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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - May 25, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, March 23.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Killiney Beach Water Quality Advisory Removed - May 21, 2020

After consulting with Interior Health, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has rescinded a Water Quality Advisory for customers of the Killiney Beach Water System in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.                 

Turbidity in Okanagan Lake water source is once again within the acceptable and safe Canadian guidelines for drinking water quality.  As a result the precautionary Water Quality Advisory that has been in place since May 11 has been removed.   

Approximately 290 properties are connected to the community water system off located off Westside Road. 

The Regional District water systems provide service to just over 1,000 connections in six areas.

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Engineering Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

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Recycle those plant pots - May 15, 2020

Remember to lift the blue lid of your recycling cart after you’ve done any gardening around your home! If you’re not going to re-use them, those plastic flowerpots and plant trays can all be recycled!

Everything from large nursery flowerpots for shrubs and trees to small planting trays for annual bedding plants, perennials, vegetables and herbs can all be recycled. Simply rinse or wipe out the dirt and put the plastics in your recycling cart. These plastic pots and trays can also be taken to your nearest recycling depot.

Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart reminds us, “Most plastic packaging is accepted in the curbside recycling program, and these plastics from your plants are no different. Just ensure your garden pots or trays are cleaned of all dirt before you recycle them. As for those little tags that identify the plants, those need to go in the garbage, they are not part of the recycling program.”  

Deanne Stephenson,  Manager of Cascades Recovery, the facility where all our recycling ends up for sorting, says, “The markets where the plastics are shipped  for recycling are watching closely for quality issues, so keeping the plastics clear of dirt, wooden stakes, metal twist ties or other contaminants is essential. Other garden items not accepted include ceramic pots, tarps, plastic furniture, garden hoses and plastic string or rope.”

Businesses like nurseries, landscape design contractors and farmers with larger volumes can contact Cascades Recovery at 250-491-2242 to arrange for the recycling of their plastics.

During COVID 19, as a general reminder, where possible please limit the number of trips you take to our local landfill, transfer stations, or local recycling facilities so they do not become overwhelmed and create a situation of crowding.  It is important when visiting these facilities to ensure you are practicing proper physical distancing from those around you.

The Glenmore Landfill and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna will no longer be accepting cash payments.  In the interest of public health please use interact or credit card tap payment services only to reduce keypad contact.

For all your recycling inquiries, and to find out more about what else you can recycle, download the free Recycle Coach app at rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Campfire Ban Ends for most Central Okanagan areas - May 14, 2020

Effective immediately, wood burning campfires are allowed again in many Central Okanagan areas.  Campfires are not permitted at any time within the City of Kelowna. 

The campfire ban within most local government fire jurisdictions in the Central Okanagan has been in place since April 3 to support public health efforts to reduce sources of air pollution including open burning.  The decision to allow wood burning campfires brings these local fire authorities in line with BC Wildfire campfire regulations in the Kamloops Fire Centre and the reopening of many BC Parks for day use.

With appropriate equipment, tools and precautions to prevent the spread of fire, wood burning campfires are once again allowed within the Regional District of Central Okanagan fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing), the City of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland.

All other open burning is prohibited within the Central Okanagan as the season is closed.

All smoking materials should be carefully extinguished and motorists are reminded not to throw cigarettes or other smoking materials from their vehicle.  As well, smoking is not allowed in any RDCO regional or community park or municipal park in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country.  Smoking is also prohibited in children’s play areas, sports fields, undeveloped parks and wilderness trails in the District of Peachland. 

Please remember that fireworks are not allowed at any time in most areas of the Central Okanagan.   Use of fireworks in the District of Lake Country and City of West Kelowna must be approved in writing by the Fire Chief.

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Bears are back - Take Responsibility for your Trash - May 7, 2020

The Regional Waste Reduction Office is sending out the spring reminder to do your part in keeping neighbourhoods safe by managing all things that attract wildlife around your home, including your household garbage.

Conservation Officers confirm bears have already been spotted in several neighbourhoods from Peachland to West Kelowna and beyond. Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart says that means it’s time to be extra vigilant. “This is the time of year bears come out of hibernation, hungry, and looking for food.  The best advice if you live in an area susceptible to wildlife is to reduce your risk of conflict and take responsibility for your trash.”

Stewart reminds residents to store waste and recycling carts inside a shed or garage and put carts out only on the morning of pickup, not the night before. “Bears in particular, but other animals as well, have a keen sense of smell. The idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily.  If they find your waste, they can make a real mess, but also become food conditioned. Then they can pose a risk to you and your family, your neighbours, and themselves. And that’s totally preventable.”

Stewart says the Regional Waste Reduction Office in conjunction with their waste contractor E360s will be continuing with the next phase of a pilot project of fully automated bear resistant garbage carts in select neighbourhoods. “There have been some design issues with these new model carts, so testing on the upgraded versions will continue this spring. Dependent on the results of the pilot and how those carts stand up to bear activity, there may be new bear resistant cart options for residents later this year. Something to keep in mind though, the manufacturer stresses these automated bear carts are still only bear resistant, not 100 per cent bear proof, so managing your attractants carefully is still critical. 

Wildsafe BC has tips you can follow to keep wildlife wild and help prevent conflict:

  • Only put garbage out for collection on the morning of pickup, not the night before
  • Encourage neighbours to do the same, offer to help if they are not able to put garbage out at appropriate times
  • Secure your garbage on non- collection days- store it securely in your home or in a garage or shed
  • Consider freezing your kitchen scraps until the morning of collection day
  • Keep your barbeque clean and covered
  • Pick ripe or fallen fruit immediately; if composting, or putting in yard waste cart, ensure they are secured from wildlife access
  • use birdbaths to attract birds, rather than bird feeders

Please report human-bear conflicts to the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1.877.952.7277

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the WildsafeBC website: https://wildsafebc.com/about/.    For additional inquiries, visit rdco.com/recycle, email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

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Water Quality Advisory for Star Place - May 6, 2020

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a Water Quality Advisory for residents served by the small Star Place Water System in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.

The advisory affects eight properties connected to the community water system on Star Place off Trepanier Road near the Okanagan Connector (Hwy 97-C).   Increased turbidity in the water system source from the spring runoff has resulted in water quality that might impact children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems.  Roadside sign notices will be in place to letting residents know of the Water Quality Advisory.

It’s recommended that Star Place water customers follow Interior Health guidelines, especially people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children and those wishing additional precautions.   All water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.

This water quality advisory affecting the Star Place Water System will continue until further notice. 

For more information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Environmental Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

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Sandbags Available at RDCO Fire Departments - May 5, 2020

Property owners in the two Central Okanagan electoral areas are now able to access sandbags to assist them in spring freshet preparations.

If they live near creeks or streams and have experienced flooding or high water in the past, they are responsible for having the equipment needed to protect their properties from potential damage.

Sandbags are available at six RDCO fire halls for residents of Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West who wish to prepare:

  • Ellison Station 61 – 4411 Old Vernon Road
  • Joe Rich
    • Station 51 - 11481 Highway 33 East
    • Station 52 – 6550 Goudie Road
    • North Westside
      • Short’s Creek Station 102 - 7355 Westside Road North
      • Killiney Beach Station 101 - 514 Udell Road
      • Wilson’s Landing Station 42 – 2396 Westside Road North

At this time, property owners are responsible for providing their own sand and should practice safe physical distancing when filling and deploying bags.  They are also responsible for proper removal and safe disposal of any sandbags used.

In addition, ground water levels may rise from melting snow and rain.  Hillside property owners should be aware of the potential for overland flooding and slides in the event of saturated soil conditions.  Information about the potential danger signs property owners should watch for and what you can do is available on the PreparedBC website.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan paid-on-call fire departments provide medical first response, fire prevention and fire response services to residents within the Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside and Wilson’s Landing fire service areas.

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Take Control During Emergency Preparedness Week - May 5, 2020

Emergency Preparedness Week runs May 3-9 and provides a great reminder to take control and get prepared for whatever the spring and summer seasons might hold.

“While many things have changed for all of us as a result of the pandemic, we want to reassure the community that we are prepared should we be faced with additional emergencies,” said Sandra Follack, Central Okanagan Regional Emergency Program Coordinator. “While the Provincial recommendations are in place, physical distancing will be practiced at any in-person emergency support service location, and whenever possible, phone and online options will be encouraged.”

Around the Central Okanagan, creeks and streams are starting to flow faster and are rising with melting snow from the mid and upper elevation snowpack. And since seasons can change quickly, it’s important for everyone to create a plan and be prepared, whether we’re preparing for potential floods or wildfires.

Flooding preparedness

Those living near creeks, streams and low-lying properties that have experienced flooding and high water in the past are responsible for having an emergency plan as well as the tools and equipment to protect properties from possible damage. Find resources and learn more about creating an emergency preparedness plan at cordemergency.ca/beprepared.

Sandbags are available at fire halls or other designated locations by local governments in the Central Okanagan and residents are encouraged to check local municipal websites for more information. During the COVID-19 pandemic, those filling sandbags are asked to maintain a safe physical distance from others. Unless otherwise provided, property owners are responsible for providing their own sand to fill the bags and the proper removal and disposal of any sandbags they use.

During the spring snowmelt, all Central Okanagan residents should be cautious around area creeks as water can unexpectedly rise and flow faster. People and pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion from the spring runoff. Boaters should watch for floating debris carried into area lakes from faster flowing tributaries.

Get FireSmart

As the weather heats up, residents are encouraged to get their homes in shape to help prevent fires and minimize the potential for damage and spread.

“Central Okanagan fire departments have already had to respond to several grassfires, emphasizing the importance to be FireSmart when you are in nature and at home,” said Follack. “There have also been a number of out-of-control campfires, despite the current fire bans issued by fire departments within the region.”

FireSmartBC has begun their annual campaign and have provided the top 10 ways to FireSmart your home:

  1. Move firewood 10-30 meters from your home
  2. Clean your roof and gutters of leaves & pine needles
  3. Have a wildfire evacuation plan with your household
  4. Keep grass cut to less than 10 cm
  5. Trim and prune any trees or vegetation that overhang your roof
  6. Take inventory of what kind of trees grow on your property
  7. Make sure everyone in your family knows where the gas, electric, and water mains shut-off are
  8. Assess your roof and chimney
  9. Relocate propane tanks 10-30 meters from your home

10. Conduct a full FireSmart assessment of your home and property

For more information and resources on how be FireSmart, visit the FireSmartBC website. And to learn about current Provincial fire bans, visit the Province of British Columbia’s fire bans and restrictions and Regional District of Central Okanagan’s outdoor burning webpages.

In the event of an emergency and activation of the Central Okanagan Emergency Operation Centre, find the latest information at cordemergency.ca, on Facebook (@CORDEmergency), Twitter (@CO_Emerg) and through email updates.

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High Water Closes Some Regional Park Trail Sections - May 4, 2020

Rising water levels forced the closure of a short section of trail in Glen Canyon Regional Park and two underpasses along the Mission Creek Greenway.

The lower Glen Canyon parking lot off Gellatly Road and the trail leading from it to the first set of stairs was closed Sunday as a result of high water in Powers Creek from Saturday evening’s rain and recent snow melt.  No other areas of Glen Canyon Regional Park are affected.

As well the Greenway trail under the Casorso Road and Gordon Drive bridges is closed due to increased water levels and flows along Mission Creek.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan urges visitors to respect any barricades and closure signs posted at these locations as they will remain closed until waters recede.

Pedestrians and cyclists of the Greenway are asked to use caution and only cross Casorso Road and Gordon Drive when it is safe.  Motorists are also asked to watch for Greenway users who may be crossing the road in these areas while the underpasses are closed.

Regional Parks staff continues to monitor creek levels along the Mission Creek Greenway and Scenic Canyon regional park recreational corridor and through Glen Canyon Regional Park. 

People are reminded that during spring runoff water levels in area creeks may rise unexpectedly and they, children and pets should stay safely back from creek banks, which may be slippery or subject to erosion.

Boaters and those using Okanagan Lake boat launches are advised to watch for floating debris that may enter the lake as a result of the runoff.

There are more than 2,100 hectares of parkland available to discover in 30 regional and 20 RDCO community parks for visitors while practicing physical distancing.  Find all the locations at rdco.com/pickapark.

For more information contact Parks Services at 250-469-6232 or email parks@cord.bc.ca.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - April 27, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, March 23.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Falcon Ridge Water Quality Advisory - April 22, 2020

The Regional District of Central Okanagan has issued a Water Quality Advisory for residents served by the Falcon Ridge water system.

Approximately 55 properties connected to the Falcon Ridge system off Highway 33 are affected. 

Increased turbidity in the water system source has resulted in water quality that might impact some residents.  Interior Health has been consulted and roadside sign notices will be in place advising of the water advisory.

It’s recommended that Falcon Ridge water customers follow Interior Health guidelines, especially those with weakened immune systems, the elderly, children and those wishing additional precautions.   All water intended for drinking, washing fruit and vegetables, making beverages, ice or brushing teeth should be boiled for at least one minute or customers should use a safe alternative to water from the tap such as bottled or distilled water.

This water quality advisory will continue until further notice. 

For information visit the Regional District website water system webpage (rdco.com/water) or contact RDCO Engineering Services at engineer@rdco.com or 250-469-6241.  To subscribe online for Regional District water quality advisories or alerts by email visit rdco.com/water.

Links to Interior Health Information:

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Supporting Business and Driving Economic Recovery in the Central Okanagan - April 15, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Mayors’ and WFN Chief’s Economic Recovery Task Force (Economic Recovery Task Force) was launched today. The Economic Recovery Task Force was initiated by the Mayors of Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland, as well as the Regional Board Chair and Chief of Westbank First Nation. They will act to support the immediate needs of local business and drive for full economic recovery in the Central Okanagan.  View Video Presentation

The Economic Recovery Task Force is co-chaired by Regional Board Chair Gail Given and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran and is supported by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) and senior staff from participating jurisdictions. The Central Okanagan communities recognize they can combat economic impacts of COVID-19 more soundly as a group since businesses and the workforce move fluidly across the region

The Economic Recovery Task Force will first support action already underway through the COEDC to help businesses focus in the short term on maintaining public and work force health and by connecting businesses with resources to assist them through temporary business closures or reduced revenues.

“The COEDC has already established an Economic Response Action Team made up of key representatives from our local business community who will provide input on what the needs are across industries,” said Regional Board Chair Gail Given. “This is a critical first step in knowing what we can do to assist”.

The COEDC will lead the group to:

  • Keep local businesses informed and connected to provincial and federal programs
  • Establish evolving needs in the community as the pandemic shifts to recovery
  • Provide one to one guidance for struggling businesses
  • Advocate on behalf of the local business community to senior levels of government

Next, the Economic Recovery Task Force will guide the development of an economic recovery plan which the COEDC and partners will implement over the next four to 18 months. The plan will leverage the broad industry expertise and be geared to re-energize the Central Okanagan economy, retain the business base and support employers and workers in getting people back to work as soon as possible.

“We’ve achieved significant economic success in the City of Kelowna and across the region but like economies worldwide, we’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “The Economic Recovery Task Force will be providing guidance to make sure our businesses emerge from the pandemic stronger and ready to continue building on local success. With a solid strategy, we’ll know what economic stimuli are required. We’ll be able to act quickly and position ourselves for new economic opportunities like funding programs from senior governments. And we’ll be able to bounce back more quickly.”

For more information on what each Central Okanagan community is doing in their own communities visit:

And to keep up to date on the Regional Mayors’ and WFN Chief’s Economic Recovery Task Force actions and current resources for local businesses, visit the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission at investkelowna.com

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Good Time to Review Annual Flood Preparations - April 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is front and centre for every Central Okanagan resident these days.  We’re all learning to adapt as the virus continues to unfold and affect our lives.

Recognizing that, there’s also another seasonal reality that some residents may need to consider.

Those property owners that have had issues in the past with flooding are encouraged to take a look at 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 upper and mid valley elevations will soon be melting.  This means that as spring moves along, area creeks and streams will start to see more water with higher levels and flows.

While it’s too early to say whether there will be any potential problems with flooding and high water, 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 throughout the annual spring runoff.  If needed, advisories, watches and warnings will be issued. 

Links to information and pamphlets on flood preparedness including a recommended method for sandbag diking are available on the Be Prepared page of the Central Okanagan Emergency Program website cordemergency.ca and on the Prepared BC website.  There is also information available for areas that might be susceptible to land slippage or movement.

Later in the spring, stockpiles of sandbags will be available at local fire halls throughout the Central Okanagan for those making preparations.  Local governments will provide information on their sandbag locations and availability.  For public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, those filling sandbags are asked to maintain a safe physical distance from others. 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 cordemergency.ca and via Facebook (facebook.com/CORDEmergency) and Twitter (twitter.com/CO_Emerg).   Central Okanagan residents are encouraged to subscribe on the website to receive email notifications from the Emergency Program.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - March 23, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, March 23.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Regional Board Approves Financial Plan - March 25, 2020

The 2020 – 2024 Financial Plan has been approved by the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board. 

The 2020 RDCO budget totals just over $55.99-million compared with $58.92-million in 2019.

Board Chair Gail Given says, “This is the first time that our Board has passed a budget in such uncertain times.  The budget was drafted before the currently evolving COVID-19 pandemic and by proceeding we can ensure that we are able to continue delivering all our services and especially the essential ones that residents require during these dynamic times.”

“Considering the changing and unusual public health emergency that we find ourselves in,” she says “there may be times in the coming year when we need to revisit and adapt the Financial Plan in order to best respond to the needs of our communities.  This might require adjustments to reflect the financial changes and grants that are available from the federal and provincial governments, supporting the COVID-19 response.”

In this budget an estimated $12.5-million in important Capital and infrastructure improvements are proposed. Since 2009 the Regional District has spent more than $95.6-million on Capital projects by using reserves and leveraging grants to complete those projects.  At the end of 2019 there was only $4.5-million in outstanding capital debt compared with $6.9-million in 2018.

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 in each Electoral Area. The RDCO is conscious of the financial impacts COVID-19 is having on all governments.

The tax impacts for general services on the average home that was assessed at $741,000 in 2019 are shown below.  Market value increases varied by area from 2019 to 2020.  The actual tax rate varies from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and municipality, depending on the local services provided by the Regional District. 

Member

 

2020
House Value

 

Total Tax per House

 

Net Incr / (Decr) on the home from 2019

Kelowna

$730,000

$182.22

($1.63)

Peachland

$736,500

$214.08

$2.28

Lake Country

$749,500

$214.98

$6.29

West Kelowna

$735,000

$203.57

$0.88

C.O. West

$748,000

$677.36

 $39.65

C.O. East

$752,000

$547.25

 $33.67

If a home went up or down by more than the average market value, the owner will pay more or less than the numbers estimated.

Regional Districts differ from municipalities because they don’t have just one tax rate. The Central Okanagan regional district has more than 80 individual services provided and paid for by different combinations of taxpayers. 

The member municipalities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and West Kelowna receive a basket of 18 – 20 general regional services such as Economic Development, Regional Parks, Dog Control, 9-1-1 and Regional Rescue/Emergency Planning.  These services account for a relatively small share of the total average tax bill for property owners ranging from just over $182 in Kelowna to almost $215 in Lake Country.

The Regional District is also the local government for residents in the two electoral areas providing them with 28 general services such as Fire Prevention, Planning, Community Parks, Building Inspection and Bylaw Enforcement.  These services account for average taxes of $547.25 for property owners in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and $677.36 for those in the Central Okanagan West Electoral area.  A decrease in requisitions for Transportation Demand Management has partially offset increases for Electoral Area Planning, Electoral Area Governance and Regional and Community Parks.

Specific communities within the electoral areas also fund additional services received from four paid-on-call fire departments, three community halls and six water systems that connect almost 1,000 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 in accordance with a service agreement.

The Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District (CORHD) Five Year Financial Plan was also adopted.  Each year, ratepayers within the Hospital District contribute up to 40% of the funds for approved capital and equipment services.  The 2020 budget includes $10.5-million in capital project funding.  Hospital Board Chair Given says, “Our priorities and those identified by Interior Health were based on pre-COVID-19 conditions.  These priorities may require some flexibility and adjustments to reflect the realities of the response to the virus.  Now, more than ever, we recognize the critical importance of health services in our community.”

Interior Health has advised it anticipates between $55 and $65-million in large capital projects over the next ten years.  Given says, “In order to build financial reserves and reduce the potential need for debt financing, the hospital board has agreed to annual three per cent increases over the next five years.  That means in 2020 the average household will contribute $188.86 (up $5.51 from 2019) towards capital improvements and new health equipment in the Central Okanagan.  With this additional investment, we will be able to fund the proposed capital projects in 2021 from reserves and without any additional borrowing.  This includes a new parkade for Kelowna General Hospital.”

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

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Keeping Garbage Collection running smoothly during COVID-19 - March 24, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt services across the community it’s important to keep garbage collection and waste management running smoothly. Garbage collection is considered an essential service and the RDCO Waste Reduction Office and its member municipalities are working to ensure the least amount of disruption to service over the coming weeks and months.

In order to reduce the strain on all waste management services residents are asked to note the following important reminders and changes:

Visiting the Landfill or Transfer Stations:

With more people at home, there is a noticeable increase in traffic at the landfill, transfer stations and recycling depots including:

  • The Glenmore Landfill
  • Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna
  • Traders Cove Transfer Station
  • North Westside Transfer Station
  • Local recycling depots. 

If possible, limit the number of trips you take to these facilities so they do not become overwhelmed and create a situation of crowding.  It is important when visiting these facilities to ensure you are practicing proper physical distancing from those around you.

The Glenmore Landfill and the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre on Asquith Road in West Kelowna will no longer be accepting cash payments.  In the interest of public health please use interact or credit card tap payment services only to reduce keypad contact.

Tag a Bags:

Curbside tag-a-bag service for extra garbage is being suspended at this time to cut down on the amount of waste that collection personnel have to manually handle. 

Only those currently waiting for delivery of new or replacement carts will be allowed to continue placing additional tag-a-bag garbage or bagged recycling curbside.

Cart Upgrades:

The RDCO and member municipalities will be suspending all cart upgrades until further notice.  This includes upgrading the size of garbage and recycling carts, as well as the addition of yard waste carts.  Home cart delivery and replacements for broken carts may also be delayed.

Cart Placement and Access:

Help make sure curbside carts are accessible and that vehicles or other objects are not obstructing them as this slows collection.  Keep cul-de sacs clear so trucks have adequate space to turn around during collection. Throughout the Central Okanagan on-street parking in residential areas has increased and this makes curbside collection substantially more difficult.

Return It Depots and Hazardous Waste Depot:

Phone ahead to see if your regular retail outlet or drop off location is open. Some locations for household refundables or other depot-only items such as electronics, small appliances have reduced hours and are unable to take back your materials at this time. Please store your materials safely at your home until such time as facilities return to normal service levels. Do not place depot-only items such as refundable, electronics, household hazardous wastes or other depot only items into garbage or recycling carts. 

Donation Material

Several charities and non-profit organizations have suspended accepting donations at community drop-off boxes.  Please call ahead to determine if they are accepting material. If not, please store any donations in your home until further notice.   Do not drop material beside community drop-boxes or outside regular donation collection locations, this is considered a form of illegal dumping. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

For further information, please visit rdco.com/recycleor contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at recycle@rdco.com or call 250.469.6250.

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RDCO Office Closed, Essential Services Continue - March 19, 2020

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is suspending in person services from its KLO Road office in Kelowna in support of health authorities to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The office will be closed to the public at 1:00 pm today.

Residents can access information about RDCO programs and services by visiting rdco.com.   Staff will also be available by phone at 250-763-4918 or by email. Responses will be provided as quickly as possible during regular business hours, weekdays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Residents and businesses may also keep their accounts current and make payments online at rdco.com/payments.

The public Regional Board meeting scheduled for Monday evening at 7:00 pm is going ahead with social distancing measures in place.  The Regional Board Procedures Bylaw allows for electronic participation of Directors.  Regional Directors will consider adopting the 2020-2024 Financial Plan.  The Agenda and reports for consideration at this meeting will be available online Friday afternoon.

During this emergency, the RDCO will continue to provide essential services:

  • Curbside garbage and recycling
  • Solid waste transfer stations (North Westside, Traders Cove, Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre)
  • Water systems (Falcon Ridge, Killiney Beach, Upper Fintry-Shalal Rd.-Valley of the Sun, Sunset Ranch, Trepanier/Star Place, Westshore Estates)
  • Fire Services (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson's Landing)
  • Dog Control and Regional Dog Pound 
  • Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant and RDCO sewer collection system

At the direction of the Province to suspend events over 50 people, the RDCO is cancelling the following Regional Waste Reduction Office events:

  • April’s Community Clean Up Month
  • Spring Trunk Sale

Information for the following agencies located in the RDCO office can be made by:

  • Regional District of Central Okanagan
    Phone: 250-763-4918 email: info@rdco.com   website: rdco.com
  • City of Kelowna KLO Community Policing Office
    Phone:  250-470-0600
  • Okanagan Basin Water Board
    Phone: 250-469-6270 website: obwb.ca/contact/
  • Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program
    Phone: 250-718-4096 email:  occp123@gmail.com   website: okcp.ca
  • Okanagan Film Commission   
    Phone: 250-717-0087 email: info@okanaganfilm.com   website:  okanaganfilm.com
  • Sterile Insect Release Program
    Phone: 800-363-6684 email: sirinfo@oksir.org   website: oksir.org

The Regional District continues to follow the direction of public health experts for the safety of its staff and residents to reduce the impact on our community and our health system.  For updates on the RDCO Response to COVID-19 visit rdco.com/covid-19.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - March 12, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday March 12.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - February 25, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday evening January 27.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - February 13, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday evening January 27.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Burn Cleaner - Save and Make Your Woodpile Last Longer - February 3, 2020

If you’re using an old wood burning appliance, consider recycling it with a new, cleaner burning one.

And if you make the switch, the Regional District of Central Okanagan Air Quality Program and Provincial Government will put some money back in your pocket!

You can receive a $400 rebate for replacing an uncertified wood stove with a cleaner appliance such as a new pellet stove, an electric heat pump or a gas or propane stove. There’s also a $250 rebate available for those replacing and recycling their old wood burning appliance with a new EPA/CSA B415.1 certified wood replacement.   

There are six participating Central Okanagan retailers that will recycle your old stove and handle all the necessary paperwork for the applicable rebate.

“Last year in the Central Okanagan, 15 old burners were replaced and recycled, with $4,800 in total rebates provided,” says Nancy Mora Castro, Regional Air Quality Coordinator. “However, there are still many old wood burners out there, with an estimated 11,000 uncertified appliances still used in the region and negatively impacting our air quality.”

Newer, cleaner burning technology appliances reduce smoke polluting emissions by up to 90% and use less wood, as they burn much more efficiently.

Additional incentives may be available, so be sure to check with your local retailer or Fortis BC for more information. To take part in the program, visit one of the participating Central Okanagan retailers or contact the Regional Air Quality Program for more information at airquality@kelowna.ca or 250-469-8408

Useful information and videos on how to burn smarter and get the most from your wood heating appliance can be found at rdco.com/airquality.  The RDCO Air Quality Program helps protect and improve the region’s air through education, awareness, and pollution prevention programs.

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Highlights from the Regional Board Meeting - January 29, 2019

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday evening January 27.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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Highlights from the Regional Board Meeting - January 16, 2019

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday morning January 16.  And here's where you can listen to Audio from the meeting.

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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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Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@rdco.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)