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2015 - 2019 Financial Plan Approved

The Regional Board has adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for 2015 – 2019.  The 2015 operating budget which includes Municipal Finance Authority financing totals just over $59.4-million compared with $61.1-million during 2014.  The decrease is due in large part to the cost savings provided through the new 9-1-1 service contract and a reduction in costs through the participation in the Multi-Materials BC recycling program.

The Regional District does not collect taxes directly.  It requisitions funds from each local government on behalf of their residents and the Province which collects property taxes for Electoral Area residents. 

The Regional District provides more than 80 different services across the entire Central Okanagan.  The actual tax rate varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and municipality, depending on the local services provided by the Regional District.

The member municipalities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna receive services such as Economic Development, Regional Parks, Dog Control, 9-1-1 and Regional Rescue.  These services account for a relatively small share (5-6%) of the total tax bill for property owners in those municipalities. (see table below – Total Tax per House)

The Regional District is also the local government for residents in the two electoral areas providing them with services such as Planning, four Paid-on-call fire departments and six water systems that connect almost 900 properties.

The Westbank First Nation (WFN) also receives several services from the Regional District such as Regional Parks, Regional Rescue, Economic Development and the Okanagan Basin Water Board.  Cost sharing for Regional District services is based on the assessed value of properties.

The Financial Plan provides $4.4-million in various Capital project spending this year.

The tax impacts on the average home are:

Member

2015
Assessment

2014
Assessment

 

Total Tax per House

 

Net Incr / (Decr) on the home from 2014

Kelowna

$489,000

$474,000

$160.17

$3.83

Peachland

$495,000

$474,000

$192.11

$5.54

Lake Country

$490,000

$474,000

$185.71

$3.70

West Kelowna

$487,000

$474,000

$176.04

$3.57

C.O. West

$457,000

$474,000

$466.71

 ($117.90)

C.O. East

$482,000

$474,000

$432.65

 ($101.43)

The increases in the Regional District portion of taxes for the average property owner in Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna is based on the decision of each municipality to fully fund and participate in the Electoral Area Planning function.  As a result, there is a substantial reduction in costs for this service for the average property owner in each of the electoral areas as the municipalities are picking up more of the costs of providing this service.  Until this year their previous partial contributions to Electoral Area Planning provided the municipalities with the ability to vote on some defined land use applications within a determined Fringe Planning Area adjacent to each municipality.  With full funding participation, municipal Board members will have full voting rights on all land use planning applications in the electoral areas.

In the two electoral areas during 2015, rather than taxation or rate increases, needed Capital upgrades and equipment purchases will be completed thanks to more than $1.1-million from the Federal Community Works Gas Tax program.  Just over $499,000 will be spent on facilities and equipment for the four paid-on-call fire departments (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilsons Landing) and almost $385,000 worth of improvements are planned for four water systems (Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Trepanier).

With this year’s budget of slightly more than $59-million, the Regional District is also setting aside funds for future infrastructure by transferring more than 7.2 per cent of our budget for reserves and capital projects.

The total of the 2015 RDCO Operating Budget is $59.4-million:

  • 46.46% is Operating Expenses
  • 46.34% is Debt ($27.5-million including Municipal Finance Authority payments on behalf of partner municipalities and Okanagan Regional Library)
  • 7.2% is Transfers to Capital and Reserves

The Financial Plan also outlines proposed operating budgets for the following four years: 

  • 2015 - $57.6-million
  • 2016 - $57.6-million
  • 2017 - $57.8-million
  • 2018 - $57.7- million

The Regional Board also adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for the Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District (CORHD).   Each year, ratepayers within the Hospital District contribute 40% of the funds for approved capital and equipment services. 

The Regional Hospital District is contributing more than $7.8-million this year towards the new Interior Heart and Surgical Centre (Total CORHD contribution - $70.69-million) and $9.6-million this year ($14-million total) for 100% of the construction of the complete 4th floor Perinatal unit. In addition, the Hospital District will contribute $3.9-million for other capital projects during 2015 and $1.5-million over the next two years towards the purchase of new equipment to update and increase the testing capacity of the laboratory at Kelowna General Hospital.  The owner of an average home assessed at $474,000 in 2014 and $489,000 in 2015 will contribute $173.89 towards capital improvements and new health equipment, an increase of $3.01 from last year. 

Central Okanagan property owners may be eligible for the Provincial Homeowner Grant.  Information will be available on your Property Tax Notice or you can visit the Ministry of Finance website:  www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Home_Owner_Grant/hog.htm

Some property owners may qualify for assistance through the BC Property Tax Deferment Program.  Information about this program and who qualifies is available on the BC Government website:  www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Property_Tax_Deferment/ptd.htm

(March 27, 2015)

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Mission Creek Greenway Hazard Tree Work Continues

Mission Creek Greenway users should be aware of additional closures along sections of the recreational trail through April 2nd. 

This Friday, March 27th hazard tree pruning and removal work with heavy equipment will see the closure of the two kilometer portion between KLO Road and Mission Creek Regional Park.  This section will reopen at 5:00 pm on Friday after the work is complete.

On Monday and Tuesday March 30th and 31st, the 1.3 kilometer section of the Greenway on the north side of Mission Creek will be closed between Casorso Road and Gordon Drive while work is completed. 

On Wednesday and Thursday April 1st and 2nd the trail on the south side of Mission Creek between Casorso Road and Gordon Drive will be closed.

All sections of the Greenway will be open and accessible again by Friday, April 3rd.

Hazard tree removal and pruning this week along the 2.4 kilometer Casorso Road to KLO Road section of the trail will open at 5:00 pm tomorrow (Thursday, March 26th).

Regional Parks and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Public Safety and Protection Branch are contributing funds for this latest safety work.

For more information on the trail closure, please contact the Regional Parks office at 469-6232.

(March 25, 2015)

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March 31st Deadline for Composter Pre-Purchases

Here’s your chance to cut your garbage in half, give your garden a chemical free boost – and save money.  For one more week you can pre order a backyard composter, food digester, or worm cycler-- at a reduced rate!

Until Tuesday, March 31st, the Regional Waste Reduction Office is offering subsidized backyard composters for $35 (tax included), a big savings from the regular $100 retail price.  Green Cone food digesters ($95) and worm cyclers ($80) are also available. The pre-order sale helps ensure that everyone who wants a composter gets one, as opposed to a one day one location only sale. You can even order online at regionaldistrict.com/compostersale, and composters will be ready for pick-up in your community in early May.

Rae Stewart with the Regional Waste Reduction Office says backyard composting is easy, anyone can do it. “All you need is greens (nitrogen based materials, veggie or fruit scraps), browns (carbon-dry leaves or grass, even shredded newspaper), air, a little water, and eventually you get compost by letting it rot and virtually without lifting a finger. If you want to work at it a little more, you can make your own compost in a few months!”

Stewart adds one third to one half of household waste is easily compostable. “If you recycle and compost you could  be putting as little as one or two grocery bags worth of garbage out for collection a week, which means far less waste heading to our landfill. And by adding nutrient rich compost to your garden, your soil comes alive – a healthier lawn, more robust plants, flowers, fruits and veggies.”

Stewart says offering three varieties of composter’s increases waste reduction options for residents “The food digester is the perfect alternative to the backyard composter if you don’t need finished compost and you’re looking for something really low maintenance.  It’s hassle free, can even handle pet waste, and takes all types of food waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps, cooked and uncooked meat, fish, bones and dairy products, rice, bread and pasta! The worm cycler is an ideal alternative for condo and apartment dwellers that don’t have the space for a backyard composter.”

For details on the composter sale, to place your order, view your payment options, including online, or find out more about which model is best for you, visit regionaldistrict.com/compostersale or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

(March 25, 2015)

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20 Minutes for Clean Up Blitz

Do you have 20 minutes to spare to make a difference in your community? At 10 a.m. on Wednesday April 1st the Regional Waste Reduction Office challenges you to give just twenty minutes of your time to the 20 Minute Make-Over – a community-wide  spring clean-up blitz. 

“The 20 Minute Make Over kick starts Community Clean Up month for all of April,” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart. “The challenge: take just 20 minutes of your day on Wednesday April 1st at 10am, and do a little spring cleaning in your neighborhood or place of work. It’s a great way to spend a coffee break doing something positive for the community. You decide how you want to pitch in, by picking up   trash, sweeping a sidewalk, busting graffiti, there’s lots to choose from!”

The Regional Waste Reduction Office provides free garbage bags and gloves for anyone collecting litter. They’ll even arrange to have the garbage-filled bags picked up and taken to the landfill after your clean-up is done. Graffiti busting kits are also available for pick up.

Stewart adds, “This is the kind of feel good event anyone at any age can get involved in.  The 20 minute factor is ideal if you’re on a tight schedule. It’s easy enough to gather a group together-your classmates,  coworkers, neighbors, friends, or family and head outside for some fresh air, exercise, elbow grease and some light spring cleaning. It’s also inspiring knowing you’ll be joining the hundreds of people across our community helping to make a difference. Over the last few years, literally thousands of people across our community have taken part in this event!”

To register your group for garbage bags and gloves, and for pick up of your litter- filled bags when your clean-up is complete, contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office before March 31st at 250.469.6250. For more clean up information or to tackle a clean- up job during the month of April visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

(March 24, 2015)

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Public Input Welcome for 2015-2019 Financial Plan Adoption


The Regional Board holds its Public Budget and Financial Plan adoption meeting this Friday, March 27th at 9:00 am in the Woodhaven Board Room in the RDCO office, 1450 KLO Road in Kelowna.

The meeting is open to the public and provides residents an opportunity to speak to the Regional Board about the Financial Plan.

The agenda and reports for this meeting can be viewed online here.  

(March 23, 2015)

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Free Workshop Teaches Smart Burning Tips

Get the most from your wood burning fireplace, insert or wood stove by attending a free Wood Heating Workshop.

It’s being held Wednesday, April 8thfrom 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.  A Wood heating specialist will be on hand to discuss how to burn safer, cleaner and more efficiently and answer any questions you may have.

Register to save your free space by emailing airquality@kelowna.ca or calling the Regional Air Quality Coordinator at 250-469-8408. All those who pre-register will receive a free gift.

This informative evening will also provide tips on safely installing wood stoves, firewood and wood heat options, how to burn without smoke, maintaining your wood heating chimney safety and understanding EPA and Emission ratings. 

The evening event is part of the ‘Wood Stove Exchange Program’ in the Central Okanagan.  As an incentive wood heat users who trade in their old smoker for new, EPA/CSA certified cleaner burning appliance can take advantage of a $250 rebate as well as a discount of at least $150 by participating retailers.  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.

Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator Nancy Mora Castro says, “During the fall and winter months, it’s not unusual for Central Okanagan residents to use a wood stove, wood furnace or fireplace for heating.  Many people don’t realize that a properly burning wood fire does not smoke.  If you see smoke coming from your chimney, it is a sign that either your wood appliance is not burning efficiently or you may need to change the way you manage your fire.   Wood smoke is air pollution and knowing how to burn properly helps keep our air clean, is safer and can reduce the amount of firewood needed.” 

She adds, “There are so many advantages with the new technology stoves. They use one-third less firewood and are safer because they produce less creosote which helps reduce the risk of a chimney fire.  And with less smoke, our local air quality is improved and that’s good for everyone.” 

The Workshop and Wood Stove Exchange Program are initiatives of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Air Quality Program and are funded in part through a grant from the Province of BC and BC Lung Association.  For more information visit: regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

(March 17, 2015)

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Westside Regional Wastewater Plant Biosolids

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is aware of the ongoing peaceful protest along Highway 8 in the Merritt area. 

For the second time since the information protest began yesterday, a truck hauling biosolids from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant has voluntarily turned back and not delivered its load to the approved BioCentral composting facility in a rural area west of Merritt. 

The Regional District is one of the suppliers to the composting facility and since October 1st last year has been sending approximately 100 wet tonnes of biosolids each week from the Westside plant to be further treated and composted under the BC Organic Matter Recycling Regulation for Class A land application. 

In light of the current situation, the Regional District will temporarily send biosolids from its wastewater treatment facility to an approved, active land application site with its previous supplier in the rural area outside of Clinton.

The Regional District is committed to working with its suppliers and partners and remains optimistic this situation can be successfully resolved.

(March 11, 2015)

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Climate Action Annual Report


Through the participation in the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) the Regional District of Central Okanagan publicly shares the accompanying CARIP Progress Report each year.

The report details actions taken during 2014 and proposed actions for 2015 related to the Regional District's effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(March 6, 2015)

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Applications Welcome for Advisory Commission Members 

If you live within the Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Areas and are interested in your community, the Regional District would like to hear from you.

Communications Officer Bruce Smith says “We’re currently looking for volunteer members to serve on the Environmental Advisory Commission and the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commissions.”

He adds, “These groups work with our Planning staff to advise the Regional Board by reviewing development applications for the potential environmental impacts, land use and planning issues within the Electoral Areas. They also provide input into the preparation of Official Community Plans and proposed bylaws or permits.”

Members of each Advisory Commission will be selected on the basis of their demonstrated interest and participation in community matters, academic and/or technical qualifications, availability, work experience, knowledge, professional expertise, and land use planning. 

Information about each of these Advisory Commissions is available online by visiting regionaldistrict.com/advisorycommissions or by contacting the Regional District Community Services Planning Section by email at planning@cord.bc.ca or by calling 250-469-6227. 

There’s a convenient link to an online form that can be completed and submitted on the Regional District website.   Forms may also be downloaded, completed and dropped off in person or by mail.

(March 5, 2015)

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Composter Sale Begins March 1st

Here’s your chance to cut your garbage in half and do your yard a huge favor this gardening season with a new backyard composter. 

“Backyard composting is super easy, anyone can do it, and it’s something the whole family can get in on![‘ says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart with the Regional District Waste Reduction Office. “All you needs is a good mix of greens and browns (nitrogen and carbon), air and a little water. Imagine the satisfaction of making your very own nutritious super booster for your garden, and making it from stuff you would have otherwise just thrown out!” 

Stewart adds one third to half of household waste is easily compostable. ‘If you recycle and compost you could  be putting as little as one or two grocery bags worth of garbage out for collection a week, far less taxing on our one remaining landfill.  And by adding nutrient rich compost to your garden, it’s pay dirt for your soil-- greener grass, healthier flowers, more robust  fruits and veggies.”

The Regional Waste Reduction Office’s annual sale features backyard composters for $35 (tax included), a big savings from the regular $100 retail price. Pre-ordering is a must though if you want one. The pre-order sale runs March1st through March31st, with composters ready for pickup in your community in early May, just in time for gardening season.  

Stewart adds residents seems to like the pre- order sale format because it ensures everyone who wants a composter gets one, unlike the big one day only sales of the past where it was first come first serve and then they were gone.

“Backyard composting doesn’t suit everyone, so we’re also offering the Green Cone ’food digester’. If you have no use for finished compost, this unit is low maintenance, takes all types of food waste, including fruit and vegetable scraps, cooked and uncooked meat, fish, bones and dairy products, and can even handle pet waste. We also have worm bin composters available, which are the perfect model for those in apartments or condos.”

You can choose from three different types of composters: a one- piece backyard composter, the FreeGarden Earth ($35), the Green cone food digester ($95), or the Wormcycler worm bin ($80.)

For details on the composter sale, to place your order (starting March 1st), view your payment options-including  online payment, or simply to find out more about which model is best for you, visit regionaldistrict.com/compostersale or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

(February 23, 2015)

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Yard Waste Pickup Starts Again March 2nd

If all this mild weather has sent you out in the yard for some pre spring clean- up, you’ll be happy to hear you can start using your yard waste cart again, yard waste collection is back on!

Starting Monday, March 2nd, all residents on municipal curbside garbage collection can benefit from yard waste pick up every two weeks until the end of November.

Simply place your yard waste directly into the cart with the green lid and wheel it out for pickup every other week (alternate weeks to your recycling pick up).To determine your yard waste collection week, please refer to the Living Greener Calendar  at  regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or download the convenient  smartphone app at regionaldistrict.com/mywasteapp.  This gives you the information in the Living Greener Calendar in the palm of your hand!

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says “Collecting yard waste separately means it can all be composted, which saves landfill space and reduces congestion at the landfill. Last year alone we collected almost 14,500 tonnes of yard waste at the curb and turned it into high quality compost instead of it being buried at the landfill.”

Stewart adds your collected yard waste is turned into compost known as GlenGrow, great for amending your garden soil, so it’s very important to keep the yard waste free of any plastic, garbage or other foreign matter. GlenGrow is a superb soil amendment and top dressing, available for purchase at the Glenmore landfill in Kelowna.

You’re reminded to put your yard waste out for collection by 7 am on the morning of your regular garbage day. Please make sure the lid is closed, and that you don’t put any garbage, plastic bags, rocks, sod, flower pots, landscape cloth, or kitchen scraps into the yard waste cart.

Accepted items include:

  • Leaves, needles
  • Wood chips, bark
  • Garden plants
  • Fruit droppings
  • Grass clippings
  • Branches and pruning’s up to 5 centimetres (2 inches) in diameter and less than one metre (3 feet) in length

Up to two additional 360 litre yard waste carts can be purchased from your municipality. For additional yard waste carts and collection options, contact your municipality or follow the links at regionaldistrict.com/recycle.

To purchase GlenGrow compost please call 250.469.8868.

(February 20, 2015)

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Regional District Receives Federal Trail Building Funds

The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs is happy to announce that the Kelowna Snowmobile Club and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are  receiving federal funding to improve and develop recreational trails in the region.

The Kelowna Snowmobile Club will receive $27,500 for trail improvements through its Okanagan Highlands Snowmobile Project, while the Regional District of Central Okanagan will receive $61,000 for trail development connecting the Lebanon Creek Greenway Regional Park and the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park.

“By building on the vast network of recreational trails that run throughout the Okanagan, we are offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experience yet another great outdoor experience.  This will have a positive impact on the local economy and encourage people to enjoy what the Okanagan has to offer,” said MP Ron Cannan.

“We’re extremely grateful for this federal funding to help build a new five kilometer trail, along with funding signage, fencing and footbridges over Lebanon Creek,” said Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Gail Given.  “Design work on the $142,000 recreational corridor will be completed this spring with construction planned through the summer. We expect that the new trail will be officially open for the public this fall,” she said

Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million has been made available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand and rehabilitate Canada’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system.

(February 17, 2015)

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Nature Detectives Wanted for Spring Break Camps 

Registration is now underway for this year’s Nature Detectives Spring Break Camps at the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan in Mission Creek Regional Park (Springfield and Durnin Roads).  

Youngsters taking part are encouraged to unpack their sleuthing skills and hunt out who’s been in the park during these camp sessions.   Activities for children aged five to seven run from 9:00 am to 12noon, March 17th to 19th and March 24th to 26th.   All camp participants will enjoy a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities that are designed to encourage and spark their interest in the natural environment. 

Please register in advance at the EECO.  The cost is $60 per youngster for each three-day camp session.  

For more information visit the Regional District website regionaldistrict.com/parks or contact the EECO at 250-469-6139, email eeco@cord.bc.ca or drop into the centre at 2363A Springfield Road in Mission Creek Regional Park.

(February 16, 2015)

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Eco-Art at the EECO 

Bring your imagination and join in the fun Saturday mornings for ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’.  

Each Saturday morning at 11, you’ll create works of art with recycled and natural materials.

There’s no need to pre-register for this free program, just drop into the EECO a few minutes early.   All ages are welcome to take part!

The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.

For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.

(February 11, 2015)

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Good Time to Review Annual Flood Preparations

Central Okanagan property owners that have had issues in the past with flooding should take some time now to dust off their flood preparation plans.  It’s a good time to review and update the steps they take each year to protect and prepare their property from potential flood damage. 

The snowpack at the lower elevations is starting to melt as a result of warmer than normal temperatures.  In many valley bottom areas of the Central Okanagan, the snow has already disappeared.  These unusual conditions means that area creeks and streams, which don’t usually see increased flow until later in the spring, are starting to see more water.

While it’s too early to say whether there will be any potential problems with flooding, the Central Okanagan Emergency Program encourages property owners in flood prone and low-lying areas near creeks and streams, to consider how they’ll protect their properties.

Property owners are reminded they are responsible for having a plan as well as the tools and equipment necessary to protect their properties from possible flood damage. 

Local governments and the BC Ministry of Environment are watching water levels and weather conditions in advance of the annual spring runoff.  If needed, advisories, watches and warnings will be issued. 

Information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available from the Regional District of Central Okanagan office (1450 KLO Road) and the main City of Kelowna fire hall on Enterprise Way as well as on the Be Prepared page of the Regional District Emergency Program website www.cordemergency.ca and on the Emergency Management BC website:  http://embc.gov.bc.ca/em/floods/preparedness.html

Later in the spring, stockpiles of sandbags will be available at local fire halls throughout the Central Okanagan.  Property owners are responsible for providing their own sand to fill the bags.

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), the latest information will be available online at the EOC Public Information website www.cordemergency.ca and via Facebook (www.facebook.com/CORDEmergency) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/CO_Emerg).   Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to subscribe on the website to receive email notifications from the Emergency Program.

(February 10, 2015)

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Regional Parks Fuel Modfication Projects 

Until the end of April, Central Okanagan residents should be aware of some fuel modification projects and open burning in three different Regional Parks. 

Over the next several months, crews will be disposing of dead and hazard trees in Kalamoir Regional Park, Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park and in Rose Valley Regional Park.

Some trees that were killed as a result of vandalism near the King Road entrance to Kalamoir Regional Park will be burned when air quality and venting conditions are favourable.  The work in Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park was identified in a hazard assessment and will remove and dispose of trees that were destroyed or damaged during the 2012 Trepanier wildfire.  And as crews are available the BC Wildfire Management Branch will conduct controlled burning of collected debris piles in a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park above Bear Creek Road off Bowes and Pettman Roads.  Its crews removed hazard trees and did other fuel reduction work last year as part of a larger, ten-hectare multi-year fuel modification project.

Please be aware that trails through these various work areas may be temporarily closed.  For their safety park users are asked to watch for signs advising that trails are closed and that they stay out of any closed areas of the park.    

Debris pile burning will be conducted in accordance with Air Quality and Open Burning regulations when open burning is allowed for qualified property owners in the region. 

Once a decision is made to proceed with burning on a particular day, local fire authorities, media and neighbourhood organizations will be advised.  The information will also be available on the Regional District website.

For more information visit the Regional District Parks Services webpage regionaldistrict.com/parks, email parks@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6232.

(January 30, 2015)

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Make Sure Your Address Is Easily Seen from the Street

Seconds count when responding to emergency calls.  But something that’s sometimes taken for granted may result in unnecessary delays for emergency crews heading to a call for help. 

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas are reminded that it’s their responsibility to post visible address numbers that can easily be seen from the street.   “Reflective address signs are even better” says the Manager of Fire and Inspection Services for the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Dan Wildeman adds, “Having your street address number posted so it’s visible from the street makes it much easier for police, fire or ambulance crews to correctly identify your property.  It helps to reduce any possible confusion and delays in trying to find your property in an emergency.  And it’s especially important for rural property owners to make sure that their address is clearly visible because sometimes a house is located a distance from the road.   So an address sign located off the street at a driveway or access road is very important.”

The Regional District of Central Okanagan Building Numbering Bylaw No. 1185 requires the owner of every building assigned a building number to permanently display the number on the front of the building or at the front of the premises on which the building stands.  It’s recommended that address numbers be in a contrasting colour to the background to which they’re attached and they should be at least three inches in height.

(January 27, 2015)

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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. 

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