Penticton Western News

SOPAC looking for political support

  • Posted on: 12 November 2014
  • By: Michael Brydon

This story is relevant to Area F because rural Penticton would likely be invited to help pay for such a facility.  I have attached the budget page for 2007 (the most recent I have) for the Vernon performing arts center.  You will see that Vernon, Coldstream, and RDNO areas B and C contribute to the Vernon facility through a tax requisition.  This tax helps cover the interest and principal on the building itself plus various operations subsidies.  The total tax requisition for all four jurisdictions in 2007 was $1.145M.

Election 2014: West Bench candidates spar over fences

  • Posted on: 8 November 2014
  • By: Michael Brydon

Mending fences with Penticton and building fences to keep out feral horses were among the themes Thursday at an all-candidates forum on the West Bench.

Incumbent Michael Brydon and challenger Ronald Johnson, who are running to represent Area F on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, squared off in front of about 50 people inside the community’s school library

Brydon, a university professor seeking a third term as director, told the crowd he’s running on his track record and will take direction from voters about what his priorities should be.

Council restores firefighter positions

  • Posted on: 21 October 2014
  • By: Michael Brydon

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.

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