West Bench

Keep Westbench Elementary Open!

As you may know, a group of West Bench residents has created a group to advocate to keep West Bench Elementary School open.  They have a Facebook page here.

Also, there is a public meeting on December 1st at 7 PM.

My original posting on this topic can be found here.

Update 03 Dec 2015:

A good turnout at the meeting.

 

 

Washroom for Selby Park

As discussed previously, the Area F Parks Commission put money in the 2015 budget for a washroom in Selby Park.  It makes little sense to have a park in a rural setting without a few basic amenities.  We believe the washroom (and water bottle fill station) will be well received by the young families, horse riders, and mountain bikers who routinely use the park.

One decision we did make earlier in the year was to go for a fully serviced toilet and sink rather than an outhouse.  Outhouses are cheaper but, let's face it: they are disgusting.

Update 13 Nov 2015:

I received the following update from Mark Woods, the RDOS Community Services Manager:

Issues: 

West Bench reservoir expansion

As noted in the heads-up here, the RDOS is moving forward with a reservoir expansion for the West Bench.  The board report authorizing expenditure is below (it was walked into the November 5th meeting):

Award of reservoir design and build contract

Recall this is project is being funded from money already collected (grants + borrowing).  So over all it is a nice windfall: the West Bench is getting new infrastructure it needs for a price it has already paid.  The only risk, as noted previously, is sight lines from the Westwood Properties neighborhood.

Issues: 

West Bench Elementary closure potential

I attended (most of) the School District 67 meeting last night on school closures.  The student enrollment projections for West Bench Elementary (click image on the left for a larger version) paint a very pessimistic picture.

Cyclocross near Selby Park on Sunday, October 11

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

Facebook site

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!

 

Neighborhoods: 

Round 2 of the West Bench Pedestrian Corridor lighting survey

Update 50 November 2015:
 
We have launched Round 2 of the West Bench lighting survey.  Please do the following if you would like to participate (and have not already received an email invitation):
  1. Go to the survey site: http://areaf.rdos.bc.ca/survey/index.php/188572/
  2. Register with your name and email address.
  3. Tell use where you live (West Bench, Husula, etc.)
  4. Fill out a simple arithmetic problem to prove you are not a robot.

 

I have included the preamble to the survey below:

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

Penticton fails to meet 30% water reduction targets

City residents have failed to voluntarily curb their water consumption by 30 per cent this summer, but mandatory restrictions appear unlikely at this point.

As of Monday, domestic users in Penticton had trimmed their consumption by 17 per cent compared to a 15-day benchmark period in early July. That’s up from 11 per cent on Aug. 3.

“So we’re moving in the right direction, which is what we wanted to do,” said Mitch Moroziuk, the city’s operations director.

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