On Thurs Oct 29th, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen representatives came to our community for an open house. The delegation was led by our Area A Director, and Chairman of the Board of RDOS – Mark Pendergraft. In all, reps were there from by-law, animal control, public works, finance, legislative services and community services (includes fire depts.). A contract information brochure was handed out along with other useful information.
Some of the highlights were:
- Animal control, there are services available should you have a concern or complaint about animals. The main complaint is usually barking dogs, but other animal control issues do come up. Bear proof garbage cans can be purchased from RDOS. Call RDOS if there is an issue or interest.
- Sasquatch Pond – a discussion about rehabilitating the pond at the RDOS community park on Sasquatch Pond. Mr. Pendergraft indicated that he is supportive of finding $40,000 in funding through the “gas tax” fund. He is bringing that recommendation forward to the Board of RDOS in November. If successful this would allow detailed planning to fill this pond for firefighting purposes.
- FireSmart was discussed. It appears that the RDOS is leaving the initiative for other communities to take our lead on FireSmart activities, They prefer not to be the lead on this.
- Staff discussed the budget process. A draft budget will be proposed to the Board of RDOS before the end of the year. Public consultation meetings can occur in January, and RDOS would welcome comments from our community.
- Hunting – not RDOS’ jurisdiction. They suggested developing a relationship with Conservation Officers.
- Zoning question – if previously zoned lands get sold would original zoning apply? Yes…. but if a land owner wanted anything different they would have to have a rezoning done.
- Smart meters – Fortis has essentially ignored municipal requests to delay or suspend the installation of smart meters.
- Heritage plan – is a small budget program of $20,000. It is designed to save important historical assets.
Mark McKenney, President, AMCS email@example.com