical, archaeological and environmental assessment and consultation.
•Establish priorities for future improvements.

  Phase 2 - La Casa to Highway 97

Work Completed
•Survey completed using LiDAR side scanning radar technology.

Work Planned
•Preliminary assessment of alignment and cross-section issues - commencing summer 2011.
•Preliminary impacts and risk assessment.
•Engage communities for feedback.
•Establish priorities for future improvements.

Information Session Invitation – March 10, 2011 (PDF - 38 KB)
Westside Road Improvements Presentation – March 10, 2011 (PDF - 1.97 MB)
Westside Road Presentation Handout – March 10, 2011 (PDF - 1.96 MB)

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/projects/westside_w-kelowna_vernon/index.htm

INFORMATION BULLETIN

2011TRAN0099-001507
Nov. 20, 2011
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

Westside Road Interchange temporarily closed

WEST KELOWNA – A section of concrete facing wall on the Westside Road Interchange gave way on Sunday morning, spilling dirt fill onto one of the southbound lanes of Highway 97 underneath the overpass.

The Westside Road Interchange is temporarily closed to traffic to allow for an engineering assessment, which is underway. Motorists can expect the closure to remain in place overnight.

While the assessment and clean-up takes place, traffic southbound on Highway 97 is diverted up the southbound ramp, north on Westside Road, on to Nancee Way and then back to Highway 97.

Detours are in effect for local traffic, using either the Campbell Road Interchange or Hudson Road and Boucherie Road. Motorists should follow the directions of traffic control personnel.

Construction of the Westside Road Interchange began in 2009 and the overpass opened to traffic on October 29, 2011. The works are being managed by the Westbank First Nation and delivered by Ledcor Construction.

The cause of the wall damage is unclear. Structural engineers from Urban Systems, the owner’s engineer, are thoroughly assessing the wall area and the structure overall to determine the appropriate course of action. The ministry’s engineering experts will also assess the structure.


The overall value of the Westside Road Interchange project is $41.8 million, with funding from the provincial and federal governments. British Columbia invested $30.8 million, with a federal contribution of $11 million from the Building Canada Fund.

Contact:
Jeff Knight
Government Communications and Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 480-9339

Connect with the Province of B.C. at www.gov.bc.ca/connect

This is a Freedom of Information Request we initiated through Information Access

Re: Request for Access to Records
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA)

I am writing further to your request received by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Your request is for:

Development Cost charges, payments, agreements, monies, etc. that were paid by Westbank First Nations (WFN) toward payment to design, improve and build the Westside Road Interchange project in West Kelowna BC or towards design, improvement or building other highways or other roads in West Kelowna due to commercial development on WFN lands during the period 2009 [October 11, 2011].

Thank you for your clarification regarding the records you requested delineating what WFN has paid or contributed towards the Westside Road Interchange Project.

As the hiring and payment of services for the delivery of the Westside Road Interchange is within the control of the WFN, the ministry is not party to payments for services rendered and does not have the requested records on file. A thorough search was conducted that confirmed WFN has not provided the ministry with third party payment records. As such, no such records were located in response to your request. Your file is now closed.

Does this mean that WFN has free reign of $41 million the Federal and Provincial Government paid for the Westside Road Overpass?

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UPDATE: Portion of overpass collapses
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 67527 - Nov 20, 2011 / 2:23 pm

Update: The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has issued a press release regarding the collapse of a section of concrete facing wall on the Westside Road Interchange.

Jeff Knight, of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, says the Westside Road Interchange is temporarily closed to traffic to allow for an engineering assessment, which is underway.

"While the assessment and clean-up takes place, traffic southbound on Highway 97 is being diverted up the southbound ramp, then north on Westside Road, on to Nancee Way and then back to Highway 97. "

Detours are in effect for local traffic, using either the Campbell Road Interchange or Hudson Road and Boucherie Road.

Drivers can expect the closure to remain in place overnight.

Knight says the cause of the wall damage is unclear.

"Structural engineers from Urban Systems, the owner's engineer, are thoroughly assessing the wall area and the structure overall to determine the appropriate course of action.

The ministry's will also have engineering experts assessing the structure.

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Video: Traffic troubles
Castanet.net - by Trevor Rockliffe - Story: 67532 - Nov 20, 2011 / 12:17 pm

Traffic was very backed up headed into West Kelowna along Highway 97, Sunday morning, after the north west retaining wall of the overpass collapsed.

Commuters were frustrated by the wait to get across the William R. Bennett Bridge.

Video: A close up of the collapse
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 67530 - Nov 20, 2011 / 11:49 am

Castanet's Trevor Rockliffe gets up close to the partially collapsed retaining wall along the new West Kelowna overpass.

Overpass collapses
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 67527 - Nov 20, 2011 / 9:44 am

A retaining wall along the north west side of the new West Kelowna overpass collapsed, Sunday morning.


Photo: Trevor Rockliffe

Shoring from the side of the structure has slid down onto the road, blocking a portion of highway 97.

Murray Tekano, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is on scene assessing the damage of the collapse.

"Traffic is moving in both directions so we're happy about that, but this part of the highway is closed and we do not know for how long."

Fire crews and RCMP are on scene to reroute traffic around the overpass. Traffic is heavily backed up along Highway 97 entering West Kelowna.

One commuter stuck in the backed up traffic says, "this sucks, that's good taxpayer money going to waste."

Others commuters complained about the wait to get across the bridge.

The cause of the collapse is unknown but Tekano says the structure doesn't appear be impacted, other than the one side of the retaining wall. No one was injured in this incident.

The history of the interchange
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 67528 - Nov 20, 2011 / 11:34 am

Sunday morning, a retaining wall along the new West Kelowna overpass collapsed.

With the road blocked, traffic became heavily backed up as it was redirected by RCMP around the overpass.

Murray Tekano, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure was on scene soon after the collapse. Tekano could not explain why the collapse happened, but claimed the structure did not appear to be impacted, other than the one side of the retaining wall.

Many commuters stuck in the backed up traffic were outraged that the new structure had collapsed less than month after opening.


Photo: Trevor Rockliffe

The collapsed retaining wall of the new overpass

Construction on the Westside Road Interchange project began in October, 2010.

While expected to be complete by September of this year, completion was delayed until it officially opened October 29.

At a cost of $41 million, it was tied into the new William R. Bennett Bridge which open in the summer of 2008.

The provincial government contributed $30 million while the federal government kicked in the other $11 million.

Westbank First Nation provided land for the project.

An agreement to construct the interchange at Westside Road was signed by the province and Westbank First Nation in September of 2009.

Under the agreement, WFN would deliver the new interchange, improvements to supporting road and a new underpass at Spland Road through qualified contractors.

Similar to the Campbell Road Interchange delivered through WFN, the project would be turned over to the province once complete.

A $12.9 million major works contract was awarded to Ledcor CMI Ltd.

Ledcor was responsible for construction of the new interchange at Westside Road and Highway 97, and will be responsible for an underpass at Nancee Way and a new roundabout at the junction of Sneena and Westside roads.

British Columbia Infrastructure Projects

*$175 million has been committed to date to the province of British Columbia for initiatives funded under Provincial/Territorial Base Funding.

Kelowna  -  Highway 97: Westside Interchange  -  $10,977,000

Hwy 97 – Westside Road – Interchange

Ledcor CMI Ltd. was awarded a contract valued at $12,978,511.64 for the construction of supporting band roads and the construction of the interchange. The project is expected to start July 1, 2010 and end June 1, 2012.

Questions about this project should be directed to Helen Evans, Project Manager, at 250-712-3646.

 

BEWARE OF DEEP HOLES IN WESTSIDE ROAD

Below is the story of an accident we had driving off the edge of Westside Road November 10, 2011

Click any of the photos below for a larger picture.
     
This is where our Westside Road story begins.
  The tape measure shows a depth of Westside Road missing approx. 6 or 7 inches deep.

This stretch of Westside Road is not far from the south side of La Casa along that long straight stretch.  Watch for oncoming cars and try and stay out of this hole.  There is no room for error here.  If you have a wide vehicle, be very careful.  There is quite a chunk of pavement missing, making the lane fairly narrow.
 

The hole in Westside Road shown in the photos above made this dent in the rim when we hit it.
Not sure if the tire is alright until we install it on a new rim to see if it holds air.
If you have low profile tires, this hole could create a problem for you like it did for us.
Luckily we left early and could still make our appointment almost on time.
We have driven thousand and thousands of miles and never before has this ever happened to us.

We did hit a pot hole one time trying to pass a gravel truck when we lived at the Coast that threw our car around, but we didn't get a bent rim or flat tire out of it that time.  Sure made our car go from one side of the road to the other though.  Luckily we didn't get into an accident that time.  These potholes could be one reason how some people end up in Okanagan Lake.. who knows.

The first vehicle to stop and offer help was a brown colored vehicle.  The male driver told us that his girlfriend just did the same thing (hit a pot hole getting a flat tire) not too long before we had our accident.  He helped by staying with us to make sure we could loosen the lug nuts and then he left because he was in a hurry and we felt we could change the tire as long as the lug nuts were not rusted on.

 

The donut needed air we found out after we got the spare donut on and there was only 15 lbs of air in it.  Its a good idea to check the air in your donut before winter sets in so you don't have to freeze to death putting air in on the side of the road somewhere like we did.  That's if you happen to have an air compressor with you.  Luckily winter hadn't set in yet and it wasn't freezing this day.  We bought our little air compressor at Canadian Tire for under $15, which if you live out Westside Road is well worth the money!  Ours plugs into the cigarette lighter.
 
By looking at the pavement you can see in this photo that someone must have scraped bottom.  There are lines dug into the pavement.
     

As it so happened we were very lucky because the Area Manager Erik Lachmuth happened to be driving by and saw us.  He pulled over behind our car and put his flashing beacon on.  Then he helped by holding the measuring tape while we took photos and driving us home to get the battery operated air compressor so we could pump the donut up, and then he drove us back to the scene.

That would be Erik holding the tape measure in the photo above.  He was a great help... thanks a lot Erik!!!  We really appreciate that you could help us out by giving us a ride so we could make our appointment almost on time!!  Good thing we left early.

  Did you happen to notice the two hubcaps in the photo above .. the one Toyota hubcap was sitting right beside Westside Road where we stopped after hitting the hole, and on the same side of the road as the hole, and the other Mazda hubcap was across on the other side of Westside Road almost directly across the road from the other hubcap and where we stopped.

Do you have a Toyota or Mazda missing its hubcap?
Did you get a flat tire hitting a hole on Westside Road, please let us know and we will start a count here of all the people getting flat tires.
We noticed this hole wasn't the only one in the area and since there were two hub caps laying there, we must not have been the only one that hit that hole.
We wonder if anyone else got a flat there too?
We left the hubcaps there just as they are sitting in the photo so if you want to find them look on the right side of Westside Road heading toward Kelowna not far past La Casa on that long straight stretch.
     

It was kind of funny because just before we were all changed up and ready to leave, a white pickup stopped to ask if we needed any help.  We explained what happened and that we were ready to start driving again.  It was nice that so many caring people stopped to help.  Thanks everyone.  We drove off and noticed the white pickup was right behind us.  We had to turn around so pulled off at the next spot, and the white pickup pulled over too.  He said you forgot your hub cap.  We had to tell him that no, those two hubcaps were someone else's.

The area manager told us to email him and he would email us back with a form to fill out which we could submit to the Ministry of Transportation asking for payment for damages to the bent rim.

If you find yourself with damage due to a hole in the road that you hit, take out your cell phone or camera and a measuring tape to measure the depth of the hole so you can submit it to the Ministry.  Then email Erik and let him know so he can email you a form to fill out.  It would probably be a good idea to keep a measuring tape in your glove box along with your tire pressure gauge and sharp knife to cut a stuck seatbelt in case you are ever in an accident and your car is on fire.

There is no hot pavement being produced anymore this year we were told by a paving company we called a day or so before our accident happened and that the pavement processing company has shut down for winter now.  Erik said maybe they can find some cold patch pavement?  We said either that or some gravel!

Have a comment about Westside Road maintenance, click this link then scroll almost to the bottom of the page and fill out the form.  Your comment will be posted here on okanaganlakebc.ca

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.pdf icon November 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 10.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

Corporate Services:

050 - Transportation Demand Management (Page 131): International Car Free Day: Over 2,000 people attended the event. Free transit tickets were made available on i-go.ca to drive people to the event. Active transportation ambassadors talked to residents about transportation and distributed fliers with cycling, walking, carpool and transit information. Event activities included: stationary bike race, yoga, aerobics, rock climbing and more. Carpool.ca: Carpool week set for October 24 - 28, 2011. Prize sponsorship from ICBC is available for registrants at carpool.ca. Transit Trip Planning Project: Google maps transit planner on-line and accessible. The Soft-launch is complete. Mass communication planned for 2012. Transit Advertising Franchise: Terms of new contract agreed upon. Program is currently awaiting completion of purchasing review. Community Pass: Currently awaiting final report presentation from UBCO. U-Pass Initiative: UBCO: UPASS reaffirmation/fare increase referendum set for Nov. 18/11. Communications plan completed and print materials underway. Okanagan College: The August UPASS Workshop has been completed. Meeting with newly elected student representatives is to occur. Kelowna General Hospital TDM Plan: Initial best practices review and survey data completed. UBCO class sponsorship is in place.

083 - Westside Transit Services (Page 132): A general increase in transit fares and passes for 2012 has been approved by the Regional Board. Cash fares for convention transit and handi-DART users rise January 1 by 25 cents while monthly passes will increase 12% for an adult pass. This would be the first increase since September 2007. A minimum fare recovery policy of 30% for Conventional Transit is also supported by the Board. Peachland and Westbank First Nation are examining the possibility of contracting directly with BC Transit for service.

084 - Handi-Dart Transit (Westbank First Nation) (Page 133): A general increase in transit fares and passes for 2012 has been approved by the Regional Board. Cash fares for convention transit and handiDART users rise January 1 by 25 cents while monthly passes will increase 12% for an adult pass. This would be the first increase since September 2007. A minimum fare recovery policy of 10% for Conventional Transit is also supported by the Board.

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For information about the West Kelowna Rose Valley crown land swap of 700 acres the Provincial Government wants to give away to WFN in exchange for 8 acres of WFN land to build the Westside Road interchange and for the Bennett Bridge please see okanaganlakebc.ca WFN webpage.

Waiting for land exchange documents
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 66907 - Nov 4, 2011

The land in question for the 'swap'

The District of West Kelowna has had a Freedom of Information Request put on hold -- yet again.

The municipality is trying to get information and documents relating to the controversial land exchange between the province and Westbank First Nation.

According to West Kelowna, that request has been delayed for a second time.

In a news release issued Friday, West Kelowna says it received word from the Ministry of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government November 1 stating its request for records pertaining to the land exchange would be delayed until March 12, 2012.

This is the second time an extension has been granted.

The original request through the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act was received by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure on July 22, 2011.

They were informed in mid September the government would not be able to respond to the request within the 30 business days as defined by the Act because of the large volume of records involved.

The deadline was extended to October 31.

That timeline has again been extended to march of next year, again because of the large volume and the requirement to consult with a public body and/or third party.

West Kelowna Council has raised a number of concerns regarding the government's commitment to turn over a 698 parcel of Crown land at the north and east side of the Rose Valley Reservoir in exchange for eight acres of reserve lands being used for highway projects between the bridge and Westside Road.

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ORDER IN COUNCIL 1458
Ministry Responsible: TRANSPORTATION AND HIGHWAYS
Statutory Authority: Highway
Reference No. 335B - 3rd Street, 4th Street, 10th Avenue, 13th Street, 13th Avenue and Westside Road be classified as Secondary Highway.

http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/oic/1995/resume36.htm

WFN celebrates opening of Westside Road Interchange
By Wade Paterson - Kelowna Capital News - October 29, 2011

The first major phase of a $41 million transportation improvement project was completed on time and on budget.

Westbank First Nation celebrated the milestone of completing the Westside Road Interchange on Saturday morning.

Workers and contractors responsible for the development of the interchange were thanked at the celebration. A smudging ceremony also took place prior to the event.

By 12 p.m., the interchange was fully operational.

"It feels great," said Evelyn Lube, head of communications for the project.

"We had a few challenges in the project. Dealing with the traffic is a big challenge: There are 50,000 vehicles that use Highway 97 (everyday).

"For the contractor to be able to get the work done, keep people safe, keep traffic moving, keep the project on budget and on schedule, that's a real accomplishment."

The entire Westside Road Interchange Project is now 65 per cent complete. The next phase will focus on developing an underpass at Nancee Way.

"The Nancee Way underpass is an important part for Westbank First Nation. It (will) help to provide access to the commercial areas that Westbank First Nation has planned on the other side of the highway. Having an alternate access to the other side of the highway is going to be really important."

Work on that underpass will begin immediately.

"We'll be decommissioning the temporary intersection that was installed at Nancee Way. So the first set of lights that you see when you leave Kelowna and get on the bridge will be at the Boucherie Road intersection," said Lube.

The Nancee Way underpass is set to be completed in the summer of 2012.

Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie said that completion of the Westside Road Interchange was a "very important milestone."

"When the (underpass) at Nancee Way is complete, we'll be turning the interchange, in its complete form, over to the province," said Louie.

"Until then it's our responsibility to ensure that the project is completed on time and on budget with the least possible impact to the highway users."

Lube urged drivers to use caution when using the new interchange.

"There still is a 60 km/h speed zone so people still need to slow down and watch for signs. There are a lot of new signs up here, it's a new area. We just want everybody to use caution and obey the traffic control people," said Lube.

INFORMATION BULLETIN

2011TRAN0090-001377
Oct. 28, 2011
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Westbank First Nation

Westside Road Interchange project reaches milestone

WEST KELOWNA – The Westside Road Interchange project will reach an important milestone on Saturday, with the opening of the interchange structure to vehicle traffic and the deactivation of the traffic signals on Highway 97 at Nancee Way.

The interchange is scheduled to open and be fully operational early Saturday afternoon.

The Westside Road Interchange project is 65 per cent complete. Preliminary work is underway for the construction of a highway overpass at Nancee Way, which will require a realignment of a portion of Highway 97 and detours of Nancee Way traffic until project completion in summer 2012.

Motorists are reminded that construction speed zones remain in effect throughout the project site. Motorists can also expect some evening lane closures over the next two weeks while the highway realignment is completed.

The overall value of the Westside Road Interchange project is $41 million, with funding from the provincial and federal governments. British Columbia is investing $30 million, with a federal contribution of $11 million from the Building Canada Fund.

The project is being delivered by the Westbank First Nation and remains on time and on budget.

The new Westside Road Interchange will add to other significant improvements on the Highway 97 corridor to and through West Kelowna. The $141-million W.R. Bennett Bridge and adjacent Campbell Road Interchange opened to traffic in May 2008.

As construction continues, DriveBC will have details of traffic pattern changes at: www.drivebc.ca

For a graphic of traffic pattern changes through the construction site, please visit:

www.westsideroadinterchange.ca/Temporary%20Highway%2097%20Realignment%20and%20Nancee%20Way%20Closures.png


Contacts:

Evelyn Lube
Project Communications
Westside Road Interchange
250 864-7395

Kate Trotter
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
250 356-8241

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

.pdf icon October 13, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon  Item 9.1 Request from The District of West Kelowna.pdf

District of West Kelowna
Mr. Gary O'Rourke, P. Eng.,
District of West Kelowna
2760 Cameron Rd.,
Kelowna BC

September 26, 2011

The proposed WFN land swap including lands at the North end of Rose Valley Reservoir raises several concerns regarding the integrity of Rose Valley Reservoir as a water supply. This reservoir is a terminal reservoir, meaning that the distribution system commences at the reservoir and there is no further opportunity for natural disinfection after water leaves the reservoir. Terminal reservoirs are few in the Okanagan and need special care.

First, Rose Valley Reservoir has demonstrated a high sensitivity to nutrient enrichment over the past 30 years of study. It is vulnerable to cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms that can compromise water safety. The Lakeview system team worked constantly to limit nutrient inputs and to manage the reservoir to avoid these blooms. Their efforts include: managing watershed impacts, managing RVR water levels, weekly monitoring and treatment of impending algae blooms, aeration and siphoning bottom water.

Use of lands within the watershed for development would impact Rose Valley Reservoir by landscape nutrients, stormwater and possibly package sewage treatment plant discharges. Development along the reservoir shoreline would alter nutrient exchange with the sediments.

Second, land development for residential or commercial use greatly increases the risk of contaminants and pathogens entering the reservoir via stormwater, subsurface inflow and groundwater. In 2010 drogue trials, water at 5 m depths
travelled at an average of 132 m/hour and water at 10m depth travelled at an average of 150 m/hr with a strong wind. These average speeds tell us that water can travel from one end of the reservoir to the other within 16 hours. Any contaminants entering the reservoir can spread in that time.

Based on 30 years of study on Rose Valley Reservoir, it is my opinion that any development within the immediate watershed of Rose Valley Reservoir would compromise its use as a domestic water supply and would increase the likelihood of requiring complex water treatment capable of dealing with cyanobacteria blooms. The cost of treatment inevitably rises as source water quality declines.

The longer we can defer constructing a water treatment plant, the more the available technologies can develop.

Heather Larratt, R.P. Bio.

Larratt Aquatic consulting Ltd. 3025 Ensign Lane, West Kelowna, B.C. V4T 2Z4
Phone: 250.769.5444 Fax: 250.769.3233 Email: heather "at" larratt.net

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9. Corporate Services

9.1 Request from the District of West Kelowna - Letter from Larratt Aquatic Consulting Ltd.

The District of West Kelowna requested that the letter from Larratt Aquatic to the District of West Kelowna (DWK) regarding the proposed WFN land swap be circulated for the region's information. It was noted the letter was also presented to the OBWB and DWK Council.

FINDLATER/HODGE
THAT the Governance & Services Committee receive for information the letter to the District of West Kelowna from Larratt Aquatic regarding the proposed WFN land swap.

CARRIED

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Sept 6, 2011

North Westside Road Fire Chief called to let everyone know that there was some confusion and that Westside Road will be closed all day today Sept 6, 2011 due to the Bear Creek Wildfire.

For more info on the Bear Creek Wildfire see our News page

$41 Million spent for WFN shopping center?  Do you feel MLA Ben Stewart may be a liar about the Westside Road interchange being built for a growing population up Westside Road, cause we do?

2011 Legislative Session: Third Session, 39th Parliament
HANSARD
Debates of the Legislative Assembly
(hansard)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Morning Sitting

Hon. B. Stewart: Welcome to all the students that are here today.

On the transportation front, a lot of people remember the days of being stuck in their cars on the old double-lane bridge that we had crossing Lake Okanagan waiting for hours sometimes to get across in the summertime.

One of the bottlenecks was a major intersection just above the new W.R. Bennett Bridge, but it's going through a metamorphic change. There's a $41 million upgrade at Westside Road, and that change is really going to help open up some of the things that are happening both on First Nation lands under the skilful leadership of Chief Robert Louie but also the fact that we have an increasing and growing population moving up Westside Road.

Last September we announced rapid bus in the Central Okanagan. It has begun operation. This is an excellent addition, and it has changed exactly the way that our transit system functions in the Okanagan with a spine running from UBCO down to downtown Kelowna and soon to cross Lake Okanagan and come into the district of West Kelowna. It is an excellent example of how rapid bus can work in communities to reduce congestion and be able to reduce CO2s as well. I'm looking forward to this next phase of rapid bus.

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This was made possible through a joint federal and provincial contribution of $43 million as well as contributions from both the city of Kelowna and the district of West Kelowna. This is an excellent example of where the communities have come together to work collectively on a common problem. I look forward to the day when rapid bus spans from Vernon to Penticton.

http://www.leg.bc.ca/hansard/39th3rd/h10217a.htm

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FACTS ARE:

There hasn't been much for real estate sales up Westside Road for a couple years now from what George Yamada Royal Lepage Real Estate agent told okanaganlakebc.ca.  You can see a good proportion of properties for sale on George's website.  There are still a good proportion of undeveloped lots at La Casa, Valley of the Sun, Upper Fintry, all the way to Westshore Estates October 2011.  These undeveloped lots have been sitting undeveloped for years. 

Now that the price of gas has risen so much, the interchange gives poor incentive to move to an area 45 minutes to town for some.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan turned down a new development proposal in front of Valley of the Sun of 35 homes.

Building stats are way down in the Central Okanagan, enough that the building inspection dept at the Regional District of Central Okanagan is considering restructuring the building inspection dept. 

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2010 Building Statistics in RDCO

Jan - Dec 2010 there were 77 building permits issued in Central Okanagan West.  In the entire Regional District of Central Okanagan there were 48 single family dwellings built, 38 residential additions and access and 32 permits were for garages and carports.

January 24, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Item 9.2 RDCO Building Amendment Bylaw.pdf

Item 9.1 2010 Building Statistics.pdf

 

2009 Building Statistics in RDCO

Jan - Dec 2009 there were 67 building permits issued in Central Okanagan West and out of those 67 permits, 22 were for single family dwellings and 25 were for residential additions and access

.pdf icon January 18, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2009 Building Statistics.pdf

 

2008 Building Statistics in RDCO

Jan - Dec 2008 there were 120 building permits issued in Central Okanagan West and out of those 120 permits, 72 were for single family dwellings and 22 were for additions and access.

.pdf icon January 26, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 2008 Building Statistics.pdf

The population along Westside Road hasn't increased much in the last few years, and not enough to spend $41 million on.

So who did Westside-Coquihalla MLA Ben Stewart really spend the money on?  Wasn't the population of Westside Road was it?  Most likely the money was spent to help the new WFN Shopping District and proposed WFN gravel pits along Westside Road in our opinion.  As if our MLA would spend $41 million for Westside Road residents .. what a crock!  Westside Road doesn't have a shoulder in some spots and the Ministry of Transportation was considering adding pullouts, not shoulders or passing lanes to Westside Road, but nothing has been accomplished yet October 2011.  Why would the Westside Road interchange be a priority over fixing Westside Road itself, since there are no shoulders in some sections on Westside Road, if the Westside Road interchange was built for a growing population up Westside Road?

Westside Road is only a portion of the entire Central Okanagan West area which includes Trepanier next to the Coquihalla and Brent Road in Peachland, plus WFN band reserves.

PDF file icon Population of Central Okanagan West 8,018 - 2006 census

PDF file icon 2099 eligible electors July 31, 2007 in the North Westside Road area, from Westshore Estates to LaCasa.

WFN 2007-2008 Annual Report PDF file icon Through births and transfers, WFN membership population is healthy and strong and has grown to 682.

Westbank First Nation Government provides services for approximately 9000 residents living on WFN lands, 8500 of whom are non-Band members.

Just read the April 6, 2011 article that was in the Kelowna Capital News

If your a Westsider, have you ever been caught in a bottleneck on Westside Road, or has it been on the highway itself?

How much money did the WFN Shopping District as a development contribute to road improvements to accommodate shoppers?

Central Okanagan West Waste/Enivronmental Management Parcel Tax
click stats to see a larger copy

2008 - 2010 there have been 11 new additional properties added to garbage services in the entire Central Okanagan West area according to the stats above that we received from the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

We feel the Westside Road interchange may have been built for West Kelowna residents going to Kelowna and all the gravel pits active and proposed along Westside Road, which Westside Road residents vehemently oppose.

There are at least three gravel pits either approved or awaiting approval.  There is Burnco Pit at Bear Creek that is active, as well as, Okanagan Aggregates proposed gravel pit immediately south of La Casa Resort that hasn't started yet, and maybe another gravel pit at Traders Cove that the WFN probably want to start through acquiring land through the WFN land swap deal with the Province over Rose Valley reservoir and additional lands of approx. 800 acres in trade for 8 acres from WFN to build the Westside Road interchange.  Please see the North Westside Road Ratepayers letter below showing that the Ratepayers are against the gravel pit next to La Casa Resort of 500 cottages.

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We sent a Freedom of Information request to RDCO to find out if WFN paid anything towards the Westside Road Interchange.  RDCO replied saying they don't have that information.  We then filled out a Freedom of Information request on the open government website to ask the Ministry of Transportation.

Re: Request for Access to Records

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPPA)

I am writing further to your request received by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Your request is for:

Development Cost charges, payments, agreements, monies, etc. that were paid by Westbank First Nations (WFN) toward payment to design, improve and build the Westside Road Interchange project in West Kelowna BC or towards design, improvement or building other highways or other roads in West Kelowna due to commercial development on WFN lands during the period 2009 [October II, 2011].

Thank you for your clarification regarding the records you requested delineating what WFN has paid or contributed towards the Westside Road Interchange Project. As the hiring and payment of services for the delivery of the Westside Road Interchange is within the control of the WFN, the ministry is not party to payments for services rendered and does not have the requested
records on file.  A thorough search was conducted that confirmed WFN has not provided the ministry with third party payment records. As such, no such records were located in response to your request. Your file is now closed.

.pdf icon January 23, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 Building Statistics 2011.pdf

*Note* This is only a snippet, click link above for entire content

Period From: Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

There were 170 PERMIT(S) issued during the period Jan 2011 - Dec 2011 with a total construction value of: 13,373,781

28 SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS
8 2-FAMILYDWELLING
2 MOBILE HOMES
75 RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS & ACCESS
15 GARAGES & CARPORTS
7 SWIMMING POOLS
6 FARM & AGRICULTURE BUILDINGS
2 NEW COMMERCIAL
2 COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS/ALTER
3 INSTITUTIONAL NEW
1 INSTITUTIONAL ADDITIONS/ALTER
16 WOOD BURNING APPLIANCES
5 DEMOLITIONS

2010 -   163 permits -  19,893,245.00
2009 -   164 permits -  13,950,329.00
2008 -   643 permits -  93,757,437.50
2007 - 1091 permits - 236,504,322.89

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COW

2 COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS/ALTER
2 NEW COMMERCIAL
1 DEMOLITIONS
1 FARM & AGRICULTURE BUILDINGS
5 GARAGES & CARPORTS
1 INSTITUTIONAL ADDITIONS/ALTER
2 INSTITUTIONAL NEW
4 SWIMMING POOLS
56 RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS & ACCESS
17 SINGLE FAMILY DWELLINGS
4 WOOD BURNING APPLIANCES

TOTAL 95 PERMITS

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North Westside Ratepayers Assn.
10390 PINECREST ROAD
Vernon , B.C. V1H 2B1
PHONE +1.250.542.8461
FAX +1.250.542.8461 (call first)
EMAIL zoeandus "at" telus.net

URGENT
October 19, 2011

Mr. Peter Lishman
Service Centre Manager, NRO
441 Columbia Street
Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2T3

Re: Westbank First Nations /Canadian Aggregates (WFN/CAI) Proposed Gravel Pit on Westside Road at Fintry - Application No. 3412092

We understand you will be making the decision with respect to whether or not this land is transferred to WFN for gravel quarrying purposes for a tenure of up to 50 years.

We fear you will be making your decision on inadequate/erroneous information as follows:
The water source is in question as there is currently a dispute between the strata owners and E. Stewart with respect to ownership of the LaCasa water utility. This may well end up in court and is well documented in the Strata Council Minutes. I can tell you the strata owners I spoke with today are not in favour of supplying water for this pit. Ben Stewart, MLA, we believe, erroneously assumed the majority of people at the Wilsons Landing Meeting (April 2010) were in favour of a gravel pit if the road were improved. Based on this, we understand he went forward to MOTI and began to negotiate on behalf of WFN. We were in attendance at the same meeting and although people discussed the need for road improvements, most were more interested in bringing officials out to the Westside (in a bus) and have them experience the dangers of Westside Road. Does Ben Stewart only care about this very small portion of his constituents? Who was guiding him?

Jim Edgson, Regional Director also advocated for WFN and this gravel pit based on his understanding of the same meeting at Wilsonʼs Landing. Again, we do not believe the majority of people at that meeting were in favour of this gravel pit and even if that was the case, it would be a fraction of the North Westside residents. We, in fact, petitioned at the Traders Cove Recycling Station and there was strong opposition. In fact, I would say 99% of the residents that visited the recycling depot signed our petition. Jim Edgson also attempted to convince his colleagues at RDCO (meeting on audio) that only the residents from LaCasa south would be affected by gravel truck traffic. Is he so out of touch with his riding that he does not realize that many of his constituents travel daily to work in Kelowna? Many retired residents also travel to Kelowna to do business at our Regional District, to attend meetings, to shop, to attend medical appointments, to visit friends and relatives, or just to reach Highway 97 and travel south to the Coast, Summerland, Peachland, Penticton and Osoyoos. Ludicrous! Also LaCasa is situated directly on the north property boundary of this gravel pit and they will be most affected by it - there are 500 strata lots there. The proposed Rockchild
development will be on the south boundary of this property with a proposed 70 homes.

We estimate the gravel truck traffic from the WFN/CAI pit to be 1 truck every 6 minutes. However, the Burnco pit has now opened up Bear Creek Main. Burnco will also be using Westside Road and this could well result in 1 truck every 3 minutes when both pits are fully operational.

Also there is now the Provincial Government/WFN land swap which, in part, will be “swapping” (?) 115 acres of land up Bear Creek Main (near Tolko logsort). Apparently this 115 acres is gravel. As far as the public knows the deal has not even been ratified! More open Government I am sure. Is it possible this 115 acres will also create gravel truck traffic for
Westside Road?

We recently heard of road improvements on Westside Road - “pullouts.” No one is convinced “pullouts” will make the worst sections of Westside Road safer. Government spokespersons and politicians told us these “pullouts” had nothing to do with WFN/CAI gravel pit. The question was asked several times at the Road Improvements Meeting chaired by Murray Tekano. Time will tell.

Are you or your staff aware there is no policing on Westside Road? Is this even a consideration?

We have supplied petitions, emails, letters, bulletins and attended meetings in an attempt to stop this gravel pit. We wish to reiterate the following points in opposition to this gravel pit:

a) noise and air pollution (diesel and crusher)
b) exceptionally strong winds continually blowing particulate matter through the Valley (public health issue)
c) environmental damage to Fintry Historical Park and Fintry Protected Area (particulate matter is corrosive)
d) public health and public safety
e) conflict with Official Community Plan and present zoning
f) conflict with wildlife corridors to the Lake, more traffic more dead animals
g) Draft Management Plan, Section A, Project Overview speaks of 50 or more years of operation - what then?
h) decrease in property values in the immediate area and along the corridor
i) environmental damage to proposed RDCO park immediately south - 92 hectares
j) WFNʼs brochure says a minimal levy will go to upgrade Westside Road, how much will taxpayers pay? What percentage are WFN and Canadian Aggregates paying?
k) Small upgrades to Westside Road will only be the beginning as the road will deteriorate under the extra stress
l) Who will monitor the traffic and pollution? Govt. cutbacks leave no staff to monitor gravel pits (Van. Sun Art.) dated June 25/10 re unmaintained dams due to layoffs in Govt. staff (Osoyoos dam)
m) 249k tons per year traveling down Westside Road. Notice of Work states that if estimated extraction for sand/gravel production is 250k ton/yr. an application must be made to the Environmental Assessment Office (interesting?)
n) Who will pay for the extra maintenance and surveillance required to maintain Westside Road because of this gravel pit operation?
o) many signatures and letters were supplied in opposition
p) Unlike other areas, all wildlife crosses this traffic corridor to get to the Lake - they must have water - there have been no provisions to protect any species including the bighorn sheep.
q) Westside Road is a narrow, winding, mountainous and scenic road used by tourists in motor homes, cars, trucks pulling 5th wheels and on motorcycles many months of the year. They already vie for position.
r) Environmental damage as specified in several letters from the Ministry of Environment and were submitted to ILMB.
s) Noise and dust pollution to tourist accommodations bordering this proposed site.

The proposed amount of tandem gravel trucks and the instability and geography of Westside Road will create a lethal combination which will ultimately lead to fatalities and lawsuits against the MOTI. Anyone in authority who is complicit in the decision to open this quarry will bear some responsibility.

In light of the foregoing we ask that you give this file your utmost consideration and do the right thing - deny Application # 3412092.

Yours truly,
Diane Baldwin, President

for:
Board of Directors
NORTH WESTSIDE RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

cc Ben Stewart
Robert Hobson & Board
Ron Fralik
Wilsons Landing Community Association
LaCasa Strata Owners
Blair Lekstrom/Rich Coleman/Steve Thomson/Terry Lake

Link to .pdf of this letter

WESTBANK FIRST NATION
SUBDIVISION, DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICING LAW NO, 2005-15


10.5 Every Developer, for any purpose other than the creation of three (3) or less lots to provide sites for a total of three (3) or less self-contained dwelling units, must pay to Westbank the development cost charges for the sole purpose of providing funds to assist Westbank in paying the development cost charges and levies of providing, altering, or expanding sewerage, water, drainage and highway facilities and public open space or any of them, in order to serve, directly or indirectly the development in respect of which the charges are imposed.

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WFN commercial project initiated in West Kelowna
Kelowna Capital News - By Alistair Waters - April 06, 2011

Ground will be broken today for the latest commercial development on Westbank First Nation land.

The Okanagan Lake Shopping Centre, a small outdoor mall to be located just south of the Westbank First Nation office building at Highway 97 and Westside Road, will include a multi-screen movie theatre and several retail outlets, including a pharmacy.

Currently there are no plans for a grocery story on the site.

The shopping centre is a partnership between the WFN, Churchill International Property Corporation and Property Development Group.

It is the latest is a string of commercial and retail developments on WFN land in recent years, developments that have included “big box” stores such as Walmart, Canadian Tire​, Home Depot​ and London Drugs​, as well as many smaller stores, restaurants, banks and other services.

A Future Shop​ electronic store and Winner clothing outlet are currently under construction just north of downtown Westbank on WFN land.

Currently, the lease for the original commercial centre built on WFN land, the Westbank Shopping Centre, is up for sale.

That centre includes the new Extra Foods​ grocery story, a White Spot​ restaurant, a Wendy’s and Tim Hortons​ outlets.

It is also the sight of a large Zeller’s store but that building is not part of the lease that is for sale.

No sale price has been released for the property but the realtor dealing with the sale has said there has been interest expressed in the lease since it went on the market last month.

awaters "at" kelownacapnews.com

Financial Transfer Agreement
The current five year Financial Transfer Agreement (FTA) between Canada and WFN expired on March 31, 2010. Westbank
received a one year extension on the agreement and is currently in negotiations for a new agreement.

Land Acquisitions
The WFN Constitution stipulates that any lands alienated from the reserve must be replaced by lands “of greater or equivalent size or value” and that any Land Exchange is subject to the approval of the WFN Membership via referendum. In June 2009, the membership voted to approve a land exchange between WFN and the Ministry of Transportation (MoT). As part of an agreement reached between the two parties in 2005, WFN agreed to provide 4.15 acres of reserve land from IR #10 to the MoT for the construction of the Campbell Road Interchange. The MoT compensated WFN in the amount of $2,000,000 to find, secure, and purchase replacement lands. As a result, 19.76 acres were identified and purchased at Devon Road (map). These lands are currently in the Agricultural Land Reserve and the process has been initiated to have this designation removed and have the lands added to Westbank Reserve Lands.

Found on page 28 PDF file icon WFN 2009-2010 Annual Report

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Interchange open for Halloween
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 64767 - Sep 16, 2011

The new Westside Road interchange is expected to open as scheduled at the end of October.

Barring an unforeseen delay, Project Communications Officer, Evelyn Lube, says the first phase of the project will open October 31.

She says once the Westside Road interchange opens work will begin on phase two, the Nancee Way overpass.

Phase two will be complete the end of summer, 2012.

As for the current project, Lube says there are a few things left to complete.

"We still have paving to do, line marking to do, we have to complete finishing the ramp and put all of the safety railings up," says Lube.

"Some of the landscaping might be done this fall but it looks more like it will be complete in the spring."

She says the priority is still opening the interchange and keeping the traffic moving.

Lube says weather is the only obstacle to completing on time.

"We are working on a very aggressive schedule so there is no a lot a leeway for weather. Having said that the contractor has some amount of cushion, a couple of days they allow for poor weather. Even with a couple of days of really bad weather we still anticipate an October 31 opening."

She says crews will be getting the road ready for the opening over the next few weeks which means there will be some intermittent lane closures to allow some of the work to continue.

Kelowna family launches petition to change national driving laws
AM 1150 - Sept/6/2011

A Kelowna family is taking it upon themselves to try and change traffic laws in Canada.

The Tomlinson family is launching a national "left hand turn" petition urging the federal government to make those who commit improper left hand turns, resulting in injury or death, guilty of an indictable offence that could include imprisonment.

Pamela Tomlinson says her father was killed riding his motorcycle by a truck driver who committed an improper left hand turn.

"The truck driver said they saw the bike coming but they thought they would have enough time. The outcome for the driver that killed my father was a traffic violation charge, a $115 ticket."

Tomlinson says the petition has just been launched and they hope to gather 10,000 signatures.

The petition can be found at www.leftturnpetition.ca

Hayley Cooper - Kelowna

SPCA's DUMB IDEA

What about the deer being hit by vehicles in rural areas where there are no houses or businesses?

What about fencing in corners where there is no sight distance and have no fence where its safe for deer to cross Westside Road?

Deer cull plan triggers SPCA response
Penticton Western News - By Simone Blais - September 01, 2011

A large blacktail buck takes a break from his lunch to check the surroundings in a residential area of Okanagan Falls recently. A number of incidents of aggressive deer have been reported this year in the region.
Mark Brett/Western News

The B.C. SPCA has put Penticton council’s proposed deer cull in its sights in a position paper that calls for a targeted approach to addressing local ungulate over-population.

Simon St-Laurent, volunteer chair for the SPCA’s South Okanagan Similkameen community council, said the organization is hoping to work with the city, business and residents to humanely decrease the deer population.

“Provincewide, many communities are obviously faced with the same issues. It would be nice in Penticton to maybe do something different,” St-Laurent said. “We have had some successes in other communities across the province, although not as much as I would like.

“In Penticton it’s a little bit different this year because of the weather. I just wanted to make sure that council and the public was aware of our position statement and alternatives.”

Council began grappling with the issue this summer over a notice of motion calling on the city to take immediate action to reduce the population of deer in the city to avoid conflicts. They agreed in early August to strike an urban deer management committee, that would generate recommendations for council on its options.

The SPCA stressed in its position paper released last week that it would prefer council use as many non-lethal means as possible to address urban deer issues, which would result in long-term prevention versus short-term solutions.

Relocation isn’t among those options, as studies have shown moving mature deer can result in high mortality from injuries during the move and low survival rates when released in unfamiliar territories. Contraception is also not available.

St-Laurent said he recognized that the only way to reduce a deer population is to “unfortunately” destroy the animal, but he urged policy makers to consider targeted culls rather than declaring open season.

He pointed to successes in Port Alberni, where wildlife officials culled not the whole herd, but does in heat. Those that were pregnant were spared, and the cull was conducted at only specific times of the year by wildlife officials or volunteer hunters who were trained on what to look for.

“There is a registration process, a quota for the day. It’s possible to do, but it’s very targeted. They’re not shooting at just anything,” he said. “That’s the success we’ve had, by doing it sensibly.”

The SPCA is also hoping the community can implement a plan with multiple strategies, including reducing available food that entices deer in town. While many people talk about fences around farms, St-Laurent said it would be good to involve the agriculture sector in discussions on other cost-effective ways to keep deer out of gardens.

He pointed to Oliver’s farm community as having managed “the deer population by using other, more natural and safe methods. Penticton farmers don’t know; there’s been no communication on that.”

Business and development practices might be another area to review, he said. Landscapers who are not local may suggest plants not knowing they are a food source for deer.

“How can we make it not so attractive to deer, but keep it nice and presentable? There’s a way of doing that, using different plants that can be used,” St-Laurent said. “That’s why there needs to be a few players around the table discussing those plants and processes available in reducing the attraction for the deer.”

Those involved in road and highway maintenance might also want to consider humane deterrents like reflectors that cast a light disturbance into the bush or removing salt from highways as soon as spring appears, he said. Given it was a road safety issue, St-Laurent suggested ICBC might want to be a player in discussions.

“It will take time. It has taken many, many years for the deer population to get where it is now. It will take time to undo that, and re-educate them to stay in the forest and the bush,” he said.

The result could very well be longer lasting, as addressing the food source is key to dealing with deer.

“Removing the nuisance would certainly be a success story, but it does take time. It does take the buy-in from many of the different organizations that are involved with animal welfare,” he said.

“They’re animals, too, but they go where the food is. If we provide them with food, then they’ll be where we are.”

Penticton Coun. Mike Pearce, who kick-started the debate on the issue in July with his notice of motion, said he has yet to see the report from staff on the issue, but noted many residents have contacted him out of frustration over inaction and delays.

Funding would also be an issue, he said.

“Quite frankly, I’m not looking for anything that’s going to cost the community more money for taxes. We’re not at a time when we are going to start new programs,” he said, adding the staff report may include alternative measures akin to those found in the SPCA position paper.

“I’m sure not all on council will think alike on this. We’ll see what could get through when we see the staff report on what our alternatives are. They’ve probably researched it,” he said. “We’re not out here to machine gun a whole bunch of deer. We’re here to make sure nobody dies.”

The staff report is expected to be presented to council for consideration on Tuesday.

August 22, 2011 Castanet Poll

Do you agree with Councillor Graham James when he suggests the HOV lanes through Kelowna should be scrapped?

Total Votes 1866
Yes 83.65%
No 16.35%

The poll hadn't closed yet when we see these statistics.  You can check the final results of the poll here.

August 10, 2011 - Castanet Poll - 1435 votes
Should HOV lanes along Harvey Avenue be in place only during peak driving hours?
Yes: 1144
No: 291

While reading about West Kelowna's (Ministry of Transportation deal) 700 acre crown land swap in exchange for 8 acres of Westbank First Nations (WFN) land to build the Westside Road Interchange and some land at the entrance to the new William Bennett bridge, keep in mind that critical transportation arteries under the provincial government serve both WFN and DWK.

Westbank First Nation Self-Government Agreement between Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada and Westbank First Nation

PDF Version (293 Kb, 89 Pages)

Part X - Westbank Lands and Land Management Title and Interests in Westbank Lands

Title and Interests in Westbank Lands

87. Title to all Westbank Lands shall continue to be held in the name of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada for the use and benefit of Westbank First Nation.

88. Subject to sections 90 and 91, Licences and interests in Westbank Lands approved, created, granted or issued pursuant to the Indian Act and existing as of the Effective Date shall continue to have effect in accordance with their terms and conditions.

89. Subject to this Agreement, Westbank First Nation shall have the rights, powers, responsibilities and privileges of an owner in relation to Westbank Lands and may grant Licences and interests in Westbank Lands.

90. As of the Effective Date, the rights and obligations of Canada as grantor in respect of Licences and interests in Westbank Lands are transferred to Westbank First Nation.

91. Interests in Westbank Lands held on the Effective Date by Members pursuant to allotments under subsection 20(1) of the Indian Act are subject to the provisions of Westbank Law governing interests in Westbank Lands and sharing in natural resource revenues.

Exchange of Lands

92. Subject to sections 111 to 131, Westbank Lands shall not be alienated except for exchange of land in circumstances where:
a. Westbank First Nation shall receive lands of greater or equivalent size or value in consideration for the exchange taking into account all of its interests involved;


b. Canada is willing to set apart the lands received in exchange as a reserve defined under the Indian Act and as subsection 91(24) lands as set out in the Constitution Act, 1867;


c. Council has made full disclosure to its Members of all the circumstances surrounding the exchange. At least three community meetings shall be held where the proposed transactions are disclosed; and


d. the Members have approved the exchange in accordance with an approval process to be established in the Constitution for this purpose.

93.
a. Where the criteria in section 92 have been satisfied, Westbank First Nation can execute an authorization and direction to Canada to exchange title to the land.


b. Upon Canada receiving authorization and direction to exchange Westbank Land, Canada shall take the necessary steps to transfer and acquire the relevant titles to the lands in accordance with:

i.the authorization;
ii.the terms and conditions of the exchange; and
iii.procedural requirements applicable to acquisitions and dispositions of federal Crown lands.


94. Westbank First Nation shall be responsible for determining whether the criteria referred to in section 92 have been fulfilled. Westbank First Nation's determination shall be definitive and can be relied upon as such by Canada.

95. For greater certainty, the land alienated in accordance with sections 92 and 93 shall no longer be "Lands reserved for the Indians" under subsection 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867.

NEWS RELEASE September 11, 2009
 
For Immediate Release
2009TRAN0013-000314

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Westbank First Nation


PRELIMINARY INTERCHANGE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS THIS MONTH

WEST KELOWNA – The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Westbank First Nation (WFN) have signed an agreement that will facilitate the construction of a new interchange at Westside Road, Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart and Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie announced today.

Under the agreement, the WFN will deliver the new interchange, improvements to supporting roads and a new underpass at Spland Road through qualified contractors. The project will be turned over to the Province once completed.

“The new interchange will significantly improve the safe flow of traffic in this busy transportation corridor,” said Stewart. “Seeing this project come closer to fruition is great news for our community, as it provides much needed jobs that will help support our local economy.”

“This is the commencement of the second major transportation project that WFN will deliver in partnership with MoT,” said Chief Robert Louie. “By replacing the existing intersection with the new interchange and making improvements to the supporting roads network, we’ll see not only improved functioning of the highway, but also traffic moving much more smoothly through our lands to the highway.”

The $41-million project is being delivered in four stages:

· Clearing, grubbing and stripping of project area beginning in September 2009 and continuing until the end of October 2009.

· Demolition of structures within construction boundaries from October 2009 through November 2009.

· Construction of detour roads November 2009 until summer 2010.

· Construction of the Westside Road Interchange and Spland Road underpass from late summer 2010 with completion scheduled for fall 2012.

Tenders for construction of the detour roads are being advertised on BC Bid.

The public is invited to learn more about this project at an open house Monday, Sept. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the old fire hall building at the Highway 97/Westside Road intersection.

The project is funded under the Province’s three-year, $14-billion capital infrastructure program that will create up to 88,000 jobs and help build vital public infrastructure in every region of B.C.

Contacts:
Jeff Knight
Public Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Transportation
250 356-7707

Evelyn Lube
WRI Project Communications
Westbank First Nation
250 864-7395

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using RSS, visit the Province’s website at www.gov.bc.ca.

For Immediate Release
2010PREM0136-000817
July 13, 2010

NEWS RELEASE COMMUNIQUÉ


Office of the Premier Westbank First Nation Government of Canada

WESTSIDE ROAD I/C TO BENEFIT KELOWNA AREA, OKANAGAN WESTBANK – Construction of the Westside Road Interchange will begin in early August, announced Premier Gordon Campbell, Westbank First Nation Chief Robert Louie, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond, and Stockwell Day, president of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, during a groundbreaking ceremony held at the construction site today. “

We're very happy to see this phase of the project getting underway, said Chief Louie. “The new interchange will provide lasting benefit not only to the region by reducing congestion and improving travel time along Highway 97, but also by improving access to our reserve lands.”“This project will create an estimated 250 jobs, helping Okanagan's economy while making our roads safer and more efficient,” said Premier Campbell. “We’re proud to work with our partners, the Westbank First Nation and the federal government, investing in the future of the Kelowna area, the Okanagan and the Pacific Gateway.” “Our government is pleased to join the government of British Columbia and the Westbank First Nation in breaking ground for this important project,” said Minister Day. “This work will improve traffic flow and the safety of commuters along this corridor.” Preliminary work for major works construction activities began in 2009. Now, the major works contract, worth $12.9 million, has been awarded to Ledcor CMI Ltd. Ledcor will be responsible for construction of the new grade-separated interchange at Westside Road and Highway 97, an underpass at Nancee Way and a new roundabout at the junction of Sneena and Westside Roads. The new interchange will be complete and open for traffic in the fall of 2011 with completion of the underpass at Nancee Way scheduled for the fall of 2012. Phase 1 of the project cost $4.5 million and included a network roads and utilities contract awarded to BC General Contracting in 2009, which is substantially complete. Approximately $23.5 million has been invested in engineering and design, property acquisition and project management costs.

“The Westside Road Interchange project is a continuation of the fantastic partnership the Province enjoyed with the Westbank First Nation on the Campbell Road Interchange a couple of years ago,” said Minister Bond. “On this project we both welcome federal government involvement to improve our infrastructure and also help create jobs and to keep people working in B.C.” The project will be managed by the Westbank First Nation until its completion, at which time it will be turned over to the Province. Funding for the project is being provided by the provincial and federal governments. The overall value of the project is $41 million. The investment by British Columbia is $30 million and the federal government investment is up to $11 million from the Building Canada Fund. Westbank First Nation is contributing land for the project. “It’s great to see this project moving forward, creating jobs and improving infrastructure to ensure safe and efficient travel along Highway 97,” said Ben Stewart, Minister of Community and Rural Development and Westside-Kelowna MLA. Since 2001, the Province has invested almost $600 million in upgrading roads, highways, bridges and transit in the Okanagan. Public information sessions will be scheduled this summer to provide more information about the project and the traffic pattern changes for Westside Road.

Media Contacts:
Dale Steeves Office of the Premier 250 387-6605

Dave Crebo Public Affairs Bureau Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 250 387-7787

Evelyn Lube Communications Westside Road Interchange Project 250 864-7395

James Kusie Director of Issues Management and Parliamentary Affairs Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Ottawa 613 991-0700

Media Relations Transport Canada Ottawa 613 993-0055

For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using RSS, visit the Province’s website at www.gov.bc.ca.

This was posted on Castanet.net Forum page 9 .... could this be true do you think?

Re: West Kelowna Strongly Objects to Proposed Land Exchange
by RichardWede » Today, 10:48 am

Blueberry is WFN and does not want you to know any more about this deal than you already do, as it's not in his/her best interests to have transparency on the issue. Just the same as WFN won't report the number of moose or deer they kill to help the province manage our wildlife resources. The less we know about the size of handouts, the better, apparently.

The way I see the process as it unfolded is as follows:

Individual land holders were already given both fair market value in cash and replacement land for the 8 acres (this has already occurred). In essence, they have already received double compensation for the 8 acres, not including all the road upgrades onto their lands and the construction contract profits.

Band members see individual band land holders getting a piece of the pie, and they want some too. So, in an effort to avoid any waves in the WFN pool, the province tries to quietly grant them "hush land" to keep them happy.

DWK finds out and the "hush" turns into uproar. And rightly so, IMO.

I, for one, am sick and tired of paying ransom to this group.

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about WFN land swap of 8 acres for the Westside Road Interchange in exchange for 698 acres of crown land and Road Improvements

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio August 22, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (307 MB)

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.2 Letter Mary Mandarino re Rose Valley Land Swap Proposal.pdf

August 16th 2011.
Topic: Rose Valley Land Swap Proposal
To: Mayor and Council and CAD, Mr. Jason Johnson

Members of our community are very concerned with the Provincial Government Proposal to swap land in the Rose Valley Watershed and surrounding area.

Westside Resident's and Business Association supports DWK Mayor and Council and RDCO Board decision to not sign any agreements until full disclosure of theses agreement documents become known to them.

It is the opinion of the WRBA Executive that the land sizes and values are confounding variables.

The basic principle is that no matter where it is located our water is a precious resource and as such it is priceless.

Once again we emphatically state that our water and surrounding lands is not for sale nor is it for trade.

It is our firm opinion that no land swap associated with our water, whether it be lake or river or stream, will ever be acceptable to us as taxpaying citizens.

This is our position no matter the negotiating parties, private or other government bodies.

The action that we are undertaking to protect public ownership of the Rose Valley Watershed and surrounding land is as follows:
1. A Press Release stating our position
2. Letters, emails and phone calls to Premier Christy Clark, Minister Leckstrom and MLA Ben Stewart.
3. A petition is currently being circulated
4. We are organizing an information meeting for community representatives including neighbourhood associations.
5. We are requesting the Province provide full disclosure of this proposed agreement and any other agreements that may be in the works.
6. We are requesting an Environmental Impact Study
7. Investigating IHA Standards that apply in this instance.

We will continue to update you on our progress and results.

Respectfully, Mary Mandarino

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6.2 Letter Mary Mandarino re: Rose Valley Land Swap Proposal (for your information)

District of West Kelowna resident Mary Mandarino's correspondence of August 17, 2011 outlined her concerns regarding the proposed Rose Valley land swap.

It was noted that various neighbourhood associations in West Kelowna are voicing their concerns regarding this issue.

SHEPHERD/FIELDING
THAT the August 17, 2011 email from Mary Mandarino regarding the proposed Rose Valley land swap be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Regionally Significant Project Funding

Kelowna Regional Transit Increase

The Regional Board has approved a transit fare increase affecting Kelowna Regional Transit System routes in Peachland and the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. The cash fare will increase January 1st by 25 cents to $2.25 per trip. As well, 10-ticket sheets, day and monthly pass rates will also increase by approximately 12%. This is the first fare increase since September 2007. The Regional Board also supports a minimum fare recovery policy of 30% for Conventional Transit and 10% for Custom handyDART Transit and that a route review will be completed to determine the effectiveness of each route in the system.

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Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files August 22, 2011 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about a Transit fare increase - .wma (466 KB)

.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1 a) Transit - Fare Increase and Recovery Percentage.pdf

.pdf icon Item 9.2 Report-Endorsement of the Regional District of North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 2500, 2011.pdf

.pdf icon Item 11.3 Sustainability Steering Committee Recommendation - Regionally Significant Funding.pdf

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Agenda No: 11.3
Mtg Date: August 22, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Sustainability Steering Committee
DATE: August 11, 2011
SUBJECT: Regionally Significant Project Funding

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the Regional Board approve the following projects be included in the Regional District's applications to the Union of BC Municipalities for funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding:

New and replacement of transit buses - $4,402,420
Active Transportation Planning and Projects - $2,247,315

AND THAT staff finalize costs and report back to the Regional Board on the final application for each project being requested;

AND FURTHER THAT staff report back on the success of the applications.

BACKGROUND:
The Regional District's Sustainability Steering Committee met on July 14th to further discuss priorities for the regionally significant gas tax funding (minutes attached).

To date, the Regional Board has approved funding priorities (out of the $8,722,420 available) for the following projects: RDCO HVAC replacement ($892,685), the Regional Growth Strategy (including the aggregate supply and demand study) ($400,000); and the upgrade to the regional septage facility ($780,000).

The Board had previously agreed to include active transportation projects which did not include funding for transit buses as a priority. In discussion with municipal staff, concern has been expressed that there are not many active transportation projects for consideration and that debt servicing of transit buses is still a considered priority for the municipalities. RDCO staff continue discussions with the member municipalities regarding the two priorities (new and replacement of transit buses, and active transportation planning and projects).

The above recommendation is brought forward for Board approval in order for all staff to move forward in planning considerations for the two remaining priorities. How the remaining funds are to be distributed between the municipalities and electoral areas is yet to be determined.

Application deadline for these funds is September 2012. This is submitted for consideration.

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October 7, 2010
Chair Robert Hobson and Board
Central Okanagan Regional District
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna BC V1W 324

Dear Chair Robert Hobson and Board:

RE: GAS TAX AGREEMENT REGIONALLY SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS FUND

We are pleased to advise that Gas Tax Agreement's Partnership Committee has approved a Strategic Priorities Fund program model. The Committee has again agreed to set aside, or reserve, a portion of the funding for Regionally Significant projects (RSPs) within Tier 2 regions.

The amount reserved for RSPs in your region is $8,722,420.00. We invite the regional district, on behalf of itself and its member municipalities, to contact UBCM indicating your interest in entering a RSP Working Group with UBCM and the Province.

UBCM is interested in working with you throughout the development process.

The RSP Working Group, consisting of staff from UBCM and the Province, will facilitate the discussion with staff from your region on the process for developing an RSP proposal that meets the Gas Tax outcomes of lower greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner air, or cleaner water, and which is large in scale and regional in impact.

RSPs are unique as they will not be competing for funding against applications from other regions, and funding will be provided for approved RSP projects up to the lesser of the eligible costs of the projects and the amount reserved for the
region.

Further information about RSP proposals is set out in the enclosed Question and Answer document. If you would like further information about the RSP program, or would like to initiate discussions with the RSP Working Group, please contact Brant Felker, Gas Tax Program Officer by email at bfelker "at" ubcm.ca or by phone at 250 356-0893.

Yours truly,
Barbara Steele
UBCM President

pc: Harold Reay, CAD

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

11.3 Sustainability Steering Committee Recommendation - Regionally Significant Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated August 11, 2011 outlined the recommendation from the RDCO Sustainability Steering Committee regarding funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding. It was noted that since the July 14th Committee meeting the Regional Board approved funding for the upgrade to the regional septage facility.

It was noted that staff are not sure at this point if transit buses fit the criteria for regionally significant funding.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approve the following projects be included in the Regional District's applications to the Union of BC Municipalities for funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding:
• New and replacement of transit buses - $4,402,420
• Active Transportation Planning and Projects - $2,247,315
AND THAT staff finalize costs and report back to the Regional Board on the final application for each project being requested;
AND FURTHER THAT staff report back on the success of the applications.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

050 - Transportation Demand Management (Page 136): Clean Air Day: Poster contest had 270 entries from 10 area schools. Breakfast Bus promotion included 400 station visits and 1,500 promotional transit rides given. International Car Free Day: Pre-planning and sponsorship/volunteer recruitment is underway for the Sep. 26 event. Transit Trip Planning Project: In the process of finalizing GPS locates for the Google Maps application and initial testing of the trip planning software. Class Rides Free, Companion Pass and ProPass Transit Programs: Record participation from elementary schools with over 3,000 promotional and educational rides given to June 30, 2011. Highway 97 Alternate Cycling Route signage is complete at key junctions of the Regional cycling network including kiosks on the east end of Okanagan Lake Bridge. Transit Advertising
Franchise: Currently negotiating terms for on-bus advertising contract renewal.

U-Pass Initiative: UBCO:
Initial consultations with student representatives and administrative staff regarding the proposed U-Pass rate increase and required student referendum are complete. Okanagan College: The student referendum planning has occurred, and initial consultations are underway including a U-Pass Workshop for August. UBCO Faculty & Staff: Initial proposal is drafted and TOM is awaiting response from UBCO Administration.

083 - Westside Transit Services (page 136): Negotiations continue for a proposed rate increase for the U-Pass program with UBC-Okanagan. The increase would take effect September 1, 2012 upon approval of UBCO students and the University Board of Governors. A general increase in transit fares and passes for 2012 is under consideration by the Regional Board. It is proposed cash fares for convention transit and handiDART users rise January 1 by 25 cents while monthly passes would go up approximately 12% or $7 more for an adult pass. This would be the first increase since September 2007.

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

11. Finance

11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-to-date - June 30, 2011

The Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2011, Executive Summary was presented for information and review. Staff highlighted any areas of financial concern to date within the Executive Summary.

The Committee was reminded it is staff's responsibility to identify any change from their original plans including goals, revenues, expenses and that it's the Board's responsibility to ensure the documents are reviewed and any concerns raised.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Quarterly Measures Report, Year-to-date June 30,2011 be received.

CARRIED

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7. Transit

7.1 Transit - Fare Increase and Recovery Percentage (postponed from July 14, 2011 for District of Peachland to review)
Following the July 14, 2011 Governance & Services Committee meeting, the District of Peachland requested staff first review the rationale for a transit fare increase with Council. This presentation was provided to Council on August 9th and Peachland Council agreed to the fare increase.

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board approve a fare increase for Conventional and Custom Transit effective January 1, 2012;
AND THAT the Regional Board support a minimum recovery policy of 30% for Conventional Transit and 10% for Custom Transit;
AND FURTHER THAT a route review be completed to determine the effectiveness of each route.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Highlights

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about WFN land swap of 8 acres for the Westside Road Interchange in exchange for almost 700 acres of crown land nor about Westside Road improvements mentioned by City of Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.  This was a director item.

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Nothing was mentioned in the Agenda about WFN land swap of 8 acres for the Westside Road Interchange in exchange for almost 700 acres of crown land nor about Westside Road improvements mentioned by City of Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.  This was a director item.

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There is nothing in the Minutes mentioned about the WFN land swap

There is no Agenda or Highlights about Westside Road because it was a Director Item

7. DIRECTOR ITEMS

3) UBCM Convention - Meetings with cabinet ministers

Chair Hobson noted that meetings have been requested with Ministers Lake and Thomson regarding License of Occupations.

It was recommended that a meeting request be submitted for the Minister of Transportation regarding safety of Westside Road.

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT a meeting request be submitted for UBCM Convention meetings with cabinet ministers to the Minister of Transportation regarding the safety issues on Westside Road.

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Westside Road pullouts called a safety measure
By Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News - May 07, 2011

Complaints about a windy stretch of Westside Road aren’t new, but with Tuesday’s deadly crash top of mind, its safety shortcomings have become more pronounced.

It’s not an issue that has escaped the radar of the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, however, and there are plans in the works to lessen the strain on the road.

“The ministry is assessing up to 10 pullout sites to enable slower-moving vehicles, such as heavy commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles, to safely pull over so that other vehicles can pass,” said Jeff Knight, communications manager for the ministry of transportation and infrastructure.

“The first two locations just south of La Casa and at Cesar’s Landing are double sites, with pullouts on two sides of the roadway, both north and southbound.”

The other six are all single locations for a total of 10.

Once installed, they’re intended to reduce driver frustration, and the risk of unsafe passing maneuvers—two things that might have led to Tuesday’s crash.

That collision occurred Tuesday at about 6:30 p.m. on a stretch of Westside Road, about seven kilometres north of Highway 97. The driver of a Cadillac sedan, is believed to have tried to pass a northbound Toyota station wagon on a sharp curve. Instead the Cadillac sideswiped the vehicle, forcing it into the cement barrier on the side of the road. Then the Cadillac driver lost control and the vehicle plunged down a steep embankment. The car was submerged when emergency personnel arrived.

The body of a man, believed to be in his 60s, was recovered Thursday. The occupants of the other vehicle were shaken up but not injured.

The start of construction will depend on the results of both required engineering work and further consultation with First Nations on land use issues.

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

GranFondo Mass Participation Cycling Event

The Regional Board has given support in principle to the organizers of a proposed mass participation cycling event around the Central Okanagan. The GranFondo event is planned for Saturday, July 16th on an approximately 140-kilometer route around Okanagan Lake, including 60-kilometers along Westside Road. The organizers will be communicating information on the impact on affected routes including a proposed dedicated southbound lane closure from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for a portion of Westside Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The Board support is conditional on the organizers receiving approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for a comprehensive traffic management plan.

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GranFondo Event Support

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board supports in principle the request for a dedicated Southbound lane on Westside Road for the July 16th Gran Fondo event subject to a transportation plan being developed with the Ministry of Transportation;

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation (copy local MLAs) that the Regional Board is supportive of the Gran Fondo event and encouraging their cooperation.

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Service Committee Meeting Minutes

5.4 Kevin Thomson and Bill McKinnon, GranFondo Canada

Kevin Thomson and Bill McKinnon provided an overview of the GranFondo Kelowna 2011 event scheduled for July 16th
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• Course includes a 140km biking event--a long distance, mass-participation cycling event
• Start/Finish is in Kelowna.
• Overall participation in GranFondo style events is skewed to 35+ age group
• Central Okanagan area has the capacity of have a similar event as Whistler
• Requesting support for a dedicated southbound lane on Westside Road - 9am to 3pm.
• Working with the Ministry of Transportation but ran into an issue for Westside Road. Political will is required for this action to proceed.
• Working with professional traffic control and road maintenance (Argo), signage at all driveways, traffic can flow North all day long, one day event, one-time only.
• Future dates would consider a June event in the Okanagan.

Dave Turner, Ministry of Transportation (Vernon) addressed the Committee noting the Ministry is not currently in support of the lane closure. Mr. Turner explained that there was to be a public consultation process and as far as they know this has
not occurred. Does not know if there is any community support for the event? The Ministry is looking for a traffic management plan from GranFondo.

• In some areas there is no option to go North when you live so close to Kelowna (Sailviewarea). Is there an opportunity to have flag traffic to keep the road open? There are no options for people on Westside Road to travel alternate routes to Kelowna.
• It was noted that they had similar issues around Squamish for the Whistler event. Emergency services would not be adversely affected. Stationed emergency service areas will be in effect.
• Director Edgson noted he will have a community meeting in the area on April 29th to gather input from the community.
• Have discussions occurred with Okanagan Indian Band? Yes, Gran Fondo officials have communicated with the new Band Chief.
• It was noted that to be successful it will be important for the community to be informed well in advance.
• Plan has been submitted to the Ministry for part of the event course. Wanted to know if there is political will for such an event. Ongoing dialogue with the Ministry of Transportation.
• This is a one day event, six hours in length. If an event like this can be successful in Vancouver-Whistler, why not here. This is a huge tourism opportunity for the Okanagan.

#GS37/11 EDGSON/SHEPHERD
THAT the GranFondo Event presentation be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends the Regional Board support in principle the request for a dedicated Southbound lane on Westside Road for the July 16th Gran Fondo event subject to a transportation plan being
developed with the Ministry of Transportation;

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation, copying the local MLAs, that the Regional Board is supportive of the Gran Fondo event and encouraging their cooperation.

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Service Committee Meeting Minutes

6.2 Regional Transportation Demand Management Program Update (Jerry Dombowsky, City of Kelowna Regional Programs Manager)

The Regional District's Transportation Demand Management Program is contracted to the City of Kelowna to carry out the service.

Jerry Dombowsky provided a review of the region's program including a review of the background of the program for 2010, workplan for 2011 and 2011 budget.
- Participating partners are the City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna and the electoral areas. Peachland and Lake Country are not part of the service.
- Reviewed travel planning initiatives noted in the air quality review.
- Existing programs continue. New projects for 2011 - UBCO sustainable Glenmore Transportation ComPASS Pilot Project; KGH Corporate TDM plan, UBCO UPASS fare strategy, Okanagan College UPASS research, faculty/staff pass UBCO/Okanagan College.

Discussion:
- The Regional Board will require information on the UPASS increase before it is proposed to UBCO. Enhancement to service has not been completed and the expectation is for improved service. BRT is only beginning after a four year UPASS installation.

Preliminary meetings have been held with student groups reviewing the UPASS agreement.

Will be consultative with UBCO and addressed formally in May.

Long complicated, diplomatic process.
The question was raised why is there the need for an increase when all students don't use the bus but all pay for it? They get a four month pass for basically the cost of a one month pass.

Students need to feel they get value. Working with what service needs are required for the students.

A different model would be used for staff UPASS systems.

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT the Governance & Services Committee received the TDM 2011 workplan and budget which details programs and directions for the regional Transportation Demand function.

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Third lane open at construction zone
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 62610 - Jun 14, 2011

The Westside Road Interchange Project is pleased to announce that a third continuous lane from the William R. Bennett Bridge through the Nancee Way intersection was opened Tuesday morning, three days in advance of the original schedule.

The early opening is the result of efforts by the contractor, LEDCOR CMI and its subcontractors who have worked diligently to get the work completed as soon as possible.

The third lane will be subject to lane closures during non‐peak traffic times to allow workers to complete the remaining section of the overpass structure.

The restoration of the third traffic lane is intended to improve traffic efficiency through the project site.

Intersection lights at Boucherie Road and Nancee Way have also been adjusted to maximize green time along Highway 97 and will continue to be monitored throughout the summer.

Motorists are reminded that the speed limit through the construction zone is 60 km/hr.

Please watch for crews and equipment working in the area and obey all traffic signage and flagpersons. Check
DriveBC for traffic updates and information.

The Westside Road Interchange Project is a partnership between Westbank First Nation and the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Director Jim Edgson about the Roads

I have not dealt with roads, because quite frankly, our community has found the Ministry of Transportation has done their job very well.  source http://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/38thparl/session-2/fgs/hansard/N60925p.htm

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WATCH OUT FOR HUGE HOLES ON WESTSIDE ROAD

We took some photos along Westside Road of the Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, Valley of the Sun water main construction to show you.  Click here to see the photos and the huge hole in Westside Road that who knows, it's so big it may just offset someone into Okanagan Lake, so please slow down and be careful in the construction zone.

.pdf icon May 6th, 2011 - Construction Schedule (subject to change - will be updated as needed)

RDCO's webpage regarding this water system project, installing pipe along Westside Road

June 5, 2011 Poll on Castanet.net

Should the provincial government make improving Westside Road a top priority?

Yes 875
No 435

Total votes: 1310

Improve it how?

Improve it how?

What about deer fencing where there is a steep drop off down to Okanagan Lake, fixing potholes up and adding shoulders where there are none?

There are already pullouts on Westside Road.  Some people don't use them, either because they don't know they are there, or they are full of holes.

Pullouts don't need to be paved, they just need to be maintained and holes filled.  There needs to be signs well ahead of the pullout to let drivers know there is a pullout (pull off) ahead.  And maybe slow vehicles need to be told to use the pull offs.

There is no way corners should be straightened on Westside Road.  Too many animals for that.  People will really be racing down the road if that happens, because people overdrive Westside Road enough as it is.

We don't want to see Westside Road become a freeway, or do we?

What kind of improvements do people want?  The Castanet.net poll was non-specific.

If you want your thoughts to be public, or you have any solutions or good ideas for Westside Road, please fill out the comment form at the bottom of the page at this link and your comment will be posted here at this link on okanaganlakebc.ca

May 7, 2011 Poll on Castanet.net

Is Westside Road safe enough?

Yes: 798
No: 1377

Total votes: 2175

Westside commuters getting a break
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 62400 - Jun 2, 2011

Changes being made at the construction site near Westside Road over the next several days should ease some of the congestion commuters have been experiencing over the past number of weeks.


The proposed changes are designed to help both the morning commute into Kelowna as well as the evening commute back to West Kelowna where traffic line-ups have stretched as far back as Orchard Park on some evenings.

Ministry of Transportation spokesman, Murray Tekano, says with all the traffic pattern changes due to the Westside Road Interchange project, the government has been monitoring traffic flow over the past several weeks.

"For the past few weeks we've noticed traffic has been very slow coming off the bridge so there has been a lot of delays in that area," says Tekano.

"We have been working with Westbank First Nation who are overseeing the project that Ledcor Construction is building and we have come up with some changes."

Tekano says some of the changes will be implemented as early as Friday.

These changes include alterations to traffic signal timing at both Nancee Way and Boucherie Road as well as bringing back a third lane.

At present, traffic moving up Bridge Hill merges from three lanes to two once vehicles enter the construction zone. The third lane does not re-emerge until after the intersection with Nancee Way.

Tekano says the traffic signals at both intersections were adjusted Thursday morning to give maximum green time available to highway traffic.

He says the second change revolves around restoring the third lane for southbound commuters through the construction zone.

"By tomorrow (Friday), there will be a third lane coming from Nancee Way back to the structure that is being constructed. That will allow for additional disbursement and improve the flow there," says Tekano.

"Over the next couple of weeks they will extend that third lane all the way down so we connect back up to the two lanes up the hill. We'll have a full three lanes again in about two weeks."

Despite the congestion, Tekano says people have been really patient.

"I think people recognize it's a construction zone. Certainly there are times, like a couple of days ago when there were a couple of break-downs on the bridge which caused some back-ups into town."

Construction of phase one of the interchange is expected to be complete sometime this fall.

Westside Rd. gets poor grade
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 62390 - Jun 2, 2011

Westside Road has been deemed one of the 20 worst roads in B.C. That according to a survey conducted by BCAA.


Westside Road

Westside Road finished 18th in the survey. It received a paltry 33 votes of the 3,397 cast (less than 1%).

The main issue cited by those responding was damaged pavement.

Westside Regional District Director, Jim Edgson, has been advocating upgrades to the road for years.

He says if people truly want changes they have to make their voices heard. Edgson says 33 voices won't cut it.

Westside Road comes under the jurisdiction of the provincial government.

Edgson says people need to make noise by contacting the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure (Blair Leckstrom) and their local MLA (Ben Stewart)

"If you want to see results, and I know this through the Regional District, you need to draw attention from more than one person, more than 10 people, more than 33 people," says Edgson.

"You've got to be up there and you need to be in the hundreds. And, it's not just one letter one time. This is a five year process, it's a long process."

Edgson says right now, the road is not a high enough priority to get it fixed. He says that has to change before anything can be done.

He says the first priority should be to properly maintain the road.

"The first thing it needs in the short term is it needs to be better maintained from Shelter Cove north to Westshore, that's number one. Number two, there are too many areas where that road is narrow and it's falling off the edge. It needs to be either widened or fixed so it doesn't keep falling into the lake."

Edgson says the ministry needs to come up with a plan to show they are going to make it more than just an extremely narrow road without any shoulders at all
.

He says that area of the westside is growing and traffic continues to increase, not just with residents living in the area but also due to two very popular parks at Bear Creek and Fintry.

Several people have been killed along Westside Road over the years.

The most recent death occurred May 3 when a Cadillac plunged into Okanagan Lake.

Edgson says he can't stress enough the fact that the government won't make Westside Road a priority until more than 33 people let the province know something has to be done.

"If you want to be effective you need to go out there and you need to send individual letters to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to get their attention. You need to do more than 33 and you need to do it more than once," adds Edgson.

"I'm glad the BCAA thing brought attention to the road. It will be extremely ineffective until people let their voices be known.

.pdf icon MANAGEMENT PLAN for Fintry Provincial Park October, 1998 (the following found on page 44, or page 54 of the .pdf)

Actions:

  • Track repeat visitors and day users, to determine the volume of park use travel from the north and south ends of Westside Road.

  • Encourage Ministry of Transportation and Highways to construct pull outs and safety barriers along Westside Road, and to install barriers on Fintry Delta Road.

  • Encourage Ministry of Transportation and Highways to survey and design a relocated intersection at Westside Road, to be built when traffic congestion requires upgrading to the intersection.

  • Survey and dedicate Westside Road, removing the road from park status.

  • Eliminate, except for emergency and park management purposes, vehicle use of access easements and former roads in the park. In particular, close the Attenborough Road short cut route to vehicular traffic and incorporate the route as part of the hiking and horse trail system. Keep Old Fintry Access route closed to all but emergency vehicles. Incorporate the route as part of the looped canyon trail system. Use gates, road rehabilitation, signage and landscaping to discourage vehicular use except at designated park entrances.

  • When backcountry use increases, construct pull outs for Westside Road users, possibly in conjunction with a backcountry user parking area on Westside Road.

  • Install sign along Westside Road at Bear Creek Provincial Park noting distance to Fintry Park.

  • Work with private tour operators to determine feasibility of boat tours, with Fintry as a destination.

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Slow commute continues on Bridge Hill
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 62199 - May 24, 2011

Don't expect the flow of traffic to reach the posted speed of 60 km/hr. through the construction zone on Highway 97 and Westside Road anytime soon.

Westside Road Interchange Construction

Traffic heading over the floating bridge toward West Kelowna has been slow going in recent weeks during the afternoon rush hour as construction forces motorists to merge from three lanes down to two on Bridge Hill.

Project Communications Officer, Evelyn Lube, says that will continue through the summer.

Over the next week, Lube says motorists will notice two significant traffic pattern changes.
• Highway 97 northbound traffic lanes will be separated just north of Nancee Way beginning the morning of Wednesday, May 25 for three to four days.
• Highway 97 southbound traffic will be realigned to pass under the Westside Road underpass structure beginning the morning of Tuesday, May 31. This alignment will remain in place throughout the summer.
• Evening lane closures will be in effect immediately prior to both traffic shifts. Motorists may experience some delays.

Lube reminds motorists the speed limit through the construction zone is 60 km/hr. You are asked to watch for crews and equipment working in the area and obey all traffic signage and flaggers.

Phase one of the interchange was expected to be complete near the end of August, however, Lube says weather related paving delays has pushed completion to later in the fall.

May 22, 2011 Vernon Morning Star Newspaper Article about

BCAA's worst road survey

Westside Road is #7

Westside Road BC #7 - BCAA survey - Worst Roads in BC

West Kelowna traffic patterns to change through construction zone

Motorists will encounter new traffic patterns Wednesday at the Westside Road Interchange construction project. As the underpass structure and surrounding roadwork continues, traffic patterns are being adjusted but the evening closures remain in effect.

okanaganlakebc.ca forgot to post the link to this info, and the date too. This was for sometime between May 6 and 22, 2011.  We found this on Castanet.net .. sorry about that.  We were probably sidetracked while posting this

May 6, 2011 CHBC 11:00pm news said BCAA top 10 roads people voted on that needing upgrading - Westside Road was #6

Pullouts considered for Westside Road BC

Pullouts considered for Westside Road BC -  May 11, 2011 - Vernon Morning Star
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What about the existing pull-offs, couldn't they be smoothed over and put up signs saying pull-off ahead so many metres?

May 17, 2011

The North Westside Road Fire Chief just told us that the GranFondo Event has been cancelled on Westside Road.  It is not cancelled all together, its just not going to travel Westside Road.

Clapping Hands

The OKIB did not approve of the GranFondo event so its now cancelled on Westside Road.

Funny thing about it, is that RDCO had no say according to Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson!

We believe they are using the commonage and down through Dept. of Defense Lands and back south to Kelowna. At least we will not be bothered...could still cause some headaches on the Highway between Kelowna and Vernon I guess.

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio May 12, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting .mp3 (43.6 MB)

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May 16, 2011 we received another email about the GranFondo bicycle event planned for July 16, 2011 on Westside Road that was sent to Director Jim Edgson and cc'd to okanaganlakebc.ca ... and we have permission to post it anonymously.

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As a resident of Westside Road it is hard for me to believe that with the dangers of the road that a bicycle event would even be considered. The road has its dangers when there is lots of camper traffic on it (people not that familiar with the road), the wildlife and cows, tourists and locals driving like crazy that is enough to have to deal with now you are planning a bicycle event and we will have to deal with bicyclists who will want to practice in the days leading up to the event and they like to ride 2 to 3 abreast and there is no room for a car, oncoming car and the cyclists to pull over. As it is the cyclists when they are riding in a group don't move over now.

This road is our only link to Vernon and Kelowna, why would it even be considered for an event such as this that will impede emergency crews if needed. There has been alot of crashes down Westside road and it is tough enough for the emergency crews, why make it worse.

Maybe instead of shutting down the road it should be considered to make a cycle path along the road and then you can have this in years to come.

I urge you and your colleagues to reconsider the decision to use this road for the event. There is alot of traffic now on the road and in the days to come will be more due to the tourists we really don't need to add bicycles into the equation. Why can't this event take place on Highway 97 where it has more room? 

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This is Director Jim Edgson's reply to the email above about GranFondo

Subject: Re: GranFondo Bicycle Event being held July 16, 2011 along Westside Road
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 18:29:40 -0700
From: jim.edgson "at" cord.bc.ca
To: North Westsider
CC: Dave.Turner "at" gov.bc.ca; kevin "at" toitevents.com

Thank you! I am passing this information along to GranFondo and the MOTI. For your information, the route proposed does include #97 in part. For your further information, on April 7 the RDCO Board adopted the following resolution: "that the Regional Board supports in principle the request for a dedicated Southbound lane on Westside Road for the July 16th GranFondo event subject to a transportation plan being developed with the Ministry of Transportation". All roads in this area are the responsibility of the MOTI. The RDCO cannot approve anything to do with any of "our" roads in Central Okanagan West.

All this was noted at the open house held on April 28 in La Casa. This was advertised on each bulletin Board, including the one in Westshores. Perhaps you missed that meeting.

Thank you for your input.


Jim Edgson
Director Central Okanagan West
Ph: 250-212-7296

Gary Clark emailed us May 10, 2011 to say the following about the GranFondo bicycle event along Westside Road July 16, 2011.

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Hi:

Please see the attachment.

I have spoken with many Westside residents on this matter. So far none are in favour of this event taking place on Westside Rd. It seems that the only one that can prevent this event from happening now is the Dept of highways. If you share these concerns, please contact Dave Turner at Hwys.

Your comments would be appreciated

Thx
Gary Clark
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Dave Turner dave.turner "at" gov.bc.ca 250-503-3606 Dpt of Hwys ****


other contacts


Neil McInnon - neil "at" granfondocanada.com 604-720-8534

Director Jim Edgson - jim.edgson "at" cord.bc.ca 250-212-7296

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Westside Rd not Safe for GranFondo

I attended a town meeting (Apr 28th) hosted by Jim Edgson of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The meetings purpose was to inform Westside Road residents of the upcoming “ RBC GranFondo” cycling event. This is a one day 140km bicycle ride involving 1500 cyclists starting in Kelowna continuing through Vernon and south again down Westside Road and back to Kelowna. The goal of GranFondo is to increase this number to 5000 over the couple of years and make this an annual event . This information was emailed to me by Alison Liebel Systems Manager at RBC GranFondo, Kelowna. (Please keep in mind this is a business, NOT a non-profit group). I believe this is a great event and I am not in any way trying to undermine the good things that GranFondo brings to the community.

The problems I have are with the choice of Westside Rd as their route and there are several serious issues that have been overlooked or ignored by the promoters of the event. The big one is safety.

They intend to CLOSE the southbound side of Westside Rd from approximately 9am until sometime in the afternoon on Sat July 16th and use it strictly for cyclists. Westside Rd is the ONLY way to get from Vernon to Kelowna on the west side of the lake, there are no alternate or detour routes available, they don’t exist.

There are two major Provincial parks on Westside Rd, Fintry and Bear Creek as well as a few other campsites. July 16th is a very busy time for these parks and they are fully booked for that weekend which means lots of Motor home and RV traffic are only able to use the northbound lane. These two major parks cater to large RVs, Trailers, Boats, and Motorhomes.

Westside Road is a treacherous Rd as it is. Many sections are very narrow and have no railings or even shoulders, and drop-offs are steep and unforgiving.

The question was put to the organizer, Kevin Thomson, as to why he chose the southbound route of Westside Rd for the event. His response was that the “northbound route would be far to dangerous for cyclists” due to the above-mentioned facts. The point is, yes it is “Very Dangerous” but it is also extremely dangerous to the traffic and RVs forced to the outside lane by 1500 cyclists. This number will grow to 5000 in future years.

The second safety issue is Fire protection and Emergency services. Both lanes of Westside Rd will be jammed with either bikes or cars with “no” room to pull over in many spots severely crippling our emergency services. Our volunteer Fire Dept has been “hired and paid “ by GranFondo” to remain at the fire halls. I was not aware until yesterday that our Emergency services could be hired by private citizens, or companies for the day. Wayne Carson, fire chief of the Westside volunteer Fire Department has assured me that fire response time should be better, due to the fire fighters remaining at the fire hall. He did however agree that Ambulance and police services from Kelowna or Vernon will be severely hampered.

There are a few more reasons why Westside Rd is a bad choice for this venue.

Westside Rd is loaded with large potholes fallen rocks, an amazing amount of deer (a major road hazard any time of day) and Bighorn sheep that move for nobody.

The Fintry Edwardian Fair celebrating BC Parks 100th anniversary is being held on July16th. The Friends of Fintry have spent hundreds of man-hours into planning and fundraising for this event for the benefit of the general public. They are expecting 500-700 people to turn up as well as food vendors, bands etc. This adds more traffic to Westside rd. The road being blocked will definitely affect the turnout for this long planned event as potential visitors from Vernon , Armstrong, as well as other communities to the north will be blocked. I would also anticipate that visitors would avoid attending due to the danger and congestion caused by the cyclists.

There are at least 3 afternoon weddings on Westside Rd that weekend that I know of. Both are being catered and mostly attended from the Vernon side of Westside road, now to be closed to traffic. This involves about 210 people that will now have to commute though Kelowna, (easily adding 1 ½ hrs to the trip) Vernon may lose the catering and rental business for these 2 weddings. Brides may have to cancel their Vernon arrangements, lose deposits, and make new arrangements in Kelowna including hotel reservations for guests, catering, etc.

I cannot believe that Jim Edgson of the Regional District would approve of such a potentially dangerous route to be used for this venue. Cyclists, motorists and residents of Westside rd. are all at greater risk. Maybe we could all email him and ask him why. jim.edgson "at" cord.bc.ca

Gary Clark, 20yr Westside Rd resident.

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okanaganlakebc.ca agrees with Gary, and we bet you do too!  PLEASE PASS THIS MESSAGE AROUND!!!!! 

To read more about GranFondo and to hear what was said at the Regional Board meeting, there are audio clips posted to the North Westside Road news section on okanaganlakebc.ca as well as at the other two links below. You have to scroll down a bit to find the audio once you click the links. Newest info is at the top of each page.  You have to download the audio to your hard drive on your computer and then click on the file to listen to it.

http://www.okanaganlakebc.ca/community/news/westside_road.htm

http://www.okanaganlakebc.ca/community/personal/westside_road/westside_road.htm

http://www.okanaganlakebc.ca/index/westside_road_updates.htm

'Beautiful road' a danger to drivers
Castanet.net - by Daniel Hayduk - Story: 61840 - May 4, 2011

Photo: Daniel Hayduk - Castanet

Emergency crews examine the scene of Tuesday's fatal crash on Westside Road, where one vehicle with an unknown number of occupants plummeted into Lake Okanagan.

Every year, collisions on Westside Road claim lives -- and North Westside Fire Rescue Chief Wayne Carson is a first responder at many of them.

"It can be a dangerous road. It's fairly narrow, there's small shoulders, areas where there are no shoulders -- there's areas where there are no shoulders and no guard rails," says Carson.

Carson says problems often arise when weather, wildlife and dangerous driving are added to the mix.

When the unexpected happens on the roadway, Carson says the first instinct is to swerve.

"There are areas on Westside Road where there is no where to swerve."

Often, the choice is between a rock wall or an embankment plummeting to Lake Okanagan below.

"We've got some really deep spots close in along the shoreline and if you go off in the wrong spot, you've got some serious problems for sure."

Carson says the onus is on the drivers -- not the design of the road.

"There's just so few spots where you can legally pass, but there are pullouts and they're there for a reason. If you've got traffic building up behind you, use the pullout, let them go by. Otherwise or they'll try and pass you in a bad spot and you'll all be involved in an incident nobody wants to go through."

Inexperienced drivers should avoid Westside Road, he says -- likening it to a first-time skier attempting a black diamond run.

And Carson says if this summer's RBC Gran Fondo Kelowna cycling event is approved for Westside Road, vehicle and cyclist traffic will increase even more.

"It's such a beautiful road and you're going to be hard pressed to not come out and run it."

In a letter to Castanet, Westside Road resident Jill Clark says allowing the Gran Fondo event would not be a good idea.

"This road is barely wide enough for the existing traffic, and many motorists 'shave' the corners. All of this makes for deadly road conditions without adding thousands of cyclists and reducing the road to one lane," says Clark.

"Westside Road is simply not a safe or viable route."

okanaganlakebc.ca: notice the sequence of events below... Town Hall meeting held April 28, 2011 after the April 7, 2011 Governance and Services and Regional District of Central Okanagan Board meetings?

 

April 28, 2011 Town Hall Meeting with Director Jim Edgson

There wasn't a large turnout, but a few people showed up.
There was coffee and donuts as per the usual.

What you see is about the extent of the cars in the parking lot after the meeting had already started.  There wasn't a car parked in the parking lot on the left that you can't see in this photo, and when we arrived last we found a parking spot next to the castle at the very top.

 


Director Jim Edgson talked about the Bear Creek Boat Launch being permanently closed and removed.  The land where the existing boat launch is located, is actually leased from Tolko, so they are looking at relocating the boat launch to within Bear Creek Park and will try to have the Provincial Government pay for it too.  Director Edgson said that he had some people enquire from West Kelowna concerned about the Bear Creek boat launch closing.  Director Edgson said he waded out into the water at the existing boat launch and its too shallow there for larger boats.

 



The North Westside Road Fire Chief also spoke at the meeting about the Fire Boat budget.
North Westsider's will likely see the Fire Boat in operation before the Fire Truck that Westsider's paid for by referendum on their property taxes for 5 years.  Director Edgson said they are trying to delay the Fire Truck purchase because as soon as the new truck goes into service its life starts ticking and the old truck is still in good shape.  The life of a Fire Truck is 20 years Director Edgson told us, but they are trying to stretch this trucks life to 30 years.  As long as the fire rating for fire insurance is not affected they are trying to delay the purchase of the new Fire Truck so that our Fire Trucks useful life lasts as long as possible.

 

At the Town Hall meeting, locals were concerned about the GranFondo Bicycle Event being held along Westside Road July 16, 2011.  One local suggested the event start at 5am - 6am because its hot in the summer and this would help make it safer for cyclist with less vehicles on the road.  Another suggestion was to close the road for 1 hour and have all the cyclists ride Westside Road in a group together and in one hour.  Not sure the last suggestion would fly, but we do like the first suggestion.  Another local said having bicyclists ride Westside Road is too dangerous and should not be attempted at all.  Think he said he was a truck driver?  Can you imagine a big truck going one way and a vehicle going the other and meeting up with cyclists on a corner?

GranFondo Bicycle Event July 16, 2011
GranFondo Bicycle Event July 16, 2011 - ride from Kelowna down Westside Road.

For more info about the GranFondo bicycle ride along Westside Road or to sign up click here, look for the business card with contact info or check out their website www.RBCGranFondoKelowna.com

July 16, 2011 GranFondo Event

GranFondo wants everyone traveling south along Westside Road on July 16, 2011 to travel before 9:00am or after 3:00pm for their bicycle event we heard in the audio of the April 7, 2011  Governance and Services Committee Meeting.  Westside Road will be closed southbound to Kelowna.

There will be no restrictions for anyone heading North.

GranFondo is a 142 km total distance bicycle ride around Okanagan Lake BC.  GranFondo want to close off 67km's of the South bound lane on Westside Road from 9am - 3pm July 16, 2011 thru the OKIB reserve and all.

Director James Baker brought up the point about Friends of Fintry having their BC Parks 100th Anniversary event that same day and said he hopes that the professional traffic control people that were hired by GrandFondo will allow people to get to Fintry Park celebrations and keep them there.  Friends of Fintry are not exactly thrilled.  See letter below.

.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.4 GranFondo Canada.pdf

.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Minutes (not posted to RDCO's website yet)

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio April 7, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting - .mp3 (447 MB)

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May 2, 2011 we found this letter from Friends of Fintry at the counter in La Casa store in regards to the GranFondo Bicycle Event being held July 16, 2011 along Westside Road at the same time as Friends of Fintry Provincial Park 100th ANNIVERSARY.  Friends of Fintry are not impressed.  Read the letter.

Letter from Fintry Prov Park Society member in regards to the GranFondo bicycle event along Westside Road July 16, 2011.
click the letter to read it

.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Service Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.2 Regional Transportation Demand Management Program Update.pdf - to change travel behaviour

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Upgrades demanded for road
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - March 20, 2011

Residents are increasingly upset over what they see as the lack of action on Westside Road.

The Ministry of Transportation met recently with the public to discuss windy and narrow Westside Road and long-term plans for improvements.

“There was a fair amount of frustration from the audience about things not happening,” said Jim Edgson, Central Okanagan Regional District director.

“People would like to see the road fixed in a way that’s safe to travel.”

The ministry has identified 12 sections of the road between Bear Creek in the south and north Fintry where possible work, such as realignment, could occur.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to define projects,” said Murray Tekano, district manager.

Among the steps that must still be done before any projects are finalized are environmental and geotechnical assessments and consultation with First Nations.

Nine locations have also been identified for sites where slow moving vehicles can pull over.

Eventually potential improvements from Fintry to Highway 97, near O’Keefe Ranch, will also be determined.

There are no timelines for any upgrades to occur, and a determining factor will be finances.

“We will be prioritizing them and how funding will be allocated based on the priorities,” said Tekano.

“Each year we hope to do some work on Westside Road.


Edgson says the pull-outs are new, but most of the other information from the ministry has been heard before.

“This is the first time they’ve shown there is a plan and explained it to the people,” he said.

“But the timing is not clear and that’s a source of frustration for people. I personally want to see a plan with times.”

Until major improvements occur, Edgson is concerned that motorists will continue to be at risk.

“We understand they have to deal with budgets and Westside Road is not a priority for the ministry, but it’s a priority for the people who travel the road,” he said.

.pdf icon March 21, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Highlights of the Regular Board Meeting

Westside Road meeting with the MLA and Ministry of Transportation at La Casa Resort was a Director Item, so nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about it.

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.pdf icon March 21, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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Motorists ignoring speed zones
Castanet.net - by Grant Scott - Story: 60867 - Mar 18, 2011

The arrival of spring-like weather means construction crews are back working at the Westside Road Interchange.

Motorists travelling through the work zone on highway 97 just south of the Okanagan Lake bridge are reminded to slow down and watch for route changes as the work progresses.

"We are advising motorists to use caution and stick to the 60km speed zone." says Project Communications Officer Evelyn Lube. "There are a lot of people working up there and there's a lot of traffic so it is very dangerous."

The $41 million project, which the Westbank First Nation is administering for the Ministry of Transportation, appears to be moving along on time and within the prescribed budget.

The 60km speed limit on Hwy 97 was extended south from the bridge to the new Nancee Road intersection, but it has taken an extra effort to get motorists to slow down on that stretch of highway.

"We have had a strong police presence and we've installed reader boards so people can see how fast they are going and it is working so we are asking everyone to slow down." says Lube.

Drivers heading into Kelowna will notice the highway has been realigned once again.

"Right now we are building the north bound lanes until the end of April. Then we will be shifting the traffic onto the new lanes sometime in April. At night there will also be some single lane traffic as you come down the hill into Kelowna so use caution and until the pavers get out their there will be uneven pavement to watch for."

Warning signs heading into the construction zone also caution motorcyclists to use extra care because of the uneven and constantly changing surface.


"Slow down when you're going up there." says Lube. "The paving will start sometime in the middle of April depending on the weather."

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GRAVEL PIT (NEXT TO LA CASA) MEETING DISGUISED AS A ROAD MEETING DO YA THINK?

Westside Road – Public Information Session

March 10, 2011

Residents of Westside Road and area are invited to attend an information session where staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will present an update on improvement plans for Westside Road between Bear Creek Park and Highway 97 North at O’Keefe Ranch.

The session is being held on Thursday March 10th, 2011 starting at 7 p.m. in the event centre of the LaCasa Cottage Resort 6808 Westside Road N.

Representatives of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will present an overview of planning work to date along the corridor and discuss the implementation strategy for future improvements.

Information about this session can also be found on our public website at:
http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/index.html

We look forward to seeing you on March 10th.

W. Murray Tekano
District Manager, Transportation
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Kelowna

See (.pdf) attachment about this meeting

This is a map where La Casa is located along Westside Road.  La Casa is located approx. 2 km's south (Kelowna side) of Fintry Provincial Park.  The meeting will be held in the upper castle looking building at La Casa.

Map of where La Casa is located along Westside Road BC... about 2 km's south of Fintry Provincial Park.
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About the March 10, 2011 Meeting at La Casa in regards to Westside Road Improvements

 

It was a FULL HOUSE March 10, 2011 at La Casa in regards to a public meeting with the Ministry of Transportation Murray Tekano and Westside MLA Ben Stewart about Westside Road Improvements.

It was a FULL HOUSE March 10, 2011 meeting at La Casa with Ministry of Transportation Murray Tekano and Westside MLA Ben Stewart in regard to Westside Road Improvements.
Couldn't even get in the door to La Casa's theatre room there were so many people that showed up.

 

This slide below was part of the presentation to the community about improvements to Westside Road.

The Ministry says it wants to build long distance pullouts.

The Ministry of Transportation says it wants to build long distance pullouts along Westside Road BC
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As you can see, La Casa Theatre was packed, even though there was such short notice given to residents and some residents only received the notice in their mailbox a few days before the meeting.
Inside La Casa theater, there wasn't an empty seat to be had.
There wasn't an empty seat inside La Casa theatre March 10, 2011 meeting.  There were some people leaning against the wall, and some people wouldn't fit inside the theatre's room and stood outside the door to the theatre but were still inside the building, thank goodness for that at least.

The Ministry of Transportation said that improvements to Westside Road are due to safety concerns.  The Ministry wants to build pullouts so a slow vehicle does not have to stop to pull over, making pullouts long enough that vehicles have time to pass without the slow moving vehicle having to stop.

Val Trevis from the North Westside Road Communities Association stood up asking if the improvements to Westside Road are not due to the gravel pit proposal next to La Casa.  The Ministry denied it.  Later after the meeting, Val Trevis again tried to get it out of the Ministry of Transportation Murray Tekano and Westside MLA Ben Stewart, that Westside Road Improvements are about the Gravel Pit Operation on crown land application next to La Casa, and there has been much talk about improvements over the past 13 years she has lived in the area, without much done over the years until now.  The Ministry of Transportation and MLA Ben Stewart both refused to admit anything of the sort.

President of the North Westside Road Ratepayers Association Diane Baldwin said we don't want a gravel pit and she was more than stern when she said it.  She asked about when the work would start, and where it would start, but the Ministry did not have an answer to her questions.

A few years back the Westside Road Improvement Committee (WRIC) had 16 priority locations mapped out along Westside Road, that were scheduled for improvements in phases, but only one or two of the 16 priorities were completed due to funding constraints.

Residents who spoke at the meeting had many concerns for instance:

  • one OKIB band member stood up and said that the Ministry of Transportation was misleading people about improvement happening to fast, because the Ministry still needs to consult with the OKIB and Westbank First Nations about aboriginal archaeological sites that need to be preserved

  • another OKIB band member stood up and said that the OKIB reserve is free range and why didn't the Ministry correct the last person who was complaining about the reserve having black cows roaming around on Westside Road

  • another was concerned about the animals and deer on Westside Road

  • another asked how many jobs will be created for locals

  • after the meeting the local Fire Chief told the Ministry that he would like to see shoulders along Westside Road and said that many accidents occur on Westside Road that are not reported because some of these people are drunk and those are not called in, and that out of the drunk drivers he has seen where the accident has been reported, the drivers are never charged.

  • after the meeting Val Trevis from the North Westside Road Communities Association told Ben Stewart that he will be eating his words that Westside Road improvements are not due to the WFN Gravel Pit crown land application next to La Casa.

Do you remember these signs (priority 1 - 16) along Westside Road from a few years back?
Priority 16 sign on Westside Road, Kelowna, BC
Westside Road Re-alignment Last Priority #16 Sign that was located alongside Westside Road a few years back.

 

From NWCR.CA Website June 2007 Newsletter page 6
The plan is to improve the Westside Road just north of La Casa next time.
Click article to read it.
Westside Road Issues Committee Report
WRIC consulted with the communities through a poll last year which indicated that this area between Bear Lake Main and Pine Point was probably one of the least expensive yet most important to have improved.

 

From North Westside Communities News Fall 2007 page 6
From North Westside Communities News regarding Westside Road
This article is regarding Traders Cove and Pine Point section almost complete when the project run out of money.

 

.pdf icon May 25, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Minutes

Planning:

6.3 Referral Applications (Unweighted Vote)

c) Report regarding FrontCounter BC referral application to allow test drilling to determine the feasibility of developing a sand and gravel quarry located south of La Casa Lakeside Resort and north of the proposed Rockchild Landing residential development. (CL-09-05) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All Directors)

Staff report dated May 19, 2009 outlined the referral application for a two-year investigative permit to allow test drilling to determine the feasibility of developing a sand and gravel quarry. Staff reviewed the application noting:

• Staff do not support the application as the Board has recommended that new applications be put on hold until a pilot study is initiated within the Central Okanagan.
• Agency comments were reviewed:

o RDCO Parks Department identified a number of issues including the need for more information on the visual impact and any proposed mitigation measures.
o RDCO's Advisory Planning Commission does not support the application for reasons similar to the Ministry of Environment and RDCO Parks.
o RDCO's Environmental Advisory Committee does not support the application stating visibility and transport aspects and ecological issues.
o Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Agriculture and Lands have provided numerous comments.
o There is insufficient information to fully access the application - further studies are required before consideration.

Staff noted subsequent to the Board report being written the Ministry of Environment has retracted their recommendation for pre-testing work.

In discussion various concerns were identified including:
• If approval was given for a sand and gravel quarry how much rock would be removed per year? It was noted this application is for testing only, that a further referral application would be required to move forward.
• What tools will the RDCO have in a revised OCP to deal with an application such as this? Environmental, aquatic, etc. more than currently. The concern is that the RDCO is in the process of updating the North Westside OCP and that it should be completed before any recommendations come forward from the Board.
• Transportation of gravel through Westside Road is of concern should this proceed to a referral application for a sand and gravel quarry. The Province needs to do a study on Westside Road and the upgrade needed for future use/plans.
• The Regional District has previously stated that all sand and gravel applications should be on hold until an updated aggregate study is completed in the Central Okanagan as well as implementation of a Provincial 3-zone aggregate pilot study.
• Concern was expressed that this is only for testing-not for approval of a sand and gravel operation.
• Test drilling can cause ecological damage including damage to habitat.
• Will Westbank First Nation monitor archeological concerns as well as monitor the Brigade Trail which is located in this area?

HODGE/EDGSON
#128/09 SHEPHERD/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board defer consideration of FrontCounter Be referral application CL-09-05 until the Terms of Reference for a Central Okanagan 3-zone Aggregate Pilot Study are developed.

DEFEATED (tie vote)

The main motion was reconsidered.

THAT FrontCounter BC Referral Application for Westbank First Nation & Canadian Aggregates Inc. (application CL-09-05) for an Investigative Permit (2 years) to allow test drilling to determine feasibility of developing a sand and gravel quarry on the subject Crown Lands not be supported;

AND FURTHER THAT the Development & Environmental Services Department Report dated May 19, 2009 be forwarded to FrontCounter BC for their information and consideration.

CARRIED (opposed: Baker, Ophus, Findlater)

 

Sand and Gravel Pit Development Application sign south of La Casa Resort.

 

 

Gravel plan draws opposition
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - May 01, 2010

A proposed gravel pit on the west side of Okanagan Lake is getting a rocky reception.

North Westside residents have launched a campaign against plans by the Westbank First Nation and Canadian Aggregates to mine a 50-hectare property on Westside Road, south of the Fintry delta.

“This is a rural area and we want to keep it that way,” said Allastair Fergusson, with the North Westside Ratepayers Association.

“It’s highly unpopular and we’ve got hundreds of signatures on a petition.”

Fergusson says the Crown land in question is owl habitat and includes a creek, and there is a concern about industrial noise.

“It’s right beside LaCasa (subdivision) and if they put a crusher up there, you’ll here it across the valley,” he said.

But the largest concern involves possibly 40 truck trips per day to haul 249,000 metric tonnes of gravel a year.

Ian Kilpatrick, with the North Westside Communities Association, says Westside Road is too narrow and windy to handle that kind of traffic.

“The trucks will break the road down and with the curves, knock people off the road,” he said.

Kilpatrick believes alternate routes for the gravel trucks should be found along forestry roads.

Jim Edgson, North Westside electoral director, shares the concerns about Westside Road.

“It’s not capable of handling the traffic,” he said.

“The road has to be fixed up if there’s going to be industrial activities.”

Edgson also wants to focus on the environment.

“As long as these things are addressed, I don’t have a problem with gravel pits,” he said.

Proponents of the gravel operation insist the project is necessary.

“The gravel would be an added benefit to development on reserve lands,” said Raf DeGuevara, manager of intergovernmental affairs for the Westbank First Nation.

“We have an interest in sharing in the resources in our traditional territory. Westbank is finely getting to be a partner.”

DeGuevara is aware of the residents’ concerns.

“We have to meet all of the environmental tests the province has in place and as good stewards of the land, we’ll be doing that,” he said, adding that among the WFN’s basic goals are water and the environment.

As for Westside Road, a traffic study is not required under Ministry of Transportation rules, according to DeGuevara.

“But we will see if we can contribute a portion to highways upgrades and the ministry has to step up too,” he said.

A decision on the gravel extraction application is expected from the Ministry of Mines in the next six months to a year, but DeGuevara says there will be public meetings before then.

 

June 28, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

Item 6.6 FrontCounter BC Referral Application GREX-10-04.pdf

* These are just snippetts

The Westbank FIrst Nation (WFN) has a finite land base from which it can derive lease income.

Based an the fact that this gravel pit is located In WFN Traditional Territory and Crown Land~ the First Nation has claimed traditional ownership of resources in this area.

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The lifespan of the exlsting pit area is expected to exceed 50 years, being established In small increments, with the rehabilitation of areas where aggregate extraction has ceased.

Road access will be off Westside Road North via the old forestry road as shown on Figure 4.

Some work may be required to improve this passability and the Intersection with the Westside Road.

Only 4 to 6 gravel trucks will be required to move the limited quantities of aggregate and could generate up to 40 trips per day on Westside Road.  This relatively (low traffic volume does not trigger a MOTI traffic study. According to MOTI Officials this volume is well within the existing capacity of Westside Road. Due to public perception of the narrowness of the road, especially at the bluff sections, it may be necessary for the public and the proponents to lobby senior Government to assist in widening the road over these sections.

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The limited water use for dust control and facilities at the gravel pit will either be sourced from a well or tankered in from offsite.

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If aggregate washing is required In future, a closed system of three ponds will be utilized for settling, filtering and reuse in the operation.

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio  Audio of the entire Regional Board Meeting - Audio_Brd_June 28_10.mp3 (177 MB)

Windows Media File Icon June 28, 2010 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about the WFN Gravel Pit - .wma (36.5 MB)

 

This document below was the only handout at the meeting, but there is contact information in the handout.  The handout states:
Program of minor rehabilitation projects have been undertaken to address surface condition and alignment issues.  Varying levels of annual investment have been made totalling over $12.9 million between 2000 and 2010.  Improvements include the new alignment at the log booming grounds south of Bear Creek, surfacing improvements and roadside barrier placement.  A review of Westside Road commenced in 2009 to determine options for improvements to the cross-section and alignment and to examine possible operational improvements to improve traffic mobility.
March 10, 2011 meeting handout about Westside Road page 1 of 2
click page for larger copy
page 1 of 2

March 10, 2011 meeting handout about Westside Road page 2 of 2
click page for larger copy
page 2 of 2

The handout says that information can be found at:

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/projects/westside_w-kelowna_vernon/ (but this link didn't work when we tried it)

Try this link below instead, if the link above doesn't work

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/OkanaganValley/index.html

Also see Westside Road Improvement Committee (WRIC)

 

WRITTEN COMMENTS CAN BE SENT TO:

W. Murray Tekano
District Manager of Transportation
Okanagan-Shuswap District
300-1358 St Paul St.
Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 2E1

or by fax to: (250) 712-3669

or by email to:

Murray.Tekano at gov.bc.ca

 

From page 18 of this water system report for Upper Fintry / Valley of the Sun / Shalal Road
 

Without major improvements to Westside Road, extensive new development may not be permitted.

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/engineering/NWwater/FintryPrelimDesignFinal_Jun10.pdf

 

We took some video of parts of the meeting before our digital camera ran out of room.  If you wish a copy, you just have to mail us a blank DVD disk and we will send you a copy.  You can request a copy of the video we took, by mailing your blank DVD to the address shown below with a note saying that you want a copy of the March 10, 2011 meeting about Westside Road.

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New intersection ready for Westside Rd.
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 57712 - Oct 21, 2010

Commuters coming into Kelowna from the westside will be greeted with a new traffic configuration Friday morning.

The current traffic lights and intersection at Highway 97 and Westside Road will be closed.

It will be replaced by a new intersection and traffic light configuration just south of Westside Road at Nancee Way and Highway 97.

The new intersection will be activated late Thursday evening.

The change is being made to allow for structures to be erected for the new Westside Road Interchange.

The new intersection at Nancee Way will maintain the same traffic patterns as previously found at Westside Road and will direct the traffic connection to Highway 97 from Westside Road and traffic bound to and from Sneena Road and Bayview Court along Nancee Way.

"People are really confused about whether Highway 97 traffic was going to be diverted and it's not. The only change for them will be the location of the intersection," says Project Communications Officer, Evelyn Lube.

Traffic control people will be on site Thursday evening and through the Friday rush-hour.

Travellers are advised to allow for extra time, observe posted speed limits and to obey traffic control personnel.

The detour route will be in effect until August, 2011 when the new Westside Road Interchange will be opened.

The Westside Road Interchange is being delivered by Westbank First Nation in partnership with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Funding is being provided by the provincial and federal government.

Q. What is happening at Hwy 97 and Westside Road?
A. The Westside Road Interchange Project.

Find out more about this project at an Open House ~ September 2, 2010
4:00 and 8:00 PM
at the Wilson's Landing Fire Hall,
2396 Westside Road North

The meeting is presented by Evelyn Lube ( Project Communicator for Westside Road Interchange ) and Jim Edgson ( Central Okanagan Regional District Director ) and no doubt some others.

The topic of discussion and presentation will be Westside Road Interchange. Come and see what all the work is about and maybe have some input.

Please provide this information among the residence of your communities.

Please also mention it to your neighbours just in case they did not see this email.

Roger

Westside Road Interchange Moving Along
Castanet.net by Wayne Moore - Story: 53776 - Apr 8, 2010

Preparation work is continuing on the $41 million Westside Road Interchange. Chief Louie says the project, which WFN is administering for the Ministry of Transportation, appears to be moving along on time and within the prescribed budget.

The interchange is expected to be complete by July of 2012.

Chief Louie says WFN hopes to have tenders put out by the end of April or early May.

"We hope to have all the tenders in sometime in May and hopefully a contract will be awarded for the next phase," says Louie.

"Right now we're in phase one which is the detour roads which will circumvent that intersection. That's what is being worked on right at the moment."

Louie says there have been a few unexpected delays in the project to date.

"There were some hitches I suppose with the finding of this volcanic rock that went over ancient glacial deposits which has complicated things a bit. That's just a small hiccup in the overall project."

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Westside Road slow to 40 Km/h corner north of LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort Looking North

Westside Road BC Slow to 40 Km/h Corner South of
Fintry Provincial Park.  This is the next Priority#16 which may be worked on in 2009 if the funds are available, part of the Westside Road re-alignment (photo above).

On June 28, 2005 an 80 meter section of Westside Road slid into Okanagan Lake which prompted acceleration on the Westside Road re-alignment project.

Providing the weather cooperates, the paving will be done to complete the "Corner of Doom" project in time for the Canada Day long weekend 2006.

Sub-priorities listed in the order of re-alignment.
1 - 2 - 15 - 16 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11- 12 - 14

Notice Open Range Livestock at Large Sign on Okanagan Indian Band Territory
Watch for Livestock and Deer on
Westside Road in BC

 

Winding Highway Sign
Winding Highway Sign on
Westside Road in BC

  Priority 16 sign on Westside Road, Kelowna, BC
Westside Road Re-alignment Last Priority #16 Sign

Government and Community Working Together
In Partnership

or

 

Traffic Volume Data

Construction Cost Guide

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Vernon Blog Spot on Westside Road being used as Vernon's bypass.

The last time we looked the poll suggested Westside Road as the corridor.

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Get Involved, Demand a Bypass Now!

http://www.westernbypassnow.com/

Check out our webpage regarding the bypass - more links

SNOW PLOWING AND SANDING PROBLEMS

We seen 3 deer hanging around that sharp corner at Westside Road and Westshore Estates
Watch out for Deer
There were lots of deer out Feb 21, 2008 in the afternoon along Westside Road.  This deer was on that sharp corner on Westside Road at Westshore Estates.  He or she was hanging out with at least 2 others maybe more.  We seen one dead one that had been hit by a vehicle in another spot.  And that isn't all the deer we seen... they seemed to be everywhere.  We also heard a wolf howling the other night near Valley of the Sun.

Will you slow down yet?
This poor deer was hit by a vehicle at Estamont Beach on Westside Road
click to see larger photo
This poor deer was hit by a vehicle and had his leg broken on May 22, 2008 at Estamont Beach on Westside Road.  This is one very good reason to slow down.
PROMOTE DEER ALERTS

Two days later a vehicle went off the road in nearly the same spot.

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Hornet Electronic Deer Whistle

Wildlife Myth # 7. Deer whistles work just fine.

Wrong!

Anecdotally, many people swear by their deer whistles, but there are no scientific studies that prove that they work.

The animal has to hear the noise, recognize that it is coming from a vehicle, interpret that the sound means danger, and react by moving away from the vehicle.

The danger is that if drivers think that deer whistles work, they may become complacent and rely on the deer whistle instead of driving wildlife aware.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_deer_alert_whistles_really_work

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There is a animal trail crossing Westside Road at Ewings Landing.  Earlier this year approx April 27, 2008 an animal was killed there and now there are skid marks.  So please be careful in this area.

Deer trail and skid marks at Ewings Landing Westside Road BC
These photos were taken May 30, 2008

Animal remains at Ewings Landing with trail crossing Westside Road
The closest skid mark in the photo is where an animal was hit before (photo below).  If you want to know where the deer are crossing ... just look for skid marks.

Animal remains at Ewings Landing near trail
That sign in the background is the Ewings Landing sign you would see heading north and approaching Ewings Landing. This animal was hit sometime approx. April 27, 2008 when the photo was taken.

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Another place to watch for deer is where the fence runs around Evely Forest Campsite.  Deer tend to run along the road looking for a place to jump the fence.  They really should take that fence down not just for deer but in case people go out of control and drive through it.  It is a solid fence built with thick logs.

Dead deer near Evely Forest Campsite.
This photo was taken March 1, 2008

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So, what can you do to avoid hitting an animal yourself?

First, pay  attention to animal crossing signs. They're probably there because other motorists have had crashes in the area.

Also, obey the speed limit and keep a close watch for deer around dusk and at dawn.

Don't over-drive your headlights at night -- i.e., control your speed so that you will have time to react to something when it appears in your headlights.

If you see a deer in the road, honk your horn -- flashing
your lights might cause the animal to further fixate on your vehicle. 

Keep in mind that if you think you are going to hit the animal, it's often better to brake than to swerve. Swerving can confuse the animal as to which way to run and possibly result in a worse collision with a fixed object such as a tree or an oncoming vehicle

Bypass ignored
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - October 26, 2007

Vernon’s official community plan review is getting a rough ride because it doesn’t cover a controversial bypass.

Numerous politicians used an OCP growth plan scenario workshop Friday to question why the current process doesn’t include the proposed western bypass.

“The fact that it will still be in the OCP makes me very uncomfortable,” said Coun. Buffy Baumbrough.

Staff recommended that the western bypass not be part of the OCP review because the need for the route will depend on the land use option ultimately selected.

“That piece of infrastructure also requires its own public discussion,” said Kim Flick, a long range planner.

Flick is concerned debate about the bypass would overshadow public input about land use strategies in the OCP.

“It (bypass) also won’t get a fair share of discussion if it’s grouped in with a major policy issue like the OCP,” she said.

Flick’s report recommended protecting the corridor for the highway in the OCP subject to public consultation on its ultimate inclusion.

But that didn’t go over well with Coun. Pat Cochrane.

“It’s a major flaw in the plan,” he said of not including the bypass in the OCP review process.

That was also the view of Coun. Patrick Nicol.

“It has such a huge impact on the future and this is about the future. We just can’t ignore it,” he said.

The western bypass concept was initiated by the previous council and it would see a new bypass go from the army camp to Swan Lake through the Mission Hill, Okanagan Landing and Bella Vista areas.

“It’s been a very contentious issue and it’s created a lot of uncertainty for residents,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham.

Three draft land use plans for the OCP will be put before council Nov. 13 for consideration, and Flick says that will now include a simultaneous process to look at the western bypass.

In November, there will be extensive public consultation on the OCP review and the draft land use plans. It will include open houses, mall displays and information on the city Web site.

“It’s beyond precedent in terms of what we’ve done before,” said Leon Gous, chief administrative officer.

From North Westside Communities News Fall 2007 page 6
From North Westside Communities News regarding Westside Road
This article is regarding Traders Cove and Pine Point section almost complete when the project run out of money.

 

From NWCR.CA Website June 2007 Newsletter page 6
The plan is to improve the Westside Road just north of La Casa next time.
Click article to read it.
Westside Road Issues Committee Report
WRIC consulted with the communities through a poll last year which indicated that this area between Bear Lake Main and Pine Point was probably one of the least expensive yet most important to have improved.

 

From North Westside Communities News December 2006 page 8
In Grant Lachmuths 30 years of working for the Ministry of Transportation, he has never seen such a positive and concerted effort by a community to improve a road.

$33,000 estimated cost for separated grade interchange to be built at Westside Road to replace the existing signalized intersection west of the new William R. Bennett Bridge

http://www.corporate.gov.bc.ca/Capital_Projects/Okanagan/Vernon_Westbank.htm

Ministry of Transportation Status Update: June 22, 2006

As most of you are aware we are now back to two way traffic and have been for about three weeks.

Since that time we have been working to secure the services needed to pave the section of road through the “Corner of Doom” as well as repave the 500 meters at the north end of the project.

We have done some additional testing in this section to be repaved and have determined that the original approach we had considered for this section would have meant that it would have deteriorated rapidly and we would have been back to patch within 3-5 years.

Instead beginning next week we will be doing some base repairs and then pave the two sections. This (depending on the weather) should be complete by next Friday.

There will still be some remedial work to be completed during the summer, but we do not anticipate any significant delays as most of this work will be carried out off line.

The Ministry would like to express sincere appreciation to the residents of Westside for their patience and understanding during this Project.


Bob Corey
Project Manager
Ministry of Transportation

Fintry Protected area Feb 2006

The Okanagan Lake Westside Road right-of-way crosses through the lower section of the protected area.

As directed through the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP, the lower portion of the protected area will be retained under the Environment Land Use Act to allow for potential relocation of the Westside Road, potential development of logging road access through the northeast corner of
the protected area and possible upgrade of the White Elephant non-status road.

The protected area was established through recommendations of the Okanagan-Shuswap Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) under the Environment Land Use Act with provision that the Okanagan Lake Westside Road right-of-way may be relocated through the area. Allowance is also made for potential development of a forest access road through the northeast corner of the protected area and possible upgrade of the White Elephant non-status road.

(page 2-3)

Source http://www.llbc.leg.bc.ca/public/PubDocs/bcdocs/402536/fintry_pa_ps.pdf

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