Automobile traffic along the KVR

I have received a number of complaints about automobile traffic on the KVR behind Sage Mesa and heading north.  It might be good fun for some people but I think it is safe to say that driving out to bush parties on the KVR is not a good idea, especially in our precarious fire situation.

Access is apparently through the road to Pine Hill golf. map

Voting at the RDOS

I sometimes get questions about how the voting works at the RDOS.  The RDOS board has 18 members, of which 8 are rural electoral area directors and 10 represent municipal members.  To make things more confusing, each board member carries a certain number of votes based on the population he or she represents.  As the representative of Electoral Area F (population about 2,100) I carry 2 votes. The four directors representing Penticton have 4 or 5 votes each.  The director of Electoral Area D (Kaleden, OK Falls, Apex, South Skaha; population 5,700) also carries 5 votes.

A couple of important things to note, however:

What does the West Bench reservoir look like from your house?

Attention Westwood Properties residents: Please do the following if you can see the West Bench reservoir:

  1. stand on your deck
  2. take a picture of the reservoir as you see it
  3. email the picture to me at


Why? We want to know how an expansion of the reservoir might impact your view.

Here is the reservoir from my deck.  I can see it, but it does not dominate the scene.  We want to know what you see so we are asking you to show us.

Join OSS for Max Lake Clean-Up

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship will be holding a Max Lake clean-up and invasive plant pull on Saturday, June 6.  We will have staff on site from 9am-2pm and volunteers are encouraged to drop by to assist at any point in the day to help with garbage clean-up and burdock removal.

Smart meters (and the joys of local politics)

In the May 21, 2015, board meeting we debated a motion submitted by Director Siddon:

And be it further resolved that in the interest of public safety, the Government of BC, through the BC Utilities Commission, be requested to order an immediate halt to mandatory installation of advanced (wireless) utility meters on all private residences within the jurisdiction of RDOS; and further, that all such meters recently installed within Electoral Area ‘D’ of the Regional District be removed immediately, at full cost to FortisBC.

The full motion, which was walked in during the meeting, can be found here:  Smart Meter Resolution May 2015.pdf

The new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive

Residents of Westwood Properties and Husula Highlands will have noticed a new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive.  A special prize for anyone who can spot the problem with this particular installation. I have provided a hint in the photo below:

To be clear:

Watering restrictions: Are they too restrictive?

I received the following question/complaint from a West Bench resident regarding watering restrictions:

[..] we have a manual system and sometimes on our watering day / evening we actually aren’t home to turn the system on.  So for us to have the same number of hours on a manual system that the automatics have just isn’t a level playing field – it would be nice to have extra time to account for our human inefficiency.   In the past, we had something like 5 pm to midnight or something and that was adequate, but only 3 hours of prescribed watering in the evening every other day means we’ll be slaves to that schedule, we’ll be outside the regulations,  or our yard goes down the tube [...]


The big bump in West Bench Hill Road

As you may have noticed, a big chunk of the east side of West Bench Hill Road has slumped.  Roads in rural areas are the responsibility of the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI). However, the supply line for the West Bench Water System runs under that road.  We have two concerns:

  1. The supply line is not causing the subsurface erosion.  RDOS staff does not believe our line is leaking.
  2. The soil supporting the supply line is intact.  The City of Penticton had a problem earlier in the year in which a water main was undermined by erosion and broke.  Very costly and inconvenient. At this point, our line is well east of the depression.  But we all know how much these silty soils can shift.