Welcome to the website for Area F of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS)

The practical objective of this site is to increase two-way communication between you and your local government. Although the RDOS has a fully-functional website, this site is meant to be less formal and, as a consequence, more timely.  See the Area 'F' page on the official RDOS website.

Why does the KVR have so many pot holes?

As we have said many times, the RDOS can do nothing at this point about the potholes on the KVR trail.  This is because the RDOS does not own the KVR trail between the Penticton River Channel and the Trout Creek trestle.  We are waiting on the Penticton Indian Band to get full ownership of the land before we can work together to make the former rail line a designated (and maintained) path.

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Is NIMBY Fighting Words?

I took some heat on February 1st following another round of futile discussion about a regional compost site.  A woman walked up to me in the back of the RDOS boardroom during a break and asked what gave me the right to call her a NIMBY.  She was angry.  I was in no mood for this (given the aforementioned futility) and was angry in return.

OCP Survey Round 2 Summary Video

I put together a very quick video describing the (surprising) results from Round 2 of the OCP survey.  The information in the video forms part of our preparation for the Round 3 survey.  People have told me it is much easier to complete the survey questions once they understand the different growth scenarios.

Link to the video is here (roughly 30 minutes)

Note that the video is based on the community meeting held in November. The content is very similar.

Why not compost at Campbell Mountain?

In a comment on a previous post, George Bush (Director for RDOS Electoral Area G) asks: Why not compost sewage sludge at Campbell Mountain if that is where it is going to be used as biocover anyway?  This is a good question so I asked Cam Baughen at the RDOS for some additional background on why Campbell Mountain did not even make the RDOS's shortlist of potential regional composting sites.  Basically, the site has two critical shortcomings:

End of equal payment plan for the West Bench Water System

The RDOS offered an "equal payment plan" option for West Bench water system customers.  We have decided to eliminate the option for the simple reason that it takes too much staff time to administrate.  Given that this staff time is charged back to the water system, this is ultimately a cost-reduction measure.  Those on the plan should have already received a letter telling them that they are being switched over to quarterly billing.  Quarterly billing is simple: you are billed for what you owe at the end of the quarter.  If you use more water in the summer (we all do), your summer bill will be higher than your winter bill.

Some background: two things are required to implement an equal-payment plan for the water system:

  1. Usage forecasts for each customer
  2. A reconciliation process at the end of the year

 

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Regional Compost site reboot

As you may have heard, the Regional District is having difficulty securing a location for the new regional composting site.  This is frustrating because a regional composting site is intended to do two things: (a) avoid significant costs and (b) reduce our environmental impact. 

I certainly understand that people don’t want a waste-related facility anywhere near them.  But, if we are to realize the economic and environmental benefits of such a facility, it has to be located somewhere.  So rather than hosting a screaming contest (to see who can muster the loudest and most angry opposition to the site), I am in favor of making the decision based on more objective technical and economic criteria.  People are going to scream no matter what.  But we have to make the decision that it is the long-term interest of the broader community.

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