The following are highlights from the District of West Kelowna Council meeting held Tuesday, July 8, 2014.
BC Transit – RapidBus Update
Council was provided an update on the ongoing construction of the RapidBus Exchanges at Westbank and Boucherie Mountain, as well as the overall project that will see RapidBus service extended to West Kelowna beginning August 31, 2014. Council was advised that construction at the Westbank Centre Transit Exchange has been extended past the original July opening date due to utility installation delays. Substantial completion is now estimated for August 11. Significant changes to West Kelowna routes will be implemented in August to re-align transit route to serve the exchanges at Westbank Centre and Boucherie Mountain. Council was advised that changes are also intended to address service reliability issues on existing schedules. The service changes are cost neutral and are intended to improve access to the RapidBus service. One such change will be the discontinuation of two routes operating directly to downtown Kelowna, #20 Lakeview and #24 Shannon Lake. Riders on these routes will now transfer at Boucherie Mountain Transit Exchange to connect with RapidBus. Changes to routing will be communicated to the public. Two stations that were recently added to the project, on Highway 97 near Westlake and Hudson Roads, are expected to be constructed by October 31.
John Dupuis Park, Casa Loma
A member of the Casa Loma community appeared before Council requesting Council’s support in a fundraising effort to see the aging playground equipment in Casa Loma’s John Dupuis Park replaced. Council requested staff bring a report to council regarding setting up a trust account for any community fundraising towards the effort.
Lions Hall Fundraising Event
Council agreed to offer the use of Royal LePage Place to accommodate a fundraising event for the Westbank Lions Community Hall. Council further agreed to waive the rental fee and associated dry floor installation fees for the day of the fundraising event. The Lions Hall was damaged by fire in September 2013 and a member of the community approached Council to aid in hosting a full-day fundraising event in Royal LePage Place to help rebuild and renovate the hall. Council directed staff to work with the Lions Club to determine an appropriate date for the event, likely in spring 2015.
Rose Valley Development
Council postponed third reading of a Zoning Bylaw amendment to rezone a 1.64 hectare property at 1506 Rose Meadow Drive from Rural Residential Large Parcel to Compact Single Family Housing. The rezoning is intended to facilitate a 12-lot subdivision of the property and an adjacent property to the north. Council will accept a park dedication of a portion of the parent parcel and schedule the bylaw for third reading upon receipt of a voluntary contribution of $25,000 from the applicant.
Daimler Road Parking – Interim Safety Improvements
Council deferred consideration of proposed safety improvements to roads near Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, opting instead to direct staff to continue to engage School District 23 regarding these improvements. Despite several previous discussions with School District 23, no cost share arrangement could be reached. The interim improvements include installing firm parking restrictions, increasing enforcement and encouraging offsite pickup/drop-off on Auburn Road. The intent of the recommendation is to alleviate some of the vehicular congestion on Daimler Drive and more importantly, reduce conflicts resulting from pedestrians crossing in unsafe locations.
2013 Annual Report
Council considered the 2013 District of West Kelowna Annual Report. As required under Section 97 of the Community Charter, each year a municipality must prepare an annual report which includes the audited annual financial statements, permissive tax exemptions, a report respecting municipal services and operations, performance measures and objectives and any other information Council considers advisable. Copies of the 2013 Annual Report are available for the public to pick up at Municipal Hall or can be viewed online on the District’s website under Mayor & Council/2013 Annual Report.
General Local Government Election
Council gave first, second and third readings to the General Local Government Election Amendment Bylaw. The General Local Government Election will be held November 15, 2014. The Province of BC has introduced major changes to the election process since the last general local election. Most of the changes relate to campaign financing and the bylaw was amended to indicate that campaign financing rules now require candidates to file their financial documents directly with Elections BC rather than the District.