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Flooding in Faulder

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In an ironic twist, Faulder now has too much water! Darke Creek, which is typically just a dry culvert has overflowed with the higher-than-normal volume of snow melt.

The critical issues for Faulder residents (apart from personal property damage) are the status of the the main road and upstream dam on Darke/Fish Lake.  Rural roads and dams are the responsibility of the province, not the RDOS.   However, we checked with the relevant provincial ministries on May 17, 2011.  The Ministry of the Environment is aware of the situation and is monitoring the dam; the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is monitoring Fish Lake Road.

 

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The new equipment at the Peter Brothers pit

Update 15 Nov 2015:

This seems to be a recurring problem. From time to time Peter Bros. needs additional capacity for paving and brings in a second mobile asphalt plant.  Last year when Peter Bros. was paving the airport runways in the middle of the night they struck a deal with the PIB to locate the second plant in the south west corner of the Westhills Aggregates pit.  This was a slightly improved situation for Area F residents because the smoke and noise were farther away from houses. 

Response to Summerland-Faulder water deal

The following letter was published in the Summerland Review (link to letter)
Published: August 11, 2010


Dear Editor:

Having chosen to live in various rural regions of B.C., I believed it was the responsibility of homeowners to provide their own water, either hand dig a well, have it extensively drilled or personally transport their water.

While living in Meadow Valley, I had to both filter and boil the drinking water. Never once did I think that others miles away should fill our water needs.

People have made their choice to live in the country, both enjoying all the benefits of rural living and also bearing responsibility for their own upkeep.

Upon moving to Summerland, I was shocked to discover the impurity of our local drinking water.

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Summer reading

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My collegue Peter Tingling and I have an article on decision making published in the Summer 2010 edition of the MIT Sloan Management review.  The article takes a look at the issue of "decision-based evidence making", which is the process of manufacturing evidence to support a decision made using other means.

In case you are looking for something to read this summer, a PDF version of the article can be found here.

Explanation of the 2009 property tax mix-up

Update 11 June 2010: Area F residents outside of Faulder should notice that the mill rates for "Area F OK_Simil. Reg" and "Area F Tax on Bldgs" have gone down significantly in 2010 (relative to 2009).  This is the "adjustement" that the provincial government promised us.  If you did not notice the impact of the adjustment on your taxes, it might be because RDOS taxes are a relatively small part of your overall bill.  See a more detailed discription of rural taxes.

 

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The threat of two-tiered user fees for recreation

I recieved the following question recently from a concerned resident:

What is your position on the surcharging of children involved in sports when using Penticton facilities?  I understand that my children will now be subjected to a user fee to engage in Penticton Minor Hockey.  Are we not trying to encourage families to engage in healthy lifestyles with active bodies?  This measure seems to speak against the value of involvement in physical activity.  Children who live outside of the Penticton tax zone will be penalized and many will not engage as a result of being priced out of participating. This is a major step in the wrong direction.  Many families on the West Bench and outlying areas are having their ability to cover costs stretched far too far. This is another of those situations.

Background on the City of Penticton's two-tier scheme can be found here.

Website difficulties

This Area F website is hosted by a "discount" web hosting service in Eastern Canada (www.hostpapa.ca).  So far, I have been pretty happy with the reliablity and responsiveness of the service.  But the day I send out two newsletters (one to rural Penticton, one to Faulder) pointing to this site, the hosting company starts to have all sorts of technical problems (especially April 6-7). Hopefully, if you are reading this, these problems have been resolved. I apologize for any inconvenience.  I guess this is what I get for going with an inexpensive provider...

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Targa Bambina in Faulder

As you may have heard, a proposal is currently floating around to hold a Targa Bambina race in and around Faulder on the May long weekend. Please see this announcement.  As fun as this event sounds, it will not be fun for those along Fish Lake Road who will lose access to their property during a long weekend.

Update 23 Mar 10: From Targa Bambina:

At this time, we have formally withdrawn both our approved road closure application and our pending road closure application with the District of Summerland and the pending application with the Ministry of Transportation for the Faulder Area.

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