Penticton and South Okanagan
New mayor outlines goals for the city
Sep 24, 2013 / 7:19 pm
New Penticton Mayor Garry Litke outlined his short and longterm goals for the city at Monday's council meeting.
His speech came on the heels of his ceremonial swearing in for family, friends and local supporters in council chambers. Litke was formally sworn in at the UBCM convention in Vancouver last week.
For starters, he plans to re-organize the committee structure, in light of the fact there is a new councillor, Katie Robinson, and review travel expense policies.
"I want to ensure we are getting the best bang for our buck and that when we come back we have something to deliver, something that is of benefit to the city," he said.
Also in the short term, he plans to improve accessibility by holding brown bag lunches on Wednesday in council chambers and improve transparency by ensuring committee meetings and workshops are open to the public.
With the city entering a budget cycle, the mayor wants to make sure road maintenance and infrastructure get the proper attention.
For his five year plan, Litke said a great new contract is in place with the South Okanagan Events Centre and the city wants to see SOEC debt paid off by 2018.
After meeting with Minister of Health Terry Lake at the UBCM convention, the council expects the business plan for Penticton Regional Hospital to be done by early next year. From there it will move to the treasury and over the next five years they hope to see the hospital constructed and staffed.
The city also expects to see the remand centre in Oliver built in the next five years. Not only will there be construction of the facility going on, it will also bring good paying jobs to the area, Litke said.
"From that there will be a boost to our real estate market, which will create construction jobs in the housing market," he said.
Moving efforts forward will be a progressive council and staff, that has seen recent rewards for their work.
"We have everything in place to make Penticton an even better place to live than it already is," he said.
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