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West Bench water meters still not producing revenue

  • Posted on: 11 February 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

Their water meters are already whirling away, but West Bench residents aren’t expected to move to a usage-based billing system until next year.

Switching the community to a user-pay model is among four measures the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is adopting as it seeks to cut water use in the community by 15 per cent – or 49,000 cubic metres – by 2020.

Cost of RDOS office renovation jumps nearly $200,000

  • Posted on: 18 December 2015
  • By: Michael Brydon

The cost of renovating the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s headquarters in downtown Penticton has now ballooned by nearly $200,000.

The latest cost hike came Thursday when directors approved by a 14-2 vote spending $58,518 for all new carpeting inside 101 Martin Street.

Combined with the added expense of swapping out existing light fixtures for more energy efficient models and replacing the building’s roof, the total cost of the makeover has now climbed to $540,125, well above the initial budget of $365,800.

West Bench parents want their school taken off list of facilities being considered for closure

  • Posted on: 1 December 2015
  • By: Michael Brydon

Noting the potential for serious health and cultural impacts, parents of West Bench Elementary students are asking their community’s school be removed from the list of those identified for possible closure.

“Our whole community is dependent on that school. It’s how we stay connected, it’s how our friends know their neighbours, and we think that’s pretty important,” said Riley Gettens on behalf of the West Bench Parent Advisory Council.