Husula Highlands

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):

What is going on beside the Westhills pit?

Short answer: I don't know.

The PIB has been clearing/leveling some land across the road from its Westhills Aggregates operation for several weeks now.  RDOS staff have made some inquires to Westhills and the Band but so far we have not been told anything definitive.

Update 18 Mar 2015: According to the website for the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, the site is being cleared for a mobile home manufacturing plant:

PIBDC and the Lands Department are hosting the Information Meeting on a proposed manufactured home company on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at the Penticton Indian Band Hall....

 

Bud Butler Equistrian Arena

Rules for West Bench Riding Ring Users

The West Bench riding ring is a community facility owned by the RDOS, but maintained primarily by those who use it.  The following is for the guidance of the latter group in particular to spread the responsibility for keeping the ring in good condition and to avoid irritation and unpleasantness among users.

While the ring is a community facility, it was not built for all possible horse activities.  The surface is not suitable for activities such as barrel racing or ones involving moves such as sliding stops, and using it in these ways will do serious damage to the surface, especially the quite expensive material along the boards and out for about six feet (see below ** for description of this material).

Please do not ride or walk your horse across the park grass.  Go up the road at the south end and either enter their or take the path through the trees to the north entrance. 

Council restores firefighter positions

Funding for the two firefighter positions cut in the 2014 budget will be restored in the 2015 budget, Penticton city council announced Monday.

According to Mayor Garry Litke, the city has been in talks with the Penticton Indian Band since the spring, developing an agreement to provide fire protection, first responder and fire safety inspection services to the band’s new development and residential areas (non-native leasehold improvements) east of the Penticton Channel: Skaha Hills, Riva Ridge, Barefoot Beach Resort, Wright’s Beach Campground and Red Wing.

Focus Engineering report: West Bench Supply options (2011 predesign)

I have requested an electronic copy of the predesign report for the West Bench supply options.  I will post it here as soon as I get it. The report provides much more technical detail about the alternatives (e.g., pump horsepower, waterline routing, and so on).

Update 28 July 2011: The focus pre-design report has been posted to the RDOS website. Click here.

 

 

 

Some very rough costs for the new alternatives

I have attached the latest version of our internal calculations for three of the West Bench upgrade options (status quo, bulk water, new UV).  These are still very rough and pre-design.  However, they should give you some sense for the relative costs of the different alternatives.  They are also the numbers used in the July 22, 2011, newsletter and FAQ sent to all West Bench residents.

West Bench water system page on the main RDOS web site

Now that West Bench water is the responsiblity of the RDOS, a page has been added to the main RDOS web site.

The official RDOS page will house all the official RDOS news on the water system and the 2011 upgrade project.  I will continue to run this as a "shadow" West Bench water on this site to provide additional information and permit more resident feedback (each page on this site permits comments).

Transit review: Open House on 20 June, 2011

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The RDOS is hosting a Transit Review open house:

Westbench Elementary School Library
Monday 20 June 2011
drop in anytime between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m

See the full ad here and please pass it along to anyone who you might think is interested.

 

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