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Fines for Driving Violations

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If you have a concern about road maintenance along Westside Road BC, or West Kelowna, please contact Murray Tekano

District Manager of Transportation Okanagan Shuswap District Office

as Argo does not have an email address to send complaints to we were told by Argo themselves.

So when we asked Murray Tekano about having an email address to send complaints to, he said we could email our concerns about road maintenance directly to him. (see table below)

Kelowna, BC Road Maintenance - for Westside Road BC
Ministry of Transportation website

Okanagan Shuswap District Office

District Manager of Transportation - Murray Tekano - Murray.Tekano "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-712-3629

Area Manager of Roads  - Scott Lain - Scott.Lain "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-712-3668

copy and paste the email address and take out "at" replacing it with the @ sign

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Do you agree with a recommendation to  limit roadside memorials to no more than two years?

Yes 1053
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Total votes: 1585

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Every year its the same old same old story, Why?

Letter: Snow clearing left lots to be desired
Kelowna Capital News - Feb 12, 2017

To the editor:

The purpose of this letter is not only to point out City of Kelowna’s negligence when it comes to dealing with snow removal, but to show that the city’s mayor and councillors are only interested in furthering their own needs.

We, the generous taxpayers, shell out huge amounts of money to the city every year (my own taxes have gone up 29 per cent in the past four years) for the management of the city with the expectation that the elected councillors and mayor will represent what the majority wants. We expect them to be fair and use common sense.

I have phoned twice and visited city hall and the city yard works to get some action on having my road cleared of snow with no results as of the writing of this letter (meanwhile it is snowing heavily again).

The cul-de-sacs are supposed to be plowed within 48 hours of a snowfall. So far it has been over 100 hours for my street. Hmm, what if we are that late with our taxes?

My road is so bad (how bad is it?) that I haven’t been able to get in or out of my driveway since Feb. 4 when some city worker mindlessly plowed the walkway (beside my property) diagonally across my driveway and out into the road in front of my driveway.

What is it called when money is taken for a purpose and not used for that purpose … robbery? What is it called when promises are made and not followed through on … lies? What is it called when the elected officials don’t follow through on democracy … dictatorship? There you have it. Our elected city council.

Lisa Broughton, Kelowna

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letters/413529583.html

Its going to snow on blank day cause I have to go to town.

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Argo coughs up for windshield
Castanet.net - by Jon Manchester | Story: 133360 - Feb 23, 2015

UPDATE Feb 23

The family of a young West Kelowna woman whose windshield was smashed by snow thrown from a plow truck says Argo Road Maintenance has stepped up to pay for the damage.

Peter Kessler says a stranger named Jack called to say he would pay for Alicia Kessler's new windshield, but that turned out to be unnecessary when Argo emailed a day later to say it would cover the cost of replacement.

"They said 'just give us the bill, and we will pay it,'" said the woman's father.

Kessler said the work is now being done by Valley Glass, near the family's Glenrosa home.

ORIGINAL Feb. 20

A young West Kelowna woman had the scare of her life when a wall of snow smashed her windshield while she was driving on Lower Glenrosa Road earlier this month.

Alicia Kessler was driving to work at about 12:30 in the afternoon Feb. 2 when heavy, wet snow thrown from the blade of a plow truck passing above on nearby Highway 97 landed on her car.

She screamed and slammed on the brakes, said her father, Peter Kessler.

When she called him to come and help, Kessler said a "great big triangle of snow, a 15-foot pyramid," surrounded the car and went all the way across the road.

"Her car was right in the middle of it."

The rest of the road was clear.

The topography of the area may have contributed to the incident. In the dip at Powers Creek, Lower Glenrosa is very close to the southbound lanes of the highway and about 20 feet below it.

Kessler said an Argo Road Maintenance plow truck came down the hill "and threw a large amount of snow onto my daughter's windshield, totally destroying it."

The father said his daughter was so distraught she couldn't drive home and has hardly driven since because she is scared.

But he's not angry about the incident. He just wants his daughter's windshield replaced.

"This is Canada in winter ... If it was a crack or a chip, that happens all the time in the Okanagan. But this was one in 1,000 or even 10,000."

Alicia said she only saw the advancing wall of snow when it was about a foot away.

"I felt pretty scared. I couldn't do anything about it, so I just hit the brakes. I didn't know what else to do," she said.

Alicia was alone in the car at the time and was unhurt, but the abrupt stop and shock of the impact left her shaken.

Kessler said he contacted Argo after the incident and sent the company photos of the damage, but he has yet to get any satisfaction.

"We have been playing phone tag for two weeks," he said. "My daughter has not driven the car since and cannot afford a new windshield right now."

Castanet was able to reach Argo operations manager Al Fraser at the company's Penticton office.

Fraser said Argo has a superintendent looking into it to see what happened.

"It is an oddity, for sure," he said. "But if we've made mistakes, we will make good on it. We just have to go through the process. It is being investigated."

Kessler said if a pedestrian had been walking along the road at the time, the impact of the snow could have crippled or killed them.

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Burst tire sends woman, kids into lake
Castanet.net - by Adam Proskiw - Story: 93682 - Jun 15, 2013


Photo: Adam Proskiw

A woman and three kids are lucky to be alive after the front tire of their pickup blew out, dragging them off Okanagan Highway and into the lake near Antlers Beach, south of Peachland Saturday night.

"This could have ended a lot worse than it did," said West Kelowna RCMP Cst. Ryan Rode.

The truck went down a two-meter bank at approximately 8 p.m. and ended up half submerged on a rocky portion of beach.

The children, who were all under the age of five, were wearing the proper restraints and all four were able to get out of the vehicle before emergency crews arrived.

They were taken to Penticton Hospital as a precaution.

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.pdf icon May 27, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Item 10.1 Okanagan Film Commission Funding Review

Regionally Significant Program Funding

The Regional Board has received a letter from the Union of BC Municipalities that Gas Tax Funding has been approved for a Regional District proposal submitted under the Regionally Significant Project Fund. The Regional District will receive just over $4.4-million as the local government share toward the purchase of new or replacement transit buses or debt servicing on buses within the Kelowna Regional Transit system fleet.

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6.2 UBCM - Approval of Regionally Significant Project Funding ($4,402.420)
(for information)

OPHUS/GRAY
THAT the April 22, 2013 letter from UBCM confirming approval for the Regionally Significant Project funding of $4,402,420 towards the purchase and debt repayment for buses for the Kelowna Transit System be received for information.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Sustainable Transportation Partnership

The Regional Board has given approval to a new inter-municipal partnership that will coordinate a regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects. Earlier this year, local governments gave their approval to a memorandum of understanding indicating their participation in the Sustainable Transportation Partnership. The goals of the partnership are to establish unified region-wide policies and strategic plans for all modes of transportation, improve responsiveness and accountability, reduce costs and improve efficiencies on transportation issues and provide a collective voice to communicate regional transportation initiatives to senior levels of government.

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5.4 Approval of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Inter-municipal Service 3-Year Agreement (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

In April/May 2012, the Councils of the District of Lake Country, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, the District of Peachland and the Regional Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding to establish in principle a Sustainable Transportation Partnership. Since that time, the work of a CAO committee culminated in the concept of an inter-government partnership which will help local governments progress toward the achievement of a more sustainable transportation system that supports the region's economy, social network and ecosystem, while ensuring more cost effective use, operation and expansion of the system.

The City of Kelowna administers the Regional Transit and the Regional Transportation Demand Management (TOM) service. In order to further the benefits of synergies in current and emerging opportunities, and achieve the desired 'enhanced transportation governance strategy', a "Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan" (STPCO) has been
defined and described in an Agreement between the local governments of the Central Okanagan. The Agreement seeks to establish a partnership built on the membership of local governments.

The Regional Board approved at its March 14, 2013 meeting, that upon signing of the STPCO agreement, tax requisitioned funds for the TOM program be forwarded to the City of Kelowna on behalf of the service participants for funding of the STPCO program for 2013. Staff noted that a bylaw amendment removing Kelowna and West Kelowna from the TOM function will be brought forward for Board approval at a future date.

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT The Regional Board approves the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Intermunicipal Service Agreement between the local governments of the Central Okanagan in order to formally establish the new partnership known as the "Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan" ("STPCO") consisting of the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland, District of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan (Central Okanagan West and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas);
AND THAT the Board appoints the Board Chair to the "Inter-municipal Advisory Board" of the STPCO;
AND THAT the Board directs the Chief Administrative Officer to work with his counterparts of local and regional governments in the Okanagan to oversee and provide direction to the STPCO through the "CAO Committee";

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 14, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Rise & Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 28, 2013 & March 14, 2013 Item 8.1A Transportation Demand Management Administrative Overhead

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8. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

8.1 Rise & Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 28, 2013 & March 14, 2013

a) Transportation Demand Management (TDM) & Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO)
Agreement (Feb. 28 meeting) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The Governance & Services Committee at its February 28th meeting after discussion about TDM being transferred to the City of Kelowna and operated under the STPCO (Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan) group recommend the following.

OPHUS/BLANLEIL
THAT the Administration Overhead charge for 050 - Transportation Demand Management (TDM) be removed from the program beginning in 2013 and redistributed to other existing programs;

AND THAT upon signing of the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO) agreement by all municipal partners and the RDCO, tax requisitioned funds for program 050 - TDM be forwarded to the City of Kelowna on behalf of the service participants for funding of the STPCO program for 2013;

AND FURTHER THAT details related to future transitioning of the 050 - TDM program to the STPCO program, including determination of service participants, be referred to the Steering Committee currently undertaking the service review process
as agreed to by the Regional Board at its February 25, 2013 meeting.

CARRIED

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

There was nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 5.1 Handi Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No . 1313

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Handi Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No . 1313

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WHEREAS the Regional District of Central Okanagan has adopted the "Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419, 1990 and Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 965, 2002 and 1263, 2009";

AND WHEREAS the Westbank First Nation (as part of Central Okanagan West Electoral Area) has expressed a desire to assume responsibility for Handi-Dart Transit Services within their boundaries and the Regional Board has agreed to this;

AND WHEREAS Director of Central Okanagan West Electoral Area has consented in writing to the adoption of this Bylaw;

NOW THEREFORE the Regional District of Central Okanagan, in open meeting assembled, enacts as follows:
1. That Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 419, 1990 be repealed;
2. This Bylaw may be cited as Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313, 2012.

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5. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

5.1 RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313, 2012, Adoption (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

BASRAN/GIVEN
THAT RDCO Handi-Dart Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1313, 2012 be adopted this 17th day of January 2013.

CARRIED

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

Regional Gas Tax Funding Reassigned

The Regional Board has approved reassigning federal Regional Gas Tax funding for transit improvements in the District of West Kelowna. The more than $3.5-million will be transferred to the municipality from the City of Kelowna in order to construct a new Westgate Road transit exchange in the District as part of the Rapid Bus project. The funding had previously been approved with the Regional District prior to the incorporation of West Kelowna in 2007. In addition, staff will work with the Union of BC Municipalities which administers the federal Gas Tax funding agreement and West Kelowna to prepare a new funding arrangement with the West Kelowna local government.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Reassignment Of Regional Gas Tax Funding To District Of West Kelowna

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Recommendation:
THAT the Regional Board approve of the reassignment of three million five hundred and ninety thousand dollars ($3,590,000) in federal Gas Tax funding from the City of Kelowna to the District of West Kelowna for completion of infrastructure associated with Phase 2 of the Rapid Bus project;

AND THAT the Regional Board endorse the change of a proposed transit exchange from along Stevens Rd to along Westgate Rd and next to Hwy 97.
AND THAT the Regional Board support a request to the Union of BC Municipalities for an extension of the deadline for using the Gas Tax funding from September 30th, 2013 to December 31 St, 2014.

Purpose: To seek Regional Board approval of the transfer of Regional Gas Tax funding from the City of Kelowna to the District of West Kelowna. The funding was approved by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) in 2007. At the time, the City of Kelowna agreed to administer the local government funding as the District of West Kelowna had not yet incorporated. The funding agreement should be between the UBCM and the local government that will have jurisdiction over the completed infrastructure, in this case the District of West Kelowna. Since 2007, the location of a proposed transit exchange has changed and Board endorsement is sought for this change.

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

6. NEW BUSINESS

6.1 Reassignment of Regional Gas Tax Funding to the District of West Kelowna (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 8, 2013 outlined that in 2007 UBCM approved funding for infrastructure associated with the Rapid Bus service operating between the Westbank Town Centre and UBC-Okanagan campus. Of the $10.5M approved, $3.59M was related to proposed transit infrastructure within the District of West Kelowna. At that time, the City of Kelowna agreed to
administer the government funding as West Kelowna had not yet incorporated.

Since that time incorporation has occurred, as well the area of proposed improvements has significantly changed.

Staff provided a brief review of the background. There is an agreement in place for gas tax funding which was approved as part of the region's Smart Transit Plan. A capital plan was produced in 2006 and the funds approved in 2007. Phase 1 started in 2008 in Kelowna and was completed in 2010. Phase 2 of the plan is within West Kelowna boundaries. Since the application was made, priorities have changed and amendments are required as the infrastructure will be located with the boundaries of West Kelowna. In addition, the current agreement expires in 2013 and an extension for the completion of the projects is required to the end of 2014.

FINDLATER/GIVEN
THAT the Regional Board approve of the reassignment of $3,590,000 in Federal Gas Tax funding from the City of Kelowna to the District of West Kelowna for completion of infrastructure associated with Phase 2 of the Rapid Bus project;

AND THAT the Regional Board endorse the change of a proposed transit exchange from along Stevens Road to along Westgate Road and next to Hwy 97;

AND THAT the Regional Board support a request to the Union of BC Municipalities for an extension of the deadline for using the Gas Tax funding from September 30, 2013 to December 31,2014.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon October 13, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

5.2 UBCM - Approval to enter into the Regionally Significant Project Funding Agreement - Federal Gas Tax Revenues for the HVAC System Upgrade ($892,685) (All Directors-Unweighted Vote)

UBCM's letter of September 23, 2011 provided the final approval to enter into the agreement for the Federal Gas Tax Revenues for the HVAC system upgrade.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approves entering into the Regionally Significant Project Funding Agreement under the agreement on the transfer of Federal Gas Tax Revenues for the HVAC System Upgrade for the RDCO Administration Building Project in the amount of $892,685.00

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Kelowna Regional Transit Increase

The Regional Board has approved a transit fare increase affecting Kelowna Regional Transit System routes in Peachland and the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. The cash fare will increase January 1st by 25 cents to $2.25 per trip. As well, 10-ticket sheets, day and monthly pass rates will also increase by approximately 12%. This is the first fare increase since September 2007. The Regional Board also supports a minimum fare recovery policy of 30% for Conventional Transit and 10% for Custom handyDART Transit and that a route review will be completed to determine the effectiveness of each route in the system.

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

7. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

7.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of August 11,2011

a) Transit - Fare Increase and Recovery Percentage (District of Peachland and Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Only)
FIELDING/HAYES THAT the Regional Board approves a fare increase for Conventional and Custom Transit effective January 1, 2012;

AND THAT the Regional Board supports a minimum recovery policy of 30% for Conventional Transit and 10% for Custom Transit;

AND FURTHER THAT a route review be completed to determine the effectiveness of each route.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon Item 9.2 Report-Endorsement of the Regional District of North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 2500, 2011.pdf

.pdf icon Item 11.3 Sustainability Steering Committee Recommendation - Regionally Significant Funding.pdf

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Agenda No: 11.3
Mtg Date: August 22, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Sustainability Steering Committee
DATE: August 11, 2011
SUBJECT: Regionally Significant Project Funding

RECOMMENDATION

THAT the Regional Board approve the following projects be included in the Regional District's applications to the Union of BC Municipalities for funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding:

New and replacement of transit buses - $4,402,420
Active Transportation Planning and Projects - $2,247,315

AND THAT staff finalize costs and report back to the Regional Board on the final application for each project being requested;

AND FURTHER THAT staff report back on the success of the applications.

BACKGROUND:
The Regional District's Sustainability Steering Committee met on July 14th to further discuss priorities for the regionally significant gas tax funding (minutes attached).

To date, the Regional Board has approved funding priorities (out of the $8,722,420 available) for the following projects: RDCO HVAC replacement ($892,685), the Regional Growth Strategy (including the aggregate supply and demand study) ($400,000); and the upgrade to the regional septage facility ($780,000).

The Board had previously agreed to include active transportation projects which did not include funding for transit buses as a priority. In discussion with municipal staff, concern has been expressed that there are not many active transportation projects for consideration and that debt servicing of transit buses is still a considered priority for the municipalities. RDCO staff continue discussions with the member municipalities regarding the two priorities (new and replacement of transit buses, and active transportation planning and projects).

The above recommendation is brought forward for Board approval in order for all staff to move forward in planning considerations for the two remaining priorities. How the remaining funds are to be distributed between the municipalities and electoral areas is yet to be determined.

Application deadline for these funds is September 2012. This is submitted for consideration.

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October 7, 2010
Chair Robert Hobson and Board
Central Okanagan Regional District
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna BC V1W 324

Dear Chair Robert Hobson and Board:

RE: GAS TAX AGREEMENT REGIONALLY SIGNIFICANT PROJECTS FUND

We are pleased to advise that Gas Tax Agreement's Partnership Committee has approved a Strategic Priorities Fund program model. The Committee has again agreed to set aside, or reserve, a portion of the funding for Regionally Significant projects (RSPs) within Tier 2 regions.

The amount reserved for RSPs in your region is $8,722,420.00. We invite the regional district, on behalf of itself and its member municipalities, to contact UBCM indicating your interest in entering a RSP Working Group with UBCM and the Province.

UBCM is interested in working with you throughout the development process.

The RSP Working Group, consisting of staff from UBCM and the Province, will facilitate the discussion with staff from your region on the process for developing an RSP proposal that meets the Gas Tax outcomes of lower greenhouse gas emissions, cleaner air, or cleaner water, and which is large in scale and regional in impact.

RSPs are unique as they will not be competing for funding against applications from other regions, and funding will be provided for approved RSP projects up to the lesser of the eligible costs of the projects and the amount reserved for the
region.

Further information about RSP proposals is set out in the enclosed Question and Answer document. If you would like further information about the RSP program, or would like to initiate discussions with the RSP Working Group, please contact Brant Felker, Gas Tax Program Officer by email at bfelker "at" ubcm.ca or by phone at 250 356-0893.

Yours truly,
Barbara Steele
UBCM President

pc: Harold Reay, CAD

don't forget to click link above for the entire contents

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

11.3 Sustainability Steering Committee Recommendation - Regionally Significant Funding (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated August 11, 2011 outlined the recommendation from the RDCO Sustainability Steering Committee regarding funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding. It was noted that since the July 14th Committee meeting the Regional Board approved funding for the upgrade to the regional septage facility.

It was noted that staff are not sure at this point if transit buses fit the criteria for regionally significant funding.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Regional Board approve the following projects be included in the Regional District's applications to the Union of BC Municipalities for funding under the Regionally Significant Projects Federal Gas Tax Funding:
• New and replacement of transit buses - $4,402,420
• Active Transportation Planning and Projects - $2,247,315

AND THAT staff finalize costs and report back to the Regional Board on the final application for each project being requested;
AND FURTHER THAT staff report back on the success of the applications.

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What I have learned from BC MOTH by Kelley Hayes:  Quick View

I have received several complaints from residents near Goudie Road, regarding noisy logging trucks hauling through the night, using their Jake brakes. I have explained that the RDCO does not have jurisdiction over the provincially owned roadway. I have referred people to BC Ministry of Transportation & Highways.

RDCO is a regional district, not a municipality – municipalities own and regulate activities on their roadways through traffic bylaws.

Here is a further explanation of the problem and reason why RDCO can not successfully enforce this problem under the noise bylaw.

I have spoken with Mike Hovde, Kamloops District, MOTH.
Due to warmer than normal temperatures, MOTH is requesting that logging trucks haul their load between 2am and 10am in order to avoid damage to their roads. These time restrictions are normal as temperatures get above –3 degrees at night, but the time of year is 5 weeks earlier than normal.
Mike indicates that allowing the hauling at night keeps the industry rolling. They may consider talking to the haulers to back off their engine brakes, or placing signage on the road to “avoid” the use of jake brakes.
Complainants should be referred to Scott Lane at the Kelowna MOTH office at 712-3660 so that they can hear this information from MOTH first hand, particularly if anything changes.

What the RDCO NOISE BYLAW states:

Section 1:
No person shall make or cause, or permit to be made or caused, any noise in or on a highway or elsewhere in the Regional District which disturbs the peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort, or convenience of the neighborhood, or of persons in the
vicinity.
Note: RDCO does not have jurisdiction over it’s (Provincial) roadways.

Section 5(b):
No person shall on any day before 7am or after 10pm operate any logging equipment, log yard equipment, aggregate extraction equipment or aggregate processing equipment in any manner whatsoever which makes, causes noises or sounds in or on a highway or elsewhere which disturb, or tend to disturb, the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of the neighborhood, or of any person in the vicinity.
Note: This paragraph does not include logging vehicles.

A few comments about the RDCO bylaw (by Rhoda):

RDCO noise bylaw violations are subjective to the complainants.
The bylaw requires (as required in the Local Government Act) that more than one person witness that noise (at that date and at that time).  The RDCO noise bylaw does not specify dba levels and bylaw officers are not qualified to use measure the dba.

The concept of noise includes an element of reasonableness, in the sense that noise can be described as an activity that results in an unreasonable interference with the use or enjoyment of property. The degree of interference with the use and enjoyment of property must be substantial and not trifling or insignificant.

Goudie Road is a community where logging trucks are a reasonable activity. There is timber up Goudie Road which has to make it’s way down to town.

Bylaw Enforcement officers at RDCO do not have authority to require vehicles to stop or pull over.

What the RCMP say:
I spoke with Staff Srgt Dengis who indicates that the Motor Vehicle Act does not allow loud or excessive noise, but the RCMP have to demonstrate that the vehicle’s standard piece of equipment has not been altered or reduced. The Jake brakes may be loud, but they are a standard manufacturer’s equipment and disruptions to the neighborhood will be expected from use of this standard equipment. The legislation in the MVA is intended for exhaust issues or squeeling tires.

What City of Kelowna (a Municipality) says:
One particular resident from Goudie Road insisted that the City of Kelowna would enforce this under the noise bylaw. I enquired at the City bylaw department and spoke with BEO Dan Maja. Maja indicates that they would not enforce this under their traffic bylaw or their noise bylaw in this situation because the driver has no choice but to use his jake brake to slow down while going down a hill.

If he doesn’t use the jake brake, the driver will burn up the brakes by the time he gets to the bottom of the hill. Catching the driver is difficult, we do not have authority to pull drivers over. This is also a safety situation for the truck drivers, similar to the City not enforcing limitations to snow plowing (an activity for safety) during night hours.

Microsoft Word document icon http://www.kellyhayes.ca/documents/Loggingtruckcomplaints.doc

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.pdf icon July 14, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

7. Transit

7.1 Transit - Fare Increase and Recovery Percentage

Staff report dated July 4, 2011 from the City of Kelowna contractor for transit outlined the requirement for support of a fare increase for conventional and custom transit and U-Pass increase. The Regional District currently manages transit service for the District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. Each of the municipal councils are being asked to approve the fare increase.

Staff provided a review of the fare increases noting the last increase was in September 2007.

Staff also reviewed the Universal Bus Pass (UPASS) system which was implemented at UBC-Okanagan in 2007. The UPASS is structured as a student fee, currently set at $50 per semester. UBC-Okanagan subsidizes the UPASS by 10%. The current UPASS agreement sets out the procedure for changes in the UPASS program. Notice of a program rate increase must be given before August 15 in the calendar year prior to the year the proposed increase is to come into effect. The question was raised regarding sponsorship opportunities on the student cards? It has been a desire to build this into the system and staff is
continuing to negotiate this with the UBC-O Student Union.

Recovery rate is a critical policy issue. Keeping recovery rates low keeps fares low and spreads a balance across the tax rate. Staff noted the recovery rate used to be within 30-35%.

FIELDING/HODGE
THAT the recommendation for a transit fare increase and recovery policy be POSTPONED until the District of Peachland Council receives the transit presentation;

AND THAT the recommendation on a transit fare increase and recovery policy bebrought forward for consideration to the August 11th Governance and Services Committee meeting;

AND FURTHER THAT the City of Kelowna staff be authorized to negotiate with UBC Okanagan an increase to the UPASS rate.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 14, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

Kelowna Regional Transit Fare Increase

The Regional Board has approved negotiations between the City of Kelowna and University of British Columbia - Okanagan for a proposed rate increase for the U-Pass program. Any increase would require approval of UBC-O students and the University Board of Governors and would take effect on September 1st, 2012. After consideration by local municipal councils, the Regional Board will consider a general increase in transit fares and passes for the New Year. It’s proposed that cash fares for convention transit and handyDART users rise January 1st by 25 cents while monthly passes would go up approximately 12 per cent or $7.00 more for an adult pass. This would be the first increase in Kelowna Regional Transit fares September 2007.

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.pdf icon July 14, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

6. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
6.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of July 14,2011

c) Transit - Fare Increase and Recovery Percentage (District of Peachland and Central Okanagan East Electoral Area Only)

COLLINSON/FIELD
THAT the recommendation for a transit fare increase and recovery policy be POSTPONED until the District of Peachland Council receives the transit presentation;

AND THAT the recommendation on a transit fare increase and recovery policy be brought forward for consideration to the August 11 th Governance and Services Committee meeting;

AND FURTHER THAT the City of Kelowna staff be authorized to negotiate with UBC Okanagan an increase to the UPASS rate.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

GranFondo Mass Participation Cycling Event

The Regional Board has given support in principle to the organizers of a proposed mass participation cycling event around the Central Okanagan. The GranFondo event is planned for Saturday, July 16th on an approximately 140-kilometer route around Okanagan Lake, including 60-kilometers along Westside Road. The organizers will be communicating information on the impact on affected routes including a proposed dedicated southbound lane closure from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm for a portion of Westside Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The Board support is conditional on the organizers receiving approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for a comprehensive traffic management plan.

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

GranFondo Event Support

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board supports in principle the request for a dedicated Southbound lane on Westside Road for the July 16th Gran Fondo event subject to a transportation plan being developed with the Ministry of Transportation;

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation (copy local MLAs) that the Regional Board is supportive of the Gran Fondo event and encouraging their cooperation.

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.pdf icon MANAGEMENT PLAN for Fintry Provincial Park October, 1998 (the following found on page 44, or page 54 of the .pdf)

Actions:

  • Track repeat visitors and day users, to determine the volume of park use travel from the north and south ends of Westside Road.

  • Encourage Ministry of Transportation and Highways to construct pull outs and safety barriers along Westside Road, and to install barriers on Fintry Delta Road.

  • Encourage Ministry of Transportation and Highways to survey and design a relocated intersection at Westside Road, to be built when traffic congestion requires upgrading to the intersection.

  • Survey and dedicate Westside Road, removing the road from park status.

  • Eliminate, except for emergency and park management purposes, vehicle use of access easements and former roads in the park. In particular, close the Attenborough Road short cut route to vehicular traffic and incorporate the route as part of the hiking and horse trail system. Keep Old Fintry Access route closed to all but emergency vehicles. Incorporate the route as part of the looped canyon trail system. Use gates, road rehabilitation, signage and landscaping to discourage vehicular use except at designated park entrances.

  • When backcountry use increases, construct pull outs for Westside Road users, possibly in conjunction with a backcountry user parking area on Westside Road.

  • Install sign along Westside Road at Bear Creek Provincial Park noting distance to Fintry Park.

  • Work with private tour operators to determine feasibility of boat tours, with Fintry as a destination.

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May 22, 2011 Vernon Morning Star Newspaper Article about

BCAA's worst road survey

Westside Road is #7

Westside Road BC #7 - BCAA survey - Worst Roads in BC

Motorists frustrate emergency crews
Castanet.net - by Daniel Hayduk - Story: 60462 - Feb 27, 2011

Weather conditions in the Okanagan created slick driving conditions Sunday, but the warning from RCMP was for drivers to get out of the way of emergency vehicles.

"People aren't slowing down for emergency vehicles, says RCMP Constable Kent Hall at the scene of one head-on collision on Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna  Sunday afternoon.

Hall says motorists need to re-familiarize themselves with the laws regarding emergency vehicles.

Emergency vehicles with lights and sirens on always have the right of way and motorists must pull over and stop.

To put it simply: "Get out of the way," says Hall.

Once emergency crews arrive at an incident, firefighters, paramedics and police officers still have the right of way, says Hall.

Hall says he often sees motorists trying to manoeuvre past a road block, and sometimes even strike emergency crews or their vehicles.

At the crash on Shannon Lake Road, several vehicles slowly inched forward, driving over flares on the roadway, trying to make it past Constable Hall's  diagonally parked SUV.

The law requires all motorists approaching a stopped official vehicle displaying flashing red, blue or amber lights to slow to 70 km/h, on highways with a  posted speed of 80 km/h or higher, and slow to 40km/h on those highways posting speeds of less than 80 km/h.

Official vehicles are:
Police Vehicles, Ambulance, Fire Service Vehicles, Tow Trucks, Vehicles used by Conservation Officers, Inspectors under the Inspectors Authorization Regulation, Passenger Transportation Inspectors, Park Rangers, Ministry of Forests and Range Special Constables.

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Cultural district to get break at night from truck traffic
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels - September 23, 2010

Industrial vehicles won’t be rumbling through Kelowna’s cultural district throughout the night much longer.

City council voted Monday to ban the trucks from Ellis Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. following a recommendation from a report on improving the downtown pedestrian environment, through the road system.

But, by Coun. Michele Rule’s estimates the solution, which is to close off Ellis and re-routing trucks onto Gordon Drive during the night, won’t go far enough to address the issue.

“The idea is to not have trucks driving (on Ellis in the daytime,” she said, inquiring into the rationale of not re-routing heavy traffic through Gordon, 24/7.

That’s not going to happen, for the time being at least, explained city staff.

“The (B.C.) Ministry of Transportation doesn’t want to turn a left-turn light for northbound traffic, leaving Highway 97 for Gordon Drive. In fact, they already want fewer turning lights on that stretch through the city so traffic moves more slowly.

“There’s no good solution to this,” said Coun. Robert Hobson, noting that keeping a cultural district that butts into an industrial area is bound to create some friction. “This is a little step in the right direction.”

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If you have photos, comments, information, regarding snow removal, pot holes, crumbling shoulders, or any other complaints, please forward it to us as well as the local authority.  You can use our feedback form, the comments form below which posts your comments to this website here, or you can email us.  We would like to know how you think Argo is doing.

We are not impressed about not being able to email Argo directly, are you?

Thanks to Murray we have someone to email, but I am sure he doesn't need these emails.  I don't think Murray would be going out to fill pot holes.

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Contractors must maintain and implement a Quality Management System based on the principles of the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 9000-2000 standard. While contractors do not have to be certified, they are required to have a system that meets both the letter and the spirit of the ISO standard.

The Ministry’s Quality Plan consists of monitoring and auditing the contractors to ensure compliance with the contract terms and conditions. The focus of the audits is on whether the contractor is meeting the Maintenance Specifications and maintaining a Quality Management System.

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/BCHighways/contracts/maintenance/hwy_maintenance_contracts.htm

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Warning - You never know what you will encounter along Westside Road BC

These two photos were taken of Westside Road BC on March 17, 2009.

Westside Road BC on March 17, 2009

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Birds at Valley of the Sun treat the potholes as watering bowls LOL.

 

Larger photos of the pot holes at Valley of the Sun on Firwood Road below.

These photo's were taken September 26, 2010

View of Firwood Road a little ways into Valley of the Sun subdivision
View of Firwood Road a little ways into Valley of the Sun
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View on the way out of Valley of the Sun on Firwood Road.  You can see Valley of the Sun sign in the distance.
View of Firwood Road looking towards Westside Road.  You can see Valley of the Sun sign in the distance.
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View on the way into Valley of the Sun on Firwood Road
Pot holes on Firwood Road as you enter Valley of the Sun.  You can see Valley of the Sun sign right here.
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Vernon, BC Road Maintenance
Ministry of Transportation website

Operations Manager - Danny Morris - Danny.Morris "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-503-3632

Area Manager - Mike Hovde - Mike.Hovde "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-503-3608

Vernon BC Weigh Scale

To contact Argo Road Maintenance for Vernon please phone: 1-877-546-3799

Jim Jensen - Argo Quality Assurance Manager North Okanagan - jjensen [at] argoroads.ca

Argo Vernon BC - rkovacvich [at] argoroads.ca

 

Contact WRIC the Westside Road Improvement Committee

 

Contact for Westside Road Maintenance Concerns

If you can't get anywhere with the above try phoning or emailing your Central Okanagan West director Jim Edgson who is director for Westside Road, Trepanier and Brent Road Peachland.

Phone Jim Edgson 250-260-3602

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If the above contacts were of no help, try contacting:

Director of Highway Maintenance Contracts in Victoria

Director of Highways Maintenance Contracts Reg Fredrickson in Victoria at 250-387-7627.  Phone enquiry BC 1-800-663-7867 and they will put you through to Victoria toll-free with no long distance.

Phone: 250-387-7627
Fax: 250-356-7276
Cellular: 250-480-9729

Mailing Address: PO Box 9850
Stn Prov. Gov't
Victoria, BC
V8W-9T5

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Community Charter
[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 26

This Act is Current to March 31, 2010

"extraordinary traffic" includes the carriage of goods or persons in vehicles over a highway that, in conjunction with the nature or existing condition of the highway, the council considers is so extraordinary in

(a) the quality or quantity of the goods or the number of persons carried,

(b) the mode or time of use of the highway, or

(c) the speed at which the vehicles are driven or operated,

that it substantially alters or increases the burden imposed on the highway through its proper use by ordinary traffic, and causes damage to the highway or resulting expense to the municipality beyond what is reasonable or ordinary;

"highway" includes a street, road, lane, bridge, viaduct and any other way open to public use, other than a private right of way on private property;

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Penticton, BC Road Maintenance
Ministry of Transportation website

Operations Manager - Jeff Wiseman - Jeff.Wiseman "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-490-2227

Area Manager for Penticton/Peachland/Summerland - Chris Keir  - Chris.Keir "at" gov.bc.ca - 250-490-2248

Kaleden BC Weigh Scale

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To contact Argo by telephone, click on the Ministry of Transportation's website and look for your specific area.
We haven't found any email addresses for Argo Road Maintenance on the web, and Argo refuses to accept complaints by email.

What we should all do is stop contacting Argo by telephone and make all our complaints by email to the powers that be at the Ministry of Transportation instead.  And while you are at it let the Ministry know that you want to be able to email complaints to someone in charge, and who would that be?

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WARNING TIRE SAFETY PROBLEMS!

Retailers are selling brand new tires that are aged more than 6 years, which could cause the tire to blow and your vehicle to go completely out of control.

Retailers are not suppose to sell a tire if it is more than 6 years of age.

Watch the video to find out how you can check to see if your tires are too old and should be replaced.  You check the inside sidewall of the tire for the markings.  There are different date codes for the markings, so it is best to watch the video to see how they mark tires with the date.

http://abcnews.go.Com/Video/playerIndex?id=4826897

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2006 Westside Road Study - Regional District of Central Okanagan - Board Agenda October 30, 2006 You need Adobe Reader for this link to work for you.

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Ministry of Transportation Employee Newsletter

http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/publications/roadrunners/index-roadrunners.htm

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If drinking and driving is illegal, then why do bars have parking lots and why don't they have beds instead?  B&B = Bar and Bed but then again, it could easily turn into another type B&B = Bar and Brothel that way too.

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If you think Westside Road is bad, check out this Russian Highway on You-Tube.  Amazing!  You will never complain about how much snow builds up on Westside Road BC again LOL!

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Not enough tickets issued: cops
Kelowna Capital News - By Jennifer Smith - August 24, 2010

Kelowna RCMP officers are not issuing enough tickets to stop drivers from speeding through local neighbourhoods, city council heard Monday.

Coun. Luke Stack said he has heard serious concern about drivers are laying too much rubber near local homes when council met with the neighbourhood associations en mass earlier this month and he shared the concern with RCMP Insp. Cam Forgues.

The cops have not been handing out enough tickets, Forgues admitted, noting even the figures for this summer show officers are not on top of the basic infractions when the busy summer season begins.

“It’s a constant battle we face every day,” he said, adding “unfortunately, in the last few years, we’ve been robbing the traffic section for other duties.”

During his monthly visits to council, Supt. Bill McKinnon has consistently complained that the local RCMP have had to steal resources from the traffic section of their detachment in order to meet demands in other areas—particularly during the busy summer season.

Funding to pay for additional police officers must come out of the city’s budget and, though he received an additional five officers this year, the McKinnon said he would need 21 more to meet demands this year. Council did not agree to his request.

Last December, McKinnon told council he is burning his officers out and they are stretched thin, according to a frightening statistical analysis that revealed Kelowna’s police resources are among the worst in the country.

A Statistics Canada study released that same month suggested this city has the lowest number of officers per capita of any city in Canada.

At the time, the superintendent disputed some of the figures in the study, but said it accurately depicted the state of affairs at his detachment.

Numbers from the local policing reports for last month indicate there is still a problem.

In June, Kelowna RCMP issued 855 tickets, but by July, with tourists flocking to the shores of Okanagan Lake, only 642 were issued.

Forgues said he is aware that McKinnon has actually taken the concerns to the officers, saying “I know you’re busy, but take the time to write a few tickets.”

jsmith "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Some councillors see red over going green
Kelowna Capital News - By Jennifer Smith - August 24, 2010

Solar hot water showers for Kelowna’s fire fighters and electric cars to boot about the streets had city councillors in a flap over meeting green targets in the Okanagan this week.

A request to install a $12,000 solar hot water system on the Enterprise Way fire hall generated tremendous debate Monday afternoon as councillors variously extolled the virtues of meeting provincial greenhouse gas emission targets and damned the plans for their perceived expense.

“If we keep growing like we do, we cannot meet those commitments” said Coun. Graeme James, who appeared to lead the rally to sink the solar hot water plan.

Kelowna has agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent at all city facilities by 2011 and by 33 per cent from 2007 levels by 2020 overall, but according to James those are now insurmountable goals.

James said he believes this city is only going to continue to be a popular place to live and that outfitting every city facility with green technologies like the solar hot water system would eventually bankrupt the municipality.

Not so, according to Angela Reid, however, who said the truly costly decision would be to ignore environmental warning signs and stick with the status quo.

“The idea that all future growth has to come at the expense of greenhouse gases isn’t necessarily true,” she said.

“Growth is inevitable but how we grow is the important thing.”

She suggested pay back could be swift for most greenhouse gas reducing technologies and helped turn the tide at the council table so the council would approve the hot water deal.

Electric cars, on the other hand, could be on the roads of other communities for some time before Kelowna approves the little get-a-bouts.

Though places like Oak Bay, Victoria and Penticton have approved the use of the small vehicles, Kelowna city councillors had serious concerns about their safety rating and the dependency of local residents on vehicles for travel.


They have ordered several more reports in the wake of Monday’s discussion.

jsmith "at" kelownacapnews.com

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City investigating low speed electric car
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 56504 - Aug 24, 2010

Low speed electric cars, those which travel between 30/kmh and 40/kmh may soon be allowed on some Kelowna streets.

The Neighbourhood Zero Emission Vehicles (NZEV) are licensed by ICBC and have been allowed in several communities in the province including Vancouver, Penticton, Whistler, Port Coquitlam and many municipalities around Greater Victoria.

Kelowna Council debated the issue at length Monday before asking staff to report back on strategies to reduce car dependency in the city, bring back a map identifying roads that the low speed vehicles would and would not potentially be allowed to run and also to look into a zoning bylaw change requiring plug-ins in all new commercial, industrial and multi-family developments.

Council expressed serious concern about the safety of the vehicle, described by Councillor Andre Blanleil as a glorified golf cart, and the safety of the passengers.

"They are fiberglass, they have no airbags and very little steel in them. You don't have to hit too hard in these things to be killed," says Blanleil.

"I don't think we should be jeopardizing people's families because we feel this is the way to go. These are not made safe enough to put on the road and get into an accident."

A study by the Transportation Association of Canada which accompanied the report shows Kelowna is the most car dependent jurisdiction in Canada and has the third highest rate of injuries and fatalities per vehicle kilometre travelled in Canada.

Blanleil says the NZEV will also slow down traffic and further irritate local motorists.

"They will cause impatience and slow people down. I just think you are jeopardizing people's lives by even considering this.

He says full size electric cars are right around the corner and while they are expensive, Blanleil says like all electronics, they will drop in price if people are patient.

Council was told the vehicles would not be permitted on any roadway with a speed limit over 50/kmh, including the two highways and would also not be permitted to cross the highways in certain areas.

"We have preferred cycling routes that we recommend people use within our community, and we could have an NZEV route map in the community which says these are some roads we would suggest are perhaps better than others," says Councillor Angela Reid.

"These could link people within urban centres and even linking one urban centre with another. I know long term we want to get people out of their cars and not just replacing cars with electric vehicles but I think it is part of the transition we'll be making."

Councillor Robert Hobson suggested perhaps allowing vehicles within specific developments.

"I think of the new commercial centre in the Upper Mission that we just approved for example. You've got new village centre, you've got multi family owned houses, it's a fairly confined neighbourhood," says Hobson.

Council agreed it will wait for staff to report back before considering the next step which would be crafting a bylaw allowing vehicles on the road.

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This was a poll on Castanet.net we saw on August 27, 2010

Should Kelowna allow electric cars with a top speed of 40/kmh to drive on city streets with speed limits no more than 50/kmh?

Yes 569
No 1096
Total votes: 1665

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August 12, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance & Services Committee Agenda

Item 5.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

Agenda No: 5.1
Mtg Date: August 12, 2010
TO: RDCO Directors and Department Heads
FROM: Donna Adams, Accounting Analyst; Marilyn Rilkoff, Manager of Finance and Administration
DATE: July 30,2010
SUBJECT: Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year to Date June 30, 2010

*This is only a snippet of the 8 pages*

The following are some of the highlights for the year from the Quarterly Report, but are certainly not all inclusive. We do recommend that the report and each program be reviewed, particularly with respect to "Department Initiative Status Reports", the "Summary of Year to Date Results", and Project Updates for the various programs. There are too many items too be covered in this summary, and everyone's level of interest in the various programs and departments varies.

Executive Summary:

083 - Westside Transit Services (Page 132): Effective April 1,2010, at the beginning of each month transit drivers will be allowed to provide a three day extension for a riders' recently expired monthly pass. This grace period gives monthly pass holders ample opportunity to purchase a new monthly pass. The Regional Board has approved a request to provide an average of 700 transit tickets each month to the Central Okanagan United Way, which then provides the tickets to 17 social service organizations to assist their clients with bus transportation around the region. The Transit Bylaw has been amended to remove the District of West Kelowna and Central Okanagan West Electoral area from the Regional District Service Area and pave the way for the municipality to assume responsibility for the service within its boundary.

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.pdf icon July 26, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw Amendment

The Regional Board did not give first reading to a proposed site specific text amendment to the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw. The applicant requested the amendment for their 5.1-hectare property adjacent to Highway 33 east in order to allow storage of up to 40 recreational vehicles on site. Staff suggested that the proposed use would impact the rural character of the area and might interfere with neighbouring properties, doesn’t fit into the secondary home-based business category since it is not located within a building and that such a commercial use would be better suited to areas within the Regional District designed for commercial or industrial activities.

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.pdf icon July 26, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

Item 6.4 Joe Rich Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 1195-05.pdf

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Bylaws: (First Reading) (Unweighted Vote)

6.4 Joe Rich Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No. 1195-05 for J. Varga (owner) and B. Varga (agent) for a site-specific text amendment to permit outdoor storage of recreational vehicles located adjacent to Highway 33. (RLUB-1001 Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (Electoral Areas)

Staff report dated July 13, 2010 outlined the purpose of the amendment - to amend the text of Section 2 - Regulations, Subsection 5.6.1 by adding ".8 Part of Lot 1, Plan 25538, District Lot 4051, ODYD only the following use is permitted: Outdoor Storage Recreational Vehicles". In accordance with the bylaw amendment, the applicant wishes to store recreational vehicles (RVs) on the subject property and has indicated that it is anticipated that a maximum of 40 RVs could be accommodated on the proposed 0.2 ha (0.5 acres) storage area. A covenant would need to be placed on the property to restrict the use of the identified area.

Agency referrals were outlined. It was noted that the Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission did not support the application under the existing Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw guidelines.

Staff noted that site line concerns at Highway 33 and the entrance to the property have been addressed to satisfaction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure with the clearing of trees from the road right-of-way. Photos of the area were highlighted. Further to posting of the bylaw amendment, several letters of opposition have been received. These will be provided at public hearing should the application proceed.

Staff outlined the rationale for non-support, including:
• The proposed use will impact the unique rural character of the area and may interfere with the use and enjoyment of neighbouring properties;
• More intensive commercial or industrial activities are to be directed to areas of the Regional District that support more intensive commercial or industrial activity;
• Home based businesses are permitted in the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw area provided they are secondary to and not detract from the residential and rural qualities; however, the proposed outdoor RV storage cannot be considered to be a home occupation as all home occupations are to be located within a building;
• The proposed outdoor RV storage will set a precedent for the Board to consider other similar proposed amendments for commercial business uses which do not conform to the home occupation or a temporary commercial use permit provisions; and
• Safety issues associated with access onto Highway 33 is a concern. The applicants addressed the Board noting:
• Pictures of the property were provided indicating that the house cannot be seen from the highway. It is their belief that the area for RV storage would also not be seen from the highway.
• Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has cleared the site line--this was Crown land.
• The intention is to take RVs which are empty and will have no waste, gas or oil in them. They are to be stored on the property for approximately a seven month period and will be insured while on site. Approximately 2040 RVs will be on site during this time. This would be an off-season storage area for RVs. This type of facility is desperately needed in the region.
• Transport trucks will not be stored on site.
• The applicant works at an RV dealership and stated that there is no leakage of fluids from RVs.
• Access to the property has been corrected and the driveway is to be paved.
• There is no visibility issue and no noise.

Questions to the applicants:
How many trees will be cut? Beetle kill trees will be only be removed.
The neighbor's house can be seen from the property, is this a problem for them? The neighbor has indicated his support.
Are you planning any screening from the neighbor? There was no plan.

HAYES/EDGSON
THAT Joe Rich Rural Land Use Amendment Bylaw No.1195-05, application RLUB10-01, for J. Varga (owner) for a site-specific text amendment to permit outdoor storage of recreational vehicles located adjacent to Highway 33 not be given first reading this 26th day of July 2010.

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.pdf icon June 28, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

10. Other Business

Item 10.1 Director Items

c) Rural and Resource Roads

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June 28, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Agenda

10. Other Business

Item 10.1 Director Items

c) Rural and Resource Roads

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10. Other Business

Item 10.1 Director Items

c) Rural and Resource Roads (page 15)

Director Edgson noted that he recently attended the UBCM Electoral Area Directors Forum in Richmond where discussion occurred regarding rural roads. It was noted that a UBCM Task Force has been struck to work with the Province to identify and prioritize a list of forestry roads throughout the province for possible improvements for emergency purposes. The Regional District has submitted a letter to UBCM with input from member municipalities and electoral area directors.

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.pdf icon April 8, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

4. Transportation

4.1 BC Transit's Strategic Plan

4.2 Transit Services Update - Steve Harvard, BC Transit

BC Transit staff were unable to attend today's meeting.
Steve Harvard provided a letter dated April 7th outlining information on BC Transit's Central Okanagan Master Plan and open houses which have been held in the region and BC Transit's Strategic Plan development. He provided a review of the RapidBus (BRT) status including: traffic signal priority measures will be tested this month with the plan to go live in May, the transit platforms will be completed by May, shelter design is being finalized with installation by September, planning is still in progress for route realignments with a target date of September and the public information sessions will be conducted once particulars have been reviewed.

Specific details will be relayed to individual Councils by June.

EDGSON/RULE
THAT the April 7th, 2010 letter by Steve Harvard, BC Transit providing a transit service update be received.

CARRIED

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

Transit and handyDART Bylaws Amended

The Regional Board has approved two bylaws amending the Regional District Service Area for urban transit and handyDART services. The bylaws remove the District of West Kelowna from the Regional District Service Area and pave the way for
the municipality to assume responsibility for both services within its boundary. The Regional District will continue to be responsible for transit and handyDART services for the District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation lands.

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

4.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1263, 2009 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff noted that the Board had previously supported the adoption of the HandiDart Transit and Urban Transit bylaws subject to the financial impact being received from BC Transit.

FIELDING/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Handi-Dart Transit Local service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1263, 2009 be adopted this 22nd day of March 2010.

CARRIED
4.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1264, 2009 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1264, 2009 be adopted this 22nd day of March 2010.

CARRIED

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

4.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1264, 2009 Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/FINDLATER
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1264, 2009 be adopted this 22nd day of March 2010.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon March 11, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting

Regional Transit Program Updates

The Regional Board has adopted two resolutions that will provide some assistance to some riders of the Kelowna Regional Transit service. In the interest of continuing to provide good customer service, effective April 1st, at the beginning of each month transit drivers will be allowed to provide a three day extension for a riders’ recently expired monthly pass.

This grace period will allow monthly pass holders ample opportunity to purchase a new monthly pass from retailers. As well, the Regional Board has approved a request to provide an average of 700 transit tickets each month to the Central Okanagan
United Way, which then provides the tickets to 17 social service organizations to assist their clients with bus transportation around the region. Last year, the Regional Board agreed to provide 600 tickets a month to the United Way.

Adult is $53 for a monthly transit pass

700 tickets per month x $53 for an adult monthly pass = $37,100 per month x 12 months per year = $445,200 per year for 700 adult transit passes

http://www.transitbc.com/regions/kel/fares/

.pdf icon March 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Minutes

2.1 United Way - Transit Assistance Program (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

CRAIG/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board approve the United Way's request for an increase in the transit assistance program to 700 tickets per month for 2010;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to work with the United Way to determine the
possible need for a monthly pass program, as well as putting the United Way in contact with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Central Okanagan to review their requirements for a monthly transit pass program.

CARRIED

2.2 Transit Pass Grace Period Policy (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

It was noted that transit drivers continue to have difficulty with distinguishing the monthly transit pass in terms of color and print size. BC Transit has been made aware of this issue but to date no changes have been made. A further request to review this issue was discussed.

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board endorse a policy allowing transit drivers to extend a three (3) day grace period for the use of expired monthly bus passes at the beginning of each month;

AND THAT staff be directed to request the operator, First Group ULC (formerly Far West), to clearly communicate the new Transit Pass Grace Period policy to all of its drivers;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed communicate with BC Transit the need to better distinguish the monthly transit pass.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 11, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Meeting Minutes

3.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1264, 2009, 3rd reading (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FINDLATER/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Urban Transit Local Service Area Establishment Amendment Bylaw No. 1264, 2009 be given third reading this 11th day of February 2010.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 13, 2009 Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting

Transit Funding Application to UBCM

The Regional Board has approved making an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for significant transit infrastructure funding. More than $2.3 million in gas tax funding is available for regionally-significant improvements. It’s proposed that just over $1 million would be used to enhance signal light priority along the Highway 97 Bus Rapid Transit route along with improved video surveillance on board buses and at transit exchanges along with other communication enhancements including a system control centre at the Enterprise Way fire hall.

Another $1 million would be used for general bus stop improvements such as shelters, sidewalks and pullout areas. In partnership with UBC-Okanagan, the remaining funds would be used in a cost-sharing agreement to construct a new shelter facility for the growing number of student transit passengers.

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.pdf icon March 5, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

3. Delegation

3.1 Murray Tekano, Ministry of Transportation re: Overview of Ministry Responsibilities with regard to capital construction, rehabilitation and maintenance

Jeff Wiseman, area operations manager (Penticton) and Scott Lane, road maintenance manager, were in attendance with Mr. Tekano to answer questions.

M. Tekano, Ministry of Transportation, provide an overview of the ministry's responsibilities including:

  • Highlighted the direct operating area they are responsible for - Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm and Kelowna

  • Two service contractors operate in the two operating regions, both are Argo Road Maintenance but are two separate corporations which operate independently

  • Rehabilitation program reviewed - rehabilitation plan (funded differently than maintenance) and maintenance activities were reviewed.

  • Provincial and development approvals (provincial approving officer (ie: land use changes, zoning and bylaw approvals). Development approvals include gravel pits, commercial development.

  • Commercial vehicle safety enforcement (weight and inspect commercial vehicles and facilities inspection, passenger and school bus inspection)

  • Two priorities focusing on: beginning to work more closely on transit and cycling (working with SC Transit and local governments). Assisting with cycling and pedestrian facility projects - have no funding for these areas but will work with governments to implement. Another priority includes Intelligent Transportation Systems which is being implemented in Kelowna (the first outside the lower mainland).

  • Highway maintenance investments reviewed - capital, rehabilitation and maintenance

  • Maintenance agreements and contracts are all online:

www.th.gov.bc.ca/bchighways/contracts/

  • Stakeholder feedback as always encouraged. Part of the process includes RTAC (Regional Transportation Advisory Committee)

Discussions and questions:

Capital funding is allocated over a ten year period, on a 3-year allocation which is accessed on priorities

Some projects are cost shared with the Federal government ie: Trans Canada

Is visioning still being considered for the Westside - Kelowna - Lake Country for overall plan for the future? There will be presentations to Councils in the near future.

High stats on crash areas - do you still work with ICSC for high traffic accident areas. Working on safety committee for Trans Canada. Not in urban sections but looking at doing the same safety sessions for Hwy97.

Well done on Summerland slide.

Ministry encouraged to be involved in the safety aspect of electric billboard signage. The Ministry has been involved in this issue ie: reducing brightness of sign, technological recommendations being reviewed. Staff react to the limitations of the Act.

#GS12/09 GIVEN/EDGSON
THAT the presentation from Murray Tekano, Ministry of Transportation be received.

CARRIED

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Big truck on Westside Road BC near Logan's Landing

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Ministry defends road maintenance deal
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: January 17, 2009 12:00 PM

Snow may have melted from many roads in the municipality, but when it comes back the B.C. Ministry of Transportation feels it local road maintenance contractor will do a good job clearing it.

In fact, the ministry says Argo Road Maintenace is one of the better (contract) performers in the province.

But that doesn’t mean the company is infallible when it comes to snow clearing, said ministry spokesperson Jeff Wiseman.

Given the many complaints the District of West Kelowna fielded about poor plowing during the recent heavy snow falls, council felt it was time someone from the ministry appeared before it to explain if Argo Road Maintenance was living up to its contractual obligations in the municipality.

“It can and does miss roads,” said Wiseman “But it’s the exception, not the rule.”

If Argo gets a complaint, the company investigates and takes action to correct the problem, he said.

Wiseman’s explanation came on the heels of a slide show Coun. Rosalind Neis brought to council. The photos showed a street in her Lakeview neighbourhood, which she claimed was plowed just once between Dec. 25 and Jan. 3, despite repeated heavy snowfalls during that time.

“This is actually one of the residents plowing the street with his snowblower because traffic was immobile,” said Neis as she showed one picture.

Given the road’s classification, it should have been plowed within two days of every snow fall over five centimetres, according to Neis. (A plow should have hit the road two or three more times, based on that criteria.)

“This is a clear breach of the contract,” she added.

Wiseman noted that if the heavy snow keeps falling, however, Argo’s first priority must be Highway 97, which carries the most traffic by far.

“If one snowfall ends and another one starts, the clock starts ticking again (starting) with the higher priority roads,” he said.

But Neis said the municipality seems to have no clout when it comes to saying how West Kelowna roads are to be maintained.

“I can’t help but get the impression we’re a useless third party.”

West Kelowna chief financial officer Jim Zaffino told council the municipality has met both with representatives of Argo and the ministry, and both agreed to keep West Kelowna in the loop about problems and complaints.

The Argo representatives also told Zaffino the company’s evaluation reports would start going to the municipality so West Kelowna staff could see where complaints were coming from and how they were being handled.

Chief administrative officer Jason Johnson added the reports would be useful in providing the municipality with its own history of road maintenance.

Council could eventually use the information to determine if West Kelowna’s service should be augmented and at what cost.

Wiseman said he could understand how the municipality might want a higher level of service. The province is meant to deal with rural roads and is not geared toward clearing snow in an urban environment like the one West Kelowna has so rapidly become.

“People have higher expectations given the values of their properties and such,” he said.

He added the ministry gives Argo Road Maintenance $16 million per year, in 12 equal installments, to clear Central Okanagan Roads, excluding the City of Kelowna’s streets.

The provincial government has determined that $960,000 of that money covers West Kelowna’s roads.

But Neis said she was concerned the real cost of clearing roads in the municipality was much higher.

“One-sixteenth of that isn’t doing it. We’re not getting the service we need.”

Taxpayers could be on the hook for a big bill for road maintenance in 2013, when Victoria cuts off its transition assistance to the municipality, she said. That assistance was part of the incorporation deal made with the province in 2007.

Mayor Doug Findlater reminded everyone that the municipality’s new director of engineering would be starting in early February and one of his first priorities will be to dig into the details of the road maintenance contract.

Wiseman said he looked forward to sitting down with the new director to sort out the true cost of the Argo contract, to help the municipality prepare for the end of provincial road maintenance assistance.

West Kelowna will have three options at that time.

It could start its own road maintenance department, go out to tender to find another contractor or hire Argo to continue its service.

jluciw [at] kelownacapnews.com

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Tire safety cause for concern
By Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star - Published: December 23, 2008

It may be mostly a cost-saving move, but it’s a move that could also affect the safety features of your vehicle.

Vernon RCMP believe people may be trying to save money by not purchasing tire pressure monitoring systems when installing new winter tires on separate rims.

“What they don’t realize is that they may be compromising the vehicle’s traction control system as it operates the motor vehicle with no alarm inside to tell you it’s not functioning properly,” explained Cpl. Gerry Kovacs with the Vernon RCMP. “Thus, the vehicle’s safety feature has been rendered useless and it makes your vehicle inoperable.

“There may also be some long-term damage to the system by circumventing it by not installing tire pressure monitoring systems.”

Kovacs explained that the monitoring system is usually found in the valve stem of a tire, and it works hand-in-hand with the traction control system.

Both systems are usually found in new vehicles, and the tire pressure monitoring systems comes in factory alloy summer tires. So, if you put those away, then replace them with winter tires that don’t have the monitoring system, your car’s safety feature is at risk of not working.

Kovacs has done a great deal of research on these products, and was nearly involved in an accident on duty this winter.

“There was a vehicle that clearly had time to pull out in front of me to make a turn, and he couldn’t do it. At the last moment, he lurched in front of me,” said Kovacs, explaining that the accident was diverted. “I stopped him and it became apparent that he had proper winter tires and a traction control system but it wouldn’t function.

“He expected the car to operate a certain way and it didn’t. He told me he was told he didn’t have to buy the tire pressure monitoring system. That’s not the case.”

The problem, said Kovacs, is in the vehicle’s acceleration.

A traction control system, explained the officer, when it kicks in, slows the vehicle’s wheels to a crawl on extremely icy surfaces that doesn’t allow the tires to spin. The vehicle will then move at a pace depending on the friction of the system or what it’s driving on.

“If it’s sheer ice, the vehicle will literally walk itself off until it reaches traction, then disengage and accelerate,” said Kovacs. “By diverting that system, a car will not function in the way it’s normally used to, and thus, it becomes a safety concern.”

Kovacs believes a tire pressure monitoring system averages $200-$300 for a set of tires.

He recommends checking with your car dealer or a reputable tire company for more information.

“Ask some questions, and ensure you have the right gear that will make your car and its safety features function properly,” he said. “Enquire with your dealer about what you need and what you don’t need. Every manufacturer is unique.”

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2nd lake crossing not in the works
Castanet.net by Wayne Moore - Story: 43756 - Dec 13, 2008

Former Premier, Bill Bennett, likes the idea as do elected officials on both sides of Okanagan Lake.

During the ceremony opening the new William R. Bennett bridge, the former premier told those in attendance, including Premier Gordon Campbell and Transportation Minister Kevin falcon, it's time to move on new roads to serve Kelowna's boom, and to start work on getting a second bridge at another location.

Back in the summer, municipal councils of both Kelowna and Westside wrote to Falcon, asking for time lines and the process for identifying the preferred location for a second crossing.

"The new William R. Bennett Bridge has been extremely successful in reducing congestion along Highway 97 in the Kelowna area," says Falcon in his response to the District of Westside.

"Planning work indicates that the bridge will provide capacity across the lake for years to come. In light of the expected performance of the new bridge, a second crossing is not something we are currently considering."

Instead Falcon says, the government will focus of maximizing the performance of Highway 97 and promoting transit and other alternatives to the single occupant vehicle.

"We will continue to work with local governments to develop strategies for reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, such as traffic signal improvements, special purpose lanes, improved public transit and more cycling and walking opportunities in the region," added Falcon.

"As such, I welcome the District of Westside's feedback as we work towards these goals."

Earlier this year, plans were unveiled for the widening of Highway 97 between Gordon Drive and Highway 33.

The project means Highway 97 will be six laned from the bridge to Highway 33.

The is talk that one lane may be dedicated to transit bus and HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) traffic.

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Traffic congestion rings up $200 million cost to drivers
By Jennifer Smith - Kelowna Capital News - Published: November 29, 2008

Solving Kelowna’s traffic congestion issues is all about getting people out of their cars, not building more roads, according to the regional transportation director Ron Westlake.

On Friday morning, the Economic Development Commission issued a report stating traffic congestion in the Central Okanagan cost travellers $200 million this past year.

It’s a pretty steep price- tag, Ron Westlake admits, but likely no more out of line than other communities battling car-driven congestion issues. And solving the problem isn’t going to mean more pavement.

“We’re looking for alternatives to providing more roads,” he said.

Right now, spending on alternative transportation virtually mirrors spending on roads and the region is looking at investing more in the bus system in coming years, he said.

Last year, the Central Okanagan struck a deal to bring a new Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT line, from the Westside through Kelowna to UBCO along the highway, and there’s still considerable work to be done on those plans—though a new UBCO-Rutland BRT line is in operation.

On an annual basis, the city already invests $10 million in transit—a similar figure to what it will cost to build the new Glenmore Bypass, an $11 million project on the books for next year.

The province recently announced another leg of the Rails With Trails cycling and pedestrian path will be built linking Sexsmith Road to the university and making it possible for students cycling to the university to do so with out venturing onto private property or the highway.

Still, the study found congestion is most serious in Central Kelowna where speeds average 26-kilometres and by 2030 are expected to drop to an average 23 kilometres, or 45 per cent below optimal speed. The congestion is estimated to cost the average commuter an extra $521 per year. By 2030 it’s estimated to cost an extra $802 per car region-wide.

jsmith "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Shoddy repairs lead to crumbling roads
Kelowna Capital News - Letters - Published: October 02, 2008

To the editor:

In a time of rising costs and reduced service, we all become extra diligent to assure that we’re getting our money’s worth. When our municipalities tender for services, this principle is usually written into the documents.

During last winter, a large pothole opened up in the road at the corner of my home and I noticed a large number of cracks running lengthways in front of my driveway.

Sure enough, in the spring an Argo road maintenance truck came along and the workers shoveled a mound of blacktop into the hole, then drove away. I followed the truck down the road and asked the workers if they were at least going to roll or tamp the fill into the hole. The worker just laughed and told me that they let the trucks and buses do that.

I had always been of the impression that the correct procedure was to prep the edges of the hole with liquid tar, fill the hole and then use a compactor or a roller to complete the job.

So, guess what? We haven’t even gotten near to another winter and all of the patch material is now gone, either onto my neighbour’s lawn or all over the road.

In the 10 years we’ve lived in this home, I’ve noticed, up and down the road, the same potholes opening up year after year and always wondered why. Now I know why.

I’ve just had my concrete driveway replaced at considerable expense, and now have a six to eight inch gap between the end of the driveway and the blacktop.

The cement workers apologized and told me there was nothing they could do because the edge of the road just crumbled away. They felt that the cracks in the road were letting water run through and by next spring there probably wouldn’t be any road left.

McGinnis Road is a regular bus route and sees a lot of traffic.

I’m not sure what we pay Argo for road maintenance but I’m sure that this is not the quality of work that we either expected or contracted for.

Len Straub,
Westbank

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Westside Road crock (Westside Road N.)
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Date: 2008-09-07, 8:37AM PDT

How long are the residents of Westside Road going to have to suffer with the half assed road repairs and maintenace.  I personnally probably lost about 15000 dollars of my income when they blasted the road into the lake .  I had to cancel jobs because I could not get my tools all the places they needed to be.  Also wore my truck out on that hour and ahalf drive through the bush one way.now they have made some other shitty little improvement and it sits unpaved for 2 months so far.besides the fact that tourists r travlling the loggiing trucks and cement trucks and sometimes b train trucks that occupy the whole road in the corners on their shortcut from venon avoiding scales.we also have albertans pouring in and they seem to b buying an awful lot of vacant land and building 50 million dollar homes and small cottages for a million dollars.with the massive increase in property tax revenues along this road why arent we seeing some real improvements.we r not even included in the cities devepment plan or a part of westbank.where r these tax doolars going.oh i know a city planner could hire a road builder of his "choice" and that builder will over bid the job and a portion of that xtra money could go towards a road of his own for a project he is developing.i dontknow all the ins and outs of these scamsbut they do it all day long.the most important thing would b to make the road safe.how many crosses do we need to pass to get something done now or the city is going to get sued after i build a website for this crock and have a team of lawyers in the case of someone elses death because of your negligant road improvements

Location: westside road n.
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Insurance system needs changes
Vernon Morning Star - Letters - Published: October 03, 2008

We have recently returned to Beautiful British Columbia (Vernon) after having lived and worked in Toronto, New York and Chicago for the past 18 years.

During this time away from B.C. we have regularly insured two automobiles and the cost per vehicle was never more than $750 per annum. In fact our most recent coverage provided by RBC Insurance in Ontario cost $556 for a 2003 pick-up truck and $689 for a 2008 sedan.

The cost to insure the same vehicles with identical coverage with ICBC is $1,207 and $1,359 respectively. That is with the full 43 per cent discount as we have spotless driving records and a zero claims history.

While I do not know the specific statistics between various jurisdictions, I don't imagine there is any comparison with respect to the incidence of vehicle theft, fraud and accident claim levels between Toronto / New York / Chicago and Vernon. Certainly none to justify such a large difference in premiums.

There is little doubt in my mind that the "good" drivers in B.C. are significantly subsidizing the "bad" drivers. We have taken the Canadian concept of universality too far.

If a 19-year-old has demolished a car as a result of reckless driving and is deemed either a high risk, or even uninsurable, then he or she should buy a bicycle if they can't get insurance, not depend on me to help pay for their auto insurance.

It is time for individuals to be held accountable for their actions and also time for the government of British Columbia to get out of the insurance business (which they had no justification for being in to begin with).

As a stab in the dark, I would bet private industry would be 40 per cent more efficient (insurance CEOs don't generally shower their friends with repaired vehicles at their consumers' expense) so, after deducting a 12 per cent profit margin, automobile insurance costs for the residents of B.C. could decline by 28 per cent or more. In addition, good drivers would pay much less as they would not be forced to subsidize the bad drivers.

Glen Carter

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Police hope to use time wisely
Vernon Morning Star - Opinion - Published: September 11, 2008

Do not be surprised if you, as a motorist, get involved in a simple fender-bender-type accident in Vernon, phone the police to report it, and you get told to phone ICBC instead.

That's the new way things will work for car accidents that result in more than $1,000 damage, but there are no injuries, no deaths, the accident isn't causing obstructions and doesn't involve a criminal element, such as impaired or dangerous driving. If an accident doesn't fall into any of these categories, or results in less than $1,000 damage, the RCMP won't come.

Vernon RCMP Insp. Steve McVarnock announced the change this week, calling it a "differential response" to motor vehicle incidents.

The idea is to help free up officers' time for more pressing areas of police work, such as trying to help reduce property crimes, or work on the ongoing drug problems within the city.

Each time an officer is called out to a minor accident, according to McVarnock, 30-to-45 minutes is spent by the officer at the scene, taking and looking at photographs, and doing paperwork inside and outside the police vehicles.

Since Jan. 1, police have responded to 707 accidents that resulted in either less than $1,000 in damage, or more but with no injuries, deaths or crime. Using the high end of 45 minutes, that's roughly 530 hours of police time spent trying to determine who bumped who. Now, that task will fall to ICBC. Ideally, the RCMP want to make better use of that time.

Police dispatch has been trained to direct all calls to the ICBC claim centre, who will then start a file on the accident.

It will take some adjustments on both sides, but the move is a good step by the RCMP, as long as they live up to their promise to not avoid work, but to spend their work time more wisely.

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Sept 08 article regarding road repairs at Pine Point and Six Mile, Westside Road BC

Sept 08 article regarding road repairs at Pine Point, Westside Road BC

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Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes – January 10, 2008 (Pg. 6-7)
6. Transportation
Ministry of Transportation – Maintenance Agreement – Argo
It was noted that Chair Hobson over the past years has been asked to provide input to the Ministry of Transportation on the road maintenance agreement with Argo. As governance has changed on the Westside, it is recommended that the Ministry request direct input from the Westside District Municipality and that the regional district’s input be given by a director in the area. Director Edgson has agreed to this role (in consultation with Director Hanson) should the Ministry agree.
EDGSON/NEIS
THAT staff correspond with the Ministry of Transportation recommending that Director Edgson be appointed as the Regional District’s representative to provide input on the maintenance agreement with Argo in the area of Central Okanagan
West Electoral Area;
AND THAT a request to the Ministry of Transportation recommending that Director Edgson also be requested to provide input on the maintenance agreement to the area under separate administration (Argo Armstrong), the boundary of Central Okanagan West to Vernon
;
AND FURTHER THAT the Ministry of Transportation be requested to contact the Westside District Municipality to request a representative from Council to provide input on the maintenance agreement with Argo in the municipalities’ boundaries.
CARRIED

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PICTURES OF SNOW BUILD UP, ON AND ALONG WESTSIDE ROAD SUBDIVISIONS

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May 24, 2008 accident at Estamont

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Article about the Carbon Tax from BClocalnews.com

Rural areas hit unfairly

It is intended that the proposed carbon tax will be revenue neutral. Revenue neutral means the revenue from the carbon tax would be returned to taxpayers through reductions in other provincial taxes.

http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/business/consumer_taxes/Carbon_Tax/carbon_tax.htm

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An estimated $1.8 billion in personal and business tax reductions over three years to return revenue generated by the carbon tax;

http://www.bcbudget.gov.bc.ca/2008/backgrounders/backgrounder_fiscal_plan.htm

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If we are getting the carbon tax back, why charge us for it in the first place.... just to make more paperwork?

more about the carbon tax

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Vernon Blog Spot on Westside Road being used as Vernon's bypass.

The last time we looked the poll suggested Westside Road as the corridor.

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Jim Edgson says in his newsletter regarding snow plowing:

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

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

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

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

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

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Get Involved, Demand a Bypass Now!

http://www.westernbypassnow.com/

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Highway workers concerned about road quality
Vernon Morning Star - Published: August 08, 2008

A poll of highways workers shows that they are deeply concerned about declining road maintenance standards-and that should be a wake-up call for Victoria and private maintenance contractors

Change is urgently needed, says the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

The snapshot of opinion from the front lines of B.C.’s highways system finds almost seven in 10 workers are frustrated because not enough resources are being allocated to properly maintain our highway infrastructure.

Meanwhile, six in 10 say private contractors aren’t meeting standards which are set and supposedly enforced by the Campbell government. A further 11 per cent believe those standards are met only some of the time.

More than 70 per cent agree the situation is so bad that the upkeep of provincial roads and bridges should be brought back into the public sector. Highways maintenance services were privatized by Victoria in 1988.

“Amid mounting public concerns about the state of our transportation infrastructure, the poll results confirms that there are real problems in the current system,” says B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union president Darryl Walker.

“The insights and experiences of front line workers point to the need for fundamental changes,” says Walker, whose union represents 2,000 highways maintenance workers. “The Campbell Liberals and contractors have to move quickly to restore standards, upgrade enforcement and deliver proper resources to get the job done,” he says.

“If they don’t then the only option may be to bring maintenance back into the public sector.”

The late-June telephone poll of 200 workers was commissioned by BCGEU in conjunction with Viewpoints Research. It has an error margin of +/- 6.6 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Other key poll findings include:

- Nearly three out of four workers worry that declining maintenance standards are putting safety for the traveling public at risk.

- In the past few years, 73 per cent say that maintenance has worsened, including 42 per cent who believe the situation has declined considerably.

- On the job, worker morale has worsened over the past year, according to 62 per cent of respondents, while 63 per cent say workload has increased.

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Road woes
Vernon Morning Star Letters - March 21, 2008

I have never written a letter to the editor, but I feel I couldn’t pass this up. The City of Vernon is asking the Ministry of Transportation for a meeting regarding the maintenance of local highways, and I need to express my feelings on this.

Has anyone from city council driven our roads in Vernon?

They are quick to say that others are not doing their job and want results but don’t seem to recognize the monster potholes, lack of curb maintenance, garbage, and vegetation control that takes place in our city.

I have never seen roads in worse shape than what ours are in. We pay our taxes, so why do we suffer with such bad road maintenance? The de-icing program is another concern I have.

This program seems to go everywhere but is not allowed to go past Fulton Road leaving the Landing out so it becomes a sheet of ice.

Okanagan Avenue is very well traveled and has some very narrow shaded areas, this to me seems like it should be a priority for de-icing, but I have never seen it coated past Fulton Avenue.

I cannot count the number of accidents that occur between Elephant Storage and Longacre Drive.

I could go on forever about my issues and gripes but I will leave it at that as this concern won’t be taken seriously by our council that I sadly helped to elect.

Jim Isnardy

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Rural service issues were expected, says Findlater
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - January 30, 2008

Westside Coun. Doug Findlater says he’s not surprised at criticism of rural-type services in Westside such as roads and policing.

Findlater, who chaired the governance committee for four years, says that’s what the study and subsequent referendum were all about.

“We do have rural policing and we do have rural roads,” said Findlater. “And that’s why you want to have municipal status, so you can do something about it.”

Without municipal status, the province dictates the levels of service. With municipal status, it becomes a decision of council, based on community needs and feedback, said Findlater.

Currently, the province pays Argo Road Maintenance to provide a rural level of service—the same as any other unincorporated area in B.C.

That prompted some residents to complain to council in late December/early January that their roads weren’t being plowed and sanded properly.

As for police, the province funds 25 officers in Westside.

But, RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon has said 10 more officers are needed to address the number of Westside calls and the files generated from them.

“The regional district didn’t have a whole lot of say in those service levels,” said Findlater. “That’s what was being provided by highways and the solicitor general.”

Findlater and members of the governance committee went to Victoria before the governance study concluded.

Kelowna’s chief financial officer Paul Macklem and consultant Ron Born went along to negotiate changes to Westside service levels.

“When we went down with Ron Born and Paul Macklem to that Dec. 6, 2006, meeting with the five ministers, they said no. (Transportation Minister) Kevin Falcon said no to more money.”

The ministers told the governance committee that Westside was a rural area, and if it wanted more enhanced roads and policing then it needed to incorporate or amalgamate, he noted.

“(Their message was) pay the bill, you’ve had a free ride all along,” Findlater said.

Solicitor General John Les had the same attitude, said Findlater. “We used some of Bill McKinnon’s analysis and (Les) was not at all (receptive).”

The bottom line is Westside had an unincorporated rural status in an area that was becoming more and more urban, said Findlater.

“That’s the whole issue around the area not incorporating or going in to Kelowna many years ago. It’s just carried on and carried on with a lot development as an urban area without the tools to deal with it.”

It’s inevitable that Westside is now going to “play catch up” with some of its service levels, said Findlater.

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Road maintenance mayhem catches attention of mayor
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - January 13, 2008

An Argo Road Maintenance plow clears Anders Road after more snow fell last week. Council has been hearing complaints about winter road maintenance.

Westside council may need to review road maintenance levels in the wake of criticisms about the lack of sanding and plowing in recent weeks.

Mayor Rosalind Neis met with local transportation ministry officials and representatives of Argo Road Maintenance Wednesday to discuss service complaints she and other members of council have been fielding.

Going into the meeting, Neis was concerned the ministry has reduced service levels since incorporation.

“(But) nothing has changed according to the ministry of transportation or with the contractor that provides the service,” she said following the meeting. “It is to remain exactly as is. But, obviously there were difficulties over Christmas with the way the weather hit.”

Neis said Westside may need to update its website with a link that lets the public know what road maintenance standards are and who to contact with complaints.

“There are specific guidelines that any contractor with the (B.C.) Ministry of Transportation must follow and how they are to designate their roads by priority,” said Neis.

For its part, Argo is open to increasing service levels for Westside. Municipalities are welcome to set their service levels to a higher standard, Argo told Neis.

But the mayor warned that would come with a price.

“The issue that needs to be taken back to the public is that anything beyond the standards we are receiving now would come at a higher cost,” Neis said she would report back to council.

“And then we can decide if that is a priority. You know winter is going to be over in a month. And then there’s going to be the sweeping and the potholes. So, it’s going to have to come from the community, whether service is good or needs to be improved.”

The worst snow day so far was last Tuesday when the white stuff started to fall before the morning commute and continued for most of the rest of the day.

Commuters were travelling on to roads before snow plows and sand trucks could get to them, making for icy conditions everywhere.

As a result, traffic was adversly effected in a major way heading to the bridge, Hudson Road became a virtual parking lot, Bear Creek Road was closed for almost two hours, a bus had trouble navigating Boucherie Road, cars were in the ditch on Gellatly and Boucherie Roads and a fire truck got stuck on ice on Butt Road and was towed to keep from going into a ditch.

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This may be partly why the price of fuel is so expensive.  One pipeline foreman okanaganlakebc.ca knows, rides around on a quad in the bush 12 hour days and 7 days per week until that section of the pipeline is complete.  He makes sure his hired hand welders weld the pipeline and he does the hiring and firing for the pipeline.  Then he goes on to another section or another pipeline.  This foreman at one company earned $6,500 clear after taxes per week because we saw his pay cheque in the silverware drawer while staying with him in his huge 5th wheel trailer.  This amounts to $338,000 per year or $28,167 per month clear after taxes.  He drove a Ford King truck the last time we saw him and we seen many of his hired hands hang out at the bar with him because he buys the rounds.  He asked okanaganlakebc.ca to polish his leather truck seat.

$28,167 divided by 31 days in a month is $908.61 clear after taxes pay for a 12 hour day.

How many people working as foreman do you know that make $908.61 clear after taxes for a 12 hour day?  That works out to $75.72 per hour!!!

Bottom labourer earns $1,500 clear per week for a 12 hour day 7 days per week = $17.86 an hour.  Part of the $1,500 is to go towards accommodations, sometimes $100.00 - $120.00 per day.

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Road repairs needed - CHBC TV Video
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

The Okanagan's newest community is facing a huge bill for road upgrades. (the new Westside Municipality not North Westside)

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January 8, 2008 snowfall

CHBC News TV story called "Crashes Galore"
It was a very difficult commute Tuesday morning for many Westside motorists.  18 vehicles in the ditch on one road, plus 5 in the ditch up Bear Creek, and 3 in the ditch on Hayman Road = total 26 vehicles in the ditch.

CHBC News TV story called "Treacherous Roads"
Westside called crash hot spot.

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Excise tax exemptions repealed for renewable fuels
Effective April 1, 2008, alcohol blended fuels and bio-diesel fuels will be subject to the excise tax on gasoline and diesel fuel respectively.

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We found this deer meat laying on the side of Westside Road on the Okanagan Indian Band reserve near Beau Park Road on Feb 28, 2008!
We found this deer meat laying at a pullout on the side of Westside Road on the Okanagan Indian Band reserve near Beau Park Road on Feb 28, 2008!  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.

Ah .. the animals ate it.... at least it didn't go to waste.

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Complete the Westside Electoral Area Road DCC Study.

Source RDCO 2007 Annual Report pg 8 .pdf icon

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January 14, 2008

To okanaganlakebc.ca:

I have asked that staff from the Okanagan-Shuswap District review your concerns with the local contractor and then get back to you with their findings.

While I understand your observations it is important to note that while safety is always our number one priority that not all roads receive the same maintenance treatment at the same time. Roads are defined by their maintenance classification which is primarily a function of the daily traffic volume on the road and other associated criteria such as; is it a school bus route or access to a hospital etc.

The primary highway network is usually the highest classification and therefore is usually the part of the network that receives maintenance services first with low volume rural residential at the other end of the spectrum. We expect the maintenance contractor to have a well defined process and schedule to ensure all roads are maintained on an orderly and timely basis.

I hope that local District and contractor staff will be able to address your concerns during their review of recent operations.

Reg Fredrickson
Director, Highway Maintenance and Rehabiltation
Ministry of Transportation

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January 14, 2008

To okanaganlakebc.ca:

I am in receipt of your recent email correspondence below with Mr. Fredrickson and have also been briefed by Danny Morris, our Operations Manager in Vernon, on your recent phone conversation wherein you suggest that ICBC fund additional maintenance equipment for Argo Road Maintenance.

As Danny has previously mentioned, it is extremely unlikely that ICBC would agree to provide funding to Argo for the purchase of additional equipment, that being said, I would not dissuade you from approaching them with that proposal.

To address shortfalls in Argo's recent responses to winter storm events we have met with them and advised of the need to deploy their existing resources in a more effective manner. We will continue to monitor their performance and work with them to ensure that they improve their response times for the delivery of winter maintenance on the higher volume side roads.

Please feel free to give me a call at 250-490-5785 if you have any questions or require additional information.

Regards Jeff Wiseman
A/District
Transportation Manager

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Jan 16, 2008

From ICBC

We are not in a position to provide funding for snow removal, as this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation. If you haven't done so already, you might want to express your concerns to Argo Road Maintenance, the Highway Maintenance Contractor for your area, or to your area manager for the Ministry. You can find contact information for Argo Road Maintenance on the Ministry's website at http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/popular-topics/maps/serviceareacontacts.htm and for area managers for the Ministry at http: http://www.gov.bc.ca/tran/contacts.html

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Vince
Customer Contact
ICBC

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Since January 1, 2004, all municipalities provide the “service” of highways, as they have not only operation and control of most highways within their boundaries, but also ownership of those roads. That provides municipalities with more control over municipal highways (e.g. the authority to close a dead-end road and sell the land to an adjacent land owner without first seeking authority from the provincial government).

http://www.cserv.gov.bc.ca/LGD/governance/service_powers.htm

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Approx. Jan 5, 2008 someone drove over a dead moose on Hwy 97 near Eagle Rock in Armstrong.  After driving over the dead moose they reported the incident to RCMP, then went to the car wash in Armstrong to wash the burning hair off their muffler.  When they returned to the scene, the moose was still on the road which was a good 20 minutes later.  How many people drove over that moose at 9 PM that night?  The car that drove over the dead moose was a Honda Civic which now needs a heat shield for the muffler replaced!!

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January 9, 2008 another email was sent to Reg Fredrickson regarding the 18 cars in the ditch up Bear Creek as seen on CHBC TV news ... I was wrong it wasn't 18 cars in the ditch on one street, 5 vehicles in the ditch up Bear Creek, and 3 in the ditch on Hayman Road, which totals 26 vehicles in the ditch in one day in Kelowna.

CHBC News TV story called "Crashes Galore"

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December 20, 2007 an email was sent to Reg Fredrickson the Director of Highways Maintenance Contracts.  Re: takes 2 days to plow, corners are not plowed correctly, and no snow plow on Morden or Shorts Road at Fintry Delta.

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December 17, 2007 we received word from one resident of Valley of the Sun that they helped to get the ambulance unstuck on Alpine near Wood road after one of the first snow falls of the year.  This was most likely the time it took 2 days for the snow plow to arrive after it snowed.  We are not positive but we think it was the time that the helicopter came and picked someone up at the entrance to Valley of the Sun.  This helicopter evacuation is posted on the North Westside Fire Dept website on their front page.  By the looks of the snow piled up on Firwood road in the pictures that are posted there, it looks like this could have been the time the ambulance got stuck.

We suggest that everyone call and complain or it just may be your family member who needs the ambulance next time, and what if they can't get unstuck?  Plus sometimes a few minutes makes all the difference.

Argo road maintenance should not be waiting for 2 days to plow out here or anywhere for that matter.  Why plow after the accidents and injury occur?  Wouldn't it be least expensive to just go buy the plow to start with?  If they are having a shortage of labour then maybe they need to increase wages.  Maybe it would entice some of the BC residents that fled to Alberta oil to come home???

How much do you estimate this accident to be worth?


This accident happened in front of O'keefe Ranch Dec 22, 2007

After the ambulance and fire rescue how much do you think this accident cost??  Do you think saving one or two accidents would cover the cost of a snow plow??  I didn't happen to notice there was any sand on the road.  Notice the yellow trucks tip sign... you would think they would have that hill well sanded but didn't look like it!!

Also if you have anything to add to ambulance problems in the area please contact us and let know so we can post it here.  Please use our feedback form to tell us your story or fill out the form below.

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Complaints surface over lack of road maintenance
From the Vernon Morning Star Letters Feb 15, 2008 page A12
Complaints surface over lack of road maintenance.
click article to read it
The City of Vernon is demanding that local highways be maintained to required standards.

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Listed below are some contacts for road complaints

Contact Danny Morris Operations Manager of Vernon area office
4791 23rd St
Vernon BC, V1T-4K9
Phone: 250-503-3632

You can also contact your local representative.

Norm MacLeod at 250-260-3556 (Ceasar's Landing north to the OKIB boundary)

Roger Wood at 250-769-9355 (Ceasar's Landing south to Traders Cove)

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Record of snow plows plowing subdivisions.

TIME PLOWED DATE PLOWED SUBDIVISION
10:40 PM December 4, 2007 Valley of the Sun (snowed on Dec 2nd)
9:30 PM December 10, 2007 Valley of the Sun
10:38 PM December 15, 2007 Valley of the Sun (snowed on Dec 14 about 4 inches)
12:02 PM December 19, 2007 Valley of the Sun (snowed Dec 18 & 19, 2007 about 3 - 4 inches)
noonish-12:30 December 24, 2007 (grader) Valley of the Sun (snowed Dec 22 & 23 about 5 inches)
11:58 AM December 27, 2007 Valley of the Sun (snowed Dec 24 & 25 & 26 about 2 inches)
between
9AM - 1PM
December 29, 2007 Valley of the Sun (snowed Dec 27 & 28 about 3 inches)
1:35 PM December 30, 2007 Valley of the Sun (snowed Dec 29 & 30 about 2 inches)
2:00 PM January 3 , 2008 Valley of the Sun (snowed January 3, 2008 about 1 inch)
3:30 PM January 9, 2008 Valley of the Sun (snowed January 8 & 9, 2008 about 5 inches)
Afternoon January 13, 2008 Valley of the Sun (snowed January 10, 11, 12 2008 about 5 inches)
? ? Valley of the Sun (snowed January 20 about 2 inches)
Plowed Killiney Lower 2 PM January 31, 2008 Killiney Beach Lower (snowed January 29 & 30, 2008 about 6-7 inches)
7:42 PM
11:45 AM
February 3, 2008 &
February 4, 2008
Valley of the Sun (snowed between Jan 31 and Feb 2 about 1-2 inches)
11:25 AM February 6, 2008 Valley of the Sun (snowed Feb 5 about 1/4 inch)
8:55 AM February 7, 2008 Valley of the Sun (snowed Feb 7, 9 inches on the ruler)

The deeper the snow gets, the quieter the plow gets.

If you are concerned about what time snow plows come plowing through your subdivision at night please contact us and let us know. We will post your subdivision's plow times up here too.

Well it looks like they are not plowing so late at night .... its just that the plow comes late period (2 days after it snows)!

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Dec 15, 2007 contact was made with Norm MacLeod which the North Westside Communities newsletter stated that if you had any concerns regarding road maintenance to contact Norm MacLeod 250-260-3556 for the area between Ceasar's Landing and OKIB boundary.  Norm was asked how many snow plow trucks are out here and what their work load is.  He said he doesn't know and that he will get back to us about that.  We will post the information here when we receive it.

If you have road maintenance issues please contact:

Norm MacLeod 250-260-3556 (Ceasars Landing north to OKIB boundary)

Roger Wood 250-769-9355 (Ceasar's Landing south to Traders Cove)

While speaking with Norm MacLeod he says that Morden Road and Shorts Road down at Fintry Delta don't get cleared of snow at all.  Something to do with these roads not being wide enough and something about there being no yellow line on the road.  We couldn't believe our ears when we heard of such a thing!!

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Sometime in between Dec 2 and Dec 15 a complaint was made to Norm MacLeod about the snow plow plowing through subdivisions late at night after people are sleeping.  They are so loud and why does it take two days to have a snow plow start to clear the subdivisions anyway?  It sounded like there is nothing Norm can do ... that's the way it is because they are short on employees to drive the snow plows he said.

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It snowed on Sunday Dec 2, 2007 evening and now its Tuesday Dec 4, 2007 at 10:40 p.m. and the snow plow truck is just plowing now (and loudly I might add) through Valley of the Sun subdivision.  Are those snow plow trucks on drugs, or is it our government?

Anyway a complaint was called in to 1-800-663-7623 at about 10:50 p.m. about this incident described above.  There was a live person on the phone, only to take a message so we left a message.

Argo road maintenance (250) 546-3765 returned the phone call Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 8:35 a.m..  It was requested when the message was left Dec 4. 2007 that Argo call during free cellular airtime between noon and 1 pm and so Argo was asked to call back.  Argo (250) 769-1397 called again at 8:53 a.m. too ask a question.  It was repeated to Argo to call back during free air time without answering their question.  They never did call back after that.

Is it just us, or have you noticed that the snow plow has cut some of the corners again this year?  Your driving along on a straight stretch that seems fairly clear and then when you come to a corner there is deep snow in your lane which can catch a person off guard, so be warned and be careful.

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TYRE-GRIP - from a spray can just spray it on your tires to get yourself unstuck, as seen on CHBC news.  Get 300% better traction without the hassle of chains.  Good for 80 Km's.

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Report a Problem:
If you see a problem on the highway that could be hazardous to other drivers, immediately report it to the Highway Maintenance Contractor in the area where the problem occurs. Please be ready to provide a clear description of the problem, and accurate location information.

We know its confusing, but the correct area to contact is Okanagan-Shuswap for Westside Road LaCasa to Okeefe.

Area 13 - Okanagan-Shuswap (Salmon Arm - Vernon)
Argo Road Maintenance North Okanagan Inc.
1-877-546-3799

http: Okanagan-Shuswap

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I myself, , am upset the way the roads on the Westside of Okanagan Lake are being snow plowed.  It seems that the snow plow driver is cutting all the corners, which means cars have to drive in deep snow or slush around the corners, or drive in the oncoming lane.  The rest of the road seems plowed until you get to the corners.  These are pictures of how the road was plowed near Fintry Provincial Park on Saturday, January 28, 2006 at approx. 11:30 AM.

 

The snow plow is cutting the corners and plowing the oncoming lane of traffic.


This picture was taken on Westside Road between Fintry Provincial Park turn off and LaCasa Cantina.  As you can see vehicles are cutting the corner to avoid the snow.

 


This is that sharp corner on Westside Road at Shorts Creek.
I put snowballs on the yellow line in this picture
so you could see how this corner was cut. The
yellow line is so faded you can barely see it, so that is why I put the snow balls there, to point it out.

 


This is a closer look at the faded yellow line at Shorts Creek.
You can see how narrow the right hand lane is plowed.  Are we suppose to be blamed for driving too fast for road conditions when we get into an accident.  The road was plowed properly, until the corner where the snow plow driver cut the corner.  Or is the plow driver suppose to plow the road properly?  I would think I would take Argo to court, if I got into an accident.  After all, the road was plowed well until one of the sharpest corners on Westside Road.  Maybe the road should be painted again too?

 


This picture is of the entrance to Valley of the Sun
It was taken Saturday January 28, 2006 at
approx. 11:30 AM.  Why wasn't this snow cleared yet?
Or are we suppose to believe people don't drive on Saturdays?

I went down Westside Road a few days before this, at approx. 10:30 AM, and Westside Road had not yet been plowed.  What's up with that?  By 10:30 AM everyone has arrived at work, or left to go to town, on a Saturday.

There should be at least two snow plow trucks, if not more ... each starting at one end of Westside Road. 

It is important to start plowing at 4 AM for workers who start driving to work at 5:00 AM, as some workers may start work at 6 AM.  By 5 AM the subdivisions should start being cleared. By noon, I would think the Westside should be cleared, 7 days a week.

I personally wish ICBC would invest in snow plows working more and make the roads safer, instead of paying money out for programs trying to change everyone's driving habits.  People make mistakes.  If the road is well maintained and built with accidents in mind, it would help reduce long term injuries, making insurance cheaper. 

In Vancouver they wait until the snow has finished falling before they plow.  By then its too late, everyone has either abandoned their car in the middle of the road blocking traffic (not kidding), gotten home but shaking like a leaf, or gotten into an accident.  Its very wet snow there, which makes it like driving on ice.  I have personally seen cars abandoned on Columbia which is the busiest road in New Westminster leading to the freeway and on the Alex Fraser bridge.

They really need to stop putting telephone poles right next to highways too.  Cars can be cut in half by the metal and cement filled poles, if your going fast enough.  I don't know one perfect driver, do you?

Insurance rates are about to go up 6 1/2% March 15, 2006, due to an increase in injury claims going up 15%Basic Insurance premiums will increase by $38.00 for the average customer.

In 2003 there were 2778 fatalities compared to 222,260 injuries.

The economic and social consequences of road crashes are profound - estimated to be $25 billion a year.  This figure includes not only the direct and indirect costs but the estimated costs of pain and suffering.

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What a waste of time painting every hole on Westside Road with orange and green paint, as if they can't tell what holes need to be filled.  You can sure tell where all our money is wasted here!  Labour and paint at the very least!

This is another waste of your money that you should complain about don't you think?  Labour, paint, and all.

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Sharp corner sign laying in the ditch at Shorts Creek on March 12, 2008.
This sharp corner sign was laying in the ditch on the corner at Shorts Creek on March 12, 2008

 

Slow pedestrian sign hanging upside down approaching LaCasa Resort.
Slow Pedestrians sign hanging upside down on the approach to LaCasa on March 12, 2008.

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Central Okanagan Travel Survey Results

Driverless Cars

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De-icer used to melt deep snow.
Someone put de-icer down in their driveway.  Is it safe to use that amount of de-icer to melt that deep of snow?  What if everyone did that?

http://mdc.mo.gov/forest/features/icemelter.htm

http://www.envirosnowmelt.com/

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From email we recieved from Sure-Gro
The purpose of an ice melter is to break the bond between snow/ice and the surface it is on in order to aid in the removal of the snow and ice. Ice melter is not designed as a replacement to shoveling. A very large amount of ice melter would be required for the purposes you have described below. Alaskan is safer for the environment than rock salt for the reasons described in the .pdf icon attached information sheet, however over-use of any ice melter is not recommended.
Consumer Services
Sure-Gro Inc.
150 Savannah Oaks Drive
Brantford, ON N3V 1E7
1-800-268-2806
www.spectrumbrands.com

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BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR
SALT USE ON PRIVATE ROADS, PARKING
LOTS AND SIDEWALKS

5.2.4 Standards, Guidelines and Regulations Affecting Ground Water Quality in British Columbia

There is no federal or provincial legislation directly related to the prevention of ground water contamination. There are, however, government acts and programs at both levels that provide standards, guidelines and regulations that have an indirect bearing on ground water quality. They can be classified into three groups: (1) drinking water quality standards, (2) federal statutes, and (3) provincial statutes.

The British Columbia Drinking Water Quality Standards (B.C. Ministry of Health, 1982) grew out of a federal-provincial task force that updated the 1978 Canadian drinking water guidelines. Although they are called standards, they are actually guidelines in that they are not legally enforceable. Two types of recommended limits are specified: (1) Maximum Acceptable Concentration, and (2) Objective Concentration.

gov.bc.ca/wsd/plan_protect_sustain/groundwater/gwbc/C05_contamination.html

Rona sells:

Canadian Tire sells

  • Big Everest Ice Melt Pellets, magnesium chloride pellets, 8lb (3 kg) shaker jug with possibility of damaging concrete.

  • Sifto Ice Melter potassium chloride (contains calcium) with easy to see blue crystals for easy application each time

  • Melt & Grip shaker jug, calcium chloride and sand for added traction and will not damage concrete.

Background Regarding KD (Chloride) Issue
As a consequence of Environment Canada's declaration of salt as a CEPA toxic substance in 2001, the BC provincial government is now working to adopt standards for the regulation of salts under the BC Contaminated Sites Regulation (CSR). Draft standards intended to regulate sodium and chloride were developed for the BC Ministry of Environment (formerly BC Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection) by Dr. Doug Bright and Dr. Jan Addison, and were released for public comment in June 2002.

Environmental Management Act
Contaminated Sites Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 239/2007, July 1, 2007]

Very limited research has been conducted since 2002 on the toxicity of sodium chloride to plants and wildlife. Seventeen relevant research papers were identified, although very few of these were directly related to sodium chloride (NaCl) toxicity to terrestrial and freshwater life.

Ministry of Environment - Guidelines for water quality in BC / Chloride in Water / Sodium and Chloride in Soil / Road Salt / Hazardous Waste / Environmental Management Act / Land Remediation /

.pdf icon Magnesium Chloride as a road de-icer- A critical review regarding concrete

Potassium chloride tends to be the most toxic salt to fish and aquatic invertebrates. Magnesium chloride is next in toxicity, followed by calcium chloride and then sodium chloride. Fish fry may be more tolerant of elevated concentrations of calcium compared to sodium chloride.
http:

Water Management History of Okanagan Lake (Powerpoint .ppt file format)

http: Water_mgmt_12-12-01_BJS.ppt

Water Quality Objectives for Okanagan Lake 2008
Although there is a clear phosphorus limitation in spring and early summer and likely co-limitation of N and P in summer and fall, there is no evidence that the concentration of total N and P have changed significantly over the past 30 years.  A chemistry program should be implemented to monitor ammonia, nitrate, total nitrogen, soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP), total dissolved phosphorus (TDP), and total phosphorus (TP) at depths representing the whole water column (i.e., epilimnion and top and bottom of the hypolimnion). The key sampling time is in the spring prior to stratification with sampling on a monthly frequency until autumn de-stratification.
www.env.gov.bc.ca/wat/wq/objectives/oklakes_update_over/ok_lakes_summary.html

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.pdf icon Argo receives
kudos for a
job well done!

Road Runner Newsletter Index

Road Rage School

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Did you know?
Gasoline taxes vary considerably by province. See a chart of fuel taxes across Canada.  We pay more fuel taxes than Alberta, but Alberta has nicer roads. Saskatchewan pays more fuel tax than we do and they have poorer roads.

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In 2005 in British Columbia, 459 people were killed* and 78,000 people** were injured in motor vehicle crashes on our roads.

On a typical day:

There were 695 motor vehicles crashes in BC (THAT IS TOO MANY)
57 vehicles were stolen
87 vehicles were broken into
74 vehicles were vandalized
215 people were injured in crashes — including four cyclists and six pedestrians.
At least one person died.
This means that there was one car crash approximately every two minutes and someone was injured almost every seven minutes

*Police (TAS) Traffic Accident System Data (2005 Fatality Count is not fixed. Fatality data continues to settle over time.)
**ICBC Data

source http://www.icbc.com/road_safety/default.asp

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In the Southern Interior of BC, data from ICBC shows that about 45% of all collisions with wildlife occur between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.

Approximately 80% of wildlife vehicle collisions involve deer. There are two distinct high risk times for deer crashes. May and November have the highest rates of deer accidents.

Moose are involved in approximately 8% of all wildlife vehicle collisions. Due to the extremely large size of these animals, (a mature bull moose may weigh up to 500 kg - 1200 lbs), there is a 1 in 100 chance that a moose-vehicle collision will result in a fatality. Moose collisions peak in December and January, with the rest occurring between October and March. Accident peaks coincide with times of high snowfall along highways that are actively cleared of snow. There is also an accident peak in June/July, which may be due to pregnant cows moving to calving grounds.

Approximately 3% of wildlife vehicle collisions involve elk, which have collision patterns similar to moose. There is an accident peak between October and February, with a secondary peak in May and June. The winter peak coincides with times of high snowfall, when elk are found beside the highways.

Bear are involved in approximately 3% of all collisions. September and October are the peak times for bear-vehicle collisions. There is a depletion of natural food sources at higher elevations near the end of summer which causes bears to move into the valley bottoms in search of food.

http://www.wildlifeaccidents.ca/when.htm

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If you have comments good or bad, solutions, concerns or complaints regarding the snow on the roads please fill out the form below and/or contact Argo Road Maintenance and/or the Ministry of Transportation.

Ministry of Transportation
Murray Tekano  District Manager, Transportation
KELOWNA - Okanagan Shuswap District Office
300-1358 St Paul Street
Kelowna, B.C., V1Y-2E1
Telephone 250-712-3629
Fax: 250-712-3669
Email: Murray.Tekano "at" gov.bc.ca

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Danny Morris
Ministry of Transportation, District Operations Manager, Vernon
desk - (250)503-3632
cell - (250)308-8600
fax - (250)503-3631
Danny.Morris [at] gov.bc.ca

Murray.Tekano - District Manager Transportation - Murray.Tekano [at] gov.bc.ca

Area 13 - Okanagan-Shuswap (Salmon Arm - Vernon)
Argo Road Maintenance North Okanagan Inc.
1-877-546-3799

Area 8 - South Okanagan (Penticton - Kelowna)
Argo Road Maintenance (South Okanagan) Inc
1-800-663-7623

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