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Proposed La Casa Strata Transfer Station

in addition to current

Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station

for North Westside Road Residents

in the

The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO)

Central Okanagan West (COW) Electoral District

LAST UPDATE January 25, 2015

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Residents paid over $3,000 towards a new transfer station on crown land that La Casa strata is leasing but the Regional District of Central Okanagan doesn't even own the land and neither does La Casa as of May 15, 2009 when we looked, and maybe still not own the land, which if La Casa application to purchase the crown land is permitted, La Casa would lease a section of this land to the Regional District of Central Okanagan for $1.00 per year for a transfer station.  La Casa at one time let their crown land application lapse and then re-applied Feb 2008.  Residents have been waiting for a new transfer station since 2006.

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Jan. 2010 RDCO offered La Casa curbside pickup among other options

RDCO offered La Casa all kinds of options including curbside pickup
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NEW! RDCO's reply letter dated May 13 and 14th, 2009 (don't ask about the date just yet) in regards to complaint letter sent to BC Ombudsman dated May 11, 2009 where RDCO still does not say what concerns the Westbank First Nation's may have, or even that RDCO has acknowledged the question what may concern the Westbank First Nations.  Do the WFN have the same concerns as the Ministry?  Why is this a secret??  The ILMB said they couldn't divulge the issue and now RDCO is not divulging the issue.  What's up doc?

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The Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda of April 27, 2009

says

the Ministry has environmental concerns in regards to the proposed transfer station

Click this link to see what concerns the Ministry

Item 1 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No 871-194.pdf

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Habitat Technician states:

Property is located in a sensitive terrestrial development permit area.
Sensitive Terrestrial Development Permit Not Required as it is not identified in the North Westside OCP

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20/20 Properties
Lakeside Terrestrial Environmental Master Plan

This link is no longer valid
lifewelllived.ca/Master_pdf/f_Environmental_Measures/1210C_MP5_Appendix_6_Envir_Terr.pdf/1210_060303_MP4_Environmental_ver1.pdf

The Perfect Resort Holiday Will Begin At LaCasa
Vancouver, B.C. September 20, 2005: When 20|20 Resorts purchased LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort, we had one clear vision for the property…”It will provide both residents, and guests, with the perfect resort experience.” What is the perfect resort experience?

20|20 Resorts Acquires Lakeside Property in Kelowna
Vancouver, BC, July 15, 2004: 20|20 Resorts, a division of 20|20 Group Inc. has acquired a fully-serviced 97-acre resort site on the shore of Okanagan lake and is planning to develop a 429 cottage strata resort

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This is the crown land for the proposed La Casa transfer station.

La Casa's Garbage Dumped at La Casa

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The Regional District held a public hearing April 27, 2009 in regards to rezoning the land for the La Casa transfer station, but did not publish the notice of public hearing in the area in which the rezoning will occur.  The notice was published in the Kelowna Capital News and the Kelowna Daily courier but not in the Vernon Morning Star which is the only newspaper delivered to the area as the Regional Board Agenda states they only published notice in the Kelowna newspapers.

RDCO Regional Board April 27, 2009 Agenda_09_04_27PH.pdf
states the two Kelowna newspapers notice was published in

Item 1 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No 871-194.pdf

In this letter May 13, 2009 from RDCO, it says that there were letters of concern from residents of La Casa, but in the public hearing agenda report dated April 17, 2009 on page 3, it says quote, "Further to the Public Hearing notification process, no letters or correspondence had been received from the community at time of preparing this report."

It's not like okanaganlakebc.ca hasn't been complaining about the proposed La Casa transfer station by email to RDCO since inception of the very thought in approx. 2006, so what is RDCO trying to say... its a lier?  This La Casa transfer station is a contentious issue and okanaganlakenc.com feels that RDCO would rather keep the contentious part out of it!  The less people know about the contentious part, the better for RDCO.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – May 25, 2009
Investigative Aggregate Application
The Regional Board does not support a referral application from Front Counter BC that would allow test drilling to determine whether it’s feasible to develop a sand and gravel quarry on Crown Lands in the northern section of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. Westbank First Nation and Canadian Aggregates Incorporated have applied for the investigatory permit for up to two years on 41-hectares off Westside Road and south of La Casa Lakeside Resort. The Regional Board and other agencies are concerned about the environmental impact such an operation would have on the unique features in the area and would like these issues reconciled before any further consideration is given to the application. The Regional Board also believes it’s premature to consider such an application until the environmental review is completed for the North Westside Official Community Plan.

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Local Government Act
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323
Part 26 — Planning and Land Use Management

Notice of public hearing
892 (1) If a public hearing is to be held under section 890 (1), the local government must give notice of the hearing

(a) in accordance with this section, and

(b) in the case of a public hearing on an official community plan that includes a schedule under section 970.1 (3) (b), in accordance with section 974.

(2) The notice must state the following:

(a) the time and date of the hearing;

(b) the place of the hearing;

(c) in general terms, the purpose of the bylaw;

(d) the land or lands that are the subject of the bylaw;

(e) the place where and the times and dates when copies of the bylaw may be inspected.

(3) The notice must be published in at least 2 consecutive issues of a newspaper, the last publication to appear not less than 3 and not more than 10 days before the public hearing.

(4) If the bylaw in relation to which the notice is given alters the permitted use or density of any area, the notice must

(a) subject to subsection (5), include a sketch that shows the area that is the subject of the bylaw alteration, including the name of adjoining roads if applicable, and

(b) be mailed or otherwise delivered at least 10 days before the public hearing

(i) to the owners as shown on the assessment roll as at the date of the first reading of the bylaw, and

(ii) to any tenants in occupation, as at the date of the mailing or delivery of the notice,

of all parcels, any part of which is the subject of the bylaw alteration or is within a distance specified by bylaw from that part of the area that is subject to the bylaw alteration.

(5) If the location of the land can be clearly identified in the notice in a manner other than a sketch, it may be identified in that manner.

(6) The obligation to deliver a notice under subsection (4) must be considered satisfied if a reasonable effort was made to mail or otherwise deliver the notice.

(7) Subsection (4) does not apply if 10 or more parcels owned by 10 or more persons are the subject of the bylaw alteration.

(8) In respect of public hearings being held under section 890 (1) or waived under section 890 (4), a local government may, by bylaw,

(a) require the posting of a notice on land that is the subject of a bylaw, and

(b) specify the size, form and content of the notice and the manner in which and the locations where it must be posted.

(9) Specifications under subsection (8) (b) may be different for different areas, zones, uses within a zone and parcel sizes.

Notice if public hearing waived
893 (1) If a local government waives the holding of a public hearing under section 890 (4), it must give notice in accordance with this section.

(2) The notice must state

(a) in general terms, the purpose of the bylaw,

(b) the land or lands that are the subject of the bylaw, and

(c) the place where and the times and dates when copies of the bylaw may be inspected.

(3) Section 892 (3) to (7) applies to a notice under subsection (2), except that

(a) the last publication under section 892 (3) is to be not less than 3 and not more than 10 days before the bylaw is given third reading, and

(b) the delivery under section 892 (4) (b) is to be at least 10 days before the bylaw is given third reading.

(4) to (7) [Repealed 2000-7-144.]

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Community Charter
[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 26

Division 4 — Public Notice and Access to Records
Requirements for public notice

94 (1) If this section applies, the applicable notice must be

(a) posted in the public notice posting places, and

(b) published in accordance with this section.

(2) Subject to subsection (4), publication under subsection (1) (b)

(a) must be in a newspaper that is distributed at least weekly

(i) in the area affected by the subject matter of the notice, and

(ii) if the area affected is not in the municipality, also in the municipality, and

(b) unless otherwise provided, must be once each week for 2 consecutive weeks.


(3) The obligation under subsection (2) may be met by publication of the notice in more than one newspaper, if this is in accordance with that subsection when the publications are considered together.

(4) If publication under subsection (2) is not practicable, the notice may be given in the areas by alternative means as long as the notice

(a) is given within the same time period as required for publication,

(b) is given with the same frequency as required for publication, and

(c) provides notice that the council considers is reasonably equivalent to that which would be provided by newspaper publication if it were practicable.

(5) As an exception, subsection (4) (b) does not apply in relation to an area if the alternative means is by individual distribution to the persons resident in the area.

(6) If the same matter is subject to 2 or more requirements for publication in accordance with this section, the notices may be combined so long as the requirements of all applicable provisions are met.

(7) A council may provide any additional notice respecting a matter that it considers appropriate, including by the Internet or other electronic means.

Public access to municipal records
95 (1) In addition to the public access provided by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, a council may, by bylaw, provide for public access to its records and establish procedures respecting that access.

(2) If an enactment requires that a municipal record be available for public inspection, that obligation is met by having the record available for public inspection at the municipal hall during regular office hours.

(3) If a municipal record is available for public inspection, a person may have a copy made of all or part of the record on payment of any applicable fee established by the council under section 194 [municipal fees].

(4) A person inspecting a record of a municipality must not, without authorization, remove the record from the place where it has been provided for inspection.

(5) An obligation or authority under this Act to provide public access to a municipal record does not apply to records that must not be disclosed under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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This complaint is to the BC Ombudsman in regards to the Regional District of Central Okanagan not publishing proper notice of a public hearing which was sent to the BC Ombudsman on May 11, 2009

**NOTE (After writing this letter to the Ombudsman the complainant realized there is the Community Charter section 94, and then there is the Local Government Act section 892 and got these two confused in regards to publishing notice of a public hearing.  It is the Local Government Act section 892 that the complainant should have been looking at in regards to notice of a public hearing and not the Community Charter section 94).  The complainant found out when reading on the internet somewhere that the Community Charter pertains mostly to Municipal government and that the Local Government Act pertains mostly to Regional Districts.  To late!!

May 11, 2009

Dear BC Ombudsman:

I wish to make a complaint in regards to the way in which the Regional District of Central Okanagan gives notice of a public hearing to the affected area of North Westside Road.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan, Regional Board Agenda of April 27, 2009 (attached) states that the only notice of public hearing that the Regional District published in a newspaper in regards to rezoning for the La Casa transfer station was in the Kelowna Daily Courier and the Kelowna Capital News, when the Regional District should have published notice of a public hearing in the Vernon Morning Star and in the affected area of the rezoning for the La Casa transfer station. La Casa and surrounding area only receive the Vernon Morning Star and does not receive the Kelowna newspapers. The future users of the proposed transfer station at La Casa area only receive the Vernon Morning Star.

I remember speaking to the Regional District Carol Suhan about this same problem a few years ago when RDCO published another public hearing in exactly the same way (Kelowna newspapers and not Vernon). I feel RDCO is ignoring me and ignoring “Community Charter section 94”. RDCO won’t even speak to me about it (letter from RDCO dated May 6, 2009 attached saying no further response will be sent and trying to block the complainant from the Freedom of Information Act).

Each North Westside Road subdivision has a bulletin board at the entrance by the mailboxes which RDCO has posted notices up on these bulletin boards in the past. Community Charter “94 (1) Section (a) posted in the public notice posting places”, was also not adhered to by RDCO.

I don’t know that public notices affecting my area were ever published in the Vernon Morning Star by the Regional District.

It was also stated in the Board Agenda, “Further to the Public Hearing notification process, no letters or correspondence had been received from the community at time of preparing this report.” I have made complaints by email in regards to the proposed transfer station since 2006 and I believe my emails were not submitted to the Board for consideration.

I wish to attend a public hearing in regards to the proposed La Casa transfer station, and I want my community to have proper notification of a public hearing as well. The Ministry has concerns (Feb 2, 2009 letter attached) and the Regional District has ignored their request for more information.

See RDCO's reply letter

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Consolidated North Westside Road Official Community Plan Revised Sept 7, 2007 - page 20

Policies

1. Retain land currently in public ownership located next to water (such as streams and shoreline) as well as water bodies (lakes, wetlands) in public ownership. Foreshore leases for uses such as docks will be supported when they are ancillary to an upland use and are designed to maintain or enhance natural function of the foreshore;

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Policing ALR land use abuses
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - Published: March 19, 2009

There were 14 complaints dealt with in the Okanagan by the Agricultural Land Commission’s compliance and enforcement section last year, ranging from illegal dumping to illegal storage.

Two uniformed officers were appointed a couple of years ago to ensure land in the Agricultural Land Reserve is not used inappropriately, explains Colin Fry, executive director of the ALC.

Although the act always had a compliance and enforcement function, it was bolstered in 2002 by new legislation increasing the penalties for illegal use of ALR land, he said.

Prior to that, enforcement involved taking those in non-compliance to court.

The objective is to preserve agricultural land from such issues as the growing problem of illegal fill being dumped on it, including concrete, construction debris and garbage, he said.

Dumping fill was a rampant problem in the Fraser Valley, noted Fry. There were 69 files on the South Coast last year, compared to 18 on Vancouver Island, 11 in the Kootenays and four in the North.

Most of the problems involved the owners of agricultural land, not farmers, said Fry.

“Farmers are the least likely to do anything that would be deleterious to the land,” he said.

Investigations are complaint-based, he said. They receive around 300 to 400 complaints a year, and if an investigation reveals a contravention of the ALR legislation, the officers focus on working with the landowner to stop the activity.

“We don’t automatically enforce. First, we try to get the co-operation of landowners. When people become aware, we get a high degree of compliance. We’re resolving issues. Often it’s because there’s a lack of awareness about the law,” said Fry.

He admitted at other times some landowners are blatantly disregarding the law.

“They buy ALR land to use for illegal purposes.”

Penalties for non-compliance can range up to $100,000 for a first occurrence, but that doubles for repeat occurrences.

In the Okanagan, last year’s files involved filling-in, auto wrecking, multiple dwellings, construction debris and a campground.

That resulted in four stop work orders, four advisory letters and three applications being submitted to the ALC.

“Some are easy to resolve and others can be more complicated,” Fry said.

Other contraventions have involved landowners using ALR land for boat or RV storage on a commercial basis; a skateboard park; lumber storage; metal salvage; storage of equipment or transport trucks or for concrete waste.

The officers work closely with local government, as well as with government ministries to ensure the preservation of ALR land.

There is a total of 4.7 million hectares of ALR land in B.C.

jsteeves [at] kelownacapnews.com

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Report Feb. 23, 2009

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments
The Regional Board has given first reading to proposed amendments to Zoning Bylaw No. 871. The annual update includes text and mapping changes to reflect policy and development trends. Among the proposed amendments: a change to the F1 Forest Resource zone that would increase the minimum parcel size from four hectares to 30- hectares and a zoning change from P1 Park and Open Space to I-1 Light Industrial to allow installation of a new solid waste/recycling transfer station on a parcel adjacent to the La Casa Strata development off Westside Road.

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The La Casa online application to purchase the land for the transfer station shows the following on May 15, 2009

NOTICE: No decisions have been made for this application at this time.

http://www.arfd.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=9211

and on March 4, 2009 the Integrated Land Management Bureau Jerry Johnson email said the following:

No decision has been made on this application at this time. We have had concerns expressed by the Westbank First Nations on the proposed sale of this area.

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April 30, 2009

To the Regional District of Central Okanagan:

I just read on RDCO’s website that there was a public hearing for the proposed La Casa transfer station location, and that notification was published in the Kelowna newspapers.

The people whom use the proposed La Casa transfer station and reside in the area of the La Casa transfer station do not receive the Kelowna newspapers but instead receive the Vernon Morning Star.

I would have attended the public hearing if I would have known about it. I would have read about it in the Vernon Morning Star. I do not check the Regional Districts website the Friday before each meeting because I never remember when the meetings are and it takes several minutes to check the Regional Districts website each time there is a meeting, as I am on dial-up and it takes several unnecessary clicks to get there. I wish the Regional District had an email list and sent out the agenda to the people whom wish to receive it so that I don’t miss meetings.

Can the Regional District publish in the Vernon Morning Star another public hearing date in regards to the proposed La Casa transfer station so that the people whom will be using the proposed transfer station at La Casa have a chance to attend a public hearing and speak up?

I do not agree that a transfer station be so far away as 27 km’s from Westshore Estates to La Casa and back. If the people at Westshore prefer La Casa’s afternoon hours they will be traveling a lot farther than they use to. The La Casa transfer station will not provide garbage disposal for me as I never go to Kelowna.

I can’t believe as stated in the Regional District of Central Okanagan Public Hearing Agenda - Monday, April 27, 2009 Item 1 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No 871-194.pdf, quote, “Further to the Public Hearing notification process, no letters or correspondence had been received from the community at time of preparing this report”, when I have sent in email correspondence in regards to the proposed La Casa transfer station many times in the past complaining about the location of the proposed transfer station.

Will the Regional District please re-advertise in the Vernon Morning Star another public hearing date in regards to the La Casa transfer station so that the people whom actually live in the North Westside Road area can be notified of a public hearing? I do want to speak up about this proposed transfer station at La Casa.

signed,
North Westsider

The Regional District did reply on May 6, 2009 saying not a thing except that no further response will be sent.

 

This is RDCO's reply letter in regards to complaint letter sent to BC Ombudsman dated May 11, 2009 complaining that the Regional District of Central Okanagan did not publish public notice to rezone crown land for the proposed transfer station land at La Casa Resort to Industrial in a local newspaper the Vernon Morning Star, but instead published notice in Kelowna Capital News and Kelowna Daily Courier which are not delivered to the area being rezoned.


click letter to read larger print.

This complaint letter dated May 11, 2009 from the complainant addressed to the BC Ombudsman is what prompted this reply letter from RDCO Development and Environmental Services dated May 13 and 14, 2009?? to the complainant.  These two pages above came stapled together in the same envelope, and there was nothing else in the envelope.  Wonder why there are two different dates and that the first page says page 2 and the second page says page 2 of 2?  It must be just a mistake??  It is funny though that there are two different dates used for the same letter?  Maybe they started the letter on the 13th and it took until the 14th to finish it... wouldn't be surprising LOL, as RDCO seems to take forever to reply to Freedom of Information Act requests!!!

Regional District of Central Okanagan Notice of Public Hearing Bylaw #73, 1974
That a notice of public hearing on all rezoning and land use contract applications within the electoral areas of the Regional District of Central Okanagan, be mailed to occupiers of all real property within a distance of 300 feet of the property that is subject to the rezoning or land use contract.

Notice of public hearing
892 (1) If a public hearing is to be held under section 890 (1), the local government must

(4) If the bylaw in relation to which the notice is given alters the permitted use or density of any area, the notice must

(a) subject to subsection (5), include a sketch that shows the area that is the subject of the bylaw alteration, including the name of adjoining roads if applicable, and

(b) be mailed or otherwise delivered at least 10 days before the public hearing

(i) to the owners as shown on the assessment roll as at the date of the first reading of the bylaw, and

(ii) to any tenants in occupation, as at the date of the mailing or delivery of the notice,

of all parcels, any part of which is the subject of the bylaw alteration or is within a distance specified by bylaw from that part of the area that is subject to the bylaw alteration.

(7) Subsection (4) does not apply if 10 or more parcels owned by 10 or more persons are the subject of the bylaw alteration.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
Governance and Services Committee
Agenda Feb 11, 2009

Item 3b Preliminary RDCO Financial Plan 2009-2013.pdf
RDCO draft 2009 preliminary budgets and draft 2009 five year plans.

N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf) Transfer Station Preliminary Draft Budget for 2009 - 2013

Preliminary Draft Budget 2009 for N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf) Transfer Station
click on document to read complete document on RDCO's website

Request for proposal for year round hazardous waste collection depot
to replace current one day "Round Ups".

This 2009 preliminary draft budget projects an increase in
garbage collection fees of $11,641
over and above the actual fees collected in 2008?

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
2008-2012 Five Year Program Budget Projections
N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station (Sugar Loaf)
Preliminary Budget 2008 - 2012 N.O.W.E.S.I. transfer station
click Budget Projection above to read all budget projections
(123 pages) on RDCO's website

N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf transfer station) garbage collections fees

jumped $23,536 in one year from 2008 budget to the 2009 budget  

In case you are not familiar with the names above, the transfer station is located up the gravel road across Westside Road from the Evely forest campsite approx. which is about 1 km south of Westshore Estates and approx. 3 km's north of Killiney Beach.  Drive slow over the washboard gravel road for about 1 km and the transfer station is on your left.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
2005 - 2009 Five Year Program Budget Projections

2005-2009 Financial Plan forthe NOWESI (Sugar Loaf) transfer station

a. increases in hauling charges mainly

Have a look at garbage collection fees in this budget
and then look at the garbage collection fees in budget 2008-2012 and Budget 2009-2013

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Regional District of Central Okanagan 2009 Financial Plan

shows $25,000 for the La Casa transfer station that never materialized

 

Looks like they transferred $25,000 to La Casa transfer station.

Westside Sanitary Landfill - General Capital Fund - 2007 Capital Budget notes $25,000 transfer station at La Casa
click document for larger print

LANDFILL - 2008 Budget notes - AWSR, transfer 25000 (did not get built in 2007 as we are waiting for approval for use of crown lands).
LANDFILL - 2008 Budget notes - AWSR, transfer 25000 (did not get built in 2007 as we are waiting for approval for use of crown lands).

 

Here is another document obtained through the La Casa Freedom of Information request.  This document mentions $10,000 for staffing La Casa under the "2007 Budget Values" column.  Under the same column the "contract services - staff of $12,000" is most likely for staffing the NOWESI (Sugar Loaf) transfer station.  How can the amount of $0.00 be the total for Garbage Collection Fees listed under the column "Actual Values" in 2006?  Was this printed out before the end of 2006 and the figures hadn't been entered yet?

 

This is a document we received back in 2008 that shows $25,000 in the budget for a transfer station.  Is this for the La Casa transfer station or is there a Westside Landfill transfer station now that the landfill is being closed?

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – October 27, 2008
Proposed Waste Transfer Site Supported
The Regional Board has given conditional support to a FrontCounter BC referral application on behalf of the Strata Corporation for La Casa Resort. The strata applied for a crown land grant for two parcels totalling approximately 3.28-hectares adjacent to the resort for development of a solid waste transfer station facility, landscaping and a future park. The Board support is subject to the applicant and Regional District completing an agreement for the construction, operation and maintenance of the transfer facility and that the site be redesigned in the future land use plan of the North Westside Official Community Plan and rezoned to permit the proposed use.

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Feb 5, 2009 Letter back from the BC Ombudsman

Page 1 of 2 - Feb 5, 2009 reply letter from BC Ombudsman

Page 2 of 2 - Feb 5, 2009 reply letter from BC Ombudsman

After receiving the three documents below through the freedom of information act, this is what was sent Feb 12, 2009 to the Ombudsman in reply.

La Casa didn't buy the land for the transfer station yet, but RDCO said that La Casa did purchase it.

This is a memo from Waste Reduction Co-ordinator of the Regional District of Central Okanagan

Jan 18, 2007 Waste Reduction office memo states that Staff is now waiting for the La Casa's site's land title to be officially transferred to the La Casa Resort Cabins Strata from the MoTH.
This document was obtained through the freedom of information act.
Jan 18, 2007 Update Memo from the Waste Reduction Co-ordinator states that Staff is now waiting for the La Casa's site's land title to be officially transferred to the La Casa Resort Cabins Strata from the MoTH.

 

March 8, 2007 memo from RDCO Waste Reduction office states the La Casa Cottage Resort strata had not received title to the easement property purchased from MoTH.  Construction will not commence until full legal authority of the property has been assigned.
This document was obtained through the freedom of information act.
March 8, 2007 memo from RDCO Waste Reduction Co-ordinator states the La Casa Cottage Resort strata had not received title to the easement property purchased from MoTH.  Construction will not commence until full legal authority of the property has been assigned.

 

November 30, 2006 memo from Waste Reduction Co-ordinator states that The La Casa Resort Cottages Strata has paid for the purchase of the right of way property that the new transfer station would be constructed but has not yet received title from the Province.
This document was obtained through the freedom of information act.
November 30, 2006 memo from Waste Reduction Co-ordinator states that The La Casa Resort Cottages Strata has paid for the purchase of the right of way property that the new transfer station would be constructed but has not yet received title from the Province.

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Well the Ombudsman phoned Feb 23, 2009 and said there was misinformation but no evidence of lying.  She said the waste co-ordinator no longer works for the Regional District of Central Okanagan and she is not sure how I could be have been impacted by internal memos, so nothing will become of this complaint.

We received this letter dated March 2, 2009 after the phone call from the Ombudsman Officer.
Ombusdman still says they can't do anything as it was not proven to be a lie.

 

This letter dated March 2, 2009 above from the BC Ombudsman officer prompted us to send more information to the Ombudsman that we received from the freedom of information package the Regional District sent us regarding La Casa.  This is what we now sent:

We are asking the Ombudsman how we can pay for anything to do with the transfer station until La Casa owns the land?

Can you believe it, an invoice for the La Casa Transfer Station dated August 29, 2006, and La Casa still does not own the land according to Jerry Johnson from the Integrated Land Management Bureau whom sent us an email on March 4, 2009.  Jerry's words: No decision has been made on this application at this time. We have had concerns expressed by the Westbank First Nations on the proposed sale of this area.

 

Sept 1, 2006
$3,668.66 invoice for La Casa transfer station Sept 1, 2006
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$3,668.66 invoice for La Casa transfer station Sept 1, 2006

 

 

 

Everything referred to strata paperwork not done right reapply for property, it says in this snippet
This is just a snippet blown up from the document below.

Everything referred to strata paperwork not done right. Reapply for property, it says.

Everything referred to strata paperwork not done right reapply for property
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Carol Suhan must have known that La Casa hadn't purchased the land by March 8, 2007 and according to her memo to the Engineering Committee she was still using the word "PURCHASED".  Here is the update memo below and the part referred to is underlined in red at the bottom of the memo.  It says "purchased from MOTH".

 

March 8, 2007 Regional Waste Reduction Office Programming and Events Update Memo to the Engineering Committee
March 8, 2007 memo from RDCO Waste Reduction office states the La Casa Cottage Resort strata had not received title to the easement property purchased from MoTH.  Construction will not commence until full legal authority of the property has been assigned.
This document was obtained through the freedom of information act.
March 8, 2007 memo from RDCO Waste Reduction Co-ordinator states the La Casa Cottage Resort strata had not received title to the easement property purchased from MoTH.  Construction will not commence until full legal authority of the property has been assigned.

 

October 7, 2008
Property is located in a sensitive terrestrial development permit area.
Sensitive Terrestrial Development Permit Not Required as it is not identified in the North Westside OCP

Property is located in a sensitive terrestrial development permit area.
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Sensitive Terrestrial Development Permit Guide

 

North Westside Official Community Plan

Policies page 20
1. Retain land currently in public ownership located next to water (such as streams and shoreline) as well as water bodies (lakes, wetlands) in public ownership. Foreshore leases for uses such as docks will be supported when they are ancillary to an upland use and are designed to maintain or enhance natural function of the foreshore;

Revised Sept 7, 2007

 

Flammulated Owls concern regarding La Kissa my Assa transfer station.
The size of La Casa subdivision which this transfer site appears to serve seems somwhat larger than most of the private systems we are presently familiar with.
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We also sent the Ombudsman the Regional Board Report dated Feb 23, 2009 that states the following:

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments
The Regional Board has given first reading to proposed amendments to Zoning Bylaw No. 871.
The annual update includes text and mapping changes to reflect policy and development trends.  Among the proposed amendments: a change to the
F1 Forest Resource zone that would increase the minimum parcel size from four hectares to 30- hectares and a zoning change from P1 Park and Open Space to I-1 Light Industrial to allow installation of a new solid waste/recycling transfer station on a
parcel adjacent to the La Casa Strata development off Westside Road.

How can RDCO rezone crown land???  La Casa doesn't own the land according to an email we received from Jerry Johnson from the Integrated Land Management Bureau.  Here are Jerry's words:

No decision has been made on this application at this time. We have had concerns expressed by the Westbank First Nations on the proposed sale of this area.

So hopefully now the Ombudsman has enough to work with.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes Oct 27, 2008
(from page 8)

d) Report regarding FrontCounter BC referral application for a Waste Transfer site and a park site located adjacent to the La Casa resort development (Strata Plan KAS2428). (CL-08-14) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All Directors)

Planning staff report dated October 17, 2008 provided the background for the FrontCounter BC referral application for a waste transfer site and park site located adjacent to LaCasa Resort Development. Staff reviewed the application.

#250/08 EDGSON/HANSON
THAT Front Counter BC referral application CL-08-14 for the owners of Strata KAS2428 (La Casa Lakeside Resort) for a Crown Grant be conditionally supported subject to the following:

-Applicant to continue to work with Regional District staff toward finalizing an agreement on the construction, operation and maintenance of the waste transfer station;

-That the waste transfer site be re-designated in the future land use plan of the North Westside OCP and rezoned to permit the proposed use;

-Approval from all other agencies/stakeholders included on the Provincial referral.
AND FURTHER THAT the Development & Environmental Services Department Report dated October 17, 2008 be forwarded to Front Counter BC for their information.

CARRIED

Oct 27, 2008 Board Agenda
Item 6.5d Front Counter BC Referral Application adjacent to La Casa Resort Development.pdf
Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Agenda regarding a new transfer station at La Casa

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To develop a waste transfer site and a park at La Casa.

Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Agenda October 27, 2008
Item 6.5d Front Counter BC Referral Application adjacent to La Casa Resort Development.pdf

The subject Crown parcels are designated Parks and Recreation in North Westside OCP Bylaw No. 785. this designation supports the proposed park site. The waste transfer station site will require rezoning and an amendment to the land use designation of the OCP. (page 2)

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. (page 2)

An update report to the Regional District's Engineering Committee in March 2007 indicated that the La Casa Resort had not received title to the property and that construction would not commence until full legal authority of the property had been assigned. (page 2)

Special consideration needs to be given to the Strata Corp. administration and maintenance staff and to their rental management operators to access and use the waste transfer station on a more frequent basis. (page 3)

Likely open 4 days per week (ie. Sat, Sun, Tues, Thurs from 1-5 pm) - can be flexible to accommodate strata's needs and peak operating periods; (page 3)  (This just wouldn't be fair as RDCO refuses to be flexible with the rest of the Westsider's?  Is La Casa special and the rest of the Westside residents don't count?  Maybe La Casa could drive a few km's to meet in the middle?)

It is estimated that a second transfer station will cost approximately $25,000 to construct and $35,000/year to operate (one half-time staff and hauling and tipping fees). (page 13)

okanaganlakebc.ca note***
Are residents going to pay for the transfer station attendants flexible hours or is La Casa?

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October 7, 2008
Property is located in a sensitive terrestrial development permit area.
Sensitive Terrestrial Development Permit Not Required as it is not identified in the North Westside OCP

Property is located in a sensitive terrestrial development permit area.
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Sept 10, 2008
Sept 10 2008 La Kissa my Assa park requires irrigation water
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La Kissa my assa park needs irrigation district.
Great place to put an undeveloped park is beside a transfer station.

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Sept 8, 2008
If the waste transfer site is located within the road allowance I have no concerns.
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If the waste transfer site is located within the road allowance I have no concerns.  If it will be sited on an actual lot the zoning will have to be changed to allow this type of use.

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Sept 2, 2008
Flammulated Owls concern regarding La Kissa my Assa transfer station.
The size of La Casa subdivision which this transfer site appears to serve seems somwhat larger than most of the private systems we are presently familiar with.
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MOE Ecosystems staff has some safety concerns related to the placement of a waste transfer station next to a public use area. Please refer the proponent to section 3.8.2 (Wildlife Conflicts) of the Develop with care document. [34. Have wildlife attractants been minimized? (Section 3.8.2)] (found on page 19)

In addition, block B and the surrounding Protected Area has known occurrences of Flammulated Owls.  Flammulated Owl is on the Blue list.

The size of La Casa subdivision which this transfer site appears to serve seems somewhat larger than most of the private systems we are presently familiar with.

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Likely open 4 days per week (i.e. Sat, Sun, Tues, Thurs from 1-5 pm) - can be flexible here to accommodate strata's needs and peak operating periods.
Special consideration needs to be given to our Strata Corp administration and maintenance staff and also to our rental management operators to access and use the waste transfer station on more frequent basis.

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Special consideration needs to be given to our Strata Corp administration and maintenance staff and also to our rental management operators to access and use the waste transfer station on more frequent basis.

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January 2007 talking about a contract between BFI and Sugar Loaf transfer station attendant (1 of 3 pages)
Drafting contract between BFI and Sugar Loaf transfer station attendant

 

The employee will be paid $18.00 per hour for 20 hours per week, plus 1 hour for administration.  The employee will be entitled to 3 weeks holidays per year. (2 of 3 pages)
The employee will be paid $18.00 per hour for 20 hours per week, plus 1 hour for administration.  The employee will be entitled to 3 weeks holidays per year.

(3 of 3 pages)
For example there will be no-one there to supervise.  If the employee gets hurt we could be held in some fashion responsible because we did not supervise properly etc.
For example there will be no-one there to supervise.  If the employee gets hurt we could be held in some fashion responsible because we did not supervise properly etc.

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Everything referred to strata paperwork not done right reapply for property, it says in this snippet
This is just a snippet blown up from the document below.

Everything referred to strata paperwork not done right reapply for property, it says.

Everything referred to strata paperwork not done right reapply for property
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Sept 14, 2006
Azura promises to provide fill, a concrete pad for roadways and landscaping for the site.
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Azura promises to provide fill, a concrete pad for roadways and landscaping for the site.

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Sept 1, 2006
$3,668.66 invoice for La Casa transfer station Sept 1, 2006
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$3,668.66 invoice for La Casa transfer station Sept 1, 2006

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June 16, 2006

The original proposal is better for the following 7 reasons, and one of them being that large volumes of fill will be required.

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March 23, 2006
This is who initiated the garbage transfer station in 2006
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A petition signed by 68 properties (only one person per property [propert owners] signed the petition) from Fintry Delta, Upper Fintry, Shalal Road, and Valley of the Sun and was submitted to Regional District of Central Okanagan asking for smaller bear-proof mini-transfer stations near each subdivision and open 24/7

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Stantec Consulting drawings for La Casa transfer station

 

Stantec Consulting drawings for La Casa transfer station
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Stantec Consulting drawings for La Casa transfer station
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Yet Carol Suhan from the Regional District does say the monies were accepted in late fall 2006 (article above).

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Jim Edgson website plus newspaper article spreading false rumour

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.

im Edgson newspaper article regarding Valley of the Sun and Upper Fintry is not exactly true.
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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 Jim Edgson trying to tell people that he was elected in November 2007 election and that he initiated these water studies when he was elected, 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

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 1999 Official Community Plan of the North Westside Road area back in 1999. 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.

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.

This Regional District Memo from March 23, 2006 states who initiated the garbage transfer station, only it wasn't going to be at La Casa.  This memo talks about a transfer station at Valley of the Sun but residents petition asked for smaller transfer stations at each subdivision.
March 2006 La Casa Transfer Station Memo to Engineering Committee from Waste Reduction Office
There were 68 properties and not just residents that signed this petition, plus this petition was not circulated at Westshore, or Killiney Beach.
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Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes - October 9, 2008 (Pg. 7-8)

7.4 Amendment to RDCO Solid Waste Management Bylaw to reflect the change to an automated waste collection system.

Staff updated the Committee on the need for amendments to the solid waste management bylaw due to changes to an automated waste collection program.

- The exact cost for automated collection need to be confirmed before the bylaw comes forward to the Board for approval.

Program changes with the automated system include costs for;

  • Introducing a pay as you go system ie: if you need larger containers you would pay for it. There will be an opportunity to change the size of the cart one time for no charge.

  • Option to purchase Tag-a-Bag to increase to $2.50 per tag.

  • Changes to Schedule F to encourage business to separate their recyclables. Reintroducing a handling fee to haulers.

- It was noted that there may be a need to extend yard waste pickup depending upon the weather. Currently the pickup time is March thru to November.

- The bylaws are mirror bylaws with each municipality. A technical committee has reviewed changes to the bylaw and final vetting is now being done.

- It was noted that the grant application to UBCM for the purchase of the carts has been turned down. Staff are attempting to determine why the grant was denied.

ACTION: Staff to review all wording in the bylaw before proceeding.

REID/EDGSON

THAT the report on amendments to the RDCO Solid Waste Management Bylaw to reflect changes to an automated waste collection system be received.

CARRIED

7.5 Memorandum of Understanding between the Regional District of Central Okanagan and member municipalities for the Regional Waste Reduction Office to provide cart inventory control and marketing services for automated collection program.

C. Suhan noted that in 1999 the regional district and member municipalities signed an MOU for the regional waste reduction office to provide and adminster the recyclables collection service. Due to changes in the program with the automated collection system it is necessary to move forward with a revised MOU. There is no financial impact with signing the MOU.

It is recommended that the Regional District waste reduction office maintain the inventory of all the carts. As a central location is deemed to be the best option for distributing the carts, the technical committee is recommending using the old KSS site for this purpose. There will be a cost of $59,000 incurred to prepare the site for distribution. This cost will be allocated evenly to the partners. The site will be used for approximately a five month period while the carts are being distributed.

Upon review of the draft MOU it was recommended that staff review the wording of the agreement as well as delete the number of recycling depots in the agreement.

GIVEN/EDGSON

THAT the Governance and services Committee recommend that the Regional Board approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Solid Waste Curbside Collection Services;

AND FURTHER THAT staff forward the MOU to member municipalities for their approval.

CARRIED

C. Suhan circulated a draft budget for the automated waste collection program roll-out for 2009. As she is leaving the Regional District a draft budget was circulated for the Committee's information.

EDGSON/REID

THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive the draft 2009 budget for the solid waste management function, automated waste collection program roll-out and refer the document to future budget discussions.

CARRIED

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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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CURBSIDE COLLECTION on garbage day looks like HECK!

Carol Suhan (Regional District of Central Okanagan Waste Reduction Manager) speaking in the Castanet.net forum defending garbage collectors and the ways in which they do and don't do their job.

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Placing a transfer station near an electrical source and near sight of the travelling public will reduce vandalism, fire bugs, etc..  A motion sensor camera could replace the fulltime transfer station attendant with a part-time transfer station attendant and will reduce everyone's cost over the long term.  Having La Casa properties contributing to both the proposed transfer station at La Casa and Sugar Loaf at the moment if there are only 250 homes build so far at La Casa is 250 x $40.00 utility bill is equal to $10,000 which doesn't exactly cover the cost of a full-time attendant.

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LA CASA TRANSFER STATION

RDCO’s email said the LA CASA transfer station is proposed to be located and built on the lower side of the hill from Westside Road and at the far south side of La Casa (Kelowna side) where there is currently a huge pile of building material waste on crown land which has partially been on fire before. At the pullout right there beside Westside Road, there is a load of dirt with some wood debris mixed in with the dirt just dumped over the edge of the pullout, not to mention the garbage bags tossed over the bank at the pullout as well. La Casa is using the crown land that they are currently applying for to store their building material waste. La Casa is using this land, but we are not able to use it? Does that anger you? Did you know that it is illegal to dump on crown land without permission?

Crown land adjudicator from Kamloops said that La Casa Strata applied for this transfer station crown land back in approx. 2006, but then La Casa let the crown land application lapse and then again La Casa Strata re-applied to purchase this transfer station crown land on Feb 28, 2008 according to the online version of the crown land application database. Kamloops senior land adjudicator Jerry Johnson said that no decision has been made on La Casa’s crown land application yet Aug 2008. La Casa’s crown land application does not mention anything about a transfer station according to Kamloops crown land senior adjudicator Jerry Johnson 250-377-7027, as he said he knew nothing about it. La Casa’s crown land application does state transportation/roadway on the online version of the crown land application database. Jerry Johnson said that Regional Districts usually apply for crown land themselves and that others don’t usually apply for crown land for Regional District’s use.

It said on the front page of the North Westside Communities Newsletter of December 2005:
QUOTE: “North Westside Youth Clean-up Project - Six tons of illegally dumped garbage was collected from the roadway at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain behind the transfer station.”

It also said on another page (page 4) in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of December 2005:
QUOTE: “The annual cleanup of Westside Road, now in it’s 10th year, saw over 30 volunteers join together to collect over 2 pickup loads and 37 bags of garbage.”

It said in the Vernon Morning Star page A23 October 8, 2006:
QUOTE: “The plan is to construct the second transfer station at the La Casa Resort, just south of Fintry, by early 2007.”

It said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of December 2006:
QUOTE: “Carol Suhan, from the Regional District of Central Okanagan reports she is satisfied with the progress of the new community Transfer Site at La Casa. The Strata Council at La Casa has given the go ahead for the Transfer Site. The design for the site is complete and once all of the final documentation is obtained, the new transfer site will be up and running soon after.”

It said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of March 2007:
QUOTE: “The La Casa waste transfer station is waiting for the Province. An application was made to purchase the land from the Province. The monies were accepted by the Province in late fall 2006, the La Casa Strata still has not received title. The survey and drawings are complete and once the La Casa Strata receives the title, the RD will proceed with the lease and build the transfer station.”

It said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of June 2008:
QUOTE: “Waste Reduction Manager, Carol Suhan, was pleased to have something to report. A group from the Regional District met with a group from the La Casa strata who outlined a number of concerns/issues they would like addressed and/or defined prior to giving strata approval and leasing the property to the Regional District.
Suhan stated, “Most of the points outlined are easily addressed and should not be a hindrance to building the station.” The RD is now preparing responses to some of the strata’s queries and developing a time line and potential work plan. If all goes well the new station could be open as early as spring of 2009.”

It also said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of June 2008:
QUOTE: “In 1998, 21 people collected a total of 39 bags. This year 30 residents covered the 15 kms of road and picked up 90 bags of garbage.”

 

Sept 21, 2008
Major restructuring of RDCO from 200 employees down to 105.
CORD has re-organized major departments article from Sept 2008
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Specific studies that are underway are the North Westside transfer station for garbage and water in the Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun area.

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Engineering Committee Minutes March 23, 2006 - page 3

It was recommended that the new community association be consulted.

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MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 3
PROJECT NAME: Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Update: Public Advisory Committee Meeting
LOCATION: Regional District of Central Okanagan office,
1450 KLO Road, Kelowna
DATE OF MEETING: April 4, 2006 DATE: April 17, 2006

Concern voiced over City pursuing a bioreactor landfill without any public consultation.

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Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes - January 18, 2007 - page 2-3

Carol updated the committee on the Year End Report on Garbage, Yard Waste and Recycling Collection Volumes, Plastics and Glass Recycling, Research for Garbage and Recycling Collection RFP, North Westside Transfer Station, Regular Programming and Garbage and Recycling Collection, as per her report.

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES October 6, 2005 - page 5

15th Annual Hazardous Waste Round Up – Oct.1, 2005
Very successful – 33% increase in volume but as a result there was a long waiting time with 150 vehicles idling.

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d) Siting

It appears that the trend to site transfer stations in low profile areas is slowly reversing itself, as solid waste managers site transfer stations in more visible locations. Placing a station near a frequently visited facility, such as a store or community centre, will reduce the need for a full-time attendant. A high volume of visitors to the area tends to encourage a tidy and well-used facility.

e) Staffing

Staff at a transfer station allows the implementation of separation and reduction initiatives, the keeping of a tidy site, the charging of tipping fees, the use of a weigh scale, and fosters good public relations. The disadvantage of staffing a facility is the cost. However, at unstaffed facilities, there is the potential for illicit dumping, and tipping fees cannot be charged. Coin operated gates have been considered in the interior, but they do not address the problem of dumping of undesirable wastes, nor do they allow for payment on the basis of volume dumped. Another suggestion was to begin by staffing a transfer station, but phase it out as the public becomes accustomed to the facility. The size of the facility, the location, and the service population are all influencing factors. Note* In small communities, the tight-knit attitude of the population can ensure proper use and tidiness instead of an attendant.

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With the new carbon tax and the increase in the price of fuel, some people on limited incomes cannot afford to drive to the transfer station once per week.

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Transfer Station comments emailed to us starting July 2008

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Is this where the new transfer station at La Casa is going??

This gate is found on the south side of La Casa towards Kelowna along Westside Road
This gate is found on the south side of La Casa towards Kelowna along Westside Road.  You can see a couple of La Casa homes in this photo.

 

Large pile of waste debris at the south end of La Casa which has been on fire at one point.
This wood pile dump is located half way down the gravel road from the green gate in the photo above.  Looks like they had a fire.  And there are garbage bags mixed in with this large pile of waste debris.

Here is a closer look at the burnt rocks and wood that are in the photo above.
La Casa fire pit

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES October 6, 2005 - page 4

AND FURTHER THAT an independent consultant be retained to complete an analysis of how fire protection can best be provided for the currently unprotected lands between the Wilsons Landing and North Westside Road Volunteer Fire Departments;

 

Map of North Westside Road Fire Service Area.
Map of North Westside Road Fire Service Area
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4.3 Supervision

Operating staff should inspect every transfer station at least once per week. Stations receiving 1,000 tonnes/year or more of waste should provide an operator on site during operating hours. Facilities receiving 5,000 tonnes/year or more should employ staff at the scale house and on the tipping floor or in the bin area at all times during operating hours

RDCO - Total Waste Disposed (tonnes) page 29-30
  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Glenmore Landfill
(expected to close 2045)
96,654 102,377 108,611      
Westside Landfill
(expected to close 2012)
20,907 30,498 28,243      
Central Okanagan Regional District 76,376 84,992 82,542      

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Guide to the Preparation of Regional Solid Waste Management Plans by Regional Districts — Part II

90. Collection / Transfer System
(6) The fear of unauthorized dumping has usually proved unwarranted, particularly where the user-pay program has been preceded by an effective promotional campaign.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gprswmp2.html#s90

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Local governments should be aware of the Provincial Rural Waste Management Financial Assistance Program. Under this program, a portion of the initial capital cost of transfer stations can be considered for by the province as follows:

1. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $30,000, to close an existing inappropriate rural landfill and replace it with a transfer station.

2. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $20,000, to install a transfer station at a new site.

Another aspect that should be considered by local government includes establishing a partnership with the private sector. The extent of the partnership could vary from an equipment supply contract to a build/own/operate/transfer (BOOT) contract. Under a BOOT contract, a private contractor would be responsible for construction and operation of the transfer station for a fee.

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Guidelines for Establishing Transfer Stations for Municipal Solid Waste

4.OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES
4.1 Prohibited and Difficult Wastes
Only small transfer stations, accepting less than 1,000 tonnes/year, should be allowed to operate without staff during operating hours, a privilege that should be rescinded if problems develop.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#41

4.3 Supervision
Operating staff should inspect every transfer station at least once per week. Stations receiving 1,000 tonnes/year or more of waste should provide an operator on site during operating hours. Facilities receiving 5,000 tonnes/year or more should employ staff at the scale house and on the tipping floor or in the bin area at all times during operating hours.

Even at the smallest stations, staff are required on at least an intermittent basis to ensure that prohibited wastes are not being dumped, that the facility is functioning properly, and that the site is being kept clean.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#43

4.6 Site Tidiness
Litter at small unstaffed stations should be cleaned up at least once per week. Cleanup at stations with permanent staff should be done every operating day, or as required. Staffed stations with weigh scales should consider charging users an additional fee if they arrive with improperly secured or improperly covered loads.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#46

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Guidelines for Establishing Transfer Stations for Municipal Solid Waste

5.4 Financing Transfer Stations

There are a number of ways for local government to finance solid waste management functions including waste transfer via transfer stations. They include general revenue and user fees (uniform fees or sub-area/facility specific fees). Implementation of a true user fee system, which would promote the 3 R's by users, will require facility staffing during operating hours. A modified user fee system would be a fixed charge per user, regardless of the extent or frequency of use. This could be done, for example, by issuing keys to the transfer station gate to local area users, or by using a card lock system, and charging an annual fee to the users who receive keys or cards.

Local governments should be aware of the Provincial Rural Waste Management Financial Assistance Program. Under this program, a portion of the initial capital cost of transfer stations can be considered for by the province as follows:

1. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $30,000, to close an existing inappropriate rural landfill and replace it with a transfer station.

2. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $20,000, to install a transfer station at a new site.

Another aspect that should be considered by local government includes establishing a partnership with the private sector. The extent of the partnership could vary from an equipment supply contract to a build/own/operate/transfer (BOOT) contract. Under a BOOT contract, a private contractor would be responsible for construction and operation of the transfer station for a fee.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#54

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December 2006 North Westside Communities News on page 4 states the following:
Carol Suhan, from the Regional District of Central Okanagan reports she is satisfied with the progress of the new community Transfer Site at La Casa.
The Strata Council at La Casa has given the go ahead for the Transfer Site. The design for the site is complete and once all of the final documentation is obtained, the new transfer site will be up and running soon after.
The contract for managing the two sites, La Casa and Sugar Loaf, has not been ratified yet. It is expected everything will be in place for the New Year.

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March 2007 North Westside Communities News on page 4 stated the following:
The La Casa waste transfer station is waiting for the Province. An application was made to purchase the land from the Province. The monies were accepted by the Province in late fall 2006, the La Casa Strata still has not received title. The survey and drawings are complete and once the La Casa Strata receives the title, the RD will proceed with the lease and build the transfer station.

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RDCO does not have a lease agreement for La Casa transfer station June 2008.
This note in the Communities News June 2008 states that the Regional District does not have a lease agreement as of yet.

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Is this where the new La Casa transfer station is going?

La Casa Strata KAS2428 is applying for 3.28 HECTARES of crown land.  La Casa wants to purchase the land from the government.  After La Casa receives title to this land, La Casa can do what it wants with the land.  Is this the land meant for the new La Casa transfer station?
click map for more detail

Here is another map of the Ridgeview (La Casa) Fire Protection Area

Area Size of La Casa +/- 38.07 Hectares (page 2)

La Casa Strata KAS2428 applied Feb 28, 200 to purchase 3.28 HECTARES of crown land.  Here is a link to the crown land application on the ILMB website.  La Casa strata wants to purchase this DL 5266 together with Blocks B, C, And D of District Lot 3542 crown land from the government.  After La Casa receives title to this land, La Casa can do what it wants with the land include putting a transfer station on it. According to the ILRR websites map it shows that there is protected area surrounding La Casa's crown land application.  No decision has been made on this crown land application according to Front Counter BC as of July 24, 2008.  There was a link on Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) website to comment about this application, but it was removed April 20, 2008 according to Front Counter BC 1-877-855-3222.  Front counter BC said that you can still send in a letter to comment or complain though, as a decision has not been made yet.

Okanagan Lake is sending in a letter to Integrated Land Management Bureau to ask if the decision can be delayed until more locals are notified and so that the locals have a chance to comment.

Click the map for more detail

Front counter BC said to send your comment or complaint to:
ILMB
Suite 210, 301 Victoria Street
Kamloops, B.C.
V2C-2A3
Attention: Section head
Reference File #3402164


Disputed applications
63 (1) At any time before a disposition is made on an application, any person may object to the application by filing a notice of objection, setting out the particulars of the objection, in the office of the commissioner for the land recording district in which the land applied for is located.
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/L/96245_01.htm#section63

Comment to RDCO about a re-zoning application or official community plan amendment.

RDCO has a say about Crown Land Applications that is sent to ILMB

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General Revenue Fund - 097 - N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station

Revenues

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Up to July? 2008
Garbage Collection Fees -45,354 -34,682 -47,457 -45,000 -41,804 -75,266 0
Garbage Tag Sales -93 0 0 0 0 0 0
Previous Years Surplus 16,540 3,348 2,195 0 -352 -1291 -17,837
Administration Overhead 1,419 1,560 1,571 2,237 2,386 3,706 0
TOTAL REVENUES -27,488 -29,773 -43,691 -42,763 -39,770 -72,851 -17,837
               
Expenses              
Contract Services 9,984 10,282 11,002 11,601 11,602 20,170 13,100
Insurance 1,133 2,303 1,851 2,740 173 -842 0
Office Supplies 216 162 159 129 0 0 0
Site Maintenance 2,733 1,181 13,105 2,244 3,351 6,830 3,605
Hauling Charges 14,270 15,540 17,574 25,698 23,352 28,857 8,950
Transfer to Equip. Rep. R 2,500 2,500 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL EXPENSES 30,836 31,968 43,691 42,411 38,479 55,014 25,656

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Actual Revenue and Expenses for 097 -- N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station  (alias Sugar Loaf transfer station across from Evely forest campsite, Westside Road) which is approx. 1 km from Westshore Estates.
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Garbage Collection Fees -47,457 -45,000   -75,266  
Previous Years Surplus 2,195 0   -1,291  
Administration Overhead 1,571 2,237   3,706  

Total Revenues

-43,691 -42,763   -72,851  
           
Contract Services 11,002 11,601   20,170  
Insurance 1,851 2,740   -842  
Office Supplies 159 129   0  
Site Maintenance 13,105 2,244   6,830  
Hauling Charges 17,574 25,698   28,857  
Contract Services - La Casa 0 0   0  

Total Expenses

43,691 42,411   55,014  
           
Surplus/Deficit
(year 2003 = 2,195)
0 -352   -17,837  
           
Note * under surplus/deficit, the negative amounts are surplus amounts.

N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf transfer station) revenue and expense files from RDCO

.pdf icon 2005 Expense Detail

.pdf icon 2004 Site Maintenance

.pdf icon 2004 and 2005 Revenue and Expense Totals

.pdf icon 2007 Revenue and Expense Totals

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July 1, 2008 email (re: La Casa) says:
Our Inspections Section provided me with this information. There have been a total of 236 dwellings and additions given building permits so far…dating back to February 2005 up to and including today (July 2nd).

All properties with homes are required by bylaw to contribute.

Once a final building inspection or occupancy permit is issued, whichever occurs first, the property would be added to the utility billing list in our Finance Department. Property owners can also apply at the transfer stations. These are the only two ways that utility billing fees occur.

As stated in previous emails, the La Casa strata currently is not involved with the utility billing as it has a private contractor providing services.

These users as you know, are charged a combination of parcel taxes (which pay for all Solid Waste Management functions including Regional Waste Reduction Office and Westside Sanitary Landfill etc) and user fees through utility billing. The costs of the North Westside Transfer station are covered through a combination of revenue from the above, both parcel tax and utility billing.

However, in discussing this with our Finance Department, in January, there were 761 properties billed for the North Westside Transfer Station utility fee. In January, there were 230 billed for Traders Cove Transfer Station. In each case, the vast majority have homes on them, but there are some property owners that have asked to pay the fee, even though they don’t have a home on the property in order to utilize the services of the transfer station.

What does N.O.W.E.S.I. mean? It is the acronym for North Westside or NOWESI.

The NOWESI 2008 financial budget only covers the Sugar Loaf (North Westside) transfer station.

 

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Tag-a-bags

July 7, 2008 email says:
North Westside transfer station purchased 100 tags from us to sell on April 10th, 2008. They purchased 100 tags on August 27th 2007 and 50 tags on April 4, 2006

Please remember that tags may be purchased at any of the Regional District electoral area retail outlets and are good in the Central Okanagan electoral areas (and the Westside District Municipality), so for example, while I presume most of the tags sold by the Sugar Loaf transfer station are used by customers there, someone from the North Westside area could purchase a tag at another regional district outlet and use the tag on additional bags disposed of at the Sugar Loaf station. They are not required to purchase at the Sugar Loaf transfer station and use the tag there.

No tags are available for purchase or sale at the Traders Cove Transfer station.

The revenue from all contractor tag sales goes into the general fund for Solid Waste Management. As such, our Finance Department does not have a record of tag sales revenue by location and calendar year. We only have the number of tags purchased in bulk by a retail contractor (Mac’s, Westside Landfill, Westside Chamber etc.). So the Sugar Loaf North Westside transfer station requested 100 tags on April 10th this year…we receive the funds after they are sold and those monies would go into the Solid Waste Management budget as revenue, just as we collect tipping fees at the Westside Landfill and that money is considered revenue for the Solid Waste Management program.

Tag sales revenue
  2005 - $3,545.75
  2004 - $3,676.50
  2003 - $4,121.00
  2002 - $3,133.00
  2001 - $2,557.50

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In 2005, what did it cost for the transfer station attendant?  Have a look at this report under "Sanitary Landfill Contract Services".  The attendants service cost $11,601.37 per year or thereabouts.

In 2005, what did it cost for hauling $27,156.02?

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Air quality report ‘not surprising’
Vernon Morning Star - Published: August 19, 2008

Interior Health’s senior medical health officer is not surprised by a new report which says as many as 21,000 Canadians will die prematurely this year because of the effects of air pollution.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. As a matter of fact I think over the last few years there has been a significant expansion of our understanding of the impacts of poor air quality on health,” Dr. Paul Hasselback said.

He added that gone are the days when people could assume air quality was fine until an alert saying otherwise was issued.

The Canadian Medical Association released the report, No Breathing Room: National Illness Costs of Air Pollution, on Wednesday.

“With the start of the Olympics in Beijing, much has been made about the poor air quality in China and the effect it is having on our athletes,” said CMA president Dr. Brian Day.

“But we have a serious home-grown pollution problem right here and Canadians, ranging from the very young to the very old, are paying the price.”

The report found that while most of this year’s air pollution-related deaths will be the result of chronic exposure over many years, almost 3,000 cases will be from acute short-term exposure.

It predicts that by 2031, almost 90,000 people in Canada will die from the acute effects of air pollution and 710,000 will die from long-term exposure.

Air pollution is known to have negative effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

The CMA report says 42 per cent of air pollution-related acute premature deaths will be the result of cardiovascular disease.

It expects the number of premature deaths related to chronic exposure to air pollution in Canada to rise 83 per cent between 2008 and 2031.

During that same time, the accumulated negative economic impact of air pollution is predicted to go from $10 billion to over $300 billion.

The report says there will be 306 acute premature deaths related to air pollution in B.C. this year, along with 1,158 hospital admissions and 8,763 emergency department visits.

By 2031 those totals are expected to rise to 585 acute premature deaths, 1,985 hospital admissions and 14,975 emergency department visits, further stressing our health care system.

Hasselback said residents of the Okanagan are relatively lucky when it comes to air quality.

However, “we live in a valley and that valley is subjected at certain times to what meteorologists call inversions and it traps poor air quality,” he said.

“And we keep adding to that by using vehicles, burning wood fuels (and emitting) other types of pollutants that get into the air.”

On top of the pollution generated locally, pollutants from far away can travel here and get trapped, as happened recently with the forest fires burning in California.

People with existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, as well as the elderly and young children are most at risk from air pollution.

Hasselback suggested people become familiar with the air quality index at www.airhealthbc.ca and at what point poor air quality affects their health.

“And for those who do have chronic diseases (they should) have discussions with their health care provider on what, if any changes need to be made to their treatment regimes to manage poor air quality days,” he said.

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Ticket Offences

Schedule 10, 2006 (i) (Bylaw No. 1165)

Ticket Offences For Regional District of Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 1162, 2006

Prohibited deposit of Garbage or Recyclable Material 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3 = $150.00 fine

Prohibited deposit of Mandatory Recyclable Material 4.1.4 $150.00 fine

Prohibited deposit of Garbage 4.1.5 $150.00 fine

Place Garbage for pickup with others 4.1.6 $150.00 fine

Use Landfill, Transfer Station or Recycling Depot after hours 4.1.8 $150.00 fine

Scavage materials 4.1.11 $150.00 fine

Deposit Garbage or Household Recyclable Materials after hours 4.1.20 $150.00 fine

Fail to cover load 3.1.9 $150.00 fine

(page 2)
SCHEDULE 1, 2006 (ii)
Bylaw No. 1165, 2006
DESIGNATED BYLAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
- Bylaw Enforcement Officer
- Teller/Gate Operator
- Landfill Attendant
- Director of Inspection Services

RDCO Bylaws Index

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July 4, 2008 email from RDCO:

Regarding your email of July 1st at 6:18pm requesting information for bag tag sales. I would suggest that you ask the staff at the Sugar Loaf North Westside transfer station how many tags they sold in each of the calendar years requested. As they are a contractor providing the tag sale service for the Regional District electoral areas (just like Mac’s, Ellison store, Westside Chamber, Westside District Municipality, Sugar Loaf stn) we only keep a record of the purchase of tags and the number of tags sold in bulk to each of our Regional District contractors when they require them. For example, the North Westside transfer station purchased 100 tags from us to sell on April 10th, 2008. They purchased 100 tags on August 27th 2007 and 50 tags on April 4, 2006. Please remember that tags may be purchased at any of the Regional District electoral area retail outlets and are good in the Central Okanagan electoral areas (and the Westside District Municipality), so for example, while I presume most of the tags sold by the Sugar Loaf transfer station are used by customers there, someone from the North Westside area could purchase a tag at another regional district outlet and use the tag on additional bags disposed of at the Sugar Loaf station. They are not required to purchase at the Sugar Loaf transfer station and use the tag there.

No tags are available for purchase or sale at the Traders Cove Transfer station.

The revenue from all contractor tag sales goes into the general fund for Solid Waste Management. As such, our Finance Department does not have a record of tag sales revenue by location and calendar year. We only have the number of tags purchased in bulk by a retail contractor (Mac’s, Westside Landfill, Westside Chamber etc.). So the Sugar Loaf North Westside transfer station requested 100 tags on April 10th this year…we receive the funds after they are sold and those monies would go into the Solid Waste Management budget as revenue, just as we collect tipping fees at the Westside Landfill and that money is considered revenue for the Solid Waste Management program.

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October 12, 2006 email from RDCO:

Tag sales revenue
2005 - $3,545.75
2004 - $3,676.50
2003 - $4,121.00
2002 - $3,133.00
2001 - $2,557.50

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July 4, 2008 email from RDCO:

Are there any North Westside Road properties with homes that do not pay the utility bill for the Sugar Loaf or Traders Cove transfer stations and if so how many, and for what reasons do they not pay?   None…all properties with homes are required by bylaw to contribute.

How many properties are there with homes on them in the North Westside Road area from Westshore Estates to Fintry?  I am sorry, but there is no one place for me to easily go to get the answer to this question. However, in discussing this with our Finance Department, in January, there were 761 properties billed for the North Westside Transfer Station utility fee. In January, there were 230 billed for Traders Cove Transfer Station. In each case, the vast majority have homes on them, but there are some property owners that have asked to pay the fee, even though they don’t have a home on the property in order to utilize the services of the transfer station.

What does the characters N.O.W.E.S.I. mean? Is N.O.W.E.S.I. 2008 financial budget document include both the Traders Cove and Sugar Loaf transfer stations?  It is the acronym for North Westside or NOWESI….regarding the second question, the NOWESI 2008 financial budget only covers the Sugar Loaf (North Westside) transfer station.

N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station (page 38)
Revenue $57,643
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/finance/2008finplan.pdf
Where all does this Revenue $57,643 come from and can you send me some website links or files that shows me what exactly the 2007 revenues and expenses were for? I wish to see the details.
Document 097 function attached.

Your email said:
properties contribute to Sugar Loaf = 763
properties contribute to Traders Cove = 229
Total = 992 properties

992 properties x $40 year utility billing = $39,680
$57,643 revenue 2008 budget minus $39,680 revenue from utility bill = $17,963
Where does this extra Revenue come from??
These users as you know, are charged a combination of parcel taxes (which pay for all Solid Waste Management functions including Regional Waste Reduction Office and Westside Sanitary Landfill etc) and user fees through utility billing. The costs of the North Westside Transfer station are covered through a combination of revenue from the above, both parcel tax and utility billing.

Approx. how many La Casa homes are now sold, do you know?
Our Inspections Section provided me with this information. There have been a total of 236 dwellings and additions given building permits so far…dating back to February 2005 up to and including today (July 2nd, 2008).

If La Casa joins in the North Westside transfer station billing with a new transfer station at La Casa, will each and every one of the 497 La Casa lots automatically have to start paying the garbage utility bill $40.00 per year with lot sold or not as soon as we amalgamate, or will La Casa properties have to start paying the utility bill only at the time the lot is sold, or when will La Casa properties have to start paying the transfer station billing?
Once a final building inspection or occupancy permit is issued, whichever occurs first, the property would be added to the utility billing list in our Finance Department. Property owners can also apply at the transfer stations. These are the only two ways that utility billing fees occur. As stated in previous emails, the La Casa strata currently is not involved with the utility billing as it has a private contractor providing services.

Currently how does RDCO start billing North Westsiders for the Sugar Loaf Transfer station, does RDCO wait until someone phones RDCO and inquires about where to take their garbage or goes down to use the transfer station before RDCO starts billing them, or is it automatic billing to each property with a home on it in the North Westside? Answered in previous question.

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RDCO email June 30, 2008 says:

There are 763 homes contributing to the North Westside transfer station. The existing properties at La Casa are not currently contributing to the existing transfer station as they have their own commercial pick up in place. However, when the new La Casa transfer station is in place, these properties will begin contributing to the cost of the North Westside transfer stations (existing one at Sugar Loaf and La Casa). At total build out there will be 450 plus properties at La Casa contributing to the North Westside transfer stations.
There are 229 homes contributing to the Trader’s Cove transfer station.

763 homes contributing to Sugar Loaf Transfer Station x $40 per year = $30,520

229 homes contributing to Traders Cove Transfer Station x $40 per year = $9,160

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July 2, 2008 email from RDCO B.S.:
You should direct your inquiries regarding properties, rules and regulations etc. at La Casa to their strata or strata management company. I don’t have that information.
As I’ve said in previous emails regarding this, there are 400 plus (I don’t have the exact number and I’m sorry but I’m not able to spend more time tracking this down) properties that have been sold to private owners at La Casa
If and when the La Casa transfer facility is in place, these properties that are sold and any subsequent that are sold would begin to be billed for the utility fee.

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NO THE LA CASA TRANSFER STATION WON'T COST WESTSIDERS ANYMORE, BUT WESTSIDER'S WILL GO INTO DEBT BY $15,515.00 INSTEAD?

N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station  (also known as Sugar Loaf Transfer Station) (page 38)

Financial Plan Budget 2008 Revenue $57,643
$57,643 divided by $40 utility bill = 1,441 properties minus 992 properties currently paying = 449 properties at La Casa we think is how they came to this figure.

properties contribute to Sugar Loaf = 763
properties contribute to Traders Cove = 229
Total = 992 properties
992 properties x $40 year utility billing = $39,680
$57,643 2008 Budget Revenue minus utility bill $39,680 = $17,963
$17,963 divided by $40 utility bill = 449 properties
 

Financial Plan Budget 2008 Expenses $73,158 (a)
a. Additional operating costs for new La Casa transfer station

 

N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station (actual revenue and expense)

  2004 2005 2006
REVENUE      
Garbage Collection Fees 47,457 45,000  
Administration Overhead 1,571 2,237  
Sub-total 45,886 42,763  
Previous Yrs Surplus/Deficit -2,195 0.00  

Total Revenue

43,691 42,763  
*Note* "administration overhead" grew tremendously between 2004 and 2005.
       
EXPENSE      
Site Maintenance (*bin 10,190) *13,105 2,244  
Contract Services (wages) 11,002 11,601  
Insurance (liability) 1,851 2,740  
Office Supplies 159 129  
Hauling Charges 17,574 25,698  
Total Expenses 43,691 42,411  
Surplus/Deficit (2003 - 2,195) 0.00 352 1,291

 

2004
$47,457 garbage collection fees, minus
$39,680 utility bill of 992 properties
= extra $7,777 revenue other than the $40.00 utility bill


2005
$45,000 garbage collection fees, minus
$39,680 utility bill of 992 properties
= extra $5,320 revenue other than the $40.00 utility bill

.pdf icon 2005 Expense Detail (File from RDCO)

.pdf icon 2004 Site Maintenance (File from RDCO)

.pdf icon 2004 and 2005 Revenue and Expense Totals (File from RDCO)

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The North Westside Ratepayers previously had the contract for the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station. This contract was for the period Jan 1, 2002 and ending December 31, 2006

NWRA Agreement

2. Services
The Association shall provide all labour and materials necessary for the operation and maintenance of the Station during the term of this agreement and shall provide staff for operating of the station for approximately 16 hours per week or as otherwise agreed in writing by the parties.

3. The Regional District agrees to pay the Association for the services provided pursuant to the agreement, the sum of $9,152.00 for each full year of the term of this agreement payable in monthly instalments of $762.00 per month commencing January 1, 2002 for the first 11 months with the twelfth month being $770.00. (Such funds to be paid from the funds collected by the Regional District by a utility bill applied to all dwellings in the North Westside Fire Protection Area. This amount may be adjusted from year to year subject to negotiation and agreement).

The Regional District shall bill all owners of dwellings in the North Westside Fire Protection Area by means of a utility bill and use these funds to pay the Association and other authorized accounts for the operation, maintenance and management of this site.

9. Hauling Fees
The Regional District agrees to pay the hauling fees of the recycling bins during the term of this agreement as funded by the Parcel Tax.

10. Administration Fees
The Regional District shall handle the funds derived from the utility bill pursuant to Clause #3 and will charge an administration fee of $610.00 per year based on a percentage of 3.5% of the budgeted operational funds.

12. Tipping Fees
The tipping fees for depositing the contents of our waste bins at the Westbank Landfill will be absorbed by the Regional District from the Parcel Tax on every parcel of land in the area.

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Westside Landfill Services Consultation Process - Sept 16, 2008
From RDCO "What's New" webpage

It appears people strongly support the provision of some key services at the Westside Sanitary Landfill once it closes during 2010.

More than 1,200 people responded to a voluntary questionnaire that was available during June and a statistically-valid telephone survey found similar results: More than three-quarters of those participating would like to see garbage, recycling and yard waste drop-off available at the landfill located off Asquith Road. It’s proposed those and other services could be made available in a transfer station type facility, after the landfill is closed and solid waste materials are no longer buried there. Many of those responding to the questionnaire or survey indicated they would be willing to pay for the convenience of being able to drop off materials at a future facility.

Summary of results:

Telephone survey (210 respondents; accuracy rate of +/- 6% 19 times of 20):

76% think it is important or very important (51%) to have a garbage drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
74% think it is important or very important (46%) to have a yard waste drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
73% think it is important or very important (44%) to have a recyclables drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
42% are willing to pay $85/tonne for landfill tipping fees. 24% are “definitely not” willing to pay that fee
37% are willing to pay $15 per pick-up load of yard waste, 32% are “definitely not” willing to pay the fee
88% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage at least 1-2 times per year
30% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage 11+ times per year
74% used the Westside Landfill to drop off yard waste in 2007
69% used the Westside Landfill to drop off recyclables in 2007
Volunteer mail-in and drop-off survey (1,250 respondents):

81% think it is important or very important (66%) to have a garbage drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
91% think it is important or very important (86%) to have a yard waste drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
86% think it is important or very important (68%) to have a recyclables drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
51% are willing to pay $85/tonne for landfill tipping fees. 15% are “definitely not” willing to pay that fee
53% are willing to pay $15 per pick-up load of yard waste, 17% are “definitely not” willing to pay the fee
83% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage at least 1-2 times per year
27% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage 11+ times per year
95% use the Westside Landfill to drop off yard waste at least 1-2 times per year
40% use the Westside Landfill to drop off yard waste 11+ times per year
87% use the Westside Landfill to drop off recyclables at least 1-2 times per year
28% use the Westside Landfill to drop off recyclables 11+ times per year
Residents living in the Westside District Municipality, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves took part in the telephone survey and voluntary questionnaire.

Regional District Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Based on the results we received, our outside engineering consultants from CH2MHill are preparing a Conceptual Transfer Station-Convenience Centre design and Concept Closure Plan for the Landfill. When these are complete, the Regional District will host a number of Information Meetings and Open Houses. During these sessions residents and other stakeholders will be able to provide further comment on the proposed options for services and possible functions once the landfill closes. We’ll also outline the costs of various services as the materials collected would have to be transported to the Glenmore Landfill and tipping fees to the City of Kelowna would apply.”

The Regional District has developed a webpage for information regarding the Westside landfill closure.

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Westside landfill Closure
Landfill Consultation Response Excellent
The response from residents living west of the Bennett Bridge to a recent public consultation has been phenomenal. They were asked what services should be provided at the Westside Sanitary Landfill when it closes in 2010.

Just over 200 residents living in the Westside District Municipality, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves replied to a telephone survey while more than 1,200 people filled out and returned questionnaires.

Regional District Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Over the summer, we’ll compile the results from the completed questionnaires that were returned by the general public and customers using the landfill. Combined with the results of the statistically valid phone survey, we’ll come up with some options for services at a transfer station that would be developed at the landfill, once it is closed and solid waste materials are no longer being buried there. We’ll also outline the costs of various service options as the materials collected would have to be transported and tipping fees would apply at the Glenmore landfill.”

Smith adds, “Initial findings from the telephone survey show that approximately three quarters of respondents said it was important or very important to continue to have a drop off for garbage, recycling and yard waste at the Westside landfill location on Asquith Road.”

This fall, draft plans and options for possible services, costs and the layout of the proposed transfer station will be presented at a Public Information Session and Open House on the Westside. The Regional Board will be asked to consider a transfer station proposal for the site, early in the New Year.

Follow this link to the webpage with information regarding the Westside landfill Closure.

(Source RDCO's website "What's New" June 30, 2008)

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Recycling Depots Re-designed
Our recycling depots are being RE-designed. This weekend the four area recycling depots will be switched over from the old-style bins to more convenient and easy to access low-profile collection bins.

“The new bins are only about five feet tall so it will be very easy for everyone, including children, to throw their recyclables in,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator. “And because of the size of the new bins, no one will have to climb any stairs or hoist their recyclables over their heads.”

Stewart adds that to make recycling even easier, residents will now be able to mix all their recyclable materials together – except glass and cardboard – when they drop them off at the recycling depots. “You won’t have to separate your paper from your plastic containers or tin cans, but can simply mix everything together. Glass and cardboard will still have to be separated, though.”

The change-over will happen over a couple of days at the end of June and the beginning of July. As there may be some short delays in set-up, residents are asked to be patient until the new depots are fully operational. The depots will remain open during the change-over and hours of operation will be the same as now.

The recycling depots accept the identical materials as the blue bag program: all paper and cardboard, tin and aluminum cans, household plastic containers #1-7 and plastic film like plastic bags and shrink wrap. The recyclables should be clean (rinsed and empty) before bringing them to the depots. There is no charge for the service.

OK Environmental Waste Systems, a local waste management company, was awarded the contract to operate the depots for the next five years. For more information, follow this link to our Recycling Depots webpage or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(June 26, 2008)

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– June 23, 2008
Residential Recycling Processing Contract
The Regional Board has awarded a seven year contract for the processing and marketing of materials from the residential blue bag recycling program to begin in March 2009. Metro Waste Paper
Recovery Incorporated was one of three companies responding to a Request for Proposals and was selected after an evaluation process as having the most favourable bid which includes a three tier rate
structure. Metro has been the sub-contractor for the Regional District’s curbside and depot recycling program since 2000.

Gypsum Recycling Contract Awarded
The Regional Board has awarded a five year contract for collection and recycling of gypsum and drywall materials for a price of $125 per tonne. Okanagan Gypsum Recycling Enterprises was selected after an evaluation process as having the most favourable of
five proposals received in response to a Request for Proposals involving the Regional District’s of North Okanagan, Central Okanagan, Okanagan- Similkameen and the District Municipality of Summerland.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – April 28, 2008
Solid Waste Management Plan Approved
The Regional Board has adopted the Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Plan. The plan which governs all waste reduction activities in the Regional District was revised after extensive
consultation with the public and technical community during 2006. The plan addresses waste reduction and solid waste management needs of the area in three phases over the next 15 years. The Ministry of Environment reviewed the proposed plan and recently gave its approval.

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Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting– April 10, 2008
Recycling Depot & Transfer Stations Contract
The Regional Board has awarded a five year contract for the operation and collection of materials at recycling depots, waste transfer stations and the cleanup of illegal dump sites on Crown Land.
Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Limited was one of three qualified bids received for a combined services contract, which begins July 1st.
Over the five year term based on the volume of recyclables collected, the cost of operating four recycling depots will be $1,825,000 and will see improvements in the layout of each site and bin enclosures in order to improve traffic flow and parking. This cost could vary depending whether the volumes of materials collected are higher or lower than in 2007. The cost of operating the Trader’s Cove and North Westside transfer stations will be $525,000 and takes into account higher fuel and labour costs since the last contract was awarded five years ago. The illegal dumping site cleanup cost remains at approximately $17,000 per year and the contractor will provide improved equipment to access remote locations on Crown Land.

Sugar Loaf Expenses 2004 = 43,691
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2005 = 42,411
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2006 =
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2007 = 55,014
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2008 =

Traders Cove Expenses 2004 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2005 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2006 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2007 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2008 =
 

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Minutes of the Special Board Meeting of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Thursday, April 10, 2008
1. New Business
1.1 Award of Contract - Recycling Depot and Waste Transfer Station Operations and Collection Service (All Directors - Weighted Vote)
Staff noted that based on volumes of recyclables collected in 2007, the costs for the operations of the recycling depots will be $365,000 per year for the five year period ($1,825,000 for five years or $7.15 per household per year). If volumes collected are higher or lower than the 2007 volumes, costs will vary accordingly. The costs with the new contract will increase 14%, commencing July 2008.

The cost of the operations of the North Westside Road and Trader's Cove waste transfer sites will be $105,000 per year ($525,000 for five years or about $81.00 per household per year). The costs of the two stations' operations are presently about $88,000. Again, costs may vary depending on the volumes of wastes collected and the number of hauls that must be made to landfills and/or the recycling processing plant. The increase of contract costs by 20% is primarily attributed to the significant increases in fuel and labour costs.

The cost increases were anticipated and built into the 2008 budget. Okanagan Environmental Services name has been changed to Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Ltd.

#89/08 GIVEN/DAY
THAT the Regional Board award the Recycling Depot and Waste Transfer Stations Operations and Collection Service contract to Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Ltd. for the five year period and with a two year extension option, beginning July 1, 2008, for a total cost during the five year period of $1,825,000, as well as a total cost for the North Westside Road and Trader's Cover waste transfer sites of $525,000.
CARRIED

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Budget Meeting Minutes - March 28, 2008 (Pg. 1)
#83/08 Hanson/Baker
THAT the Regional Board award the curbside collection contract to Okanagan Environmental Services for the seven year period beginning March 1, 2009, the cost being $1,194,858 ($170,694 per year or $117.72 per household per year.
CARRIED

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Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting– March 28, 2008
As a form of local government, the Regional District provides local services such as water, community parks and planning to the Electoral Areas. It also provides regional services to the Electoral Areas and the member municipalities. These regional services include 9-1-1, dog control, regional parks and recycling.

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Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting– March 28, 2008
Automated Curbside Collection Contract
The Regional Board has approved a seven year contract for automated waste and recycling collection. After an extensive review of qualified proposals by an evaluation team, Okanagan
Environmental Services was selected as the winning bid to provide the automated service starting March 1st, 2009. The company’s bid of $1,194,858 breaks down to a cost of $170,694 (plus fuel increases) in each year of the seven year contract or $117.72 per household. In addition to the Regional Board support for the Electoral Areas, each member municipality must approve the contract for its jurisdiction.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – March 17, 2008
Automated Waste Collection Program
The Regional Board has authorized staff to submit an application to the Union of BC Municipalities General Strategic Priorities Fund to cover the costs of purchasing wheeled carts to be used in the proposed Automated Waste and Recycling Collection Program.
Staff will also prepare a loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the purchase of carts for 1,450 single family dwellings in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas. It also recommends the Westside District Municipality
prepare a similar bylaw for more than $1.8 million to purchase carts for 9,500 property owners. If the UBCM funding is not be approved, it’s anticipated elector support would be required through the Alternative Approval Process.

Note* $262,000 divided by 1,450 properties = $180.69 each
         $1.8 million divided by 9,500 properties = $189.47 each

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes - March 17, 2008 (Pg. 10-11)

8.2 Automated Collection RFP Update, including UBCM General Strategic Priorities Funding Application and Loan Authorization for Cart Purchase (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Engineering Services report dated March 12, 2008 outlined the automated collection Request for Proposal as well as the need to submit an application to the UBCM General Strategic Priorities Fund for the purchase of carts for all partners for the automated collection program. Should the grant application not be approved the member municipalities would require a loan authorization bylaw.
Staff provided a brief overview and updated the Board on the process. it was noted that Westside Council approved moving forward with automated garbage collection. Westside Council need to determine how they want to proceed with elector assent (alternative approval process or referendum) for their loan authorization bylaw should the UBCM grant application not be approved.
#77/08 SHEPHERD/REID
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the report of the Waste Reduction Supervisor, dated March 12, 2008 regarding the automated collection RFP update;
AND THAT the Regional Board approve staff on behalf of member municipalities and electoral areas submitting an application under the UBCM General strategic Priorities Fund (GSPF) for funding the purchase of carts for the automated collection program.
AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board approve staff developing a loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the purchase of the automated collection carts for residents of the electoral areas within the Regional District of Central Okanagan;
AND THAT the Regional Board recommends that the Westside District Municipality prepare a loan authorization bylaw for $1,868,413 for the purchase of carts for its residents.
CARRIED (opposed Director Neis)

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– November 19, 2007
Solid Waste Management Bylaw Amended
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw which affects the rates for curbside waste and recycling pickups in the Westside and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas. The bylaw changes are required as a result of increased costs for garbage, yard waste and recycling collection as well as higher costs for the processing and marketing of recyclables associated with negotiating short-term contracts with service
providers. The updated bylaw also provides for the future construction of a Westside Landfill waste transfer station. Customers in the two Electoral Areas will see utility billing and parcel tax rates rise just over $12 to $110.10 to reflect the increases in the new contracts.

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Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2007
b) Amendment to Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 1162
Carol explained that staff negotiated short-term contracts (7 to 10 months) with OK Environmental Services for garbage and yard waste collection for the Electoral Areas at a rate of $4.31 per household/month), and recyclables collection for all households in the Regional District service area at a rate of $1.75 per household
per month. A short-term contract was also negotiated with Metro Materials Recovery Inc. (recyclables processing and marketing services) for $83.20 per tonne. As such it is necessary to amend Schedule B of Bylaw No. 1162, to reflect an increase from $58.64 to $60.74. Carol advised that the fee adjustment for garbage would carry over into 2009 until a new automated collection contract is in
place.
Discussion ensued re. the Westside Landfill closing soon and having a transfer station at the site, as it could be more economical to transport waste from there to the Glenmore Landfill.
DAY/HANSEN
THAT the Engineering Committee approves an amendment to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw 1162 to increase the solid waste management utility billing and parcel tax by $12.10 ($98.00 to $110.10) to reflect the increased costs for garbage, yard waste and recyclables collection, recyclables processing and marketing, and costs for construction of a Westside Landfill waste transfer station
in 2008;
AND FURTHER that the definition of “Mandatory Recyclable Material” be amended to reflect the recent addition of e-waste to the Provincial Environmental Management Act’s Recycling Regulation (Product Stewardship Program).
CARRIED

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Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2007
3. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
a) Automated Curbside Collection Program RFP Process
Carol Suhan advised that the initial results of the pilot project have been very impressive with participants recycling more than one third more, 15% less garbage was collected, and in September one and a half times more yard waste was collected. Carol stated that participants love the program, others are enquiring as to when they can start the program, and staff and elected officials who attended the “Kick the Tires” info sessions were impressed with the speed and finesse of the vehicle’s grabber arm and carts.
Another survey will be sent out to participants next week to assess service, preference for cart sizes and yard waste collections.
With regard to the business case analysis, Carol advised that CH2MHill has now revised their financial analysis to reflect the cost of debagging recyclables/yard waste and decreased tipping fees resulting from decreased garbage volumes. It is estimated there will be a $340,000 - $500,000 reduction in the cost of overall operations in comparison to a manual collection system i.e. a potentially lower cost of $13-$17 per household per year.
Preparation of the RFP for the automated trucks and service delivery has commenced. There will be two zones, the City of Kelowna and the combined jurisdictions of RDCO, new Westside Municipality, WFN and Districts of Peachland and Lake Country. However, the Districts of Peachland and Lake Country will need to confirm participation prior to the RFP release at the end of November. A seven-year contract with three one year extensions is proposed.
Discussion ensued with respect to the possibility of Peachland and Lake Country choosing not to join in; it was noted that if they did remain separate, they would be looking after their own contracts and education, which would entail extra costs for them. Mayor Reid felt the need for more discussion.
KNOWLES/NOVAKOWSKI
THAT the report be received.
1 Vote Opposed (Reid) CARRIED

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 29, 2007
Short-term Waste Collection Contracts
The Regional Board has authorized three separate short-term contracts for the collection of garbage and yard waste and recycling and the processing and marketing of recyclables. The seven to ten month contracts take effect on July 1st and will allow time for possible tender calls and implementation of an automated waste collection system. The monthly contract for garbage and yard waste collection with OK Environmental Services will cost $4.31 per household while the monthly recycling collection contract will be $1.75 per household. A contract with Metro Materials Recovery Incorporated to process and market collected recyclables is at a rate of $83.20 per tonne. The sale of recyclables covers the cost of processing the collected materials.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 1, 2007
Proclamation
The Regional Board has proclaimed the week of October 15th to 21st as ‘Waste Reduction Week’ in the Central Okanagan. The national campaign is designed to raise awareness about the environmental and social impacts of waste and the Regional District is committed to taking the lead in conserving resources, protecting the environment and community education.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 1, 2007
Automated Waste and Recycling Collection
Pending the results of the pilot project the Regional Board has endorsed in principle a proposal that would see a new contract for automated curbside garbage, recycling and yard waste collection. Staff from the Regional District and member municipalities will coordinate a Request for Proposals from companies interested in providing the automated waste collection service for a new contract expected to begin in 2009. Wheeled carts will be purchased for property owners to use in the automated collection program adding between $25 and $35 per household to the annual cost of providing curbside waste pickup. Those costs will be included for consideration during the 2008 budget process. Since the automated collection program won’t begin until 2009, staff will negotiate an extension to the present manual pickup contract.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– July 9, 2007
Automated Waste Collection Pilot Project
The Regional Board has approved a pilot project to test an automated system for collecting garbage, recycling and yard waste. The Regional District Waste Reduction Office proposes a trial period this fall (September – December) involving approximately
500 homes and businesses in Glenmore, the Westside and Peachland. The participants will use special wheeled carts for their garbage, recycling and yard waste, which can be picked up by an automated truck. The Waste Reduction Office will use information gathered from the pilot project to confirm whether to call for proposals for an automated waste collection system for a new contract slated to begin in July 2008.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes – May 10, 2007
c) Plastic Bag Ban
Carol reported that Mayor Shepherd had requested information be presented to the Committee on the recent trend of banning plastic shopping bags. Her report was discussed and the consensus of the Committee was that this is a private sector issue and nothing should change.
Within Carol’s report under ‘Some Facts about Plastic Bags’ an amendment was made to read: “It takes 11.325 million barrels of oil to produce 100 billion plastic bags” (NOT 20 billion barrels)
HANSON/KNOWLES
THAT the report be received. CARRIED

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Minutes of the Engineering Committee Meeting of the Regional District of Central Okanagan March 20, 2007

North West Side Transfer Stations
No further progress has been made on building a second waste transfer station for North Westside Road residents. Construction cannot commence until La Casa Cottage Resort is assigned full legal authority of the property.

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March 12, 2007 Agenda - Regional Board Report
Curbside Plastics Recycling/Glass Removal and Yard Waste Collections
Amend Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw 1162 Schedule "D" (Sanitary Landfill/Recycling/Garbage Collection Fees) for proposed fee changes.

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Page 3 Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes - January 18, 2007
b) Garbage and Recycling Collection Services
Carol advised the Engineering Committee that the challenges with Waste Management to provide service have decreased from 150 calls per month to 25 per month. Carol asked the Committee if they had been receiving complaints from residents. She inquired whether a strong letter should be written to Waste Management supported by the Engineering Committee outlining the deep concern about the issue. Furthermore, should the letter include a warning that if service does not improve significantly immediately, that Waste Management will not be allowed to bid on the 2008 collection waste and recycling tender. The committee discussed the issues.
Knowles/Baker
That the Engineering Committee recommends that a letter be written to Waste Management from the Committee outlining our concerns based on the excessive number of complaints.
CARRIED

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Westside Issues Committee Meeting Minutes, January 8, 2007 (Pg. 2)
Sugar Loaf Transfer Site
The Association noted that at their request, the Regional District staff had agreed to keep the Association informed about changes to the transfer site.

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Feb 16, 2006 email from RDCO

There is $1.00 fee for the lease with the crown for the North Westside Road Transfer Station. The lease is for ten years and was just renewed March 10, 2005 with the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, License of Occupation No. 340827, to March 2015. pdf of Lease Agreement attached (NWTransferLicense-Lease.pdf)

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Governance and Services Committee Meeting – February 25, 2005 (Pg.4)

Effluent/Water Disposal - $80,000 deficit from 2004 due to reduced revenues from tipping fees. Volumes dropped as one hauler is going elsewhere.
ACTION: H. Hettinga to review restriction on haulers taking effluent out of the area.
Finance to add effluent/water disposal fees to tax requisition comparison page for Westside South and Westside North.

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES November 27, 2003 (page 6)

Garbage & Recycling Collection Contracts
Hilary stated that the RDCO’s garbage and recycling contracts are up for renewal in December 2004. Staff is investigating the option of negotiating contract extensions to July 2008 to coordinate with the City of Kelowna’s garbage collection contract. It was pointed out that the downside to mass negotiation is that there is no competition when it gets too big. However Colin stressed that the City would insist that bids be on a region and/or City alone basis. A formal report with dates and costs will be brought back to the Committee in January.

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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN
Financial Statements
For the year ended December 31, 2002

Exhibit 3 (page 22)
Regional District of the Central Okanagan
General Revenue Fund Surplus
For the year ended December 31
N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station
2002 (3,348)
2001 (16,540)

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting–Dec 10, 2001
Contract Approved
The Regional Board gave approval to a five-year contract
with the North Westside Ratepayers Association for the
operation of the North Westside Road Waste Transfer
and Recycling Station. For the past five years, the
Ratepayers Association has administered the operation
of this waste transfer and recycling station that services
approximately 600 homes at the north end of Westside
Road. The site was originally established when the
Bouleau Dump was closed in 1996. Under the terms of
the agreement the Regional District pays the association
a sum of $9,152.00 for each year and in return the
association handles all the administration including
staffing for four mornings a week.
Contact: Hilary Hettinga, P. Eng. 868-5241
Director of Engineering Services

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Most vehicles at Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun need to be large to haul water, as there is no water at Valley of the Sun or Upper Fintry.

Fuel Bill Estimator

Two examples of what it would cost to dump your garbage at Sugar Loaf Transfer Station with a large vehicle: 

Valley of the Sun
8.2 km's from entrance to Valley of the Sun to Sugar Loaf transfer station turn off Westside Road.  8.2 x 2 = 16.4 km's return trip.  16.4 km's x 52 weeks per year = 852.8 km's per year.  852.8 Km's per year and fuel at $1.390 plus you get 16 L/100 km, you would be spending according to the "Fuel Bill Estimator" $189.71 per year to dump your garbage.  If you are paying $1.590 per litre for fuel, the "Fuel Bill Estimator" says you will be paying $217.00 per year for fuel.  Plus you are adding mileage to your vehicle wearing it out, adding pollution, and depleting oil sands resources all at the same time.

Fintry
10.5 km's from Fintry turn off at Westside Road to Sugar Loaf transfer station turn off at Westside Road.  10.5 km's x 2 = 21 km's return trip.  21 km's x 52 weeks in a year = 1092 km's per year.  1092 km's per year and fuel at $1.390 plus you get 16 L/100 km, you would be spending according to the "Fuel Bill Estimator" $242.86 per year to dump your garbage.  If you are paying $1.590 per litre for fuel, the "Fuel Bill Estimator" says you will be paying $277.80 per year for fuel.  Plus you are adding mileage to your vehicle wearing it out, adding pollution, and depleting oil sands resources all at the same time.

So what if it only costs $40.00 for the transfer station when you have to pay $242.86 per year for fuel alone!!  A few years ago the North Westside Road properties from Westshore to La Casa would have paid $200.00 each property to buy up 5 properties for smaller transfer station sites.  Since the North Westside people have been so lax and they don't think of the future, we will have to pay a fortune when the time comes that government will require the garbage to be closer.  Sustainability remember and rules change all the time!  Wait and see what happens in the future since people have sat back and did nothing ... pretty sure the people will be paying for it out of their pockets in the end!  Can anyone see past their nose??  What are you waiting for, the garbage bill to get bigger?

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA CLIMATE ACTION CHARTER

(4) The Parties share the common goals of:
(f) encouraging infrastructure and a built environment that supports the economic and social needs of the community while minimizing its environmental impact.

(5) In order to contribute to reducing GHG emissions:
(a) Signatory Local Governments agree to develop strategies and take actions to achieve the following goals:
(iii) creating complete, compact, more energy efficient rural and urban communities
(e.g. foster a built environment that supports a reduction in car dependency and energy use, establish policies and processes that support fast tracking of green development projects, adopt zoning practices that encourage land use patterns that increase density and reduce sprawl.)

(9) This Charter is not intended to be legally binding or impose legal obligations on any Party and will have no legal effect.

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VICTORIA - (May 21) - One hundred and twenty-three local governments are now signed on to the B.C. Climate Action Charter with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), committing to become carbon neutral by 2012.

Local governments that sign the B.C. Climate Action Charter pledge to become carbon neutral, and measure and report on their community’s greenhouse gas emissions profile, and work to create compact, more energy efficient communities.

List of Local Governments, as of May 21, 2008
13. Central Okanagan Regional District

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U-Tube Video - The bear that tried to break into my house.

U-Tube Video - Bear breaks into car

U-Tube Video - Bear attack

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A garbage dump later to become landfill was operated on a site north of Killiney Beach on the west side of Okanagan Lake to serve Fintry, Ewing’s Landing, Valley of the Sun, Killiney Beach and West Shore communities. That operation was managed by long term resident, Jules Harvath. The Regional District experienced a lot of bear problems at this location and eventually it was closed in favour of locating the transfer station closer to the centre of the communities, and operated by a community association. A transfer station was also located at Traders Cover to provide a disposal site for residents generally within the Traders Cove and Lake Okanagan Resort areas. (page 29)

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd/2007 Agendas/07_02_26/Item 2.1 Historical Review of the Regional District of Central Okangan.pdf

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Sugar Loaf Transfer Station sign - should be open 24/7 summer 2008
Letter below asks residents to help open the Sugar Loaf transfer station up 24/7.

If you want better garbage disposal
Letter posted to the bulletin board regarding garbage disposal options.
(click letter to read larger print)
This letter was posted to the local bulletin board May 22, 2008 regarding garbage disposal options.

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From Westside Road Communities News Jun 2008 Volume 4 ~ Issue 1

June 2008 Westside Road Communities News reported that the 13th annual Westside Road clean up crew of 30 picked up 90 bags of garbage along a 15 km stretch of Westside Road embankments. (from page 16)

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June 2008 Westside Road Communities News reported the following (from page 2):

La Casa Transfer Station

Waste Reduction Manager, Carol Suhan, was pleased to have something to report.  A group from the Regional District met with a group from the La Casa strata who outlined a number of concerns/issues they would like addressed and/or defined prior to giving strata approval and leasing the property to the Regional District.

Suhan stated, "Most of the points outlined are easy to address and should not be a hindrance to building the station.  The RD is now preparing responses to some of the strata's queries and developing a time line and potential work plan."

If all goes well the new station could be open as early as spring of 2009. (from page 2)

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June 2008 Westside Road Communities News also reported that sometimes full bags of garbage are lost on the way to the transfer station (from page 6)

Do you remember this information below from before:

North West Side Transfer Stations March 20, 2007
No further progress has been made on building a second waste transfer station for North Westside Road residents. Construction cannot commence until La Casa Cottage Resort is assigned full legal authority of the property. (page 5)

 

Garbage bag laying in the road at Valley of the Sun on Westside Road near Fintry BC
Someone may have lost their garbage bag laying in the middle of the road at Valley of the Sun on May 22, 2008

 

We are past the 2nd anniversary of April 2006 when we last took photos of this garbage at Valley of the Sun transfer station.  It could even be the 3rd or 4th anniversary or more of this garbage sitting here at Valley of the Sun transfer station.  This garbage at Valley of the Sun was not lost off someone's vehicle.  Looks more like a garbage dump and not a transfer station.
Valley of the Sun's new transfer station.

There are three fridges illegally dumped at Valley of the Sun June 8, 2008 ... two years ago there were just 2 fridges illegally dumped now there are three. (photo above and below)

Use to be two fridges illegally dumped and now there are three

See photos of two of these illegally dumped fridges we took back in April 2006.

 

Garbage left at the new Valley of the Sun transfer station.
This is a closer look at one section of the garbage at Valley of the Sun transfer station.  There are a bunch of glass jars and tangled rusty wire, a plant pot ... anyway some of the glass jars are broken there and so animals could cut their feet.  Wonder who should be called ... conservation or RDCO?  Probably have better luck calling conservation.

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Garbage collection is abysmal
May 23, 2008 - Kelowna Capital News - Letters

To the editor:

When a municipality tenders for a service, the bids received provide a range of prices suppliers feel the job is worth. More often than not, choosing the lowest bidder results in unsatisfactory performance. The following is an example.

In our area, garbage is scheduled for pick-up every Friday. Most residents set it at the curb Thursday evening. Nine times out of 10 it sits there for two days. When you phone the contractors office, the explanation ranges from “it was too wet, too slippery, too windy, too cold—or one of our trucks was sick and couldn’t go out”.

This past holiday weekend our city streets were decorated with hundreds (maybe thousands) of bags until they were picked up on Monday. Not the most glamorous presentation for visiting tourists!

Bryce Ruhnke.
Kelowna

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Automated Waste Collection Approved

Starting in March 2009, the vast majority of households in the Central Okanagan will receive a new automated collection system for garbage, yard waste and recyclables. Last night the District of Lake Country Council joined its municipal partners (Regional District, City of Kelowna, District of Peachland, Westside District Municipality) by awarding the contract for collection services to OK Environmental Services.

“We’re really excited to introduce this program in partnership with all the communities within the Regional District,” says Mayor James Baker. “We work together on many initiatives but this is one of the biggest inter-regional programs we’ve collaborated on.”

Mayor Baker adds that by working together, the region was able to provide an economy of scale so the contractor could maximize equipment and labour efficiencies and pass the savings onto ratepayers. For example, in the City of Kelowna the cost to provide automated collection service is lower than with the previous manual collection costs.

Outside the City of Kelowna the costs for collection service will be about $25 higher than what residents are paying now. The additional costs are because the collection areas are more rural in nature with larger lot sizes and homes that are farther apart from one another. As well, all the collected waste will be taken to the Glenmore Landfill, as the Westside Landfill is slated for closure and redevelopment in the next few years, before the contract expires.

The primary reason that an automated collection program was selected over a manual collection system was the difficulty that haulers were having recruiting and retaining employees. Because of this, the costs for manual collection have increased significantly over the last two years, making it the more expensive option.

The five local governments are now issuing a joint tender for the purchase of the carts needed for the collection system. It is expected that the carts will cost about $12 million dollars for everyone in the region, including those on the Westbank First Nation reserves. Staff has submitted an application to the General Strategic Priority Fund to pay for the carts. The results of the application will be announced in late summer.

For more information about the new collection program, check out the Automated Collection Program webpage.

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RDCO email of April 21, 2008 states:
There are 763 properties contributing to the North Westside transfer station.  The existing properties at La Casa are not currently contributing to the existing transfer station as they have their own commercial pick up in place. However, when the new La Casa transfer station is in place, these properties will begin contributing to the cost of the North Westside transfer stations (existing one at Sugar Loaf and La Casa). At total build out there will be 450 plus properties at La Casa contributing to the North Westside transfer stations.  There are 229 homes contributing to the Trader’s Cove transfer station.

Are there 2124 properties between La Casa and Westshore Estates?

RDCO email June 2008 says:
There are 3,126 parcels in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The total parcel tax revenue for these three programs (Solid Waste Collection, Waste Reduction, Recycling Program) from the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area is $154,299 or 67.87% of the $227,352 total for these three programs from the two electoral areas. Central Okanagan East has 1,480 parcels contributing $73,053 or 32.13% of the total cost of the three programs parcel tax revenues.

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Email from RDCO April 2008 states:

The annual rates of the existing contracts are: $55,000 for the North Westside transfer station and $35,000 for the Trader’s Cove transfer station. These rates may be adjusted up or down depending on the volume of garbage, recyclables and yard waste dropped off. So if there’s less dropped off, the rate goes down accordingly. If there’s more dropped off, the rate would be adjusted accordingly.

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Another RDCO April 2008 email states:

The figures are correct.
The $525,000 price for the two transfer stations is the total price for the next five years starting this July. If you take the $55,000 per year for North Westside and $35,000 per year for the Trader’s station…that’s $90,000 per year for both under the existing contract…Multiply that by five years and you get a total for both over the last five years of $450,000.

The explanation for the increase in costs in the new contract is in the report (higher labour and fuel costs) that was presented and adopted by the Regional Board at its April 10th Special meeting.

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Financial Implications

Based on the volumes of recyclables collected in 2007, the costs for the operations of the recycling depots will be $365,000 per year for the five year period ($1,825,000 for five years or $7.15 per household per year). If volumes collected are higher or lower than the 2007 volumes, costs will vary accordingly. The existing costs in 2007 were $319,000. The costs with the new contract will increase 14 percent, commencing July 2008.

The cost of the operations of the North Westside Road and Traders Cove waste transfer sites will be $105,000 per year ($525,000 for five years or about $81.00 per household per year). The costs of the two stations' operations are presently about $88,000. Again, costs do vary depending on the volumes of wastes collected and the number of hauls that must be made to landfills and/or the recycling processing plant. The increase of contract costs by 20 percent is primarily attributed to the significant increases in fuel and labour costs since 2003, when the last contracts were awarded. (Costs may vary due to volumes collected.)

The costs for illegal dump site clean-ups will be about the same ($17,000 per year), but with the added service of a 3/4 ton four-wheel drive truck equipped with a 12 cubic yard refuse packer. This truck will be able to access remote locations and has a compactor mechanism that will assist personnel in the loading and collection of large items. (But how much did the compactor and truck cost?)

The cost increases were anticipated and built into the 2008 budget.

RDCO's revenue budget does not afford $105,000 per year (above) ... keep reading immediately below as budget only allows for $82,045 by 2012???

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
2008 Budget and Financial Plan 2008-2012
General Revenue Fund


From Page 4
N.O.W.E.S.I transfer station (Sugar Loaf)
2008  73,158
2009  77,313
2010  78,859
2011  80,436
2012  82,045

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Composter sale April 5, 2008 $100.00 value for $37.00 tax included
*proof of residency required

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April 9, 2008 email from Allastair Fergusson (President of North Westside Ratepayers Association)
Re: Transfer Station at LaCasa
I have been to a budget meeting at RDCO and in touch with RDCO and Jim Edgson, and finally received news today that the transfer station project is still alive.
Apparently there was a breakdown in negotiations with the parties involved but this has been rectified with new people involved as well as a new legal firm.
They tell me the project will go ahead as soon as the legalities are satisfied, but we probably wont see any material movement before this fall. They couldn't give me a timeline.
Cheers
Allastair

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Recycling Depot & Transfer Stations Contract
from Regional Board special meeting April 10, 2008

The Regional Board has awarded a five year contract for the operation and collection of materials at recycling depots, waste transfer stations and the cleanup of illegal dump sites on Crown Land. Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Limited was one of three qualified bids received for a combined services contract, which begins July 1st 2008.

Over the five year term based on the volume of recyclables collected, the cost of operating four recycling depots will be $1,825,000 and will see improvements in the layout of each site and bin enclosures in order to improve traffic flow and parking. This cost could vary depending whether the volumes of materials collected are higher or lower than in 2007.

The cost of operating the Trader’s Cove and North Westside transfer stations will be $525,000 and takes into account higher fuel and labour costs since the last contract was awarded five years ago. The illegal dumping site cleanup cost remains at approximately $17,000 per year and the contractor will provide improved equipment to access remote locations on Crown Land.

Detail expenses for Sugar Loaf Transfer Station about $43,000

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Email from RDCO April 15, 2008 states:

The annual rates of the existing contracts are: $55,000 for the North Westside transfer station and $35,000 for the Trader’s Cove transfer station. These rates may be adjusted up or down depending on the volume of garbage, recyclables and yard waste dropped off. So if there’s less dropped off, the rate goes down accordingly. If there’s more dropped off, the rate would be adjusted accordingly.

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April 15, 2008
“GREEN” LEGISLATION SUPPORTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
VICTORIA – The Province has introduced Bill 27, legislation to help municipalities and regional districts create more compact, sustainable and greener communities, announced Community Services Minister Ida Chong.

“The Province of British Columbia is committed to working with local governments to find solutions to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chong. “Local governments already have access to a variety of options that can make their communities more environmentally sustainable, and today’s legislation supports this further by ensuring local governments have the tools and guidelines necessary to create more compact neighbourhoods, with a stronger focus on energy conservation, greenhouse gas reduction, and affordability.”

The 2007 and 2008 speeches from the throne and Premier Gordon Campbell’s address at the UBCM 2007 Annual Convention proposed a wide range of initiatives related to climate change, resource conservation and air quality improvements.

Once the legislation comes into force, local governments will be required to include greenhouse gas emission targets, policies and actions in their Official Community Plans and Regional Growth Strategies.

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Automated Curbside Collection Contract
From Regional Board Report Highlights March 28, 2008
for Kelowna and Central Okanagan West

The Regional Board has approved a seven year contract for automated waste and recycling collection.

After an extensive review of qualified proposals by an evaluation team, Okanagan Environmental Services was selected as the winning bid to provide the automated service starting March 1st, 2009. The company’s bid of $1,194,858 breaks down to a cost of $170,694 (plus fuel increases) in each year of the seven year contract or $117.72 per household.

In addition to the Regional Board support for the Electoral Areas, each member municipality must approve the contract for its jurisdiction.

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Get on and do something about environment
Kelowna Capital News - April 06, 2008

To the editor:

I have read several letters to the editor, including G. Baudais’ telling other readers that climate change is still a disputed topic.

Leaving this aside I think it is time for us to move on and realize that climate change is not the issue, environmental change, however, is.

Our reliance on fossil fuels, overtaxing our water resources and our insatiable consumption of the landscape are the issue.

Arguing over whether or not the temperature on this planet is rising because of humans won’t matter at all when we have no clean air, water, or arable land on which to grow food.

Give our collective heads a shake and think of how close we actually are to the tipping point of disrupting the balance of this planet’s delicate ecology. I know this cannot be disputed.

Carl Paddock,
Kelowna

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Global pollution can be cleaned up
Kelowna Capital News - April 06, 2008

To the editor:

In response to Mr. Lovegrove’s letter (While the debate drags on… April 4 Capital News), while I appreciate him taking the time to view the video on Global Warming vs Global Governance, his unsubstantiated comment that it is nothing more than a product of “conspiracy theorists” is a common reaction to anything, or anyone, that goes against what is perceived as being the accepted truth. Is it not possible that what we are told as being the truth is, in fact, a conspiracy theory in itself? How do we really know what is true?

The best that we can possibly hope for is to look at all the facts and information on all sides of the issue before making up our minds. Then we can make an informed decision and put an effective plan in place that will solve the problem at hand.

Also, Mr. Lovegrove, like many others, seems to confuse global warming with global pollution. They are clearly two different issues. Of course, global pollution is predominantly man-made but, global warming has very little, or nothing to do with increased CO2 levels caused by man. (Science has shown that human beings are responsible for less than three per cent of the increase in current CO2 levels, which have been proven to be at much higher levels historically, long before the industrial revolution made its entrance not that so long ago.)

As for global pollution, I am all for the human race “cleaning up its act.” We overconsume, we waste, we pollute our air, our water, and our soil with toxic chemicals, we cut down forests, we create millions of tons of garbage every year.

Again, we must not confuse the two issues otherwise, we aren’t likely to come up with any effective solutions at all.

Grant Baudais,
Kelowna

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2008 INITIATIVES (BY RDCO FOR RDCO)
Commence the design of the solid waste transfer station located at the La Casa development on Westside Road. The transfer station will provide area residents with an additional local garbage disposal and recycling facility.

Source RDCO 2007 Annual Report pg 8

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CITY OF KELOWNA STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT 2003

1.1.1.4 Activities that Contribute to “Fair” and “Poor” Air Quality Days
1.1.1.4.1 Vehicular Traffic
Vehicular traffic in the City of Kelowna (from page 8)

Vehicle exhaust is a significant contributing source to ozone formation. Growth projection patterns estimate Kelowna’s population to increase to 153,222 in 2020. A growing population contributes to increased vehicle usage, which results in additional vehicle emissions.
Assuming travel habits and modes of transport remain the same, Kelowna’s personal automobile use during peak travel periods is expected to increase by 77% by 2013. Also, considering additional demand from adjoining communities, the City’s peak hour traffic demands are actually expected to double (City of Kelowna, 2002a).
Figure 1.0 shows the number of registered vehicles in the City of Kelowna from 1998 to 2003.

Dust from vehicular traffic is estimated to be the largest source of particulate matter (PM10) emitted into the Central Okanagan’s atmosphere. Particulate concentrations are greatest during February, March and April each year, due to sand accumulations from winter road maintenance and dry conditions. In response, the City has successfully reduced the volume of winter sand application by 58% since 1998 by adopting magnesium chloride spray technology. Less sand on roadways helps to maintain good air quality in the region.

1.1.2.2 Pollutants of Concern (from page 11)
Fine particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) and ground level ozone are the only pollutants to exceed provincial guidelines; therefore, these two pollutants are of greatest concern. This section provides a description of fine particulate and ground level ozone, as well as pertinent data, which depicts annual trends of these pollutants.
1.1.2.2.1 Fine Particulates
There are two classifications of fine particulates in the atmosphere - PM2.5 and PM10.
PM2.5
Usually associated with combustion. Smoke and vehicle emissions are the primary source of PM2.5
Less than 2.5μm (micrometer) in diameter
Remains in the atmosphere from days to weeks, thereby increasing the chance of inhalation and transport to other airsheds
Can penetrate deep into the lungs causing breathing difficulties or permanent lung damage
The consensus of the medical community is that, of all fine particulate matter, PM2.5 formed during combustion has the greatest impact on human health

Q. What health effects are associated with particulate matter that is less than 2.5μm in diameter?
A. Health ailments associated with fine particulates:

  • Runny nose

  • Pneumonia

  • Bronchitis
  • Death
  • Asthma

  • Coughing

  • Emphysema
 


Fine PM10 Particles (from page 12)
Smoke and vehicle exhausts are typical constituents of fine PM10 particles
• Range from 0μm to 2.5μm in diameter
PM10 has been continuously measured in Kelowna since 1994 at the KLO Road Air Station. Average data is recorded hourly by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection (MWLAP) in the same manner as PM2.5.
Smoke from burning and dusts from road traction materials are major contributing sources that cause PM10 concentrations to increase. Figure 1.3 illustrates the history of hours per month that PM10 degraded air quality into the “fair” range.

(from page 107)
The top five environmental concerns identified by Kelowna residents in the October 1998 telephone survey were:

1. Air Quality
2. Drinking Water Quality
3. Waste Disposal
4. Loss of Natural Space
5. Water Supply

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From North Westside Communities News Spring 2008

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Automated Waste Collection Program
From March 17, 2008 Board Reports
The Regional Board has authorized staff to submit a
grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities
General Strategic Priorities Fund to cover the costs of
purchasing wheeled carts to be used in the proposed
Automated Waste and Recycling Collection Program.
Should the grant not be received, staff will prepare a
loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the
purchase of carts for 1,450 single-family dwellings
in
the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan
West Electoral Areas
. It also recommends the
Westside District Municipality prepare a similar bylaw
for more than $1.8 million to purchase carts for 9,500
property owners
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$262,000 divided by 1,450 carts = $180.69 each cart
$1,800,000 divided by 9,500 carts = $189.47 each cart

 

Automated Waste and Recycling Collection Program
From March 17, 2008 Board Report Highlights

Staff will also prepare a loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the purchase of carts for 1,450 single family dwellings in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas.  It also recommends the Westside District Municipality
prepare a similar bylaw for more than $1.8 million to purchase carts for 9,500 property owners.

If the UBCM funding is not approved, it’s anticipated elector support would be required through the Alternative Approval Process.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw No. 1162 Consolidated (Includes Bylaw No. 1164-2006, 1183-2006, 1203-2007 and 1223-2007.) A bylaw to provide for the regulation of solid waste.

Schedule "D" page 1 Sanitary Landfill/Recycling Fees
Owners of all Residential Dwelling Units, including Owners of property who have received a Waiver of Service, will be levied annually on their property tax notice or utility bill a charge of $60.74 to cover garbage and yard waste collection and $49.36 to cover Sanitary Landfill refuse disposal costs, recycling programs and waste reduction activities. New accounts will be billed from the date of request for final inspection on a pro-rated basis.

4 Prohibitions, offences and penalties (from page 9)
4.1 Prohibitions
it says 4.1.13 Regional District Board of Directors can grant waiver of service for garbage disposal.

4.2 Container Requirements - Residential (from page 10)
4.2.1 Owners of Residential Dwelling Premises within the Collection Area shall also provide Blue Bags to contain Household Recyclable Materials set out for collection. *Note* Some people use their shopping bags and grocery bags as garbage bags, now since Blue Bags are mandatory these people who recycle their grocery and shopping bags as garbage bags will be contributing more plastic to the environment, and adding these blue bags to their list of expenses as well!

Schedule "B" page 1 Landfill Site Regulations
2.0 All Garbage, Mandatory Recyclable Materials and/or Recyclable Materials deposited at an Approved Waste Management Facility shall become the property of the Regional District, except where such materials are deposited contrary to the provisions of this bylaw
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Coldstream trashes universal collection
Coldsream trashes universal collection for garbage
click article for larger print
Article from the Vernon Morning Star March 30, 2008

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How about 24/7 GARBAGE DISPOSAL. You can vote on it!

When are more transfer station sites coming ... residents have been waiting since 1999 for RDCO to increase the number of transfer stationsSee page 55 and 56 of the North Westside Official Community Plan (.pdf)

WHEN IS IT ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN, in the year nano nano?

It looks like residents won't get what they want, especially if they don't complain about it and keep complaining about it.  RDCO doesn't seem to listen to residents so they need to yell louder!  Don't give up!!

LATEST NEWS

Email we received from RDCO February 13, 2008

As you are aware, the Regional District of Central Okanagan is still working with the La Casa strata to establish a second transfer station site adjacent to the development which will provide an alternate option for North Westside residents.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, it’s now anticipated the earliest the new site could be operational would be late this year.

The Regional District understands that programs and services provided may not be considered satisfactory to all residents of the Central Okanagan however we strive for fiscal responsibility in all services and programs that we provide on behalf of all ratepayers of the Central Okanagan.

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**NOTE** 

If RDCO dismisses some residents regarding garbage that is how garbage ends up in the bush, at the entrance to our subdivisions, and in front of the locked gate at the transfer station.  All residents need access!

Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting–Dec 10, 2001
Contract Approved
The Regional Board gave approval to a five-year contract with the North Westside Ratepayers Association for the operation of the North Westside Road Waste Transfer and Recycling Station. For the past five years, the Ratepayers Association has administered the operation of this waste transfer and recycling station that services approximately 600 homes at the north end of Westside Road. The site was originally established when the Bouleau Dump was closed in 1996. Under the terms of the agreement the Regional District pays the association a sum of $9,152.00 for each year and in return the association handles all the administration including staffing for four mornings a week.

Photo of illegally dumped BBQ sitting next to the bulletin board at Valley of the Sun
This illegally dumped BBQ sat next to the bulletin board/shelter located at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter 2007-2008.

RDCO 's reply Feb 14, 2008; Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have passed your request to the appropriate agency as this photo indicates the object is within the highway right of way.

This BBQ has been sitting at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter of 2007-2008
This BBQ sat at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter 2007-2008 and it was still there on Feb 17, 2008

This BBQ has sat at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter and maybe till who knows when???
This BBQ was still there on March 6, 2008 when we drove by.

 

The BBQ disappeared but now some other junk is in its place.

Found this Deer meat laying on the side of the road on the Okanagan Indian Band Reserve near Beau Park Road... disgusting!
We found this deer meat laying on the side of the road on the Okanagan Indian Band Reserve near Beau Park Road!  It was not fully defrosted when we found it.

If this deer meat was any good, its too bad they didn't drop it off at the food bank....but then again maybe the food bank would not be permitted to give it out if it wasn't inspected.  What a disgusting mess this will be for someone to pick up after it rots, unless the animals eat it.
If this deer meat was any good, its too bad they didn't drop it off at the food bank....but then again maybe the food bank would not be permitted to give it out if it wasn't inspected.  What a disgusting mess this will be for someone to pick up after it rots, unless the animals eat it.

Trash Compactors

The only problem with compactors are that the garbage bag can get heavy, maybe 50 lbs if you fill it up!!

FIRST SOLAR POWERED TRASH COMPACTOR

It's called Big Belly, it's the first solar-powered trash compactor in Canada, and it was recently installed near Town and Gown square at UniverCity. The SFU Community Trust and Vancity Enterprises jointly purchased the $5,600 high-tech dumpster. UniverCity president and CEO Michael Geller (right) and Vancity Enterprises president and CEO Jacques Khouri unveiled it Feb. 20. Powered by the sun's energy, it senses when its 42-gallon receptacle is full and then compresses the trash to as little as one-eighth of its original volume, reducing the number of garbage truck pick-ups.

If you signed the garbage petition in 2006, did you get a phone call from Jim Edgson?

At this meeting at LaCasa, Jim Edgson told the person that took the garbage petition around that Jim Edgson phoned everyone that signed the garbage petition and that some residents said that they only signed the garbage petition because they wanted the person taking the garbage petition around off of their doorstep.  Is it true that Jim Edgson phoned everyone that signed the garbage petition?  Is it true that people just signed the garbage petition to get the petitioner off their doorstep.  Let us know if you didn't get a phone call and or you just wanted the petitioner off your doorstep by filling out this feedback form.

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Do you feel that the Regional District of Central Okanagan mislead residents with the transfer station survey they did?

RDCO said in the information enclosed with the transfer station survey the following, "It is up to residents what level of service they want."

Do we not pay taxes for services, and do we not live in a democracy, or do somehow we live in a dictatorship named democracy???

Bring that up (above) to RDCO if you decide to complain!!

At least one resident feels that this statement on the survey discussed in the paragraph above in the color green is very misleading and feel that some residents may have felt that the statement made in RDCO's survey meant something to the effect that RDCO will give residents their own choice.  RDCO really only gave residents three choices of which RDCO chose to begin with.  1. Status Quo 2. Curbside pickup  or 3. One new transfer station at LaCasa.  The residents petition asked for something completely different involving smaller transfer stations at each subdivision.  Some residents question that another transfer station will eventually be built at La Casa!!  Some residents are very upset that RDCO won't take the residents petition seriously enough to just dismiss it like RDCO and the North Westside Communities Association did.

Customers in the two Electoral Areas (Westside and Central Okanagan East), will see utility billing and parcel tax rates rise just over $12 to $110.10 to reflect the increases in
the new contracts.


This is a photo of a garbage bag laying in the middle of Westside Road at Parker Cove on Feb 2, 2008.  This is what curbside pickup would look like in a rural area.  You see garbage strewn all along Westside Road on the reserve when it is the reserves garbage day, mostly from dogs and coyotes and in the summer bears.
This is from an email that the Regional District of Central Okanagan sent us Oct 9, 2007

We understand that the resort (LaCasa) had to re-apply to the province for approval regarding this proposed transfer station site. We are awaiting further direction and information regarding this proposal and have no further information available.

You can most likely bet that RDCO is doing nothing about the new transfer station site!!!!  Why don't you phone and ask?

WHY DID THE NWCA AND RDCO
WANT TO DEAL WITH LACASA TO START WITH?
 
We suggest that residents start emailing and phoning RDCO and ask them for garbage disposal at each subdivision and open 24/7 with residents issued a key and maybe a small two bag compartment similar to the mailbox compartments if need be so waste can be monitored without someone standing there watching you throw your bag in the garbage, which is expensive to staff, in 2008 contract services cost $21,663.  RDCO did say that one of the reasons they didn't want to install smaller transfer station bins in each subdivision was something to do with monitoring the waste.  Well its costing us a lot to monitor the waste.  This amount of money could be used to buy smaller bins that would be a one time payment instead of paying that every year.  Nobody needs or deserves to have their house broken into by a bear, and nobody needs to go broke over garbage disposal either!  Some residents feel its time that RDCO brought the price of garbage disposal down for property tax payers, and that this is not an unreasonable request!
Now is the time to contact RDCO and complain because we don't have a transfer station yet and it said in the newspaper that we could see one by the early part of this year which we haven't seen yet.  It is good timing to get on RDCO's case now because you still don't have a transfer station and before one overly large transfer station is built at LaCasa!!  If that happens we may have a harder time to get smaller bins located at each subdivision.  If everyone complains maybe RDCO will do something, and its a sure bet that RDCO won't do anything if hardly anybody complains!  We know that many many people signed the transfer station petition so its not like you are the only one to complain!!  Lets all stick together and whoever is dissatisfied make your complaint to RDCO!  Now is the time!

Can you believe this, the NWCA suggest residents ask their neighbours to take their garbage out for them!!!
This notice (above) was in the North Westside Communities News June 2007 page 9

Some residents hope their neighbour doesn't call on them to take their garbage out, as they have a hard enough time taking their own garbage out to dispose!

And who wants to smell other peoples garbage, its bad enough having to smell your own!

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
April 03, 2003
Page 6

April is Community Clean Up Month
Residents can band together for litter clean-ups in their favourite neighbourhood, school or park. Green garbage bags and safety vests are provided, and the litter is collected and taken to the landfill.

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Bear Breaks Into House Right Through The Wall - Oct. 1, 2007. The solution, he says, is residents should not be holding onto garbage at all, not even in a locked garage.  He suggests making daily trips to the garbage transfer station until November when the bears finally hibernate.

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6 Ton of Illegally Dumped Garbage collected from the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain

This article was in the December 2005 issue of the North Westside Communities News sponsored by the NWCA
6 tons of illegally dumped garbage was picked up near the Sugar Loaf transfer station.
Click article to read the whole page.

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Staff managed several significant unsightly premise cleanups, a 2nd
cleanup on a Highway 33 property in the City of Kelowna and large
cleanup on a Fintry North property.

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2004 Civic Info Report
An illegal dumping mapping function will be completed.

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It states in the article below that this is the 10th year of the Westside Road annual cleanup and that 30 volunteers picked up 2 pickup loads plus 37 bags of garbage along Westside Road.  Click on article below to read it.

From North Westside Communities News Page 4 December 2005 Issue
North Westside Road volunteers pickup 2 pickup loads plus 37 bags of garbage!
Click page to read larger print.
(Windows XP users may have to click on the bottom right corner of the article after you click on it, if you still can't read it)

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These articles below are from the local North Westside Communities News which is published quarterly.

 

Nothing was published in the North Westside Communities News June 2007 from The Regional District by Carol Suhan but the North Westside Communities News did publish this (below) on page 10:

LaCasa Transfer Station - As with the above playground acquiring land from the Provincial Government is slow.  The LaCasa Strata is still waiting for the title to the land so the transfer station can be built.  Everything else is ready to go as soon as the title arrives.


 

Regional District of Central Okanagan now administers the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station

 

From North Westside Communities News December 2006 page 4

 

Kelowna Landfill Fees Change article in the Vernon Morning Star Sept 17, 2006 Page C11

The latest news about the transfer station at LaCasa is that we can't find an APPLICATION FOR LAND ON THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE WHEN WE SEARCH FOR THE NEW TRANSFER STATION SITE THAT WAS INTENDED TO OPEN AT LACASA IN EARLY 2007 - NO THANKS TO THE NWCA.  (Didn't we read somewhere that we are waiting for a land application to be approved?).  Keyword searches we tried at Land Management application website were, "Regional District of Central Okanagan, Azura, Ewan Stewart, and Kelowna.  The only applications we see are for the new children's playground at Westshore Estates plus an application for Azura's (LaCasa) moorage on Okanagan Lake. You can search land applications at the link below and see that there is no land application that you can find for a transfer station at LaCasa through the Strata unless its a moorage application or the Westshore Estates children's playground.  Oh here is the application under La Casa Strata http://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=9211

Were we not told that LaCasa was donating land, or were we bluffed???  One resident specifically remembers RDCO say that the land was being donated by LaCasa and not that LaCasa was applying to the Provincial Government for the land for maybe $1.00 yr and then LaCasa lease the land for $1.00 yr. to the North Westside!!! What do you think and remember?

It doesn't say anything here (below) that LaCasa has to get permission to purchase the land first.
Azura Management has offered to lease land for a transfer station site at LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort.
This part of a page above was taken from page 3 of the 6 pages of attached instructions that came with RDCO's solid waste survey
Click letter above to read larger print and the rest of that one page of the 6 page series of instructions that came in the mailbox regarding RDCO's Waste Management Survey.

We read in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of June 2007 on page 10.  It states, "As with the playground, acquiring land from the Provincial Government is slow.  The LaCasa Strata is still waiting for the title to the land so the transfer station can be built.  Everything else is ready to go as soon as the title arrives."  Do you remember being told the land for the new transfer station at LaCasa was being donated by LaCasa?  Here it says on RDCO's solid waste survey "Azura Management (LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort) offered to lease property for $1.00/year to the Regional District to construct a second waste transfer station at LaCasa that the whole community could access." RDCO told one resident this land was being donated by LaCasa not leased, and that it was a big secret until release time to the community, and that RDCO could not divulge any information further about it.

Oh and do you remember that RDCO's solid waste survey said "It is up to residents to decide what level of service they want"  And do NWCA members and non-members remember filling out the petition to have RDCO install smaller transfer stations at each subdivision that the NWCA and RDCO dismissed?  Do you remember how the NWCA sided with RDCO and not residents regarding smaller transfer station sites at each subdivision?  www.okanaganlakebc.ca regrets this happening to residents!!  Its too bad that the NWCA didn't represent residents and their own members then, instead of representing RDCO.

If you want smaller transfer stations in each subdivision then you need to contact the Regional District.  Specifically Aaron Dinwoodie Westside Director whom told the resident that took the petition around, residents signed the petition to get the resident taking the transfer station petition around off their doorstep.  Now the person who took the petition around has been told by Wayne Carson the Fire Chief (Oct 10, 2007), that some people told him that they just signed the garbage petition to get the person taking the petition around off of their doorstep.  So both Aaron Dinwoodie and Wayne Carson are basically saying the same thing.  Who knows, maybe a couple people did say that, but we don't think the majority feel that way!!  We think that most people want garbage disposal in their subdivision.

RDCO Westside Director Aaron.Dinwoodie@cord.bc.ca
RDCO Westside Director David.Knowles@cord.bc.ca
RDCO Westside Director Len.Novakowski@cord.bc.ca
Communications Co-ordinator bruce.smith@cord.bc.ca

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/boards_committees/board_regional_board.aspx

Administration Office
Phone: (250) 763-4918
Fax: (250) 763-0606
Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Address: 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC, V1W 3Z4
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday-Friday / Except Holidays

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Do you remember being told that the new Transfer Station at LaCasa may open early in 2007.  Well if you don't remember you can read it in the Vernon Morning Star Oct 8, 2006 article below.

Westside Road Residents wanted more than just one new transfer station at LaCasa though!
Click on article for larger print.
(You may have to click on the bottom right corner of the article after you click on it, if you still can't read it)

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Page 4 of the March 2007 NWCA News it states:

The Regional District (RD) is now responsible for operations of the Sugar Loaf waste transfer station.

The RD has contracted BFI to administer staff and haul bin contents to the landfill and recycling plants.

Shelly continues to staff the station and be liaison with the RD.

The LaCasa waste transfer station is waiting for the Province.  An application was made to purchase the land from the Province.  The monies were accepted by the Province in late fall 2006, the LaCasa Strata still has not received title.  The survey and drawings are complete and once the LaCasa Strata receives the title, the RD will proceed with the lease and build the transfer station.

A "bulky item" collection has been planned for late Spring - old appliances, furniture, etc.  Watch for posters.

RDCO says in the NWCA News (below) that LaCasa is purchasing the land from the Provincial Government.
LaCasa is purchasing land from the provincial government.
Click article (above) to read larger print.  This taken from the NWCA News March 2007 Issue Page 4. (Windows XP users may have to click in the bottom right corner of the article after they click the article above, to make the article big.)

Are residents suppose to store their old appliances and furniture for part of a year until RDCO wants it???  Residents don't always have room for that!  That is probably why you seen that old fridge sitting on the side of the road at Shorts Creek all that one winter lol !!!

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Preventing municipal pollution
82 If the minister is satisfied on reasonable grounds that an activity or operation has been or is being performed by a municipality in a manner that is likely to release a substance that will cause pollution of the environment, the minister may, with respect to the municipality, exercise the powers that a director may exercise under section 81 (1) [pollution prevention orders] in relation to other persons.
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/E/03053_07.htm#section82

Pollution prevention orders
81 (1) If a director is satisfied on reasonable grounds that an activity or operation has been or is being performed by a person in a manner that is likely to release a substance that will cause pollution, the director may order a person referred to in subsection (2), at that person's expense, to do any of the following:

(a) provide to the director information the director requests relating to the activity, operation or substance;

(b) undertake investigations, tests, surveys or any other action the director considers necessary to prevent the pollution and report the results to the director;

(c) acquire, construct or carry out any works or measures that are reasonably necessary to prevent the pollution;

(d) adjust, repair or alter any works to the extent reasonably necessary to prevent the pollution.

(2) An order made under subsection (1) may be served on one or more of the following persons:

(a) a person who previously had or now has possession, charge or control of the substance;

(b) a person who previously did anything, or who is now doing anything, which may cause the release of the substance;

(c) a person who previously owned or occupied, or now owns or occupies, the land on which the substance is located.

(3) An order made under subsection (1) may authorize a person or persons designated by the director to enter land for the purpose of preventing the pollution.

(4) The powers of a director under this section may not be exercised in relation to any part of an activity or operation that is in compliance with the regulations or a permit, approval, order, waste management plan or operational certificate or an authorization made under the regulations.

(5) For the purposes of this section, "person" does not include a municipality.
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/E/03053_07.htm#section81

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READ COMMENTS RESIDENTS WROTE ON RDCO's SURVEY

Okanagan Lake's Website Comments and Comment Form

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North Westside Road Residents Network

Belonging to a membership or not, you can still have your own individual vote counted in the North Westside Road area.  The NEW North Westside Road Residents Network.  No donations required!

Communities survey regarding garbage disposal.

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BC Ombudsman Letters

Letter from BC Ombudsman regarding the garbage disposal problem for North Westside Road residents.

2nd Letter from BC Ombudsman -   Page 1  |  Page 2

Lastly, your fax notes that you think that CORD has mislead Westside residents by stating that the option of multiple, small facilities is not an option under the approved Solid Waste Management Plan (the Plan)

If you wish, we can investigate this last concern, your complaint that CORD's reason for not providing service in the form requested as based on inaccurate or mistaken information about what is possible under the Plan.  If you wish us to investigate that complaint we need more information from you, including copies of any documents you have which explain or support your complaint and details of any conversations you have had with CORD about the issue.

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Canada's Waste Reduction Week is Oct 16 -22 2006

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There is a Solid Waste Management Open House at Killiney Beach Hall on September 21, 2006 at 7 PM

THE TRANSFER STATION AT LACASA

IS NOT FREE

READ MORE ABOUT IT BELOW

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Looks like one new transfer station at LaCasa won out.

RDCO's Transfer Station Survey Results

Residents are not getting a new transfer station from RDCO for free.  LaCasa may be donating the land, but taxpayers are footing the bill for materials and the expense to design it.

Taxpayers can maybe get free land near the mailboxes by applying to the Ministry of Transportation, so why is their money going towards building materials and design at LaCasa, when LaCasa already has their own bins?

RDCO must be counting on the 500+ residents at LaCasa to pay as well, so existing residents don't have a larger utility bill to run the new transfer station site.  I don't understand how that will work as there is 710 existing paying users of Sugar Loaf at $40.00 per month each now, and the garbage bill is suppose to stay the same if a new transfer station site is to be built.  There will be shortage of 200 properties paying the $40.00 fee at LaCasa.  Who is going to pay for the other 200 properties if the calculations are correct?

Will existing properties have to make up for the funding shortfall in a year or so down the road when all is said and done? 

There isn't 500+ homes finished being built at LaCasa yet so who is paying in the meantime to man the new transfer station site, as it costs at least $11,600 per year to man Sugar Loaf according to this report under the heading "contract services" for the North Westside Ratepayers Association.

Don't think RDCO is doing existing residents a favour by building a new transfer station at LaCasa, as RDCO is doing this for LaCasa.   Westside Road won't be able to handle all the traffic of 500+ new homes all going to Sugar Loaf.  Just imagine the traffic around the transfer station site at Sugar Loaf if 500+ new homes had to use Sugar Loaf too.  RDCO pretty much had to build another transfer station, or LaCasa would have to look after their garbage themselves as they do now.

Garbage strewn about at a rental property on Okanagan Lake
This garbage was found in front of a rental property.

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Application For Exemption From Garbage Fee

Valley of the Sun and other residents may have the option to opt out of paying for garbage disposal with (RDCO's application for exemption form .txt format or .doc format, that anyone can download and print out) to be permitted to have their own garbage disposal bin in their own subdivision, take their garbage to the landfill or whatever. 

Residents wanting exemption need to take the time to fill out RDCO's application for exemption form thoughtfully.  RDCO has a whole list of excuses about why RDCO will not permit residents an exemption.  You can win an exemption with the following:

"The social, legal and environmental benefits of the service (e.g. tidier streets, less traffic, increased responsibility in the management of household garbage, achievement of waste reduction goals) outweigh concerns about variations in the level of use."

Click here to see an "application for exemption" refusal letter from RDCO.

Residents can fill out the Ministry of Transportations "Public Highway Permit Application Form" and apply to be permitted to place garbage bins near the mailboxes or somewhere else preferred.

**To download .txt formatted files just click on the link below, and the .txt file will open in a new browser window.  Then in the top menu click on "file/save as" and save to your desktop or elsewhere.  Then go to your desktop and click on the file to open it and print it out.

**To download .doc formatted files, right click on the link and then click on save as.  Save the file to your desktop.   Then go to your desktop and click on the file.  If Microsoft Word is installed on your computer, Microsoft Word should start up automatically and open the file for you.  You will need Microsoft Word to view the file and print it out.

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GARBAGE BIN EXPENSE

1 - 8 yard garbage bin (same as LaCasa's) costs $252.88 per month.  This price includes once per week hauling costs, taxes, and landfill fees.  An 8 yard bin is 6.5 feet high x 6 feet wide x 5.5 feet deep. 

LaCasa does not have a fence around their two 8 yard bins so I don't suppose the bears can get in it.  People have a hard time reaching the bin, as you can see how tall the bins are at LaCasa, and how garbage accumulates on the ground around the bins.  A capital cost to build and install stairs for easier access to the bin, along with a solid gate at the bottom of the stairs may have to be built to keep bears off if a motion sensor light doesn't scare them away.

If 30 residents of Valley of the Sun rented one 8 yard garbage bin, it would cost each of the 30 residents $8.43 per month, and if they needed two bins, it would cost each property $16.86 per month for bin rental including hauling fees, landfill fees, and taxes.

Expense to lease land and administration of the transfer site in Valley of the Sun on Balsam Road for each property could be proposed to be between $2.00 and $10.00 per month for each property depending on if electricity is needed, and private land is required, etc.  Or maybe the Ministry of Transportation will allow residents to locate a garbage bin on the road allowance near the mailboxes and then it wouldn't cost anything to lease or pay for private land.

Insurance costs still have to be worked out, and will be coming soon.  Not sure if insurance would be needed if transfer station bin was placed on the road allowance, but maybe?

A one time fee for each property may be needed for the expense of excavation and purchasing a culvert which still needs to be worked out if placed on private land, but the cost of this will be coming soon.  The bin does not need a cement pad under it, and only needs a packed gravel base.

Electricity for lighting is available on private property on Balsam Road as well as a motion sensor camera could be installed if there were problems.  The capital cost to purchase and install a motion sensor light to scare the bears off at night wouldn't cost that much and would keep the cost of full-time lighting to a minimum.  There could be a motion sensor camera installed to stop abuse.

Valley of the Sun residents would only be permitted to dump everyday residential household waste at Valley of the Sun transfer bin site, and would still have to take hazardous waste, furniture and appliances either to the Westside or Vernon Landfills or make a deal with Sugar Loaf if policy changes and disposal of these types of items are permitted at Sugar Loaf.  Residents could also opt to look after disposal of these other items themselves.

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RDCO's Transfer Station Survey Results

I am told by RDCO that RDCO had 374 responses out of 687 sent out, and that approx. 25 were "return to sender" because RDCO had the wrong address or recipients had moved.  RDCO says the results are as follows:

49%  One more transfer station at LaCasa

42%  Status Quo

7%  Curbside Pickup

Total above is 98% out of 100%, so what did the other 2% vote?  Just waiting for the exact figures.

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78% of respondents said they would use a large item drop-off at least occasionally.

22% said they would never use it.

Just waiting for the exact figures.

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Sugarloaf preferred hours of operation

73% or  253 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

8% or 27 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.

13% or 52 Votes Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon and Wednesday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.

4% or 20 Votes Monday and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 4p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

4% or 19 Votes Other

Total 371 votes, but 374 surveys were supposedly returned.

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La Casa preferred hours of operation

40% or 175 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

21% or 83 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.

11% or 46 Votes Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and Wednesday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

8% or 33 Votes Monday and Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon

8% or 31 Votes Other

Total 368 votes, but 374 surveys were supposedly returned.

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The NWCR.ca published RDCO's survey results on their website, but published incorrect results.  The NWCR website says the results are being taken to the Regional Board for approval.  The Engineering Committee should give approval in September, and the infrastructure should be built and ready to go in January.

RDCO said, "The results of the survey and recommendation will be presented to the Engineering Committee and if it agrees with staff’s recommendation, will recommend the same to the RD Board of Directors to accept. This procedure will take about a month and a half, at which time building can commence."

It seems residents signatures on a petition mean nothing to the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  Maybe the signatures will mean something to the BC Ombudsman if the Ombudsman ever finds time to get around to it.

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Young Canadians are more aware of the issues than many seniors and parents, and they increasingly recognize that they want some of what they inherit to be decent places and a living environment.
http://www.infc.gc.ca/infc-eng.html

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Below is an email received August 21, 2006 from The Regional District of Central Okanagan explaining why additional smaller unstaffed transfer stations are not an option for Westside Road subdivisions.

"The Solid Waste Management Plan requires that we reduce waste disposal in our communities (50% by 2000 and 75% by 2011).  One of the regulations adopted in 1992 in pursuit of the waste reduction requirement was the maximum of 2 bags of garbage per week per household.  The new Solid Waste Management Plan, expected to be approved by the Ministry of Environment this fall, is recommending that that the maximum volume disposed go to 1 bag per household per week within the next five years.  Unlimited access to transfer stations does not meet the waste disposal limitations nor allows us to monitor what is being disposed (i.e., hazardous waste)."

RDCO claim they want to monitor hazardous waste, but right now hazardous waste can be hidden inside a garbage bag because nobody monitors what is in each garbage bag.  Plus hazardous waste is being thrown in the forest because it has to be driven a 45 minute drive to the Westside Landfill or Vernon Landfill.

By using a cardlock system, RDCO can limit how many bags you are permitted or pay more for sorting.

The transfer station attendants job description could change to have the attendant go around to each additional transfer station site to pick up garbage once per week as described here at the Ministry of Environments website.

We could also reduce hauling charges by compacting our garbage.
http://www.chicago-compactors.com/outside-compactor-waste-system.php

OUTSIDE TRASH COMPACTOR SYSTEM would reduce hauling charges.  See what this waste compactor costs.

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There are 710 paying properties of Sugar Loaf Transfer Station.  If 5 private properties were purchased @ $30,000.00 each, it would cost each property $212.00 to purchase private land to place 5 additional transfer stations on.

5 properties x $30,000 = $150,000
divided by 710 properties
                   Total          = $212.00 each

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Residents Petition part 2

After the North Westside Road residents were sent a survey by RDCO regarding garbage disposal in August 2006, another petition was started in the Muir, Fintry, and Valley of the Sun subdivisions. Only the summer residents that did not sign the previous transfer station petition in March 2006 were targeted before they left for the summer.  Part 2 of the petition asks residents if they are willing to pay a one time payment of $212.00 to purchase 5 new properties to place transfer station bins on.  There may be a few more summer residents I can run into yet, but here are the results so far.

  • 19 properties signed petition at Fintry subdivision (see petition pages 1 and 2)

  • 5 properties signed petition at Muir subdivision (see petition)

  • 3 properties signed petition at Valley of the Sun subdivision (see petition)

TOTAL = 27 more properties signatures

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This story hit the Vernon Morning Star and CHBC News, after which RDCO's survey of North Westside Road residents regarding garbage disposal at the transfer station, had to be returned by August 11, 2006.

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Solutions to the transfer station problems facing North Westside Road Residents

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Problems with RDCO ( The Regional District of Central Okanagan ) Solution to the Garbage Problems

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Email sent to Minister of Environment Barry Penner regarding the garbage disposal problem for North Westside Road residents.

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Official Community Plan Says Residents Want More Transfer Stations

North Westside Official Community Plan of 1999 that states on page 57 that the Regional Districts objectives were to increase the number of new transfer stations and improve the operations of existing transfer stations

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FUND TRANSFER STATION SITES

The Regional District of Central Okanagan can tap into the Community Works fund of $344,000.00 on page 8 section 7.2.1 (to reduce greenhouse gases and provide for cleaner air and water page 5 section 4.2) which could go towards the cost of installing smaller transfer stations near each subdivision in the North Westside Road area, as it states on page 15 that the fund is eligible to go towards developing or improve solid waste collection.  See Regional Board Highlights August 21, 2006

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Grant
The MRIF (Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund) is cost-shared, with the Government of Canada contributing, on average, one-third of total project eligible costs. Provinces and municipalities contribute the remainder.  In total across Canada, a minimum of 60 percent of funding under the MRIF, with a minimum of 40 percent per jurisdiction, targets “green infrastructure” that provide a better quality of life and benefit through sustainable development. These include water, wastewater, solid waste, municipal energy improvements, and public transit.
The next round of approvals will be based on applications received by February 29, 2008.

Sustainable Environment Fund Act
The object of the fund is to provide for programs to protect and enhance the environment.  The Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks may pay money out of the fund for initiatives to reduce and manage solid, liquid, hazardous and atmospheric waste and for other environmental protection and environmental renewal initiatives.

Community & Regional District Grant Programs
Small Community Grants which are unconditional grants to municipalities to assist them to provide basic services.  These grants generally apply to municipalities with populations up to 19,000.  Basic Regional District Grants, etc.

Municipal Finance Authority Act
The objects of the authority are to providing financing for regional districts and their member municipalities by the issue of securities of the authority and the lending of the proceeds from those securities to the regional district on whose request the financing is undertaken.

Local Government Grants Act - Conditional and Unconditional Grants

Guide to the Preparation of Regional Solid Waste Management Plans by Regional Districts —Part I
7. Financial Assistance Programs
(1) As part of the Partnership with Local Government element of the provincial strategy, financial assistance is available to regional districts, municipalities and registered, non-profit community groups. This facilitates their participation in achieving the provincial goal of 50% reduction in the amount of MSW requiring disposal by the year 2000.
(2) The Applicant's Guide to Financial Assistance Programs provides greater detail and the most up-to-date information on each of the above programs, as well as application procedures. Copies of the Applicant's Guide and further information can be obtained by contacting the BC Government Publications Index.
(3) In addition to these programs, financial assistance may be available through the federal Environmental Partners Fund, administered by Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region, #700, 1200 W. 73rd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6P 6H9.

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July 14, 2006
Thorpe Announces More Funding For Local Communities
Two local municipalities and the regional district will be getting a boost to their annual grants from the provincial government, MLA Rick Thorpe announced today.
http://www.rickthorpemla.bc.ca/EN/3392/

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Broken TV laying in the bush near Estamont Beach

Empty Case of Oil laying in the forest too.

Another TV laying in the bush across the road from the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station.
These two old TV's are found in the bush along North Westside Road BC
The one TV was found right across the road from the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station.

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Re: Ceasars Landing Fire August 1, 2006 near Westside Road

Kelowna resident Cody Schofield says he saw flames moving away from an old TV set in the brush.  Hear Cory in his own words.  Story by Castanet.net.
http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-20818--search.htm

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Here is a story of a house that may have started the neighbors house on fire.
http://forums.firehouse.com/archive/index.php/t-30529.html

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Municipal Tools for addressing the Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Threat
http://www.civicnet.bc.ca/files/{F151B4B1-AE18-4700-A500-75C1524A0BD6}Interface%20Article.PDF

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RDCO's two page solid waste survey for North Westside residents (below) was delivered to residents of the North Westside Road area by Canada Post on or about August 1, 2006 from the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO).

The Regional District of Central Okanagan's solid waste survey totally dismisses the Sugar Loaf transfer station petition that North Westside Road residents signed asking for smaller transfer stations near each subdivision and open 24 hours per day and 7 days per week, saying it's not an option.

It seems that some residents of Valley of the Sun received the survey in the mail with the envelope addressed to that specific resident, and some residents did not get a survey as of yet.  Maybe not all residents will get the solid waste management survey, its hard to say.  At least two residents did not get the survey that we know of.  The person who did the transfer station petition finally got a solid waste survey August 10, 2006.  The envelope was addressed to the property owner, not sure if the other parties finally got a survey or not.

Below is a copy of the Regional District of Central Okanagan's Solid Waste Management Survey for North Westside Road residents.  The survey has already been filled out by someone in black ink.  RDCO even helps you to fill out the survey to RDCO's advantage ... no option of smaller transfer stations near each subdivision for residents.  Click here to read the 6 page attached instructions that came with the solid waste survey.

Page 1 of 2

Click on survey to read larger copy and or
download and fill out your own survey (page 1 and page 2) and email it to the Regional District of Central Okanagan at recycle@cord.bc.ca by August 11, 2006.

Page 2 of 2

Click on survey to read larger copy, and or
download and fill out your own survey (page 1 and page 2) and email it to the Regional District of Central Okanagan at recycle@cord.bc.ca by August 11, 2006

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Here is how one homeowner filled out their survey.

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About Petitions

ABOUT RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING PETITIONS

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Here is a short video that RDCO put on their website telling you how much pollution you would save if you decreased driving one trip a week in your vehicle.

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August 2, 2006 Was it glass from a broken television or a tossed cigarette butt?  Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of yesterday's wildfire above Westside Road...but they say it was human caused. As April Lawrence reports, crews are now mopping up hot spots left behind from the three hectare blaze.

Source CHBC TV News http://www.chbc.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=13087

Glass (or broken glass), can start fires with sunlight.
http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=lib&a=Fire/fire_effects.asp

Read more about the fire and see photos.

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Municipal Infrastructure Deficits

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Some residents are dumping their garbage at the locked gate when the Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station is closed and the gate is locked, sometimes blocking the entrance to the transfer station.  This is a fire hazard if you were to speak to the Fire Chief.

Garbage piled in front of the locked gate at Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station
Garbage piled in front of the locked gate to the Sugar Loaf transfer station.


More garbage piled beside the locked gate at the Sugar Loaf transfer station

 


Garbage is again piled beside the locked gate to the Sugar Loaf transfer station.

 


Two bags of garbage piled outside the locked gate to the Sugar Loaf transfer station.

See more pictures of garbage, you won't believe your eyes when you see it all!

I took it upon myself to report a polluter, namely the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  I reported the Regional District's polluting to RAPP (Report all Poachers and Polluters)  http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/rapp/rapp.html

On July 18, 2006 RAPP from Kelowna said that Sugar Loaf is not their area.  RAPP from Vernon (Darren H.) said they were going to talk to the Regional District of Central Okanagan regarding the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station and the illegal dumping.  RAPP also said they are going to start looking for illegal dumpers at the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station now, so beware!!!!  RAPP said that if you should get caught illegal dumping at Sugar Loaf to call your MLA.  Don't wait to get caught dumping your garbage in front of the locked gate at Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station before calling the MLA.  Your MLA needs to be called now.  Here is your MLA's contact information below.

Okanagan Westside - Rick Thorpe
http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/mla/38thParl/thorpe.htm

Okanagan Vernon Tom Christensen
http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/mla/38thparl/christensen.htm

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The process seems to be even better than recycling.

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I was surprised to see a copy of the transfer station petition in RDCO's presentation to residents at the May 11, 2006 "Lets Talk Trash" meeting that RDCO had with residents of the North Westside.  RDCO said they will take into consideration both the transfer station petition and a proposal to have one more transfer station located at LaCasa.  RDCO said they will investigate the pros and cons and present them to residents with a mail out survey.  RDCO said they will do what the residents want.

Presentation by Sugar Loaf Transfer Station Attendant
Click on letter to read larger print

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Regional Districts Website - Engineering Committee Minutes Jan 19, 2006 Regarding Waste Management
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/eng/mins/2006/January_19_06.pdf

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Guidelines for Establishing Transfer Stations for Municipal Solid Waste
*It says we don't need to pay for a full time attendant, but pay to attend to the transfer station at least once per week, and residents can be issued keys*
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html

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Ministry of Environment Solid Waste Management Plan
Solid Waste Management Planning
Describes BC's solid waste management planning process and provides guidance to local governments seeking to amend an approved plan.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gprswmp1.html

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Draft Solid Waste Management Plan.  July 24, 2006

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd//2006%20Agendas/2006-07-24/Item%209.6%20Draft%20Solid%20Waste%20Management%20Plan.pdf

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At the Long Term Solid Waste Meeting described below I was told by (Nameless) that I wasn't permitted to bring information I was providing to the meeting.  The information I brought were printouts from the Regional Districts website and pictures of waste in the bush.  I was told I wasn't even permitted to have this information in the parking lot.  Another (Nameless) person told me not to listen to (Nameless).  I stayed in the parking lot with the information, and told (Nameless) to go away.  (Nameless) didn't bother to even look at the information I was providing.

I feel (Nameless) is adamant to stop me from voicing my opinion and letting other residents decide for themselves if they wanted to look at the information which was provided.  What is (Nameless) trying to accomplish by doing this?  People like that only hurt themselves by behaving in such a manner!

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There will be a Long Term Solid Waste Management OPEN HOUSE Thursday May 11, 2006 between 7 and 9 PM at Killiney Beach Community Hall.  The Regional District of Central Okanagan invites the North Westside Communities Residents to an open house to discuss the issues of garbage disposal in our communities.  Residents can ask questions and give their input into the management of solid waste for the North Westside Communities.  You can see the Regional Districts "lets talk trash" posters here, plus you can fill out the Regional District of Central Okanagan's online questionaire regarding "Long Term Solid Waste Management" for the whole District.

1st Email from RDCO Waste Reduction Office

2nd Email from RDCO answering some questions

3rd Email from RDCO answering more questions

4th Email from RDCO answering more questions

NEW !  5th Email from RDCO explaining why the residents petition does not fit the Ministry of Environments Solid Waste Plan

NEW !  6th Email from one Director of the North Westside

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Residents Petition For More Transfer Stations

Thank you to all who signed the transfer station petition.  An overwhelming majority signed the petition.  It has now been addressed to the Waste Reduction Co-ordinator and snail mailed to the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  I also added a copy of Page 55 and 56 of the North Westside Official Community Plan (.pdf) which states that residents wanted more transfer stations as far back as 1999.

Fintry's Petition Pg1, Pg2 - (29 signed plus 1 person signed the sugar loaf petition)

Muir Subdivision Petition - (8 signed)

Shalal Road Petition - (2 signed)

Valley of the Sun Petition - (32 signed)

Sugar Loaf Petition - (7 signed)

Petition from LaCasa - (9 signed)

Petition from Little Kingdom - (15 signed)

Petition from Sun Valley Gas - (5 signed)

(*NOTE There are some people that signed twice because I ended up in their subdivision after they already signed at the gas stations or LaCasa.)  I figured out part way through the petition that most people aren't aware of the petition because they don't look at the bulletin boards.  Not many people were signing the LaCasa or gas station petitions, and that is why I decided to visit each home in the Fintry, Muir, Shalal and Valley of the Sun subdivisions.  Most people are aware of the petition and able to sign this way.

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A guide to application referrals for free crown land through the Regional District and Land and Water BC Inc.

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BC Crown Land Registry
http://www.al.gov.bc.ca/clad/

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Crown Land in the Regional District of Central Okanagan
http://www.cord.bc.ca/docs/planning/pla_exec_summary_2003.pdf

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Did you know that Hydro will pay you $30.00 for your old fridge.

Call 1-866-516-HELP

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I myself would recommend that the President of the North Westside Communities Association step down as President.  He doesn't care if any of his members signed the transfer station petition or not.  Read more here.

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If residents pay $40.00 now for one transfer station at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one more transfer station at Fintry should only cost $40.00 more per year.

If there was a transfer station at Fintry.  Residents from the Fintry area could save $116.00 per year on fuel alone, by paying another $40.00 per year.

If it costs residents on average $3.00 per trip just for fuel alone, to make one trip per week to dump garbage at Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station.  It would cost the following:
$3.00 x 52 weeks per year = $156.00 just for fuel.

$156.00 per year for fuel, minus $40.00 for one more transfer station, is equal to $116.00 savings on fuel per year.

But I was told by the Regional District that there is no crown land available so I may be wrong about this.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTContinued
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323
Part 26 — Planning and Land Use Management
Division 2 — Official Community Plans
Purposes of official community plans

875 (1) An official community plan is a statement of objectives and
           policies to guide decisions on planning and land use
           management, within the area covered by the plan, respecting
           the purposes of local government.
      (2) To the extent that it deals with these matters, an official
           community plan should work towards the purpose and
             goals referred to in section 849 [regional growth strategy
             goals]
.
RDCO Growth Management Strategy Bylaw No. 851, 1999
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/L/96323_26.htm#section875

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTContinued
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323
Part 25 — Regional Growth Strategies
Division 1 — Application and Content of Regional Growth Strategy
Purpose of regional growth strategy

849 (1) The purpose of a regional growth strategy is to promote human settlement that is socially, economically and environmentally healthy and that makes efficient use of public facilities and services, land and other resources.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), to the extent that a regional growth strategy deals with these matters, it should work towards but not be limited to the following:
          (a) avoiding urban sprawl and ensuring that development
                  takes place where adequate facilities exist or can be
                  provided in a timely, economic and efficient manner;

          (b) settlement patterns that minimize the use of
                  automobiles
and encourage walking, bicycling and the
               efficient use of public transit;
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/L/96323_25.htm#section849

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Page 55 and 56 of the North Westside Official Community Plan (.pdf) Adopted April 26, 1999, bylaw #785 (for communities Trader's Cove, Wilson's Landing, Fintry, Valley of the Sun, Ewing, Killney, and Westshore), states the following:
During the public consultation process, residents expressed a desire to increase the number of transfer station locations so that residents would not have to travel significant distances to the regional landfill.  Issues - Public desire to see more transfer stations in the North Westside area.
OBJECTIVES
2.  Increase the number of new transfer stations and improve the operations of existing transfer stations; and
3.  Encourage recycling facilities to be established in conjunction with transfer stations.
POLICIES
2.  Review alternative locations in the North Westside area where transfer stations can be established, and facilitate improved operations for those stations experiencing difficulty; and

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws/planning bylaws/consolidated ocp westside road.pdf

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws//Planning Bylaws/Consolidated OCP Westside Road.pdf

Nov 9, 2004 Planning Services Report regarding the "Solid Waste Management Plan" and the "North Westside Official Community Plan".

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The North Westside Official Community Plan has been amended.

Jan 30, 2006 Amend the North Westside Official Community Plan (Proposed changes for better stream management).  A public hearing will be held.
www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/rpts//2006/06_01_30brdrpt.pdf

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RDCO Waste Management Policy Options (.pdf) format
http://regionaldistrict.com/docs/waste/WastePlan/June/050606 policy for email.pdf

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The Northwest Side Recycling and Waste Transfer Station at Sugar Loaf Mountain was built by the Northwest Side Ratepayers Assn. with contributions from Environment Canada Environmental Partners, BC Environment and Regional District of Central Okanagan of about $40,000.00

Dissolution of North Westside Ratepayers March 2006 Bulletin

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There is at least one BFI bin at the Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station, the other bins are B.C. Environment and Environment Canada's for the use of Northwest Side Ratepayers Association.

Dissolution of North Westside Ratepayers March 2006 Bulletin

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The study indicates that bears seem to prefer Honda and Toyota sedans.
http://www.cnn.com/US/9901/19/black.bears/

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SEE MORE ABOUT THE BEAR PROBLEM

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Why curbside garbage pickup does not work!

In May of 1999 the curbside collection system was eliminated and the residents of Canmore had the communal waste containers only. Throughout the summer the success of the complete animal proof waste handling system became evident. There were several sightings of bears in and around Canmore town site however there were zero bear/waste incidents.

Source http://www.cmiae.org/bearaware.htm

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Here are some comments I have heard from the community as well as my own comments.  Please read, as maybe we should ask to keep the Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station and add one transfer station at Fintry, and have it open different hours than Sugar Loaf?  In my opinion, this is a good idea, if other options are too expensive.  One more transfer station shouldn't cost more than an extra $40.00 per year, as we pay now for Sugar Loaf.

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Here is a bulletin about the long term solid waste management meeting being postponed and to watch the bulletin boards for more information on the meeting.  The meeting is now on May 11, 2006 at Killiney Beach Community Hall at Udell Road between 7 - 9 PM.

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The North Westside Ratepayers Association Executive meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 7:00 P.M..  I guess I am going to the next meeting, which isn't until March 2, 2006.  I went to the Killiney Beach Hall to attend the meeting, but ran into someone whom told me that the Ratepayers hold meetings in their homes.

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I asked to be a delegate at North Westside Communities Association for Feb 27, 2006.  Read what happened here.

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Dec 10, 2001
Contract Approved

The Regional Board gave approval to a five-year contract with the North Westside Ratepayers Association for the operation of the North Westside Road Waste Transfer and Recycling Station.  For the past five years, the Ratepayers Association has administered the operation of this waste transfer and recycling station that services approximately 600 homes at the north end of Westside Road.  The site was originally established when the Bouleau Dump was closed in 1996.  Under the terms of the agreement the Regional District pays the Association a sum of $9,152.00 for each year and in return the association handles all the administration including staffing for four mornings a week.
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/rpts/2001/dec_10_01.pdf

RDCO says there are currently 710 PAYING USERS OF SUGAR LOAF TRANSFER STATION

I sent another email to RDCO asking more questions ... just waiting for the answers to the questions I have about the figures below.  Here are the answers.

REVENUE

 

 
710 homes x $40.00 utility bill per year

=

$28,400
710 homes x $39.11 waste on property tax notice

=

$27,768
Bag Tags @$1.50 each

=

$??
Landfill Tipping Fees

=

$??
Previous Years Surplus N.O.W.E.S.I (I call it "Deficit")

=

(-$ 2,195)

                             TOTAL

=

$
     
     
EXPENSE FUNDED BY UTILITY BILL    
Paid to N. Westside Ratepayers per year

=

$11,601
Office Supplies (funded by utility bill) = $    129
Site Maintenance (funded by utility bill) = $ 2,243
Liability Insurance (funded by utility bill) = $ 1,500
Insurance 2005 (funded by utility bill) = $ 1,240
Administration Overhead (funded by utility bill) = $ 2,237
                             TOTAL

=

$18,950
     
     
EXPENSE FUNDED BY PARCEL TAX    
Bins (funded by Environment Canada & BC Environment)

=

$       0
Hauling Fees (funded by Parcel Tax)

=

$20,836
our waste goes to Landfill Tipping Fees (fund Parcel Tax)

=

$  4,861
                           TOTAL

=

$25,697
     
     
                            DIFFERENCE OF

=

$
     

North Westside Ratepayers Association are to provide and maintain "General Liability Insurance" and are to provide at its own cost any additional insurance

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We pay for waste/environment on our property taxes of approx. $39.11 plus we get a separate $40.00 per year utility bill from the Regional District for the transfer station.

2006 Rate on my Solid Waste Utility bill - $23.43, so $46.86 per year
The reason I was billed this amount is because I applied for garbage service in Dec 2005, and I was not billed for Dec 2005 until 2006.  It does not show the date Dec 2005 on my bill as my bill states Jan 1 2006 - June 30, 2006.  The Regional District is going to work on that, so that it shows the correct billing dates.

2005 Environment/Waste Management Rate on Rural Property Tax Notice (.jpg) - $39.11

2004 Environment/Waste Management Rate on Rural Property Tax Notice (.jpg) - $39.67

"City of Kelowna" Bylaw #9570, property tax bill for the landfill (waste/environment mgmt) is $59.28 per year (page 17).
(reference www.kelowna.ca click on Bylaws/Solid Waste)

City of Kelowna Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 9570.pdf (175kb) (2006-05-02) Bylaw #9570 Garbage Curbside Collection is $45.35 per year

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RDCO said the Ratepayers contract to run Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station is almost up, and they are going to survey residents to see what should be done!

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See Spallumcheen's Garbage Bill - $38.25 per 3 Month Period.
Spallumcheen's bill is more than ours, but they get pick-up at the curb, which saves them time, fuel and maintenance costs on their vehicles, vehicle emissions, etc..

Lake Country bylaw #363 (.pdf) - Lake Country residents pay $80.00 per year for door to door collection, and $2.00 per tag a bag

"City of Kelowna" Bylaw #9570, utility bill for curbside garbage collection is $45.35 per year, and tag a bag is $1.50 per bag" (page 13) (www.kelowna.ca)

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RDCO Solid Waste Management Plan Review

RDCO Landfills

RDCO Waste Transfer Station Information (.pdf) format

Comment directly to RDCO about waste management

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has a role in the Solid Waste Management Review.  Haven't found info on the net about TAC yet.

Public Advisory Committee (PAC) - has a role in the Solid Waste Management Review

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Valley of the Sun viewpoint along Westside Road needs a bear proof metal waste disposal bin for travelers.  One local resident told me they picked this garbage up, and that it wasn't garbage from a local.

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Page 3
Engineering Committee Minutes - March 23, 2006
c) Waste Reduction Office Update
Carol briefed the Committee on current programs and events. With regard to the North Westside Road Transfer Station, she explained that with there is increased growth in the North Westside Road area and staff is planning to do a cost/benefit analysis and comparison of 3 possible options for garbage/recycling collection i.e. continuing with transfer station operations as they are; adding another transfer station in the Valley of the Sun area; and curbside collection. Residents will then be polled to determine their service preference for the next 5-10 years. Discussion ensued. Carol advised that residents had previously resisted curbside collection. It was recommended that the new community association be consulted.
Knowles/Hansen
That the report be received for information
CARRIED

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From the March 2009 North Westside Communities News (page 7)

LACASA TRANSFER STATION - The process is still ongoing. It was noted in the Preliminary Budget for the RDCO that one of the objectives of the Engineering group within the RD is to complete the La Casa Transfer Station in 2009. Once again, if you have questions you can call Regional Director - Jim Edgson

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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!

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If you have comments good or bad, solutions, concerns or complaints regarding the local transfer station at Sugar Loaf Mountain or Traders Cove Transfer Stations, please fill out the form below and let your neighbors know.

Please contact the Regional District and tell them how you feel.  If we all sit and do nothing, nothing is going to change.  Please voice your opinion.

PLEASE DON'T TAKE YOUR FRUSTRATION AT RDCO OUT ON THE BUSH ... TAKE IT OUT ON RDCO

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View the email letter that was sent to the Regional District Of Central Okanagan regarding the petition.

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PHOTOS OF ILLEGAL DUMPING

SEE GARBAGE FOUND AT SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN

SEE MORE GARBAGE UP SUGAR LOAF MOUNTAIN

SEE GARBAGE FOUND AT VALLEY OF THE SUN

SEE LANDFILL

SEE ANOTHER LANDFILL

MORE GARBAGE

SEE TRADERS COVE TRANSFER STATION
(Photos of all signage at Traders Cove, including hours of operation)

SEE VIEWPOINT & PULLOUT GARBAGE

SEE GARBAGE AT LACASA LAKESIDE COTTAGE RESORT

Jokes about garbage

Environment Canada's Environmental Learning & Sustainability

SEE FINTRY's GARBAGE

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Drop Your Old Computer off at Briteland in Vernon

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