West Bench

Grant money goes down the drain

[I have not had much occasion in the past to agree with Mr. Walker (global warming, diagnosis of the SOEC's woes) but I do agree with the basic thesis of this editorial: The recent West Bench water referendum was a significant economic setback for the City of Penticton.]

The residents of West Bench threw another monkey wrench into Penticton council’s plans.

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.


My summary of the West Bench water issue


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


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.




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.