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Mission Creek Greenway Access Open at Lakeshore Road
The new access to the Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park at Lakeshore Road is now open.
The trailhead access has been closed with a turnaround in place since late May when work began on the new bridge over Mission Creek as a part of the City of Kelowna’s Lakeshore Road upgrade project.
The Greenway trailhead access is now available from the west side of Lakeshore Road underneath the bridge and from a trail leading down to the Greenway from the east side of Lakeshore Road. Previously, you could only get on or off the Greenway from the east side of the road.
For information regarding Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park or other Regional Parks visit regionaldistrict.com/pickapark.
(December 18, 2014)
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RDCO Holiday Office-Services
All services and programs provided from offices in the Regional District of Central Okanagan on KLO Road in Kelowna will be closed from Thursday, December 25th through Sunday, January 4th, 2015.
During this time any emergencies involving Regional District water systems should be directed to 250-868-5299. Payments may be made online while the office is closed at https://ww3.regionaldistrict.com/.
We look forward to serving you again at 8:00 am, Monday, January 5th, 2015.
There will not be any curbside waste collection Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th or New Year’s Day, Thursday January 1st. Customers with normal collection on Thursday will receive collection on Friday, December 26th and Friday, January 2nd. Customers receiving Friday collection will have their curbside collection on Saturday, December 27th and Saturday, January 3rd. View regionaldistrict.com/recycle for details
The Westside Residential Waste Disposal facility on Asquith Road in West Kelowna will operate its normal Friday through Monday schedule during the holiday period. The Recycling Centre will be closed on Christmas Day December 25th and New Year’s Day, January 1st.
The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park will be closed Monday, December 22nd through Friday, December 26th, Monday, December 29th and Thursday, January 1st.
(December 18, 2014)
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Economic Development Commissioner Moving to City Hall
After 17 years leading the Regional District of Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, Robert Fine is moving on. But he’s not going far.
Robert has accepted the Director of Business and Entrepreneurial Development position at the City of Kelowna effective March 2, 2015. Mr. Fine is replacing Jim Paterson who is retiring December 23, 2014.
“The City is really excited to welcome Robert to our team,” says Mayor Colin Basran. “Robert has a demonstrated track record of building strong relationships to advance business opportunities that enhance our community and surrounding area.”
In addition to acting as the liaison between the City and the business community Robert will look for innovative ways for the City to generate revenue outside of taxation and user fees to help offset costs for increased services and amenities as our community grows.
Regional Board Chair Gail Given says “We’re sad that Robert will be leaving the EDC but pleased he’ll still be working in the Central Okanagan and we certainly congratulate him on this new opportunity with the City and wish him well. We’re confident that the close working relationship Robert developed between the Economic Development Commission and the City will continue.”
Given adds, “During his 17 years at the helm of the EDC, Robert has shown outstanding leadership and innovation. The Commission and its programs have been recognized with numerous economic development awards not only within British Columbia, but nationally and internationally as well for programs such as the ‘Business Walks’, ‘Work Where You Play’ and ‘The Okanagan Opportunity – 100 Reasons to do Business in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley’.”
The Regional District will begin the search for a new Economic Development Commissioner in the weeks and months ahead.
(December 16, 2014)
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Free Christmas Tree Drop Off
Your Christmas tree may be looking lush and lovely at the moment, but when the New Year comes say goodbye the sensible way and send your tree for chipping.
Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says ”By dropping your tree off at any one of the convenient no charge Chip It locations, your tree will be chipped and composted into GlenGrow. This nutrient-rich soil conditioner is perfect for top dressing your lawn, landscaping, mixing in your vegetable garden, or using as potting soil. It’s available at the Glenmore landfill and many landscape supply centers come spring.”
Alternately, you can cut your tree into smaller pieces and place it in your yard waste cart for pickup when yard waste collection resumes in March- or drop it off for free at either the Glenmore landfill or Westside Residential Waste Disposal Center.
Free Christmas tree drop-off locations December 26th through January 31st are:
Kelowna and Area:
- At the corner of Richter and Rowcliffe
- Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road) Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am – 4:45 pm. Closed Dec 25th, 26th and Jan 1st
- Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road) Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 3:50 pm
- Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road)
- Compost Site (Princeton Road) Open Monday-Sunday 7 am – 3:30 pm
Note: Before dropping your tree off for recycling, please remove all decorations and tinsel, and any plastic bags or other materials used for transporting the tree.
For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
(December 15, 2014)
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Holiday Garbage and Recycling Changes
With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Thursday this year, pick- up schedule for your garbage and recycling will jump one day ahead for both of those weeks.
For example, if your regular collection day is Thursday, your garbage will be picked up on Friday instead. If your regular collection is Friday, your pickup will take place on Saturday, for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s only. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday collection days are not affected, only residents with collection Thursday and Friday are affected. All collections return to the normal Monday through Friday schedule on Monday, January 5th, 2015.
Please place your garbage and recycling carts at the curb by 7 a.m. and ensure the lids are completely closed.
Remember to put all wrapping paper (except foil ), flattened boxes and cartons into your recycling cart for curbside pick- up, or take to your nearest recycling depot. Keep the recycling spirit going by saving all shiny and foil wrapping paper and cards, ribbons and bows for re-use. For other tips visit our Make Memories, Not Garbage webpage!
Recycling and Landfill Operations:
- The Glenmore Landfill and Recycling Depot, Glenmore Road
(7:30am-4:45pm, closed Dec 25th, 26th, and Jan 1st)
- The Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Asquith Road
- Recycling Center is closed Dec 25th and Jan 1st
- Solid Waste Disposal – open Friday thru Monday
- Kirschner Road Recycling Depot
(8am-5 pm, closed Dec 25th, Dec 26th and Jan1st)
Other depot information can be found at www.recyclinginbc.ca
For more information, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
(December 11, 2014)
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Regional Board and Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board
At the Inaugural meeting of the Regional District Board and Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board Monday evening, oaths of office were taken by each of the Directors.
Kelowna Councilor Gail Given was acclaimed as Chair of the Regional District Board and Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board during the Inaugural meeting. West Kelowna Councilor Duane Ophus was elected as Vice-Chair of both boards.
The Regional District Board consists of 12 voting members representing the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas, the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the District of West Kelowna. The Westbank First Nation is represented with a non-voting member.
(December 9, 2014)
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Holiday Activity for Kelowna Regional Transit
BC Transit, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country, Westbank First Nation, District of Peachland and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are getting into the holiday spirit with the return of the Santa Sleigh Bus and the Parade of Lights.
Join in the fun when the Santa Sleigh Bus rolls through the region from December 7-13, 2014. The Santa Sleigh Bus is celebrating its 12TH anniversary. It will make more than 30 stops over seven days collecting food, toys and cash donations for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program. The Santa Sleigh Bus schedule can be found at http://www.bctransit.com/regions/kel/schedules/pdf/kel-alert-5391.pdf
The Parade of Lights will be held December 12 and 13, 2014. Buses will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. from Costco. Transit operators can take care of the driving, while customers enjoy some of the best decorated homes and businesses in the Kelowna region. Tickets for the Parade of Lights are available at Q103, Power 104 and Castanet.net with a donation of food, gifts or money to the Salvation Army.
BC Transit customers should take note of some schedule changes over the holidays;
- December 24 – regular weekday service
- December 25 – Sunday service
- December 26 – Saturday service
- December 31 – regular weekday service
- January 1 – Sunday service
For more information on transit in the Kelowna region, please call 250-860-8121.
(December 8, 2014)
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Make Memories, Not Garbage
What do snowshoeing, cooking classes and tickets to the theatre all have in common? They’re all great gift ideas that make memories, not garbage.
Every January our recycling and garbage carts are filled to the brim with waste packaging and wrapping paper from the holiday season. This year, the Regional District Waste Reduction Office is encouraging residents to reduce waste while celebrating the festive season.
Waste Reduction Facilitator Cynthia Coates says, “The best way to reduce garbage this holiday season is to not create it in the first place. So this year, think about buying higher quality, more durable gifts that last. Or, give experiences as gifts instead. Often when we think back to our favourite Christmases, our fondest memories are of time spent doing something and sharing with family and friends. Why not give ‘gifts’ that create long-term memories for those we love.”
Here are some memory-making ideas to get you started…
- Choose classic toys that are made locally and can be passed on.
- Board games last and bring family and friends together for a night of fun and laughter.
- Organize a family skate.
- Host an amazing dinner for all your friends using locally grown food.
- Treat someone to a live performance.
- Sign someone up for a cooking or art class. Join them for a fun night out together.
- Tickets to a local sporting event.
- Support local businesses by purchasing locally made items.
- Treat someone to the spa or passes to fitness classes.
- Purchase gifts that are durable and will last.
Coates says there are also great ways to wrap your gifts to reduce or even eliminate all that wrapping paper. “It’s a great time to get creative with your wrapping. You could even make the wrapping part of the gift, like a tea towel, piece of fabric or shirt. Maps, comics, magazines, brown bags, can all be reused into wrapping paper. The options are endless.”
Make Memories, Not Garbage is the Regional Waste Reduction Office’s seasonal campaign to reduce the volume of waste coming into and leaving our homes. The campaign includes gift giving ideas that make memories, information on buying a Christmas tree, website links to send your family and friends an e-card and other ways to reduce your holiday waste.
For information on how you can Make Memories, Not Garbage this holiday season, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.
(December 4, 2014)
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Business License Renewals Underway
All businesses operating in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas are required to have a business license with the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO).
December 31st is the deadline for existing business license renewalsat the rate of $85. After that date all license renewals will be $110 (which includes a $25 late fee).
The RDCO participates in the Inter-Community Business License program. You may qualify to purchase an Inter-Community Business License for a separate fee of $150. This would allow you to operate your business in the other jurisdictions participating in the program.
Business owners are encouraged to take advantage of the convenient and secure online renewal/application option by visiting the Regional District website and clicking on the Online Payments and Services graphic.
For more information on business licensing visit the RDCO website, contact Community Services - Inspections Section at 250-469-6211 or in person at 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.
(December 1, 2014)
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Clean Air and Comfort For Your Home - Replace your old wood burning stove and save!
Here’s a chance for you to upgrade your old wood burning appliance to a cleaner burning unit and save some money!
While funds last the Regional Air Quality program’s Wood Stove Exchange is offering rebates of $250 when customers purchase a new, cleaner burning EPA/CSA certified woodstove, and recycle their old, polluting wood burning appliance. Participating Central Okanagan retailers will take care of recycling your old stove and provide all the necessary paperwork for the rebates. View Program Poster
In addition to the $250 rebate, during March and April participating retailers may offer an additional rebate of $150 or more off the suggested retail price of new wood burning appliances. Some retailers may extend the additional rebates for the entire year, so be sure to check with your local retailer for more information. For those wanting to exchange their old wood burning stove or insert for a gas appliance, Fortis BC is offering an additional $300 rebate for eligible EnerChoice gas fireplaces.
Since 2001, more than 650 Central Okanagan homeowners have taken advantage of the rebate program and exchanged their old stoves for cleaner burning models. Smoke from wood burning produces particulate matter, one of the main pollutants that leads to poor air quality and can have serious health impacts. It’s estimated over 12,000 valley homes are still equipped with inefficient conventional wood stoves or masonry fireplaces, adding a lot of smoke pollution.
Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator Nancy Mora Castro says, “Smoke from inefficient wood fireplaces and stoves contributes to poor air quality throughout the Central Okanagan. By replacing old wood burning appliances with newer, cleaner-burning certified technology homeowners can use up to one-third less wood and reduce smoke by up to 90%. That will help us all breathe a little easier.”
To take part in the program, visit one of the participating retailers in the Regional District of Central Okanagan, or contact the Regional Air Quality Program for more information. A list of participating retailers can be found at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.
(November 26, 2014)
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Interior 9-1-1 Initial Call-Answer Service Successfully Transferred to E-Comm
As of 10:33 a.m. today, 9-1-1 calls from the Central and Southern Interiors are being answered by E-Comm—British Columbia’s largest 9-1-1 public-safety answer point. The changeover to E-Comm will be transparent to residents, who should dial 9-1-1 as usual. Calls will be routed to the same local police, fire and ambulance dispatchers who currently dispatch first responders to emergency situations.
After four months of collaborative technical and operational planning that included the engineering, design and installation of new 9-1-1 infrastructure, the transfer of 9-1-1 services for the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, Central Kootenay, Columbia-Shuswap, Okanagan-Similkameen, Thompson-Nicola, East Kootenay, Kootenay-Boundary and Squamish-Lillooet (North) regional districts occurred seamlessly. Representatives from the new service areas were onsite at E-Comm to witness the official cutover.
“This is a significant event for all nine interior regional districts involved,” said Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Robert Hobson. “Public safety is always our top priority. E-Comm’s outstanding track record means residents will receive the same high-quality level of service they are accustomed to, but with added operational and technical benefits. These include a larger workforce to handle high call volume and increased security and resiliency.” Hobson added that there will also be significant cost savings for each of the regional districts.
The approximately 230,000 emergency calls placed each year from the regional districts will now be routed to E-Comm, where highly-trained 9-1-1 call-takers will quickly confirm which agency the caller requires and for which location. Police calls will then be transferred to the same dispatchers in Kelowna, fire calls will continue to be dispatched by centres in Cranbrook, the Fraser Valley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Surrey, Trail and Vernon while ambulance calls will continue to be managed by the BC Ambulance Service’s dispatch centre in Kamloops.
Part of the robust preparations surrounding this morning’s transition included more than 240 test calls across all regional districts. Geography familiarization was also a priority for E-Comm call-takers in the lead-up to today, with the many geographical and other special attributes of the new service area being a focus of their training program, along with the policies and procedures for individual agencies.
“9-1-1 is a lifeline, which is why thorough preparation was our top priority for today’s transition,” explained David Guscott, E-Comm President and CEO. “We’re eager, and ready, to share our large team of experienced 9-1-1 staff, our technology and purpose-built facility with residents in the Central and Southern Interiors and we are proud to be their partners in public safety.”
Okanagan Calls Answered by E-Comm
RDCO Chair Robert Hobson Interview
(November 18, 2014)
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Grant-in-Aid Application Forms Available
Application forms are now available for community organizations that would like to be considered for Regional Grant-in-Aid funding.
Forms are available for download:
Completed applications and supporting documentation must be received by Friday, January 9, 2015. Late applications will not be received or considered.
(November 5, 2014)
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Open Burning Season Begins in the Central Okanagan
In light of the current weather conditions, open burning season in the Central Okanagan will begin on October 1st.
Under Regional District and local fire bylaws, permitted open burning may start October 1st and must be complete by April 30th. Fire chiefs may change the dates depending on the fire hazard in their area.
Starting Wednesday, October 1st, those people with properties greater than one hectare will be allowed to burn outdoors, but only after receiving a permit from their local fire authority and only after confirming that burning is allowed on a particular day. Farmers and large lot owners must also follow any regulations before lighting any fire.
Eligible property owners within the Central Okanagan East or the Central Okanagan West electoral areas may obtain a permit by calling the Regional District at 250-469-6223 (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted) weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays. All other eligible property owners must obtain a permit from their municipal fire department.
Before lighting any fire, eligible property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline: 1-855-262-2876 (BURN). It will tell them if open burning is allowed on a particular day. Both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good in order for burning to occur within Central Okanagan fire jurisdictions. This information is also available each day after 7:15 am at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.
Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, creating nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, District of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.
Violators could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire. Residents are encouraged to report anyone illegally burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.
All Central Okanagan property owners regardless of property size are encouraged to take advantage of other options to dispose of their yard waste. The bi-weekly curbside yard waste collection program is underway through the end of November and residents are reminded to only place leaves, grass, pine needles and small prunings inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed. Residents may also choose to use the year-round free yard waste program at either the Glenmore landfill (Open seven days a week 7:30 am to 4:45 pm) or at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Centre (Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday through Monday). Yard waste and pruning’s weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and 20 centimeters or less in diameter may be dropped off for free at either location. When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered. As long as yard waste is separated from regular garbage, loads exceeding the maximum weight up to 20 centimeters in diameter will be charged $40.00 per tonne while those with a larger diameter will be charged $65 a tonne. As well, a number of private companies offer wood chipping and grinding services or rent portable chippers. Some may also pick up yard waste for disposal.
Most of the burning permits that are issued in the Central Okanagan are for agricultural burning, which is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation. However, before starting any fire farmers must also call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning is allowed. The Regional Air Quality Program is working with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method. In addition, the program offers a Best Management Practices handbook and DVD to help farmers.
Central Okanagan residents are reminded to check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions regarding campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood fire burning devices.
(September 29, 2014)
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