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West Bench garbage pickup is NOT changing... at least not yet

The following is from Cameron Baughen, the RDOS Solid Waste Management Coordinator:

The City of Penticton used undressed admail  to send out a Curbside Bin brochure which went to every home with ‘V2A’ postal code. That included West Bench, Red Wing and the Carmi area in Area ‘D’. This has confused a number of our residents.  There are no changes to the RDOS curbside program for West Bench and Red Wing... The RDOS is only looking at the potential for a garbage cart program in the future. Any RDOS cart program would not be implemented until July 2018, at the very earliest, and only in communities where it makes sense.  

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Have you volunteered yet for the BC Winter Games?

Have you volunteered yet for the BC Winter Games? Please do so by clicking the button on the left.  (Note volunteer registration will close by 10 Feb 2016). You will be asked to provide some basic contact information and be given a list of choices where to volunteer (e.g., Food Services-->Participant Meals).  Don't worry about entering skills, and so on.  All we need is your contact information and an area of interest (food, accommodation, sports, registration, and so on).  A volunteer manager (also a volunteer)  will follow-up with a phone call and try to slot you into a role and time period that works. It takes the involvement of the entire community to make an event like this work!

Bridge to somewhere

Update 13 February, 2016:

As described in the follow-on story in The Herald, the RDOS has withdrawn its opposition to this project until the source of the funds has been clarified.  There are two components:

  1. A $110K design plan for the trail segment between Summerland and Penticton
  2. The $4-$10M construction of the trail segment.

 

Our understanding was that both the design plan and the construction would be partnerships with the province, meaning the RDOS (including Penticton and Summerland) would be expected to contribute a significant portion of the funding.  Even if the construction costs were at the lower end of the $4M-$10M range, the project would be too expensive for the RDOS.  Hence our original refusal to participate.

Other signs on West Bench Hill Road

Just a heads-up: crews will be working to install the West Bench sign at the bottom on West Bench Hill Road.  To work freely, they will have to remove all the signs that are currently spread across the highways right-of-way.  Once the West Bench sign is constructed and the area around it is landscaped with natural vegetation we will likely take it upon ourselves to keep the area clear of signs (they are not supposed to be in the highways right-of-way in any case).

December 2015 projects update

It is perhaps not the best weather to be doing projects, but we have a lot on the go in Area 'F'.  Two major projects in process are:

  1. The Faulder water upgrade (see main thread)
  2. The West Bench water reservoir (see main thread and some photos of progress)

 

In addition Mark Woods, the RDOS Community Services Manager, sent me the following update:

1. Selby Park washroom

The septic system in Selby Park is installed, certified and permitting has been finalized with the government

A new water line has been installed from the curb to the washroom location

Blasting for West Bench reservoir

Note from RDOS staff regarding the West Bench reservoir:

We wanted to let people know about some small blasts we are going to be executing today and possibly over the next several days in the West Bench & Sage Mesa area, west of Penticton. We are installing a new reservoir and have encountered rock that we need to blast out. The charges are expected to be relatively small but some people may get worried and call wondering what it is.

The blasting should be finished in a couple days depending on if more is found as the excavation continues.

Please don’t hesitate to provide people with my contact info if they have questions.

Liisa Bloomfield, P.Eng. ● Engineer/Engineering Supervisor
p. 250.490.4229 ● tf. 1.877.610.3737 ● f. 250.492.0063
www.rdos.bc.ca ● Lbloomfield@rdos.bc.ca

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Cyclocross near Selby Park on Sunday, October 11

There will be a cycling event in and around Selby Park on Sunday, October 11:

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DetailsVortex in the Vines is PACA's annual cyclocross race and race #3 in the Interior Cross cyclocross series. This year we have an all new course at Selby Park and the Prowse vineyard on Penticton's scenic West Bench. The course will feature the return of the vortex and a loop through the vineyard.

Nice to see our park and the RDOS-owned property adjacent to the West Bench water tower used for this event.  But if you are in the habit of taking a Sunday stroll in this area you should keep your head up!

 

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