West Bench

My summary of the West Bench water issue

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I finally found some time to do a back of the envelope comparison of the two options (UV versus the City of Penticton supplied by the WBID).  There is some complexity in this comparison because of different grant arrangements, different capital versus ongoing costs, and so on.  I have converted everything into present value (PV) in order to compare apples to apples. I also took the reservoir out of the CoP proposal because it is not in the RDOS UV proposal.

See the summary here

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Summary as of fall 2010

The main page on this issue is quite messy with all the updates, etc.  Here is a summary of where we stand as of fall 2010.  The RDOS has not heard back from INAC or any other agency on this issue since May.

Update 07 Dec 2010: I noticed that INAC does have a "frequently asked questions" page for the PIB-KVR issue.  The information it contains is roughly consistent with what follows.

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Transit

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The West Bench had a bus route at some point in the past (I believe in the 1980s) but the service was discontinued due to underutilization.  Much has changed since then, including an aging population, increased costs of operating a vehicle, and new educational opportunties at Okanagan College and UBCO. So we are revisiting the issue. 

Forum focuses on future of KVR Trail

The uncertainty surrounding the transfer of a portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail to the Penticton Indian Band sparked a feeling of fear from some at Wednesday’s public meeting in West Bench.

“This is a very touchy issue between everybody,” said Chief Jonathan Kruger. “A lot of people use the (trail) right now and it’s just that fear of change and we just have to get past that fear and come to some understanding where we can all live together because we are living together right now. I’m sure we can work together and live together and prosper together.”

Indian Band wants to set the record straight

Penticton Indian band Chief Jonathan Kruger wants to reduce the fear factor surrounding the band‘s application to reacquire the former KVR right-of-way through the reserve.
Kruger and band Councillor Joan Phillip outlined the proposal before about 150 people attending a public information meeting Wednesday night at West Bench Elementary School.
While many residents expressed concern over what the bandís future plans may be for the route, emotions were largely kept in check.

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