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.

October 2018 update on Sage Mesa water

As you hopefully know, the Sage Mesa water system, which services Sage Mesa, Westwood Properties, and Husula Highlands, is privately owned.  There has been talk for years about transferring ownership to a local government (e.g., the RDOS).  The primary reason for this discussion is that only local governments are eligible for infrastructure grants from the federal/provincial governments.  In addition, local governments can borrow on favorable terms through the Municipal Finance Authority.  Access to grants and long term debt funding are clearly important for aging water systems in need of major upgrades.

Two things need to happen for this transfer of ownership to the RDOS to occur:

Issues: 

Solar bollards

Recall that we have been piloting solar bollards on the dark bits of the West Bench walking path.  Although the lights are a bit underwhelming in the winter, their performance is much better in the summer (which is when most people use the path).  Part of the issue is that the lights have powersaving technology to avoid running the battery to zero before dawn. They switch to 30% output 5 hours after dusk, which is one of the reasons the lights are so dim on winter nights (dusk + 5 hours is still before my bedtime in December and January).

Should we scrap the deposit system

I requested a meeting with the Minstry of the Environment at the annual UBCM convention to discuss merging the deposit recycling system with the curbside recycling system.  There has been ample critical commentary (e.g., Facebook), so I thought I should take a few minutes to sketch out the issues and underlying rationale for this.

We have two recycling systems in BC:

Transit service: Penticton to Kelowna AAP

From time to time BC Transit does a study and decides this or that route would be worth establishing. Recently, BC Transit decided a Penticton-Kelowna route would make sense.1  This is good news for the South Okanagan because BC Transit (read: taxpayers in the rest of British Columbia) heavily subsidizes rural transit routes.  I don't have the exact numbers on hand, but think of the cost of each ride being allocated roughly in this way:

  • BC Transit pays 50%
  • local taxpayers pay 40%
  • riders (through their fares) pay 10%

 

OCP Survey Round 3 raw data

Below is the raw data from Round 3 of the OCP survey:

Round 3 raw results

Hillary Ward (our APC Chair) was kind enough to whip up a graphical analysis in the statistical package R:  The R code is included for any budding data scientists.

Histogram matrix of results

Hillary used a more sophisticated plotting package, so her histograms look slightly different than the ones I prepared for the OCP open houses. They tell the same story either way, however.

 

Emergency notifications by text, email, and phone

See the notice from the RDOS for information about a new emergency notification service.  You will get a text on your phone, for example, if your water system is hit with a boil water order or your property is put on evacuation alert.

A shortcut to the Area F-specific regisistration is here: https://rdos.ca.regroup.com/networks/rdos/locations/electoral-area-f-/location_register

 

The RDOS can now send instant emergency notifications to residents directly to their email, mobile phones and landline phones!

CivicReady® Mass Notification System is now live on our website at www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/civic-ready/ and we encourage you to spread the word to your constituents to sign up!

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