Westwood Properties

October 2018 update on Sage Mesa water

As you hopefully know, the Sage Mesa water system, which services Sage Mesa, Westwood Properties, and Husula Highlands, is privately owned.  There has been talk for years about transferring ownership to a local government (e.g., the RDOS).  The primary reason for this discussion is that only local governments are eligible for infrastructure grants from the federal/provincial governments.  In addition, local governments can borrow on favorable terms through the Municipal Finance Authority.  Access to grants and long term debt funding are clearly important for aging water systems in need of major upgrades.

Two things need to happen for this transfer of ownership to the RDOS to occur:

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Solar bollards

Recall that we have been piloting solar bollards on the dark bits of the West Bench walking path.  Although the lights are a bit underwhelming in the winter, their performance is much better in the summer (which is when most people use the path).  Part of the issue is that the lights have powersaving technology to avoid running the battery to zero before dawn. They switch to 30% output 5 hours after dusk, which is one of the reasons the lights are so dim on winter nights (dusk + 5 hours is still before my bedtime in December and January).

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.

May 2017 Sage Mesa system boil water notice

The Sage Mesa water system is on a boil water notice.  See here:

Why?  The Sage Mesa does not filter or otherwise treat its water beyond dosing it with chlorine.  Chlorine is less effective when the water is turbid.  Below is a photo of Okanagan Lake near the Sage Mesa water system intake:

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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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