COW ELECTION 2014

LIVE CAM HWY 97 @ WESTSIDE RD

CHBC TV News

Carr's Landing

Joe Rich Community

Trepanier

Kelowna Capital News
Issuu

Kelowna Daily Courier

Penticton Herald

Penticton Western

Summerland Review

Sumrlnd.myezrock

Vernon Morning Star
Issuu

Vernon Daily Courier

Castanet.net

Bennett Bridge Cam

Interior Highway Cams

Kelowna Airport

Regional District of Central Okanagan

RDCO's Facebook

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

District of Lake Country

District of Peachland

City of Penticton

District of Summerland

City of Vernon

District of West Kelowna

--------


Kelowna's Best Rock

RDCO Board Calender
RDCO Meeting Schedule

RDCO Board Reports

RDCO Board Agenda

RDCO Board Minutes

Gov Service Agenda

Gov Service Minutes

NWCA Minutes

SILGA - Board

UBCM

RDCO GIS Map

For sprinkling and watering days, click here.

-------

Westside Rd. Maps

C.O.W. Links

NW Ratepayers

Edgson News

NWCA

Westside Rd Interchange

Westside Road Updates

Westside Rd COMPLAINT FORM

Westside Residents Association

Jobs in Vernon

Jobs in Kelowna

Report Email Spam here.

Report Bad Links Here

Food Action Society

JOKES

WolframAlpha
Calculator/Answers

WikiLeaks.org

Datadotgc.ca

OpenDataBC

ProactiveDisclosure

BCGov FOI form

BC Forest Fire Info
Twitter
Facebook

BC Wildfires of Note
EmergencyInfoGovBC
Sound Cloud

Scan BC

Kelowna Yacht Club Wind Direction/Speed

MissingKids.ca

Follow okanaganlakebc.ca on Twitter

Follow OkanaganLakeBC on Twitter

okanagan lake directory, waterfront vacation rentals, local businesses, shopping, vernon, kelowna, westbank, westside, winfield, kaleden, oyama, peachland, penticton, summerland, naramata

Friends of Fintry

LAST UPDATE April 03, 2015

Click on your refresh button in the top menu, to be sure you see any updates.

Blue Divider Line

Antique Fire Truck and Car Show
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at Fintry Provincial Park
10am - 4pm
A fundraiser for the Regan Toker Memorial Boat House
Entrance is by donation.
Antique Fire Truck and Car Show - May 14, 2011 at Fintry Provincial Park
click for larger copy

Friends of Fintry
present
Fintry Spring Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2011
10am - 4pm

.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

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

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
click for a larger copy

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio February 25, 2015 audio of entire RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting - .mp3 (33.9 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1 Summary Highlights Report - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1A Budget Piechart And Information - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1B Budgets Summary - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1C Tax Requisitions And Rates - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1D Community Services Engineering - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1E Community Services Waste Management - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1F Community Services Planning - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1G Community Services Fire Protection - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1H Community Services Police Services - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1I Community Services Inspections - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1J Parks Services - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1K Finance And Administration - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1L Corporate Services - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1M Corporate Services Bylaw Enforcement - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1N Economic Development Commission - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.1O Regional Board - .wma ( MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 25, 2015 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 3.2 Proposed Regional Parks Capital Facilities Reserve Allocation 2015 2019 - .wma ( MB)

It is too hard to find each of these sections in the audio so not going to break up the audio of this meeting, its all in that one link above.

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

3. Finance & Administrative Services

3.1 2015-2019 Financial Plan Review

M. Rilkoff introduced the budget process to the Committee. This is a draft budget a working document where direction can be provided to staff for the next budget meeting scheduled for March 12. The final budget must be approved at the March
27th Board meeting.

==========

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

Staff outlined the following information included in the preliminary budget:
• The impact for the municipalities for fringe area planning is not included in the budget at this point, only the electoral areas costs are included.
• BCAA average assessment is based on a house valued at $474,000.
• Staffing: Full-time Equivalent (FTE) comparisons noted. The decrease in staff of 9.640 is mainly due to the reduction in 911 service move to E-COMM. Lowest staffing levels since 2007/2008.
• Administrative Overhead rates reviewed.
- Two types of administrative overhead ie: Admin and Engineering. There are 3 levels: full, partial or minimal. Admin Overhead costs include: Corporate Services, Financial Services, HR Services and Information Services.

Engineering Overhead.
- Increase includes:
o Increase to reserves
o Full staffing for fleet and finance FTE approved in 2014
- Pure operating expenses recovered through a percentage recovery on all services.
- Comparison overhead rates were presented as follows:
o RDCO rates - Admin -14.70%,9.8%,4.90%, Engineering - 4.0%
o District of West Kelowna - 18%
o District of Peachland - 15%
o City of Kelowna - varies 10% - 15%
o District of Lake Country - 10% plus tax for general administrative costs
- What determines which service receives which rate? Staff noted, if its staff doing the work the service receives the highest rate; contract services receive second level; lowest level is where there is a minor amount of staff time (ie: grant in aid).
- What is the right amount of administration costs? Is this the right size for the organization? What is the right number of FTE to operate the organization?
This is a discussion that may need to occur in the future? The Administrator noted that this is an agenda discussion at a future strategic priority session.
• RDCO sources of revenue were highlighted:
o tax requisitions
o other revenues- bylaw fees, negotiated sale of services,
o grants
o municipal debt repayments
• RDCO does not collect taxes directly as municipalities do. All services are separate. Cannot combine or inter-mingle services. Each service is paid by a different combination of taxpayers. Regional Districts do not have just one tax rate. Surpluses stay within that service.
• In 2015, staff is proposing to set aside $763,248 of surpluses into Operating Reserves in 19 services. There is also a proposal to set aside an additional $100-$200k for a park operating reserves.

Increases to all budgets were highlighted:
• Budgets are not automatically increased with the cost of living
• Estimated Collective Agreement increases in payroll
• Payroll overhead: 0.25% for increases to extended health benefits, MSP, WorkSafe, CPP and EI limits
• Utilities increase 3%
• Administrative Overhead
Capital projects and their funding sources are listed in the capital fund budget for each function. Major capital items over $200,000 were highlighted:
o Westshore Water System - $209,000
o Joe Rich Fire Department - $415,000
o 911 - E-COMM Upgrades - $225,000
o Regional Parks - development and equipment $1.24mil
o Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant - $987,000

Staff reviewed the 2015 budget impacts for each service--if the tax impact has stayed relatively the same for a service it was not mentioned.

Community Services - Planning
111 - Electoral Area Planning - fringe area planning decisions have yet to be made. Should municipalities opt in to fringe area planning in full, the costs would be as follows. Fringe area planning considerations are currently being reviewed by all partners for final decision prior to budget approval.

Community Services - Protection
019 - Electoral Area Fire Prevention - Electoral Area directors are discussing whether the service review will proceed in 2015 as previously scheduled. It is budgeted at $50K. There is interest to review the service at the staff level versus hiring a consultant.
021 - Ellison Fire Department
COE Electoral Area director has requested an increase to this budget--further information to be provided at the March 12 meeting. Reserve levels are important for future capital purchases. Service areas small but tax impact is great.
022 - Joe Rich Fire Department
COE Electoral Area director has requested an increase to this budget--further information to be provided at the March 12 meeting. Reserve levels are important for future purchases. Service areas small but tax impact is great.
029 - Brent Road Fire Protection
Service is contracted to Peachland. Increase to average home is due to the fire loss of one home in the area. Large impact to other homeowners as service area is very small.
030 - Regional Rescue
Requisition increase of $131k. Increased operating costs, plus $25k for a Central Okanagan Search & Rescue truck. Transfer to reserves has been increased and it is recommended that the amount double next year. Vehicle replacement has been pushed out to 2018 due to low reserve levels. Dispatch portion of service is outstanding. Staff noted it is anticipated to have negotiations completed within the next 3 months, full implementation in 2015. In 2015, there is enough in the budget to stay within the current model or proceed to a new model.

Community Services - Policing
031 - 911 Service (transferred to E-COMM) over time confident recovered costs through the partnership. E-COMM will be upgrading technology (texting should occur in 2015).
Community Services - Inspection
044 - Building Inspection & Other Bylaw Enforcement
Increase in staffing and costs of building inspection to increase service level as permits and revenues are higher. A small tax requisition remains.
Parks Services
142 - Regional Parks - Tax requisition increase overall of $7k. There was agreement to continue the grant of $39,000 to the Friends of Fintry. This grant provides funding for the Society's Executive Director. Discussion ensued regarding the need to set operating reserves aside.

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the next version of the draft 2015-2019 RDCO Financial Plan show $200,000 set aside into an operating reserve in the 142 - Regional Parks budget.

CARRIED Unanimously

===

Proposed Regional Parks Capital Facilities Reserve Allocation 2015-2019

Staff report dated February 18, 2015 outlined a proposed regional parks capital facilities reserve allocation for 2015-2019. In 2005, the Regional Board initiated a Regional Parks Legacy Acquisition Program. Since that time the program has
secured over 2,300 acres of new regional parkland. In 2014, concerns were raised about purchasing park land without making allowances for ample access to the lands by the public once they were acquired. A provisional budget has been
drafted with these concerns in mind. There is approximately $3.3mil in the Parks Acquisition Reserve Funds. The 2015 provisional budget maintains this funding level over the next five years and is limited to land acquisition only. In order to pay down debt servicing costs and focus on developing the current inventory of land over the next five years it is proposed the current $0.09/$1,000 of assessment funding allocated to the capital facilities reserve and capital/land debt servicing.

Staff provided a review of the regional parks acquisition program and setting the development of its current inventory of regional parks lands as a priority.
There is a need to focus on development of the parkland already purchased.
A capital facilities reserve does not tie the board in its funding allocation-the funds can be used to purchase lands, development of land, or operating. It was noted that the current debt is a 5-year debt and will be paid by 2019.

The Committee requested staff provide an update of the acquisition plan with the new Board at a future In Camera meeting.

STACK/OPHUS
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommend the allocation of $.09 / $1,000 of assessment funding to the Capital Facilities Reserve and Capital/Land debt servicing line items in the 2015 - 2019 Five-Year Financial Plan.

CARRIED Unanimously

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio February 25, 2015 audio of entire RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting - .mp3 (33.9 MB)

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon September 23, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

No Land Swap at Fintry Provincial Park

The Regional Board will not pursue further discussions with BC Parks regarding the possibility of a land swap within Fintry Provincial Park to facilitate possible operation of a historical working farm. Regional Parks staff has heard from both BC Parks and the Friends of Fintry Society that they would rather investigate heritage and recreational opportunities as possible revenue streams for the park and that the idea of a working farm is not feasible. Some area residents also objected to the idea of a working farm so close to the camping areas of the Provincial Park.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio September 23, 2013 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (30.2 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Directors Item Response Fintry Provincial Park - .wma (12.2 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Directors Item Response Fintry Provincial Park Motion - .wma (707 KB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.2 Rose Valley Regional Park Section 80 Roadway Application - .wma (12.6 MB)

.pdf icon September 23, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 9.1 Directors Item Response Fintry Provincial Park

.pdf icon Item 9.2 Rose Valley Regional Park Section 80 Roadway Application

*Note* This is only a snippet, please click links above for entire content

Mr. Robert Hobson, Chair
Central Okanagan Regional District
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna, B.C. VIW 3Z4
July 22, 2013

Dear Mr. Chair/Board Members:

Re: Fintry Provincial Park Land Swap for Agricultural Purposes

Board Highlights from the July 18th Meeting stated in part: "The Regional Board has adopted a resolution to approach the Provincial Government to initiate discussions regarding a possible land swap within Fintry Provincial park. In 1995, in an agreement with the Province, the Regional District contributed $2 million to purchase a 129.5 hectare property above Westside Road which is included as part of the Provincial Park. The Regional Board has asked staff to begin talking with the Province to see if that property could be exchanged for a lowland field property within the park in order to explore a possible agricultural use that would be in keeping with the history of the former Dun-waters Estate."

We (North Westside Ratepayers Association) immediately sent some initial emails asking basic questions but they were not answered. The NWRA is requesting the following information.

1) .Is this 129.5 hectare parcel the "Fintry Protected Area?"
2) How many hectares could you possibly trade for this 129.5 hectares? The low field area is quite small particularly if you take into account the private property and the camping area which frankly could be expanded. Would thi.s be a 129.5 hectare trade for say 10 or 20 hectares?
3) What would it cost to keep a farm going on the Delta? You would need farm hands, machinery, etc. etc. Who would do the health testing and what would that cost be? Would it interfere with the drinking water supply? Fintry is a delta afterall.
4. Is this motion even valid? There was no documentation nor was this item even on the Agenda. We understand that it was a "Directors' Item" but has far too many ramifications to be dealt with so lightly. We feel this issue needs to be given far more forethought and analysis before it is discussed with anyone.

I do not need to remind each of you that Fintry is one of the largest and most used parks in Western Canada. People come to Fintry to boat, swim, hike and yes to take in the history. I believe that is presently being accomplished.

The idea of dairy cattle is benevolent however what would you do with the manure, flies and even mosquitoes particularly if irrigation is needed.

Mosquitoes are already problematic at Fintry Park. Of course there is also the odor associated with farming particularly in the stifling heat.

From the audio I get the sense that this "agriculturism" of Fintry park has already been discussed with politicians, bureaucrats and even UBCM We are asking the Board to revisit this item as an Agenda Item with supporting documentation and that it be given more forethought before beginning even initial discussions with anyone political. We also wish to remind all Regional Directors that this 129.5 hectare property (presumed to be Fintry Protected Area) needs to remain under the stewardship of the RDCO for its intended purpose.

The NWRA has sent this letter to each of you as it appears initial discussions have already taken place by some Board members and we feel we need to act expeditiously.

Yours truly
Diane Baldwin (for) Board
NORTH WESTSIDE RATEPAYERS ASSOCIATION

cc Mary Jane Drouin
    Ron Fralick

====================

Conclusion:
It appears that after considerable study on the matter, both BC Parks and the Friends of Fintry would like to move in a different direction when pursuing possible revenue streams for Fintry Provincial Park, such as heritage and recreational opportunities. Furthermore, the immediate neighbourhood does not appear to be supportive of agricultural pursuits on the Fintry Delta.

Finally, BC Parks has previously communicated to the Friends of Fintry that the proposed agricultural venture is inconsistent with Park legislation and management objectives, thus deeming it unlikely to receive approval for a protected area boundary adjustment. In light of these facts, it is recommended that no further discussion be initiated regarding a possible land swap within Fintry Provincial Park.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio September 23, 2013 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (30.2 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Directors Item Response Fintry Provincial Park - .wma (12.2 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Directors Item Response Fintry Provincial Park Motion - .wma (707 KB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.2 Rose Valley Regional Park Section 80 Roadway Application - .wma (12.6 MB)

.pdf icon September 23, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

RDCO Board Minutes are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after being adopted at the following board meeting which would be October 10, 2013.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio September 23, 2013 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (30.2 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Directors Item Response Fintry Provincial Park - .wma (12.2 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.1 Directors Item Response Fintry Provincial Park Motion - .wma (707 KB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files September 23, 2013 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Item 9.2 Rose Valley Regional Park Section 80 Roadway Application - .wma (12.6 MB)

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Item - James Baker and the Annual Fintry Trunk Sale because it was a Director Item.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio August 25, 2014 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (14.1 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files August 25, 2014 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Director Item - James Baker and the Annual Fintry Trunk Sale - .wma (1.34 MB)

.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Nothing was mentioned in the Agenda about Director Item - James Baker and the Annual Fintry Trunk Sale because it was a Director Item.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio August 25, 2014 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (14.1 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files August 25, 2014 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Director Item - James Baker and the Annual Fintry Trunk Sale - .wma (1.34 MB)

.pdf icon August 25, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

d) Friends of Fintry - Director Baker noted the Friends of Fintry are hosting a tail-gate trunk sale - Sat. September 13. It is a fund raiser for the manor house and barns at Fintry Park. Directors were encouraged to attend.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio August 25, 2014 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (14.1 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files August 25, 2014 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Director Item - James Baker and the Annual Fintry Trunk Sale - .wma (1.34 MB)

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon July 25, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Highlights

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Fintry Prov. Park Edwardian Fair that was attended by Provincial Ministers.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio July 25, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (19.6 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 25, 2011 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Fintry Provincial Park Edwardian Fair attended by Provincial Ministers - .wma (457 KB)

.pdf icon July 25, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon This was a director item so there was nothing mentioned in the Agenda about Fintry Prov. Park Edwardian Fair that was attended by Provincial Ministers.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio July 25, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (19.6 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 25, 2011 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Fintry Provincial Park Edwardian Fair attended by Provincial Ministers - .wma (457 KB)

.pdf icon July 25, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be August 11th or 22nd, 2011.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are published there yet.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio July 25, 2011 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (19.6 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files July 25, 2011 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Fintry Provincial Park Edwardian Fair attended by Provincial Ministers - .wma (457 KB)

Blue Divider Line

Fintry finalizing new look
Vernon Morning Star - February 18, 2010

Efforts to restore the historic buildings in Fintry Provincial Park on Westside Road continue this winter with the focus now on the original staff quarters building for the manor house.

It initially contained three sleeping rooms for the butler, the cook and a maid, explained Friends of Fintry director Sandy Welbourn.

Each of the private rooms had its own entrance off the covered porch that ran the length of the building, and each had its own small fireplace and an overhead electric light supplied with power by the Fintry Estate’s own power generation, using a Pelton wheel driven by Shorts Creek high above the delta.

Fintry’s historic buildings are the legacy of James Cameron Dun-Waters, also known as the Laird of Fintry, who immigrated from his home in Scotland to settle in the Okanagan in the early days of the last century.

He constructed a granite manor house, an octagonal dairy barn and brought in such innovations as power and phone which serviced those who lived on the delta of land created by Shorts Creek.

The Friends of Fintry have retained Rob Kuffert of Too Tall Construction, who is restoring the staff quarters building to its original state, after removing several layers of more-recent additions to the structure.

Original building materials being used include exterior stucco, lath and plaster walls on the interior, and replication of the three original windows.

“This is yet another positive result coming from the success of the ongoing partnership the Friends of Fintry enjoy with B.C. Parks,” said Welbourn.

Completion of the project is expected this spring, when viewing and tours of this newest addition to the list of restored buildings, will be available to the public.

Welbourn said it’s hoped the work will be done by this year’s Festival of the Falls May 8.

Blue Divider Line

Upgrade for the staff quarters
By Judie Steeves - Kelowna Capital News - February 11, 2010

Restoration work is underway this winter on the staff quarters near the Manor House in Fintry Provincial Park in a collaborative effort by B.C. Parks and the Friends of Fintry Society.

Efforts to restore the historic buildings in Fintry Provincial Park on Westside Road continue this winter with the focus now on the original staff quarters building for the Manor House.

It initially contained three sleeping rooms for the butler, the cook and a maid, explained Friends of Fintry director Sandy Welbourn.

Each of the private rooms had its own entrance off the covered porch that ran the length of the building, and each had its own small fireplace and an overhead electric light supplied with power by the Fintry Estate’s own power generation, using a Pelton wheel driven by Shorts Creek high above the delta.

Fintry’s historic buildings are the legacy of James Cameron Dun-Waters, also known as the Laird of Fintry, who immigrated from his home in Scotland to settle in the Okanagan in the early days of the last century.

He constructed a granite Manor House, a unique octagonal dairy barn and brought in such innovations as power and phone which serviced those who lived on the delta of land created by Shorts Creek.

The Friends of Fintry have retained Rob Kuffert of Too Tall Construction, who is meticulously restoring the staff quarters building to its original state, after removing several layers of more-recent additions to the structure, explained Welbourn.

Original building materials being used include exterior stucco, lath and plaster walls on the interior, and replication of the three original windows.

Welbourn said, “This is yet another positive result coming from the success of the ongoing partnership the Friends of Fintry enjoy with B.C. Parks.”

Completion of the project is expected this spring, when viewing and tours of this newest addition to the list of restored buildings, will be available to the public.

Welbourn said it’s hoped the work will be done by this year’s Fintry celebration of spring: The Festival of the Falls on May 8, when the series of waterfalls that are a feature of Shorts Creek’s drop to lake level are most spectacular, in spring, during runoff.

jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com

Blue Divider Line

Almost $7,000 to get rid of Bats???

.pdf icon February 20, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

12) Friends of Fintry

Dan Bruce was in attendance and addressed the Committee on the grant application:

  • The request is for funding a maintenance issue--there is a bat problem in the attic of the Manor House which is creating a health issue in the house.

  • The bats have migrated at this time and will return late March, early April.

  • Request is for a one-time fix of the problem. Asked BC Parks and BC Heritage for funding with no success.

  • This funding is required immediately for work to be done prior to the bats returning.

o Friends of Fintry Request $7,200.

Peachland $210; City of Kelowna - $4,960; West Kelowna $1,000; Central Okanagan East - $0; Central Okanagan West - $191; Lake Country $475; Allocation $6,836

Blue Divider Line

RDCO June 30, 2008 email states:

The Regional District of Central Okanagan assisted the Provincial Government in 1995 in the purchase of 853-acres for Fintry Provincial Park. The Regional District contributed two million dollars toward the purchase and owns title to District lot 2921, 320 acres of the total 853 acre park. The Province owns the remaining properties that make up the park. RDCO's District Lot 2921 Map .pdf icon

The Friends of Fintry Society is a non-profit organization that has an agreement with BC Parks for the operation and management of the historic buildings and facilities on the property. Here’s a link to the Friends website: http://www.fintry.ca/

Here’s a link to the BC Parks page for Fintry Provincial Park. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/fintry/

Blue Divider Line

Funding goes towards Fintry Provincial Park
Friday June 27, 2008 - Vernon Morning Star - News
A North Okanagan provincial park is getting a financial boost.
The Central Okanagan Regional District is supporting an application for $4,300 in community tourism funding for the Friends of Fintry Society.  If approved, the money will go towards an information kiosk at Fintry Provincial Park, as well as travelling exhibit.

Interpretive Sign 2005 $1,000 donation from Ratepayers to Friends of Fintry.  The sign will state information regarding the waterfalls and the water system at Fintry

Blue Divider Line

Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– June 23, 2008

UBCM Community Tourism Application
The Regional Board supports an application for Community Tourism Program funding to assist two organizations in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. If approved, a $4,300 grant would go to the Friends of Fintry Society for an information
kiosk in the Provincial Park and a travelling exhibit
while approximately $15,900 in funding would go the Okanagan Trail Riders Association to prepare and install directional signage for the designated Bear Creek Recreation Site and trail system for motorized vehicles.

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon June 12, 2008 Governance and Services Meeting

The kiosk cost is $1800 and the travelling exhibit is $2500.

Blue Divider Line

Minutes of the Governance and services Committee meeting of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Electoral area grants in aid
(page 4)
- .pdf icon Central Okanagan West Electoral Area grants increased to $10,000.

Blue Divider Line

Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes - March 12, 2008 (page 3)
.pdf icon Regional Parks - Friends of Fintry $1,000 increase to their budget.

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes - February 14, 2008 (page 8)
4. Governance
4.1 Notion of Motion - Regional Grants in aid administration fee
Director Neis brought forward the following motion for consideration:
Whereas the Regional District of Central Okanagan has a policy of charging a 5% administration fee for regional grants in aid budget;
And whereas it is felt that this money would be put to better use by the individual organizations applying for grants;
Now therefore be it resolved that the Regional District of Central Okanagan waive the 5% administration fee for processing regional grants in aid and pass those funds to the organization receiving the grant."
Staff reviewed the policy on administration fees noting it is the Board's policy to recover administration costs. If not recovered here would need to be charged elsewhere to recover those costs.
It was agreed that the information be received and that no action is required.

Blue Divider Line

North Westside Ratepayers Association

November 2005 North Westside Ratepayers gives generous donation of $1000.00 to pay for an interpretive sign regarding the waterfalls and the water system at Fintry Provincial Park. (Page 3 and 4)
.pdf icon http://www.fintry.ca/friends/november05.pdf

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon December 13, 2004 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Minutes

3.2 Friends of Fintry Society re: Secure Funding

Friends of Fintry Society are requesting annual funding of approximately $30,000 to be able to pay for a full time executive director to ensure the Society can achieve the full potential of the site.

The Board questioned whether the request meets the regional grant in aid guidelines. It was suggested that the Society make a presentation to the Parks Advisory Committee and that as the deadline for regional grant in aid applications is December 15th, that the November 22nd letter be accepted as their preliminary grant application; and that staff contact the Society to provide an up-to-date budget.

#497/04 HEIN/SHEPHERD
THAT the November 22, 2004 letter from James Baker, Friends of Fintry Society regarding secure funding be received;

AND THAT the Society be requested to make a presentation to the Parks Advisory Committee in February;

AND FURTHER THAT the Society’s letter be accepted as meeting the deadline for a regional grant in aid application and the Society be requested to immediately submit a completed application and budget information.

CARRIED

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon Governance and Services Committee Meeting – November 14, 2003 (Pg.2)
b) Friends of Fintry Provincial Park Society – Ken Waldon
Grant request for $1,750 for signage and development of a website
and $17,000 for the executive director position.
Questions
-Last year there was a request for signage, is this stage 2 of the project? A sign did go up last summer. This would be for smaller signs at strategic locations throughout the park to provide information about the facility.
-Have you submitted a request to the Province for staffing position? No funding available through HRDC. The Society will have to fundraise for this position. One project is underway to fund position.
-What was the amount of provincial funding in the last fiscal year – approximately $300,000, half went to heritage restoration. The Society has been told they will not get anything this fiscal year for ie: interpretation, restoration.
-Is this request considered a long term commitment to the Society? There is no intention to keep coming back for support. When the staff position is fulltime it is anticipated the person will generate funds to pay for position.

 

Governance and Services Committee Meeting – November 14, 2003 (Pg. 6-7)

Friends of Fintry – request $1.750
Consensus: To include in the budget. Directors Hein and Lees opposed ($1,617 approved).

Friends of Fintry – request $17,000
Consensus: To include in the budget. Directors Hein, Lees and Harriman opposed ($15,219 approved).

Blue Divider Line

The North Westside Ratepayers Association be advised that grants in aid are not considered on an ongoing basis.

Dissolution of North Westside Ratepayers Association March 2006 Bulletin

Blue Divider Line

Fintry Provincial Park - District Lot and Plan numbers, Parcel Identifier, park size in acres and hectares, etc. (page 21)

Blue Divider Line

Community Comment Form where you can make a comment

Blue Divider Line

To be updated by email on the latest news regarding this subject and other subjects, please send your email address to

We will let you know when there are updates, so stay informed!

Blue Divider Line

Comment Form

NAME  
ADDRESS  
COMMUNITY   *(required)
 If other community type it in here
 
PHONE NUMBER  
EMAIL ADDRESS  
 disguise your email address from spam similar to this below
 name "at" hotmail.com
COMMENTS
*(required)
 

 

 

If you have comments, you can also email them to

Blue Divider Line

If you want to view the comments, click here.

Blue Divider Line

Westside Road Gossip
Make a Comment

INDEX WR ] INDEX ALL ] Advis. Plan Comm ] Alt Approval ] Ambulance ] Argo Road Maint. ] BC Hydro ] Budget 2010 ] Budget 2011 ] Budget 2012 ] Budget 2013 ] Budget 2014 ] Budget 2015 ] Building Inspect ] Build Laws - BC ] Build Laws - RDCO ] Building Violations ] Bylaw Anon ] COW Elect. 08 ] COW Elect. 11 ] Director Edgson ] Dogs ] Easement Rds ] EDC ] Elect. Boundary ] Environ. Advisory ] ESS ] Finances ] Fintry Develop ] Fintry Park ] Fire Anon ] Fire Boat ] Fire Bylaws ] Fire Dept. ] Fire Dept FOI ] Fire Hydrants ] Fire Minutes ] Fires  House ] FOI Act ] [ Friends Fintry ] Garbage ] Garbage Area ] Garbage Bylaws ] Garbage Com 08 ] Garbage Contracts ] Garbage Finance ] Garbage FOI ] Garbage FOI ] Garbage LaCasa ] Garbage Locker ] Garbage Minutes ] Garbage NOWESI ] Garbage Ombudsman ] Garbage Prob ] Garbage Secret ] Garbage Solution ] Garbage Survey ] Garbage Traders ] Governance Wide ] Government ] Grants-in-aid ] Helicopters ] History ] Killiney Beach Park ] Killiney Hall ] LaCasa ] Motorized Rec. ] NWCA ] NWCA FOI ] NW OCP ] NW Parks ] OKIB ] OKIB Logging ] OKIB Road ] OKIB Tax ] Peacocks ] Police Tax ] Property Tax ] RDCO ] RDCO Dog Minutes ] RDCO Jokes ] RDCO Policy ] RDCO Regs ] Report Animals ] Residents Network ] Septic Systems ] Subdiv. History ] T. Mnt After Fire ] Terrace Mount. Fire ] Trench Burner ] Vote Boxes ] Water Budget 08 ] Water Budget 09 ] Water Budget 10 ] Water Bylaws ] Water Construct ] Water FOI ] Water Grants ] Water Judgement ] Water L Fintry ] Water Laws ] Water Meters ] Water Minutes ] Water Rates ] Water Right-of-Way ] Water Survey ] Water System ] Water Systems ] Water VOS ] Water VOS Pics ] Water Wells ] Water Well Data ] Westshore Playgrnd ] Westshore Sports ] Westside Rd. ] WR Development ] WR Incorporation ] WR Overpass ] WRIC ] Zoning Bylaw 66 ] Zoning Bylaw 81 ] Zoning Bylaw 871 ]

Blue Divider Line

Westside Road Gossip
Read Comments

Adv. Plan Comm. ] Alt. Approval ] Ambulance ] Argo Road ] BC Hydro ] Budget 2010 ] Budget 2011 ] Budget 2012 ] Budget 2013 ] Budget 2014 ] Budget 2015 ] Building Inspection ] Build Laws - BC ] Build Laws - RDCO ] Building Violations ] COW Elect 08 ] COW Elect. 11 ] Director Edgson ] Dogs ] Easement Roads ] EDC ] Elect. Boundary ] Environ. Advisory ] ESS ] Finance ] Fintry Develop ] Fintry Park ] Fire Boat ] Fire Bylaws ] Fire Dept. ] Fire Dept FOI ] Fire Hydrants ] Fire Minutes ] Fires House ] FOI Act ] Friends Fintry ] Garbage ] Garbage Area ] Garbage Bylaws ] Garb Comment 08 ] Garbage Contract ] Garbage Finance ] Garbage FOI ] Garbage FOI ] Garbage La Casa ] Garbage Locker ] Garbage Minutes ] Garbage NOWESI ] Garbage Ombudsman ] Garbage Questionaire ] Garbage Secret ] Garbage Solution ] Garbage Survey ] Garbage Traders ] Governance Wide ] Government ] Helicopters ] History ] Killiney Hall ] Killiney Park ] La Casa ] Motorized Rec. ] NW OCP ] NWCA ] NWCA FOI ] NW Parks ] OKIB ] OKIB Logging ] OKIB Road ] OKIB Tax ] Peacocks ] Police Tax ] Property Tax ] RDCO ] RDCO Dog Minutes ] RDCO Jokes ] RDCO Policy ] RDCO Regs ] Report Animals ] Septic Systems ] Subdiv. History ] T. Mtn After Fire ] Terrace Mnt. Fire ] Trench Burner ] Vote Box ] Water Budget 08 ] Water Budget 09 ] Water Budget 10 ] Water Bylaws ] Water Construct ] Water FOI ] Water Grants ] Water Judgements ] Water Laws ] Water Meters ] Water Minutes ] Water Rates ] Water Right-of-Way ] Water Survey ] Water System ] Water VOS ] Water VOS Pics ] Water Well Data ] Water Wells ] Westside Road ] WR Development ] WR Incorporation ] WR Overpass ] WRIC ] Zoning Bylaw 66 ] Zoning Bylaw 1981 ] Zoning Bylaw 871 ]

Blue Divider Line

Gossip
In Other Towns

INDEX ALL ] Boucherie Rd ] Kaleden ] Kelowna ] Naramata ] Oyama ] Peachland ] Penticton ] Summerland ] Vernon ] West Kelowna ] Westside Road ] Winfield ]

Blue Divider Line

Index

Boucherie Road ] Kaleden ] Kelowna ] Naramata ] Oyama ] Peachland ] Pentiction ] Summerland ] Vernon ] West Kelowna ] Westside Road ] Winfield ]

You will find local North Westside Road BC businesses, services, free classifieds, local arts and crafts, vacation waterfront rentals, plus much more located near and around Okanagan Lake BC.  We will be adding to this site, so come back and check it often.

Blue Divider Line

Disclaimer: Information posted on this website may not always necessarily be true, but is based on the best ability of the publisher to this website to decipher (under the basis that nobody's perfect).  Please be warned by this disclaimer that the publisher at okanaganlakebc.ca has been known to make mistakes before.  Please let the publisher know if you do notice any mistakes by filling out the feedback form, and mistakes will be corrected immediately.

2006-2015 okanaganlakebc.ca