West Bench

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.

Preliminary water meter data as of August 2015

Notwithstanding the parent post, a number of residents have asked me about using our water meter data.  Although we are collecting the data there are two issues:

  1. We still do not have the full year
  2. We are still debugging some of the meters (software errors, leaks, and so on).

 

Neighborhoods: 

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 mbrydon@rdos.bc.ca.

 

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.

West Bench pump House decomissioning

Board date: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Neighborhood: 

The West Bench water system used to draw water from the lake, inject a bit of chlorine, and pump the water to residents.  Much of this occurred at the West Bench pump house along the Penticton River Channel close to Red Wing.

Map here: WBIDPumphouse.png

Now the West Bench system is supplied by a water main from the City of Penticton's filtered water system.  The new pump house is half way up West Bench Hill (yes, it was meant to be more dug into the ground and less visible; hopefully the natural vegetation that we have planted around it will do a better job of hiding it over time).

In any case, the old pump house is no longer needed and is on disputed PIB land in any case.  It will be removed and the site will be remediated under the terms of the contract in this board motion.  Naturally, this is part of the overall project and is being paid for by the West Bench water system capital upgrade project. 

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