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EECO Closed for Exhibit Change

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is about to welcome some alien invaders!

The EECO located in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) will be closed Monday, October 24th through Thursday, October 27th as staff install the new ‘Alien Invaders – Nasty or Nice?’ exhibit. 

Invasive and introduced species will be the focus of our new exhibit. Knapweed, Zebra Mussels and Grey Squirrel are some common invasive species in the Okanagan. Did you know that California Quail are an introduced species? Also find out what is the most common invasive species in the Okanagan, you might be surprised!

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or drop into the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

(October 20, 2016)

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Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk in Lake Country!

The extremely popular Regional Parks annual Halloween celebration is moving to Lake Country this year.

The Spooktacular Pumpkin Walk is being held on Monday, October 31st in partnership with Halloween events with the District of Lake Country.

Drop off your creatively carved pumpkin with an LED tea light at Reiswig Regional Park, (next to Beasley Park) 3510 Woodsdale Road between 4:00 and 5:00 pm.

Dress in your Halloween costume and from 5:00 to 8:00 pm walk the paths lit by pumpkins in Reiswig.  Cast your vote for the best pumpkin (scariest, cutest, funniest etc.) and drop off a donation for the Lake Country Food Bank.

Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged!  Overflow parking is available at the Woodsdale Tennis Courts (3724 Woodsdale Road).

And there is a shuttle bus running between the park sites and George Elliott Secondary School.  The first shuttle bus will leave the school parking lot at 5:00 p.m. (10241 Bottom Wood Lake Road).  The last shuttle will leave at 8:50 p.m. from Beasley and Reiswig parks and return to G.E.S.S.

Motorists are asked to please watch for signs and flag personnel and keep your eyes peeled for all pedestrians, especially those wearing costumes!

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or drop in at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.

For information about all the District of Lake Country Halloween activities visit http://www.okanaganway.ca/

(October 20, 2016)

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Recycling Contest Launches for Waste Reduction Week

To mark the beginning of Waste Reduction Week the RDCO Waste Reduction Office is running a month-long contest for residents who download the Central Okanagan MyWaste app and take the “Be a Better Recycler” quiz. The winner of the contest gets to choose from two local prizes:

• A season pass at Big White Ski Resort (any age group)
• Or a $300.00 gift card at Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s Sunset Organic Bistro

Residents who share the recycling quiz on social media or email increase their odds of winning by 5.

Waste Reduction Week runs from October 17th-23rd but the contest runs even longer from October 17th-November 17th. Waste Reduction Week is a nationally recognized and celebrated annual campaign that builds awareness and promotes action around issues surrounding waste.

How the My Waste app helps residents reduce waste:

• Provides you with a personalized collection calendar so you can stay “on top” of collection dates and holiday schedule changes
• Sends recycling and garbage collection reminders on a weekly basis straight to your smartphone
• Provides a “What Goes Where” search tool that lets you type in specific materials and find exactly how and where to recycle them
• Provides a “Report a Problem” feature that enables you to report issues like missed collection or illegal dumping

For more information visit the MyWaste Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RecyclingCalendars/. For contest questions call the Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email recycle@cord.bc.ca.

“We’re excited to be teaming up with the MyWaste and local businesses to heighten awareness and knowledge about recycling and waste. This contest is a great opportunity to showcase the MyWaste app, encourage residents to check it out, share it with friends and family, and get in on the chance to win some great prizes while they’re at it. It’s personalized, easy to use, a great info tool for anyone on the go—a one stop shop to answer all your recycling and waste related questions, all at your fingertips!”  --Rae Stewart- Waste Reduction Facilitator, RDCO Regional Waste Reduction Office

“People think they are recycling really well, when in reality, there is a lot that people don’t know and this is great a way for them to learn.   It was important to us to help facilitate a contest that offered residents the chance to win prizes from local “green thinking” businesses while giving them the opportunity to boost their overall recycling IQ.  Downloading the MyWaste app takes about 1 minute and the quiz takes 3.   And the best part about it, is that long after Waste Reduction Week, the app can help residents recycle more efficiently all year long.” --Creighton Hooper, President, MyWaste powered by Recycle Coach

(October 18, 2016)

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Statement From RDCO Board Chair Given

The Regional District would like to respond to recent inquiries pertaining to Director Hanson’s absence from Regional Board Meetings.

Recently, Director Hanson has chosen to make statements regarding this matter to the local media. This is Director Hanson’s prerogative however the Board wishes to state that Director Hanson is not under investigation for missing meetings, that the Regional District is treating this matter with the utmost concern and respect and is in no way forcing her back as the media has quoted her stating.

The Board wishes to confirm that Director Hanson has been granted a “Leave of the Board” pursuant to Section 204 of the Local Government Act for a 60-day period. This approved leave was in response to correspondence received from Director Hanson. The reasons for this leave were considered personal and as such the Board had taken action to protect Director Hanson’s privacy in this regard.

The Board’s expectation was that granting this leave would provide Director Hanson the time to do what was necessary so that she would be able to resume her duties as the elected representative of the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and to represent the interests of her constituents at the Board table. During Director Hanson’s leave, Alternate Director Mark Bartyik, has been attending Board meetings and representing the interests of Central Okanagan East.

The 60-day Board approved leave expires on October 21st. The Board will reassess the situation and the need for further extension of the leave at its next meeting on October 24th. Additional correspondence provided by Director Hanson will also be given consideration at that time. In the meantime, the Board extends its best wishes to Director Hanson and looks forward to her return.

(October 14, 2016)

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Vegetation Pruning Along the Mission Creek Greenway

From October 17th for approximately two weeks, sections of the Mission Creek Greenway may be periodically closed for hazard tree removal, pruning and vegetation maintenance.  

This work along the FortisBC power line is taking place along the Greenway trail on the north and east side of Mission Creek between the Ziprick Road entrance upstream to the FortisBC Hollywood Road substation.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan asks that for their safety and that of the work crew, Greenway users should obey any barricades, signs and flag people and stay out of any closed areas.

For information on FortisBC’s vegetation maintenance program, please visit https://www.fortisbc.com/Electricity/ElectricalSafety/Pages/Vegetation-management-and-power-lines.aspx.

(October 13, 2016)

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Let's Talk Trash Information Meetings

While most of us may not spend much time thinking about where our garbage goes, it may give you some peace of mind knowing there are a group of community members who’ve been volunteering their time to do just that. And now they want to hear from YOU!

As part of updating the Central Okanagan’s Solid Waste Management Plan, a Public Advisory Committee has for the past five months been weighing in on options for managing waste from residents, institutions, businesses, and the construction sector. The PTAC will now bring their short list of key initiatives to the general community for feedback through a series of community meetings.”

“This is your chance to ‘Talk Trash’ if you will, and weigh in on the process. This October we are hosting community meetings where people can learn about the options and provide input on what options they prefer,” says Cynthia Coates, Waste Reduction Facilitator with the Regional District. “It’s important to hear from residents, to ensure we aren’t missing anything and that we’re on the right track with a plan that can help manage and reduce our waste over the next 5-10 years. Topics up for discussion will include but not be limited to: More recycling, food waste, a review of our curbside services, recycling depots and transfer stations, and construction and business waste.”

Let’s Talk Trash Meeting Dates, all meeting times 4pm until 8pm:

  • North Westside – Killiney Community Hall, Monday, October 17
  • West Kelowna – Lions Hall, Tuesday, October 18
  • Peachland – Community Centre Wednesday, October 19
  • Lake Country – Community Complex/George Elliott Secondary School, Monday, October 24
  • Joe Rich – Joe Rich Community Hall, Tuesday, October 25
  • Kelowna – Coast Capri Hotel, Wednesday, October 26
  • Ellison- Ellison Heritage School Community Hall, Tuesday November 2nd

Coates adds, “We’ve certainly made great strides in reducing our residential waste through our curbside recycling and yard waste programs and have seen great improvement by businesses to divert and recycle more waste as well. The plan being developed will look at ways we can continue to improve on diverting waste from the landfill from all sectors.”

If you can’t make it out to an Open House, Coates encourages you to review all of the information and proposed initiatives online instead, with a chance to win one of five $50 dollar gift certificates just for offering your input in a short online survey. The survey is posted at regionalidistrict.com/garbagefuture.

“It’s been an interesting learning experience,” comments committee member, Derek Mahoney of UBC Okanagan. “One major take away was discovering that we are already in great shape compared to many other areas when it comes to waste management in the Central Okanagan. We are building upon an already effective and sustainable program.”

The Solid Waste Management Plan is a regional plan, representing the City of Kelowna, City of West Kelowna, Districts of Peachland and Lake Country and the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Under provincial regulations, the RDCO is required to have a Solid Waste Management Plan and to update it regularly. The last update to the plan was in 2005.

For more information, including copies of the presentations and meeting notes, you are encouraged to visit the RDCO website under the Waste Reduction Office section at: www.regionaldistrict.com/garbagefuture.

(October 11, 2016)

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Information Open Houses Coming Up

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is holding a series of Information Open Houses for residents in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas.

Representatives from a number of RDCO departments will be on hand at each event with information and to answer questions residents have in areas such as Budgets and Financial Plans, Waste Reduction and updating the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan, Parks and Water Systems.

Each session runs from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the following dates and locations:

Monday, October 17th  
Killiney Beach Community Hall – 516 Udell Road

Wednesday, October 19th
Peachland Community Centre – 4450 6th Street

Tuesday, October 25th
Joe Rich Community Hall – 11481 Highway 33 east

Wednesday, November 2nd
Ellison Heritage School Community Hall -
4411 Old Vernon Road 

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “These informal sessions are a great opportunity for residents to meet face to face with RDCO staff and learn more about the wide variety of programs and services provided.   Similar information meetings held in the spring last year were very well attended and residents really appreciated the chance to personally connect with staff.  During these Information Open Houses we’re also looking for comments and feedback as we update our Solid Waste Management Plan for the Central Okanagan.”

(October 7, 2016)

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Roll and Stroll

Back by popular demand: A free walking club for moms and caregivers with babies and little ones.

‘Roll and Stroll’ is a great opportunity to meet other parents and spend time outdoors in a family and baby friendly environment.  The program starts Thursday morning October 6th at 9:30 am and continues each week until November 24th.   

We’ll meet at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads) and set out for a 45 minute walk through the park and along the Mission Creek Greenway.  We’ll return to the EECO for refreshments and some baby basics.   Participants are encouraged to use strollers and baby carriers that are suitable for rough terrain.

The program is free, but registration is required by calling the EECO at 250-469-6139 or email eeco@cord.bc.ca.

For more information about this or other Regional Park programs please visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parksevents or contact the EECO at 250-469-6140.

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Economic Development Commission Celebrates

In a whirlwind week, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) was recognized with an international award acknowledging excellence in economic development and as a finalist for the BC Small Business Roundtable Open for Business Awards.

The COEDC has received the Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for its Make Digital Media Here: Workforce and Investment Attraction Campaign in the category of Special Events. The award was presented in Cleveland, Ohio on September 27, 2016.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

“On behalf of the IEDC board of directors and Excellence in Economic Development Awards Advisory Committee, congratulations to COEDC. Not only did they work to provide a necessary service to their community; but also, their participation in the awards program sheds light on their stellar projects which other communities can now use a benchmark.”  - Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, IEDC 2016 Board Chair, President & CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership.

The Regional District COEDC is honoured to be one of 11 finalists for the BC Small Business Roundtable Open for Business Award, recognizing the most business friendly communities in BC at a ceremony at the BC Legislative Buildings on September 26, 2016.

The COEDC would like to congratulate District of Lake Country for their recognition as a business friendly community.   Of the 11 finalists, District of Lake Country was one of 5 BC communities who were awarded the 2016 Open for Business Award. The COEDC is very proud of the District of Lake Country’s efforts to promote business friendly initiatives in the Central Okanagan.  Lake Country is Open for Business

(September 29, 2016)

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October 1st Start for Open Burning in the Central Okanagan

Open burning season in the Central Okanagan will begin this Saturday, October 1st when air quality and venting conditions are good for those property owners obtaining a permit from their local fire authority

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws permitted open burning season may start October 1st and must be complete on April 30th.  Fire chiefs may change these dates depending on the fire hazard in their area. 

Eligible property owners must obtain a burning permit from their local fire department.   Those eligible to burn within the four Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West electoral area fire districts 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.

Before lighting any fire, property owners with a valid permit must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline:  1-855-262-2876 (BURN) to determine 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 will also be available each day after 8:00 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, City of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.  Yard waste such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, weeds and other garden waste are not allowed to be burned.

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.

Those property owners eligible to burn should follow this Best Practices Guide to reduce smoke:

  • If conditions allow open burning, ignite fires after 10:00 am when venting conditions are usually more favourable;
  • Pruning’s, branches and stumps must be dried for a minimum of two years;
  • Make smaller piles with good air ventilation for more efficient burning.

All Central Okanagan property owners regardless of property size are encouraged to use other clean air 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 pruning’s inside their wheeled yard waste cart with the green lid closed.  Residents may also use the year-round free yard waste drop off program at the Glenmore landfill (Open seven days a week 7:30 am to 4:45 pm - up to 250 kilograms (550 pounds) and 20 centimeters or less in diameter may be dropped off for free – fees apply to yard waste loads exceeding the free maximum weight and diameter). Fees apply for yard waste disposal at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal Centre (Open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Friday through Monday).  When transporting loads for disposal, please make sure they are covered.  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.

Agricultural burning is allowed under Provincial Right to Farm legislation and accounts for most of the burning permits issued in the Central Okanagan.   However, before starting any fire farmers must also call 1-855-262-2876 (BURN) or visit regionaldistrict.com/airquality to ensure burning can take place on a particular day.  The Regional Air Quality Program is working in cooperation with farmers to encourage the use of the Agricultural Chipping Program as an alternate disposal method.   The program offers a Best Management Practices handbook and DVD to help farmers.  Funding is still available for farmers who wish to participate this year in the chipping program.   As well, registration is underway for those who would like to take part in the program during 2017.  Please contact the Regional Air Quality Coordinator at 250-469-8408 or email airquality@kelowna.ca.

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.  Campfires are not allowed at any time within the City of Kelowna.

(September 26, 2016)

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Specialized 9-1-1 Text Service Now Available for Deaf and Speech Impaired Residents

Today regional districts in BC’s central and southern interior announced the availability of a specialized text service that allows people who are Deaf/Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing or Speech Impaired (DHHSI) to communicate with 9-1-1 call-takers by text.

This service is called Text with 9-1-1 (T9-1-1) and is being delivered by E-Comm—the emergency communications centre responsible for answering 9-1-1 calls in the central and southern interior—in partnership with local emergency service agencies. The service is now available throughout the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, Central Kootenay, Columbia-Shuswap, Okanagan-Similkameen, Thompson-Nicola, East Kootenay, Kootenay-Boundary and Squamish-Lillooet regional districts.

“T9-1-1 is a vital connection to police, fire and ambulance and enables quick communication between a Deaf caller and emergency services,” remarked Gordon Rattray, Treasurer of the Okanagan Valley Association of the Deaf (OVAD). “In the past Deaf people were limited by communication barriers and would have to use phone relay or TTY (telephone typewriter) which would take five or ten minutes longer. The OVAD is very excited to have T9-1-1 in the interior regional districts and we look forward to helping promote the availability of this service with the DHHSI community. We’re proud of this enhancement to emergency services that E-Comm provides.”

T9-1-1 allows any DHHSI person who has pre-registered their cellphone with their wireless carrier to communicate with police, fire and ambulance call-takers via text during an emergency. Callers must first place a voice call to 9-1-1 in order to establish a voice network connection and initiate the special messaging technology.  

“This new enhanced level of service is something we’ve eagerly anticipated being able to provide for residents with hearing or speech impairments who need help from police, fire or ambulance services,” said Gail Given, Chair of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. “It is important for people in the Central Okanagan DHHSI community who have not yet registered for this service to do so now, and for them to learn more about how the service works and what to expect should they need to use T9-1-1 during an emergency.”

When E-Comm receives a 9-1-1 call from a DHHSI person who has pre-registered for the service, an alert will trigger at the 9-1-1 centre to indicate there is a DHHSI caller on the line. The 9-1-1 call-taker will then launch the special messaging system, allowing them to communicate with the caller through a special text session. This will ensure they get the emergency service they need.

“Being able to communicate with 9-1-1 using this technology allows for greater access to important 9-1-1 lifelines in the event of an emergency,” added David Guscott, E-Comm president and CEO. “E-Comm is proud to be able to offer this enhanced level of service to our partners in the central and southern interior of B.C.”

It is important to emphasize that this service is only available to the DHHSI community.

Voice calling remains the only way to communicate with 9-1-1 services for a person who is not Deaf/Deaf-Blind, Hard-of-Hearing or Speech Impaired. Text messages sent directly to the digits “9-1-1” do not reach emergency services anywhere in Canada. Text with 9-1-1 for the public-at-large is anticipated in the future as the nationwide 9-1-1 infrastructure evolves.

Members of the DHHSI community should visit www.TextWith911.ca to register their cellphone with their wireless service provider and to learn more about how the system works.

(September 21, 2016)

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Tracks Walking Clubs

Register for the free fall ‘Tracks Walking Clubs’.  Our 11-week beginner graduated walking program offers your choice of location on either side of Okanagan Lake: 

  • Each Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:00, from September 13th to November 24th join us as we travel around the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park off Whitworth Road in West Kelowna.

There’s no cost to sign up and members receive a walking journal, walking tips, seminars and motivational tips that keep you moving.  People at a beginner fitness level are encouraged to take part gradually increasing their health, stamina and walking duration to 60 minutes. 

‘Tracks’ is recognized as a BC Heart and Stroke Foundation ‘Hearts in Motion’ walking club.

To register, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park  at Springfield and Durnin Roads or email eeco@cord.bc.ca or phone 250-469-6139.

(August 31, 2016)

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January - June 2016 Video Highlights

From a new mobile-friendly Crime Stoppers website, to Parks activities and events and successful events organized by the Regional Waste Reduction Office.   We've created a short video of Regional District highlights during the first half of 2016 to show you some of the RDCO programs and services at work!

The video was presented to the Regional Board at its meeting August 22nd.

View Video

(August 24, 2016)

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Busy Bruins on Berry Hunt

The early bears get the best berries!

And with Kokanee salmon expected to return soon to Mission Creek, there will likely be more bear activity in and around Mission Creek Regional Park and the spawning channel.

Signs and information has been posted in the park advising visitors to be ‘Bear Aware’ as there’s been evidence that some bruins have already been loading up on berries in parts of Mission Creek Regional Park and along the Mission Creek Greenway in Scenic Canyon Regional Park.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “With ripening fruit in valley orchards and the annual salmon spawning, it’s not unusual for visitors to many of our Central Okanagan Regional Parks to come across animals in their natural home especially those parks with corridor connections to the higher elevations.”

Each year, evidence of their presence is also often found in other more natural regional parks like Rose Valley, Hardy Falls, Bertram Creek, Glen Canyon, Johns Family Nature Conservancy, Kalamoir and Mill Creek.

Smith adds, “People should respect all bears and anticipate and avoid encounters with them.  Bears can be aggressive, especially when defending their food or their cubs.  They also have excellent senses of smell and hearing.  Dog owners are reminded unless otherwise designated their pets must be leashed and kept on trails at all times.  It’s not only the law, but will help avoid any potentially serious encounter with wildlife.”

Where possible, visitors should travel in a group, make noise or carry something that makes noise in order to make your presence known.  During the fall fish spawning season in local creeks and rivers visitors may encounter bears bulking up on this food source.  Bears fishing for food may not hear you over the noise of the creek water.   If you see a bear, give it plenty of space and stay well away from it.

Residents also have a role to play in preventing animal confrontations on their property by keeping any garbage securely stored and only wheeling their garbage cart out on the morning of their regular curbside collection.  That helps to reduce the potential temptation for bears or other wildlife.

Helpful Links:

(August 16, 2016)

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Convenient Paperless Utility Billing Now Available

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is offering customers the option of having their utility bills delivered electronically.

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas will be receiving a letter and authorization form with their next utility bill.  By completing the information and returning the form, they’ll receive future invoices directly to their email inbox, rather than through regular mail.  For those who wish to save paper and a stamp, they can fill out an online authorization form available at www.regionaldistrict.com/paperlessbill.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “This new paperless e-billing delivery is certainly more convenient for our customers and helps the environment by generating less paper.  And for those seasonal residents or snowbirds who may head out of the area for extended periods of time, electronic delivery will ensure they receive their billing notice so that they can pay by the due date and won’t be subject to any late payment penalties.”

Smith adds, “By offering a more convenient paperless invoice delivery, we’ll see cost savings through reduced mailing costs.”

If they wish, customers who choose not to take advantage of the email utility invoice option will continue to receive a paper invoice through the mail.

The Regional District invoices its utility customers four times a year.  This includes customers of the six water systems operated by the Regional District; customers of the sewer system that services the Sunset Ranch strata communities and those receiving garbage and recycling services from the RDCO.

Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Area property owners have an incentive to keep their utility billing account balance paid on time.   A four per cent late payment fee (compounded quarterly at 16.99% per year) is assessed on all outstanding balances not paid by the quarterly due date.   This helps reduce the number of customer utility accounts that are in arrears, requiring additional costs for mailing late payment reminder notices.

Payments can be made by direct withdrawal, by mail, in person at the RDCO office or any Financial Institution or they can be made securely and conveniently online at: www.regionaldstrict.com/payments.  Customers can also access their account information there.

Any utility accounts that aren’t paid by December 15th will be transferred for collection on the next year’s tax roll as arrears of taxes and will be charged interest at the rate authorized by the Local Government Act.  Payments must be received by December 15th to ensure adequate processing prior to the end of the calendar year.

For more information or to have questions answered please contact the RDCO Finance Services staff at 250-469-6239 or email utilities@cord.bc.ca.

(July 7, 2016)

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Document Download Problems? 

Recently the Regional District has become aware of periodic problems regarding the inability of some users of our website to open Adobe PDF documents that had been previously accessible.  They've received an error notice saying that the document they were trying to open is not available. 

We understand that the problem has been caused by a recent Microsoft Internet Explorer Security update.  This update on the user's computer has broken the ability of the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and access previously downloadable PDF documents in Internet Explorer. 

Should this problem occur on your computer system, please download and install the latest free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.  You can find this by following this link:  http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html or by clicking on the Adobe Reader icon on the bottom right corner on each page of our website. 

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your continued support of the Regional District of Central Okanagan website. 

For information or queries about our website please contact:  webmaster@cord.bc.ca 

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