West Bench

End of equal payment plan for the West Bench Water System

The RDOS offered an "equal payment plan" option for West Bench water system customers.  We have decided to eliminate the option for the simple reason that it takes too much staff time to administrate.  Given that this staff time is charged back to the water system, this is ultimately a cost-reduction measure.  Those on the plan should have already received a letter telling them that they are being switched over to quarterly billing.  Quarterly billing is simple: you are billed for what you owe at the end of the quarter.  If you use more water in the summer (we all do), your summer bill will be higher than your winter bill.

Some background: two things are required to implement an equal-payment plan for the water system:

  1. Usage forecasts for each customer
  2. A reconciliation process at the end of the year

 

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Solar bollards on West Bench Hill Road

You may have noticed two black solar bollards near the walking path on West Bench Hill Road.  Yes, I know they are different heights, the wrong color, and pretty pathetic looking.  These are two test installations of a product we are considering for unlit portions of the path.  We want to see how the bollards perform in action (light, durability, and so on) before we spend a bunch of money.

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West Bench Recreation: Summer Sampler

Hi West Bench! I am a Recreation Coordinator with the RDOS and I am working on putting some recreation programming together for your community. Next month, we will be offering a "Summer Sampler" series that will be absolutely FREE at Mariposa Park . Please check out the attached image for more information.

West Bench tennis courts closed for upgrades

From Justin at the RDOS:

Just a heads up the tennis courts at Mariposa are closed until next week. The closure is to accommodate the installation of the new tennis and basketball nets. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you receive any call feel free to forward them to me.

 

Justin Shuttleworth ● Parks & Facilities Coordinator

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen

101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5J9

p. 250.490.4136 ● tf. 1.877.610.3737 ● f. 250.492.0063

www.rdos.bc.ca ● jshuttleworth@rdos.bc.ca

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West Bench: Traditionalists versus Industrialists

Just in case you think the stakes are low in an OCP review, I thought I should make everyone aware of an emerging controversy on the West Bench: Traditionalists versus Industrialists. Although both views are complex and serious, I can sketch them as follows:

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West Bench Hill Road

Here we go again: Anyone who doubts the instability of West Bench soils should take a look at the new dip on West Bench Hill Road.  This dip is in a slightly different place than the previous large dip.  A few things to know about this problem:

Message from the West Bench Elementary Parents Advisory Committee (PAC)

Dear West Bench Community,

We have an important opportunity to let the BC gov’t know why our community school is important, and why it deserves long-term stable funding.

By the Jan. 9th deadline, the provincial gov’t has invited all community members to contribute their thoughts on the importance of our school to children and as a community asset. The responses go directly to a task force currently designing a new funding model for schools such as ours.

Please visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/ruraleducation/ to participate in the survey called “A Conversation about Rural Education”.

The survey contains 4 questions.

Cattle guard is gone

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure removed the Bartlett cattle guard today.  We asked on behalf of some residents but it was MoTI's decision.

The cattle guard was completely unnecessary due to the PIB's new fence configuration and cattle guard adjacent to the Westhills Aggregates entrance (see previous posting).  Ours was a cattle guard with no fence attached to it. It did absolutely zero to stop the horses.  Instead it was just a nuisance for motorists, cyclists, and nearby residents alike.

On the positive side, it served as a pretty effective speed bump and waker-upper (especially on frosty mornings if you hit it while still cornering).  Hopefully folks will continue to moderate their speed as they approach the intersection with Lambert.

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