Westwood Properties

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.

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:

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.

The new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive

Residents of Westwood Properties and Husula Highlands will have noticed a new cattle guard on Bartlett Drive.  A special prize for anyone who can spot the problem with this particular installation. I have provided a hint in the photo below:

To be clear:

West Bench pedestrian corridor

Background

The West Bench pedestrian corridor was a joint project of the RDOS and the Province of BC completed in 2013.  Half the costs were covered by a grant from the Province and the remainder was covered by Area F gas tax funds.  Much of the path was undertaken coincidentally with the West Bench water system upgrade.  This made sense since major repairs were required to the roads and right-of-way after the new water mains were installed.

Sign for the West Bench

The idea arose a couple of years ago to install a sign at the bottom of West Bench Hill Road.  As I see it, the sign could serve three purposes:

  1. Commemorate the establishment of the West Bench as a Veterans' Land Act project.  In this sense, it is Part B of the Selby Park tribute.
  2. Mark the starting point of the walking path.
  3. Better establish the idea of the West Bench (broadly defined to include Sage Mesa, Husula Highlands, etc.) as a place distinct from Penticton.

 

Given these objectives, we have been toying with a few potential designs.  Below is a photo of the West Bench Hill Road as now seen by traffic heading to Kelowna on Highway 97 (see note 1):

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