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RDCO Agenda and Minutes of the Okanagan Regional Library

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.pdf icon July 25, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5.2 Okanagan Regional Library - CEO, Stephanie Hall, Monica Gaucher, Public Services Manager - Update on services and strategic direction (All Directors Unweighted Corporate Vote - 208.1 - Simple Majority)

Stephanie Hall and Monica Gaucher provided an overview of the Okanagan Regional Library's current services in the region and the Board's strategic direction.

GRAY/DEHART
THAT the update by CEO, Stephanie Hall, Okanagan Regional Library on their services and strategic direction be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Service Reviews Supported

The Regional Board has received a number of reports following scheduled reviews of eleven separate services. The Board supports the continued service delivery model for the following regional and sub-regional services: Solid Waste Collection, Crime Stoppers, Crime Prevention, False Alarm Reduction and Victim Services.

Two of the services reviewed that are funded by ratepayers in the two Electoral Areas are supported by the Electoral Area Directors for continued delivery: Business Licensing and Unsightly Premises Bylaw Enforcement. The two Directors support the continued delivery of Okanagan Regional Library Services in the Electoral Areas while staff pursues concerns about using the most accurate and reflective population figures to ensure a fair proration of funding requisitions.

The Electoral Area Directors received the service reviews for Noise Control Bylaw Enforcement, Building Inspection and Electoral Area Fire Prevention and will meet with the Chief Administrative to discuss service delivery options including potential withdrawal from the service.

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1D Okanagan Regional Library ORL Services For Electoral Areas Service Review

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SUBJECT: Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) Services for Electoral Areas, Service Review
Purpose: To bring forward recommendations from the Governance & Services Committee with regard to the service review for the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) Services for Electoral Areas.
Executive Summary:
The attached service review report was presented at the November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee meeting and the following resolution was adopted.
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board support continued electoral area participation in the Okanagan Regional Library service;
AND THAT staff continue with the appeal process relating to population numbers in 2016 to obtain a population increase closer to the average for all participants;
AND THAT staff report back to the Board during the budget process;
AND FURTHER THAT staff continue to review the fairness of the proration annually.

CARRIED Unanimously

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board support continued electoral area participation in the Okanagan Regional Library service;
AND THAT staff continue with the appeal process relating to population numbers in 2016 to obtain a population increase closer to the average for all participants;
AND THAT staff report back to the Board during the budget process;
AND FURTHER THAT staff continue to review the fairness of the proration annually.
Respectfully Submitted:
Brian Reardon
Chief Administrative Officer

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

The Administrator noted that establishment bylaws will be reviewed as there are new sections in the Local Government Act that came into effect January 1, 2016 that may apply to the bylaws.

d) Okanagan Regional Library Services for Electoral Areas, Service Review (Electoral Area Directors - Weighted Vote)
Staff report dated January 4, 2016 outlined the 2015 service review for the Okanagan Regional Library service in the two electoral areas.

CARSON/HANSON
THAT the Regional Board support continued electoral area participation in the Okanagan Regional Library service;
AND THAT staff continue with the appeal process relating to population numbers in 2016 to obtain a population increase closer to the average for all participants;
AND THAT staff report back to the Board during the budget process;
AND FURTHER THAT staff continue to review the fairness of the proration annually.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.3 Okanagan Regional Library Electoral Areas Service Review

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Purpose: The attached service review is part of the Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule approved January 16, 2014. Every five years, these services will be reviewed.

Executive Summary:
This service provides the RDCO Electoral Areas with access to the ORL's services via tax requisition (refer to Exhibit 1 for services provided by ORL). An RDCO electoral area director sits on the ORL Board.

One of the objectives of the review was to follow up with ORL to find a more reasonable determination of the population estimates used to calculate the RDCO's share of the tax requisition. On October gth, the ORL Policy Committee met. They will be recommending an alternative solution at the ORL Board's October 21 st meeting. Voting will likely take place mid November.
Staff agree that the recommended method would be a more reasonable approach and that the service continues to provide valuable access to the electoral area residents.
Staff would also take this opportunity to ask if there are any other concerns or matters that the Board would like followed up in this review.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board support continued electoral area participation in the service.
AND THAT staff continue with the appeal process relating to population numbers in 2016 to obtain a population increase closer to the average for all participants.
AND THAT staff report back to the Board during the budget process.
AND FURTHER THAT staff continue to review the fairness of the proration annually.

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

7.3 Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) Service (Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)

Staff report dated October 13, 2015 outlined that one of the objectives of the review was to follow up with the ORL to find a more reasonable determination of the
population estimates used to calculate the Regional District's share of the tax requisition. The ORL service provides access to library service in the electoral areas.

When the determination of the population is determined, there is likely no refund of tax payments made to the Library. Library services have significantly increased
online as well as physical libraries throughout the region. At Killiney, ORL has agreed to add a book drop and computer networking at their library.

CARSON/BAKER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board support continued electoral area participation in the Okanagan Regional Library service;
AND THAT staff continue with the appeal process relating to population numbers in 2016 to obtain a population increase closer to the average for all participants;
AND THAT staff report back to the Board during the budget process;
AND FURTHER THAT staff continue to review the fairness of the proration annually.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program Biodiversity Conservation Strategy Update
.pdf icon Item 5.2 Woodhaven Eco Cultural Centre Annual Report
.pdf icon Item 6.1 Okanagan Regional Library Population Numbers For Electoral Area Levy
.pdf icon Item 6.2 Technical Rescue Service Proposal District Of West Kelowna
.pdf icon Item 6.3 Draft 2015 Budget And 2015 2019 Financial Plan
.pdf icon Item 6.3A Budget Piechart And Budgets Summary
.pdf icon Item 6.3B Tax Requisitions And Rates
.pdf icon Item 6.3C Community Services Engineering
.pdf icon Item 6.3D Community Services Waste Management
.pdf icon Item 6.3E Community Services Planning
.pdf icon Item 6.3F Community Services Fire Protection
.pdf icon Item 6.3G Community Services Policing Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3H Community Services Inspections
.pdf icon Item 6.3I Parks Services
.pdf icon Item 6.3J Finance And Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3K Corporate Services Administration
.pdf icon Item 6.3L Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement
.pdf icon Item 6.3M Economic Development Commission
.pdf icon Item 6.3N Regional Board

.pdf icon Item 6.4 Quarterly Program Measures Report (missing from RDCO's website)

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Item 6.1 Okanagan Regional Library Population Numbers For Electoral Area Levy

SUBJECT: Population Numbers Used by Okanagan Regional Library for Electoral Area Levy

Purpose: To provide the Board with background information with regard to the 27.255% increase in Electoral Area population counts used in Okanagan Regional Library's (ORL) levy calculation which resulted in a large increase to the levy. Staff from the ORL will be at the March 12th G&S meeting to answer any questions the Board may have. It is hoped ORL will agree to further review the numbers.

Executive Summary:
The ORL allocates its levy to participants over four regional districts based 50% on population and 50% on assessments.
In 2015, the increase in the population counts used for RDCO's Electoral Areas (EAs) varies disproportionately from all other participants across the four regional districts. The average population increase for all participants was 1.98%, or 7,013 (see Table 2). The RDCO's electoral area population increase was 27.255% - from 5,742 to 7,307, a difference of 1,565 people (and is much higher than Kelowna's increase of 3.633%, which seems unlikely). BCAA growth rates indicate 1.12 - 2.88% in the EA's.
This has resulted in a large levy increase from $291,262 in 2014 to $327,748 in 2015. Of the total increase of $36,486, $30,431 relates to the apportionment formula which uses population and assessments, and $6,056 relates to a budget increase.
Population numbers have fluctuated widely over the years, and as a result, it appears the EA's have likely been paying more than their share of the ORL Levy. The RDCO disputed these figures in prior years, and it appeared the issue was resolved in 2014, albeit not retroactively.
Surprisingly, in 2015, the population numbers rose again, along with the levy.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board request that the ORL review the population numbers now, and for future calculations.

Table 1 below shows the widely fluctuating population numbers used to calculate the funding levy to RDCO for the Electoral Areas in the past. The corresponding tax levies are also shown.
This has caused huge annual tax fluctuations to rural home owners from year to year, as the service area is small. For example, the increase in taxes to the average home in Central Okanagan East 2015 is $11.49, and in Central Okanagan West $6.67.

Year Population ORL Levv
2010 9,804 $345,045
2011 11,284 $384,245
2012 11,899 $404,395
2013 8,458 $340,721
2014 5,742 $291,262
2015 7,307 $327,748

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.pdf icon March 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. REVIEW OF 2015-2019 FINANCIAL PLAN

6.1 Delegation: Okanagan Regional Library (Stephanie Hall, Executive Director or Don Nettleton, Manager-Finance) re: Electoral Area Population Statistics

The Okanagan Regional Library staff was invited, following discussion at the February 25th budget meeting, to present to the Committee the background information with regard to the increase in electoral area population counts used in the ORL levy calculation which have resulted in a large increase to the levy.

Stephanie Hall and Don Nettleton were in attendance to provide an overview, including:

• The ORL allocates its levy to over four regional districts based on 50% on population and 50% on assessments.
• In 2015, the increase in population counts used for electoral areas varies disproportionately from all other participants across the regional districts.
The average increase for all participants was 1.98% or 7,013. The RDCO electoral area population increase was 27.255% from 5,742 to 7,307. BC Assessment growth rates indicate 1.12-2.88% in the electoral areas.
• Different avenues are open to the Board: appealing to the Library Board before the budget is adopted (fall of the year), if the revision amounts to more than 25% of the levy, appeal to the Province.
• For 2015, the appeal process is past as the. budget has been adopted.
• The statistics provided to the ORL under the Library Act. The Ministry of Finance uses the BC Stats which are updated annually.
• BC Stats numbers are used for calculations which fluctuate widely from Canadian census data.
• Next Canadian census won't be released until 2017.
• Levy is 50% based on assessment and 50% based on population.
• Next ORL budget process begins soon. ORL adopts its budget in the fall (Oct). The numbers are provided to the local governments in August and the Board discusses the budget in the fall. Revised population figures will be provided in the summer and this would be the time to review the population figures and address any concerns.
• WFN population numbers are not included in the RDCO share of funding.

Discussion:
The question was raised whether this is a major issue that all government levels should get involved in? ORL staff noted that the current system has been used for 20-30 years, but that it has been an issue over the last 3-4 years with the massive growth in the Central Okanagan. With the incorporation of the District of West Kelowna the question was raised if the population numbers were broken out correctly. When the numbers were broken out the question of accuracy for
the electoral areas became an issue. Basically, the allocations to the municipality and WFN were done, and what was left was assigned to the electoral areas.

ORL staff had contacted the Province last year and challenged the numbers.

The Province did look at the numbers and believed they are accurate. This information was brought forward to the previous ORL Board. The change is representation of 2-3 years of data by the Province, not just one year. To correct it, they agreed to use 2011 Federal Census in 2014, then adjusted going forward.

It was noted that WFN did appeal their population numbers a few years ago and are currently content with their numbers. The RDCO could appeal the process and ask the ORL Board to review their policy. This should be done early in the process. There are no options for this current year as the budget is set.

There is the possibility that going forward, the ORL could appeal to the Province and decide on a different way to distribute budgets (all 25 councils would have to agree to this).

FINDLATER/STACK
WHEREAS the population counts used by the Okanagan Regional Library for RDCO Electoral Area varies disproportionately from all other participants-the average population increase for all participants was 1.98% whereby the electoral area population increase was 27.255% which has resulted in a large levy increase in 2015 for the electoral areas of the Central Okanagan;
THEREFORE, THAT the RDCO file an appeal to the Okanagan Regional Library for the increase in the population counts used for RDCO Electoral Areas and that the ORL be requested to review the population statistics used for the electoral area calculations now and for future calculations.

CARRIED Unanimously
It was agreed that accurate numbers are required and that the Ministry of Finance should be able to justify how their statistics are calculated for the electoral areas.

STACK/SIEBEN
THAT the Regional District forward a letter of appeal to the Province (Ministry of Finance) regarding the calculation of population statistics for the electoral areas of the Central Okanagan for purposes of the Library Act and request an explanation on how BC Stats are calculated in this regard and the discrepancy in the population increase.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 25, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Agenda Presentation
.pdf icon Item 3.1 Summary Highlights Report
.pdf icon Item 3.1A Budget Piechart And Information
.pdf icon Item 3.1B Budgets Summary
.pdf icon Item 3.1C Tax Requisitions And Rates
.pdf icon Item 3.1D Community Services Engineering
.pdf icon Item 3.1E Community Services Waste Management
.pdf icon Item 3.1F Community Services Planning
.pdf icon Item 3.1G Community Services Fire Protection
.pdf icon Item 3.1H Community Services Police Services
.pdf icon Item 3.1I Community Services Inspections
.pdf icon Item 3.1J Parks Services
.pdf icon Item 3.1K Finance And Administration
.pdf icon Item 3.1L Corporate Services
.pdf icon Item 3.1M Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement
.pdf icon Item 3.1N Economic Development Commission
.pdf icon Item 3.1O Regional Board
.pdf icon Item 3.2 Proposed Regional Parks Capital Facilities Reserve Allocation 2015-2019

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Central Okanagan West Tax Requisition Comparison 2015 to 2014

2015 RDCO Tax Requisition - Total per average house

RDCO 2015 Preliminary Budget Pie Chart

RDCO 2015 Dog Control Budget
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.pdf icon February 25, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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Finance & Administration

171 - Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)

There is a large increase in the Library budget. Staff noted there have been challenges in the past with the ORL in regards to the population statistics for the electoral area. The ORL uses BC Stats which show an unrealistic increase in population. Staff is disputing the numbers with ORL staff. The Library has assured staff WFN numbers are not included in the population numbers they are using.

It was agreed to invite the ORL to the next meeting to discuss the discrepancy in population statistics and the impact on electoral area funding.

OPHUS/CARSON
THAT staff be directed to forward correspondence to the Okanagan Regional Library disputing the population allocation and request they review their statistical analysis.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 17, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Delegations:

5.1 Stephanie Hall, Executive Director - Okanagan Regional Library re: Update on Audit and Governance

Stephanie Hall addressed the committee and provided an update on the Library including:
• Finance committee will be bringing forward a draft budget in September. Working on a conservative budget.
• Working on a staffing level plan.
• Looking at the RDCOas a whole as there is a financial discrepancy here (West Kelowna and Kelowna). Improving services and realigning spending in this area.
• Another issue that has been raised is governance. The Library Board is very large. The Board has considered two models - board executive model and the current model (where committees meet and the board meets four times per year). The board members have noted that it is important to have a voice at the table. As long as committees are empowered - the current model is the preferred model.
• There has been a decrease in physical circulation but a 15 increase in electronic collections. The challenge remains that the Library needs to provide more than one service. Electronic costs are often higher than paper costs. In terms of what members want from the Library-it is the place to go to meet. Staff will continue to monitor trends in the electronic system.
• Any dollar spent in a Library is a value to the community. Communities benefit by spending more on libraries. Libraries are more than circulation of books. It has the potential to be a gathering place for the community and a community builder.
• The question was raised if the Library is working with UBC-O? Yes, it is seen as a great partner and staff is working with them on a potential pilot project in the near future.

ZIMMERMANN/EDGSON
THAT the presentation by Stephanie Hall, Executive Director of the Okanagan Regional Library be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 29, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. DELEGATION

5.1 Okanagan Regional Library - Stephanie Hall, Executive Director and Jeff Campbell, IT Manager re: Library Service Update

An update on the Okanagan Regional Library services was provided to the Board including:
• 300% increase in electronic circulation, but decline in in-person visits.
• Moderate increase in program attendance.
• Per capita circulation has increased moderately.
• Libraries build readers. Higher literacy is associated with higher levels of community involvement and volunteerism, high employment levels and earnings.
• Financial model includes: 'Y2 from land values and 'Y2 on population.
Costs shared on all municipalities and regional districts. Value and efficiency of local government contribution was reviewed.
• What's New - e-collection; freegal (downloadable music); games, languages, magazines, etc.
• In the middle of a value for money review. Looking to see what is being put in for levy, getting value for this. Report should be completed by the fall.
• Organizational review is being completed - new CAO hired and a review is underway.

Discussion:
-With a decline in in-person readership, is consideration being given to closing some branches? Value for money study will show branches which may not be
as efficient and if costs are out of line. 25 member Board will review the study.
-Are there formal linkages with the public school system or beyond? Most of the linkages are informal-some communities are stronger than others.
Relationships can always be improved. Currently piecemeal.
-Board is complex with the number of members. Is restructuring possible? The Board has been tasked staff to look at this issue. Important that all local governments have a voice. The Board has elected not to use a consultant for this review-staff will review.
-A facility master plan will be developed in the future and discussion with occur with partners in the library.

EDGSON/STACK
THAT the update on the Okanagan Regional Library be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon June 12, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon June 12, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

Director Edgson noted that Lake Okanagan Resort has been sold. He announced that he will not be seeking re-election this year.

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.pdf icon January 17, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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North Westside director defends expenses
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - July 01, 2012

North Westside Road’s elected representative insists his compensation reflects public service.

Regional District of Central Okanagan figures show director Jim Edgson had remuneration of $21,568 in 2011 and expenses of $9,063.

“A lot of people have seen the work that goes into local government,” he said.

Edgson says compensation largely reflects the large geographical area he covers — from North Westside Road to just south of Peachland. He also travels regularly to the RDCO office in Kelowna for both committee and board meetings and sessions with staff.

“Every time I go to Kelowna, it’s a 100-kilometre round trip (he lives in Killiney Beach) and when I go to the southern end of the electoral area, it’s 120 kilometres one way,” he said.

“I have a choice to sit at home and do nothing or go out and do the best for my constituents.”

Edgson points out that one-third of his compensation is tax-free and he uses those funds to help community-based groups requiring financial assistance.

For other board members, chairperson Robert Hobson had remuneration of $37,482 and expenses of $5,747. Vice-chairperson James Baker had remuneration of $14,238 and expenses of $446.

 

POPULATION OF CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST IN 2011

Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (1,947)
(including Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 & #10 - 7,068) = 9,015

Private Occupied Dwellings = 74,942 not sure what all this includes?  It says occupied by usual residents.

In 2011 Director Jim Edgson received $21,568 remuneration + $9,063 expenses = $30,631 divided by 1,947 constituents = $15.73 per constituent

Okanagan Regional Libraries consider fundraising option
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - May 18, 2012

Local libraries could eventually get into the fundraising business.

Okanagan Regional Library board members agreed Wednesday to hire a consultant for a fund development study to see if revenue sources exist beyond taxation.

“We feel there are possibilities out there we could be missing,” said director Peter Schierbeck.

“It would be primarily used for capital - new chairs or tables or an addition to the (book) collection.”

Director Mike Macnabb, though, expressed some apprehension that the study could lead to ORL hiring someone to take on fundraising.

“We’re kind of a monopoly and we don’t see others setting up libraries next to us. Why are we doing this?” he said.

However, other board members pointed out that all that’s been approved is a feasibility study and no decision has been made about fundraising.

“We’re not seeking anyone’s funding at this time,” said director Jim Edgson.

A similar view also came from director Lisa Cameron.

“Without a feasibility study, it’s just us talking about what we think is best for the library,” she said.

Lesley Dieno, ORL executive director, believes there are some unknowns about canvassing for money.

“We want to know how much fundraising will cost to do - staff salaries, travel to communities, etc.,” she said.

But she admits there’s a reluctance among the board to keep raising taxes.

“There are a lot of things we could do if we had the money to do it.”

Langley-based Liberty Quest Enterprises has been hired for up to $20,755 to lead the study. However, completing the full process is contingent on Liberty Quest identifying realistic opportunities for fundraising.

“If they can’t find anything for us, they will walk away from the rest of the $20,000,” said director Arlene Arlow.

Criticism directed at North Westside director
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - April 29, 2012

North Westside director Jim Edgson is drawing fire for his handling of soaring water rates.

Both the North Westside Communities Association and the North Westside Ratepayers Association are fighting a 190 per cent increase in fees by the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

“People are very concerned with the lack of consultation,” said Marsali MacIver, NWCA president.

“Our director did not consult with people in a public way. There were no public meetings before the (RDCO) board had a vote. A lot of people were blind sided by this.”

There is a consumption based rate (35 cents per cubic metre for all water used in excess of 235 cubic metres during a three-month billing period) for the utilities for Killiney Beach, Westshore and Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun.

There is also a user fee and an asset renewal fee. For Westshore Estates, the user and asset fees amounts to $632 per property, while it will be $682 for Killiney Beach and $600 for Upper Fintry/Shalal Road/Valley of the Sun residents.

Both associations held a joint meeting April 18 and while Edgson was invited, he did not attend. RDCO has stated it will respond to the groups’ concerns by May 28.

“We consider that a deadline,” said MacIver.

“If there are no substantive changes or a response, we will consider our options. We could pursue legal options but we don’t want to do that.”

The North Westside Ratepayers Association is circulating a petition urging rates be reduced.

“It’s time for people to speak out,” said Diane Baldwin, NWRA president.

Baldwin says some hike in water rates is necessary and the primary concern is with process.

“We’re asking for consultation, communication and accountability,” she said.

Edgson insists the process to replace aging infrastructure has been open.

“I have gone around the community, even before I was elected, and I saw people not being served well by the water system,” he said.

“I warned people four-and-a-half years ago that it would cost a lot and they didn’t care.”

Edgson admits there were no public input sessions before the rates were adopted March 30, but the looming 2012 budget created a tight timeline.

“If we didn’t do it now, we’d have to wait another year. Ten years we’ve been at this.”

As for not attending the associations’ April 18 meeting, Edgson says the groups knew RDCO had already scheduled an open house in the same hall.

“They wanted to control the situation and I’m sorry, we don’t do that,” he said.

“We had something set up with all of the information. All they had to do was come in to get it.”

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.pdf icon February 27, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition Update.pdf

*Note* this is only a snippet, please click link above for entire content


Agenda No: 8.1
Mtg Date: Feb 27, 2012

REPORT ON SOUTHERN INTERIOR BEETLE ACTION COALITION For the RDCO Board February 27, 2012

TO: Chair and members of the RDCO Board
FROM: Jim Edgson, Electoral Area West Director; RDCO SIBAC Representative
DATE: February 27,2012
SUBJECT: SIBAC and the Central Okanagan in 2012

PURPOSE:
To provide the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board with a report on the potential Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC) initiatives related to the Central Okanagan Regional District which have come to light in 2012 to date.

BACKGROUND:
Ideas concerning Forest Fire Fuel Mitigation within the Central Okanagan have been brought forward to the SIBAC Board. In response, SIBAC staff and I have been working to determine how best to approach requests for partnership funding for fuel mitigation. From these determinations it was noted that the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative announced by the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in April, 2011 gave a funding envelope within the sub-program area of the "Operational Fuel Treatment Program" which could contribute a maximum of:

90% of the cost of eligible activities up to $100,000 in funding per applicant per calendar year, AND
75% of the cost of eligible activities from $100,001 to $400,000 in funding per applicant per calendar year
.

The remainder is required to be funded through community contributions. This was a possible partial stumbling block in the RDCO and RDCO Municipal budgetary processes. However, it also meant that each Municipality and the RDCO could individually apply for these funds.

Then SIBAC staff (see attachments) discovered that any funding contribution from SIBAC (along with contributions from anyone Municipality as well as the RDCO) are eligible to be considered "community contributions". In other words, SIBAC in partnership with an individual municipality or the RDCO could help fund the community contribution. This gave a potential opportunity for each municipality and the RDCO to indiVidually apply for both SIBAC partnership funding for the community contribution, thus leading to funding per applicant per calendar year of either 90% of $100,000 as well as 75% of $100.001 to $400,000 for fuel mitigation.

Meetings were held with staff at the District of West Kelowna, Peachland and RDCO Parks to discuss this on February 2. From these meetings it was noted that while there is some potential for Crown Land fuel mitigation, a lot of the concern was to do with fuel mitigation on private property. Generally, the SIBAC Board shies away from these projects, but SIBAC and I started
looking farther along at what we could or could not do.

A meeting was set up for February 21st with the Westside Fuel Mitigation Steering Committee which will be held after the writing of this note, but will be reported on at the February 27th RDCO Board meeting. As well, there is another SIBAC Board meeting which is to be held on February 21st and 22nd, which will also be reported on while this note is being discussed on February 27th

As part of the January SIBAC meeting (held in Vernon), a visit was made to a District Energy/Biomass system in Enderby. This operation, based at Fink Energy in Enderby, not only has the system, but manufactures the ancillaries for the KOB boilers imported from Europe.

What was interesting was the fuel being used. A jarred sample will be brought to the February 27th Board meeting. The system does not require pellets. From this came a concept which appears to have a better chance of passing the SIBAC Board to not only benefit the entities in the RDCO concerning fuel mitigation, but may serve as a Pilot Project for the Province to allow some "private property fuel mitigation". In addition, the concept would meet some of the Community Climate Change Strategies of our proposed Regional Growth Strategy. The concept envisioned at the present time:

If there was a District Energy system which was heating a pool, a gym, a municipal office (Town Hall) or the like which at least partially utilized biomass in the form of fuel mitigation product - be it from municipal lands or Crown Lands - the issue of disposing of the resulting chips/hog fuel would be put to better use than burning slash piles or disposing of it in landfills.

As will be shown at the February 27 Board meeting, biomass destined for landfills could be used (and is being used in Enderby).

The concept of "private land fuel mitigation" as thought about by staff in the District of West Kelowna is to have private land owners cut their own trees, and has them hauled to the property line on a municipal road. There the trees would be chipped, and the results hauled to a stockpile for disposal. Carrying this farther, those "results" could be stockpiled and used for a biomass heater.

To ensure supply for the future, construction or sawmill biomass waste, plus waste from fuel mitigation on Crown Land and/or Community Forests could be used.

Perhaps even set up a "forest for fuel" in a Community Forest.

The idea goes far beyond fuel mitigation - the concept is to solve both Crown Land and some Private Land fuel mitigation problems while providing fuel for District Heating.

Of course, there has to be a suitable District Heating biomass heater. Should the Regional District Board with its municipal partners like the concept, and if one of them has a candidate for a District Heating system (even if it is "just" heating a pool like the H20 Center or the JohnsonBentley Pool, or a City Hall, or an Arena, or ?), then we in SIBAC are prepared to move forward on this concept.

Obviously this concept is not something which can be done quickly - there is much work to be done, including what SIBAC has to do should this idea proceed. The best way is probably to get together and work on this idea as an idea for the 2013 budget year. That is not to say the fuel mitigation part cannot start now - but if any part of the RDCO is thinking of taking advantage of the available fuel mitigation funding, it is my recommendation the fuel mitigation is done as part of the whole concept of using the end result of District Biomass heating so that SIBAC could have a better chance of providing some partnership funding.

Attached you will find a page from Community Climate Change Strategies, an e-mail to Jim Edgson from Marc Imus from the Community Economic Development Pine Beetle Epidemic Response Branch of the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, a UBCM Member Release of April 8 2011, the Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative Operational Fuel Treatment Program, and some pictures of the Fink Engineering District Biomass Heating system in Enderby.

Respectfully submitted,
Jim Edgson
Electoral Area Director, Central Okanagan West, RDCO

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.pdf icon February 27, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8. NEW BUSINESS

8.1 Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition Update (Director Edgson) (for information)

RDCO - SILGA representative, Director Edgson, in a report to the Board dated February 27, 2012 outlined ideas concerning forest fuel mitigation and potential opportunities for operational fuel treatment programs within the Central Okanagan. Municipal district energy systems may be able to access funding from SIBAC and the question was raised whether any of the municipal partners would be interested discussing this issue further.

It was noted that Lake Country has reviewed this issue in the past and consultants have said there is not sufficient quantity of beetle kill in this area to make this feasible. Northern BC has an endless supply but that is not evident in the Central Okanagan. As well, it was been found that the fuel cannot be delivered in an economical fashion.

EDGSON/GRAY
THAT the February 27,2012 SIBAC report on fuel mitigation be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the information be referred to the member municipalities to determine if there is any interest for a presentation from SIBAC.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 17, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 1 Budget Presentation.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1a Budget Piechart.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1b Budget Summaries.pdf

.pdf icon Item 1c Tax Requisitions and Rates.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2 Financial Plan Contents.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2a Environmental Services - Engineering.pdf

.pdf icon Item 2b Environmental Services - Waste Management.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3a Development Services - Planning.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3b Development Services - Protection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 3c Development Services - Inspection Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 4 Parks Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5 Finance and Administration.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6 Corporate Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 6a Corporate Services - Policing Liaison Services.pdf

.pdf icon Item 7 Economic Development Commission.pdf

.pdf icon Item 8 Regional Board.pdf

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.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio February 17, 2012 audio of entire RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting - .mp3 (501 MB)

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.pdf icon February 17, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon December 12, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Regional Board Appointments.pdf

Agenda No: 5.1
Mtg Date: Dec 13, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
DATE: December 8,2011
FROM: Mary Jane Drouin Corporate Services Coordinator
SUBJECT: Board Appointments (External)

The following external appointments are required to be made at the December 12th Board meeting:

  • Okanagan Basin Water Board - 3 Directors and 3 Alternates (Director Keith Fielding from Peachland, ??)
  • Sterile Insect Release Board - 2 Directors and 1 Alternate
  • Okanagan Film Commission Board - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Andre Blanleil from City of Kelowna, with Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna as alternate)
  • Okanagan Regional Library - 1 Electoral Area Director and 1 Electoral Area Alternate (COW Director Jim Edgson and Director Patty Hanson from COE as alternate)
  • Economic Development Commission Advisory Board - 1 Electoral Area Director and 1 Electoral Area Alternate (Director Colin Basran from City of Kelowna and Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna as alternate)
  • Southern Interior Beetle Action Committee - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Jim Edgson from Central Okanagan West and Director Patty Hanson from Central Okanagan East as the alternate)
  • Municipal Finance Authority - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Chair Robert Hobson elected himself mentioning that Director Duane Ophus from West Kelowna wanted the appointment )
  • Community Action Towards Children's Health (CATCH) - 1 Director and 1 Alternate (Director Keith Fielding from Peachland and Director Gail Given from City of Kelowna is the alternate)

A recommended list of appointees will be brought forward on December 12th.

The Governance and Services Committee functions as a 'committee-of-the-whole' comprised of all Regional Board members.

In addition, the Regional Board will review the remaining committees and their structure in the New Year at which time further appointments will be confirmed. These committees include:

Human Resources Committee;
Regional Sustainability Steering Committee;
Negotiating Committee;
Watercraft Committee;
Airport Advisory Committee;
Highway 97 Steering Committee;
Okanagan-Similkameen Airshed Coalition;
Okanagan Marine Advisory Council;
Dog Advisory Committee;
Weed Control Committee;
Westside Wastewater Treatment Service
Stakeholder Select Committee;
Agricultural Advisory Commission;
Environmental Advisory Commission;
Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission and
Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Advisory Planning Commission.

This is for your information.

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.pdf icon December 12, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5. NEW BUSINESS

5.1 Regional Board Appointments (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The following appointments are required to be made at this time as many of the Boards and Committees begin their meetings in January.

Governance and Services Committee; Court of Revision, Economic Development Commission, Emergency Operations Control Group, Okanagan Basin Water board, Okanagan Film Commission, Okanagan Regional Library, Sterile Insect Release, Community Action Towards Children's Health (CATCH), Municipal Finance Authority, and Southern Interior Beetle Action
Coalition (SIBAC).

A list of appointments was circulated.

BAKER/GRAY
THAT the Regional Board approve the following appointments:

CARRIED

The question was raised what the process will be for reviewing the remaining committees and commissions. The Chair noted this will be discussed at strategic priority session in January.

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VOTE FOR DAVE ROBERTSON Dave's website / Dave's Facebook

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.pdf icon October 24, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

This was a director item so nothing was mentioned in the Highlights or Agenda about this award that WFN is lobbying for.

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Do you want a director who would laugh at you if chickens, peacocks, or bunnies were invading your property.

okanaganlakebc.ca is appalled at Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson's response to chickens roaming on other peoples property.  Listen to what Director Edgson told these poor people with chickens roaming on their property in the August 22, 2011 audio of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board meeting below.  Unbelievable!  It is really funny isn't it COW Director Jim Edgson?

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Jim Edgson on the BUNNY population in Kelowna

“We don’t have a problem (in) Westside because we have coyotes to deal with them,” Findlater said, somewhat jokingly.

A comment which led Central Okanagan West director Jim Edgson to chime in.

“And coyotes deal with the problem in our area too–(as do) hawks, eagles and owls.”

But, for Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, what to do with a problem bunny population was no laughing matter.

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Remember that Central Okanagan West Director was in favour of a gravel pit next to La Casa and the GranFondo bicycle event closing down Westside Road for a day.

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As far as okanaganlakebc.ca feels, Director Jim Edgson has to go!!!

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DID DIRECTOR JIM EDGSON BREAK HIS PROMISE?

(Daily Courier, Thursday Oct. 11, 2007) Incumbent director Jim Edgson says he won’t accept renumeration from RDCO for representing the people on WFN because he can’t do much for them except “be their service representative”
http://www.rocdoc.ca/platform.html


In the RDCO, Rural Directors receive an annual stipend of $14,000 plus supplements of $3,500 for the first 5000 electors and an additional $2,100 for population over 5000.  The $2,100 comes from the large electoral population of the WFN lands in the Central Okanagan West.  While the WFN residents pay a part of the annual stipend and first supplement through taxes to the WFN to pay for Regional Services on WFN land, the $2,100 supplement would be been paid by the ratepayers of the area outside of the WFN.  After due consideration, I have decided not to accept the additional $2,100 supplement.

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It doesn't look like Director Jim Edgson kept his promise to not accept the supplement for WFN does it?

In 2010 COW Director Jim Edgson's expenses $8,929 was almost 1/2 the amount he was paid as COW Director $21,335.

$164,310 for Chief Administrative Officer???

.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 8.1 2010 Financial Disclosure Schedules.pdf

* Note: below is only a snippet of the Financial Disclosure Schedules, click link above for entire contents

RDCO REMUNERATION AND EXPENSE FOR 2010
click to read a larger copy

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This is how we figure that Director Jim Edgson may have RENEGED and accepted the Supplement for the portion of pay he would receive for WFN

Board of Directors Remuneration and Expenses Bylaw No.1247, 2008 - Repeals Bylaw No. 1102

PDF file icon Population of Central Okanagan West 8,018 - 2006 census

$14,000 base pay x 25% = $3,500

so $14,000 + $3,500 = $17,500 for 5000 constituents

plus 5% for each 1000 constituents would be

5% x 3 (3,000 constituents) = 15%

so $14,000 x 15% = $2,100 for 3,000 constituents

= TOTAL of $19,600 a COW DIRECTOR WOULD EARN for 8,000 constituents

compared to how much some of RDCO staff earn!

As you can see above this section, COW Director Jim Edgson received $21,335 which may have included the supplement for WFN portion.

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Remember that the current Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson did not object to GranFondo bicycle event closing Westside Road for on July day for a few hours, and did not object to the WFN application for a gravel pit next to La Casa resort.  He wanted to purchase a fireboat and did not object to the North Westside Communities Association request to start taxing by way of a property tax to help pay for the Killiney Beach Hall when the Killiney Beach Community Hall was built by volunteers and run for years by volunteers who raised money.  There were a few grants-in-aid as well.  The property tax would be like the Hall gets a large grant-in-aid every year.

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The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
Report on the 2011 Budget Consultations

Select Standing Committee on
Finance and Government Services
First Report
APPENDICES
2nd Session, 39th Parliament
November 12, 2010

APPENDIX C: ON-LINE SURVEY FORMS - Jim Edgson

http://www.leg.bc.ca/budgetconsultations/

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Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching
Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching

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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent - Thomas Jefferson

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Government is like business, if you don't support them, they don't stick around long.

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PRE AGM Town Hall Meeting (aka: Party)

21.09.2010 – Jim Edgson, Regional Director with CORD will speak to owners about La Casa's Rezoning application to approve year round occupancy. He will explain what the...

Source - Yasni.com

That is all the information we seen so can't tell you much more about this other than La Casa water system might not be able to handle full time occupancy because it was not designed to.

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Contact Director Jim Edgson

Regional District of Central Okanagan
1450 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, B.C.
V1W-3Z4
Phone: 250-212-7296

Email:

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The best link to find information about COW Director Jim Edgson at Yasni.com

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Grande Praire Daily Herald Tribune
Other events from June 1959:
• Air Cadet Jim Edgson won the proficiency award at the group’s annual inspection. Three-year awards were earned by Harold Stoehr, Stan Monkman, Barry Crick, Leonard Edey, Ronald Jobson, David Matheson, Wayne Monkman and Dennis Middlestead.

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BC Liberal Party Donations

ANNE EDGSON 2008/09/30 $270.00
ANNE EDGSON 2008/09/30 $200.00
JIM EDGSON 2008/09/30 $270.00
JIM EDGSON 2008/09/30 $200.00
JIM EDGSON 2008/10/21 $100.00

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More about 2011 Election here

More about current 2008-2011 COW Director Jim Edgson here.

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.pdf icon May 12, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Delegations

5.1 Lesley Dieno, Executive Director, re: Update on Okanagan Regional Library Lesley Dieno provided an update on activities from the Okanagan Regional Library since the fall of 2009 including:

• Facilities have been a major focus
• New website launched in Feb 2010 with social media campaign
• Large increases in usage of new Feature Film Collection and Library-To-Go
• New Strategic Plan has been adopted by the Board
• Westbank First Nation and Penticton Indian Band now part of the ORL
• 2011 is the Library's 75th Anniversary

Directors Baker and Reid-Nagy arrived at 8:40 a.m.

She highlighted:

seven branches are within the Regional District's boundaries; 734,916 total visits. 1.36 mil items circulated. CORD East 21,260, CORD West, 87,739. Since the incorporation of the District of West Kelowna, boundaries may not be quite as clear as in the past. Geocoding of the library cards will be done over the next year. Computer workstations were used over 106,000 times. 1,461 programs were offered last year. Operating costs are 20% less than the provincial average. Good value and efficiency.

SHEPHERD/HODGE
THAT the update from the Okanagan Regional Library be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon January 13, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

There was nothing mentioned about Director Edgson Attending the LGA Meeting in the Highlights of the RDCO Board Meeting

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January 13, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

10. NEW BUSINESS

10.1 Local Government Leadership Academy Forum (Feb 16-18, 2011) and UBCM Electoral Area Directors Meeting (Feb 15-16, 2011) (Unweighted Vote - All Directors)

HODGE/DIXON
THAT the Regional Board supports Director Edgson's attendance at the Local Government Leadership Academy Forum - Feb. 16-18, 2011 and the UBCM Electoral Area Directors Meeting - Feb 15-16, 2011 in Vancouver, B.C.

CARRIED

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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2010

Coordinated funding of $126,375 for Tourism Westside was announced today by Mayor Doug Findlater, District of West Kelowna, Chief Robert Louie, Westbank First Nation, and Jim Edgson, Director Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (Regional District of Central Okanagan).

The joint funding, ($94,683 from District of West Kelowna, $28,692 from Westbank First Nation and $3,000 Central Okanagan West Electoral Area) is intended to support the initiatives of Tourism Westside, a committee of the Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce.

“Tourism Westside’s new strategic plan emphasizes the need for coordinated support from the governing bodies in the area, and not just financially, but as vital stakeholders,” says Mayor Doug Findlater. “All Westside residents will benefit from an enhanced tourism function and I’m very pleased that both Westbank First Nation and Central Okanagan West support this endeavor as well.”

“Westbank First Nation firmly believes that Tourism is a cornerstone of the economic drivers in the Okanagan. In this light, we have been an active participant on the tourism committee that is bringing forward this unique strategic plan that will combine resources of local governments, businesses and new opportunities in true partnership,” says Chief Robert Louie. “We are eager to continue the work to build a fresh tourism experience with Tourism Westside.

“The Central Okanagan West Electoral Area of the RDCO provided Grant in Aid funds to Tourism Westside because there is a need to promote tourism within the Electoral Area,” says Regional Director Jim Edgson. “We look forward to participating in Westside Tourism as a partner to enhance tourism, not only in the Electoral Area, but in the entire Westside, along with Westbank First Nation and West Kelowna."

Source WFN.ca (.pdf)

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B.C. Campground Plan Gets Official Snub
September 2, 2008 by Woodall's Campground Management

Questions have surfaced over plans for a recreational site in the North Westside Road area near Vernon, British Columbia.
The Central Okanagan Regional District (CORD) board does not support an application from the Ministry of Tourism to establish a campground on five undeveloped parcels of government-owned land just to the north of Lake Okanagan Resort, according to the Vernon Morning Star.

“We have so little information,” said Jim Edgson, director.

The area is currently zoned for parks and open space and is used primarily for trails and horseback riding. Edgson describes the recreation site proposal “admirable,” but believes a number of outstanding issues must be addressed by the government first.

“There are a lot of archeological sites and there’s the Okanagan Fir Brigade Trail,” he said.

If the government does proceed with a recreational site designation for the land, the regional district is demanding a proper archeological assessment and statutory protection of the brigade trail. There is also a call for environmental and wildfire assessments.

Edgson also insists that a provincially designated recreational site could take away land needed to upgrade a narrow section of Westside Road.

“If this goes into park, I’m concerned the road won’t be straightened out or widened.” he said.

CORD staff members acknowledge the need for additional campgrounds in the region, but they say these parcels represent some of the last undeveloped government-owned lands on Okanagan Lake.

“In recognition of the pending review and update of the North Westside official community plan and due to significant environmental issues associated with the five lakefront properties, the proposal should be considered in concert with the OCP review and update process,” said planner Ron Fralick in a written report to the board.

Fralick added that the area is significant for kokanee salmon stocks. “In excess of 6,000 kokanee have been identified spawning along this area since 2001,” he said.

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PRE AGM Town Hall Meeting (aka: Party)
21.09.2010 – Jim Edgson, Regional Director with CORD will speak to owners about La Casa's Rezoning application to approve year round occupancy. He will explain what the...
lacasaowners.com

http://www.yasni.com/jim+edgson/check+people?sh (that is all you can see at this link about La Casa rezoning for year round occupancy) and the comments on La Casa owners website have been removed.

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e-street: How are high gas prices affecting you? (Dozens of bonus responses)
With gas prices and a teetering economy affecting everything from the price of food and clothes to airline tickets, are you changing your spending habits or lifestyle to reflect this?

My wife and I expected this run of good fortune to eventually end as part of the economic cycle. Therefore, we prepared ourselves by changing our spending habits last year. We are debt free, and even though we are in the country, we make sure we plan trips to maximum benefit.

-Jim Edgson, Vernon

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Disagreement on need to adopt secondary suite bylaw
By Mike Simmons - Kelowna Capital News - November 23, 2010

Added drain on already scarce water in Joe Rich was at the heart of a regional district debate over rules around secondary suites in the area.

When updating the Joe Rich rural land use bylaw to include greenhouse gas emission reduction targets mandated by the province, the Central Okanagan Regional District board directors debated two other additions at their Nov. 22 meeting.

One was that consideration of secondary suites be allowed on rural lots. The other was that development of small RV parks on agricultural land be restricted.

Central Okanagan East director Kelly Hayes said area residents are not in favour of dealing with secondary suites.

He pointed out the policy was brought up by his predecessor over concerns not seen in Joe Rich today.

“It certainly doesn’t indicate we’re being bombarded with illegal secondary suites by any stretch of the imagination.”

Hayes said the major concern that does need to be addressed is the sustainability of the Joe Rich aquifer. Potential population increases from secondary suites would create additional drain on the scarce resource.

Director Sharon Shepherd noted if someone reports a potential illegal suite in Joe Rich, bylaw enforcement would be sent to the home. She said it was going backwards by not having the bylaw option as a tool.

Shepherd pointed out representatives have all been made aware there are illegal suites throughout their communities, and a bylaw gives them the option of having suites brought up to building code standards.

Director Doug Findlater pointed out West Kelowna has had a stream of complaints around secondary suites following their incorporation three years ago. There are believed to be between 1,000 and 2,000 illegal suites in the district of West Kelowna.

A recently adopted amnesty period for illegal suites on the Westside has brought close to 250 applications to have suites legalized. Findlater added the suites are essentially unregulated and unlicensed.

“The way to deal with that is to actually bring legislation into place so you can actually do something about it.”

Central Okanagan West director Jim Edgson noted that during suite applications, it has to be proven whether or not there’s enough water to support them.

“There’s nothing saying right now we have to approve those suites as a board.”


Hayes agreed the board can deny individual applications, but added the board bases its decision on staff recommendations, which in his experience are based on precedent.

“All we need is one suite to appear before this board and the precedent is set.”

He pointed out there is no science to back up the idea that there is enough water for Joe Rich to expand.

He suggested the board re-examine secondary suite legislation after receiving the results of a study on the aquifer.

Director Angela Reid said if people wanted a secondary suite, they probably have one already.

She pointed out the additional living spaces are untaxed, which means additional infrastructure costs are unfairly carried by a sector of area residents.

“For the people in that area now, they’re paying that extra burden.”

Reid added she would be in favour of allowing secondary suites on properties if they were reviewed by both neighbours and the regional district board.

Director Duane Ophus said he understood the concerns, but thought it important to bring the bylaw into conformity with the rest of the regional district.

“It would be a lot easier for us looking at the whole regional district on the same basis.”

Director Charlie Hodge said the guidelines behind secondary suites are there to make sure there is protection for the people living in them. “What you see right now in Kelowna and West Kelowna are a lot of suites with health issues, safety issues.”

Hodge recognized there is a desire to keep the small, rural feel in Joe Rich. He added that not looking at secondary suites opens the door for people to have illegal ones and not have any protection at all.

He said a decision to have a bylaw around suites is not necessarily going to trigger a huge amount of people going out and applying for them.

The board voted to remove a secondary suite policy from the motion. Policies on greenhouse gas emissions and RV parks were adopted into the bylaw, with Hodge, Ophus and James in opposition.

msimmons "at" kelownacapnews.com

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September 9, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

Nothing mentioned in the Highlights about a new alternate electoral area director

September 9, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Agenda

Nothing in the agenda about a new alternate electoral area director

September 9, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

The Board agreed to add Directors Items to the agenda.

4. Directors Items (Requiring Action)

b) New Alternate Director (Central Okanagan West Electoral Area) - With the resignation of Hugh McKenna, Director Edgson has appointed a new alternate electoral area director, Trevor Dixon. Mr. McKenna was thanked for his contribution to the electoral area.

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Wonder why Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson's name is listed under the North Westside Fellowship Church at Canada Revenue Agency ... shouldn't Doctor Gordon Denison gdenison "at" telus.net who is Senior Pastor name be listed here instead?

Is Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson who claims to be church clerk of the North Westside Road Fellowship Church claiming the $12,000 total expenditure on all compensation for the North Westside Fellowship church?  Or did the North Westside Fellowship church's Senior Pastor gdenison "at" telus.net claim $12,000 total expenditure on all compensation?  Who is laying claim to receiving the $12,000 on their tax return?  The North Westside Communities Association website says Jim Edgson is church clerk.

Funny how Jim Edgson's name is spelled ... JIM EDESON and his email address is JIMEDESON "at" TELUS.NET because it sounds much like G Denison

Jim Edgson - Church Clerk
Jim Edgson is Church Clerk at North Westside Fellowship Church
This article regarding the North Westside Fellowship Church is from the North Westside Communities News Fall 2007 page 3 and says Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson is church clerk.

North Westside Fellowship Church Financials
North Westside Road, B.C.
From Canada Revenue Agency

Basic Information Sheet (says Jim Edgson here)

Assets:
Cash, bank accounts, and short-term investments $179,105

Revenue:
Total eligible amount of all gifts for which the charity issued tax receipts $33,259
Total other gifts received for which a tax receipt was not issued by the charity $1,632
Total interest and investment income received or earned $4,520
Total revenue $39,411

Expenditures
- Advertising and promotion $20
- Travel and vehicle expenses $4,800
- Interest and bank charges $140
- Licenses, memberships, and dues $137
- Office supplies and expenses $812
- Occupancy costs $3,000
- Total expenditure on all compensation $12,000
- Total cost of all purchased supplies and assets $2,210
- Total expenditures before gifts to qualified donees $26,265
- Total expenditures on charitable programs $25,040
- Total expenditures on management and administration $1,225
- Total amount of gifts (excluding enduring property and specified gifts) made to all qualified donees $6,750
- Total expenditures $33,015


Other financial information
Permission to accumulate property: Only registered charities that have written permission to accumulate should complete this question.
Enter the amount accumulated for the fiscal period, including income earned on accumulated funds $7,743

Schedule 3: Compensation - NORTH WESTSIDE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH
1 (a) Enter the number of permanent, full-time, compensated positions in the fiscal period. (This number should represent the number of positions the charity had including both managerial positions and others, and should not include independent contractors.)

2 (a) Enter the number of part-time or part-year (for example, seasonal) employees the charity employed during the fiscal period 1

(b) What was the total expenditure on compensation for part-time or part-year employees in the fiscal period? $12,000

3 What was the charity's total expenditure on all compensation in the fiscal period? $12,000

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Fire risk alert issued for Westside
Vernon Morning Star - July 13, 2010

North Westside Road residents are being reminded to be prepared for possible wildfires.

Partly based on last year’s Terrace Mountain blaze, electoral area director Jim Edgson is asking people to do what they can to minimize the risk of fire.

“Hopefully forest fires will not impact the Central Okanagan West as they did last year, but all of us need to be careful,” he said.

“We can all start by looking at our own homes and being sure we keep the area around our homes clear of combustible debris.”

Edgson says it is also important for residents to consider the needs of firefighters, police officers and paramedics when they are responding to an emergency.

“Can they get into and out of your home easily and safely? Can they find your home?” he said.

“Is the street address number clearly visible from the road? I would recommend you prepare for your and your family’s safety, and to do what you can do to protect your home and property.”

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Veteran fights NORD process
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - June 19, 2010

A Second World War veteran is protesting what he sees as a lack of democracy at the North Okanagan Regional District.

Michael Fairbrass, a Spallumcheen resident, told directors Wednesday that the alternate approval process being used to garner public support for borrowing $11 million for a new library is wrong.

“I’m beginning to wonder whether the constitutional rights of a Canadian citizen are compromised,” he said.

Under the alternate approval process, North Okanagan residents have until July 5 to sign a petition in opposition to borrowing the funds. If 10 per cent of the voters — or 6,355 names — sign the petition, the regional district cannot proceed with its plans.

Fairbrass is concerned that not enough has been done to make residents aware of the process.

“Tax notices were sent out in late May to each and every property owner, could these bylaw notices have been enclosed to those property owners?” he said.

He points out that anniversary of the D-Day invasion was recently celebrated.

“Thousands of men and women gave their lives to defend and protect our freedoms, democratic freedoms, so enjoyed today, as well as the future generations,” he said.

“I feel our political systems are seriously eroding our democratic rights with such ways that are within this AAP.

Fairbrass asked that NORD either hold a full referendum on borrowing funds, or extend the petition response date to Aug. 31 so more residents can get involved.

NORD officials have indicated that the process must continue as established under legislation, and they defend the use of the petition.

“The ORL board has the ability to do this project. It’s in their budget,” said director Patrick Nicol.

“The regional district is trying to save money on the borrowing costs. This is a funding mechanism.”

NORD has agreed to borrow the $11 million for the new Vernon library through the Municipal Finance Authority because of competitive interest rates (ORL cannot apply to MFA directly).

ORL will repay the principal and pay the interest, fees and financing, and cost-sharing will be done by the entire library district, which goes from Golden to Osoyoos and Princeton.

“This is support for the funding part,” said Will Hansma, director.

The petition is available at the NORD office, all municipal offices and at www.rdno.ca.

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.pdf icon March 22, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Minutes

b) Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC)

Director Edgson noted that SIBAC has been developing an interactive game and CD/DVD highlighting planning decisions and resulting effects on the environment. He will provide the information to the Economic Development Commissioner for review.

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Vernon officials take aim at former councillor
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - April 15, 2010

The City of Vernon is fighting back over accusations made by a former politician.

In an unprecedented move, council has released classified documents that indicate the city has a long standing interest in acquiring property on the corner of 30th Avenue and 29th Street.

“We want to provide clarity to the public and this allows council to speak to the issues brought forward by a former councillor,” said Mayor Wayne Lippert.

“I don’t think it’s wise for people to put out information that is incorrect.”

Barry Beardsell, a former councillor, has been critical of current council selling a lot on 28th Street to Okanagan Regional Library. He claims that will block a proposed 25th Avenue extension.

But Lippert says council, including when Beardsell was at the table, has discussed the Marona lands, where the New Delhi restaurant sits.

“Since 2001, council has always had the intent to purchase property for that (25th Avenue) alignment.”

Beardsell defends his comments, and says they have been backed up by three other former councillors.

“I can assure you we didn’t need to buy any other property (for the 25th Avenue extension) although we did look at buying the Marona property,” he said.

According to Beardsell, the Marona property was considered for purchase for possible future uses like parking.

“It’s he (Lippert) who has been putting out misinformation about a time in history he knows nothing about,” said Beardsell referring to the fact that Lippert was first elected to office in 2005.

Beardsell says selling land on 28th Street to ORL for a new library branch is shortsighted given the need to improve traffic flows in Vernon from east to west.

“If council would look at the original plan for the extension, it goes right through the library property,” he said.

Discussions around buying land are generally kept behind closed doors so as to not influence prices.

However, Lippert isn’t concerned about council’s decision to identify the Marona site.

“The owner of the property knows it’s of interest,” he said.

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Library petition process moving ahead
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - April 03, 2010

Details are being flushed out on Greater Vernon’s proposed new library and garnering public assent.

It’s anticipated the North Okanagan Regional District board will consider three readings for a bylaw Wednesday that will establish an alternate approval process for borrowing up to $11 million for the facility.

“Before we can set a date (for the petition), we have to get approval from the provincial inspector of municipalities,” said Maggie Knox, NORD’s general manager of corporate services.

Under the alternate approval process, if 10 per cent of North Okanagan voters sign a petition in opposition, borrowing for the Vernon library can’t occur.

NORD will borrow the funds through the Municipal Finance Authority because of competitive interest rates (Okanagan Regional Library cannot apply to MFA directly). But ORL will repay the principal and pay the interest, fees and financing.

Cost-sharing will be done by the entire ORL district, which goes from Golden to Osoyoos and Princeton.

The earliest the petition process may begin is July as NORD staff have to still determine the wording of the petition and estimate the number of electors in the region.

And because the North Okanagan includes a number of communities, locations for the alternate approval petition must be determined.

“We will ask each municipality to make the petition available, as well as it being at the regional district office,” said Knox.

If the alternate approval process fails, ORL will consider other financing methods for the branch.

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.pdf icon  February 22, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

3.2 Ministry of Community and Rural Development/Union of BC Municipalities re: Feedback to the Election Task Force

The Ministry of Community and Rural Development and the Union of BC Municipalities have begun a review of local government election issues. A Task Force has been named and is asking for written comments from organizations and individuals on local government issues.

3.3 Local Government Elections Task Force - UBCM Member Consultation Meeting (approval for Directors to Attend)

The local government Elections Task Force will be holding a consultation meeting with local government officials Friday, March 12, 2010 in Richmond.

BAKER/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board approve travel expenses for Director Edgson to attend the Elections Task Force meeting in Richmond, BC, Friday March 12,2010.

CARRIED

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Status quo for ORL executive
Vernon Morning Star - February 18, 2010

There are no changes to the Okanagan Regional Library board this year.

The organization’s entire executive was elected to another term during its annual general meeting Wednesday.

Ted Bacigalupo, from the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District, will continue to serve as board chairman while Lake Country’s Noreen Guenther will be vice-chairwoman.

The finance committee chairman is Jack Bennest from Oliver while the personnel committee chairman is Ivan Idzan from Salmon Arm. Carol Zanon, from West Kelowna, is the policy and planning chairwoman.

New members joining the board are Chris Pieper from Armstrong and Gary Thielmann from Keremeos.

Established in 1936, ORL serves more than 350,000 people through 29 branches in the Okanagan, Shuswap, Columbia and Similkameen.

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.pdf icon February 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

171 - Okanagan Regional Library

- Staff noted that population numbers from the Province last year were incorrect and that adjustment has been made this year. This will result in a large increase in the electoral area budgets.

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ORL chairman explains pay hike
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - February 04, 2010

Okanagan Regional Library’s chairman says hefty pay hikes were unavoidable.

Ted Bacigalupo told North Okanagan Regional District directors Wednesday that salaries for administration staff were increased late last year because their rate was behind others in B.C.’s library sector.

“The boards of the day didn’t tackle the issue over a period of five years,” he said.

“The timing could have been better but the timing would have been worse had we delayed the increase into subsequent years. At some point, you have to address reality.”

NORD directors demanded a meeting with Bacigalupo back in November when ORL decided to give a 7.9 per cent salary boost to executive director Lesley Dieno.

Dieno’s annual salary will go from $121,500 to $131,000.


A total of $72,000 has been set aside over two years to bump wages for about eight administration employees.

According to Bacigalupo, those eight employees are just part of a 255-person workforce at ORL that handles a $50 million budget and serves a population of 350,000.

“We have one of the best library systems in the province,” he said, adding that even with the increase, administration wages are still 14 per cent below the average in B.C.

Director John Trainor was the main thrust behind Bacigalupo’s presentation and he still has concerns about ORL’s actions.

“In tough times, it’s annoying to see a Marie Antoinette attitude,” he said.

“It wasn’t an attack on the library system but more a concern about how the library runs its ship.”

Bacigalupo told the board that he wasn’t offended by the questioning and pointed out that every NORD community has a representative sitting at the Okanagan Regional Library table.

“You have every right, because you are a member, to hold our feet to the fire,” he said.

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Leaving ORL not easy
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke -December 19, 2009 12:00 PM

Armstrong will encounter bureaucratic hoops if it wants to leave Okanagan Regional Library.

The city will investigate alternate ways of providing library services outside of the current ORL model. However, for that to occur, there would have to be a referendum among the residents of Armstrong.

“If the electorate assents, then there is an arbitration process to look at splitting assets,” said Lesley Dieno, ORL’s executive director.

There’s no guarantee that it would take over the books in the existing collection.

“They may be able to keep whatever is in their branch,” said Dieno.

Hiring of staff would also have to occur.

“It would take quite a while to unwind any relationship (between the city and ORL),” said Dieno.

Dieno also says Armstrong would need to have discussions with the Township of Spallumcheen, because it also puts financial resources into the branch.

Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma has indicated that he is satisfied with the service ORL provides.

Armstrong’s decision to look at withdrawing from the function is in response to the ORL board recently giving a two-year, eight per cent salary increase to professional librarians and a 7.9 per cent salary boost to executive director Lesley Dieno.

Dieno’s annual salary will go from $121,500 to $131,000.

“How it has been interpreted by some of the municipalities is unfortunate,” said Ted Bacigalupo, ORL chairman, adding that salaries had fallen behind those provided by other libraries.

“We’re going to make an effort to bring senior staff up to where they should be. And even with that, we only went part way.”

Bacigalupo says the concerns from Armstrong are being taken seriously.

“Armstrong, being one of the members, is as important as the largest members are,” he said.

However, Bacigalupo doesn’t believe the city’s review will lead to options more viable than ORL.

“If the city is able to find a more effective service for less money, I’d be one of the first to ask where and how they found it,” he said.

Chris Pieper, Armstrong mayor, and ORL director defends the review launched by the city.

“We want to know if we’re getting value for our money,” he said.

For 2009, Armstrong’s tax requisition for ORL was $133,782.

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.pdf icon October 26, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Okanagan Regional Library Update

The Regional Board has received an update from the Executive Director of the Okanagan Regional Library. Leslie Dieno is in charge of the 16th largest library system in Canada serving a population of 350,000 of which 54% are active cardholders.

While about three million items are circulated each year, the system is seeing tremendous growth in its online and electronic
services registering more than one million visits. Dieno says it will be tough to meet demands for increased operating hours, branch sizes and technological and physical branch upgrades especially in light of a 22% reduction in provincial funding. As a result, she says the Library Board may have to consider decreases in operating hours and closing smaller branches.

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.pdf icon October 26, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the October 26, 2009 Regional District Service Review presentation from Peter Adams be received.

CARRIED

2.2 Lesley Dieno, Executive Director - Okanagan Regional Library Update

Ms. Dieno provided a review of the activities of the Regional Library in 2009.

  • New headquarters opened in 2009. LEED silver building.

  • Expansions of libraries throughout the Okanagan region were reviewed.

  • Current projects include Rutland storefront relocation with Plaza 33 mall.

  • Technology enhancements include free wireless internet access, significant upgrades to network at headquarters.

  • Circulation numbers were reviewed noting with the current recession increases in usage is being shown.

  • The Board is trying to keep the tax impact down. A 22% cut in provincial funding has occurred and with the growing population and changes in technology there is pressure to increase services. With reduced funding levels the Library Board will be facing difficult decisions in the upcoming year.

  • The Board is looking to update the strategic plan in 2010.

EDGSON/RULE

THAT the October 26th report from the Okanagan Regional Library be received..

CARRIED

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Government does not mean directors automatic right!

How does Director mean govern
Doesn't Director mean Direct?

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I don't need sex, the government f***s me everyday.

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Mr Edgson is an elected official, representing all residents of WFN land. He is a member of the Treaty Advisory Committee and the Economic Development Committee.

.pdf icon http://livingatsonoma.com/community/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/minutes-feb-27-08-board-meeting2.pdf

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Did you know that Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson

is a voting member (has 9 votes) on the Okanagan Regional Library Board (ORL)?

ORL Board Member List

ORL Goals
As per the ORL’s Board Policy and Regulations Facilities Guidelines: “The Library Board’s goal is to provide functional and convenient community library facilities that support library service levels established by the Board.

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.pdf icon Press Release Feb 18, 2009 meeting of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) states Director Jim Edgson of Central Okanagan West was appointed to the Ad Hoc Vernon Stakeholders Committee.

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Leaving ORL not easy
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke -December 19, 2009 12:00 PM

Armstrong will encounter bureaucratic hoops if it wants to leave Okanagan Regional Library.

The city will investigate alternate ways of providing library services outside of the current ORL model. However, for that to occur, there would have to be a referendum among the residents of Armstrong.

“If the electorate assents, then there is an arbitration process to look at splitting assets,” said Lesley Dieno, ORL’s executive director.

There’s no guarantee that it would take over the books in the existing collection.

“They may be able to keep whatever is in their branch,” said Dieno.

Hiring of staff would also have to occur.

“It would take quite a while to unwind any relationship (between the city and ORL),” said Dieno.

Dieno also says Armstrong would need to have discussions with the Township of Spallumcheen, because it also puts financial resources into the branch.

Spallumcheen Mayor Will Hansma has indicated that he is satisfied with the service ORL provides.

Armstrong’s decision to look at withdrawing from the function is in response to the ORL board recently giving a two-year, eight per cent salary increase to professional librarians and a 7.9 per cent salary boost to executive director Lesley Dieno.

Dieno’s annual salary will go from $121,500 to $131,000.

“How it has been interpreted by some of the municipalities is unfortunate,” said Ted Bacigalupo, ORL chairman, adding that salaries had fallen behind those provided by other libraries.

“We’re going to make an effort to bring senior staff up to where they should be. And even with that, we only went part way.”

Bacigalupo says the concerns from Armstrong are being taken seriously.

“Armstrong, being one of the members, is as important as the largest members are,” he said.

However, Bacigalupo doesn’t believe the city’s review will lead to options more viable than ORL.

“If the city is able to find a more effective service for less money, I’d be one of the first to ask where and how they found it,” he said.

Chris Pieper, Armstrong mayor, and ORL director defends the review launched by the city.

“We want to know if we’re getting value for our money,” he said.

For 2009, Armstrong’s tax requisition for ORL was $133,782.

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New library budget increase partly reflects staff wage hikes
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - November 20, 2009

There will be a six per cent increase in the library budget for the coming year, amounting to a tax increase of about $2.15 on an average Kelowna home.

Kelowna Coun. Michelle Rule, the city’s representative on the Okanagan Regional Library board, said the average property owner will pay about $39 a year for library services with the new $14.87 million budget.

Rule, a member of the board’s finance committee, said the budget came back to the board with a less than four per cent increase, as requested at September’s meeting.

However, board members decided not to accept a one-week closure of all branches next summer, which would have saved $40,000.

That brought the increase to slightly over four per cent. “It’s our job to provide service,” Rule said.

In addition, board members voted to set aside $250,000 in a reserve fund for future building needs, which brought the increase up to six per cent.

Rule said she feels strongly the board needs a reserve fund for buildings. “Replacements will be needed in the next 15 to 20 years. I believe in pay-as-you-go rather than going into big debt.”

As well, board members ratified a memorandum of understanding with the Professional Employees Association, which includes librarians, that will provide a wage increase of four per cent this year and four per cent next year.

In line with a market survey completed for the board that looked at salaries in other libraries and regional districts, a new grid was approved for eight exempt staff members’ salaries, with the idea of bringing salaries up to 50 per cent of market.

The executive director position was the furthest behind so an increase was approved to bring it more in line with the mean of the market, explained ORL spokesperson Marla O’Brien.

Executive director Lesley Dieno’s salary would go up from $121,500 to $131,000, an increase of nine per cent, but O’Brien said her salary had been “stagnant” in recent years.

Rule pointed out that library circulation is up significantly this year, likely because of the recession, and more than 50 per cent of residents have library cards.

A proposal to close to close the tiny Oyama branch did not go forward, but the board opted next year to have an assessment done of smaller branches and how they fit with board policy.

Several cuts will be made to services because of a reduction of provincial government grants to libraries. That would amount to about $200,000 for the ORL.

Babytime programs at seven branches will be cancelled; Summer Reading Clubs will have less funding for materials and promotion; and the ORL will no longer print and mail overdue notices where patrons can be notified by phone or e-mail.

jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com

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.pdf icon November 15, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

5. FINANCE DEPARTMENT

5.1 Okanagan Regional Library Equipment Requests (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff confirmed that the reserve fund can meet this request without increasing the contributions.

#449/04 NOVAKOWSKI/KNOWLES
THAT the Regional Board approve funding to the Okanagan Regional Library for the following:

$12,356.36 for replacement of Oak and Acrylic Paperback Towers

$800.00 for tables and chairs for the Young Adult area

CARRIED

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.pdf icon November 1, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

2. DELEGATION

2.1 Leslie Dieno, Executive Director and Don Nettleton, Treasurer, Okanagan Regional Library

Leslie Dieno provided an update on the Okanagan Regional Library’s plans for 2005 budget year as it applies to the Regional District.

- Focusing on the Mission branch (sixth busiest) which will be relocated in the Capital News Centre
- Computerization – installed self-checkout machine
- A 10% ($100,000) increase has been added to the library collection budget
- Started a quick read collection for top sellers
- Circulation remains fairly even. Increase in internet users and electronic resources
- Internet machines are heavily used. Waiting areas have been added.
- Story hours and summer reading programs will be presented in every branch and there will be no charge for these basic systems.
- Adding hours to Peachland branch
- Continuing to work on strategic plan over the next five years
- For the first time, a small amount of funding has been added for advertising public service announcements.
- Limiting annual tax assessment increases to between $1-$1.50. Average house in the Regional District would pay $63 in taxes.
- Budget increase up approximately 4%. Tax increases not as great as the expenditure increase. Budget is projected over five years
- Canadian dollar helping the budget over the last couple of years. Prices tend to be reflected in US dollars.

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Two matresses sitting beside Okanagan Lake near Evely Forest Campsite.
Photo taken Nov. 29 2009

These mattresses have to be hauled to the Glenmore landfill located out near the Kelowna airport because you can't dump things like this at Sugar Loaf transfer station which is located across the road from the Evely Forest Campsite on Westside Road north of Fintry.

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October 26, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

d) Light Complaint Near Predator Ridge

In response to a complaint regarding a constant light in the vicinity of Predator Ridge Golf Course, Director Edgson has followed up directly with the North Okanagan Regional District, City of Vernon and Predator Ridge to determine the cause and notes that the issue is being addressed. It was agreed there is no longer a need for a letter to be writen as previously directed by the Board.

EDGSON/RULE
THAT resolution #226/09, directing staff to write a letter to the North Okanagan Regional District regarding a light complaint in the area of Predator Ridge Golf Course, be rescinded.

CARRIED

 

 

Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes - September 21. 2009 (Pg. 12)

9. OTHER BUSINESS

9.1 Director Items

a) Predator Ridge bldg

Director Edgson noted that lights on a building, which is believed to be located at Predator Golf Course, are continuously on and that he is receiving complaints from residents in his area as they are able to see the light in the distance. The question was raised whether the Regional District of North Okanagan has a Night Sky Bylaw.

EDGSON/FINDLATER

THAT staff be directed to send a letter to the Regional District of North Okanagan expressing concern regarding light pollution in relation to a light in the vicinity of Predator Ridge Golf Course that is visible 24 hours a day seven days a week and can be seen as far away as the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and asking if they
have a Night Sky Bylaw.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 13, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

b) Okanagan Regional Library Funding

Concern was raised that there have been strong indications that the Provincial government has decided not to continue funding public libraries. If the Provincial grant is not forthcoming, public libraries will be in a deficit position and face
significant hardship in meeting their obligations as well as continuing important public services.

It is understood that the current economic climate has affected Provincial revenues and that tough decisions will have to be made in the upcoming budget but it will be difficult for communities across BC to face the loss of library services as well as face the possibility that services may need to be funded elsewhere.

RULE/SHEPHERD
THAT a letter be sent to the Province supporting the continuation of grants for the library system in British Columbia.

CARRIED

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Another low voter turn-out.

597 votes in 2008
598 votes in 2007

out of approx 7,330 voters

People don't realize what they have until they loose it!

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Treasures of the Kingdom
a book with a story contributed by
Gail Cary whom we were told is COW Director Jim Edgson daughter.

Treasures of the Kingdom Volume One - COW Director Jim Edgson's daughter Gail Cary contributed a story to.  Compiled by Jan Finnamore and Rebekah Garvin - Starlight Publishing
click to read a larger front cover

 

Treasures of the Kingdom - Found: Treasure of Gail Cary - Delighting in the Love of the Father
click page 95 to read the first page of Gail's contribution
the last page of Gail's contribution can be found on page 100 which you will
have to purchase Treasures of the Kingdom book to be able to read page 96-100.

Treasures of the Kingdom Volume One can be ordered from a Christian Bookstore.

This copy was purchased for $30.44 with tax January 2008 from
Splendor Christian Marketplace
2709B 43rd Avenue
Vernon, B.C., V1T-3L2
Phone: (250) 549-1655

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See if you can find the word in this image of a face.
Hint: tilt your head to the right, the word starts with an L

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Upset citizen
Vernon Morning Star - February 13, 2009

I am writing in response to Jim Edgson’s article on Dec. 24.

I am one of the many residents who went without electricity and water for over 27 hours Dec. 22.

This article, beside the obvious outrage of the situation, made my blood boil. I am so sick and tired of government officials, directors, etc. passing the buck.

It is not surprising that Canadians have literally stopped going to the polls to vote, we have absolutely no faith at all in elected officials.

It is my understanding that BC Hydro is, and has been well aware of certain upgrades that need to be done in such rual areas, yet BC Hyrdo states that “the over demand from heaters, lights etc. caused an overload on the system."

Gee, imagine that in mid-winter at Christmas too much electricity being used?


It was stated that a warming centre was set up at our local hall. I don’t mean to be critical Mr. Edgson but sometimes mental telepathy is not the best form of communication.

Simply no one knew that the hall had been opened. In fact a neighbor of mine called to find out about the hall and he responded by eventually opening it after our electricity was restored.

This is totally unacceptable! Most of us run our heat from electricity and almost froze to death during the night. Why was the hall not opened right away? Why were we left to freeze all night when a warm hall should have been made available to us? And, residents need to know that the hall is open! Not one person came out to any of our doors making us aware of this option.

Here are three very important statements to all involved in this disaster of a situation…………….It was my fault……….I am sorry………..This is what we are doing to make things right. Get it?

K. Bartolo

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Voter turnout upsetting
Vernon Morning Star - Letters - Published: December 04, 2008

I'm mad as hell!! With the municipal election just over, it was noted that a lousy 26 per cent of the voters actually voted. What the heck were the non-voters thinking with? Certainly not with their brains or, for that matter, their hearts.

In the recent weeks we have celebrated Remembrance Day. Our soldiers were honoured for going to faraway foreign shores to fight and for some of them, to give their lives, so that we could have democracy.

What a sacrifice for them and their families, as even if they survived, they returned home with scarred souls after what they saw and experienced.

Our right to vote is called democracy. Is this the apathy that our non-voters honoured on Remembrance Day? Why would they not take the effort to get off their duffs and go and vote? The workers were great and efficient, scooting people through the line-ups quickly. They were all very helpful and courteous. There was handicap access, the weather was good. Absolutely no reason not to vote....

I just do not understand! It is a privilege and an honour to be able to vote and to not take advantage of this right is just beyond comprehension.

In the future, I had better not hear anyone who had not voted start to bitch and complain how things are being run as I will personally nail them to the closest fence I can find.

If they want to stay on the fence, that is their democratic right, but "Shut Up" while you are there. You had your chance to voice your opinion at election time! You chose not to vote....

Like I said at the beginning, I'm mad as hell and I just wanted to vent.

Judy Albrecht

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Too bad we couldn't just erase Jim Edgson .... or be like Samantha on bewitched and just wiggle our nose!!

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Dave, you put up a good fight.  Its just too bad that the South can vote the director for the North in, as yet again the people of Killiney Beach voted for Dave Robertson and not Jim Edgson but yet Jim Edgson is voted in as the North's director again!  Government needs to change the election boundaries ... its so obvious!

Central Okanagan West Election Results ADV -
Killiney
North
ADV -
South
South Killiney
North
Total
Votes
 
Jim Edgson 2008 53 30 216 88 387

64.8%

Jim Edgson 2007 29 35 172 128 364

60.9%

Dave Robertson 2008 28 3 64 115 210

35.2%

Dave Robertson 2007 10 4 45 175 234

39.1%

   Total votes 2008 = 597
   Total votes 2007 = 598

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2008 # votes at Killiney Beach, Dave Robertson = 143
2008 # votes at Killiney Beach, Jim Edgson = 141

2007 # votes at Killiney Beach, Dave Robertson = 185
2007 # votes at Killiney Beach, Jim Edgson = 157

Out of approx. 2000 eligible voters
Total votes at Killiney Beach 2008 = 284
Total votes at Killiney Beach 2007 = 342

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2008 # votes in the South, Dave Robertson = 67
2008 # votes in the South, Jim Edgson = 246

2007 # votes in the South, Dave Robertson = 49
2007 # votes in the South, Jim Edgson = 207

Out of approx. 5330 eligible voters
Total votes in the South 2008 = 313
Total votes in the South 2007 = 256

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RDCO 2008 Election Results Link
Please refresh the page (F5) for the latest results that have been posted.

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Polls are closed - we're standing by
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 43152 - Nov 15, 2008

The polls are now closed and our news team is standing by with results and analysis as soon as they are known.

If past municipal elections are any indication, we expect results to start coming in around 8:30 p.m.

Click the link below to pull up our auto-refreshing results screens. We'll also be posting the full school board results as they are known.

After you check the results, keep coming back. Throughout the evening we'll have stories, audio, and video of the reaction to the results.

Castanet - your municipal election headquarters.


Link: Click to see our automatically updated results tally.

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PAST ELECTION RESULTS

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Would you call this TAX EVASION?

Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda October 27, 2008
Item 6.7a Development Variance Permit VP-08-12 Lake Okanagan Resort.pdf
.....to subdivide the Lake Okanagan Resort property into two lots; one of approximately 7.65 ha and a remainder lot of 22.35 ha is size.
The purpose of the subdivision is to reduce exposure to property transfer tax in British Columbia.
The intention of the subdivision is only for the property transfer tax savings identified above. Our client advises that all development plans for the property will be in accordance with the Land Use Contract.

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Jim Edgson declines invite to all candidates forum
Dave Robertson says: I am sponsoring my own forum on Thursday, Nov. 13 at the Killiney Beach Hall. (7-9 pm)

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DID YOU KNOW THIS ABOUT THE ELECTIONDirector Jim Edgson raised $6,260 and spent $5,960. Contributors included MLA Rick Thorpe and former Kelowna mayor Walter Gray. Candidate Dave Robertson raised and spent approximately $800.  Rick Thorpe lives in Summerland according to someone on Castanet.net, and Walter Gray lives near Knox Mountain in Kelowna according to the Kelowna phone book, if that is the same Walter Gray.  How is this permitted.  These two guys don't even reside in the Central Okanagan West election area, but they can help buy votes?

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People should be government, not politicians!!

Get out and vote, democracy is not a spectator sport!!

picture of Jim Edgson Central Okanagan West Director 2007-2008

Jim Edgson as Director Central Okanagan West Electoral area for 2008-2011

and vote instead

Dave Robertson

as Director Central Okanagan West Electoral area

for 2008-2011

Elect Dave Robertson for Central Okanagan West Director 2008-2011

Dave Robertson

Click this photo to go to another page with Dave Robertson's campaign information.  He is in okanaganlakebc.ca's opinion, the better choice.

click photo to go to Dave Robertson's campaign material on okanaganlakebc.ca which leads you to Dave Robertson's website.

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Jim Edgson website plus newspaper article

This is a Vernon Morning Star article published November 19, 2008 regarding water for Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun.

okanaganlakebc.ca feels Jim Edgson is spreading false rumour by way of his personal website www.edgson.ca in the November 2008 newsletter, as well as by way of the Vernon Morning Star article below.  Dec 8, 2008 we sent an email asking Jim Edgson to correct his website, so Jim may have changed it now.

Not entirely true.  Jim Edgson newspaper article regarding Valley of the Sun and Upper Fintry is not exactly true.
click article to read larger print

okanaganlakebc.ca feels the article above is very misleading, plus

Jim Edgson's website states the following:
"The North Westside Water Feasibility Study for Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun was initiated in November of 2007 and has been ongoing since."

Is that right JIM?

Meaning of initiate from Merriam Webster Online Dictionary
1 : to cause or facilitate the beginning of : set going <initiate a program of reform> <enzymes that initiate fermentation>

Is Jim Edgson trying to tell people that he was elected in November 2007 election and that he initiated these water studies, because that is what it looks like.

okanaganlakebc.ca would like to bring to your attention when the North Westside Water feasibility studies were actually initiated as stated on the Regional Districts website. http://www.regionaldistrict.com/departments/engineering/engineering_studies_casalomalakeviewsewer.aspx

Letter to Residents (May 2007)

March 26, 2007 Report to Regional Board

In the spring of 2007, responding to several requests, the Regional District of Central Okanagan began a process to investigate the feasibility of establishing a water service for residents of Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun. The Fintry Delta area has been included in the study area because of its proximity to the neighbouring areas. A consultant was contracted for the study to provide recommendations for the best approach to service existing lots with water.

In September 2007, a Water Study was completed by Agua Consulting Inc. The Regional District sent a letter to area residents informing them that the study has been completed and was available for viewing.

It is also stated in this same newspaper article above that Jim Edgson initiated the garbage study at La Casa ... maybe that part about La Casa is true but the people here initiated RDCO to finally get up off their duff and do something about the garbage problem as residents have been waiting for more transfer stations as stated in the North Westside Road 1999 Official Community Plan page 55 and 56. The Regional District sent out a solid waste survey to residents in approx. August 2006 regarding garbage transfer stations only after the Regional District received a petition from residents .... so really residents initiated the garbage study as well as the water study.

Now did Jim Edgson tell the newspaper reporter Richard Rolke that he initiated these studies or did Richard Rolke just make that up for the hell of it!  Our perception is the former.

If you want to know the truth, it has been Jim Edgson who has been dragging this on costing residents money to haul their water at about $200 per month and sitting on the study by Summit Environmental completed July 23, 2008 until the latest meeting Dec, 4, 2008.  Most likely due to Jim Edgson's involvement with fire protection for Trepanier and sewer for Brent Road, plus the re-election.

There was at the beginning, a Valley of the Sun water committee, but we don't know what ever happened to them.  The water committee have done nothing and let Jim Edgson do nothing.  Now at the Dec 4, 2008 water meeting Jim Edgson hand picked a steering committee (which included some of the members from the first Valley of the Sun water committee) and they haven't given out any contact information.  okanaganlakebc.ca believes a new water committee with new members should be sought, and a committee that Jim Edgson does not hand pick.

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ELECTION RESULTS

Advance Voting Complete - (November 12, 2008)

Advance voting opportunities have wrapped up in the 2008 Regional District of Central Okanagan Local Government Elections.

After two days of advance voting, 85 people cast a ballot in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and for Zone 1 School District No. 23 Trustee. That compares with 69 votes cast during Advance Voting in the 2005 election. Eligible District of Lake Country residents are also voting for Zone 1 School Trustee.

In the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, 114 people voted in advance compared with 78 who voted in advance polls during the Regional Director election last November.

General Voting Day is scheduled for this Saturday, November 15th. In Central Okanagan East voting will be available at the Ellison Heritage School Community Hall (4411 Old Vernon Road), Joe Rich Community Hall, 11481 Highway 33 east and the Goudie Road fire hall (6550 Goudie Road). Central Okanagan West voters may cast their ballot at Constable Neil Bruce Middle School (2010 Daimler Road) and the Killiney Beach Community Hall (514 Udell Road in Killiney Beach).

Voters must bring along two pieces of acceptable identification that proves their current residence and who they are and one of those documents must have a signature on it. To qualify as a resident voter you must be at least 18 years of age on the day of voting; a Canadian Citizen, a resident of British Columbia for six months prior to voting day and a resident of the Electoral Area for at least 30 days before voting day.

People meeting the voting qualifications who live on Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10 are eligible to vote in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Director election. If people have any questions about voting and qualifications and whether they live within the Electoral Area boundaries, they can check out the 2008 Election Information link , email info@cord.bc.ca or call 250-763-4918. By following these links you can find information on Who Can Vote, Where To Vote, How to Vote and When To Vote.

While the polls are open, for general information about Regional District Electoral Area elections only, please call the Regional District Election Hotline at 250-826-3657.

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/whatsnew.aspx

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"You may never know what results come from your action."
"But if you do nothing, there will be no results."

~ Gandhi

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Could this be a local government election ploy in Central Okanagan West??

Transfer station looms for area
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Published: October 31, 2008

It may eventually be easier for some North Westside residents to get rid of their garbage.

On Monday, the Central Okanagan Regional District board gave conditional support to a land transfer that would allow a solid waste transfer station to be constructed at La Casa Resort.

“There’s been phenomenal growth in the area and this would help residents of Valley of the Sun, Upper Fintry and La Casa,” said Jim Edgson, North Westside electoral director.

“This would be a regional district and it would be the second one in the area.”

Currently, there is a transfer station at Killiney Beach but a new facility would provide easier access for residents at the south end of the North Westside community to dispose of trash.

From the transfer stations, the waste is then hauled to CORD’s landfill in Westbank.

La Casa Resort’s strata corporation has applied to the provincial government to purchase two parcels of land totalling 3.28 hectares for a transfer station and for future park.

CORD’s approval for the land transfer is subject to La Casa and the regional district reaching an agreement for the construction, operating and maintenance of the transfer station.

And Edgson is confident that a final deal can be reached.

“We’ve got everything laid out and we’ve got all of the architectural plans,” he said. “We want to make sure it fits in with the architectural style of La Casa.”

The property would also be the focus of a land use redesignation in the North Westside official community plan and rezoning would be required before construction could begin.

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The Regional District may have ok'd this transfer of crown land but according to the Integrated Land Management Bureau's website, the ILMB HAS NOT granted La Casa a decision to purchase the crown land for the new transfer station and park of 3.280 Hectares as yet. The ILMB website says "NOTICE: No decisions have been made for this application at this time." You can see for yourself if you search ILMB website database for La Casa Strata KAS2428 or file: #3402164
http://www.arfd.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=9211

La Casa has been using the location for the new transfer station for their own building material waste. I believe La Casa has a 30 year lease for this land. If you want to see photos of this location and the building material waste dumped on the ground then click on this link and scroll down a little bit to see the photos.
http://www.okanaganlakebc.ca/community/personal/westside_road/garbage.htm

Meanwhile residents of the North Westside have been waiting for a second transfer station since 1999 according to the North Westside Official Community Plan of that era. This La Casa transfer station has been in the works for the past 2 years. At one point it said in the Vernon Morning Star that the La Casa transfer station would open early 2007 LOL!! I believe this is an election ploy. Jim Edgson wants everyone to believe they are getting a transfer station when in fact the transfer station may not get built if the ILMB does not grant permission to La Casa to purchase the land. La Casa at one point let their land application lapse and re-applied just Feb 28 2008 according to the ILMB website.

With respect to the proposed park site, the Strata President of KAS2428 has indicated that there are no immediate plans to develop a park. The Strata only wishes opportunity to perhaps carry out site improvements adjacent to their road right-of-way in the form of landscaping.
You can read about La Casa's park at this link:
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd/2008 Agendas/08_10_27/Item 6.5d Front Counter BC Referral Application adjacent to La Casa Resort Development.pdf

Jim Edgson is our current dictator, whoops Director for Central Okanagan West, but I surely won't be electing him! I will be voting for Dave Robertson who believes that the land for a new transfer station should be owned by the Regional District and not La Casa Lakeside Cottage Resort strata and then leased to the Regional District. Dave Robertson who was a firefighter for 15 years knows a lot more about the Pine Beetle and the forest than Jim Edgson a retired oil field worker who has has no plan in place for the beetle kill yet! He even said a tree fell on the road behind him as he was travelling down the road LOL!! Hint Hint!!

On another note**** RDCO's website says: .....to subdivide the Lake Okanagan Resort property into two lots; one of approximately 7.65 ha and a remainder lot of 22.35 ha is size.
The purpose of the subdivision is to reduce exposure to property transfer tax in British Columbia.
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd/2008 Agendas/08_10_27/Item 6.7a Development Variance Permit VP-08-12 Lake Okanagan Resort.pdf

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http://www.ok1st.com/edgson.html taxed on the Westbank Recreation

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Some information you may need brushing up on about Jim Edgson

Edgson acknowledges a lack of support among North Westside voters.

If you would have attended the all candidates forum at Killiney Beach Hall last year in 2007, you would have heard Jim Edgson tell everyone in attendance that he would hold "Town Hall Meetings", but out here in the Killiney Beach area which is Jim Edgson's home area, we have not had any Town Hall meetings that okanaganlakebc.ca is aware of.  okanaganlakebc.ca has sent emails to Jim Edgson regarding the bulletin board flyers flying, and Jim did not even reply to this email as well as some other emails that okanaganlakebc.ca feels he could have replied to

And if you call town hall meetings being in your home then maybe you should elect Jim Edgson.

Or maybe you want to start the town hall meeting yourself.  Here is an excerpt from Jim Edgson's website: "A MAJOR STORY THIS MONTH – Local Town Hall meetings for the Central Okanagan West have been held in local communities to discuss issues of local and Regional interest. These meetings start from individual residents expressing concerns for their communities. This leads to a gathering of neighbors or communities for a Town Hall meeting. These meetings are welcome because many issues which may seem unique to one community are actually of benefit to other communities within this vast and diversified Electoral Area." 

In okanaganlakebc.ca's opinion Jim has done nothing good for the Killiney Beach area.   okanaganlakebc.ca thought it may have been Jim Edgson that had the police helicopter speed trap on Valley of the Sun hill this summer.  From Jim Edgson's March 2008 newsletter on his website it says, "A MAJOR CONCERN THIS MONTH – several residents have been phoning with complaints of speeding motorcycles on Westside Road. There are programs such as “Speed Watch” which are available which may help. Speed Watch needs the time and place this occurs in order to know where to set up a monitor. Over the month of April, please document the time and place this speeding occurs. Suggestions for places where a police car can park for a couple of hours to do this monitoring is also helpful. Please forward your information to me at the e-mail address below."  Here is a link to what some sport bikers have said.

If you knew the history of the Killiney Beach area you would know how Jim Edgson previously and may still support the North Westside Communities Association whom claim to be our defacto government, and how some locals feel the North Westside Communities Association directors make decisions for the whole North Westside Road area without the majority of the communities membership and without the majority of the communities blessing.  The community consists of approx. PDF file icon 2099 eligible electors in the North Westside, from Westshore Estates to LaCasa, which Ian and Eileen Kilpatrick mention in their letter October 14, 2007, that there are 375 plus members of the NWCA.  Jim Edgson's website says this:

Will Jim Edgson know how to deal with the pine beetle problem we are in the midst of?  Jim Edgson's website says this:
"Jim is a retired oilfield service provider representative with broad volunteer and community experience."
On the other hand Dave Robertson has the experience to deal with the pine beetle as Dave Robertson's website says:
"Dave Robertson has retired as a Firefighter in North Westside Fire/Rescue after serving there for fifteen years or more. When not fighting fires as a warden for the Ministry of Forests (MOF), he worked as a consulting geologist and geophysicist for oil companies worldwide. He has a Ph.D in geophysics from Leeds and Oxford in the U.K. and an M.Sc and B.Sc from the University of Alberta. He has taught physics and geology at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and Okanagan College. To view his U of A scholarship please CLICK HERE."

If you read Jim Edgson's website, okanaganlakebc.ca's opinion is that nothing has been done yet about tree debris and that the Regional District and Jim Edgson is still working on it, when something should have been in place already a couple of years ago when the trees started to get infected.  What residents have been doing in the meantime is this:

Pile of illegally dumped tree debris waste.
This is a dump of tree waste dumped on land next to Valley of the Sun and that wasn't the only pile in the immediate area as there were at least 6 piles like this one.

5 piles of wood debris illegally dumped near Valley of the Sun
You can see about 5 piles here and there is one more pile on the other side of the road next to Valley of the Sun, so there are 6 piles all together.

This the pile across the road from the other 5 piles.
Here is a photo of the other one pile of wood debris illegally dumped across the road from the other 5 piles.

From what okanaganlakebc.ca understands is that both Wayne Carson our North Westside Road Fire Chief and Jim Edgson Central Okanagan West Director want to burn the pine beetle wood.

Another thing is the garbage issue, an excerpt from Dave Robertson's website:
GARBAGE
Garbage is a big issue here. We’ve been talking for years about another transfer site. La Casa wants the Crown to give them some valuable land, and in return, they will lease it back to us for a transfer site. See Application Posting. La Casa’s crown land application does state transportation/roadway on the online version of the crown land application database. Crown Land Senior Adjudicator, Jerry Johnson says that Regional Districts usually apply for crown land themselves and that others don’t usually apply for crown land for Regional District’s use . The logical procedure would be for the Crown to transfer land to the Regional District to build the public site on it as we did for the Sugar Loaf site. If this had happened we would have had a site two years ago. Another instance of the director failing to act in the public interest.

Jim Edgson would like the new garbage transfer station located at La Casa.  But we have yet to see the La Casa Transfer Station that was planned to be built early 2007.

Jan 2008 Jim Edgson's website says: I am pleased to note the RD is continuing to work on the second transfer site issue at La Casa. RDCO Staff is keeping me informed as the work progresses on this issue."  But we still don't have a transfer station at La Casa and La Casa is using the transfer station site themselves for their own waste disposal location, as you can see part way down the webpage at the link above.

There is at least one subdivision, Valley of the Sun, that had at least a few visits by bylaw enforcement.  Bylaw enforcement found many bylaw infractions including trailers on empty lots, too many buildings, buildings too close to the fence, etc.  Not all properties have been checked for infractions because not all properties have been notified.  Jim Edgson claims to have had residents contact him regarding these building infractions.  Here is what Jim Edgson said in the local Spring 2008 North Westside Communities News.

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Jim Edgson Turns Down Heating Homes with Pine Beetle Killed Trees

Edgson seeks another term as CORD director
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: October 11, 2008

Incumbent Jim Edgson has thrown his hat in the ring, hoping to be re-elected as Central Okanagan West electoral area director.

One of the issues Edgson said he wants to see resolved in his next term is the disposal of pine beetle-killed trees, which are falling along Westside Road. One tree recently fell on the road behind him as he travelled to Kelowna.

Air curtain burners must be fired up to dispose of the dead timber, he said.

“It’s a safety issue. I would like to see a very strong action plan put forward early in the next term so that we can start to clean up that stuff.”

Another matter he’d continue to pursue is improvements for Westside Road. Edgson said he would continue to work with the Central Okanagan Regional District to lobby the provincial government for the upgrades.

“We’re going to continue to examine the priorities on that road and make sure improvements are going forward.”

On the subject of Crystal Ski and Golf Resort, he said he’d like to see the ski hill remain in his rural area for the foreseeable future, versus it joining the District of Westside.

“If it turns out that they can get better government from some municipality and the residents believe they can get better government and they see an advantage to doing so, I would encourage them to do so.”

The ski hill will likely remain in the electoral area through phase one expansion, he noted.

Edgson also said he’d support a study on the possible extension of sewers to Brent Road, south of Peachland. Residents there should be able to explore the matter without the threat of joining Peachland.

“From what I can gather the majority of people don’t want to join Peachland,” stated Edgson. “So we’ll look at the options they have, the costs involved to the residents and we’ll let them make a decision.”

Also in the works, is a water delivery system for Valley of the Sun and Upper Fintry subdivisions. He’d like to see a feasibility study brought forward for public input in the very near future.

Edgson added that he would continue to participate in the process that is exploring the development of a recreational management zone for off-road vehicles on 35,000 hectares above Okanagan Lake from Traders Cove to Fintry.

“As long as that progress leads to an enforceable, monitored system, whereby we mitigate damage to watersheds and provide a recreation outlet for families, I’m for that.”

If re-elected, he said he would also work closely with regional district planning staff to revise the official community plan.

“I’m very anxious that it will go forward so that the public can have input as to what the future of the community is going to be.”

He said he would also ensure all of the regional district’s environmental concerns would be addressed before the 68-waterfront-lot Rockchild Landing development proceeded south of Fintry.

Edgson will face off again against Dave Robertson in the Nov. 15 civic election. Edgson beat Robertson 364 to 234 last year. Note from okanaganlakebc.ca * (BUT NOT IN KILLINEY BEACH WERE JIM EDGSON RESIDES)

For more information on Edgson’s platform visit www.edgson.ca. Robertson’s platform will be presented in a future issue.

jluciw "at" kelownacapnews.com

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A definition
Vernon Morning Star - Letters - August 27, 2008 - page A10

I read with interest that the provincial government is thinking of raising the carbon tax, at the same time we read about the deputy ministers getting a hefty pay raise. Coincidence? Anyone guess. It makes me think that my definition for politician is validated. Politics has two syllables.

The first syllable is poli meaning much or many. The second syllable is tics. Ticks are blood-sucking parasites. Aptly defined don't you think.

Helmut Hermann

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One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a Well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.

Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway;

It just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the Donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.  Each of our troubles is a steppingstone.. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

The donkey later came back, and bit the farmer who had tried to bury him.

The gash from the bite got infected and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.

MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON:

When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you. 

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Surgeon from Canada

Five surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.

The first surgeon, from New York , says,
'I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.'

The second, from Chicago , responds, 'Yeah, but you should try electricians!
Everything inside them is color coded.'

The third surgeon, from Dallas , says, 'No, I really think librarians are the best,
everything inside them is in alphabetical order.'

The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in: 'You know, I like construction workers...
those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over.'

But the fifth surgeon, from Toronto, Canada shut them all up when he observed:
'You're all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on.
There's no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains and no spine, and the head and the ass are interchangeable.'

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Candidate Nomination Information Available
Source - RDCO "What's New" webpage - Sept 3, 2008

While the November 15th Local Government Election is still a few months away, the nomination process for potential candidates is underway in the Regional District of Central Okanagan.

Nomination packages can be picked up at the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road during regular office hours, weekdays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for the following positions:

Regional District Director

Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (One Director to be elected)
Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (One Director to be elected)

School District No. 23 Trustee

Zone 1 – representing the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area and the District of Lake Country (One Trustee to be elected)
Zone 2 – representing the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and the Westside District Municipality (One Trustee to be elected)
Two qualified electors from the jurisdiction for which a person is nominated must sign the nomination papers of any potential candidate. Nomination papers must be returned to the Chief Election Officer between 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 30th and 4:00 pm on Friday, October 10th. Late nominations will not be accepted.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan website has a page of information and links for those people who may be considering a run for local office (Quick Links/Election and Candidate Info). Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “These elections will see successful candidates serving a three-year term as the next province-wide Local Government Elections are not scheduled until November 2011. Our web page encourages potential candidates to consider the time, remuneration, financial disclosure and reporting and other legal responsibilities that come with holding public office. We also have a link to the detailed and informative ‘Candidates Guide for Local Elections in British Columbia’, prepared by the Ministry of Community Development as well as the Local Government Act.”

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2008 (Pg. 2)
Economic Development Commission
Appointment: Director Edgson
Alternate: Director Hanson

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes - January 28, 2008 (page 5)
4. Unfinished Business
4.1 Regional Board Appointment - Treaty Advisory Committee (TAC) (All Directors - Unweighted vote)
The administrator confirmed that two appointments are outstanding for the Central Okanagan's Treaty Advisory Committee: one from the Regional District and one from the Westside District Municipality (Westside). Information has been forwarded to the Westside to advise the regional district of their appointment
#10/08 Findlater/Reid
That the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan appoint Director Edgson as the Regional District's appointment to the Treaty Advisory Committee;
And further that Director Hanson be appointed as the alternate.
CARRIED

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Jim Edgson is targeting speeding motorcyclists!!

Snippet:

It's not the bikes who are the real problem, it's the old geezers in their motorhomes, and ppl like Jim Edgson who have nothing better to do than try to make himself look good by being a squealer for all his old fart cronie buddies.

Source Okanagan Sportbikes

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Now Jim says he doesn't want some of the money he earns as director. Jim probably has enough money.

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Campaign Costs
Director Jim Edgson raised $6,260 and spent $5,960. Contributors included MLA Rick Thorpe and former Kelowna mayor Walter Gray. Candidate Dave Robertson raised and spent approximately $800.

How is it that an MLA who doesn't even live in the area be permitted to contribute to another candidates campaign is beyond us?

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – April 28, 2008
Proposed Sand & Gravel Extraction Referral
The Regional Board has given conditional support to a referral application from the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) regarding a proposed sand and gravel operation in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The applicant, Burnco Rock Products BC Limited, would like a ten year License of Occupation for an approximately 120-hectare site on Crown Land along Bear Creek Forest Service Road. In addition to the extraction of sand and gravel Burnco proposes screening, crushing and stockpiling at the location which is partially within the Agricultural Land Reserve, Lambly Creek Community Watershed, Tree Farm License 49 and the Bear Creek Motorized Recreation Resource Management Zone. The Board asks that before the ILMB grants approval, the applicant should meet several conditions including adherence to recommendations from a Hydrology and Sediment Control Review and upgrading the access road to the site.

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Wouldn't life be interesting if:

  • homeless people were involved in government decision making

  • government was run by volunteers much like the food bank

  • government was funded by donation much like the food bank

Definition of Money

1: something generally accepted as a medium of exchange, a measure of value, or a means of payment: as a: officially coined or stamped metal currency source Merriam Webster Online Dictionary.  One well known saying is "money is the root of all evil"

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Canadian Action Party

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From Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2008 (Pg. 3)
4. Governance
4.1 School District No. 23 re: Trustee Electoral Boundary Review Process
The Regional Board at its December 10, 2007 meeting referred the issue of electoral boundary review to the Governance & Services Committee for review and comment.
It was noted that the City of Kelowna has decided to make no comment on the process. Peachland made representation to the School District and requested status quo or as a second option two at large trustees. Central Okanagan West Director J. Edgson is in favour of two at large trustees on the Westside. The Westside District Municipality Council has agreed to the two trustees at large model.
SHEPHERD/REID
THAT the information from School District No. 23 regarding the Trustee Electoral Boundary Review Process be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the views of Central Okanagan West Director, J. Edgson, for two at large trustees on the Westside be communicated to the School District.
CARRIED

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From Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2008 (Pg. 4-5)
5.2 Advisory Planning Commissions
With the change in governance of the Westside a physical change of the electoral area boundary has occurred such that there is no longer Westside North and Westside South Electoral Areas which each had an APC in those areas.
The area director believes, as in the past, quality volunteers will be interested in representing the area on the APC. All meetings occur at the regional district offices and in the past have proved to be very effective.
EDGSON/RULE
THAT Planning staff of Development Services be directed to initiate a bylaw amendment to Bylaw No. 943 A Bylaw to Establish Advisory Planning Commissions to establish a new Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission reflecting the new Electoral Area boundary;
AND FUTHER THAT consideration be given to canvass new members for appointment to the Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission representing interests from the Trepanier, Brent Road and Crystal Mountain areas.
CARRIED
It was noted that a bylaw amendment and at a suitable time, commission appointments will be brought forward to the Regional Board for approval.

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Economic Development Commission Appointment 2008: Director Edgson

Did you read some of the stuff Jim said about finances??

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Why are Westside Road fire hydrants buried in the snow?
See pictures and find out what Jim Edgson is doing about this problem.

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Jim Edgson on the BUNNY population in Kelowna

“We don’t have a problem (in) Westside because we have coyotes to deal with them,” Findlater said, somewhat jokingly.

A comment which led Central Okanagan West director Jim Edgson to chime in.

“And coyotes deal with the problem in our area too–(as do) hawks, eagles and owls.”

But, for Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd, what to do with a problem bunny population was no laughing matter.

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Regional district endorses another wind energy study
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - February 03, 2008

The 60-metre towers would be built above Brenda Lake, near Pennask Creek, to study the feasibility of producing energy from wind in the area.  Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson wanted to know if the installation of the wind towers would not cause sedimentation and impact fish habitat down stream.

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Officials spar over Chong’s decision
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - June 04, 2008

Stalling potential governance changes in the Okanagan is drawing both acceptance and hostility.

Community Services Minister Ida Chong will not proceed with any amendments to governance structure despite a committee recommending either a single regional district or maintaining the existing three districts but with authorities handling issues like water and transportation.

“It’s time that she resigned,” said Barry Beardsell, a Vernon councillor.

“She put all of those people (committee) to the trouble and set timelines, and then she waffles. It’s the most useless thing I’ve seen in my life.”

Chong has stated that more information is required before the process resumes, but Beardsell disagrees.

“She set all of the parameters for the committee so it’s either a phoney excuse or an indication of her incompetency as a minister,” he said.

Will Hansma, Spallumcheen mayor, is also upset with Chong.

“I’m disappointed because we went through an extensive process and jumped through hoops for them. I thought there would be an outcome,” said Hansma.

At the other end of the spectrum was Eugene Foisy, Cherryville director.

“It’s the best decision she’s made in a long time — one of the few good ones,” he said.

Foisy’s constituents were among the most vocal against governance changes, saying it would threaten their rural lifestyle.

“It makes sense to leave things alone,” said Foisy.

Eric Foster, Lumby mayor, believes Chong should have allowed the process to continue.

“I would have liked the committee to still work on it, so in a year we’d have something concrete — whether it’s stay where we are or making changes,” he said.

Stan Field, BX-Silver Star director, isn’t surprised that Chong backed off making governance changes.

“The task force was rushed into doing things and there weren’t enough deliberations,” he said.

“She also realizes that First Nations weren’t brought into the process.”

Cliff Kanester, BX-Swan Lake director, claims no concrete reason was ever given for changing governance.

“There was no idea of what the cost would be,” he said.

Rick Fairbairn, rural Lumby director and governance committee member, believes Chong’s decision is the first step towards maintaining the status quo of three regional districts.

“I’m glad that she listened to the electoral areas,” he said of their concerns about rural values being pushed aside by those of large cities.

“Valley-wide governance, as it proceeded, wasn’t ready for a change.”

Sue Phillips, Enderby mayor, insists that Chong made the right decision.

“It (process) happened very quickly and the public consultation was missed,” she said.

“Had it gone through, it wouldn’t have been thought out well.”

Noreen Guenther, a Lake Country councillor, is demanding that regional co-operation on water, air quality and transportation move ahead.

“I hope the information gathered won’t be disregarded. A lot of people put time and effort into it,” said Guenther.

Jim Edgson, North Westside Road director, anticipates the matter will be resurrected after next spring’s provincial election, and he says that gives his rural area a chance to look at how to preserve its interests,

“We need to protect what we have while working with the municipalities as neighbours,” he said.

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North Westside Road taxes will likely decrease.
Taxes will decrease so says Central Okanagan West Director Jim Edgson
Article from the Vernon Morning Star March March 21, 2008 page A6
North Westside Road residents may get a break as part of the Central Okanagan Regional District's budget.  CORD expects to have the 2008 budget finalized by the end of March, and it would include a general tax hike of about $11 for a North Westside home assessed at $456,000.  But the fire department tax requisition will decrease between $50 and $60.  "Overall, taxes will be down for the North Westside," Jim Edgson, director.

 

DON'T FORGET PROPERTY VALUES ROSE CONSIDERABLY SO A DECREASE IN TAXES WOULD BE EXPECTED!

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Jim Edgson says in his newsletter regarding snow plowing:

"I have heard from locals that things are improving."

Road issues have been a close second. I am part of the team from the RD who report semi annually on road maintenance. While I do not deal with specific complaints, I would like input from people who have already had discussions with Argo and either wish to report specific shortcomings or give them kudos.  In the area from Traders Cove North, the Westside Road Improvement Committee (WRIC) was organized with the cooperation and approval of the Ministry of Transportation to help in part with road maintenance concerns. Input from the WRIC will be part of my RD evaluation report. While there were many road issues at the beginning of the snow season, through the work of WRIC both they and I have heard from locals that things are improving. People who have concerns about road maintenance in the area covered by WRIC are urged to call the WRIC volunteers (Norm MacLeod north of Caesar’s Landing 260-3556; Roger Wood south of Caesar’s Landing 769-9355).

okanaganlakebc.ca says nothing has improved at Valley of the Sun, as it still takes two days for the plow to show up!!!  Also while driving down Westside Road the slush can sure build and pull your vehicle around when a plow hasn't gone over it in awhile!  Brand new snow tires and AWD did not seem to help.  The plows definitely need to do a better job than what they have been doing.  We don't know the locals Jim Edgson has been talking to, but as far as we can tell nothing has changed.... just have a look at the pictures.  Jim Edgson's newsletter is dated Feb 3, 2008

Wanna know what Jim Edgson is doing about the road maintenance problem?

Read what Vernon City Council thinks of the roads Feb 15, 2008 article from the Vernon Morning Star.

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Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2008 (Pg. 6-7)
6. Transportation
Ministry of Transportation – Maintenance Agreement – Argo
It was noted that Chair Hobson over the past years has been asked to provide input to the Ministry of Transportation on the road maintenance agreement with Argo. As governance has changed on the Westside, it is recommended that the Ministry request direct input from the Westside District Municipality and that the regional district’s input be given by a director in the area. Director Edgson has agreed to this role (in consultation with Director Hanson) should the Ministry agree.
EDGSON/NEIS
THAT staff correspond with the Ministry of Transportation recommending that Director Edgson be appointed as the Regional District’s representative to provide input on the maintenance agreement with Argo in the area of Central Okanagan
West Electoral Area;
AND THAT a request to the Ministry of Transportation recommending that Director Edgson also be requested to provide input on the maintenance agreement to the area under separate administration (Argo Armstrong), the boundary of Central Okanagan West to Vernon
;
AND FURTHER THAT the Ministry of Transportation be requested to contact the Westside District Municipality to request a representative from Council to provide input on the maintenance agreement with Argo in the municipalities’ boundaries.
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picture of Jim Edgson Central Okanagan West Director 2007-2008
Jim Edgson is the new Central Okanagan West director 2007
at least until the next election November 15, 2008.... after that we are not so sure!!  Jim Edgson was sworn in on December 10, 2007 which just so happens to be "International Human Rights Day."

If you have any questions contact Jim Edgson 2007-2008 Central Okanagan West director at:

Contact 2008 Mayor, Council, and Director

Email and Photos of 2008 Mayor, Council, and Director

CENTRAL OKANAGAN WEST
JIM EDGSON
Regional District of Central Okanagan Office
1450 K.L.O. Road,
Kelowna, B.C., V1W-3Z4
Cell 212-7296
Fax 763-0606

Jim Edgson's home phone:  250-260-3602

or home email

or

Snail mail Jim at home

In short: I believe I have the desire, and enough knowledge of the system to be effective as your representative as a Director on the Board of the Central Okanagan Regional District.
http: Jim Edgson appointed to the committee of "Court of revision" if required (draft)

Jim Edgson's website new March 2008 - edgson.ca website is registered to Jim Edgson

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Absolute power a powerful drug
From Kelowna Capital News March 14, 2008

The fall from grace of soon to be former New York state governor Eliot Spitzer is yet another reminder to politicians that power is a drug equally as powerful and invasive as any purchased on the street.

Power corrupts; it is a warning that all elected politicians should heed, but few of them seem to listen. Politicians gone awry, whether it be about sex or money, is a disheartening story that tends to repeat itself continually in both the U.S. and Canada.

That Spitzer was able to get away with his personal prostitution procurements during a time when he served as attorney general and then governor of his state is no doubt puzzling.

The apparent arrogance of the man, creating for himself a public profile of cleaning up corruption in the corporate world, and in politics, was all a facade.

He turned out to be just another rich guy who appears to have thought he could get away with anything. But such was the halo of political purity that he built up around himself, that New Yorkers were both shocked and repulsed by Spitzer’s actions, offering little remorse in demanding that he resign.

Spitzer’s resignation statement before the media, the loyal political wife standing at his side, was brutal to watch, lacking in any sincerity or sorrow.

No doubt the public embarrassment caused to his wife will be rectified down the road when the inevitable divorce settlement is finalized.

Spitzer’s demise comes at an interesting point in U.S. politics, as Democrat leadership candidate Barack Obama has focused his candidacy around the idea of change, that politicians can work together, that the interests of the people who elect them can be at the top of the priority agenda.

So the next time you hear the Conservatives or Liberals in Ottawa say it’s important for Canada to see their respective parties form a majority government, the never ending abuse of absolute power makes you think that a minority government may be in the voters’ best interests.

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SHOULD DIRECTOR MEAN "DIRECTOR" AND NOT DECISION MAKER?

DO YOU WANT LEGISLATION THAT DIRECTORS THEMSELVES CAN'T MAKE DECISIONS, AND THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO GET A VOTE OR DIRECTION FROM THE ELECTORS EITHER BY EMAIL, LETTERS, OR OTHER PROVABLE MATERIAL SO THAT THERE IS ACCOUNTABILITY?  THE DIRECTOR COULD PUBLISH INFORMATION IN THE NEWSPAPER, AND WEBSITE TO EXPLAIN THE QUESTION PUT TO VOTERS, AND VOTERS COULD RESPOND. THE DECISION DIRECTORS ARRIVE AT HAS TO BE PROVEN BY THE DIRECTOR THAT THE DECISION ARRIVED AT CAME FROM VOTERS AND NOT THE DIRECTOR HIMSELF.  MAYBE A COLUMN IN THE NEWSPAPER SHOULD BE DEDICATED TO DIRECTORS SO THEY CAN TELL US WHAT IS HAPPENING?  IT COULD THEN BE LEFT UP TO US TO RESPOND.

If you agree with the above statement then follow this link to the democracy web page and lets all try together to put a little effort into this and get legislation changed by way of a pure democracy petition.  Nothing is going to change if we don't change it!!

How belonging to an association can be harmful to you.

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How are Municipal Directors different from Electoral Area Directors?

Regional district Boards of Directors include both Municipal and Electoral Area Directors.

Municipal Directors are appointed by, and are accountable to, their respective municipal councils.

Electoral Area Directors are directly elected to the Board by the electors in their respective areas, and are accountable to those electors. All directors, municipal and electoral area, have responsibilities to the regional district corporation. (from page 11)

How can citizens participate in regional district decision making
processes?
(page 13)


There are a number of ways that citizens can get involved:

  • by directly contacting their Regional District Directors and/or,
    in the case of municipal citizens, their Municipal Councils (to
    whom the Municipal Directors are accountable)

  • by attending and speaking at a Regional District Regular Board
    Meeting (all of which are open to the public), a committee/
    commission meeting, a public hearing or some other regional
    district public event

  • by voting in elector assent referendums and/or participating in
    alternative approval processes (for proposed services)

     

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Young politician is role model for others
Kelowna Capital News - March 14, 2008

To the editor:

Kelowna desperately needs youth who are involved, motivated and committed to the betterment of their city, and Kevin Craig is just the man to bring them in.

His dedication to his community and his ambitious goals are models that young people need, in a charismatic package they can relate to.

He provides a positive role model to others his age, such as myself, and a venue for youth voice to be heard.

Not only that but he is in a position to overthrow the stuffy politician and apathetic college bum stereotypes all in one go. Kevin Craig makes me want to go out on election day and vote, and I’m willing to bet that many of my fellow students feel the same way.

Anyone who can bring the average voter age down and make us care about the future of Kelowna deserves all the media attention he can get.

Zosia Kossowski,
Kelowna

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