Red Wing

Is Red Wing part of the RDOS?

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In 2008 the Penticton Indian Band became a taxation authority, which means they collect property taxes from non-natives living and conducting business within the boundaries of their reserves.  In some cases, the PIB then turns around and contracts service provision to the RDOS (e.g., garbage and recycling) or the City of Penticton (fire protection).

Currently there is overlap between RDOS electoral areas and PIB lands.  However, since 2008 all decisions about which services are provided to areas like Red Wing, at what level, and at what rate of taxation are made by the PIB Chief and Council, not the RDOS.  Since non-native residents of band lands are not band members (and thus cannot vote in band elections), the implication is clear: non-native residents of band land have no democratic representation in any local government.  Although Red Wing residents can vote in RDOS elections, the RDOS acts as a service provider to these residents (one of many), not a decision-making body.

The Bish report referred to in the RDOS Corporate Services Committee outlines the history of this situation and makes a few recommendations.  The most important recommendation as I see it is to remove reserve lands from municipalities and regional districts in British Columbia.  This would simply formalize the current reality and make the governance situation for non-band-members on band lands more transparent.

I have summarized this with a little matrix.  Red Wing (and soon Skaha Hills) falls into the shaded area.

 

Council restores firefighter positions

Funding for the two firefighter positions cut in the 2014 budget will be restored in the 2015 budget, Penticton city council announced Monday.

According to Mayor Garry Litke, the city has been in talks with the Penticton Indian Band since the spring, developing an agreement to provide fire protection, first responder and fire safety inspection services to the band’s new development and residential areas (non-native leasehold improvements) east of the Penticton Channel: Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Barefoot Beach Resort, Wright’s Beach Campground and Red Wing.

Transit review: Open House on 20 June, 2011

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The RDOS is hosting a Transit Review open house:

Westbench Elementary School Library
Monday 20 June 2011
drop in anytime between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m

See the full ad here and please pass it along to anyone who you might think is interested.

 

Horse update: January 2011

I received the following update from RDOS staff on January 5th regarding the horse feeding stations.

To date [the hay provider] has delivered 4 bales.  He noted approximately 25 horses on site after the first visit.  His counts indicate approximately 40 horses in the area.  His last delivery was two bales.  One was eaten down in a couple of days, the other is about half consumed. The exposed grass in the area will slow feeding on the hay.  Once we have more snow cover, the hay will go more quickly.

My unscientific conclusion based on my own observation at this point is that the feeding stations are working but not as well as in 2009-10.  I see more horses roaming on the West Bench and there is certainly evidence of their presence along West Bench roads.  Perhaps there are more horses this winter.

I am interested in hearing whether you think the feeding stations are working.

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Horse update: December 2010

The horse feeding stations above the Westhills Aggregates pits are up and running as of mid-December.  I see horses around my neighborhood so we are still waiting for the horses to find the hay.  Hopefully they will and we will see less of them.

Recall from the fall 2010 Area 'F' newsletter that our current plan with the horses is to develop some alternatives for residents during 2011 and add a specific proposal to the ballot during the 2011 local government elections (a cheap way to have a referendum on a taxation issue).  As preparation, I asked residents for their opinions regarding possible RDOS-initiated horse control actions in the Fall 2010 Residents' Survey.  As you can see below, none of the alternatives considered received support from a majority of residents.  Interestingly, the fence, which was the clear winner in our more detailed Delphi analysis of the problem received the least support.

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April 2010 Rural Penticton Newsletter

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A newsletter regarding the KVR trail (plus a horse and Mariposa Park update) has been mailed to residents in the "rural Penticton" part of Area F (West Bench, Sage Mesa, Red Wing, Westwood Properties, and Husula Highlands).  You can view an electronic copy by clicking on the picture on the left.

Please note that there will be a town hall meeting regarding the KVR trail:
Tuesday April 13, 2010
7:00 pm
West Bench Elementary School Gymnasium

For more information on the KVR issue, please see the KVR page on this site.

Horse update: February 2010

This seems to be shaping up to be a light year for horses on the West Bench.  Unfortunately, a herd is now vandalizing Red Wing (thanks to Don Kelly for the photo below).  This is a problem because the horses are using Highway 97 to get there (witness the droppings along the highway). The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (contact info) has been notified about this serious highway hazard.  I am not sure what they will do about it.

 

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