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.

Round 2 Information Session: 29 November at West Bench School

The RDOS will host a public information session at West Bench Elementary on Wednesday, November 29, from 7-8:30 PM.  The purpose of the information session is to:

  1. Ensure residents understand the scenarios used in Round 2 of the OCP survey
  2. Present some preliminary results from Round 2 (there may be some surprises!)
  3. Answer any questions residents may have.
  4. Set the stage for Round 3 of the OCP survey.

 

The format of the meeting will be a formal presentation starting at 7:15 PM followed by a question and answer session with RDOS staff.

Why do we need an information session?  Because the surveys we are asking you to complete are deceptively complex!

Solar bollards on West Bench Hill Road

You may have noticed two black solar bollards near the walking path on West Bench Hill Road.  Yes, I know they are different heights, the wrong color, and pretty pathetic looking.  These are two test installations of a product we are considering for unlit portions of the path.  We want to see how the bollards perform in action (light, durability, and so on) before we spend a bunch of money.

Neighborhoods: 

Annual request for participation as Parks Commission member

Every year we send out a call for volunteers for the Area F Parks Commission.  The Parks Commission is a group of local residents who volunteer their time (handful of times per year) to help make decisions regards parks, trails, and recreation.  Their role is primarily to help the RDOS proiritize spending and service levels.

Most Parks Commission members serve for a few years.  But we put the call out every year to help cover natural attrition.  Please see the call for interest below if you would like more information.

Invitation to Serve as a Member of a Local Parks and Recreation Commission

Good news for Faulder Water

Well, that only took a decade! Great news nonetheless:

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) has received approval from the Interior Health Authority to rescind both the Water Quality Advisory for uranium (issued August, 2007) and the Water Quality Advisory for commissioning the new system (issued February 14, 2017). As this is a new treatment system the potential for subsequent advisories exists, however the system is currently showing consistent acceptable results for bacteriological quality and uranium removal. We will continue to monitor all aspects of the system closely.

Link to press releaser

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Neighborhoods: 

If your recycling is not picked up

Just got the following note from Cam at the RDOS about recycling.  Garbage/recycling is one of the most expensive (and beneficial!) things we do at the RDOS. To minimize the costs for everyone, we ask you to do a little bit of work on your end, while you still have the item of waste in your hand.

From Cam:

Due to a resident’s concerns I went along West Bench Drive today. I checked over 20 recycle bags that were left. They were all left for contaminates in the recycling, which I confirmed. Materials that we cannot accept that are in the bags left today:

NIMBY-ism and tough composting decisions

Part of being an RDOS director is that occasionally you are on the receiving end of public outrage about this decision or that decision.  My email inbox currently runneth over with demands that the Marron Valley option be removed from the short list of new compost sites.  What is missing from these letters is an alternative location.  To spell it out: When you say, “Not in my backyard” in this type of decision problem you are really saying, “In someone else’s backyard.”  Just demanding “somewhere else” is not sufficient because RDOS staff have already looked at pretty much the whole region (the advantage of a good mapping system).  And the status quo has significant financial implications for all of us.  So just telling us you don’t want a composting site near you is not new news.  What we require is information that causes us to reassess the balance of trade-offs.

Area F Official Community Plan Review

This thread is used to hold information about the 2017 Area F Official Community Plan review. The main RDOS site also has a section dedicated to the review: Area F OCP Review

The purpose of the thread on this site is to provide a more informal mechanism for sharing information, voicing concerns, and finding out what is going on.  For example, this site allows you to post comments (the main RDOS site does not).  You will see directly below this message a hierarchy of links to information (as it evolves and becomes available).

An OCP review is a long process.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments as we go along.

Organics, carts, and landfills

The Campbell Mountain Landfill is the destination landfill for Penticton and most of Area F (rural Summerland uses the Summerland landfill).  The landfill itself is owned by the City of Penticton but leased by the RDOS on behalf of a slightly larger service area that includes Penticton but also Naramata, West Bench, and so on.  The RDOS, in turn, pays a contractor to manage the landfill.

(photo iNFOnews.ca)

There are two things I need to acknowledge about the landfill before talking about new initiatives: